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Lucky Pig Fulham – What We Thought

Normally sticking to my home area of East London, I knew that taking my geographically challenged friend and myself to Fulham was never going to be easy. However, after some avid google mapping and a few squeaks of ‘where the hell are we?’ we found our destination. With its bold signage and grand entrance, there was no mistaking that we had arrived at our destination. Lucky Pig has two venues, with the first having an underground speakeasy vibe. Tonight though, we were at the second venue, which acts as the prelude to its sister site (a bit like how the […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Pop Up Opium Den in Mayfair

Imagine yourself in the basement of a Chinese laundry, surrounded by a heady cloud of opium and slumped bodies inhaling vapour from pipes. Now image a legal and more civilised present-day scenario and you have yourself ‘The Blue Lotus’ Opium Den, a four-day event by award-winning immersive pop-up event planners. The Chinese brought opium over to the States with them during the California Gold Rush, resulting in numerous dens popping up across San Francisco’s Chinatown. Back then the clientele varied, with some dens hugely opulent with others seedy and basic. Despite their underground popularity, huge bonfires in the city destroyed confiscated […]

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Come Fry With Me Lands at Broadgate Circle

Every so often we get an email appear in our inbox that gets our breathing heavy and our mouths salivating and this time it’s because of the news that not only is Come Fry with Me returning to Broadgate but that they will be getting their own restaurant. The gourmet chip pop up is finally getting its own place to call home where they will be transforming the simple potato into something glorious. The permanent residence won’t have an official opening date until later in October though so in the meantime get your fix of fried food at the Fry […]

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Morden & Lea Review: What We Thought

Following on from being Chef Director at The Strand Dining Rooms, Mark Sargeant has recently opened his first central restaurant, Morden & Lea on Wardour Street and so of course The Handbook had to go and check it out.  Split across two levels, the restaurant caters for those looking for a more formal evening and those like us who just wanted to snack on a little (or in our case, a lot) after an evening of drinks. The downstairs restaurant is kept simple, dark blue leather banquettes, small tables and calm, light grey walls adorned with an eclectic mix of […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Sold Out Theatre Shows: Your Way In

Benedict Cumberbatch’s stint in the West End has received critical acclaim as well as sold out shows and queues 50 long on the pavement each morning. With people camping out on the pavement daily you could be forgiven for thinking there is a new Apple launch in town. Not quite – these thespians are hoping to get their hands on a precious ticket to see Benedict Cumberbatch in the critically acclaimed ‘Hamlet’ which has completely sold out. With tickets now fetching hundreds online and in ‘discount’ stalls all over central London we have some good news; The Handbook’s Offer section […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

LFW Macarons at Yauatcha

Today marks the start of London Fashion Week, so we hope you’re looking your best. You are? Great. Now our favourite way to celebrate anything is by eating of course, sporting event – eat, festival – eat, fashion – eat. And this year to celebrate LFW moving to Soho, Yauatcha have collaborated with fashion designer Charlie May to create a limited-edition range of macarons and a petit gateau that reflect her SS16 collection that will be on show this week. These macarons aren’t in the usual rainbow colours, instead they are in the neutral and dark hues that emulate the […]

Openings & Launches

MEATLiquor opens in Islington

You might not recognise the names Yianni Papoutsis and Scott Collins, but you’ll definitely know their restaurants and most definitely know their American –style burgers, they are the duo behind MEATliquor, MEATmission and MEATmarket. Now they’re set to open their fourth London restaurant, the first restaurant to open from the team since MEATmission in 2012. Opening in October, they’re heading over to Upper Street in Islington, it was never their plan to head to Islington, but when a rather special venue came up, an abandoned Citroen garage, they knew they had to take the space.  Previously it has played host […]

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News

Top 5 Spiciest Places to Eat in London

Sharp tongued is a thing but how about rubber tongued? The expression, just created by me, sums up some people’s ability to consume incredibly hot foods without so much as a moistened forehead. Now if the words “scoville rating” gets your heart racing for all the right reasons then make sure you get working through our guide of the spiciest places to eat in London.

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Top 5 Spiciest Places to Eat in London

Sharp tongued is a thing but how about rubber tongued? The expression, just created by me, sums up some people’s ability to consume incredibly hot foods without so much as a moistened forehead. Now if the words “scoville rating” gets your heart racing for all the right reasons then make sure you get working through our guide of the spiciest places to eat in London.

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The Handbook Meets: Eric Chavot

French Michelin starred chef, Eric Chavot, trained in France before moving over to London, where he’s worked with the likes of Pierre Koffman and Raymond Blanc. In 2013 he opened Brasserie Chavot on Conduit Street. We caught up with Eric, to talk G&Ts on desert islands, London’s burger trend and the classic French dish that everyone should master. Who would you invite to your dream dinner party and why?My foodie icons, the brilliant French chefs Pierre Koffman and Raymond Blanc, would be the perfect dinner guests. And what would be on the menu?Without a doubt, the menu would feature côte de […]

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