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11 of the Best Masterclasses

No matter how many cookbooks we read cover to cover (and then mount beautifully on our shelves) or recipe pages we tear out of the weekend paper supplements, The Handbook’s cookery creations never quite live up to picture on the page. So what better way to scrub up on our kitchen skills than at one of the capital’s leading masterclasses. From butchery to cocktails and oyster shucking, here’s our guide to the best in London:

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

24 Ways to Spend Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day, it’s like Marmite isn’t it? You either embrace it whole-heartedly, love hearts and rose petals everywhere or you wish you could just forget all about it. If you do have an SO/a crush that doesn’t know you exist but you want to impress or just want to show your friends a bit of extra love this year then here is our guide on to how to spend the day of love in London:  

Reviews

Hakkasan’s Chinese New Year Review – What We Thought

Monday was Chinese New Year, the Year of the Monkey, a chance to celebrate, wealth, health and happiness. So we headed off in search of the best Chinese fare to mark this occasion and as you might remember we told you about Hakkasan’s Chinese New Year menu and so after drinks we headed off to Bruton Street to try it out. Walking down the stairs in Hakkasan is like heading into an underground lair that you might find in James Bond. It’s seductive, sophisticated, it’s the sort of place you walk into and instantly feel that you’re more attractive (thank […]

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Hakkasan’s Chinese New Year Review – What We Thought

Monday was Chinese New Year, the Year of the Monkey, a chance to celebrate, wealth, health and happiness. So we headed off in search of the best Chinese fare to mark this occasion and as you might remember we told you about Hakkasan’s Chinese New Year menu and so after drinks we headed off to Bruton Street to try it out. Walking down the stairs in Hakkasan is like heading into an underground lair that you might find in James Bond. It’s seductive, sophisticated, it’s the sort of place you walk into and instantly feel that you’re more attractive (thank […]

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Openings & Launches

Duende: Magic in Covent Garden

You know how Instagram/Pinterest/Tumblr is littered with inspirational quotes such as ‘You may have flaws but you’re still perfect’ ‘You just do you’, you know the ones we mean, the ones we all hate to love and love to hate. Well new tapas restaurant Duende, reminds us of one of those quotes. Why? Because Duende loosely means magic and founder Victor Garvey (co-founder of Bravas Tapas) has said he won’t be serving up the finest or the most authentic tapas, but just the kind of food that he would love to eat in a restaurant – they’re just doing their own thing […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Homemade Children’s Food Delivered To Your Door

Although we can’t prove it, we’re no scientists of course, we’re pretty sure that London runs on a different time scale to the rest of the country. Everything is so much more fast-paced, everyone is always on the move, we’ll quite happily sit on the tube for an hour on a Tuesday to meet a friend for a drink in the depths of zone five – would we sit in a car for an hour if we didn’t live in London to do the same thing? Unlikely. And with all these things to do and all this bustling about it […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

7 Of The Best South American Restaurants

Got the winter blues? Haven’t we all! After months and months of grey darkness, we’re all craving a bit of colour in our lives. And where better to start than with your dinner? Say goodbye to winter stodge – here are seven of the best South American restaurants, with enough spice and flavour to kick you back into life:

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Market Yard Pops Up in Shepherd’s Bush

London is buzzing with pop-ups and limited edition dishes. If you can’t keep up with the Creme Egg cafes/fully loaded milkshakes/rooftop cocktail bars then settle for a trend a little less…rapid. A couple of pop-ups are coming to Market Yard for six week durations from 10th February; enough time for you to plan an imminent visit, but not so quick that if you blink you’ll miss it. The people who brought us Scandinavian wonderland Little Feast before Christmas are back, this time as Market Yard. Known for popping up in unusual locations across the city (warehouses, squares, car parks) they […]

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Reviews

Edge Cycle Review – what we thought

The classics are good but sometimes they need a little revamp, to move with the times and keep us interested. Edge Cycle is a spinning studio near Chancery Lane that has taken the classic cycling class and incorporated it with various extra activities for a more varied spinning experience. For their latest combination the spinning whizzes have integrated the popular fitness movements of yoga with spinning so we headed down to check it out. The class lasts a total of 1 hour and is split between half an hour of spinning, followed by half an hour of yoga where you […]

Reviews

Edge Cycle Review – what we thought

The classics are good but sometimes they need a little revamp, to move with the times and keep us interested. Edge Cycle is a spinning studio near Chancery Lane that has taken the classic cycling class and incorporated it with various extra activities for a more varied spinning experience. For their latest combination the spinning whizzes have integrated the popular fitness movements of yoga with spinning so we headed down to check it out. The class lasts a total of 1 hour and is split between half an hour of spinning, followed by half an hour of yoga where you […]

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Openings & Launches

The InterContinental’s New Hotel

Pre-Millennium, Greenwich was barely given a second thought by Londoners. Enter the Millennium Dome (now the O2 Arena) and on any given weeknight you’ll find thousands of euphoric fans still singing as they pile onto the Jubilee line, long after the concert has ended. Wanting to avoid the crowded tube? The InterContinental O2 has just opened its doors, and it is just metres from the Arena. As suited to leisure as it is to corporate guests, the vast hotel boasts 453 rooms, 59 swanky suites, 20 meeting rooms, a 3,100sq ft ballroom and 5 in-house bars and restaurants, all spread over […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The Periodic Table Of Cocktails

Making cocktails is a science. It involves a lot of experimentation, combination of elements and knowledge of your art. I can confirm that I was abysmal at all forms of science at school and now that I’m older I even struggle to make a decent glass of orange squash. However, if like us here at Handbook HQ you’re a scientific catastrophe, there is hope yet. Bourne & Hollingsworth’s latest ‘Last Libations’ event, The Periodic Table of Cocktails is a sure-fire way to ensure even the most amateur mixologists leave with the ability to throw together a magnificent mojito or stir […]

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