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Yauatcha: Review

Yauatcha on Broadwick Street is celebrating its 10th birthday with a month of secret dishes on the menu focused around the four iconic offerings that it is known for: the Chinese kitchen, teahouse, patisserie, wine and cocktails. As we can’t resist dim sum or a reason to party, The Handbook went over to celebrate last week, when the secret dish was a dim sum platter. We headed downstairs to the main area of the restaurant and for a Tuesday night it was packed, the atmosphere was upbeat, with loud music, dark corners, bright leather chairs, constant chattering from the other […]

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Bobo Social: Review

Last week was National Burger Day and with burgers being one of the most important food groups as we all know, we thought what better way to celebrate than with a quick jaunt to new burger place Bobo Social on Charlotte Street. It’s brought to you by Jacinta Maddison and Michael Benson (Sticky Fingers, Palm Court Brasserie and Supperclub London) and is serving up a winning combination of burgers and small plates. Bobo stands for Bourgeois Bohemian and as such the restaurant is kept simple;  wooden floors, a mix of communal and small tables and neutral colours juxtapose with gilded […]

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Selfridges launches

In a department store first, Selfridges is launching its very own in-store cinema today screening both national releases and a themed programme. The collaboration with boutique cinema brand Everyman Cinemas sees a 60-seater, 3,500 sqft venue installed in the Ultralounge events space on the lower ground floor. Entering beneath an illuminated canopy, guests will be greeted at the concierge desk before making their way inside where they will discover an adjoining bar area furnished with an assortment of bar stools, banquet seating and club chairs purveying fine wines and delicious snacks from the Selfridges’ Food Hall. The screening room itself […]

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Oyster Festival at Bentley’s

Clear your diary because on Wednesday 10th September Bentley’s Oyster Bar and Grill is ready to welcome you in style; guests that make bookings on that day will be welcomed with live music and a complimentary oyster plate, complete with a Bloody Mary shot. The half a dozen oysters will vary from both rock and natives, served raw and cooked, including ‘Rockefeller’, Tempura, Garlic baked, ‘Catalan’, and just on their own with classic dressings such as shallot, tabasco or just a squeeze of lemon. If you think that sounds delicious but had no clue that you could have oysters in […]

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The Cuban Review

Bang in the middle of Camden market, amongst the rockabilly boutiques and cybergoth shops is The Cuban; a South American bar and restaurant. Downstairs the atmosphere is buzzing with people clinking down tequila shots and strutting their stuff on the make-shift dance floor by the mini stage. A quick elevator ride transports you upstairs to the much quieter official dining area, although food can be eaten throughout the venue if you are looking to talk with your friend/parent/Tinder date then avoid downstairs. The live music is great fun and all around us people were getting drawn in and twirling each […]

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Mission

Mission, a new wine bar and kitchen, is opening September 15 in Bethnal Green. Brains behind the outfit are Michael and Charlotte Sager-Wilde, the husband and wife team who opened Sager + Wilde last year in Hackney. Mission is a nod towards their favourite neighbourhood in San Francisco and also the name of the first grape ever planted in California's wine region. Expect to drink wines from the West Coast of America – especially the pioneer producers in the area such as Broc Cellars, Hirsch, Mount Eden, Tatomer and Scholium Project. Head chef James De Jong (The Drapers Arms) has […]

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Eelbrook Review

You might remember that a couple of weeks ago we told you about the new all-day eatery that has just opened on the edge of Eelbrook Common, aptly named Eelbrook, well not one to say no to checking out a new restaurant The Handbook sauntered over to Fulham to do just that. The venue itself is somewhere between a café and a restaurant with twinkling lights, large windows, plain white walls and white tables and chairs. A scattering of cushions and flowers provide splashes of colour, but the minimal décor is so minimal that in places it almost looks unfinished; […]

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Eelbrook Review

You might remember that a couple of weeks ago we told you about the new all-day eatery that has just opened on the edge of Eelbrook Common, aptly named Eelbrook, well not one to say no to checking out a new restaurant The Handbook sauntered over to Fulham to do just that. The venue itself is somewhere between a café and a restaurant with twinkling lights, large windows, plain white walls and white tables and chairs. A scattering of cushions and flowers provide splashes of colour, but the minimal décor is so minimal that in places it almost looks unfinished; […]

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London Fashion Week Afternoon Tea

London Fashion Week is fast approaching and style-savvy folk all over the capital are preparing themselves for a week of models strutting their stuff, adorned in the latest garb. Fashionistas will be drooling, not only over the clothes this year though, but at the introduction of The Ampersand’s new fashion inspired afternoon tea. The gorgeous apparel-themed pastries come in the shape of High Heeled Biscuits with a white chocolate and lemon curd "cat walk", a Gingerbread Dress, Sugar Handbag with caramelia mousse, Raspberry and Pistachio Macaroon, and Blueberry Milkshake. There are also savoury options like Glouster old spot ham with sauce gribiche, H.Forman & Son […]

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CANVAS Chelsea

Michael Riemenschneider and his team at CANVAS open a new restaurant this week on the former site of Le Cercle in Wibraham Place. Riemenschneider, who has worked with everyone from Phillippe Rochat to Heston Blumenthal will be offering a selection of 18 dishes which can be ordered both a la carte or as a more experimental 12 course tasting menu. The menu is divided into three sections: Sea and Coast, Land and Earth and Guilty Pleasures and takes in Sea bass with fondue, caper berries and navet, Vension with solferino, walnut and chocolate and Lemon pudding with caramel, cream and […]

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The World’s Most Luxurious Chalet Opens

You’re going skiing and you want decadence? Well prepare for an opulent overload with the launch of the most luxurious chalet. Ever. Yes that’s right, ever and it’s brought to you by Consensio Chalets, Chalet Mont Blanc is opening in the French resort of Megève on the Jaillet Piste. This isn’t just some log cabin though, oh no it has ski in and ski out access and 7 en-suite bathrooms (which sleep 12 adults and 4 children); but let’s get to the super fancy stuff. Like the fact that it comes with a chauffeur, an infinity pool, calming spa, hammam, […]

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Galadari

Next spring Galadari will bring high(-end) dining to the City with a penthouse-inspired restaurant, bar and 88 metre long rooftop terrace that will boast show-stopping views of St Paul’s, No. 1 Blackfriars, The Shard and the Tate Modern. Perched on the eighth floor of Crowne Plaza London – The City hotel on New Bridge Street, Galadari also has its own private entrance. The restaurant will feature a Japanese kushiyaki grill with a modern take on Japanese tapas as well as barbecued meats, steak and seafood with lighter izakaya-style small plates including sushi, sticks and skewers for lunch. Bespoke to the […]

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