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5 of the Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Today is quite possibly the best day in April, because it is none other than National Grilled Cheese Day – yes that is a thing and yes we will be celebrating. Cancel your current lunch or dinner plans and get down to one of these top joints to get your hands on one of these sandwiches, you won’t regret it. 

Reviews

The Botanist Review – what we thought

New? No, it’s coming up for its 1st birthday.  Where? The Botanist Broadgate Circle Restaurant and Bar, City of London, EC2M 2QS broadgate.thebotanistlondon.com On the menu: It’s a British menu, with fish dishes being popular. First Impressions: We were greeted by a sea of suits which form a barrier across the entire venue, inside it is heaving at only 6pm making it a clear favourite with the local workers. It was a tad tricky trying to find where to go to get seated and we had to do a quick tour before finding a member of staff to guide us in the right direction. The […]

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10 Most Popular Theatre Shows

Whether you’re a London local or just a tourist passing by, there really is no reason for giving a theatre production a pass, with so many options available there is something for everyone. We have teamed up with some of capital’s most popular theatre shows currently running to offer our readers special discounted tickets not available anywhere else.

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Social Pantry’s Sipper Club

No our title doesn’t have a spelling mistake… Social Pantry have joined forces with Handbook favourites, Sipsmith Gin, to host an evening of food and Sipsmith gin cocktails. So you see what they’ve done with the title now?  Taking place on the 14th April at Social Pantry’s café in Lavender Hill the sipper club is a must for any gin aficionado and if people’s Instagram/Twitter/Happn/Bumble bios are anything to go by that is pretty much the whole of the London population.  The menu created by Social Pantry founder Alex Head will feature dishes such as gin and juniper cured salmon […]

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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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Tibits review – what we thought

New?  No it has been going for 15 yearsWhere? 12-14 Heddon St, London W1B 4DA www.tibits.ch On the menu: A selection of vegetarian and vegan foodFirst Impressions: Hidden in a courtyard, it offers some slight calm from the hustle and bustle of Regent’s Street a few feet away.The Look: Casual dining space with a large food boat where all the food is on display, downstairs is a more intimate (and romantic) dining space that seems to be for locals in the know of its existence rather than tourists in the main area.What We Ate: The menu available on the day is […]

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Charity Success Stories

Charity success stories: How celebrity endorsement makes all the difference Whether philanthropists like to admit it or not, the world of NGOs and charity appeals is competitive, with individuals, local charitable causes and multinational organisations all vying for the public’s attention and a portion of their pocket money. So how do charities get themselves noticed? How do they go from being a local organisation to a worldwide name, managing millions of pounds of donations? Like all businesses, brand, recognition and outreach are exceedingly important to not-for-profit fundraising success. There are a few occasional extraordinary success stories where small-scale charity fundraising […]

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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. 

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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 […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

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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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

8 of the Best Family Friendly Restaurants

If white tablecloths and quiet, civilised conversation fill you with dread then check out our guide to some of the best family-friendly restaurants in London – FAR more exciting than colouring pencils and a mini chef’s hat. And because we are calling them ‘family’-friendly and not just ‘child’-friendly, you won’t mind eating there either.

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Reviews

Royal China Review – What We Thought

New? Established in 1996, Royal China now has 6 award-winning restaurants across London. Baker Street is the flagship but we stayed West and visited the Fulham Road branch one Wednesday evening. Where? 805 Fulham Road, Fulham, SW6 5HE On the menu: Traditional Chinese fare with all the classics you’d expect, Royal China is known for it’s Dim Sum, which unfortunately is only available at lunch time. The illustrated menu makes things a bit confusing so unless you can see beyond the ornate oversized lettering and randomly placed images, it may be a good idea to plump for one of the set […]

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