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Swine Dining: The Launch of Oink

A life without pork is unthinkable. Well it was for James Purdie whilst living in Dubai and on his return to the UK vowed never again go without his pig necessity. Hence, his creation of the pop-up restaurant, Oink. Located in the heart of Shoreditch, Oink pays homage to our pot-bellied friends. So, how versatile can pork really be? Well Oink’s Swine Dining menu offers dozens of varieties including pig’s cheek, black pudding nuggets, crispy shredded pig’s ear, pulled pork shoulder and sour glazed chilli ribs. With obvious inspirations from both home and abroad, Oink offers a new range of […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The Alice In Wonderland Bar Launches

There aren’t many people in the world who are cooler than the awesome, straight up gangsta that is Gwen Stefani. Gwen likes ‘Alice In Wonderland.’ In fact, she likes it so much that she based her ‘What You Waiting For?’ video around the book. Therefore, by The Handbook’s questionable maths, Lewis Carroll’s novel plus Stefani’s seal of approval equals ‘Alice in Wonderland’ themed events being cool. It seems the crowd at The Vaults agrees with us, as to celebrate the books 150th anniversary, they are launching The Wonderland Bar. This is the perfect place to enjoy some quirky cocktails and […]

News

5 of London’s Top Dim Sum Restaurants

Did you know ‘Dim Sum’ simply translates to ‘Touch the Heart’? See you learn something new every day…Whether you’re looking for an informal place to tuck into your bamboo baskets, or somewhere a little bit special, we have rounded up our five of our favourite dim sum restaurants in London. The Drunken Monkey What: All day dim sum eatery with cocktails and DJ’sWhy: With most traditional dim dum restaurants in Shoreditch only serving at breakfast and lunchtime, this is the place to go if you’re craving the cuisine well into the evening.  This one off place offers a massive selection on […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Boozy Burgers At K West Hotel & Spa

There are some people who go into a spa and want to cleanse, detox, eat celery and what not. That’s just not for us – celery is hardly the equivalent of living the dream. Whenever we go to the spa it is usually because we want to indulge ourselves or possibly because we had a few to many cocktails the night before. And plus, all that time spent there makes us hungry. We are glad someone has picked up on this as K West Hotel and Spa are introducing their new Bloody Mary Burger in the Studio Kitchen The Bloody […]

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Reviews

House of Elemis – what we thought

What: Body care brand’s mothership Where: 2 Lancashire Court, Mayfair W1S 1EX Why you should go there: To be pampered inside and out Favourite thing we did: Nearly fell asleep on the heated massage bed Summer is here, clothes are coming off, time to get prepped. For any Elemis fans, you are about to be dropped in heaven as Elemis has just opened a venue in Mayfair where they not only sell their products but perform treatments. The venue is brand spanking new and oozes relaxation from the moment you pop your toe in the door.The main entrance leads to the shop filled […]

Openings & Launches

Mimosa Launches in Fulham

Having previously been the site of Eighty-Six Restaurant and home to Zinnia, 86 Fulham Road has housed some pretty impressive restaurants and tomorrow another one will step up to the mark with the opening of Mimosa. Part of the Elysium Group, this is the second Mimosa (the first being in Colchester) and with its laid back but luxurious setting, it makes for the perfect place for drinks, dinner or long, lazy weekend brunches. Inside you’ll find a mix of colours, textures, high and low seating and antique tables, it’s cosy yet relaxed, opulent but traditional.  The kitchen will be serving up […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Sipsmith Gin Sipping Garden Party

Want to take advantage of London’s sunny weather before the inevitable rain brings us all back to reality? Of course you do, well if you want something a little more than parks then the solution lies in the centre of town, just metres from Piccadilly, where cocktails and picnic-style food awaits. London distillers, Sipsmith Gin, have partnered with the famed Le Méridien to offer guests a quaint garden oasis overlooking of the most iconic streets in the city. A relaxing environment to enjoy the sun and escape the city on the outdoor roof terrace of the hotel adorned with picnic […]

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8 of London’s Best Hotel Restaurants

As a cosmopolitan tourist destination, London is blessed with a variety of world class hotels and restaurants. Some bright sparks have managed to combine the two, creating some of London’s finest culinary delights! Here are The Handbook’s Top 8 Hotel Restaurants.  One-O-One Restaurant, The Park Tower Hotel   What: London’s finest seafood is in good companyWhy: The Park Tower, Knightsbridge is one of Starwood’s ‘Luxury Collection Hotels’ and has a restaurant to match. Located beneath the Tower One-O-One is Chef Pascal Proyart’s brainchild and his experience in two-star Michelin kitchens in Brussels and Paris is reflected in his dishes. Living […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

8 of London’s Best Hotel Restaurants

As a cosmopolitan tourist destination, London is blessed with a variety of world class hotels and restaurants. Some bright sparks have managed to combine the two, creating some of London’s finest culinary delights! Here are The Handbook’s Top 8 Hotel Restaurants.

Reviews

Top Hat Catering Pop Up – What We Thought

What: Stylish and great tasting foodWhere: 1, Heliport Industrial Estate, Lombard Road, Battersea SW11 3SSWhy you should go there: For the best salted caramel ice cream ever We started our evening in the warehouse plot of Top Hat Catering’s cooking facility – not something you here at the start of every food review. Our gin was mixed with tonic water and apple juice and the air was mixed with the smell of high class food which was yet to be served.  The Wye valley asparagus with smoked hollandaise was a simple dish but beautiful crafted and perfect for a canapé. I say crafted […]

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The Balcon review – what we thought

What: An all-day dining restaurant inspired by a French brasserieWhere: 8 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5NGWhy you should go there: See below (the burger)Favourite thing we ate: The Balcon Burger Head to Sofitel St James Hotel and you’ll find The Balcon, an all-day dining restaurant inspired by a French brasserie, which is exactly where we found ourselves on a Thursday evening. On the ground floor of the hotel, the elegant restaurant features a raised level around the edge – perfect if you want to spy on your fellow diners, not so good when you spy their dishes and get food envy. Decorated […]

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Reviews

The Balcon review – what we thought

What: An all-day dining restaurant inspired by a French brasserieWhere: 8 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5NGWhy you should go there: See below (the burger)Favourite thing we ate: The Balcon Burger Head to Sofitel St James Hotel and you’ll find The Balcon, an all-day dining restaurant inspired by a French brasserie, which is exactly where we found ourselves on a Thursday evening. On the ground floor of the hotel, the elegant restaurant features a raised level around the edge – perfect if you want to spy on your fellow diners, not so good when you spy their dishes and get food envy. Decorated […]

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