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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Pizza East: King of Pizzas

Sometimes all you want to eat is pizza and nothing else will do. When that craving calls you need to forget going to your local takeaway and head to Pizza East for proper pizza. The restaurant is quite dark and industrial with exposed concrete, bared wooden walls and simple neutral colours, but the warm low lights are inviting and inside there are a mixture of small and large tables as well as a bar to sit at for drinks. On Monday The Handbook headed over to the Kentish Town branch (there are three, Shoreditch, Portobello and Kentish Town) to try […]

Openings & Launches

Bird of Smithfield

Due to open this spring is Bird of Smithfield, the eagerly anticipated venture by Chef Alan Bird set within an old Georgian town house and operating over five floors! Bird brings with him over 15 years heading the kitchen at The Ivy and experience as a Group Executive Chef within Soho House Group. The restaurant’s menu will be British with a twist; with dishes aiming to explore the influence British food has had both historically and to date. It will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The venue takes in a classically styled dining room featuring Harris Tweed and […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Happy 15th anniversary Itsu!

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the first Itsu [dining] restaurant in Chelsea, Itsu is launching the £15 for 15th special set price menu at its Chelsea and Notting Hill locations on Draycott Avenue and Notting Hill Gate. Created by Head Chef William Da Silva, the menu features a range of dishes inspired by traditional Japanese cuisine. Guests are invited to choose two classic dishes from the conveyor (options include Sesame Spinach, Salmon & Tuna Tartare, Salmon Tobiko Maki and Duck Crystal Roll with HoiSin Sauce) and one from the Hot Menu (Tiger Prawn Tempura Handroll perhaps?) and a drink […]

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Celebrities & Influencers

Amber Lebon DJ’ing at LFW

Amber Le Bon, the enchanting model turned DJ has obviously inherited the musical gene from her famous father, Simon Le Bon. She will no doubt be enjoying her time in the spotlight though, while she's spinning decks at the exclusive club Raffles Chelsea on Wednesday. After all the buzz and visual excitement from London Fashion Week, Le Bon's cool tunes will be the perfect way to say goodbye to the influx of fashion and creativity for another year. Amber will be performing at Raffles Chelsea for the London Fashion Week wrap party along side friend and fellow DJ Becky Tong. […]

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Openings & Launches

B- Soho presents Charioke

Whether you are pushing the crowds out of the way to reach the microphone or get hideous stage fright, whether you are the next Beyonce, or  as flat as most of the X factor auditions, there is no denying we all love karaoke and none more so than B- Soho’s Monday night karaoke. Well now there is a whole new reason to love it, on Monday 25th they will be presenting Charioke in support of the World Cancer Research Fund. The £5 minimum entry fee and post competition raffle will all go towards the charity, the same charity that co […]

Celebrities & Influencers

Love is No Longer in the Air

Another V Day has been and gone with hundreds of red roses and disturbing teddy bears left in corridors for the unsuspecting to find. But what were the celebs up to? This year saw a great deal of contrast – Kelly Brook stepped out for a romantic date with her ex Danny Cipriani while some Leeds gals got lucky when Harry Styles turned up at the Nandos where they were having their lonely hearts dinner. There were also the usual lists of stereotypes. The 'stop it before we vomit onto our shoes' couples – Christine Bleakley tweeting her socks off over […]

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Loveyogabum heads to Marrakech

If you are finding the hustle and bustle of the world a little too much then now is a perfect time for you to set off to avoid the cold of the winter for a week. Loveyogabum, runs exclusive yoga retreats, and at the end of March they are heading to Marrakech. Focusing on supreme relaxation Loveyogabum, run by Maudie and Chloe – who met in India-  is a friendly, intense yet gentle experience. Everything is included from accommodation to organic menus. The last retreat in Tuscany was said to be great fun by Kitty Buchan-Gregory, an online writer for […]

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Openings & Launches

I Heart Diet Coke

Coke has always loved a limited edition and this year is no different with Marc Jacobs taking on the role of pimping up the Diet Coke cans. Three designs have just been revealed for each decade that Diet Coke has been on our shelves, each headlined with a classic ‘I Heart…’ slogan. Each decade echoes traits from the time; the 80s showing an empowered woman, the 90s showing a fashion trendsetter and the 00s is along the same lines as Marc Jacobs own spring/summer 13 collection. Jacobs himself is quoted as saying "Diet Coke is an icon… and I love […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Gossip at the Grammys

In the midst of the old school movie glamour of the Baftas the Grammys often get forgotten (especially as they are on the same night). However, they can be more fun to watch, filled with more risqué outfits and diva antics. Chris Brown caused a significant amount of controversy as normal. Brown did a ‘Kayne’ in refusing to stand for Frank Ocean when he won the Grammy for Best Urban Contemporary Record and Adele was seen, allegedly, publicly calling him out for it. Katy Perry (also allegedly) refused to sit near her friend Rihanna in protest to the young singer […]

Openings & Launches

St Martin’s Lane French Vogue Twitter takeover

St Martins Lane hotel is being taken over by the French. French Vogue that is. This is the first time Vogue France has collaborated with a hotel brand to take over its social media and the Twitter takeover is happening this Sunday 17th and Monday 18th February, providing @StMartinsLDN followers with a unique insight into the life of a fashion editor attending the shows. Says Nick Bain, St Martins Lane’s Social Media Manager, “St Martins Lane has always been associated with London Fashion Week, but we’re really pleased to take it to the next level with such a prestigious partner […]

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