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Choice Chineses: 7 of London’s Best Chinese Restaurants

Yes, yes, we know; why go out to fancy Chinese restos when a (cosier) alternative would be to give good ol’ Deliveroo a bell and sit soft with Netflix blaring in the background? However, we’ve been about the Chinese food block a little, so we feel we know what we’re talking about when we say our city has some (prawn) crackers of Chinese restaurants to check out. So, if you’ve exhausted the take-out menu and China Town has seen your face one too many times, here are the choice Chinese’s that we’re soy into…   Park Chinois Green Park (0.2 […]

Openings & Launches

SUSHISAMBA Covent Garden: The First Look

The wait is nearly over, one of the most anticipated openings of the year is on the brink of throwing open the doors and we’ve got an advance look at what the Covent Garden restaurant will look like. Guests climb the orange marble spiral staircase, lined with a massive street art mural of Japanese mythology, before they are deposited in the large 128-seater dining room with its three separate spaces. The black and white marble floors inspired by Oscar Niemeyer, leads though the main dining area with its living ceiling, covered in South American and Japanese plants and foliage, and on to […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

7 Foodie Experiences You Need to Try Now

We get it, the weather is starting to turn, the nights are drawing in and the televisions is getting rather good and all you want to do is hibernate under your duvet. This is London though and you can’t just say in, you need to get out there and experience everything it has to offer and this winter Mastercard is giving you a little helping hand with more priceless experiences. Embrace Hygge at Inamo Read any hygge guide and they’ll tell you that it’s all about being with your friends, eating and playing board games. This is the London equivalent […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The World’s Best Pastry Chef Arrives With Free Cheesecake & Champagne

Back in August we told you about the launch of Cakes and Bubbles, the new restaurant at Hotel Café Royal and the work of the best pastry chef in the world, Albert Adrià. And (drum-roll) now the time has almost come for the doors to open… When they do, at 12pm on the 8th November, they won’t just be cutting the red ribbon, they’ll also be giving out free cheesecake and Champagne for the first forty guests, and free cheesecake for the next 100 folks through the door. That’s not all though, they will also be giving out an all-expenses-paid […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Narnia Comes To Chelsea

It’s looking like it’ll be a real Turkish delight over at Bluebird Chelsea this winter as they announce their theme for the festive season. Welcome to Narnia. Step through a wardrobe in the Bluebird Restaurant and you’ll be transported to another world as the King’s Road restaurant courtyard is transformed into a winter scene reminiscent of the CS Lewis classic, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, next month. And it looks like even the White Witch’s heart might be melted; not least because there’ll be three new heated wooden chalets taking pride of place, perfect for relaxing in with […]

What to do This Weekend

The Weekend Cometh, What To Do 26th – 28th October

Yes, dear friends, we once again approach an impending weekend and need to find fun activities with which to fill it. So, as ever, we’ve been scurrying around to find suitable suggestions. Here are some ideas…   Londrino London Bridge (0.2 miles) There’s something fishy going on at Handbook fave Londrino. The Southwark restaurant are putting on a their Sunday lunch which promises to be a seafood delight. Marisco’s Sunday (marisco is Portuguese for ‘shellfish’) will focus on dishes from and around the sea from noon until 3pm every Sunday between now and Christmas. As well as a fish-focused a […]

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Health & Wellness

No More Namast’ay-ing in Bed: I-Guru Announce New Yoga Sessions

Here’s one for those who carry out their everyday tasks in their active-wear… It’s 7am, you’re scrolling through insta and a bombardment of sunrise yoga images and downward dogs left, right and centre flood your feed. You? Well, you’re duvet covered, rubbing weary eyes and a resounding “I’ll go next week…” chimes in your head. Long story short, sometimes it’s the actual getting up and going that stops us when it comes to exercise, and I-Guru has the solution… The bespoke yoga and wellbeing service is renowned for bringing yoga teachers to your door (quite literally), coming to homes, meeting […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Is This Mayfair’s Best Kept Secret?

We’re sharers here at The Handbook, sharing is, after all, caring and whilst we might not share our food with you, we will share our latest find: 27 Restaurant & Bar which we think is quite possibly the best kept secret in Mayfair. Sitting behind a heavy townhouse door on Curzon Street, the fine-dining restaurant and bar serves a menu of over 100 different dishes spanning five distinct cuisines; Modern European, Chinese, Japanese, Indian and Middle Eastern. That said, they aren’t a jack of all trades and master of none, Executive Chef, Nicola Ducceschi heads up a team of specialist […]

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Seasonal & Celebrations

The 17 Halloween Food and Drink Spots Creepin’ It Real

If you’ve seen our Halloween party guide, you’ll know there a jeepers and creepers amounts of cloak-donning and fang-wielding venues across London ready to get you ghouling. However, if for you Halloween is more about enjoying cocktails made from fake blood, eating desserts that look like bloodshot eyes or eating burgers with black buns, then greetings! You’ve come to the right place. Here’s our round-up of all the spooky shenanigans going on throughout the city this year. Oh and by the way, Why didn’t the skeleton go to the ball? Because he had no BODY to go with. Bluebird Chelsea Imperial Wharf […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Igloos, Fondues & Skiing: 3 Reasons To Love This Fulham Pop-Up

Fulham’s beach, Neverland, is undergoing a transformation as it says goodbye to the long, hot and no doubt very profitable summer and hello to a ski club inspired by the slopes of Alps in the 80s and 90s. And yes, they will have igloos, so if you missed out on booking your spot at Coppa Club you can still get that Instagram shot. The space which is usually dressed in sand and deck chairs will be filled with fur-lined sofas, heated hunting lodges, retro gondolas, chairlifts, bauble-filled igloos and firepits as well as multiple bars, curling, table tennis, karaoke, boozy […]

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Things to do With Kids

Where Are You Heading This Half Term?

From the 20th October until the 28th, little rascals are going to be running all about the place on a sugary and artificial coloured hype! So, to take the pressure off the parents we’ve thought of some fun things to indulge in across the city, to tire out those energetic little beings (if that’s even possible…) Kidzania What: The Kids Are In Control If you’re not a parent then you simply won’t have heard of Kidzania. Keep it that way as long as possible. But if you’ve got children then you’re going to want to get down to this kiddie paradise […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Forget Brexit, This Was The Real Referendum

Referendum might be a dirty word, but its not stopped the launch of the second-most talked about plebiscite in Westminster. While Theresa May was explaining her backstop plan to EU leaders last night, all eyes in parliament were on a far more important matter: the Kennington Tandoori’s new menu. The Kennington Tandoori’s position, close to Westminster and in the midst of MP second-home-land, makes it the best politico hangout in the country, for those in the know. On any given night it’s rammed full of MPs from all political backgrounds, talking shop, formulating policy and swapping gossip. Needless to say it’s a customer-base […]

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