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Our Guide to… the Best Seafood in London

The murky water of the Thames might not look the most appealing, but it is in fact teeming with fish from salmon to trout and even eel – and London certainly loves its fish. With a whole hoard of brilliant seafood restaurants to choose from, not necessarily serving up fish from the Thames we hasten to add, The Handbook has a shoal of the best London has to offer: Best for lobster: The World’s End Market New seafood haunt in King’s Road, The World’s End Market, has recently opened to rave reviews, The Handbook is even testing it out for ourselves […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Balans Soho Society Review

If you love mini doughnuts served with pots of cream and jam to dip them into then you are going to like this review but good things come to those who wait so let’s start at the beginning. Balans Soho Society serves as a bookend to the strip of restaurants directly opposite Westfields Shepherd’s Bush (the other bookend is The Meat Co which is also excellent; clearly this is a good area for dining). It’s one of five venues and is relatively new to the area, the first originating in Soho. Don’t be fooled by some of the cocktails that […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Balans Soho Society Review

If you love mini doughnuts served with pots of cream and jam to dip them into then you are going to like this review but good things come to those who wait so let’s start at the beginning. Balans Soho Society serves as a bookend to the strip of restaurants directly opposite Westfields Shepherd’s Bush (the other bookend is The Meat Co which is also excellent; clearly this is a good area for dining). It’s one of five venues and is relatively new to the area, the first originating in Soho. Don’t be fooled by some of the cocktails that […]

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Openings & Launches

Big Fernand: the hamburgé is coming to get you

You’ve tried the hamburger so now it’s time for the hamburgé! The Gallic twist on the US burger is crossing the channel and installing itself in Fitzrovia’s Percy Street next month. Much as we love a good ole burger, they’ve never been particularly chic but Big Fernand is set to change all that bringing the bistro to the burger with super-fast service, quirky vibe and oodles of Parisian savoir faire. The new venue promises to take the American classic and blend it with a ‘grand’ helping of French gastronomy. We’re talking artisan buns – made in London to a French […]

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Our Guide To… The Best London Pubs

The Six Nations is officially under way and whilst this gives us a chance to spend more time discussing the players, it also provides the perfect opportunity to check out some of London’s best pubs to watch the game or to celebrate the wins and commiserate the losses. Whether you are looking for a pub tippled with history, or a place to hide out on a rainy Sunday we have rounded up the best pubs that the capital has to offer. Don your England rugger shirt and let’s make this a pub crawl to remember, (or forget)… The Imperial If […]

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The Cross Keys Reopens

Let’s take a look back at 1708, Queen Anne was on the throne, men wore silk stockings and uncooked fruit was feared (they thought it could give them the plague). It was also the year that Chelsea pub The Cross Keys opened.  It continued to serve Chelsea for the next 300 years, a true institution it welcomed in the likes of Agatha Christie, Dylan Thomas and Bob Marley until it shut in 2012. After a brief stint with squatters it is being returned to its former glory by the DM Group, that’s Mark Dyer and Eamonn Manson, they’re the team behind […]

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Hawker House Returns…

We love street food, music, cocktails and crisp winter air but, really, we sort of love being in the warmth too don’t we? Fear not, you no longer have to worry about the cold and you can still have all the excitement of being out on the streets as Hawker House is back. An abandoned office block is set to be transformed dramatically into three floors of street food. Whether you’re a cocktail and a burger person, or a beer and a curry or even whisky and jazz, Hawker House caters for all. Oh, did we mention there’s a Whisky […]

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Reviews

Newman Street Tavern

Walk into the Newman Street Tavern just off Goodge Street and if you drown out the bustle of London, squint a bit and add in some mud and you could be a countryside pub, admittedly a gastropub in the Home counties but you get the drift. Or at least that seems to be the vibe they’ve been going for in the upstairs restaurant.  Dark wooden floors, give way to high ceilings, big sash windows and walls which are adorned in clusters of illustrations and images which have a flora/fauna/coastal theme running throughout. It’s snug, welcoming and when we arrived on […]

Reviews

Newman Street Tavern

Walk into the Newman Street Tavern just off Goodge Street and if you drown out the bustle of London, squint a bit and add in some mud and you could be a countryside pub, admittedly a gastropub in the Home counties but you get the drift. Or at least that seems to be the vibe they’ve been going for in the upstairs restaurant.  Dark wooden floors, give way to high ceilings, big sash windows and walls which are adorned in clusters of illustrations and images which have a flora/fauna/coastal theme running throughout. It’s snug, welcoming and when we arrived on […]

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