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Openings & Launches

Open Sesame

Nope, not inspired by a dodgy magician – rather the market stalls and smoking grills of the Middle East from beachfront shacks of Istanbul to the crowded alleyways of Jerusalem– coming atcha in April in Covent Garden. Sesame has got serious form though being the brainchild of Noam Bar, one of the founders of Ottolenghi. Noam grew up in Israel so knows a good thing about the regions culinary offerings and factor in the support of his Ottolenghi colleagues – Sami Tamimi and Yotam Ottolenghi – and it will doubtless be a sure fire winner. The team researched the best […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

Cinnamon Kitchen’s House of Holi

We all need a little bit more colour in our lives, there’s too much grey in London, from our suits, to the buildings to the sky. Well that is all about to change because between the 5th – 14th March, Cinnamon Kitchen is going to be setting the city alight with the return of the House of Holi. Coming to Devonshire Square, the pod will be available for both public and private sessions and the concept is simple but fabulous, you get to don your white suit and just get to muck around throwing coloured powder each other – what’s […]

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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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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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Openings & Launches

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 […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

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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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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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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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Porridge Café Pop-Up

What’s not to love about porridge? It’s healthy for you (it’s all about the slow releasing energy), it’s basically a duvet day in a bowl when you eat it on a rainy morning and the ways in which you can pimp it up are officially endless – we’re all about coconut and Greek yoghurt at the moment. And launching next month is The Porridge Café Pop-up on Paul Street which will be serving up big old bowls of porridge goodness 7am – 6pm, 7 days a week. There will be 11 grains to choose from including buckwheat and quinoa, coconut, […]

Openings & Launches

The Handbook Meets…Mark Hix

Celebrated chef, restaurateur and food writer Mark Hix is known for his original take on British gastronomy. After 17 years as Chef Director at Caprice Holdings, he opened his first restaurant in 2008 – the distinguished HIX Oyster & Chop House in Smithfield, and has since opened a further seven, establishments including HIX at Browns Hotel, the chicken and steak concept restaurants ‘Tramshed’ in Shoreditch, Hixter Bankside, which opened July 2014. The Handbook caught up with him to talk about unusual ingredients, rivalry and food predictions. What led you to wanting to become a chef? I sort of fell into cooking. My grandparents brought me […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Our Guide to… Getting Battered

No not that kind of battered, you don’t need a guide on where to get drunk. We’re talking pancake batter, obviously. Flip them, toss them, roll them in sugar or drown them in chocolate – pancakes are a wondrous thing. Yes, we may eat them more times than we care to admit when it comes to the weekend, but there is still something extra special about Pancake day/Shrove Tuesday/Fat Tuesday. As ever London has stepped up to the occasion: eating challenge, insane creations and unique flavours, here are some of the best places to get well and truly (pancake) battered: […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Shikumen Launches

Shikumen, a new affordable Chinese fine-dining restaurant, has slowly been opening its doors to the public since its opening a few months ago at The Dorsett Hotel on Shepherd’s Bush Green. The name Shikumen is so called after the traditional Shanghai stone house architecture of the 1940s that blended east and west which is reflected in the restaurant’s style. The Handbook popped down to see it for oursevles and found the whole experience was very authentic from the interior design, to the other guests and of course the food, which was aesthetically well-presented and consistent throughout the evening. In the […]

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