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Crowdfunding Courtyards

Opening next March in London Fields is Il Cudega an Italian deli, wine bar and restaurant that will be focusing entirely on the produce of Italy’s Lombardy region. Run by two passionate Italians, Giovanni Brighi and Luca Gaggioli, they’ll be cooking up dishes famous Italian dishes but also some lesser well known ones such as Rustin Nega which is veal roasted in white wine, to you and me. Delicious! However they are after your help, they want to create a communal outdoor space which will be shared with two adjoining railway arches. The courtyard will have fruit trees, a vegetable […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Saint or Sinner?

For some, January is the start of the detox the chance to get rid of some chocolate and Christmas pudding induced toxins, whilst for others it’s the last chance to eat comfort food before spring when we all have to shed off the layers. Either way the Cubitt House pubs have it sorted (that’s The Grazing Goat, The Orange, The Thomas Cubitt and The Alfred Tennyson – if you didn’t know) with their Saint or Sinner menu. Running from the 5th January to 13th February diners can choose either a salad and fresh juice for £13 if you’re feeling saint like […]

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25 Talented Female Celebrities

Whether you wanna party with Katy Perry or chat feminism with Emma Watson, The Handbook is here to assist you. Our guide to Top 25 Female Celebrities features the creme de la creme of those talented women that wow us with their stunning looks and skills in a range of industries. If you’re hosting a dinner, party or function and want one of the most Googled A-listers to attend then browse our list of top 25 female celebrities.  If you want to check if any of these celebrities are in town this week, or want to follow in their footsteps and […]

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25 Talented Male Celebrities

They’re talented, successful and admired by people around the world. From the boys of One Direction, admired by teenage girls all around the globe, to controversial comedian-turned-political activist Russell Brand If you’re hosting an event and want an actor, musician or other male superstar to attend then The Handbook’s guide to Top 25 Male Celebrities is for you!    If you want to check if any of these celebrities are in town this week, or want to follow in their footsteps and check out some great celebrity events, click here!For a full roster of any celebrities full contact details, please […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Skylounge

Cinnamon scones, brandy butter, champagne and a Viking vodka pop-up can all be found at Skylounge this Christmas. Situated on the 12th floor of the Double Tree Hotel in Tower Hill, the lounge offers something for everyone and if you are looking for a Christmassy tea or a festive drink then definitely worth a visit. After checking out the views of London that can be seen from the terrace and taking the obligatory pictures, we decided that we would try the Christmas afternoon tea that was on offer. If you have eaten enough mince pies to feed Rudoloph this year, […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Skylounge

Cinnamon scones, brandy butter, champagne and a Viking vodka pop-up can all be found at Skylounge this Christmas. Situated on the 12th floor of the Double Tree Hotel in Tower Hill, the lounge offers something for everyone and if you are looking for a Christmassy tea or a festive drink then definitely worth a visit. After checking out the views of London that can be seen from the terrace and taking the obligatory pictures, we decided that we would try the Christmas afternoon tea that was on offer. If you have eaten enough mince pies to feed Rudoloph this year, […]

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Openings & Launches

Murakami

With 2015 only a matter of days away, we’re starting to look at what’s in store for London’s restaurant scene, starting with Murakami on St Martin’s Lane – a contemporary Japanese restaurant, set to open on the 5th January. Specialising in sushi, rolls, sashimi and dishes from the robata grill, we’ve heard highlights include yellowtail carpaccio with chili, smoked eel and avocado salad and a golden dragon roll. Those looking to just eat sushi can sit and watch the nigri and sashimi being prepared by the chefs at the dedicated sushi bar which sits 6-8 or if you’re after a […]

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Bringing the stars down to London

The stars might be a millions miles away (or 43 trillion kilometres specifically) but on Monday they were brought down to the Guildhall for The Chopin Society’s charity ball in memory of their patron, Sir Bernard Lovell. Lovell is famous for, amongst other things, designing the Jodrell Bank Observatory which is an iconic piece within the world of astronomy. The event featured a spectacular visual performance from projection mapping artist, Rupert Newman, and pyromusical productions expert, Foyle Fireworks. The partnership came around as The City’s no fireworks rule meant that Foyle Fireworks had to get creative for the visuals so Newman […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

All aboard the Tequila Express

With a promotional video so hot that it got banned by Youtube, you can image what the actual nights at Sloane Square hotspot, Tonteria are actually like. As fans of all things saucy, The Handbook went and experienced an evening for ourselves – inhibitions were left at the door. Things start respectfully enough with tapas but suddenly we are descended into darkness as the shot train begins its journey around a wooden track suspended from the ceiling, delivering tequila to thirsty guests. From then on the party had officially begun, the DJ hit the decks, the lights were dimmed and […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Dirty Detoxing

January is the time of the detox, or so we tell ourselves as we rootle around for the last of the chocolate money, it’s the time for a fresh start a new you and all that, but if that all sounds a bit too tedious then ease yourself into detoxing with a few cocktails. But don’t worry Christabel’s Dirty Detox Cocktails taking place on the 22nd January has been created to bring the best out in you – and who can say no to that? The evening will take place in a secret location only announced a few days beforehand […]

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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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Openings & Launches

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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