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New Yuzu Cocktail at Ping Pong

Heard of the fruit ‘Yuzu’? Neither had we, but with a fruit tipped to be ‘the latest in food trends 2014’ it had us thinking that we probably should have.  Luckily the team of mixologists at Ping Pong have it covered, incorporating it into a brand new cocktail. From the makers of a polka dot lychee cocktail and a hybrid hot tea punch, the creative cocktail makers have been working with the tangy fruit to create the Jun Yuzu Martini- a green tea ice sphere floating in a blend of Jun Shochu sake, Bombay Sapphire and Elderflower liquor, topped with […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Crown and Sceptre Review

Having heard about long standing Fitzrovia favourite, The Crown and Sceptre’s recent refurbishment, The Handbook were keen to check it out. So last Thursday we headed down pushing through grey streets, stepping into the pub, before realizing what seemed to be the majority of London had had the same idea.  Packed floor to ceiling with young professionals from the various surrounding media companies, you could tell this is a much loved drinking hole. Despite being the only diners in the pub at the time and drinkers cornering us on every side, there was a distinct buzz and a boisterous energy […]

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Oscar Results

Leonardo Dicaprio is an award winning actor but unfortunately for him not an Oscar winning actor as he lost out for the fourth time this weekend. The man to pinch him to the post was Matthew McConaughey for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, where he portrays an HIV victim who tries to give his situation a positive spin by selling illegal medicine from Mexico to fellow sufferers. His co-star Jared Leto also got the award for best supporting actor. Cate Blanchett took the award on the ladies side with Best Actress for Blue Jasmine, with relative new comer Lupita […]

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Openings & Launches

March Openings

So the seasons are changing, hopefully we can now say goodbye to winter and hello to spring, and welcome in the new restaurants and hotels which are set to launch this month. From floating hotels, to fusion restaurants, all day dining inspired by members’ clubs and the relaunch of one of Soho’s finest. Here are some of The Handbook’s favourites     Assado Throughout his travelling renowned chef, Cyrus Todiwala realised that there was a wonderful relationship between the flavours and ideas of Portuguese, Goan, Brazilian and Indian cuisine. The result?  Fusion -restaurant Assado, in Waterloo. Having opened this weekend, […]

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Shrove Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday – you have your frying pan ready, you've stocked up on lemon and sugar, all ready with your batter-  you go to flip that first pancake and bam, it lands on the floor. The second one falls apart and the third one, well you're just about ready to eat the batter raw. if that sounds like you (and even if it doesn't), then fear not because London has plenty of pancakes to offer this Shrove Tuesday. From pancake eating competitions at Coq d'argent to healthy pancakes over at The Good Life Eatery, to carnival parties! Here are some […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Tennis Cocktails at The Athenaeum

The age old combination of strawberries and tennis is one we like. We have no idea of the mysterious origin but the arrival of a few sunny days and the new Strawberry Whisky Cocktail at The Athenaeum Hotel to celebrate World Tennis Day has definitely got us smiling.  With the hotel’s famous Whisky Bar rumoured to have one of the finest collections in the whole of London you know you are in capable hands with their new drink.  The sour aims to reflect the upcoming tennis battle between two of the world’s greatest players Pete Sampras and Andre Aggasi at […]

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Shuttlecock Inc presents Rumble: Part Deux

Following on from the success of Rumble at the Deli, the Shuttlecock Inc guys are back with their latest gastronomic venture: Rumble Part Deux and we can't wait. The Gallic spin off is hosted by Shuttlecock’s latest comedy creation Arnaud Hérouville-Saint-Clair-Escoffier: great-grandson of culinary legend, Auguste, and chef/proprietor of Parisian institution, La Constellation – so called for its  unrivalled string of Michelin stars, don’t you know? The rules are simple it is a battle to the culinary death as two chefs cook it out. Using three key ingredients taken from the market that morning and taking inspiration from some of […]

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Openings & Launches

WORKSHOP COFFEE CO.

The third Workshop Coffee Co. site launches 17th March at Holborn Viaduct within Amazon’s new state-of-the art HQ. Don’t worry though, there will be easy access from the street for the general public. The new venue features a 16 metre marble horseshoe-shaped bar, leather chairs, subtle teal colour scheme throughout and contemporary lighting with the 1200-square-foot space kept deliberately simple and minimalist by designers Ink Associates so that the focus remains firmly on the coffee. Freshly roasted on site at Workshop’s flagship Clerkenwell store, said brew is prepared and served by skilled baristas from two custom labelled La Marzocco Linea […]

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New Wine Pairing Nights at Hush

Whether you are a wine connoisseur or you’ve always blinked blankly at the waiter and gone for the ‘safe’ option of the second cheapest bottle, you will love Hush’s new venture.  Throughout the whole of 2014, Hush Brasseries have partnered with WineChap to bring a series of monthly food and wine pairings to London. These ticketed events are set to be a complete tour of Europe starting with a Burgundy evening of ‘Mercurey to Meursalt’ before progressing onto Northern Italy, ‘La Dolce Vita’ via Germany and Austria's ‘Teutonic Tipples’.    Hosted at Hush St Pauls and Hush Holborn, each evening’s […]

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Ping Pong

Ping Pong, the restaurant group famed for its dim sum, gourmet Chinese teas and artesian cocktails, is set to open a new venue on 3rd March in East London’s Westfield Shopping Centre – its first branch in a Westfield. Referencing the urban side of Shanghai chic, both modern and 1930s, the décor features splashes of paprika red, jade green and charcoal grey. The furniture has been designed by Andy Martin Architects with artwork within the space comprising both images from Getty and bespoke illustrations hand-painted onto furnishings by Wayne Chisnall. The dim sum counter has been brought forward and there […]

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Far Rockaway Review

The first thing that struck us about Far Rockaway was its size – it is vast, a mix of low tables, high  tables, little tables, trestle tables, sofas and bars, the next thing we  noticed was just how colourful it was. Every inch is decorated, whether it is graffiti art, skateboards lining the bar, neon lit up signs huge murals of world leaders or the album artwork that is plastered all over the bathroom walls.  And yet somehow it wasn’t overwhelming or garish which is always a bonus. The menu is unashamedly American, no fine dining here – just lots […]

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Eight Member’s Club Bank

Eight Member’s Club in Bank are hosting their first members' party of the year on Wednesday 26th February. The event will capture the glamour, decadence and party spirit of the 1920s as they welcome members for a night of cocktails, blackjack and a chance to indulge in the new season canapés. Throughout the week, down in the speakeasy -style bar they host their Blind Bee events. Each event features live performances; think everything from jazz to cabaret -and of course cocktails, plenty of cocktails,  including the signature Bees Knees a muddle of Orange infused vodka, Grand Marnier and a touch […]

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