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Corrigan’s Mayfair – What We Thought

The Handbook recently reviewed Richard Corrigan’s restaurant Bentley’s and as we are all about being inclusive, we decided it was only right that we also reviewed its sister venue, Corrigan’s…nothing to do with the promise of more food, we swear. Corrigan’s is an upmarket venue in Mayfair and I was excited to return to the venue after not having eaten there for a while. It is safe to say that I was not disappointed and left feeling impressed and oh so full. Richard Corrigan is a renowned and multi-award winning chef who has been cooking since he was a youngster. […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Cuban Garden Terrace At Boisdale!

If you weren’t satisfied with your weekend city break in Europe, or you didn’t manage to go on holiday this summer (we really hope not!) then why not escape to a beautiful foreign land, without all the hassle of packing and passport control. This summer, you can experience a taste of Cuba without actually having to leave the country, thanks to the new Cuban garden terrace at Boisdale! Based in Canary Wharf, the terrace promises a night of flowing mojitos and daiquiris, the smell of Cuban street food (and cigar smoke) lots of salsa and mambo dancing. Guests are likely […]

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5 of the Best London Beaches

London: a great city, or the greatest? We all know the answer. Yet if there’s one thing London is missing, something that other cities like Barcelona, Miami and Rio de Janeiro can boast, it’s a beach. But it looks like the Big Smoke is finally catching up. Urban beaches have finally stepped up a level to become a serious weekend option. And since it’s summer, why not check out one of these London beaches?

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5 of the Best London Beaches

London: a great city, or the greatest? We all know the answer. Yet if there’s one thing London is missing, something that other cities like Barcelona, Miami and Rio de Janeiro can boast, it’s a beach. But it looks like the Big Smoke is finally catching up. Urban beaches have finally stepped up a level to become a serious weekend option. And since it’s summer, why not check out one of these London beaches?

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Reviews

Brew Review – What We Thought

It’s always best to address the elephant in the room from the very start. Brew. The name that conjures up images of coffee, cake and dare I say, cyclists.   Upon arrival I glanced at the menu with caution. Was I going to find a Lance Armstrong apple sauce?Or a Eddy Merckx mezze? I hoped not. After a thorough inspection of the choices my heart beat returned to its normal pace. The menu was clean – phew. I decided to go with pizza, but surely you can’t go wrong with pizza?  The Hellfire Pizza, which is what I ordered, involves a […]

Openings & Launches

Nine Adam Street Reopens

Some people strongly believe that being in places where significant stuff has happened can have an effect on your own fortune. So for example, living in the former house of a murderer could turn you psycho or going to the same clubs as the TOWIE cast could turn you into a Z lister. Here at The Handbook, we’re not entirely sure what to make of such beliefs, but we do love a venue with a colourful history – and Nine Adam Street, the latest innovative venue space to be launched by Blank Canvas – has that in spades. Once one […]

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Street Food Masterclasses at L’atelier des Chefs

Just like afternoon tea and drinks after work, Londoner’s love of street food looks like it is set to stay. There are festivals, awards and numerous articles all dedicated to it, and many of London’s top restaurants now start off as street food vendors. So it only seems fitting that we get a chance to dabble in it ourselves.  Cookery school, L’atelier des Chefs is now giving diners the chance to learn how to create their own street food, with some street food masterclasses this summer. Every day at 1pm you can master a classic street food dish in a […]

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Reviews

Portrait Restaurant Review – What We Thought

What: Audrey Hepburn inspired menu Where: The Portrait Gallery  Why you should go there:   Favourite thing we ate: Veal and ricotta meatballs  If there is one thing I would like to have more of it would be poise. I have about as much grace as small baby elephant which in other words is zero. With this in mind, I went off to the National Portrait Gallery to visit the Audrey Hepburn exhibition, because if anyone could teach me how to be more elegant it would be the actress, dancer and philanthropist who reminded us that Paris never needs a reason and that the […]

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Reviews

Portrait Restaurant Review – What We Thought

What: Audrey Hepburn inspired menu Where: The Portrait Gallery  Why you should go there:   Favourite thing we ate: Veal and ricotta meatballs  If there is one thing I would like to have more of it would be poise. I have about as much grace as small baby elephant which in other words is zero. With this in mind, I went off to the National Portrait Gallery to visit the Audrey Hepburn exhibition, because if anyone could teach me how to be more elegant it would be the actress, dancer and philanthropist who reminded us that Paris never needs a reason and that the […]

Openings & Launches

Paradise Garage Opening In Bethnal Green

There are a lot of different ideas about what ‘paradise’ is…some will tell you it’s a religious haven, others will say it’s lying on a sunny beach, but here at The Handbook, paradise equals tasty food, good drinks and a great atmosphere. Lucky for us then, that Robin Gill and his team (who are the people behind The Dairy & The Manor in Clapham) are launching a new restaurant venture on Paradise Row, appropriately named Paradise Garage. The venue will be built inside an old railway arch, giving it a cool retro vibe and the service promises to be relaxed […]

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