Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden Turns 5 With a Birthday Feast

Covent Garden has always been home to flesh and buns of a certain sort, just take a read of Harris’s List of Covent Garden Ladies… but for the last five years it’s also been home to restaurant Flesh & Buns Covent Garden. To celebrate five years of bao buns and maki rolls they are hosting a five -course birthday feast on the 13th August with a menu of favourite dishes from the last five years. Expect to find the likes of Korean fried wings with spicy sour sauce and sesame; crispy duck leg with plum sauce; Bone Daddies homemade bao […]


We Review Smoke & Salt’s New Brunch

What: When chefs Aaron Webster (Dinner by Heston and The Latymer in Pennyhill Park) and Remi Williams (Craigie on Main and Deuxave) met in the kitchens of The Shed in Notting Hill they decided to come together to create Smoke & Salt, a restaurant championing ancient techniques of smoking, curing and preserving. In the modern fairy tale that is pop-up to bricks and mortar (or in this case shipping container), Smoke & Salt started off as a monthly pop-up series and residencies before taking over the magic container that Kricket had at Pop Brixton. On my quest to find the […]


Critics’ Choices: Where We Reviewed In July

July zipped by in a haze of Love Island and intolerable heat. So how do we deal with office temperatures that peaked at 32 degrees (with the AC on!) here at The Handbook? Go out and eat in some of London’s best restaurants, of course, oh and travel. Here’s all the places we enjoyed in July. Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa What: Just very sly… Why: Okay, so I’ve wanted to go to the Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa since I was about 11 years old. Genuinely, proper bucket list stuff. Couldn’t afford it for my honeymoon but would have […]

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Health & Wellness

“Ommm” Your Way to Equilibrium: Inhere’s Meditation Pods

We’re about to lose our minds up Inhere, up Inhere…No, the space bar on my computer hasn’t stopped working, but rather Inhere, London’s first drop-in meditation studio, has arrived to provide private guided meditation classes and workshops. When we think of meditation more often than not images of mountain ranges, sunsets and the full lotus might cloud the mind. However, you don’t actually have to use up the air miles to find a foreign sunset, as Inhere have created a custom-designed meditation pod launching this month, available for homes, offices, hotels, spas and other areas. We all know offices can […]

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Openings & Launches

Belsize Park Gets a New Local

As the 1st of August lands today, office chats have been peppered with comments inclusive of “where’s the year gone?”, “time has flown by” and, brace yourselves, “it’ll be Christmas soon”. However, with the advent of a new month comes exciting things too and not just a sour attitude towards time flying the older we get! Introducing The Belrose, a pub providing an eclectic drinks range to help you celebrate the coming of August. Yes, that’s right, open today is Belsize Park’s latest pub addition which will also serve up Italian-inspired food through the use of its big ol’ clay […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

The Pop-Up That’ll Jazz In Your Mouth

Karve, at Five Miles in Seven Sisters, really has got something to blow its trumpet about. The jazz pop-up is the brainchild of chef Trystan-Ross Williams, musician Tim Thornton and operations expert Amy Newbury and will see music and food combine this August for one night only. This Sunday the pop-up will collaborate with saxophonist Leo Richardson who will be bringing his jazzy quartet to provide the soundtrack for an evening of sharing snacks including prawn cocktail, barbecued, during the musicians’ first set and a stone fruit bread and butter pudding during their last set to the music iteself. The menu will unleash a […]

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Openings & Launches

Grab a Kebab at the New BabaBoom Islington

Your favourite kebabs are coming to Islington! BabaBoom is expanding to make their charcoal-grilled creations available to even more people. Made-from-scratch, Middle Eastern meats are still the focus of the new shop, but there are some new stars on the menu. Think Baba’s beer (their own special draught by Belville Brewing Co.) and weekly #poweredbykebab special events. There will even be £5 kebabs during the weekdays – power lunch, anyone? The new location will obviously carry on their famed weekend brunch, including dishes like their Good Morning Kebab- date-glazed bacon, harissa labneh and sumac fried eggs. Get excited to enjoy even […]

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Bucket List Travel: The Places We Really Want To Go

It’s not that we’re not all working hard, all of the time, but sometimes office chat does tend to…drift. Rather than alighting on Love Island, Brexit or colleagues’ intricate romantic binds, of which there are many, last week we discussed our travel bucket lists. Where would you, if money were no option, travel to? Would you set sail for the Caribbean? Tie a kangaroo down in Australia or big game spot in Kenya? As Travel Editor I decided to make everyone miserable by writing a paragraph or two and turning it into a handy guide. Here’s what The Handbook team […]

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Openings & Launches

Top Venues That Opened in July

July, it’s been a scorcher and not just because of the weather, there’s been a whole host of new restaurants and bars opening, from new sky high bars in the Gherkin and bakeries in Marylebone to Indian restaurants in Kingston. Here are the best new openings to check out this month. Manifesto What: Seasonal Pizzeria Why: Clapham saw the opening of Manifesto this month, a new seasonal pizzeria with pizzas starting at just £6. Using the best ingredients, flour will be sourced from Molino Pasini who have been producing flour for over eighty years under the same family whilst mozzarella […]


The Influential Women in London You Need to Know About

2018 is the Year of the Woman, so let’s get after it. London is a diverse town, full of culture, business, government, charity, athletics and so much more. Women have shaped the city in every sector, and it is time to fully celebrate the impact females have every single day. We are here with a list of some of the most badass, influential women in London this summer who are encouraging others to seize the day. They are out here with art exhibits, talks, books, presentations, government campaigns, national campaigns and so much more- proving that girls DO, in fact, […]

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