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Get Down at the Peru Independence Day Fiesta

This weekend head to East London’s Ceviche Old St for a night of mucho, mucho fun. The award-winning restaurant/music venue/art gallery is having a huge fiesta to celebrate Peru’s Independence Day, so get ready. Food will be an eclectic blend of flavours from the country’s coast, mountains and capital city of Lima, and you can feast as you jam out to a rotating line-up of live DJs. The meal will include Ceviche favourites like Nikkei ceviche and Anticucho beef skewers in a Panca chilli marinade, Lomo Saltado, seafood stew and so much more. Peruvian street food classics like tamal steamed […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

London’s Best Wine And Cheese Joints

Man may be unable to live by bread alone, but throw in some wine and cheese and he could probably do just fine. Give us a bottle of fermented grapes and a plate of coagulated milk proteins and we are set for life, and where better to do it than at these unmissable London cheese and wine joints. And if you needed more of a reason then today is national cheese and wine day. WC Clapham What: Flush With Options Why: Public toilets and cheeseboards should never Venn. Ever. Except, that is, when you’re at Clapham Common and the public convenience […]

Hotels

Autumn Addition: The East London Hotel

Last year alone, 19 million tourists lined our streets, to wander into museums old and new, dine in our eclectic restaurant range, shop till the soles of feet ache and rest their lazy heads on plush cold-sided hotel pillows. Suffice to say, we’re a popular little city really, so there’s no surprise popping up a new hotel is a great decision. Enter The East London Hotel, which is arriving in, yep you guessed it, East London of all places! To be precise, the snazzy new addition to the big smoke’s hotel scene will be in Bethnal Green and will arrive […]

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Open until 22nd November 2019

Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks, and for those who will not get the chance to return home to USA for 28th November and celebrate with family and friends, Gillray’s Steakhouse has prepared a special Thanksgiving offering for you to enjoy in London.

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Reviews

The Veganning of Something New at Bob Bob Ricard

What: The famed ‘press for Champagne’ restaurant in Soho, Bob Bob Ricard, was the subject of my foodie attention on a Tuesday evening. A stalk on Instagram was enough to excite, wowed by the glitz and glam. I’d gone to try out the new vegan dishes Bob Bob has just introduced which dropped on the A La Carte menu circa 17th July, accompanied by lover of all things vegan, colleague Charlotte. Luxe is at the helm of this stalwart restaurant positioned down a side-street of sexy Soho. The Setting: It’s one of Soho’s most insta-d locations so expectations were thriving, but […]

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Openings & Launches

A Royal Redo: Dan Doherty Takes Over The Royal Oak Pub

Chef Dan Doherty is a national sweetheart on the culinary front, providing us with the kind of food we crave on a Sunday post night-out. Traditional, tasty and donning a twist. Now, the previous executive chef of Duck & Waffle is going it alone with The Royal Oak pub in Marylebone. The staple pub is to open temporarily with Dan at the helm and showcase a short bar menu before closing later on this year for a full-blown refurb. Exciting stuff. The temp menu features an array of Doherty inspired dishes, with a plug at the seasonal and quality produce […]

Openings & Launches

Live Life on the Wild Side: Native Opens in London Bridge

As far as dream team goals go, Ivan Tisdall-Downes and Imogen Davis are proving they are worth a punt for, if this were a competition. This month, they open Native in London Bridge after the Neal’s Yard relocation and as far as names go, it seems the dynamic duo are native to the culinary scene themselves. The concept of the restaurant centres around fresh, foraged, seasonal food presented on plates that yell leafy green woods and button mushrooms oh and, can we get some of these for our house?! We’re lusting over Native, not only for their great food but because […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Corinthia Hotel’s Bassoon New Cocktail Menu

Fall back into the mystical era of New Orleans in the 1920s, the Bassoon of the Corinthia Hotel is launching a new cocktail menu, a partnership between one of London’s most established hotels and the East of London’s trendiest wine bars, created by award-winning bartender Marcis Dzelzainis of Sager + Wilde. Inspired by the cocktails culture of that period in time, each drink is a modern take on the classics. Have a taste of the Meadowsweet Martini, its delicate flavours are countered with frozen vodka and acidic Verjus, commonly known as the juice of unripe grapes. A play on the […]

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Culture

Get Out Of London And Visit These Locations From Your Favourite Films

Britain aways looks good on film. At least, that’s what Hollywood thinks as studios flock here to film one blockbuster movie after another. From the London Eye to the Scottish Highlands, the UK is bursting with iconic views and stunning vistas to train a lens on. But while we all recognise the Houses of Parliament exploding in V for Vendetta, or the O2 starring in the opening sequence of Bond thriller The World is Not Enough, the UK is also full of film locations you mightn’t have noticed. Here are a few of my favourites… Notting Hill (1999) What: Rosmead Gardens, […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Drink Up: It’s National Tequila Day

Tequila, that sweet sweet nectar of the agave plant has got its own national day on 24th July. I’m not sure how they dole out the national days, or why a drink made in Mexico from a plant that doesn’t grow here gets its own national day, but either way let’s just grab a bottle of Patrón and get down to business. Here’s a bunch of places doing National Tequila Day stuff in London… Bar Salsa What: BYOL (Lime) Why: I predict a run on limes (Kaiser Chiefs’ less successful B-side) at the Temple Tescos this afternoon, as Bar Salsa are […]

Culture

13 Hottest Concerts Coming to London

The music scene in London is one of the liveliest in the world, and this coming year is going to see several major acts. With some of the biggest artists embarking on European tours, Londoners have no shortage of options when it comes to concert-going. We give you the largest acts gracing our lovely city in the coming months. From pop to rock to indie, the choices are overwhelming, so regardless of your favorite genre, there is something out there for you to enjoy. Hammersmith Apollo What: The Black Eyed Peas Why: The Black Eyed Peas are coming to London […]

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What to do This Weekend

Things To Do This Weekend: 20th – 22nd July

We’ve just gotten air-con in The Handbook office, which means we’ve gone from sweltering to donning woollens. So I write this now wearing full-on winter clothes and gazing longingly at the blue sky. Which means that the weekend simply can’t come soon enough. Fifth Floor Bar, Harvey Nichols What: Harvey Nick’s New Bar Why: Hot New Bar Alert! Change your weekend plans and make time to visit the new Fifth Floor Bar at Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge. It has been entirely re-designed, with a makeover that’s brought in a new colour scheme and a new drinks list. Bar Manager Sophie Bratt […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Hoxton’s First On-Site Brewery Opens Today

Hoxton has a new onsite brewery and we’re all ears. Brewhouse & Kitchen has launched its brewpub today of all days, with craft beer galore ready to grace many a lip. A bit of a triple threat, the architecturally ace location is easy on the eye, boasts bountiful amounts of beer and is a place perfect for a chill-out. Mid-Summer in the capital and the streets are paved with passers-by, suitcase pullers, school trip stragglers, wistful window-shoppers and then us, the locals, who really want to get lost in a pub paradise for a while. You’ll therefore be pleased to […]

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