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OPSO Review

I have to confess something, up until last night I had never eaten Greek food. There it is. My cuisine shame. I’m not sure how I managed to avoid it, it wasn’t on purpose but after my dalliance with OPSO last night this is all going to change. OPSO is a restaurant that serves Greek-inspired dishes with what seemed to be a fondness for cheese dishes which has my full support. This was a tricky review, tricky for my stomach because it selfishly wouldn’t keep expanding as I gorged on all the delicious dishes. The menu is akin to tapas […]

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Our Guide To… Unusual Restaurants

La Bodega Negra If you’re feeling naughty and want to impress a date with your knowledge of underground London, this one’s for you. The gaudy neon sign outside reads ‘sex shop’ and you’re greeted at the door by a mannequin in a PVC gimp suit, casually lounging by a very adult toy cupboard. Descend into a heady Mexican underworld, a subterranean lair of tequila barrels, tacos and a weird deconstructed piano thing hanging off the wall. This is a place to see and be seen. Better make sure you’re there then (gimp suit optional). www.labodeganegra.com Dans Le Noir Dans le […]

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Bunnychow Review

You can never have too many carbs in a meal, forget those little food charts that say you only need x amount of anything starchy, they’re just holding you back. Bunnychow understands this and has banished plates in lieu of something far superior; a bread bowl. In case you didn’t know bunny chow is a South African dish consisting of a hollowed out loaf of bread filled with curry. The self-titled restaurant which popped up last year in Wardour Street has recently had a menu change and we popped down to check it out. Firstly you pick your bread type, white, […]

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The Lambert Arms Review

We all love London with its ability to cater to all people at all times but if there’s one thing it has a shortage of, it’s space, luckily we have the countryside to take care of that. Roaming fields, unintimidating wildlife and the ability to actually see the stars at night, sans pollution galore. But city folk don’t tend do to well in camping situations, with no AC, no memory foam mattresses and no bar, it’s not ideal. Country houses are what it’s about so The Handbook ventured North West to Oxfordshire where The Lambert Arms is located for a […]

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Openings & Launches

Noir: the new black

It’s official, Noir is the new black. It’s also an exclusive new late night cocktail and wine lounge located on Duke Street, opposite Selfridges department store, which makes it a perfect place to reward yourself with a cheeky drink after a day of window shopping. The venue is set over two floors with the ground floor being home to an intimate cocktail bar opening out onto a garden and an intriguing sounding Late Lounge called Frolic Room which will host live entertainment sure to have guests feeling like frolicking. Anyway, it promises to be the perfect place to relax, listen, chat and […]

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Our Guide To… London Fashion Week Hangouts

Catwalk Cocktail Collection at The Athenaeum Inspired by A/W15 collections, the cocktails at the five star Athenaeum Hotel channel this season’s killer catwalk looks. If you’re a snappy dresser, try Tailored, a classic Chambord and strawberry drink with a floral finish. Feeling zingy? The Citrus Catwalk is inspired by hot new talent and is a zesty explosion with a gin twist. And if you want to turn up the heat with a bit of Rio Carnival, have a taste of Brazil, an unusual rosemary and pineapple concoction. Choose carefully, they say you are what you eat…www.athenaeumhotel.com Couture Cocktails at Christopher’s For […]

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Our Guide To… London Fashion Week Hangouts

Catwalk Cocktail Collection at The Athenaeum Inspired by A/W15 collections, the cocktails at the five star Athenaeum Hotel channel this season’s killer catwalk looks. If you’re a snappy dresser, try Tailored, a classic Chambord and strawberry drink with a floral finish. Feeling zingy? The Citrus Catwalk is inspired by hot new talent and is a zesty explosion with a gin twist. And if you want to turn up the heat with a bit of Rio Carnival, have a taste of Brazil, an unusual rosemary and pineapple concoction. Choose carefully, they say you are what you eat…www.athenaeumhotel.com Couture Cocktails at Christopher’s For […]

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Openings & Launches

A Slice of Sicily

You know what we could all do with right now? A little slice of Sicilian sunshine… but seeing as that is unlikely we’ll take Sicilian tomatoes, Sicilian lemons and all other sorts of Sicilian food with the opening of Iddu. Part caffe, part restaurant and part alfresco dining, Iddu is opening on Harrington Road and is founded by Luca Del Bono the man behind The South Kensington Club which sits adjacent to it.  Serving up fresh, natural, flavours with Mediterranean flair alongside Sicilian wines and Sicilian-roasted coffee beans the day will start with granolas with organic yoghurt, egg-white frittatas with […]

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Queenswood – Battersea’s new hotspot

Love Soho nook Damson & Co and live south of the river? Well come next month, Battersea dwellers are in for a treat as the peeps responsible are launching Queenswood, a new neighborhood resto in Battersea Square. The 70 cover, all-day restaurant and bar promises well sourced, healthy and exciting dishes with globe-spanning influences. Female head chef, Aude Placktor hails from Paris and her starters will feature the likes of Corn and coconut cakes, elephant ear and shitake mushrooms, avocado and almond flakes, Steamed clams, Guadeloupe style with coconut, ginger, chilli, okra and spring onion while mains include Mirin and […]

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A Secret Mexican Party…

When you think of Coyote Ugly, what probably comes to mind is a hot, scantily-clad Piper Parabo giving it her all dancing atop a bar, right? And when you think of Mexico, it’s all margaritas, mezcal and moustaches, yes? So if some (very wise) guy decided to combine the two that’d be pretty darn awesome, huh? Step forward Peyote Ugly. Feeling revitalised having spent a few weeks dancing around campfires, playing the banjo and generally soul-searching in the Chihuahuan Desert, Peyote Ugly is returning to Mayfair’s naughtiest Mexican joint on 24th February for a second instalment of tequila-fuelled mayhem. Sombreros […]

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Original Sin in Stokey

Original Sin. That happened because Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden, resulting in the rest of us being born sinful and with an innate urge to do very.bad.things. Cheers for that guys. Seeing as we’re doomed anyway, we thought we might as well go for cocktails on a week night (wild, we know) so to Stoke Newington we went, to pay a visit to Happiness Forgets’ younger, naughtier sister, Original Sin. To East London’s underbelly we descended, emerging blinking in a sleek, wood-panelled lounge bar with low lighting, cosy booths and secret doors. But enough […]

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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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