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Adam Handling at Caxton: Review

Having been tipped as one of the 30 under 30 to watch, winning the British Chef of the year 2014 and being the runner up in the MasterChef last year, Adam Handling has certainly achieved a lot recently and that’s before we even mention that he has just opened his new restaurant Adam Handling at Caxton and all before he is 26 – just shows what you can achieve when you aren’t addicted to Netflix… ahem. Anyway let’s not get too down about what we haven’t done yet as hey we might not have opened a restaurant but at least […]

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Capturing Kings Cross with Foto Ruta

2014 was officially coined ‘the year of the selfie’ but this looks set to change with the Fota Ruta Clue, a photographic pop-up that seeks to celebrate one of most polarising and evolving neighbourhoods in London: Kings Cross. Based at the St. Pancras Hotel, the camera will be turned on its head, capturing the sights of the city and using photography to engage people with their surroundings in a sociable and creative way. Now, we know that Kings Cross is often seen as a commuter hub, a stop on a journey rather than the final destination, but Foto Ruta hope […]

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Salmontini Le Resto Review

Salmontini le Resto recently opened in London, making it the first European venue from the Salmontini brand. Situated in Belgravia, the focus on the food is salmon with a selection of cold and hot salmon specialties including an extensive array of sushi and sashimi. The restaurant itself has a great décor and blends in well with the affluent neighbourhood; guests are invited to sit at the bar before being seated in the adjacent restaurant. After we were seated at our table, tell-tale signs of the newness of the restaurant appeared as a host of different waiters that came over in […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Salmontini Le Resto Review

Salmontini le Resto recently opened in London, making it the first European venue from the Salmontini brand. Situated in Belgravia, the focus on the food is salmon with a selection of cold and hot salmon specialties including an extensive array of sushi and sashimi. The restaurant itself has a great décor and blends in well with the affluent neighbourhood; guests are invited to sit at the bar before being seated in the adjacent restaurant. After we were seated at our table, tell-tale signs of the newness of the restaurant appeared as a host of different waiters that came over in […]

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The National Theatre

As of this week, pre and post theatre dining is getting a whole lot more exciting with three new restaurants and a bar at the National Theatre. Centrepiece is House with its all-day brasserie menu featuring suppliers handpicked by executive chef Simon Flint whose pedigree takes in The Groucho Club, Le Caprice and The Ivy. Then there’s Kitchen, an all-day café on the South Bank riverfront complete with outdoor seating plus a retail range of homemade products including jams, pickles, cheeses and freshly baked bread. But every theatrical production needs an understudy and the National’s comes courtesy of The Understudy […]

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Giles Deacon at Kensington Palace

Any modern day Elizabeth Bennett deserves an equally stylish outfit to meet Mr Darcy, and with legendary British fashion designer Giles Deacon’s latest Georgian inspired collection, they might just find it. Yes, Austen lovers on 22nd October, The Kensington Palace will be host to a Baroque inspired fashion show abound with elaborate corsets, extravagant silhouettes and structured tailoring. Set in the palace’s Vanbrugh designed Orangery, the event is part of ‘The Glorious George’s’ showcase, celebrating the 300th anniversary of the Hanoverian ascension to the throne. Whilst inspired by the Georgian period, the collection will be anything but historic, with each […]

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Mexican Street Food Masterclass

As anyone who has ever travelled knows, when trying to really experience a new place you need to immerse yourself as a local, getting off the beaten track which includes avoiding tourist areas and expensive restaurants in lieu of street vendors. Even in London the tide has turned on fine dining and now people are happy to spend hours queuing for street food. Hot on this trend, Jenius Social is teaching guests how to whip up street food with the next class stopping off in mighty Mexico. If opening a bag of Doritos is the extent of your Mexican cooking […]

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Immersive Theatre: A Trail of History

Freshly graduated from university, I cannot help but lovingly look back on the pub crawls that so often marked the student calendar. Although these alcohol fuelled evenings were probably not the most cultural affairs, they were always good fun and have surprisingly created and onslaught of mostly happy memories. Despite this, it is probably time to broaden horizons…even if this does only mean upgrading a round of pub golf to a pub tour tippled in history. For this exact reason, here at The Handbook we were delighted to hear about the Toast of History Pub Trail that will be taking […]

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Foxcroft & Ginger, East Review

Easy to miss if you don’t know what you’re looking for, Foxcroft & Ginger’s latest opening in East London is nestled within a row of shops on Mile End Road and while from the outside it looks somewhat non-descript, within it’s a cavernous coffee shop that serves up unusual combinations of decadent brunch and lunchtime options. It has a cool, laid-back atmosphere and given that it was busy even when we were there at 11am on a Tuesday, it’s already proved its popularity. Upon setting foot inside you quickly realise that it caters perfectly to the edgy East End types, […]

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Foxcroft & Ginger, East Review

Easy to miss if you don’t know what you’re looking for, Foxcroft & Ginger’s latest opening in East London is nestled within a row of shops on Mile End Road and while from the outside it looks somewhat non-descript, within it’s a cavernous coffee shop that serves up unusual combinations of decadent brunch and lunchtime options. It has a cool, laid-back atmosphere and given that it was busy even when we were there at 11am on a Tuesday, it’s already proved its popularity. Upon setting foot inside you quickly realise that it caters perfectly to the edgy East End types, […]

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The Underground Drinking Club Launches

You're still drinking at street level? Haven't you heard it’s time to get down and dirty (or at least down) as the Underground Drinking Club returns to London this Saturday? Like a speakeasy but with less bars hidden behind bookshelves and more cocktails being made under street level.    Hosted in Old Street station, guests can pick from 3 exclusive two hour slots where they then head down below the city streets to enjoy a unique drinking experience. Menus are banished as London’s best bartenders, armed with Russian Standard Platinum, exotic juices, syrups, spices and garnishes, will use their vast […]

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Hampton Court Palace

Associated with the flamboyant Henry VIII, who we’re sure knew how to throw a party or two  and definitely knew enough about weddings (successful or not) is the historic palace, Hampton Court Palace. Sitting on the edge of the Thames it makes for the most majestic and elegant wedding venue. There are cobbled courtyards, grand staircases and beautiful grounds; we’re talking 60 acres of garden and over 700 acres of historic park, that’s what happens when you go slightly out of London – space and lots of it! And it just so happens that this weekend it’s hosting its wedding […]

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