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Bumpkin Review

Forget what you know about pub food, Bumpkin, has banished microwaves in lieu of meals created with fresh ethically sourced and sustainable ingredients served in a rustic, dining room. There are several Bumpkins located around London; South Kensington, Notting Hill, Westfields and Chelsea, all with the same ethos of providing the best organic, British produce. We popped down to the South Kensington Bumpkin that boasts its very own private dining room which can host up to 36 guests as well as a few outside tables that we managed to nab. We started with Pan seared Scottish King Scallops served with […]

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Top 5 Picnics

With so many picnics in London to choose from we’ve rounded up five of our favourites!  If grass isn’t your thing: Four Seasons If the thought of sitting on the ground and kicking off your shoes brings you out in a cold sweat; the bugs, the chance you might get a grass stain, the whole nature thing,  then the Four Seasons picnic hamper served on the Amaranto terrace a table (aka civilisation) is the thing for you.  A basket filled with smoked salmon and cucumber, devilled eggs and roast beef sandwiches is accompanied by vintage tins filled with scones, clotted […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Top 5 Picnics

With so many picnics in London to choose from we’ve rounded up five of our favourites!  If grass isn’t your thing: Four Seasons If the thought of sitting on the ground and kicking off your shoes brings you out in a cold sweat; the bugs, the chance you might get a grass stain, the whole nature thing,  then the Four Seasons picnic hamper served on the Amaranto terrace a table (aka civilisation) is the thing for you.  A basket filled with smoked salmon and cucumber, devilled eggs and roast beef sandwiches is accompanied by vintage tins filled with scones, clotted […]

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Buddha Bar Review

As soon as we walk into Buddha Bar we are struck by the colourful lighting and chic interior of this Knightsbridge restaurant. Located just off the high street, this 450 capacity venue is filled with impressive décor like floor to ceiling crystallized dragons, and London’s interpretation of the signature Buddha levitating over diners in the ground floor. Once we are seated at our table we order cocktails, a definite recommendation is the BB Bellini; a Japanese inspired twist on the classic with a blend of peach and sparkling sake. It would have been easy enough to sit there all night […]

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Openings & Launches

August Openings

August is always a strange time in London as everyone flocks to the nearest beach, airport or back into the countryside to escape the heat. For those of us left behind though, it means we get to make the most of the bars and restaurants opening in August before everyone gets back and an 8pm reservation on a Friday night is like gold dust. So from a speak easy in London Bridge to a raw food restaurant in Chelsea here are London’s latest openings:  The Butcher’s Hook Live in Fulham? Then you’re bound to know The Butcher’s Hook, run by […]

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Disco vs Roxx at Sanctum Soho

Rooftops are officially our favourite places to be this year, a secluded oasis for drinking and having fun away from the 9-5 below. Funky member’s club Disco agrees with us as they are even venturing out from their underground location all the way up to the Sanctum Soho Hotel roof terrace for a one off special event. On the 9th August guests will be able to enjoy non-stop entertainment to accompany a rotation of multiple DJs at this all day party, co-hosted by Roxx Club. Any of you unlucky enough to be busy that day, fear not, Roxx Club will […]

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Seven Deadly Food Sins

Notting Hill eatery Lucky Seven Diner will be helping us work through some of the seven deadly sins, namely gluttony, with their selection of wickedly delicious dishes for only seven pounds each. Start lusting after some of the dishes on offer like the Pulled Pork Sandwich or Green Chilli Cheeseburger, and there’s no need for vegetarians to feel envy as there’s also a Confetti Lentil Melt. The American diner will also be serving its classic dishes of authentic 100% Aberdeen Angus Burgers, American Breakfasts and extra thick Milkshakes. The Seven Deadly Sin Menu launches 4th August and is available Monday-Thursday […]

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Brasserie Gustave: Review

When it comes to dining we have to look across the channel to France who is at the top of the restaurant game, the first in the class if you will. So with the Parisian inspired, Brasserie Gustave, having recently opened on Sydney Street, The Handbook couldn’t possibly say no to paying them a visit. Brought to you by former sommelier Richard Weiss and chef Laurence Glayzer the restaurant is designed to look like a traditional Parisian brasserie – things were kept simple with burgundy leather banquettes, mahogany tables and yellow walls adorned with original Art Nouveau and Art Deco-style […]

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The Handbook’s Guide to…

Here at The Handbook, it is always summer, even when the rain attempts to tell us otherwise. Rain or shine, London boast a not-so-secret plethora of places to enjoy the sun – namely rooftop terraces. Our pals over at BarChick have come up with this great list of their best bars to kick back with a cocktail and enjoy the best rooftops this city has to offer. Madison Occupying the roof terrace of One New Change in the slick surrounds of the city, you’ll find Madison. This bar is both panoramic and guys in suits central, so if you’ve got a penchant […]

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Avenue Launches Exclusive Radiance Pop Up

Avenue Restaurant boasts an impressive supply of wines and now they have extended their drink menu in an unlikely way – with the launch of a new Radiance Juice pop-up. Radiance will be providing four 100% organic Radiance Cleanse juices including Chloro Coco; Vital Green; Deep Roots and Rise & Shine to accompany Avenue’s new breakfast and brunch selection. The Radiance Cleanse fruit and vegetable juices are exclusive to Avenue and the first Soil Association certified organic juice products in the UK. Naughty mixologists behind the bar at Avenue have also turned some of the juices into cocktails like the […]

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Bayou

As the mercury rises, head to brand new all-day Creole bar and kitchen, Bayou, serving up a large helping of Southern American cusine, cocktails and culture inspired by Bayou country. Food is an exotic mix of Southern American cuisine with French, Spanish, Italian and African influences too and the menu promises flavour packed soul food. We’re talking  lunchtime Po’ boy sandwiches deep filled with hand carved roast beef and gravy or the main menu features starters like smoked chicken wings and Bayou beef croquettes followed by mains of juicy ribs that are smoked on-site, crispy buttermilk chicken and a hearty […]

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Triyoga at On the Roof with Q

Things are getting very healthy over at On the Roof with Q, Des McDonald’s summer pop-up rooftop restaurant at Selfridges, with the launch of delicious juices from critically acclaimed New York brand, The Juicery. They will also be hosting a programme of yoga classes from the popular brand, triyoga, with some of London’s favourite yoga teachers. All classes will be held in the open air on the rooftop every Tuesday until 2nd September and include a delicious cold pressed juice from the Juicery. So time to forget everything you knew about drinking cocktails on London rooftops and start practising your […]

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