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Openings & Launches

Where the Pancakes Are

One of the best days of the year? Shrove Tuesday or you might know it as pancake day. The one day in the year when it is perfectly legitimate to eat 10 pancakes in one go and no one bats an eyelid. Sure you can do it another day of the year, but it doesn’t have the same feeling of accomplishment, you just look greedy. What you should do when you want to eat pancakes, is go to Where the Pancakes Are, which, this month opens its first permanent restaurant in Flat Iron Square. Created by Patricia Trijbit, the fluffy, […]

Openings & Launches

Roma Opens: Feast Like an Emperor

When we found out that new restaurant Roma was based on Ancient Rome and the Romans, the first thing we thought of was what we were taught about Roman feasting at school, how they supposedly ate until they could physically eat no more, would be sick and then keep going. Apparently that is a myth… most disappointing. However, they were indeed decadent, they loved to eat, even if some of their dishes were questionable – udders anyone? It’s this passion for food that is inspiring the new Fenchurch restaurant – which history fans might know was the site of a […]

Reviews

ROKA’s Kaiseki Menu Review – What We Thought

New? ROKA Charlotte Street is the group’s flagship, opening back in 2004 followed by Canary Wharf, Mayfair and Aldwych but we were reviewing the new 7-course Kaiseki cocktail pairing menu which takes place in Charlotte Street’s Shochu Lounge, offering an intimate, personable dining experience. Where? 37 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 1RR www.rokarestaurant.com  On the Menu: ROKA is known for its contemporary Japanese food, served mainly from the huge robata grill in the middle of the ground floor dining room. The Kaiseki menu is a little different, consisting of 7 small (ish) courses, each paired with a complex yet refined cocktail […]

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Celebrities & Influencers

Storytelling By Britain’s Best-Loved Voices

‘You’ve got a letter’, ‘Uh oh…’ Receiving a letter is usually met with this type of response, and understandably so, as usually awaiting in that envelope is an unexpected bill or unwanted news. Gone are the days where we correspond with pen and paper. Yet, like reading an actual book over picking up the Kindle, there is something personal and intimate about conversing with handwriting. With that in mind, Letters Live is breathing life into that endearing tradition. Inspired by Shaun Usher’s international best selling Letters of Note series, Letters Live brings back the momentous point of reading a letter […]

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Seasonal & Celebrations

12 Cupcakes to Eat This National Cupcake Week

This week is National Cupcake Week, it couldn’t come at a better time seeing that autumn is now here and as a nation we are still getting over the terrible news that the Great British Bake Off will no longer be on the BBC – we need to take a little comfort in cake… not that we ever normally need an excuse. We’ve rounded up 12 places you need to check out from cupcakes and cocktails to cupcake decorating lessons.

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Sofitel Launch Wine Days

In London there’s no such thing as a dedicated ‘wine day’ – with a glass on Monday evening to celebrate getting through the day, a wine-fuelled Tuesday night ‘meeting’ with a colleague and once you get to Wednesday there is no need for justification. Sofitel London St James is launching Sofitel Wine Days, a curated collection of wine cocktails which is running from 21st September to 31st October.  Available in the intimate St James Bar and the sophisticated The Balcon restaurant, the cocktails will feature French wines in celebration of the French wine harvest and will include the likes of […]

Openings & Launches

Fancy Funkin Chicken Sets Up Shop in Brixton

Confident enough to nestle in to Brixton’s Coldharbour Lane, new late-night chicken shop Fancy Funkin Chicken is clearly up to the challenge of making their own surrounded by new neighbours CHICKENLiquor, The Rum Kitchen and Nanban to name but a few. Before we reveal anything you can no doubt work out a few key things; there’s probably a street food vibe seeing as 1) the name is quite (very) informal, 2) Brixton is king of the London street food scene and 3) a chicken shop doesn’t tend to be swanky. The 50-cover restaurant will have an ‘urban’ feel to it, […]

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Plum + Spilt Milk Champagne Brunch Review – What We Thought

New? The restaurant, located inside the Great Northern Hotel, isn’t new but they have just launched a sophisticated Saturday Champagne brunch. Where? Great Northern Hotel, King’s Cross St Pancras Station, Pancras Road, King’s Cross, N1C 4TB, www.plumandspiltmilk.com First Impressions: Despite a sign visible in the forecourt of King’s Cross station, Plum + Spilt Milk wasn’t easy to find. Inside the Great Northern Hotel, it took us a few failed attempts before we located a welcome desk and were directed up to the first floor restaurant. A quietly civilised spot for brunch, we visited on the first day of the new menu […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Alfred Tennyson’s Bottomless Brunch

In 1895 writer Guy Beringer made a plea, a very important plea, one that would change our lives and shape our weekends. Writing in Hunter’s Weekly he wrote a piece called ‘Brunch: A Plea’ suggesting that come Sunday morning those who are rather hungover don’t want breakfast, nor do they want to wait for the heavy post church lunch. Instead he suggested a lighter meal served around noon, that would start with tea or coffee. Fast forward 121 years and brunch is very much at the centre of our lives (well it is here at The Handbook HQ), we’re either talking […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Beastie Boys and Girls Game Dinner

Beastie Boys is getting a PC 21st century makeover: introducing Beastie Boys & Girls. Nope, the band isn’t preparing for a comeback tour, Beastie Boys & Girls is a feasting dinner, taking place at Bethnal Green’s Paradise Garage, sister restaurant to The Dairy, The Manor and Counter Culture in Clapham. The ‘beastie’ element of the dinner comes in the form of the ‘beast’ (animal) being celebrated through nose to tail cooking, or beak to claw seeing as this time around is a celebration of game. Seasonal British cooking is at the core of The Dairy Group so Head Chef Simon […]

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