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Il Cudega Opens in Hackney

Hackney resident of 20 years, Giovanni Brighi has joined with Milanese Luca Gaggioli and chef Paolo Elesbani to bring East London a taste of Lombardy, their home region, with Il Cudega an Italian eno-gastronomia. If you haven’t come across an eno-gastronomia then think of it as café/deli/ restaurant/ takeaway all with the aim of serving Lombardy’s best dishes to us Londoners. To start they’ll be making all your carb dreams come true as it’ll feature a focaccia bar which will serve up the bread Genovese-style, plain or with toppings including crescenza (creamy cheese), thin layers of lardo or bits of […]

What to do This Weekend

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.

Reviews

Morden & Lea Review: What We Thought

Following on from being Chef Director at The Strand Dining Rooms, Mark Sargeant has recently opened his first central restaurant, Morden & Lea on Wardour Street and so of course The Handbook had to go and check it out.  Split across two levels, the restaurant caters for those looking for a more formal evening and those like us who just wanted to snack on a little (or in our case, a lot) after an evening of drinks. The downstairs restaurant is kept simple, dark blue leather banquettes, small tables and calm, light grey walls adorned with an eclectic mix of […]

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Morden & Lea Review: What We Thought

Following on from being Chef Director at The Strand Dining Rooms, Mark Sargeant has recently opened his first central restaurant, Morden & Lea on Wardour Street and so of course The Handbook had to go and check it out.  Split across two levels, the restaurant caters for those looking for a more formal evening and those like us who just wanted to snack on a little (or in our case, a lot) after an evening of drinks. The downstairs restaurant is kept simple, dark blue leather banquettes, small tables and calm, light grey walls adorned with an eclectic mix of […]

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Openings & Launches

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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Homeslice Fitzrovia Review- What We Thought

Remember when we told you about the opening of Homeslice in Fitzrovia? Well finding ourselves in need of a cure to a miserable Wednesday we decided to head over to Wells Street to gorge ourselves on 20” pizzas and prosecco…as you do. Walking up from Oxford Street I thought I had missed Homeslice it’s quite a long way down Wells Street, but there it was, the awning and neon pizza sign welcoming Londoners in from the rain. With Neal’s Yard being as successful as it is, they’ve kept the formula pretty much the same, great music, drinks on tap and […]

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Homeslice Fitzrovia Review- What We Thought

Remember when we told you about the opening of Homeslice in Fitzrovia? Well finding ourselves in need of a cure to a miserable Wednesday we decided to head over to Wells Street to gorge ourselves on 20” pizzas and prosecco…as you do. Walking up from Oxford Street I thought I had missed Homeslice it’s quite a long way down Wells Street, but there it was, the awning and neon pizza sign welcoming Londoners in from the rain. With Neal’s Yard being as successful as it is, they’ve kept the formula pretty much the same, great music, drinks on tap and […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

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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Openings & Launches

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 […]

News

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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Reviews

Charles Worthington Express Menu review

At The Handbook we love telling you about the best new places to eat with the hottest new menus but today we have a slightly different menu to tempt you with, the Charles Worthington’s new Express Menu especially designed for ‘time poor’ City workers.Expect the same treatments but with a chunk of time knocked off by recruiting an extra pair of hands to help. Treatments like a blow dry can be completed in 15 minutes, a colour regrowth and blow dry in an hour, and a half head of highlights and blow dry in 75 minutes. My flavour of the moment […]

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Openings & Launches

The Hour Glass Opens

In amongst all the superluxe hotels, the restaurants, the constantly new pop-ups and the slick bars, it seems as if pubs get a little lost amongst them and yet pubs have been an intrinsic part of London’s culture and history since the 17th century, back then there were more pubs in London than you can swing a stick at. Whilst pubs might be closing more than we’d like, a saviour is coming in the form of The Hour Glass, opening this month in South Kensington. First of all and most importantly this is not a gastropub – nope none of […]

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