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Could Londrino Be London’s Best Portuguese?

You never really say “ah, I fancy, um, Portuguese cuisine tonight” do you? Instead we opt for things more along the lines of Chinese, Italian or perhaps Vegan what with the changing of the times. And yet perhaps a visit to Londrino would change up that thought process. The Portugese word for Londoner is, in fact, Londrino – so no, they’ve haven’t just decided to get all flamboyant with the name but have instead catered the title to the every-day Londoner. Headed up by chef Leandro Carreira, the London Bridge spot plays with flavours and meets, at points, the influence […]

Awesome Afternoon Teas

The 5* Christmas Afternoon Tea You Need To Check Out

What: It’s safe to say the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park has had quite the year, it was meant to be the year they celebrated the end of their major 18-month refurbishment project. However, disaster struck in the form of the fire at the start of June. Six months later the hotel has picked itself back up, dusted itself off and kept going, after all it is the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park. Set to fully open in Spring 2019, the spa, event spaces and restaurants have now reopened just in time for Christmas. We went to toast the iconic hotel and […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

10 Restaurants Inspired By Science

Smoke and mirrors isn’t always a good thing when it comes to food but in these 10 cases it certainly is. When you want your meal to be an experience complete with dry ice, bubbles and even inject-your-own fillings, you need to check out these cocktail bars, nitrogen ice-cream parlours and even a science-themed afternoon tea. Who said science was boring?   Chin Chin Labs What: Nitro Ice Cream Why: You pretty much know that when goggles are required to make ice cream there’s a bit more going on than just whipping up some cream and whacking it in the […]

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Fashion & Beauty

Get Your Knit Off: The Best Christmas Jumpers

‘Tis the season to don a Christmas jumper, however silly, however obscure – get it on ya! Whether you’re a sucker for a slogan; “Baby it’s cold outside,” “Jingle My Bells,” and so on. Or, if you just love a bit of the classical with reindeers and...

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Crumbs! The Gingerbread City We’re Obsessing Over

Is London the food capital of the world? Or is it Paris? Or maybe somewhere in the far east, Tokyo perhaps? No, the food capital of the world is, in fact, inside the V&A. Because there’s an entire city made of actual food.   If you’ve ever spent a an afternoon making Gingerbread houses, hours spent arduously trying to get the icing to stick that pitched roof together without collapsing the entire property, then spare a thought for the guys who came up with this; the The Museum of Architecture’s Gingerbread City. The annual exhibition brings together architects, designers and engineers […]

Openings & Launches

The Squat That Just Got Hot

If there’s one thing that’s more Camden than a squat, inhabited by long-haired hippies, then it’s a squat, inhabited by long-haired hippies that’s now become an up-market café-cum-bar-cum-nightclub. 40 Zero occupies a former dumping ground inhabited by squatters, but London property being what it is is was only a matter of time before developers swooped, turfed them out and created a swish new hangout. As they put it, “retaining the best bits of its previous squat life” (though presumably not the breadline existence, political views or attitude to personal hygiene), the venue looks like it’ll have a lot of character […]

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Could These Be The World’s Best Dumplings?

Saying something is the ‘best in the world’ is a huge claim in any case, but we feel like the one made about these delicious looking dumplings from Din Tai Fung may well be true. On the 5th of December, as Christmas mingling began to crowd the city, a restaurant extravaganza that began in Taiwan in 1958 as a cooking oil retail shop, threw its doors open in London’s Covent Garden. And thus the world’s best dumplings landed on our shores. The pork dumplings – also known as pork xiao long bao – have been raucously raved about across the globe, receiving […]

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Reviews

A Bar Dedicated Entirely To Sparkling Wine

When you’re asked to shimmy on down to a bar dedicated entirely to sparkling wine, it’s a bit of a no-brainer I’ll be honest. Grays and Feather, lying snug in Covent Garden, popped open its doors just seven weeks ago and already it seems to be an alluring alternative to your classic wine and Champers bars. That’s not to say the aforementioned will ever be outdated but give us a glistening new concept any day and it’ll turn our Handbook heads. Opened by mother and son wine-aficionado duo, there seems to be a strong air of expertise circulating the building, […]

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Awesome Afternoon Teas

19 Of The Best Christmas Afternoon Teas

The only thing better than afternoon tea? A Christmas afternoon tea! Escaping from the cold, curling up on a sofa with a pot of tea (I mean, a glass of Champagne), turkey sandwiches, mince pies, snowman profiteroles and yule logs. We’ve rounded up the best Christmas teas, or as we like to call them… festivi-teas…

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Posh Indians: London’s Best Indian Fine Dining

We’re all used to ringing in the weekend with a slap-up Indian takeaway, it’s a time-honoured tradition and a fine celebration of a national dish. But Indian chefs are increasingly setting out to change perceptions and prove that Indian cuisine fits just as easily into the fine-dining bracket as it does into the casual takeaway. The last year has seen a slew of openings, adding to an already crowded field of established Indian fine dining establishments in the capital. Here are some of our favourites.

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