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May Fair Kitchen Reopens

Now we don’t want to get anyone’s hopes but we’ve heard that this January like weather is soon to end and we’ll be back to normal spring temperatures – maybe don’t reach for your flip flops just yet, but it might be time to put away the winter coats. If of course this doesn’t happen, you can always get your summer fix by heading to May Fair Kitchen which is reopening next week after a short closure and is set to become a little slice of the Mediterranean.  Overseeing the refurbishment is Amir Jati (former head of private dining at Nobu) […]

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How to Live Like a Local in: Muswell Hill

Tucked between Highgate and Alexandra Palace, Muswell Hill is a cultural haven in the heart of north London. Its village-like feel married with high street amenities – Marks & Sparks anyone? – makes it one of The Handbooks top destinations for a weekend, not to mention one of our top five places we’d love to live. Here’s where you should go if you want to enjoy what Muswell Hill has to offer like a local: 

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What To Do This Bank Holiday Weekend – 29th April – 2nd May

It’s been four long weeks since our last 4-day week but it’s finally that time again. Spend your Sunday with as many Bloody Marys as you can handle, without fear that you will start your working week feeling sorry for yourself. Despite what the weather forecasters want to have us believe, we are an optimistic bunch, so this weekend sees the launch of rooftop bars, brunches and street food markets, all opening for the summer season. Boozy bowling, happy hours and Top Gun screenings, it’s all happening this weekend.

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Openings & Launches

Chit Chaat Chai Opens in Wandsworth Town

Wandsworth Town is home to The Handbook HQ, England rugby players, yummy mummies, brilliant coffee and now the arrival of two new restaurants: Meatup, a bbq restaurant opening in June, and Chit Chaat Chai – an Indian street food restaurant which arrives today. The story starts with founders, Tania and Dhruv, not being able to find a good Bhel Poori. They wanted Indian food full of flavour and texture, the sort only found on a stall on the street – chaat. So, taking things into their own hands, they trawled the shops for the best ingredients, trialling out dishes on their […]

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9 Seriously Decadent Dishes

London might be part of the health revolution but at the same time it is also part of another revolution. The over-the-top, indulgent, decadent food campaign. You know, the sort that should probably come with a health warning, shared with friends or only indulged in when celebrating (or commiserating). From 20″ pizza, to doughnut burgers and beef the same price as a holiday, here are nine seriously decadent dishes.

Openings & Launches

Map Maison: Late Night Drinks in Haggerston

For the past eleven years, Joseph Arowolo has been running the bars at Sketch but now he has left Mayfair and headed east to open MAP Maison, a new cocktail bar in Haggerston. The bar will see a slice of Mayfair glitz brought to the Kingsland Road, with the aim to give their guests their own private cocktail bar – and how will they do that? With the introduction of personalised liquor lockers for MAP members. Which means if you’re a member, you’ll hold the key and then if you buy a bottle you can drink it over time rather […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Learn the Art of Sushi

Five months in to 2016 we are wondering how your resolutions are holding up? Forget boring diet and fitness-related weight loss goals, we are all about the gain. Skills gain, that is. Japanese chef, Reiko Hashimoto, left her job as a flight attendant in Hong Kong to make her love of Japanese cooking into a career. Now a resident of the UK, Reiko hosts regular cookery lessons to teach the art of sushi to fish-loving Londoners who want to try the rolling for themselves. Set up facing a main demo table, tables at the masterclass are set up with all […]

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Awesome Afternoon Teas

John Whaite’s Right Royal Afternoon Tea

If afternoon tea is the pinnacle of Britishness, surely you’d want it as British as possible? A really Great British tea? One created by a winner of a really Great British competition? John Whaite, the 2012 winner of The Great British Bake Off (was it really four years ago?!) has created an afternoon tea for The Royal Horseguards Hotel, to honor the Queen’s 90th birthday. Expect tiered cake stands piled high with inventive yet traditional treats; choux buns are filled with an explosion of raspberry and rose, hazelnut and maple chocolate tarts resemble mini Ferrero Rochers and Victoria sponges come […]

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Savini At Criterion – What We Thought

New?  Yes, Savini at Criterion opened just last month. Where? 224 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HP www.saviniatcriterion.co.ukOn The Menu: A delicious combination of British and Italian dishes.First Impressions: The doorman ushered us in off the busy streets of Piccadilly and helped us through the revolving door. The very helpful staff took our coats swiftly and guided us through the surprisingly empty restaurant to our seats. The whole restaurant did a fantastic job of blocking the noise from outside considering its location in the middle of Piccadilly. The only issue was the glaring electric billboards shining through the front door, but unfortunately that […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Two Big Reasons to Eat at Aqua Shard

If there was one thing that we could never tire of it would be eating at a restaurant with a view – give us a roof top, terrace or sky high dining any day. And arguably our favourite? Aqua Shard. Situated on the 31st and 32nd floor of the tallest building in London, you know it’s going to have spectacular views – it’s 310m if we’re going into details and the next biggest is One Canada Square which is 75m smaller, if you want even more information. Stunning views to one side, there is another reason that you need to […]

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Farmacy: Healthy by Nature

We’ve had Pharmacy 2 and Farmer J but now it’s the turn of the similarly agriculturally-titled Farmacy to open in Notting Hill at the end of April. Combining an exclusively plant-based menu with medicinally beneficial cocktails, Farmacy’s name starts to make sense. Camilla Al Fayed – Chairman of fashion label Issa London and daughter of former Harrods-owner Mohammed Al Fayed – is behind Farmacy, her input apparent in what will be a place to see and be seen by fashionable and healthy West Londoners. Working with Head Chef, Joao Ricardo Alves, the team have created a menu with huge nutritional […]

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Things to do Outdoors

Equinox’s Summer Rooftop Fitness Series at Mondrian London

Just how Champagne tastes different when you drink it from a paper cup, we think exercise is dependent on the setting. Put us on a treadmill in front of a brick wall and we’re likely to give up much more quickly than if we running along the Thames on a summer evening. Which is why we were rather excited to hear that Equinox has partnered up with the Mondrian to offer a series of monthly exercise classes in their Rumpus Room, meaning you can get fit to the beautiful backdrop of London’s skyline. Starting on Saturday 7th May you can […]

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