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Som Saa: From Pop-up to Permanent

Som saa: It’s the classic modern day rags to riches story, a Dick Whittington tale if you will. Founded by Andy Oliver, Tom George and Mark Dobbie, it started life off as pop-up in Peckham, hosting a year-long residency at Climpson’s Arch in London Fields, crowdfunding £700,000 in three days and now they are topping it off with a permanent home in a former fabric warehouse on Commercial Street. Som saas are a rare Thai citrus fruit and old style Thai cooking and lesser known dishes will be the order of the day at the restaurant. Whereas during their residency […]

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London’s Most Instagrammable Restaurants

A recent study found London to be the most Instagrammed capital city in the world – take that, Paris! Whilst Hyde Park nabs the top spot, there are certainly restaurants that we consider worthy of a ‘gram, be it a dish plated up like a work of art or particularly cool interior design or just a good old brunch. Here is our pick of the most photogenic destinations in London that will have you reaching for you phone. After all if it isn’t caught on camera, did it really happen?

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Strand Palace Hotel Welcomes Sacred Cafe

The Strand has welcomed a new independent coffee brand to its well trodden streets, offering strong competition up against the selection in McDonalds/Starbucks/Pret/Caffe Nero on the same stretch of London. Discerning coffee drinkers (some may say coffee snobs… yep, that’s us) will no longer have to rely on the office coffee machine or walking a bit further into Covent Garden for a decent cup; New Zealand-inspired Sacred Cafe has just opened their forth spot (alongside existing cafes just off Carnaby Street, in Westfield and in Highbury), in the 4-star Strand Palace Hotel. Coffee is served alongside teas (with holistic properties) […]

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Ladies Night at Bar20

Bar20, most often frequented by city slickers, is soon to see another type of slick when it hosts a one-off beauty evening (for women only) on Tuesday 23rd February, hosted by skin specialist Dr Askari. He is a qualified surgeon, former director of sk:n, the UK’s largest chain of laser clinics, founder of ASKINOLOGY and now, for one night only, your very own skin guru. Why is it that Boots is an Aladdin’s cave and yet impossible-to-navigate at the same time? When presented with hundreds of skincare products there is not a sales assistant in sight and yet, when we are […]

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BAFTA Inspired Cocktails

Guess what day it is on Sunday? And here’s a clue we’re not talking about Valentine’s Day that would be too obvious.…. any ideas? Well, amongst the love hearts (or mourning veils depending on how you view the day), it’s also the BAFTAs – something we can all get on board with. Whilst we can’t get you to the BAFTAs what we can do is tell you what they’ll be drinking at the after parties and how you can drink it too. This year Grey Goose vodka have created the Grey Goose Film Awards Season Cocktail Collection, which will pay […]

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Tavern At 15 Review – What We Thought

Located underneath “London Capital Club”, Tavern at 15 offers guests the chance to experience life as a member of a private club without having to make the financial commitment. Unfortunately, presumably due to lack of public awareness, Tavern at 15 didn’t offer much in the way of atmosphere. The near-empty dining area was far from representative of the number of people out and about in the London Bridge area, and was a stark contrast from the over-flowing bars just 2 doors away. Lack of promotion certainly seems to be hindering the progress of a restaurant with great potential as both […]

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Tavern At 15 Review – What We Thought

Located underneath “London Capital Club”, Tavern at 15 offers guests the chance to experience life as a member of a private club without having to make the financial commitment. Unfortunately, presumably due to lack of public awareness, Tavern at 15 didn’t offer much in the way of atmosphere. The near-empty dining area was far from representative of the number of people out and about in the London Bridge area, and was a stark contrast from the over-flowing bars just 2 doors away. Lack of promotion certainly seems to be hindering the progress of a restaurant with great potential as both […]

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Dickie Fitz: New to Newman Street

This month will see a newcomer to the restaurant group Affinity Bars & Restaurants as Dickie Fitz opens to join the likes of The Henry Root and Lady Ottoline. Setting up on Newman Street and spread across two floors, Dickie Fitz will be serving up flavours of the Pacific with laid back Australian-inspired brunches, Asian influenced cocktails and New World heavy wines. Created by Executive Chef, Matt Robinson the menu includes the likes of steamed barramundi with dashi roasted cabbage and daikon, oysters Kilpatrick and of course those delicious chocolate and coconut cubes of goodness aka lamingtons. On the cocktail […]

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11 of the Best Masterclasses

No matter how many cookbooks we read cover to cover (and then mount beautifully on our shelves) or recipe pages we tear out of the weekend paper supplements, The Handbook’s cookery creations never quite live up to picture on the page. So what better way to scrub up on our kitchen skills than at one of the capital’s leading masterclasses. From butchery to cocktails and oyster shucking, here’s our guide to the best in London:

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11 of the Best Masterclasses

No matter how many cookbooks we read cover to cover (and then mount beautifully on our shelves) or recipe pages we tear out of the weekend paper supplements, The Handbook’s cookery creations never quite live up to picture on the page. So what better way to scrub up on our kitchen skills than at one of the capital’s leading masterclasses. From butchery to cocktails and oyster shucking, here’s our guide to the best in London:

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7 Of The Best South American Restaurants

Got the winter blues? Haven’t we all! After months and months of grey darkness, we’re all craving a bit of colour in our lives. And where better to start than with your dinner? Say goodbye to winter stodge – here are seven of the best South American restaurants, with enough spice and flavour to kick you back into life:

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Market Yard Pops Up in Shepherd’s Bush

London is buzzing with pop-ups and limited edition dishes. If you can’t keep up with the Creme Egg cafes/fully loaded milkshakes/rooftop cocktail bars then settle for a trend a little less…rapid. A couple of pop-ups are coming to Market Yard for six week durations from 10th February; enough time for you to plan an imminent visit, but not so quick that if you blink you’ll miss it. The people who brought us Scandinavian wonderland Little Feast before Christmas are back, this time as Market Yard. Known for popping up in unusual locations across the city (warehouses, squares, car parks) they […]

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