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Best Bars to Celebrate National Margarita Day

Today is suddenly a whole lot better when you realise that it’s National Margarita Day! Whether you sip, slurp or shot yours, that first sip is to be savoured once you’ve survived the first day of the week. We have rounded up the best happy hours, masterclasses and most imaginative margaritas in town for you to celebrate this day appropriately.

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Michelin-starred dining at Selfridges

The familiar will meet the unfamiliar when Michelin-starred Kei Kobayashi hosts a one-off lunch at Aubaine in Selfridges for not-your-average Monday lunch. Whilst the rest of us are queuing in Pret or microwaving the soup we made at the weekend (thrifty) you could be enjoying a 6-course French/Japanese fusion menu and petits fours. The experience will be even better if you don’t have to return to the office by plumping for the wine pairing option but actually, on second thoughts, spreadsheets might be a whole lot more fun a few glasses later. If you haven’t been, the Aubaine in Selfridge’s […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

German Gymnasium’s New Afternoon Tea

Here at The Handbook we’re a sucker for a new afternoon tea, if it’s sandwiches and cakes in miniature form then sign us right up! Joining the afternoon tea brigade is German Gymnasium, who will be launching their afternoon tea tomorrow. When you think of Germany you might not think of cake, you’re more likely to think of beer, bratwurst, pretzels and sauerkraut, but they’re pretty big on their cakes too. Starting at 4pm with the German tradition of Kaffee and Kuchen, the afternoon tea menu is split into two teas; The German, which features sandwiches filled with the likes […]

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Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks, and for those who will not get the chance to return home to USA for 28th November and celebrate with family and friends, Gillray’s Steakhouse has prepared a special Thanksgiving offering for you to enjoy in London.

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Mark Hix: Your Private Chef

We may have just had breakfast but on a Friday morning it’s only natural to be looking ahead to the weekend. Can’t think that far ahead? Maybe you’re just planning your dinner tonight. Curry. Sorted. Next dilemma, who’s cooking? We can’t solve all your culinary dilemmas for you but we can tell you about an event taking place at the Four Seasons Hotel on Park Lane in aid of Leuka, the leukaemia charity. Their annual event ‘Who’s Cooking Dinner’ is now in it’s seventeenth year, and raises significant funds to go towards research and treatment of the disease – to […]

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News

10 of the Best Mexican Restaurants

The days of gimmicky Mexican restaurants complete with sombrero in each seat, pinatas hanging from the ceiling and tequila flowing behind the bar are gone (OK, tequila remains). Whilst London has never been at the forefront of Mexican cuisine, for somewhere home to so many guacamole lovers, it is finally starting to get the attention it deserves. If you know your quesadilla from your enchilada and your taco from your nacho, get down to one of these ten Mexican casas and sample the best London has to offer.

Reviews

Where The Pancakes Are Review – What We Thought

I have never dined out on pancake day before – normally I’m at home, sprinkling sugar and squeezing lemons on thin French crepes, professionally tossed if I’m feeling confident – so it takes somewhere pretty special to tempt me to pass full pancake responsibility into someone else’s hands. Enter Where The Pancakes Are, a Pancake Day pop-up in Habitat, King’s Road. Charlotte visited last year and warned me they were good. Very good.  Whilst pancakes are comforting and familiar, there is something innovative and exciting about these guys. How has no one ever thought of topping with hollandaise and poached […]

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Where The Pancakes Are Review – What We Thought

I have never dined out on pancake day before – normally I’m at home, sprinkling sugar and squeezing lemons on thin French crepes, professionally tossed if I’m feeling confident – so it takes somewhere pretty special to tempt me to pass full pancake responsibility into someone else’s hands. Enter Where The Pancakes Are, a Pancake Day pop-up in Habitat, King’s Road. Charlotte visited last year and warned me they were good. Very good.  Whilst pancakes are comforting and familiar, there is something innovative and exciting about these guys. How has no one ever thought of topping with hollandaise and poached […]

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Openings & Launches

Theo Randall at the InterContinental Turns 10

Oh to be ten again – not a care in the world, you were in Year Five so you had been elevated to the lofty heights of sitting on the benches in assembly but you didn’t have to do your SATS. You had authority in the playground but you didn’t have the imposing threat of Year Sevens waiting for you in September. Most importantly, everyone knew your Laser Quest party was going to be the best. Somewhere that turns ten this year is InterContinental London Park Lane’s restaurant, Theo Randall at the InterContinental, and whilst they aren’t turning it into […]

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Culture

Finishing Touches at W London

As London Fashion Week takes over the capital, W Hotel in Soho will be transformed to your one stop shop for looking preened, poised and ready to take the FROW by storm. Aptly named Finishing Touches, the pop-up will run from the 19th to the 21st February and is packed with talks, classes and treatments. Adam Bennett aka the professional Pony Tailor will be making sure your hair is coiffed to perfection, NailsInc will be performing super-fast manicures with spray technology, Girl Meets Dress will be offering styling advice and In Your Dreams will host their lavish eye bar to […]

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The Yorkshire Pudding Feast

Yorkshire puddings, along with roast potatoes are arguably the best part of any Sunday lunch, no, the best part of any Sunday. In fact, let’s be honest along with David Attenborough, Judi Dench and tea, they’re one of our best national treasures. In amongst the whirlwind that was Shrove Tuesday and Valentine’s Day you might have not known that the 7th February was actually National Yorkshire Pudding Day… yep a day dedicated to the warm, carby little bowls. If you missed the day, there is still time to commit carbicide as Reform Social and Grill have a limited edition sweet […]

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5 Top Fuss-Free Restaurants

Sometimes, you book a table at a specific restaurant for the luxurious pull-your-chair-out, fold-your-napkin and intricate sommelier service that’s on offer. You want to work your way through a Bible of a wine list and try to decipher the list of ingredients that make up the complex, texture-testing, scientific dishes on offer. But sometimes, just sometimes, you simply want to eat. To pull up a chair, catch up with a friend and tuck into genuinely good, fuss-free grub and friendly service. Here’s where The Handbook recommends you go:

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Openings & Launches

Barrio Opens in Brixton

One day Ferdie Ahmed decided to take the leap and quit his job in IT while he figured out what to do he went travelling around Latin America. It was here that he fell in love with their passion for food, drink and music and decided to bring it back to London in the form of Barrio. Following on from Angel, Soho and Shoreditch, the next Barrio offering will be opening in Brixton next month. Taking inspiration from the local markets, arcades, brewers and distillers of Brixton, the bar will be serving up tequila, mezcal, piscos, cachacas as well as brewery-fresh […]

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