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Sunday Feasts at Dickie Fitz

Sundays are all about relaxing, putting your feet up and doing as little as physically possible. After a long, hard week at work and presumably seeing a few friends on Saturday (or maybe spending the first day of the weekend unable to move due to the events of the night before), Sunday is the one chance we really get to relax. Unless, of course, you’re charged with the task of cooking up a Sunday roast for yourself and the rest of your family, housemates or whoever it may be. Eating copious amounts of delicious food on a Sunday lunchtime is […]

Openings & Launches

Banh Banh: Finds a Home in Peckham

Banh Banh is a combination of three things we love: Peckham, Vietnamese cuisine and Grandma’s cooking (very much depends on your Grandma’s cooking) and soon they’ll be launching their first restaurant which follows on from a residency at the Bussey Building. The first thing in the trio is Peckham. The Nguyens (the five siblings who run Banh Banh) grew up in the area which is quickly becoming one of London’s most exciting foodie destinations so it seemed only right that they opened their restaurant there. Next up is the fact that it’s Vietnamese cuisine; we all know that Londoners can’t […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

London’s Most Unusual Watering Hole

Baths are very divisive; there are those who swear by them, those who hate them, and very little in between. I personally have never been a fan but if my bath was to be converted into a bar, the game would most certainly be changed and I reckon you’d have a hard time getting me out of it. London’s converted bath house is now home to By Appointment Only, the latest bar concept by Camm and Hooper, who have aimed to create a bar which will fascinate themselves as well as their fellow consumers. Elegant decanters will display in-house spirit infusions […]

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Seasonal & Celebrations

The Queen’s 90th Birthday Tea At The Goring

1926 was an eventful year. A quick search will tell you that it was the year Winnie The Pooh was first published, the year the television was first demonstrated to the public and the year the great illusionist Harry Houdini sadly passed away. For a vast majority of people, these events happened long before we were born, but HRH Queen Elizabeth is not one of those people. 90 years ago this year, the Royal Family were blessed with Queen Elizabeth II and the nation are coming together to celebrate in a variety of typically British ways… and The Goring hotel […]

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Openings & Launches

Heist Bank: Pizza and Flowers

The weather might be being rather temperamental at the moment but spring is definitely on the way – don’t quote us on that and with that comes a restaurant full of fresh flowers, Heist Bank. So the name might conjure up images of a slick city cocktail bar, all steel greys and dark corners but actually it’s going to be a communal, all-day dining hangout on the edges of Paddington’s canal; the sort of place to have long lazy brunches, drop in for lunch at the weekend or throw a party. Pizzas are going to be the order of the […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

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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Reviews

Perkin Reveller Review – What We Thought

When dining in London location is key. Whether you’re on a rooftop amongst the trees, at the top of The Shard or in a secret underground bunker beneath the city, people are always hoping for interesting and exciting views. Perkin Reveller has combined a very unique, British location with very classic, British food to create the ultimate British dining location.  Situated right between the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, Perkin Reveller, with its floor-to-ceiling glass walls, offers fantastic views either over the city or of The Tower of London itself. The riverside location provides a calming and open feeling; […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Out with the Coffee, in with the Tea

Fancy a cuppa? Good, because it’s finally tea’s time to shine and we know just the place for you to get your hands on the perfect brew. London’s coffee scene has exploded in recent years, but a tea revolution is taking place; it’s time we started to treat the nation’s favourite drink appropriately. And with over 165 million cups of tea being consumed in the UK every day, it’s crazy how tea only comes into its own with scones and finger sandwiches. Meet Emilie Holmes; entrepreneur, tea connoisseur and founder of Good and Proper Tea. Fed up of being unable to […]

Openings & Launches

The Harcourt: Old but New

Old but new, that’s how The Harcourt is being described: new because it’s opening next Monday; old because it originally opened in 1826 as The Harcourt Arms.  Standing in a Grade II listed Georgian Townhouse opposite the Swedish Ulrika Eleonora Church, the restaurant will be drawing on its Scandinavian roots to create a relaxed, all-day modern, European menu which gives a nod to Nordic cuisine. Expect to find the likes of gravadlax with pickled cucumber and quail eggs; Nordic reindeer with pearl barley, turnips and lingonberry jam and dark chocolate mousse with liquorice crumbs and salted caramel. You can drop […]

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Openings & Launches

Walter and Monty: Get Up In Your Grill

Alex Kaye use to be a trader that was until he founded Walter and Monty, he traded the city life for serving up street food cooked on a grill. Now, after finding success at various pop-ups and street food festivals such as Night Tales Walter and Monty finally have a place to call home, Bury Court and it’s opening next month.  The 30 cover restaurant has been designed by the same studio that works on Night Tales: Two First Names and will feature muted greys, navy blues and vintage-gold hues; whilst an open kitchen, marble counter, wooden paneled walls, wooden […]

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Hotels

6 of the Best Boutique Hotels

The Handbook loves Europe. A cheeky weekend to Amsterdam, a foodie overnight to Rome, a shopping spree in Paris… But our own capital offers so much in itself that sometimes you have to treat yourself to an overnight in one of the beautiful boutique hotels that London has to offer. By boutique, we mean somewhere with under 100 rooms; somewhere with character, charm and individual style. And there are quite a few scattered between east and west, north and south – here’s a round up of our favourites:

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