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Bake Off’s Chetna Hosts Kitchen Takeover

We recently wrote a guide on the top 9 library bars, and we think we have another for the list. Aptly named LIBRARY, it’s a members club with bedrooms and a mezzanine bar with glass balcony area, armchairs and very well-stocked bookshelves. The concept is based around being more than just a members club; they aim to be thought-provoking and conversation-striking through a range of cultural events. A new in-house restaurant, Saint Luke’s Kitchen, also promises to be different to what we think we know, by offering a literary-inspired ‘edible story’, engaging the senses and stimulating the taste buds. Did […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Urban Coterie Launch Bottomless Brunch

We’ll never tire of brunch, that meal where it is totally acceptable to drink at 11am (you couldn’t do that if you were just having breakfast), where you can eat blueberries and waffles (can’t do that at lunch) and then scrambled eggs just because you can. As we say, it’s the best. This weekend will see the launch of Urban Coterie’s new bottomless brunch which includes three courses and unlimited Mimosas. Created by Anthony Demetre and Head Chef Killian Lynch the menu will include everything from scrambled duck eggs with smoked salmon and French toast with mascarpone and blueberries to […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

‘The Raw Chef’ Hosts Supper Club at Tiny Leaf

Food with the word ‘tiny’ associated to it wouldn’t normally sound that appealing but when the tiny in question is Tiny Leaf, the new organic, zero waste restaurant in Notting Hill, we’re all ears. Formerly associated with hippies in hot countries and people whose ovens have broken, raw food is now widely noted for it’s health benefits, not to mention one hell of a jaw workout. Although Tiny Leaf isn’t exclusively raw, it is vegetarian. Enter Russell James, the UK’s leading ‘raw chef’ as he hosts a series of raw, plant-based supper clubs at Tiny Leaf, beginning this Friday. For […]

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Openings & Launches

Cottons Restaurant: A Slice of the Caribbean in London

You know what we could really do with a good old dose of? Sun, balmy temperatures and holiday to a paradise-esque island. Of course money and time stands in our way. So we’ll have to suffice with a little slice of sunshine in London with the announcement that next month will see the opening of the third Cottons Caribbean restaurant and Rhum Shack. Following the first two restaurants in Camden and Shoreditch, the third offering, which will be the flagship venue is opening in Notting Hill and will be home to the largest rum collection in the UK – we’re […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

7 Courses, 7 Top London Chefs

If ‘7 courses’ doesn’t grab your attention, I don’t know what will. If, however, you’re not quite ready to sign on the dotted line and hand your money over, let us tell you a little more. FoodCycle is a British charity which makes use of spare kitchen spaces and surplus food to create nutritious meals for people living in food poverty. In a city with thousands of restaurants it’s all too easy to forget food poverty is very real and a lunchtime visit to Pret is often the closest we get to donating surplus food (Pret donate unsold food at the […]

Reviews

Crab Tavern Review – What We Thought

Broadgate Circle on a Thursday night is buzzing. A strong ratio of ten suited males to every female, each celebrating the imminent end of the week and this city hub is as good a place as any to head for a well-earned drink or two and a meal to line the stomach. As someone who doesn’t work in a glass skyscraper, I always love visiting the area, and on this occasion I couldn’t help feeling envious of the huge range of bars and restaurants in such a confined area; Jose Pizarro, Yauatcha, Franco Manca – they’re all here. Busiest of all? […]

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Openings & Launches

BAO To Open in Fitzrovia

If you can, cast your mind forward to May, when we’ll have light evenings, warm temperatures (don’t quote me on that), the cold, dark winter will be a distant memory and the second BAO will open. Having opened their first permanent restaurant in Soho after having a market stall in Netil Market, Erchen Chang and siblings Shing and Wai Ting Chung will be joining the ever popular Fitzrovia as the second BAO will launch on Windmill Street. Occupying a bigger site than the first means that the new restaurant will have an extended menu and a new bar element.  Designed […]

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News

The Inner Circle: Bringing Online Dating to the Offline

Bumble, Tinder, Happn, The Grade (which sounds terrifying to us): whichever dating app is your weapon of choice, do you not sometimes just feel bored by it all? The endless swiping, the conversations that seem to trail off halfway through and the dates which amount to nothing, once you realise that your match may have gone a little too heavy on the old filters. The guys who set up The Inner Circle share your thinking – they realised it was quality, not quantity that counted; that however many photos you scroll through it’s not going to be the same as meeting someone […]

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Reviews

Gyoza Bar Review – What We Thought

Perusing back over the menu at Gyoza Bar is like a fond trip down memory lane where I get to relive all of the delicious items I had previously devoured much too quickly, wishing I’d savoured the moment slightly more. Every dish that came out ranged from good to great with no duds available, a good reflection on the style of food and attitude from Gyoza Bar. The food is severely underrated here and fits in well with the nonchalant look of the restaurant which features wooden floors, simple tables and warm open brick walls. The dishes come out when ready […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Number 90’s 4 Day Birthday Party

If we could have a 4-day birthday celebration we absolutely would. Day one would be an all-day warm-up; we’re envisaging friends, family, drinks, live music and ice cream. A dry-ice ice cream van to be precise… Although that’s the only thing that would be dry – lots of cocktails are a necessity. OK, OK, this all sounds amazing but it isn’t completely a figment of our imagination, it’s Hackney Wick bar and restaurant, Number 90’s 2nd birthday extravaganza. Turning 2 is something to celebrate, so why not go all out with four days of partying? Each day has a slightly […]

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Openings & Launches

The Woodford Now Open

At 25 some of us have our lives in order; we understand tax, our fridges have more than just alcohol and olives in them and we actually do our washing on time rather being forced to because we have nothing clean to wear. One such person who is definitely doing something impressive is Ben Murphy who has just launched his first restaurant, The Woodford, in – you’ve guessed it – Woodford. It’s not surprising though, he is the former Young National Chef of the Year and has worked for Pierre Koffmann at the Berkeley, as well as working at two, […]

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Hotels

6 of London’s Most Luxurious Hotel Suites

Let’s face it: sometimes we all want to get away from London. But if you’re anything like The Handbook, you’ve barely reached Heathrow before you start frantically checking your social media to find out what’s going on in the city. Wouldn’t it be great if you could enjoy a luxury getaway without actually leaving? Here’s our roundup of the most lavish hotel suites in London: all the comfort of a getaway – within zone one.

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