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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, […]

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Rio Carnival comes to Sushisamba

Yes we know it’s Shrove Tuesday tomorrow and that means pancakes but you know what, we’re also celebrating the Rio Carnival and so is Sushisamba. The hybrid Japanese-Brazilian-Peruvian sushi restaurant is focusing on the Brazilian part with an evening of live performances from shimmering samba dancers, DJs, the booming sounds of Batucada drummers and a live feed of the carnival in Brazil.  Alongside the entertainment there is also a special menu with asparagus and salmon tempura, Carnaval Maki, scallop ‘seviche’ and Sambódromo which to you and me is white chocolate, mango mojito sorbet, lucuma jelly, banana and yamazaki. Tuesday 17th […]

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The Hampton Court Palace Wedding Fair

We’ve had the flurry of engagements at Christmas and wedding season starts in a few months, so now is the time to start planning. Because believe it or not there is quite a lot to think about a wedding (who’d have thought?) there is the cake, the dress, the flowers, the napkins, decorations and that’s even before the downright nerve -wracking experience of who to ask to be your best man/ maid of honour. Well Hampton Court Palace is here to give a helping hand with the return of their wedding fair on the 22nd February. Taking place in the […]

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The Green Room

Behind the National Theatre on the banks of the River Thames, sits a new and in all senses of the word, ethically sourced restaurant. For those of you who are concerned about the (at times negative) impact big restaurants can have on the community, there is no need to fear when you come and dine here. The Green Room is a restaurant with a difference; every inch of this restaurant resonates of the collaboration between the National Theatre and local social enterprise Coin Street Community Builders. From the recycled props from hit shows adorning the tables and the classic plays […]

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The Daily Grind

There was a time when you would wake up and smell the coffee at Grind & Co, just the coffee. Then you could smell the coffee with a blend of martini as they nailed the perfect espresso martini.  Now however you will wake up smell the coffee and the eggs, because there is a new Grind & Co in town and it’s doing food. Hurrah. Joining the other Grinds in Soho, Holborn and Shoreditch is London Grind at London Bridge and they’re going to be serving locally sourced food through right throughout the day. Breakfasts will include poached eggs with […]

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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

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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Bricks in the Sky Exhibition Opens

There are enough LEGO bricks to reach from earth to the moon ten times. And professional Lego artist Warren Elsemore is well on his way there (albeit cheating a bit), with his display of London-inspired Lego models 80 metres in the air.   ArcelorMittal Orbit is embracing its inner child this February with a Bricks in the Sky Lego exhibition in its upper viewing platform. The multi-coloured models will include the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Big Ben, Battersea Power Station and The O2, alongside London icons the red bus, the black cab and a red telephone box. […]

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Our Guide To… Valentine’s Hangouts

Valentine’s Day – love it or hate it, it seems like we can’t escape it. So we might as well embrace it. So you’re loved up?  Get out of bed, that boxset on Netflix can wait another day . You’re single? Same applies, Netflix will still be there tomorrow.  From Red Room inspired nights to infinity brunches, private barmen and fry–ups to chocolate masterclasses and juice to boost your sex drive, here are some of the best Valentine’s events: If You’re After Morning Glory… Jam Tree, Clapham If food is the way to the heart, then you can’t go wrong with […]

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The alps come to London

When you think of winter you think of white snow covered roof tops, children having snowball fights in the streets and roaring fires. When in reality if you’re lucky in London you might get some brown slush on the side of the road, you’re more likely to get a chunk of ice chucked at you and your central heating will probably pack in. Good thing then Home House is here to rectify that and transport you to an Alpine retreat without you having to even leave London, marvellous. A proper winter is coming to Zone 1 in the form of […]

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