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Top 8 Indian restaurants in London

The days of eating a curry in an a place that also serves chips are well and truly over as high-end Indian restaurants are popping up all over London to accommodate the demand for them. Whether you are already a fan of Indian cuisine of looking to have your first taste, we have found the top 8 Indian restaurants in London for you.

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London’s Cosiest Winter Pop-Ups

The dreary, dark days are really setting in now, so what better way to lift spirits than a welcoming, warm winter pop-up offering something fun, festive and usually booze filled (The Handbook reminds you to drink responsibly…). Here’s our guide to the best for 2015:

Openings & Launches

Nightjar Opens Oriole

Having consistently been ranked in the top three bars in the world since 2012, the guys over at Nightjar certainly know a thing or two about cocktails and now five years after it opened they open their second bar, Oriole today. Opening below Smithfield Market, the bar will focus on the four corners of the world, combining the glamour of an old-school nightclub with swing, jazz and blues performances. Whether you’re sat in one of the luxurious leather booths or perched at the bar on a high stool watching the mixologists there will always be something to catch your attention. […]

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DF Mexico Review – What We Thought

Put simply, DF Mexico is great fun. The atmosphere is buzzing, the food and drink is delightful, the décor is exciting and the staff are lovely. As soon as we stepped foot in DF Mexico’s Tottenham Court Road branch, we were struck by its kooky design and eye-catching décor. Laid out like an old-fashioned diner – complete with stainless steel chairs, vibrantly coloured benches and vintage, illuminated signs – the walls of the restaurant are covered in striking ornaments and paintings, many of which, it turns out, were produced exclusively for DF by Latin American artists! This contrast between the […]

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10 of the Best Christmas Party Venues in South London

Our latest installment of venue ideas in which to host your Christmas party, this time we are crossing the river and heading South. Known for its yummy mummies, trendy neighbourhoods and constantly described as ‘up and coming’, we think it can rival more central more locations for a Christmas bash to remember. Whether you fancy dining amongst works of art, up 100ft above the streets or in an old tanning warehouse, read on to see our pick of 10 of the best Christmas party venues in South London.

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The South Pole Saloon

This might come as a controversy but rumour has it that the elves aren’t happy with Father Christmas. Every year he gets all the credit for bringing the presents, he’s the one on Christmas cards and in story books – but who are the real heroes here? The elves, the ones actually making the presents. They’re kept as slaves and forced to work all year and then Santa revels in the praise. Hardly fair is it? Well, done with a life of slavery, some of the elves have escaped the North Pole and found themselves in…Brixton. On a purpose built […]

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CRATE opens Mick’s Garage

Queen’s Yard in Hackney Wick use to be home to Mick’s Mechanics, now, CRATE brewery founders Neil Hinchley and Tom and Jess Seaton have got hold of it and are turning it into Mick’s Garage. Ok, so the name might not be that different, but no the brewers aren’t fancying a go at fixing cars. Instead, Mick’s Garage is going to be a coffee shop/bar/bbq/warehouse – quite the multi-tasker. Gone are the tools, workshops and car parts instead CRATE kegs, trestle tables and reclaimed seats will fill the ground floor. Over in Mick’s old office will be a coffee roastery […]

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Thank Ya Papa!

Following on from the Bayou Banquet, Slap Ya Papa is returning to London to celebrate Thanksgiving with Thank Ya Papa at Styx in North London. On the 25th -28th November, they’ll be hosting a series of Thanksgiving supper clubs and finishing with a lunch club on the 29th which are all about thanksgiving New Orleans style – in other words big dishes, big flavours and big ingredients. The feasting table will be laden with 10 dishes, so we recommend that you get your eating pants on! Dishes will include truffled brussel sprouts squash casserole, candied yams and deep fried turkey […]

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Reviews

Chi Kitchen review – what we thought

Shopping on Oxford Street may strike fear into even the steeliest of London hearts, let alone in the run up to Christmas but there is something about to make it slightly more alluring; the opening of Chi Ki. The pan-Asian restaurant is tucked away at the back of the ground floor of Debenhams providing a peaceful oasis away from the hectic activity outside. The team behind Thai institution, Mango Tree, has created this exclusive concept which will also be launching in Debenhams Birmingham. The menu is diverse with all-day dining options, including breakfast, which is influenced by Thai, Chinese, Malaysian, […]

Reviews

Chi Kitchen review – what we thought

Shopping on Oxford Street may strike fear into even the steeliest of London hearts, let alone in the run up to Christmas but there is something about to make it slightly more alluring; the opening of Chi Ki. The pan-Asian restaurant is tucked away at the back of the ground floor of Debenhams providing a peaceful oasis away from the hectic activity outside. The team behind Thai institution, Mango Tree, has created this exclusive concept which will also be launching in Debenhams Birmingham. The menu is diverse with all-day dining options, including breakfast, which is influenced by Thai, Chinese, Malaysian, […]

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Eat Your Drink with Smith & Sinclair

Following the crowd can be a bad thing, but when the crowd in question are funding your business, it is certainly a good thing. Smith & Sinclair the edible cocktail people had their dreams come true when their business plan was sufficiently backed by crowdfunding. Now stocked in Harvey Nichols, Harrods and Selfridges, the edible alcoholic pastilles are coming to Carnaby Street in pop-up form. Amongst the magical Christmas lights of Soho’s kitsch-est street, the Eat Your Drink pop-up is promising their signature cocktail pastilles alongside gin and tonic bubbles, cocktail candy floss and (our favourite sounding thing) mojito and […]

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The Shapes of Sicily: Pasta Making at Iddu

For every person who is (or claims to be) gluten free, there are the die hard dough-fans who take every pizza, doughnut or bagel that comes their way. Homemade pasta? Absolutely. Especially at this time of year. Don’t worry though, you won’t have to dust off your (non-existent) pasta maker because Iddu are hosting pasta making classes with Sicilian sisters Nina, Sofia and Emilia Strazzanti. Sicilian restaurant Iddu in South Kensington has the feel of a Sicilian deli that has been modernised, polished and given an organic/raw/gluten-free makeover, fit for the health conscious residents of South Kensington. The Strazzani Sisters […]

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