Openings & Launches


A technology focussed new restaurant is set to open its doors on Beak Street in September. Grillshack is to be a quick all day counter service grill with both eat in and take out options available til late, seven days a week. In addition to counter service, there will also be touchscreen order and payment points plus a Grillshack app for ordering and payment at the table. This is to be a UK first. Staff dressed in industrial denim aprons will be on hand to ease guests into the technology. The food menu comprises a selection of dishes, mostly prepared […]

Openings & Launches

Wimbledon Film Studios

Not just a working film studio, the innovative production hub Wimbledon Film and TV Studios have just announced that they will be launching a new event space, which will be ready just in time for the winter party season and Christmas. Positioned perfectly within the already existing studios, so that guests can explore the other areas, the new space is over 5000ft² and includes a large floor area, and adjacent restaurant with a bar stretching out an impressive 1000ft as well as a  mezzanine level, providing views out across the floor below. Close enough to central London, without the bustle […]

Fashion & Beauty

Nailing it in Boutique Spa

The Boutique Spa, in Bayswater, is a salon specialising in nails, massage and beauty. They offer typical treatments such as manicures, pedicures, massages, waxing and general pampering. When The Handbook was offered the chance to try out a treatment, we excitedly agreed. We were welcomed in by friendly staff and told to sit and relax while the beautician organised her booth in a simply decorated and very nice smelling room. We opted for the ‘Classic manicure’ which included a buffing and shaping of our nails, followed by a relaxing hand massage and then of course, painting our nails. The beauty […]

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Jamaica Jamaica at The Jam Tree

Last week The Handbook went over to the Jam Tree in Clapham Old Town, to get into the Carribean spirit, at their Jamaica Jamaica pop up. The pub was getting into the mood with Jamaican flags and waiters dressed in bright yellow t-shirts, but where was the reggae sound track? Perhaps Bob Marley was having a night off.  After being seated, we ordered a couple of cocktails, the Usain Bolt, a mix of rum, Jamaican Sorrel and champagne and the wonderfully named Shabba Ranks: rum, Koko Kanu, ginger and marmalade. We weren’t in any rush, wanting to spend a lazy […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Herman ze German Launches Second Shop

In the heart of London’s Soho district lies the recently opened Herman ze German, supplier of the UK’s finest and most authentic German sausage. Following the huge success of their Villier Street store, Herman ze German takes its new home on Old Compton Street. The brand is famous across London for their Bratwurst sausages and Meatballs, as well as the high quality ingredients and service. The Currywurst is another favourite, a dish of sausages in a curry infused tomato sauce. Authenticity is a central part to Herman, with family sourced meat and traditional recipes being the basis to their menu. […]

Openings & Launches

London’s British Restaurants

At the moment we are celebrating all things British, from the glorious British sunshine and the copious drinking of Pimms, to the recent addition to the Royal Family and of course Great British food. Strawberries and cream, Sunday lunch, fish and chips and even eels, here are some of our favourite restaurants serving up great British cuisine in London: Boisdale of Belgravia Having conquered his own little part of London with fine Scottish culinary produce, Ranald Macdonald younger of Clanranald founded Boisdales.  Throughout the restaurant nods are given to its Scottish heritage, even before the menu, with a decor of […]

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On Friday 6th Bonnie Gull are upping sticks and taking over Camley Street nature reserve in Kings Cross, as they host an end of summer BBQ feast, to raise funds for the Living Seas project. With various food stations around the reserved guests can tuck into all that Bonnie Gull has to offer as they meander around the Regents Canal. Starting things off with a cocktails and oysters, naturally, guests can then make their way through Scandinavian – style salmon fillets, which are nailed to plank and fired in wood pits before being served with shaved fennel and orange salad. […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Gizzi Erksine’s Rock n Roller Disco

Rock n Roll, big time burgers and live music is all part of Gizzi Erksine’s upcoming event, the Rock n Roller Disco takeover at Skate Kings Cross. In collaboration with Carl Clarke, Erksine’s evening promises chase vodka cocktails and a roller disco, with music by The Black Cat Boppers to be played throughout the night. Designed by Erksine herself, the menu is certain to be a treat, complete with welcome drink on arrival. ‘The Smokey Robinson’, is made with Chase English Oak smoked vodka, ensuring a punchy opening to the evening. To start, Erksine has selected chicken wings in a […]

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Truffle Tasting in Milan

The bespoke Hotel Principe de Savoia is launching a four day Truffle Tasting Package, inviting guests to partake in a morning of truffle hunting in the beautiful Piedmont region just 90 minutes from beautiful Milan. Don your hunting boots and most sophisticated palette, as the ‘trifulao’ hunters take you on two hour trip to find your luxury truffles. Expect specially trained dogs and traditional techniques whilst en route, before later indulging in a three course meal at the Osteria dell’Arco restaurant where you will enjoy the finest quality Italian truffles. Guests will also have complimentary access to the accompanying Fitness […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Thistle Marble Arch’s Glenn Miller Bar

Thistle Marble Arch’s Glenn Miller Bar has put a modern day twist on its quintessentially British cocktail menu. Celebrity mixologist Andy Pearson has developed a range of cocktails inspired by the moods of the modern Londoner on busy Oxford Street. The newly developed menu allows for a cocktail to suit every occasion and individual. Bold luxurious choices are available to ease the hustle and bustle of the city, or as the perfect accompaniment to a warm summer evening, the citrus infused elixirs are refreshing and light.   Not only are traditional British staples such as London Dry gin found on […]

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