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10 of the Best Places for Sharing Plates

For times when you’re feeling indecisive or maybe just greedy but ordering multiple dishes on the menu would be frowned upon, welcome to the world of sharing platters, tapas and full on feasts. Sharing is not only welcomed at these restaurants but it is actively embraced – no more food envy. Just make sure you go with a fair group of friends. Seven chips each please…

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Blues Kitchen Brixton review – what we thought

Blues Kitchen in Brixton – the newly opened 3rd venue from Blues Kitchen – has that laid back, easy going vibe that is readily welcomed on a Friday evening after a week of being in the office. It’s dimly lit with music playing and the bar clear, ready for an evening of drinking while the dining area is situated further down the venue. They’ve chosen the perfect location with Brixton which is already known for its rich street culture and the friendly atmosphere is felt straight away. The menu has typical dishes that you would expect from a Southern menu […]

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Chocolate Masterclass at Arch London

As far as jobs go, being a chocolate artist and sculptor has to be up there as one of the best, well we think so. Paul Wayne Gregory has said job, the chocolate extraordinaire has created chocolate dresses with Henry Holland, made a sculpture of Phillip Schofield’s face and even had The One Show guessing if they can tell the difference between chocolate fruit and real fruit. He is now going to be hosting ‘The Festive Art of Chocolate’ masterclass at boutique hotel, Arch London. Throughout the three hour class, guests can taste lots of Paul’s award-winning chocolates, including flavours […]

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7 Classic London Restaurants

We’re all creatures of habit at the end of the day. We can go to all the pop-ups and exclusive one-off events that we like, but when it comes to a special occasion; those family get together’s and meals to remember (planning a proposal anyone?) it’s the classics that really stand the test of time. Staple dining institutions that deliver on service, ambiance and great food and drink every single time. Here’s our round-up of The Handbook’s favourite go-to classic restaurants:

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Le Bun at Le Zetter

Bon appétit, excusez-moi, faux pas… We are all guilty of embedding phrases en français into our dialect now and again to make us sound a little bit chic and now The Zetter Hotel are getting in on the action, becoming Le Zetter for five weeks only. Pourquoi, you may ask? Well, street food burger favourites Le Bun have got themselves a slightly more permanent home and a five month residency at The Zetter in Clerkenwell. Le Bun are adding a touch of neon to the eclectic interiors of the quirky boutique hotel. Vintage televisions and video players will be artfully […]

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Barrio Soho Review – What We Thought

I love Mexican food and I love sharing food. By sharing I mean a conscious decision by a group of us to order a few plates of different foods – not giving up a carefully ordered individual meal. But back to sharing. I headed to Soho with a friend one particularly thirsty Thursday evening to try out the new Mexican inspired menu at late night favourite, Barrio Soho. They’ve just undergone a bit of a makeover (formerly called Barrio Central) and have a new head chef, Ernesto Pavia, from Bubbledogs and a three star Michelin restaurant in France before that. So he […]

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Barrio Soho Review – What We Thought

I love Mexican food and I love sharing food. By sharing I mean a conscious decision by a group of us to order a few plates of different foods – not giving up a carefully ordered individual meal. But back to sharing. I headed to Soho with a friend one particularly thirsty Thursday evening to try out the new Mexican inspired menu at late night favourite, Barrio Soho. They’ve just undergone a bit of a makeover (formerly called Barrio Central) and have a new head chef, Ernesto Pavia, from Bubbledogs and a three star Michelin restaurant in France before that. So he […]

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Hakkasan Review – What We Thought

We all know the poem ‘in the dark dark house’ well here is my version – ready for this? On the dark, dark (Hanway) street, was a dark, dark (Hanway) place and in the dark, dark place was a dark, dark corner and in that corner was a dark, dark restaurant, Hakkasan. Ok so it might not roll off the tongue quite as well, but that poem always springs to mind when I visit Catonese restaurant Hakkasan in Hanway Place. Turning off the bustling Oxford Street, Hanway Place is eerily quiet and slightly foreboding and tucked away in the corner […]

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Hakkasan Review – What We Thought

We all know the poem ‘in the dark dark house’ well here is my version – ready for this? On the dark, dark (Hanway) street, was a dark, dark (Hanway) place and in the dark, dark place was a dark, dark corner and in that corner was a dark, dark restaurant, Hakkasan. Ok so it might not roll off the tongue quite as well, but that poem always springs to mind when I visit Catonese restaurant Hakkasan in Hanway Place. Turning off the bustling Oxford Street, Hanway Place is eerily quiet and slightly foreboding and tucked away in the corner […]

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5 Of The Best Bars For Mocktails

While most people love a bit of the hard stuff (we’re strictly referring to alcohol here), some people don’t drink. These heroes spend less, embarrass themselves on a significantly smaller number of occasions and wake up without hangovers. Plus, they all do this while looking as if they are drinking, thanks to technological advancements in what are known as non-alcoholic cocktails. If you want to get in on this sorcery, or you’re a teetotaller already, check out The Handbook’s guide to 5 of the best bars for virgin cocktails.

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Kurobuta Opens in Harvey Nichols

Burger & Lobster, Yo! Sushi and now Kurobuta. Harvey Nichols is welcoming Scott Hallsworth’s Japanese restaurant to their fifth floor, a space no stranger to pop-ups and longer duration residencies. Anyone familiar with Kurobuta already will know why this opening is nothing but great news. Informal dining and great food make it a good option for when you just fancy a guaranteed good meal, and now that they are in Harvey Nichols it will be the perfect stop off for a day of Christmas shopping. This is the third venue for the restaurant, adding to the existing Kings Road and Marble […]

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8 Venues that aren’t what they seem

Trying to find a restaurant when you’re already late for your dinner reservation can be pretty annoying, but what if it is disguised on purpose? There are plenty of bars, cafes and restaurants in London that are either dual purpose businesses (think bike shops with cafes, supper clubs in clothes shops) or in converted buildings. The good part about the initial hunt for the entrance? Hiding inside is often great food, expertly mixed cocktails and maybe a celeb or two, so here is our pick of 8 of the best venues that aren’t what they first seem.

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