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Roba: All About the Grill

Paddington might not strike you immediately as a foodie destination, you’re more likely to associate it with Pret wraps before a train journey or at a push marmalade sandwiches thanks to a certain little bear, but more restaurants are opening there and today you can add a new name to your Paddington restaurant list: Roba. It’s named after the Robata Grill so naturally the grill section is going to be the star of the show. Meat is sourced from Scotland and aged-in house and includes the likes of 48-day aged sirloin and rib eye steaks, organic lamb chops, corn-fed chicken […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Japanese Springtime Celebrations

We all want to look younger, feel younger, live-while-we’re-young but as age-old Japanese wisdom (and some common sense) tells us, nothing lasts forever. Take nature for example, in Japan they take time to admire it’s changing beauty as a sign of life and a clarification that everything is just as it should be. They even have their own name for this: it’s called Sakura. We brought you news of another Sakura celebration yesterday but we have more! And when it involves gorgeous cherry blossoms and award-winning cocktails we’re certainly not complaining. Shochu Lounge at ROKA Charlotte Street are bringing this […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

8 Great Champagne Bars in London

It’s Friday which means it’s time to celebrate, and in the words of Brigitte Bardot; ‘Champagne is the one thing that gives me zest when I feel tired’. We couldn’t agree with her more. Not only does it have fewer calories than any other alcoholic tipple, it can’t help but make you feel sophisticated – not that we needed any excuse to divulge in a glass or two. Whether it’s pink with strawberries or your classic Moet, we’ve rounded up our favourite Champagne bars to go and enjoy the good stuff. And good stuff it has to be, we’ll be able […]

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Openings & Launches

Smokey Tails Heads to Hoxton

We always like welcome homes and this month sees the return of ‘beats and eats’ pop-up Smokey Tails and here at The Handbook we’re waiting with open arms. After taking a tour around Melbourne, Sydney, Miami and Amsterdam, DJ Seth Troxler, Jo Vidler (Wilderness Festival Co-founder) and Jona Ahearne (flavour technician) are back and this time they are here to stay as they set up camp with a permanent residency at Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen. The 64 cover restaurant will be serving up lazy lunches and Midwest weekend brunches of hearty family food and killer sides, the sort of […]

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Guides

What To Do This Weekend: 8th – 10th April

It’s Thursday which basically means it’s the weekend, have you got your plans sorted yet? You haven’t? Well good thing you’re reading this then because we’ve rounded up some of the best events this week that you can’t miss, whether you’re looking for a bit of culture, a whole lot of coffee or one of the most unique brunches we’ve seen. 

Openings & Launches

Tom Sellers Opens Restaurant Ours

His website says ‘just the guy who cooks the food’ but what food it is, his first restaurant, Restaurant Story received its first Michelin star just five months after it opened – impressive.  We are of course talking about Tom Sellers and this month will see the opening of Restaurant Ours on Brompton Road. The 120 seat restaurant will be occupying the site that was once The Collection, a vast, dramatic space with a mezzanine level and one of the longest bars in London, but all hidden behind a rather unassuming door.  Whilst details are still under wraps what we […]

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The London Cabaret Club Takes on British Pop

See any pop star perform and chances are the stage will be alight with sequins, feathers, spotlights and lots of skin. Go to a cabaret show and it’s the same kind of story. Combine the two and… yep, same thing again. Except when The London Cabaret Club presents The Best British of Pop, the cast of world-class cabaret performers will be unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.  The London Cabaret Club’s summer programme is taken over by the golden age of pop music. Five decades of music will come alive with mesmerising performances (singers, dancers and other ‘acts’) that will […]

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Reviews

MeatLiquor N1 Review – what we thought

New?  No, there are several MeatLiquors across London and further afield like BrightonWhere? 133B Upper St, London N1 1QP www.meatliquor.comOn the menu: Burgers, hotdogs and fries – there is a salad, but just one. First Impressions: In short, it’s hard to find. We scaled the street a few times before seeing the sign pointing down the alleyway and then from there you need to follow the graffiti to the entrance. It all looks a bit seedy, the like sort of lair you might stumble into in a thriller, where you know things are going to go wrong for the character.The Look: Exposed lightbulbs […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Dine Amongst Japanese Cherry Blossoms… in Mayfair

Skies are blue and blossom is in full bloom. Almost. Whilst in London this tends to be met with the digging out of Spring wardrobes and the occasional moan about April showers, in Japan the annual falling of cherry blossom marks the period of Sakura. Japanese fine dining spot Sake No Hana (part of the Hakkasan group), is celebrating Sakura and Yozakura (which means ‘night sakura’), with the restaurant having been transformed into a gorgeous, blossoming cherry tree garden for the next three months. Guests are invited to ascend through a stunning, twinkling archway of falling petals and hanging Japanese lanterns […]

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7 Places to Get Your Caffeine Fix

London is fuelled by a passive-aggressive charge that gets us through the commute, cocktails that get us through the evening and a hopeful optimism that the weekend is in sight from Wednesday. At the top of that though, the saviour of our day is of course coffee. Londoners know good coffee. Since the days of coffee houses where news, business and politics were discussed, coffee has been a vital part of London and with the world’s largest coffee festival taking place in London this weekend, we’ve rounded up some of the bests places you have to visit for your caffeine fix:

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April Pop-ups and Supper Clubs

If you like avocados, salt beef, pizza, afternoon tea or wine then you’re going to love the pop-ups happening this month. Take a date to Venice, spend evenings in a French wine garden, travel back to the 60s to attend an East End wedding party and celebrate Thai new year – it’s set to be a good April!

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Surprise Five Course Meals at Kurobuta

We’ve written about them loads (yep, again) but we can just about forgive you if haven’t yet made it to one of Scott Hallsworth’s Kurobuta restaurants – so little time, so much to do. The Japanese bar and grill in Chelsea, Marble Arch and Harvey Nichols’ foodie fifth floor are now giving you another reason to visit and much sooner than you may think: Tuesday, to be precise. No longer just the day-after-Monday when you feel no closer to Friday than you actually are, Tuesdays have been given a new nickname at Kurobuta and it’s catchy. We present to you Tight Ass […]

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