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A New Sushisamba Smashes Into Covent Garden

Sushi and samba may seem like the most natural couple now, but when Sushisamba launched, back in 2012, along with Heron Tower roomies Duck & Waffle, we didn’t quite get it. Back then, in the days when the Queen parachuted from helicopters, Obama was more than a memory and the word Brexit didn’t even exist, it seemed a little strange. We might not have known any more about Peruvian food than the fact that Paddington loves marmalade, Brazil was basically nuts, right? While sushi was only just coming of age, but we were willing to give things a try. Six […]

Culture

Reasons to be Cheerful this Autumn

Whilst some might associate autumn with a glass half empty approach, what with it being the end of summer, heat waves, fond Love Island memories and all that jazz, others may take it in their stride, as a time to embrace the over-sized jumpers, don your best socks and wade through insta-perfect forests. In fact, there’s a lot to be excited about in Autumn; yep, the weather may have cooled down a little, but we have Halloween to scare away that sadness, alongside new restaurant openings, autumnal walks and an array of events to dispel the autumnal angst. What’s more, […]

Travel

Plan A Ski Trip That Won’t Break The Bank

The ‘schhh’, ‘schhh’ under your skis as you gracefully carve your way down the slope may as well be ‘kerching’, ‘kerching’ as your bank balance heads deeper and deeper into the red. Unless you recently won Euromillions or you’re a king pin class A drugs smuggler (white powder being your thing), you’ll no doubt wince at the bill for a week’s skiing. But it doesn’t have to be that way. By tweaking your plans, you can save a fortune on a skiing holiday this winter. Vogel, Slovinia What: Slovin’ it up Before you scrabble for your atlas (lol, I mean […]

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What to do This Weekend

Weekend wishlist: 21st – 23rd September

Happy weekend Handbookers! Yes, it’s only been a few short days (and getting shorter, have you noticed?), but the weekend is back upon us and with it no shortage of things to be getting up to. Here’s how you can indulge… 108 Pantry National Cupcake Week, contender for one of the worthiest national celebrations of the year, up there with diabetes week and so on, is quietly coming to an end. And of course Marylebone’s 108 Pantry have been all over it like fondant icing. With a limited edition menu of unique cupcakes created specially for the celebration, the bakery, led […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

8 of London’s Most Edible Bakeries

When you live in a capital where there are bakeries by the dozen, it’s hard to know where to choose! London is awash with sweet spots, from plaited loaves, to baked goods to cakes that look like they’ve fallen for heaven. Sweet tooth or no, there’s something for everyone when it comes to London’s bakeries, and we want a piece of all of them! So why not give one of them a visit? It’s a piece of cake! Kova Patisserie Kova Patisserie boasts a whole lotta green, primarily in the form of matcha, matcha and more matcha! The Soho based Japanese patisserie specialises […]

Reviews

The Most Savage Review You’ll Read This Month

What: If you were expecting a review where I brutally shred a bar to pieces, then I’m afraid you have been deceived by my enticing title. This is the most savage review you’ll read this month because it is about Savage Garden, Tower Hill’s latest roof top venue, sorry to disappoint if you were looking for scandal, because it’s actually really rather good. New? Yes, it opened at the start of the summer and they couldn’t have timed it better given that they have two roof terraces with enviable views out across the Tower of London. The Look: Despite the […]

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Business & Careers

The No 1 London Careers Site Everyone Is Talking About

You know what is more depressing than getting zero matches on Bumble on a sad Sunday night? Endlessly scrolling through graduate job websites, when you’re student only to be told there is nothing out there, unless, of course you want to work in a dead-end job in the backend of nowhere sealing envelopes all day every day. We all know the pain, finding a job as a student was tough, tougher than 9am lectures, harder than hangovers and more painful than making your student loan stretch. But not anymore, because if you know (or are) a student it’s going to […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The Cocktail Menus Shaking Up London

‘Cocktail’, except for the slightly anatomical reference, it’s got to be our favourite word. ‘Want to come for cocktails?’, ‘I’m just mixing a cocktail’, how great does that sound? Well, thankfully we live in quite possibly the perfect city to make the most of them. And with cocktail week around the corner (expect plenty of noise from us then), it’s cocktail menu unveiling season with plenty of new menus hitting London’s bars and restaurants. So here’s our roundup of some of the most enjoyable or just down-right intriguing. GŎNG Bang a GŎNG! We’re drinking the highest cocktail in London! The […]

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Travel

Are These The Best Spas In The World?

Lie back and think of not being in England. The spa break is the perfect getaway, a bit of ‘me time’, some pampering and attention. And like anything, you can take it to the nth degree, by doing it in serious style. Sure, you could pop down your local Virgin Active and jump in the sauna, but it’s not the same. Many five star hotels don’t actually have particularly fancy spas, often a couple of expensive treatment rooms and a mangey basement pool. But, by contrast, there are a number of incredible spas to be found around the globe. Spas […]

Culture

What’s up Zuck? We Met With Facebook and Here’s What We Found Out

We caught up with Stu Lerman, Head of Comms for Facebook EMEA, to shine some light on an at times grey area in the social media world.With figures showing Facebook now has 2.23 billion active monthly users, the platform has tried to move with the times, introducing various different incentives in an attempt to dispel the negative energy slowly enveloping. Last weekend Facebook, the billion-dollar social networking site created by Mark Zuckerberg back in 2004, hosted a free pop-up event in Carnaby Street. Welcoming one and all to get quizzical over new features, data share and the future of the popular social media platform, […]

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Culture

The 8 Books Everyone’s Talking About Right Now

The winter’s starting to set in, so what could be better than grabbing a good book and snuggling in an armchair by the fire? You choose the fire, meanwhile I’ve chosen a book, or eight. So settle in and if you’re sitting comfortably we’ll begin. This is going to hurt – Adam Kay Why: Adam Kay’s multi award-winning, chart-topping, debate-sparking debut This Is Going to Hurt has been flying off bookshelves. Kay’s diary of life as a junior doctor, is lauded as a blisteringly funny yet heart-breaking call to arms for all who value the NHS. His raw account of […]

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Openings & Launches

Michelin Star Chef Marches Into Town

He got his first Michelin star last year, and now chef Andrew Wong is back with his next restaurant Kym’s, set to open in London’s latest foodie hub, Bloomberg Arcade. For those of us who were around in the 80s, you might recognise Kym’s, that’s because it was the name of Andrew’s parents’ restaurant in 1985 which Andrew and his wife Nathalie reopened as A.Wong in 2012. And keeping it close to his family and community, this new Kym’s will be a celebration of Andrew’s own journey and community. Giving his own interpretation to classic Chinese dishes, Andrew will be […]

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