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CAU Review

What: Argentinian steakhouseWhere: St Katherine Docks, 1 Commodity Quay, E1W 1AZWhy you should go there: All the indulgence of London’s finest Steakhouses with twice the fun and half the chequeFavourite Thing We Ate: 380g of Ribeye, medium rare and lifted with chipotle dip Set amidst a backdrop of sailboats, floating in the glistening harbour of the St Katherine Docks, it is hard to envisage CAU as a smoky steakhouse. This, however, is not the only thing that sets it apart from London’s long established red meat chains; where Hawksmoor, Gaucho and Goodmans revel in traditional cuts and sides, there is a […]

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Mayfair’s Latest Seafood Restaurant

Kurt Zdesar might not be a name you recognise, but you’ll definitely have heard of his restaurants; he’s the man who launched Chotto Matte and brought Nobu to London and now he is about to launch Bouillabaisse in Mayfair. The seafood restaurant, which you’ll find on Mill Street is inspired by Kurt’s travels to coast communities, from lunches sunny fishing villages in Italy to day-boat fisherman in Greece and even our own shores here in the UK.  The result is a menu made up of the freshest and most sustainable fish and seafood in the UK. The man behind the […]

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Moët And Chandon’s Ice Imperial Pop-Up

Pop up – pop up – pop up, that’s all we hear about these days. The word pop-up once a trendy phrase on the social spectrum of phrases has changed to a bland, monotonous passer by that catches no ones attention.  But when you put the term Moët in front of the word pop-up, it is a game changer and when you hear Moët Ice Imperial in front of the word pop-up – a definite game changer. The four month pop-up is hosted on Madison rooftop terrace every Wednesday between 7pm and 8pm where guests are invited to watch the sunset […]

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Street Kitchen: Made to Measure Sandwiches

Over the years the likes of burgers, hot dogs and brownies have gone through a bit of a renaissance, they’ve been revived, pimped –up and now Londoners can’t get enough of them. Well now it’s time for the humble sandwich to get the same treatment – because let’s be honest , when in doubt (and even when you aren’t) who can say no to a great sandwich? The team behind this movement are the Street Kitchen chefs, Jun Tanaka (formerly Pearl) and Mark Jankel (The Food Initiative) whom are opening their first permanent site in the Broadgate Circle this month […]

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Cahoots Presents The Underground Supper Club

Ever wanted to secretly rob a bank, hold up a train or fancy yourself as the next Bonny and Clyde? Us too. These are the things we dream about every day in our daily jobs, as the minutes tick away; life of adventure, scandal and debauchery. After all, everyone needs to be arrested at some point in their lives. What else would you tell the grandchildren?  Lucky for you we have the perfect destination for all your imaginative planning (maybe you’ll give us a cut of that bank robbery?). Soho’s secret sensation, appropriately labelled Cahoots, is teaming up with Basement […]

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Chinatown’s Boutique Hotel Opens

When you think of Chinatown chances are you think of Chinese food, paper lanterns and mystery meats hanging in the windows, you probably don’t think about a boutique hotel.  Well, it’s about time you did, as Leicester House, a boutique hotel on Leicester Street is now officially open after its soft launch and it promises to be the perfect fusion between Georgian townhouse and French Vietnamese cuisine. Co-owners Elliott Blum and Mark Cutler have put together a dream team of chef Bruce Wilson, David Mason of Driedee International and Nigel Sutcliffe founder of Truffle Hunting to relaunch the hotel. Bruce Wilson, […]

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5 of London’s Most Luxurious Hotel Suites

Let’s face it: sometimes we all want to get away from London. But if you’re anything like The Handbook, you’ve barely reached Heathrow before you start frantically checking your social media to find out what’s going on in the city. Wouldn’t it be great if you could enjoy a luxury getaway without actually leaving? Totes. Here’s our roundup of the most lavish hotel suites in London: all the comfort of a getaway – all within zone one. 

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Spring Grove review

What: Pub with a homely not dated feel and great summer garden Where: Kingston (zone 6 – The Handbook gets around) Why you should go there: If you ever find yourself in these neck of the woods and are unsure where to eat Favourite thing we had: Beetroot, chick pea and fennel burger – more exciting than it sounds I am a notorious pub hater, they remind me of the days you could smoke inside and the roaring sounds of football games but every so often you come across a pub that has done its best to shed the old man feel and […]

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Spring Grove review

What: Pub with a homely not dated feel and great summer garden Where: Kingston (zone 6 – The Handbook gets around) Why you should go there: If you ever find yourself in these neck of the woods and are unsure where to eat Favourite thing we had: Beetroot, chick pea and fennel burger – more exciting than it sounds I am a notorious pub hater, they remind me of the days you could smoke inside and the roaring sounds of football games but every so often you come across a pub that has done its best to shed the old man feel and […]

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Ice & Slice’s Alcoholic Gelato

One of the best things about summer is ice cream. In the winter, ice cream is eaten when you’re crying on the sofa watching The Notebook. But in summer, ice cream is enjoyed while you soak up the sun and show off the great results of those endless spinning classes. Add alcohol in to the mix and you’ve pretty much got the perfect summertime combination. This is exactly what Ice & Slice by Shot are doing, with the launch of their brand-new ice cream ‘bar’, featuring alcoholic gelato.  Flavours will include Prosecco, Negroni and Aperol Spritz. These new flavours are […]

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Raffles Presents My Mistress Lives in Paris

Regally famous private members club, Raffles, is launching a new night. We say regally because the Queen has popped in herself. Althought we’re not sure their raunchy new night is suitable for HRH eyes… The Chelsea nightclub is launching a new night, titled ‘My Mistress Lives in Paris.’ This is only too true for some of us. We’re not pointing any fingers or mentioning any names but you know who you are. Not that we’re judging. Collaborating with Raffles on the risqué evening is high end lingerie partner – Chantal Thomass. This event will host a range of playful minx’s in […]

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Vietnamese Street Food Store Opens

Back in 2012 Paul Hopper travelled across Vietnam trying out the different cuisines and flavours found across the country, fast forward three years and the ex-city worker is about to launch HOP an express Vietnamese street food service. Situated in Square Mile, HOP, will employ the Vietnam concept of ‘Com Binh Dan’ which if you aren’t sure, means ‘working people food’, it’s going to be fast, fresh and the perfect pit stop in your busy working day.  For those who didn’t know, hop is the Vietnamese word for box (no, it isn’t a shortened version of Paul’s surname, although it […]

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