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Hix and Hirst Open Pharmacy 2

Mark Hix and Damien Hirst have long been friends, with Hirst creating the Cock and Bull formaldehyde at Mark’s restaurant Tramshed and now Mark is returning to the favour by creating the menu at Pharmacy 2, Hirst’s new restaurant. A friendship of food and art, something we commend. Opening in Vauxhall at the Newport Street Gallery, the restaurant will be serving up British and European breakfasts, brunches, lunches and Sunday roasts for the visitors to the exhibitions as well as suppers in the evening for diners. Using fresh ingredients, highlights are said to include shaved winter squash with treviso and […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

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.

Openings & Launches

Foley’s Opens in Fitzrovia

Right now it might be hard to be imagine summer, although today is National Margarita Day so you know grab a glass and the tequila, get in the summer mood, it’s a Monday you deserve it.* When summer does come however, it will arrive with the opening of Foley’s, a new restaurant serving up Modern World dishes. It will of course be opening in Fitzrovia (read about the latest Fitzrovia offerings here, here and here) – it really is the area of the moment. Head Chef Mitz Vora (previously Sous Chef at The Palomar) will be bringing eclectic flavours together […]

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Reviews

Union Street Café Review – What We Thought

The name is misleading; ‘Union Street Café’ is situated just off Southwark’s Union Street, yes, so that part I understand, but it’s not a café, it’s an Italian restaurant, inspired by Northern Italy’s laid-black glamour. The interior suits the quirky, trendy history of the area and I can’t help thinking anyone walking past who didn’t know it was a Gordon Ramsay venture would have no idea, even once they were inside. Calmer and less IN-YOUR-FACE than you might expect – but then again, none of his 14 London restaurants are like that. Normally I’d say a particular dish was a […]

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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 […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

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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Openings & Launches

3rd Bukowski Grill Opens

Some say three is a crowd, we don’t, we say three is definitely a party and next week, Bukowski Grill is joining the party as their third site opens on D’arblay Street in Soho. Back in 2011, designer/chef/owner Robin Freeman opened the first Bukowski Grill in BoxPark Shoreditch, next came Brixton in 2012 and now, four years later, Soho will get a slice of the American diner as they open their flagship site.  To celebrate it will feature a new extended menu including new breakfast and brunch dishes. Using British produce cooked over charcoal in a josper oven, they’ll be […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

L’Escargot Bottomless Sunday Brunch

Eccentric, lavish and historical, L’Escargot is the place to head if you can’t quite make it to Paris for the weekend. Founded in 1927, L’Escargot is London’s oldest French restaurant – think of the stories it could tell – let the Bellini’s and Bloody Mary’s give you your own stories. Celebrate the best of the brunch menu with bottomless food which is there ready and waiting, however hungry you may be – think of the best buffet you’ve ever had, it’s like that but better. And you won’t have the buffet shame of walking up for the forth time because the […]

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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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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Secret Cinema Returns: Tell No One

The Secret Cinema is exactly what it says on the tin… secret. In fact this new Tell No One experience is so secret and the team are being so coy with us that we can’t tell you that much. However what we can tell you is that the 22nd production which follows the likes of Shawshank Redemption and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, starts tonight and runs until the March 20th and new tickets have been released. This interactive experience will be brought to life with over 35 actors, live music and a spectacular story and whilst we don’t […]

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Openings & Launches

The Larder Opens

Fitzrovia is currently having its moment in terms of restaurants and kitchens with the openings of The Detox Kitchen, House of Ho, Dickie Fitz (next week) and soon to be Bao, but today we’re all about the launch of The Larder. Opening in Pearson Square, the 35 cover café and food store will be serving up healthy breakfasts, delicious cakes and pastries, lunch as well as food gifts to take home. Stop by on the way to work for super fruit salad with coconut and chia seed pots with mixed berries, or if it’s going to be one of those […]

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