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Porky’s Comes to Chelsea

Fulham Road, get ready to get porky. Sorry – it’s going to happen. Just as you think it’s about time to start working off your winter layers, along comes a restaurant serving up Memphis-inspired BBQ, aptly named Porky’s. Following on from their branches in Shoreditch, Camden, Bankside and Crouch End, this fifth opening will be serving up their favourites including mountains of ribs and tips and their 18-hour smoked pulled pork. At lunch time you’ll find pulled pork sandwiches, burgers and for the first time – hot dogs! Wash it all down with Memphis-inspired cocktails, bourbons and craft beers (of […]

Hotels

6 of London’s Most Luxurious Hotel Suites

Let’s face it: sometimes we all want to get away from London. But if you’re anything like The Handbook, you’ve barely reached Heathrow before you start frantically checking your social media to find out what’s going on in the city. Wouldn’t it be great if you could enjoy a luxury getaway without actually leaving? Here’s our roundup of the most lavish hotel suites in London: all the comfort of a getaway – within zone one.

Awesome Afternoon Teas

East-End Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea. There’s no end to the offerings in the afternoon tea capital of the world; traditional, limited edition, themed, there’s always something to report and today is no different, except this time it isn’t in a five star hotel, it isn’t in Mayfair and it isn’t served on fine bone china with antique cut-glasses. This is an east-end afternoon tea, and whilst it retains the familiarity of tiered cake stands, perfectly filled sandwiches and vintage tea cups, the tea cups actually contain gin cocktails… Wringer + Mangle will be serving their new afternoon tea daily from Monday to Saturday, […]

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Reviews

Workshop Coffee Review – What We Thought

It’s pretty much a given that any self-respecting artisanal coffee bar features a healthy dose of exposed brick, bearded baristas and Mac-tapping freelancers working away in the corner. Workshop Coffee is no different and on an abnormally quiet day in surrounding Clerkenwell, once we located the benches at the front of the cafe we stepped inside to the buzz of relaxed chatting and the coffee machine hard at work. A new lunch and dinner menu has recently been introduced but when presented with a brunch menu, who can resist? A measured decision led us to go for one sweet plate […]

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Openings & Launches

Mustard: A Very British Brasserie

As much as we love London’s restaurants (it’s our job, of course we do) sometimes the prices can bring us to tears, especially if you aren’t used to it. Being used to paying £2.50 for a vodka tonic at university I still recall (with a shudder) the first time I ordered one in London and it set me back £14… and then I dropped it. I, however, digress – what I’m saying is that when we find a restaurant that serves up good quality food at reasonable prices then it is something that everyone needs to know about. One such […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Celebrate Mother’s Day Like The Italians

There’s no doubting that Mother’s Day is a big event in the British calendar. Doting daughters and appreciative sons nationwide will take their mothers out for lunch, arms full of flowers and cards. Whilst the Brits do celebrate family pretty well, we can still learn a thing or two from the Italians. Mamma Mia jokes aside, South Kensington restaurant Daphne’s are offering a Mother’s Day with a difference, starting with the fact that the celebration won’t actually take place on Mother’s Day itself… If you already know Daphne’s, you’ll know their conservatory room is the place to be – floral […]

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Rowley’s Review – What We Thought

Good old fashioned English cuisine is hard to beat. There’s nothing more comforting than sitting down to a hearty shepherd’s pie or tucking into a warm apple crumble. Unfortunately, in London, this can be hard to find, when there are so many twists on dishes and artistic slithers of ingredients – all a little too pretentious. But fear not, dear Londoners, because Rowley’s is here to save the day, and I can say, having met head chef Justin Saunders over dinner, this truly is a no-nonsense, wholesome British restaurant. Walking into Rowley’s one immediately gets a sense of the heritage […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Top Pop-Ups in March

London is known for its pop-ups, it’s just one of those things London does and does well. More than well really. From 80s themed office parties to learning about Champagne and gambling in 1921 here are 9 pop-ups you don’t want to miss this month! 

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

12 Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day

Just a heads up: it’s Mother’s Day on Sunday, so you still just about have time to get that present sorted, book that table and get your card sent – you don’t want to be the child that forgets. If you’re in need of some inspiration of where to take the leading lady in your life then have a look at the list below and if you are a mum then drop some hints by sending this to your children…

Openings & Launches

Dalloway Terrace: Inspired by The Bloomsbury

Next month, London will see the return of a Dalloway to its streets, with the opening of all-day restaurant Dalloway Terrace at The Bloomsbury, so-called after Virginia Woolf’s much-loved novel, Mrs Dalloway – which tells the tale of a day in her London life. It’s being described as in an indoor-outdoor, all-day dining venue as it features both a hidden level and a fully retractable roof, giving you the secluded calm of a secret garden in the autumn and winter and the perfect spot for an alfresco drink in the summer and spring. Overseen by The Bloomsbury’s Head Chef, Paul O’Brien, the […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Star & Garter’s Bottomless Brunch

You know a weekend is off to a good start when Saturday morning involves a bottomless brunch, add in a view of the Thames and perhaps a walk along the river after then you know it’s off to an excellent start.  Star & Garter in Putney is hosting two bottomless brunches next month on the 5th and 19th of March with two sittings, one for the early risers (or early-ish) at 11:30am and one for those who like to take things a little more leisurely at 2pm. The bottomless part of the brunch comes in the form of free-flowing Prosecco […]

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Reviews

The Ninth Review – What We Thought

Head over to Fitzrovia for dinner and you’ll be spoilt for choice. It really is the place of the moment, and Jun Tanaka has lucked in with a piece of the action with his debut restaurant, The Ninth. The number of karma, spiritual enlightenment and strength of character? All valid, but they don’t give it it’s name. Nine represents the number of kitchens he has worked in (this being his ninth); Pearl, Le Gavroche and The Restaurant Marco Pierre White from starting out as an apprentice, right up to executive chef. The sharing style of dining is where the Mediterranean […]

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