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8 Of The Best Breakfast Spots in London

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and if you ask us, that means that we have the right to make the absolute most of this morning munch. In the spirit of early morning fine dining, we’ve rounded up 8 of the best breakfast spots in London, so that you can sample them all on your quest for the tastiest brekkie – however, we can’t be held responsible for the calorie intake this guide may lead to.

Openings & Launches

Bernardi’s Opens

Tomorrow, brothers Gabriel and Marcello Bernardi will open Bernardi’s, a modern Italian restaurant which will sit on the corner between Seymour Street and Seymour Place and it sounds exactly like the sort of place we want to while away the hours this autumn. The 120-cover restaurant and bar will be divided across two floors of a restored Victorian property. Upstairs, the open plan room will seat eighty and will feature an open kitchen, bar and communal table where diners can eat together or sit throughout the day working and drinking Italian coffee, which certainly beats the office.  Things are kept […]

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Raw Supper Club

Whoever discovered that courgettes could be substituted for spaghetti, cauliflower for rice and cashews for cream has a lot to answer for. No longer associated with dreadlocked hippies, raw and vegan food is now hugely popular and even if you don’t need to eat this way for dietary purposes, many of us have enjoyed quinoa in our salads and kale in our smoothies to boost our green intake and dust off our imaginary halos. Lorena Loriato, chef behind London’s hottest raw (oxymoron, much?!) cafés Nama and Tanya’s Chelsea, MightyBee and Transition Zone (Fulham’s hippest fitness studio), is hosting a supper-club […]

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Lucky Pig Fulham – What We Thought

Normally sticking to my home area of East London, I knew that taking my geographically challenged friend and myself to Fulham was never going to be easy. However, after some avid google mapping and a few squeaks of ‘where the hell are we?’ we found our destination. With its bold signage and grand entrance, there was no mistaking that we had arrived at our destination. Lucky Pig has two venues, with the first having an underground speakeasy vibe. Tonight though, we were at the second venue, which acts as the prelude to its sister site (a bit like how the […]

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Openings & Launches

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 […]

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Pop Up Opium Den in Mayfair

Imagine yourself in the basement of a Chinese laundry, surrounded by a heady cloud of opium and slumped bodies inhaling vapour from pipes. Now image a legal and more civilised present-day scenario and you have yourself ‘The Blue Lotus’ Opium Den, a four-day event by award-winning immersive pop-up event planners. The Chinese brought opium over to the States with them during the California Gold Rush, resulting in numerous dens popping up across San Francisco’s Chinatown. Back then the clientele varied, with some dens hugely opulent with others seedy and basic. Despite their underground popularity, huge bonfires in the city destroyed confiscated […]

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Come Fry With Me Lands at Broadgate Circle

Every so often we get an email appear in our inbox that gets our breathing heavy and our mouths salivating and this time it’s because of the news that not only is Come Fry with Me returning to Broadgate but that they will be getting their own restaurant. The gourmet chip pop up is finally getting its own place to call home where they will be transforming the simple potato into something glorious. The permanent residence won’t have an official opening date until later in October though so in the meantime get your fix of fried food at the Fry […]

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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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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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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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