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Rockstar Treatment at Jumeirah Carlton Tower

Chances are, if you’re in London you’re after a culture fix. Unless of course you call London home in which case culture is probably just part of your weekly routine – a gig here, exhibition there, you get the idea. Whilst we at The Handbook whole heartedly believe that dining out counts as a form of culture, be it a must-try restaurant or cult street food truck, it fills your cultural appetite as well as the physical, leaving you with something to talk about, share with your friends and post on social media, in much the same way as a […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

A taste of Brazil in Stoke Newington

Think Brazil and you probably think Olympics, nuts, football, beauty treatments (sorry but it’s true) and the carnival, what you probably don’t think about is Stoke Newington. Stoke Newington…Brazil…Brazil…Stoke Newington, the two don’t really go together. Or so you think – because you are actually wrong. How? Because this month Stoke Newington restaurant Victory Mansion is launching their new Chef Vs Food monthly pop ups where a world class chef takes on a different cuisine, cooking up a four course feast for a rather tasty £35. Kicking things off will be Ramael Scully, co-author and executive chef of Ottolenghi’s best-selling […]

Openings & Launches

Santa Maria: Award Winning Pizza in Chelsea

Cast your mind back to Valentine’s Day 2010 can you remember what you were doing? Chances are you were either weeping into a bucket of ice-cream; sat with all the other couples in some restaurant or  just going about your normal day – because who really cares about Valentine’s Day? What you might not have known is that it was also the day that Neapolitan pizzeria, Santa Maria opened in Ealing and our lives were changed for ever. Regularly topping the lists of pizza places you have to try before you die, the award winning pizza is now coming to […]

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Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks, and for those who will not get the chance to return home to USA for 28th November and celebrate with family and friends, Gillray’s Steakhouse has prepared a special Thanksgiving offering for you to enjoy in London.

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Kensington Palace Orangery Review – What We Thought

London is officially the most popular tourist destination in the world but with so much history packed into such a small area, some of the most beautiful buildings in the world and an action-packed cultural calendar it’s no great surprise. For a leisurely Sunday afternoon we headed to Kensington for a walk around the Spring-time gardens and a civilised late lunch in The Orangery restaurant. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, the Orangery is London’s only royal palace to serve afternoon tea so you can see the appeal to tourists. New? One of London’s most iconic historical buildings, The […]

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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:

Reviews

Urban Coterie’s Bottomless Brunch Review: What We Thought

New?  It opened last November so not brand spanking but they have just launched their bottomless brunch and May will see the opening of their members’ club. Where?  17th Floor of M by Montcalm, 151-157 City Road, EC1V 1JH On the menu:  If you’re heading for brunch then expect to find classic dishes such as sardines and avocado on toast, waffles and bacon and puddings including Anthony Demetre’s signature custard tart. First Impressions: Knowing that the City can be a bit of a ghost town at the weekend and one of my fears being eating in an empty restaurant (I […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Cocktails and Ceviche at Asia de Cuba

We love fusion. The best of both worlds when it comes to dining – we love places that commit to a single cuisine but for those days we’re just feeling a little indecisive, a Moroccan kick to spice up our French food does the trick. Or what about a plate of sushi alongside a margarita? Welcome to the world of Asia de Cuba, the Chino-Latino dining experience who, together with Havana Club, have created a unique cocktail and ceviche pairing menu to belatedly celebrate their bar relaunch. In addition to an extensive list of spirits – we counted 34 different […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Boulestin’s New Menu

Boulestin’s Head Chef, Elliot Spurdle is a force to be reckoned with, especially given the fact that he is just 23. Most of us at that age have probably mastered cheese on toast and perhaps a good Bolognese, but the French restaurant’s new five course tasting menu showcases just how good Spurdle is. The evening menu which launches on the 12th April will feature dishes such as miso-glazed quail breasts with a spiced coconut emulsion; confit of egg yolk, wild mushroom consommé, wild asparagus, salt baked celeriac with truffles and grilled octopus with rhubarb, blood orange, beetroot and watercress. Of […]

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Openings & Launches

Black Roe: Poke Bar & Grill Opens

Welcome back to the working week! Don’t be too blue about it, at least this is another four day week (really sorry if you worked over the Bank Holiday or are working this weekend) and today is the opening of a new Mayfair restaurant backed by the Kurt Zdesar, owner of Soho’s Chotto Matte. Black Roe a Poke Bar & Grill opening on the Mill Street, will be serving up Pacific Rim cuisine with the Poke bar taking centre stage. It’s here that you’ll find raw fish with a Pacific slant, specifically Poke, a Hawaiian marinated raw fish dish as […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

8 Top Venues for Live Music

With so much going on in the Big Smoke, it’s easy to forget that London is one of the best places for live music in the world. But you don’t have to splash out at the O2 or Wembley to get some groove in you. There are heaps of bars, pubs and clubs featuring live music all year round, from earthy folk to soulful blues. Here are eight of the best venues for live music:

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Watch Romeo and Juliet in a Candlelit Church with Live Choir

With the dawn of spring, it makes the anticipation of summer all too great. Long, warm evenings, picnics, outdoor festivals and live screenings… Here at The Handbook, we have the perfect event for you to look forward to, and we do mean really forward – it’s in July. Back by popular demand, Backyard Cinema is returning to W1 to screen Shakespeare’s world-famous, Romeo and Juliet complete with sofas, deckchairs, popcorn, ice cream and a fully licensed bar. Marking the film’s 20th anniversary, Baz Luhrmann’s avant-garde interpretation of Shakespeare’s tragic romance set in a modern Verona is certain to bring tears to a glass […]

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Reviews

Randall & Aubin Review: What We Thought

The problem (or advantage, depends if you’re having a half full or half empty day) with living in London is that your bucket list of places to go and things to do is never ending. You’re never going to make it to every restaurant, it’s just not going to happen – unless you want to give up your job and embark on a continuous 24/7 eating fest. So you need to choose wisely and one place that had been on my list for a while was Randall & Aubin, the Soho institute that originally opened as London’s first French butchers […]

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