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Sunborn London Under the Sea Afternoon Tea Review – What We Thought

Permanently docked in Royal Victoria Dock, the Sunborn London is a hotel in a superyacht and like any hotel it offers afternoon tea – recently they’ve partnered up with Hummingbird Bakery for a nautical themed tea, so naturally we went to check it out.  New? Yes the Hummingbird Under the Sea afternoon tea launched just last month. Where? Sunborn London, Royal Victoria Dock, Western Gateway, E16 1AL On the menu: The Undersea afternoon tea differs from the traditional tea in that all the sandwiches contain seafood – such as Devon crab with crème fraiche and basil on wholemeal bread; the cakes have […]

Best Brunches

8 of the Best New Brunches

If you’re almost certain you’ve drunk every restaurant dry of their bottomless Bellinis and any shortage in London’s supply of hollandaise sauce is single-handedly down to you then you’ll be wanting somewhere new to try for brunch. Without further ado, we present to you The Handbook’s round-up of the newest brunches to come to London – some are totally new venues and others are at much-loved restaurants finally jumping on the brunch bandwagon to offer their own take on eggs, bacon and avo.

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Vantra Vitao Review – What We Thought

New? Nope, it was founded back in 1999, meaning it’s been serving up healthy food for 17 years – quite a feat for an Oxford Street restaurant.  Where? 25-27 Oxford Street, W1D 2DW www.vantra.co.uk On the menu: Vegan food that caters to any and all dietary requirements i.e. paleo, low GI, gluten free, nut/seed allergies etc. First Impressions: We have to squeeze past the narrow buffet area where people are piling up their plates towards the back end of the venue where the restaurant lies. For a venue that is bang, smack in the middle of bustling London, the restaurant is surprisingly […]

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Openings & Launches

Farmer J: Healthy Lunches, Fast

London’s most exciting new restaurants tend to be places to save for a Friday night drink, smart weekend lunch or mid-week dinner but Farmer J, opening on the 9th May, will be somewhere for you to add to your working lunch hit-list. Out with the meal deals and in with hearty, filling and imaginative weekday fuel. Farmer J will specialise in field trays; chargrilled meat, fish, vegetables and grains in what resembles a nutritionists’ dream meal. If food on a tray makes you think of McDonalds, school dinners or something in between then think again – roasted Mediterranean vegetables, Harissa […]

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Adam Handling At Caxton Review – What We Thought

New?  No, Adam Handling At Caxton is celebrating its second year. Where?  2 Caxton St, London SW1H 0QW http://www.caxtongrill.co.uk/ On the menu: 11 course tasting menu complete with paired wines First Impressions: Our coats were taken by the friendly front-desk staff and we were swiftly ushered to our seats. Our waiter introduced himself and made sure we were comfortable before the restaurant manager came over to introduce himself to us and explained how our menu for the evening would work. Our first impressions of the venue were more than positive and we immediately felt as though we were in good […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Best of British: This Week’s Patriotic Celebrations

As you’re well aware by now, this year marks Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday – a seriously impressive milestone even before you consider her action-packed schedule. With St George’s Day on Saturday 23rd April and Queen Elizabeth’s birthday 2 days before (the 21st) we have rounded up the most patriotic offerings in London so you can eat, drink and sleep like royalty.

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London’s First Ever Falafel Festival

How has it taken this long for one of our favourite foods to have a whole festival dedicated to it? We’ve seen coffee festivals, wine festivals, garlic festivals (Isle of Wight), chilli festivals (Dorset) and a real life sausage festival – thank you, Lincolnshire – but now it’s time for the humble falafel to shine. Hosted by the rather unglamorous sounding Global Pulse Confederation along with the guy behind London Pizza Festival and BurgerMonday, London Falafel Festival is coming to Borough Market on Sunday 1st May and you get to have your say. Four competitors are flying over especially for […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

8 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 it being Coffee Week (16th -22nd April), we’ve rounded up some of the bests places you have to visit for your caffeine fix:

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Openings & Launches

The Gin Bar Opens: Over 14,000 Different G&Ts

We don’t need to tell you how much Londoners love gin – that one is a given. What we can tell you though is that you should forget the places which claim to have the largest gin selection in London because from next Monday that title will go to the Holborn Dining Room at Rosewood London with the launch of their Gin Bar. With a British emphasis to the restaurant in general, it only seems fitting that their next spirit offering embodies a very British love and so the walls will be adorned with 400 different gins. Yes, 400.  The […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

How to Live Like a Local in: Peckham

It’s been up-and-coming forever, but it’s true: Peckham is a great place to live. A lively restaurant scene, plenty of unique and quirky bars, and a community-focused high-street full of independent shops give Peckham a real buzz. Despite growing popularity, Peckham has managed to keep its individuality, which is good news for locals and visitors alike. But since Peckham is low-key, you might not know about the very best places to eat, drink and be merry. Here’s our definitive list, revealing how the locals do it in Peckham.

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Spring Supper Club At St Clements

We don’t know if any of you have noticed but London’s weather is somewhat sporadic right now. One moment it’s blindingly sunny whilst the next, the heavens have opened and it’s pouring with rain and then, seemingly impossibly, both are happening at once. This can only mean one thing; England is trying to decide whether it’s time to let go of Winter and grace us with Spring. Thankfully, St Clements are helping us pretend that decision has already been made with their new supper club, celebrating the glorious month of Spring by showcasing the best ingredients and recipes it has […]

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News

The World’s First Armpit Sniffing Dating Night

Dating stinks. As in it literally stinks. Us mere mortals ooze pheromones that drive potential partners wild and now Bompas & Parr, who typically create contemporary food installations, have turned their creative flair to dating. This is speed dating like you’ve never known before – bear with us for this one. For Romancing the Armpit, guests will try and find a new mate based on their odour as part of a ‘sniffing ritual’ that will kick your biological instincts into gear and help you find your soulmate. The evening will commence with a cocktail of perspiration and a lecture on the power […]

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