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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

Walter and Monty: Get Up In Your Grill

Alex Kaye use to be a trader that was until he founded Walter and Monty, he traded the city life for serving up street food cooked on a grill. Now, after finding success at various pop-ups and street food festivals such as Night Tales Walter and Monty finally have a place to call home, Bury Court and it’s opening next month.  The 30 cover restaurant has been designed by the same studio that works on Night Tales: Two First Names and will feature muted greys, navy blues and vintage-gold hues; whilst an open kitchen, marble counter, wooden paneled walls, wooden […]

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:

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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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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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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Southbank’s Street Food Party

Birthday? Anniversary? Street festival? Whatever you want to call it, Southbank Centre Food Market is celebrating its 1st birthday; it’s a party and we want to be there. Celebrating the first year of showcasing London’s best street food, expect a fun-filled evening featuring fantastic live music and hilarious improvised poetry by award-winning Alex Gwyther. Attendees can look forward to an array of old-time Southbank favourites as well as limited edition street food, including satisfying savoury snacks, refreshing juices, craft beers, fine wines and cake (there had better be cake). Having drawn crowds from across the city for the past year, we are expecting […]

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Reviews

Dans le Noir? Review – what we thought

When I first heard about Dans le Noir? I was intrigued and then slightly apprehensive. I love the London eating scene with all its quirks, from the finest, high end dining to the most outlandish pop ups but I am always on the lookout for a new experience and Dans le Noir? certainly offers that. The venue, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, is renowned for pushing the boundaries of modern dining as it entirely removes one of the senses. Diners are immersed into a pitch black room where not even a pin prick of light survives. Blind waiters […]

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Awesome Afternoon Teas

Kurobuta’s Tokyo Tea Party

What crazy ideas do you have on your bucket list? How many of those can you tick off in London? Do you seek exoticism, adventure and discovery but are unable to jet-set off somewhere abroad this Easter..we feel your pain? Fear not! With thanks to Scott Hallworth’s, you can be transported to the furthest corners of Asia with Kurobuta at Harvey Nichol’s latest ‘Tokyo Tea Party’. Inspired by the unique flavours of Japanese cuisine, Hallworth’s menu offers a twist on your usual afternoon tea experience. Expect new flavours, bright colours and refreshing culinary innovations from the usual scones and sandwiches […]

Seasonal & Celebrations

What To Do This Easter Weekend: 24th – 28th March

Hurrah it’s here: the four day weekend. Four days of Easter eggs, lie-ins, nights out, boat races, catching up with friends and family and (hopefully) not thinking about work. If you’re staying in London over the weekend then we’ve rounded up some of the best events happening in our fair city. It’s time to party! 

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The Balcon Review – What We Thought

Grade II listed Sofitel London St James is one of the most glamorous building in that weird area down from Piccadilly Circus, at the bottom of Regent Street. One of the most sparkling areas of the city, the streets are so clean you feel as though you could eat your meal from the pavement. We went for the next best thing: dinner at The Balcon in Sofitel St James. Instantly grand, the restaurant is an architectural feat. The double spiral staircase is of course the attention stealer (with staff continually going up and down to retrieve bottles of wine and […]

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Openings & Launches

Anglo Opens

Today restauranteur Mark Jarvis (previously Head Chef at Bingham, Richmond, Blueprint Café, Zuma, Texture and Le Manoir) joins head chef Jack Cashmore of Sat Bains and In De Wulf to open Anglo a modern British restaurant in Farringdon. The stripped back, 40 cover restaurant will have subtle, unpretentious look and will be using seasonal produce and artisan ingredients to create a frequently changing menu, meaning you always have a reason to go back. At lunch they’ll serve an a la carte menu where you can expect to find dishes such as confit cod cheeks with ash cream; potato risotto with […]

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