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Kanada-Ya Review – What We Thought

I’m no ramen expert but I do love Asian food so a trip to the new(ish) Kanada-Ya ramen bar in Piccadilly was an exciting one. The second site to open, after the success of nearby Giles Street, Kanada-Ya have only upped the hype surrounding their much-loved signature dish. The evening we went was particularly wet and cold but even this wasn’t enough to put off a queue waiting on the street for a table. This is an in’n’out kind of place so the turnover rate for tables is fairly quick, making it an ideal pre-theatre destination. I had moyashi ramen, moyashi […]

Openings & Launches

100 Wardour St Opens – 50% Off

You might have noticed on The Handbook that we’re trying to make January a better month for everyone with January offers, healthy brunches and indulgent afternoon teas. Well now we have two pieces of good news. At the end of the month 100 Wardour St is opening and you guys get a rather nice 50% off on a la carte dining in the Lounge and Club from the 21st – 27th January. Don’t say we aren’t good to you. Once the site of the Marquee Club where The Rolling Stones performed as well as the likes of Fleetwood Mac and Jimi Hendrix. […]

Health & Wellness

Bootcamp Pilates at Bluebird

How was your weekend? Make it to the gym or your class that you said you’d definitely attend? No? Nor did we… If you need a little motivation this weekend then how does brunch at Bluebird sound? Of course you’ll need to do some exercise first, it’s not just pure eating – but it is fun, we promise. Bootcamp Pilates have joined forces with The Sports Edit to host a special one off MOTR Body Blitz class at Chelsea favourite, Bluebird. Taking place this Saturday (16th January) the class will use the MOTR machines and work on your cardio, balance, […]

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11 Top Guilt Free Cocktails

January is a bit of dividing month isn’t it? You have those who are on the ‘Dry January route, the New Year the New Me road, the cutting back the alcohol’ group. Then you have the ‘January is miserable, I might as well enjoy myself, what harm can another cocktail do?’ group. Well this guide has eleven of the best cocktails for January, whether you want mocktails or healthier cocktails – cheers! 

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Reviews

Bo Drake Review – What We Thought

When it comes to fusion cooking, Scottish-Chinese chef Jan Lee at Bo Drake is certainly standing out from the crowd and making a big impression with his Korexican cuisine. His unique idea of fusing together East Asian cuisine with smoky BBQ cooking methods from Europe and America has got people talking, and more importantly eating. Think tapas, but with an Asian twist, then a Mexican twist, then back to an Asian. And it kind of seems to go around in that flavour cycle… Situated on Greek Street, every table has a flickering candle, with a choice of intimate dining at […]

Reviews

Bo Drake Review – What We Thought

When it comes to fusion cooking, Scottish-Chinese chef Jan Lee at Bo Drake is certainly standing out from the crowd and making a big impression with his Korexican cuisine. His unique idea of fusing together East Asian cuisine with smoky BBQ cooking methods from Europe and America has got people talking, and more importantly eating. Think tapas, but with an Asian twist, then a Mexican twist, then back to an Asian. And it kind of seems to go around in that flavour cycle… Situated on Greek Street, every table has a flickering candle, with a choice of intimate dining at […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Brown’s Hotel’s ‘Not So Dry January’

We at The Handbook like people that do their own thing, write their own story, lead their own path, so while everyone around you may be clutching to bottles of juice as they try to cleanse their weakened liver, we say to hell with that! And so does Brown’s Hotel as they have created a trio of absolutely not alcohol-free ‘Dry Cocktails’ available throughout January. The drinks comprise of Dry Cooler blends Aperol, soda water and Galanti Prosecco Extra with a dry citrus roundel garnish, Dry Dry Baby, Petit Chablis, soda and lemon and grapefruit bitters served over ice. Last on […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Paradise’s Middle Eastern Supperclub

You know when something’s going to be good if last time it was a sellout. That is the case here, with the latest supperclub at celeb favourite North London hangout Paradise by Way of Kensal Green. Autumn’s sellout Game supperclub demonstrates the popularity of their events, as does the range of popular foodies who have hosted in the gastropub including Deliciously Ella, Hemsley and Hemsley and Amelia Freer. This time they are staying a bit closer to home, and in control of the menu is head chef Cat Ashton. Heavily inspired by Middle Eastern cuisine, Cat is hosting this one-off […]

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Openings & Launches

The Railway Tavern’s New Look

New Year, New Me those dreaded words that litter our Instagram and Facebook feeds, normally accompanied by someone holding a protein shake or a picture of feet in trainers as they head off the to the gym at some unearthly hour.  But this time we think we have one that you will like, because Clapham favourite, The Railway Tavern has gone under a refurbishment to start 2016 with a new look. Downstairs will have contemporary décor mixed with vintage and industrial elements, you’ll find mismatched leather sofas alongside reclaimed church pews and wooden stooling; whilst the colours are warm and […]

Reviews

Matthew Williamson Afternoon Tea review – what we thought

Renowned British fashion designer Matthew Williamson has once again created an afternoon tea for Balthazar, inspired by his Autumn Winter 2015 collection. His designs take inspiration from the twelve signs of the zodiac, with birthstones such as amethyst and sapphire influencing the rich jewel colour palette which is brought over to the tea created by Balthazar’s Head Pastry Chef, Régis Beauregard. On arrival at Balthazar we were welcomed by a friendly host who saw us to our table, meandering our way there I observed that it was busy but not too hectic. Jazz music played softly in the background as we […]

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TeaTox at The Strand Palace Hotel

Detox, Detox, Detox, it seems we can’t escape the word now 2016 has graced us with it’s presence. Whilst we are making conscious little changes in our daily routines to be healthier, our tolerance levels are low when it comes to hearing everyone moaning/bragging (delete as appropriate) about their healthy starts and just how many scoops of spirulina they put in their protein shake post 6am workout. If you’re like us and you don’t want healthiness to interrupt day to day life too much then you’ll be pleased to hear that The Strand Palace Hotel don’t want you to miss […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Cycle in the Courtyard

We all know the feeling:  you over did it the night before on the drinks, you’re feeling a little fragile, but it’s January and you’ve failed on the Dry January so you tell yourself that you’ll go to the gym next day. So you get to the gym and then they whack the music up and put the flashing lights on and your hangover gets the better of you. Well forget this nightmare, because Mayfair restaurant Hush have joined up with BOOM Cycle for a series of four outside spin classes in their famous courtyard – which means fresh air […]

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