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Yashin Ocean House Review – what we thought

What: Inventive sushiWhere: 117 – 119 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3RNWhy you should go there: For the creative sushi dishes and presentationFavourite thing we ate: Vegetable Garden Yashin Ocean House is a sushi house-cum-Willy Wonka factory where sushi and Japanese dishes have been given a creative breath of life by Executive Chef Minero and Chef Ikeda who heads the kitchen. Ocean House High Street Kensington was originally opened by Chef Minero in 2010 followed by a South Kensington branch in 2013, The Handbook headed down to check it out. You can choose to dine by the sushi bar where you can get […]

Openings & Launches

Casa Cruz Opens in Notting Hill

When it comes to restaurants we have to admit that Notting Hill is one of our go to places and now it looks like we’ll be spending even more time there with the opening of Casa Cruz this month.  The work of South American restauranteur and designer Juan Santa Cruz, the 80 cover restaurant will be serving up a European menu with Argentine influences and takes inspiration from Juan’s well –background. So you’ll find wild sea bass crudo with artichokes, lemon and olive oil next to the likes of Argentine steak, charcoal grilled monkfish and Cajun chicken breast. Vegetables are […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Go Back To School With The Art Of Dining

Remember when you were 15, dealing with unwanted spots, trying to be popular and perfecting the art of playing hard to get via MSN? Your parents told you that school is the best days of your life and you heartily disagreed. However, looking back, you realise times were definitely a lot less stressful when your biggest worry was whose house party to attend. Well, The Art of Dining are offering you the chance to go back in time to your school days with their latest pop-up, The After School Club.   Serving five courses of posh school dinners, this pop-up will […]

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Reviews

Masala Grill Review

You might recognise the address as this was the location of the well-known Indian restaurant, Chutney Mary for 25 years before it recently hopped over to Green Park, the group behind it quickly utilised the venue space to replace it with Masala Grill. The interior is great fun and adorned with various Indian nicnacs; the conservatory is the best place to dine whether rain or shine as it is brightly decorated with a spiralling tree as the centre piece.The food here is fantastic, for the main I opted for the Paneer Makhanwalla which comprised of Indian cottage cheese in a buttery, tomato […]

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Openings & Launches

Mommi Opens in Clapham

Opening this month is MOMMI, a Japanese Latin raw bar and grill which is set to bring the upbeat vibes of South America, the elegance of Japan, the vibrancy of Miami and the eclecticism of Venice Beach a little closer to home – to Clapham to be exact. The cuisine will be influenced by both Japan and Latin communities and will focus around raw, fresh and healthy plates most of which are gluten and dairy free. Taking centre stage will be MOMMI ceviche and Nikkei Chirashi Sushi as well as hot dishes from the robata grill. Expect to find the […]

Health & Wellness

Summer of Wellness at Metropolitan

As a group of young, sexy and humble Londoners, The Handbook loves a good weekend of socialising and partying. We wouldn’t exactly be a good guide to London if we didn’t enjoy going out. Sometimes though, we forget that there is more to life than getting low on dance floors across the capital. In fact, there are plenty of healthy and clean living activities that can be enjoyed on the weekend and Metropolitan by COMO is offering just that with their new Summer of Wellness schedule! This detoxing, bad-vibes-cleansing programme of events will include complimentary yoga glasses with Lulu Lemon […]

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Culture

Brown’s London Art Weekend

Do you remember the days in primary school, when you would draw a big squiggly mess over your A4 paper, colour in each section in different hues and then convince yourself that you were the next Van Gough? Well, our artistic tastes have evolved since then and we hope yours have too. This is why we would encourage you to jump at the opportunity to experience the unrivalled quality and diversity of the world’s greatest art market destination at Brown’s London art weekend. There will be plenty of activities to fill your time, including free talks, walks, and over 100 […]

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News

7 Of The Best Rooftop Hangouts

It’s not often that London folk get to enjoy the summer sunshine, so it’s crucial that we make the most of it while we can! The Handbook is a big fan of rooftop bars and hangouts in the summer period, as there’s just something innately cool about sipping cocktails atop a skyscraper. Plus, you’re closer to the sun thirteen floors up than you are on the ground, meaning you’ll tan way more quickly. Come on, it’s simple science! To help you pick the best rooftop spots to relax on, check out our guide to the 7 Best Rooftop Hangouts below…

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Things to do Outdoors

7 Of The Best Rooftop Hangouts

It’s not often that London folk get to enjoy the summer sunshine, so it’s crucial that we make the most of it while we can! The Handbook is a big fan of rooftop bars and hangouts in the summer period, as there’s just something innately cool about sipping cocktails atop a skyscraper. Plus, you’re closer to the sun thirteen floors up than you are on the ground, meaning you’ll tan way more quickly. Come on, it’s simple science! To help you pick the best rooftop spots to relax on, check out our guide to the 7 Best Rooftop Hangouts below…

Openings & Launches

The Good Egg To Open

This August will see the opening of The Good Egg in Stoke Newington, bringing a taste of Tel Aviv, California and Montreal to East London. Friends: Joel Braham, Oded Mizrachi, Alex Coppard and Myles Broscoe have spent two years cooking in market stalls and at street feasts from KERB to street feast and now they’re opening a permanent site in a Grade II listed building on Stoke Newington Church Street. The menu is inspired by their childhoods and travels, luckily for  us they had a more interesting dishes as youngsters than we did, a menu of mash potatoes and baked […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Cocktails in the City: Summer Edition

Having trouble choosing your drink-of-choice this summer? G&T at Mr. Fogg’s? Vodka at Harvey Nics? Champagne at the Ritz? The list is endless, but, fear no more.  Cocktails in the City is back and this time it’s the al fresco version. The pop up event taking place in July will be hitting London’s Bedford Square Gardens and gathers all of these bars and dozens more in one concise area making your life one choice easier. Surrounded by the beautiful and private Georgian gardens, the Bedford Square will transform itself to give guests the best of what London has to offer. Each […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Portrait Restaurant creates Audrey Hepburn Menu

With the much anticipated Audrey Hepburn exhibition launching at the National Portrait Gallery in July, we wonder, what more could we have to indulge our perpetual interest in the mystical and beautiful Hepburn? The answer lies in the Portrait Restaurant’s new menu inspired by her trips to London. Ciro’s Club was one of Hepburn’s favourite hotspots in London where she would eat, drink and perform long before her trip to Hollywood and stardom. To mark the 65th anniversary of her first trip to Ciro’s, the Portrait Restaurant have taken inspiration from her trips there and what she liked to order […]

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