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Panoramic River Views at Your Party

If we had £700,000 to spend on a refurbishment, our pokey flats would be unrecognisable. So much so that they’d have a new address and actually wouldn’t be the same building at all. But if you’re a venue and events space, spending large amounts on a refurb is much more realistic expenditure so when The River Rooms underwent a makeover in 2013 it enhanced the space to make it an ideal contemporary blank canvas space for a whole range of events. Whether corporate or private, the team at The River Rooms work with you to plan your ideal event. Menus […]

Openings & Launches

Tiny Leaf Opens: Zero Waste

If 2015 was the year that we all got healthy and fell further in love with the avocado and acai bowls, then 2016 is the year that we need to be properly educated on food waste and how we can cut the 6.7 million tonnes of food that is said to be ending up in UK landfill sites every year. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, of course, brought the matter to the attention of the masses in his programme, ‘Hugh’s War on Waste’, and there are companies out there selling delicious condiments made from ugly or wasted food, such Rubies in the Rubble […]

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Sunday Roast at Rabbit

What do you get when you have three brothers, equally as talented, but in different fields? Enter the Gladwin brothers: one’s a farmer (so in the ‘field’ itself), one worked in hospitality and the other’s a chef. With an upbringing on a Sussex farm, the natural step for the guys was to go into business together, and the result? British tapas restaurant The Shed in Notting Hill and Rabbit on King’s Road. A true British restaurant doesn’t truly earn it’s stripes until it adds a roast to it’s Sunday menu – as Rabbit have done. Forget spending hours stewing, sweating and scrubbing […]

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Nadler Victoria Review – What We Thought

This year is set to be Victoria’s year; no longer will it just be synonymous with Wicked and the station and no longer will it be that area that you tend to just pass through on your way to somewhere else. Why? Because later this year Nova will open. Said to be Europe’s largest square, it’ll provide luxury residential apartments (at prices rumoured to rival and exceed One Hyde Park) and 18 restaurants including offerings from Jason Atherton and D&D London. M Restaurants have already opened their second restaurant in Victoria and Robert Nadler has opened his third hotel just […]

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7 Overlooked Museum and Gallery Restaurants

It’s easy to forget that we live in one of the greatest cities in the world, filled to the brim with some of the best museums, art galleries and theatres. And within those cultural delights, some extraordinary food and drink offerings, which are worth the visit in themselves. Here’s a guide to The Handbook’s favourite:

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

7 Overlooked Museum and Gallery Restaurants

It’s easy to forget that we live in one of the greatest cities in the world, filled to the brim with some of the best museums, art galleries and theatres. And within those cultural delights, some extraordinary food and drink offerings, which are worth the visit in themselves. Here’s a guide to The Handbook’s favourite:

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Le Pain Quotidien Review – What We Thought

I love Le Pain Quotidien. When I’m trawling the streets of London (for whatever reason) and find myself in need of a sit down and a perk up I know I can rely on the Belgians. Though the bakery is a huge part of Le Pain – the name itself means The Daily Bread – my visit in mid-January found me torn between picking up a hazelnut flute and downing a luminous green juice. But I had been invited to review the new detox offerings so that’s what I did. The Wimbledon Village branch was packed with yummy mummies, daddies […]

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Reviews

Le Pain Quotidien Review – What We Thought

I love Le Pain Quotidien. When I’m trawling the streets of London (for whatever reason) and find myself in need of a sit down and a perk up I know I can rely on the Belgians. Though the bakery is a huge part of Le Pain – the name itself means The Daily Bread – my visit in mid-January found me torn between picking up a hazelnut flute and downing a luminous green juice. But I had been invited to review the new detox offerings so that’s what I did. The Wimbledon Village branch was packed with yummy mummies, daddies […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

York & Albany’s New Wine Bar

We all have our favourite local, whether it’s the coffee shop that has your order ready as soon as you walk through the door or the pub which may as well have a ‘reserved’ sign on your favourite seat. And then we have the ones that are slightly more aspirational, in neighbourhoods with average house prices about 10 times what we could ever afford – but we mingle amongst the locals none the less. Enter the Wine Bar: York & Albany’s latest offering. No pretentiousness here, the wine bar is welcoming and rustic, cosy and contemporary and sits in the […]

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Rio Carnival comes to Guanabara

While the temperature fluctuates between -3 and 10 degrees making us weep in despair at having to face another 2 months of this, there is a very colourful light at the end of the tunnel. We may not be able to hop on a plane to the tropics of Brazil but thanks to Guanabara, the sights and sounds will be headed our way in the shape of Rio Carnival – now if we could only get the sun over too. For seven days Guanabara will play host to non-stop festivity with a variety of events, from live percussion bands and […]

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