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6 of the Cosiest Autumn Hangouts

Whilst it is nice to embrace the crisp autumn air and orange leaves, autumn is also the perfect time to hibernate. Here are our pick of 6 of the cosiest hideouts across the capital.

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Sold Out Theatre Shows: Your Way In

Benedict Cumberbatch’s stint in the West End has received critical acclaim as well as sold out shows and queues 50 long on the pavement each morning. With people camping out on the pavement daily you could be forgiven for thinking there is a new Apple launch in town. Not quite – these thespians are hoping to get their hands on a precious ticket to see Benedict Cumberbatch in the critically acclaimed ‘Hamlet’ which has completely sold out. With tickets now fetching hundreds online and in ‘discount’ stalls all over central London we have some good news; The Handbook’s Offer section […]

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LFW Macarons at Yauatcha

Today marks the start of London Fashion Week, so we hope you’re looking your best. You are? Great. Now our favourite way to celebrate anything is by eating of course, sporting event – eat, festival – eat, fashion – eat. And this year to celebrate LFW moving to Soho, Yauatcha have collaborated with fashion designer Charlie May to create a limited-edition range of macarons and a petit gateau that reflect her SS16 collection that will be on show this week. These macarons aren’t in the usual rainbow colours, instead they are in the neutral and dark hues that emulate the […]

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MEATLiquor opens in Islington

You might not recognise the names Yianni Papoutsis and Scott Collins, but you’ll definitely know their restaurants and most definitely know their American –style burgers, they are the duo behind MEATliquor, MEATmission and MEATmarket. Now they’re set to open their fourth London restaurant, the first restaurant to open from the team since MEATmission in 2012. Opening in October, they’re heading over to Upper Street in Islington, it was never their plan to head to Islington, but when a rather special venue came up, an abandoned Citroen garage, they knew they had to take the space.  Previously it has played host […]

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Flavour-altering Pop-Up Cafe

Do you eat all the fruit in the bottom of a glass of Pimm’s but leave the bitter lemon because even the thought of eating it makes you wince? We do. An exciting culinary experiment is taking place where nothing is quite as it seems. Sour will taste sweet in a venture that sounds very Heston Blumenthal-esque; we are slightly expecting clouds of smoke and flying doves when we visit The Attendant. Sound familiar? You probably know of The Attendant as London’s most unusual cafe. A converted Victorian public toilet down steps in the heart of Fitzrovia, The Attendant’s latest […]

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Nanban Lands in Brixton

We always love to see when a pop-up or street food stall is so successful it can take up permanent residence and that is happening again this month as Tim Anderson’s Nanban settle in Brixton. Opening on the 25th September the restaurant on Coldharbour Lane is found in a building that was the former home of a pie and eel shop and many of the original features have been restored; there is an arched picture window, brickwork, dark hardwood panelling and a red and white terrazzo floor.  Being a combination of an izakaya and ramen shop the restaurant will offer […]

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Top 5 Spiciest Places to Eat in London

Sharp tongued is a thing but how about rubber tongued? The expression, just created by me, sums up some people’s ability to consume incredibly hot foods without so much as a moistened forehead. Now if the words “scoville rating” gets your heart racing for all the right reasons then make sure you get working through our guide of the spiciest places to eat in London.

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Top 5 Spiciest Places to Eat in London

Sharp tongued is a thing but how about rubber tongued? The expression, just created by me, sums up some people’s ability to consume incredibly hot foods without so much as a moistened forehead. Now if the words “scoville rating” gets your heart racing for all the right reasons then make sure you get working through our guide of the spiciest places to eat in London.

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The Handbook Meets: Eric Chavot

French Michelin starred chef, Eric Chavot, trained in France before moving over to London, where he’s worked with the likes of Pierre Koffman and Raymond Blanc. In 2013 he opened Brasserie Chavot on Conduit Street. We caught up with Eric, to talk G&Ts on desert islands, London’s burger trend and the classic French dish that everyone should master. Who would you invite to your dream dinner party and why?My foodie icons, the brilliant French chefs Pierre Koffman and Raymond Blanc, would be the perfect dinner guests. And what would be on the menu?Without a doubt, the menu would feature côte de […]

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The Boundary review – what we thought

When you think of Shoreditch you might think urban chic and hipster hangouts. The idea of a high end French restaurant probably won’t spring to mind, but that’s exactly the charm of The Boundary. Hidden away in the basement, leaving behind the edgy cool and graffiti streets of Shoreditch, you are suddenly transported to a venue that wouldn’t look out of place in Mayfair. The open plan kitchen allows for snooping as the chefs work their magic with Head Chef Frederick Forster leading the team. The Boundary is one of those restaurants where you feel safe ordering any dish in the […]

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5 of the Best Doughnuts

Ever since the launch of Electric Diner and Donuts in Portobello doughnuts have  been at the forefront of Londoner’s sweet-led minds. Then came Nuno Mendes with his crab doughnuts at Chiltern Firehouse, which dominated the restaurant columns of summer 2014. Now, still sitting proud at the top of the foodie trend chain and seeing as we’ve pretty much passed bikini season, we’re giving you our round-up of the top 5 doughnuts in London:

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The Modern Pantry Finsbury Square Opens

This weekend saw the launch of The Modern Pantry in Finsbury Square, housed in the art deco Alphabeta Building, it’s the second venture from Anna Hansen and Head Chef Rob Mcleary. Taking inspiration from Anna’s Danish roots and the Danish Modern movement, New York based designers, Avroko have used kept things understated and clean cut with white wash walls, graphic tiles, high ceilings and teak, oak and walnut woods.  Dark blue and off white hues throughout the restaurant represent the Flora Danica, a complete atlas off indigenous Danish plants that was created in the 18th and 19th centuries. And just […]

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