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The Kensington: Art and Afternoon Tea

Here at The Handbook we aren’t even going to try and pretend we don’t love afternoon tea; like Bonnie and Clyde; Romeo and Juliet and Snoopy and Charlie Brown – it’s The Handbook and afternoon tea. Which is why when we heard the The Kensington hotel had launched not one, but two new tea menus we got a little too excited. Served in the newly refurbished drawing rooms and cosy Town House restaurant the teas have been created by Executive Chef Steven Gibbs (formerly of Hix and The Ivy) and includes the Classic Afternoon Tea and a Gluten Free Tea […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Get Your 5-a-Day With Duck & Waffle’s New Vegetable Cocktails

Spring is here, and that means longer days, new life and the fast-approaching summer; it also means moving away from winter comforts – the carb-laden food, the layers we hide behind and our hibernating habits. It’s for a spring clean so to speak, load us up with vegetables and fruit, summer is on the horizon.  To celebrate Spring, Duck and Waffle are hosting a 5-course dinner, ‘Veg and Waffle’, embracing the best of this season’s produce. But there’s a catch, this dinner will be held of a limited list of 18 guests; making it one of the most exclusive events of the season. […]

Seasonal & Celebrations

11 Cracking Ways to Celebrate Easter

Let’s all take a moment to appreciate that the majority of us have two four day weeks coming up! It’s a time to eat chocolate, welcome in Spring, spend time with your friends and family and celebrate Easter. So we’ve rounded up some of London’s most egg-citing, indulgent and alcoholic celebrations…

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Open until 22nd November 2019

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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Openings & Launches

Santo Remedio: A Holy Remedy

It’s a new day, a new week and with it comes a new restaurant and today is the official opening of Santo Remedio in Shoreditch. It’s a Mexican restaurant but if you’re expecting burritos and fajitas then keep walking this isn’t the place for you. If however you want dishes inspired by Mexican street food and the cuisine of Mexico City, Oaxaca and Yucata then step right in. Using Mexican chillies and cooking techniques to marinate and slow-cook, they’ll be creating dishes such as chicken wings in mole negro, beef barbacoa: six hour slow cooked beef with chile ancho, pasilla […]

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The Blues Kitchen’s Rib Fest

Made your plans for the Bank Holiday weekend yet? Decided what you’re going to do for that wonderful extra day on Monday? If you haven’t we have something for you, if you have, it’s time to cancel them. Starting on 28th March and running until the 31st March The Blues Kitchen on Acre Lane is going to become your one stop shop and holy grail for all things ribs related as they launch Rib Fest 2016.  Pitmasters from London’s street food scene and award-winning chefs from the US will be taking up residency outside the Brixton Blues and firing up […]

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How to Live Like a Local in: Camden

Ah Camden, home of the late, great Amy Winehouse, the lock and the market, where you’re as likely to find a punky studded tartan miniskirt as you are deep fried Oreos. Cultures collide and the result? Mouthwatering street food, quirky bars and artisanal coffee shops, all in a few square miles. We’ve tried to avoid the obvious hangouts (Koko, Proud, Barfly) but don’t think that means we’re not fans. Let us know your favourites!

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Savini at Criterion: Milan’s Famous Restaurant

One can boast diners such as Verdi, Puccini, Callas and Sinatra and the other is the iconic site where Sherlock Holmes first met Dr Watson and today sees the two collide as Milan’s most famous restaurant, Savini opens at Criterion. Owned by the Gatto Family, Savini is known for producing everything by hand, from the bread to the pasta to the biscuits and Savini at Criterion will be no different, serving up an authentic Italian menu using the finest seasonal ingredients. Open from 8am, during the day Savini at Criterion acts as a Grand Café, a restaurant for lazy breakfasts, […]

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Reviews

Ma’Plucker Review – What We Thought

Chicken restaurants are rife in London. In certain areas it seems like every other shop is either selling fried chicken or a Nando’s. To be honest, it gets a little boring. If only there was a place you could go and enjoy tasty chicken in a restaurant that doesn’t look like the waiting room of a train station and that didn’t leave you soaked in fryer grease and regret. Enter Ma’Pluckers. Walking into the restaurant feels like entering an endearing pop-up. Posters containing the menu hang from pieces of wood screwed into the wall and the wooden stools and tables […]

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The Botanist Launch Bottomless Prosecco After Dark

The City itself must be the only place in London that you don’t have to queue for a table or battle at the bar on a Saturday night. Save your school night partying for the weekend (or do both…) with The Botanist Broadgate Circle’s new ‘After Dark’ evenings. Chances are you’ll start your weekend with brunch at some point on Saturday, maybe even of the bottomless variety. The Botanist are bringing bottomless to Saturday nights with free-flowing Prosecco, Bellinis or ETM wine alongside a two or three-course dinner. Although The Botanist Broadgate Circle do their own bottomless brunch with all […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Slow-Cooked Dinner and Desserts by Fraise Sauvage

Think of the most beautiful dessert you’ve seen on Instagram and that’s the type of wonder that Fraise Sauvage create. Formerly the product of serious food envy but always seeming just a little bit out of reach for us mere mortals, now you can get your mitts on chocolate saucy pudding and tres leche cake when they pop up at recently renovated Eat 17 in Hackney. If you’re thinking Eat 17 is ringing bells but you’re not sure why, they’re the people behind the heroic barbeque relish that is Bacon Jam. For 8 weeks, Fraise Sauvage will sit on the […]

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Openings & Launches

Joe Public: From Loo to Restaurant

We asked people what they thought about London’s public loos, here where some of the responses: ‘pretty unsavoury, you don’t really want to touch anything, they cost too much, I bet they could tell a few stories…’ Well what if we told you that you could now frequent a public loo in Clapham for pizza with your friends? Duo Jayke Mangion and Andy Bell are back with the opening of Joe Public – which is just that, a restaurant in one of Clapham’s old public lavs. Opening on the 19th March, it follows the pair’s award winning Brickwood and WC […]

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Reviews

The Italian Job Review – What We Thought

Outside of the hustle and bustle of central London, in the quiet suburb of Chiswick, lives The Italian Job. A small, quaint and quiet Italian restaurant and bar offering burgers, a range of small, sharing-style plates and wine; the true Italian way. Upon walking in the first thing I noticed was the decoration. Very minimalist and rustic; with bare brick walls, wood panelling floors and mosaic tiles on the bar, you certainly feel as though you could have walked in off the backstreets of Italy. Due to its small size, however, tables are grouped rather close together giving the restaurant […]

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