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Plant-based delivery service Bonapeti launches

In the run up to Christmas the food is coming heavy and fast with delicious comfort food tempting us wherever we go. With a huge roast dinner on the cards, we prepare ourselves in the meantime with carbs galore! Mac’n’cheese – check, cottage pie – check, raiding the advent chocolate calendar – definitely check. But while we may try to rationalise this with the old bulking for winter excuse, unless you are caveman and all food is scarce on the ground, it doesn’t count. Opening just in time for the new year in early January, when the maximum indulging has […]

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Jago

You’ve made it through the week, hurrah and tomorrow is Saturday huzzah! Perhaps you’re off Christmas shopping or maybe you’ve done it all and you’re feeling rather smug and now you’re catching up with friends before Christmas, either way make sure you head over to Shoreditch to Jago for a much needed pit-stop. Having recently launched, the all-day restaurant has Ashkenazi influences and the menu reflects Head Chef Louis Solley’s East London Jewish root as well as the culinary heritage of the Ashkenazi diaspora which includes Germanic and Slavic influences as well as wider European and American flavours. Highlights are […]

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A not so secret den

Opening next month, but with the soft launch next week is den, in Kings Cross. The name may conjure images of a hidden speakeasy, but actually this 45 cover restaurant is a minimalistic, Japanese restaurant which will focus on authentic udon dishes. It’s taking its inspiration from the idea of ‘umami’ -for those not up to date on their Japanese dishes, that’s the traditional flavours that people associate with familiar tastes that have made up their cuisine. It also has less calories than ramen, soba or pasta, which is handy when we seem to be drowning in a sea of mince […]

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A Scandalous History

Illegitimate children, inventories and haunted photographs will be on the cards at The Wallace Collection’s new exhibition: Collecting History. The exhibition, which centres around the ways in which the Wallace family shaped the collection from the first Marquess to Sir Richard Wallace, may not have quite the drama of an episode of Eastenders, but there is some pretty scandalous history going on there that we simply cannot wait to find out more about. The exhibition which runs until 15th February, will feature archival material and works of art from the Hertford House Historical Collection. Expect to see prints, engravings, photographs […]

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Art Spas for The Mind

Forget book clubs, it is all about art clubs this year with the introduction of The London Art Studies Lecture series at The Bulgari Hotel in Knightsbridge and Koffmann’s at The Berkeley. The series has been created to provide art lessons to those of us who do not have the time to sign up for a lengthy course but want to learn in a fun and sociable way- meaning your lunch break is about to get a whole lot more exciting. And don’t worry, actual artistic skill is not a pre-requisite with the classes focusing on art history as opposed […]

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Our Guide to… Top Celebrity Christmas Events

We have already rounded up the best places for celebrity spotting this year, but where will those celebrities be hanging out over the festive season? At a chalet in The Alps? On a sun lounger in Barbados? Well, yes- some will be but there are still a whole load who will be out and about in the capital granting Christmas wishes. And with that in mind, The Handbook is on guard to provide you with all the details of where you can find said celebrities donning their Christmas jumpers and rejoicing the festive season. Enjoy! 10th December: Paul Hollywood Christmas […]

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Our Guide to… Top Celebrity Christmas Events

We have already rounded up the best places for celebrity spotting this year, but where will those celebrities be hanging out over the festive season? At a chalet in The Alps? On a sun lounger in Barbados? Well, yes- some will be but there are still a whole load who will be out and about in the capital granting Christmas wishes. And with that in mind, The Handbook is on guard to provide you with all the details of where you can find said celebrities donning their Christmas jumpers and rejoicing the festive season. Enjoy! 10th December: Paul Hollywood Christmas […]

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Pure Taste

This paleolithic dining experience promises to appeal to your inner caveman. Intrigued? Well, the concept is derived from the work of nutritional therapist Holly Redman who also happens to be the new venue’s head chef. Her menu focuses on food groups generally consumed during the paleolithic era when dairy products, grains, legumes, processed oils and refined sugars didn’t feature in the diet. Instead, paleolithic man (and woman) chomped on protein-rich and high-fibre options. The monthly-changing menus feature fresh, seasonal ingredients including free range fish and meat, plus an extensive collection of biodynamic wines, gluten-free beers (which we didn’t know existed […]

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Radicals and Victuallers

It may have a bit of a random name but brand new bar and diner, Radicals and Victuallers in Islington’s Upper Street is a cool new venue you might just want to make your friend. It’s a mix of restaurant-style tables and high stools inside and then an al fresco courtyard complete with a canopy of fairy lights, and, more importantly for the time of year, heaters. Nibble on Hot & Kicking Sriracha Wings or the Meat Sharer with its sliders, wings, double-cooked chips and dips or get properly stuck in with the thirteen-strong selection of burgers including Fried Egg […]

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Congratulations Hampton Court

Congratulations are in order for Hampton Court, who were recently granted the accolade of Best Wedding Venue by Perfect Wedding Magazine. For all of you that don’t already know, Perfect Wedding Magazine is the UK’s number one monthly bridal magazine which has been influencing brides for as long as we can remember. The awards celebrate the nation’s wedding day favourites from designers and florists to boutiques and blogs, and are voted for by the readers and members of the public. It is no wonder that Hampton Court reigned supreme- it was after all the house of Henry VIII- who enjoyed […]

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Beijing Comes to Harrods

Harrods is bringing Beijing to Knightsbridge in the shape of Chai Wu, a new, modern Chinese restaurant opening on the fifth floor of our favourite luxury department store. Whilst it might not be the real thing, the promise of duck wraps alone is enough to settle our curiosity. And with a menu created by Bihu Xie and overseen by Executive Chef Ian Pengelly, the UK’s leading expert in Asian cuisine, we cannot wait to get ordering. As everyone knows the best Chinese’ are those shared by friends and with the menu filled to the brim with dim sum, beef wagyu […]

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Our Guide to… Christmas Afternoon Tea

It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and whilst we are all very excited about the most wonderful time of the year, it can sometimes be a little bit of a nightmare. Between fighting the crowds in your local supermarket to deciding which turkey to buy as well as present shopping it can all be just a touch stressful. Well, never fear, there is nothing better than an afternoon tea to settle those nerves. Combine this with a Christmas theme and it won’t be long until you are feeling the spirit. From edible snowman to cake pop baubles, […]

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