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The Boxsets That Got Us Through May

Given we’re all going to spend June glued to Love Island it’s hard to think how you’ll find time to watch any boxsets, let alone the six we’ve suggested here. But when the Majorcan dust clears, then you’ll need something to replace all that time with, you could learn a language or do a nightclass, but most likely you’ll be looking for the perfect boxset, so here’s everything we’ve been watching the last month… Amidst a bunch of colleagues watching murder, rape and suicide boxsets, Deputy Editor Phil‘s been trying to keep it light and cheerful with a couple of comedies. […]

What to do This Weekend

It’s The Weekend Already! Things To Do: 1st – 3rd June

Well it’s been another four-day week, meaning that the weekend is rushing up towards us faster than we can handle right now. But fear not, the short week doesn’t mean that we’ve forgotten to prepare our weekend guide; so, just for you, here are the fun things we’re going to be up to this weekend. Come and join us! Dirty Bones Shoreditch What: It’s Not Meat… Why: Launching this weekend burger joint Dirty Bones is launching something, well, a little different. Welcome to the UK’s first meatless ‘bleeding’ burger. Yes, it might sound a little unappetising, but this is history. Of […]

Reviews

The Low Key Plant-Based Place You Need to Try: Plates

What: Plates is an innovative plant-based restaurant, influenced by art and inspired by nature, from Executive Chef and Plates co-founder, Kirk Haworth, and his sister, Creative Director, Keeley. New? Plates was previously a weekend pop up in Dalston before it moved to its new permanent home in Hoxton on the 12th May 2018, it’s only open to the public Saturday evenings. The Setting: Plates was a tad hard to find, luckily front of house was standing by the front door and saw us wandering around lost and ushered us in. Even when pointed out it’s hard to see, with only a […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

World’s 1st Champagne House Opens Hotel

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to stay a night in a Champagne House, then your dreams are about to become true…sort of. This summer, Ruinart will be opening the doors to a unique one-bedroom hotel in Primrose Hill. Designed in collaboration with Tom Hingston of Hingston Studio, Hotel 1729 will be a dreamlike interpretation of the Maison Ruinart, the world’s first established Champagne House created in (yep you guessed it) 1729. Having connected with artists since 1896, Ruinart believes that living is an art form, so expect the unexpected, history and modernity will meet, and reality […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Rake’s Café Bar Makes for the Perfect Pit Stop

If you’ve had to make do with the train food cart’s selection of basic crisp flavours and overly strong coffee, and you’re desperate to indulge in something a little more flavourful, Rake’s have got your back. The new café bar have hit the location nail on the head, positioned right next to Liverpool Street Station, offering comfort food, coffee and cocktails, much needed after the hustle and bustle of Liverpool Street Station, alongside a cocktail menu of classic concoctions. In historical context, a Rake was someone who habitually wasted his fortune on wine, amongst other things, and we can’t say […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

A Taste of India at Brigadiers

Barbecue season is amongst us, an affair that sees Dad’s dropping too many sausages onto the coals, someone panicking that things are undercooked, eating your body weight in potato salad, and a nosey neighbour trying to get in on the action. With this said, what better time than now for JKS Restaurant’s new venue, Indian barbecue restaurant and drinking tavern Brigadiers, where it really is all in the name. Brigadiers certainly will provide comrades with an immersive experience, inspired by the army mess bars of India. Whilst this might conjure up images of food flying across the room, cabbage football […]

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Openings & Launches

Now There’s Another Posh Indian Coming To Central London!

It seems that the onward march of posh Indians is showing no sign of slowing as we welcome Little Kolkata to Covent Garden. And thank goodness, the past year has seen the Cinnamon, Dishoom and Kricket empires expanding as well as top-end newcomers like Indian Accent and Jamavar laying claim to this growing market, which is great for diners. But also leaves Little Kolkata with plenty to prove as it graduates from sell-out supper club to permanent restaurant next month. And by all accounts, it will live up to all the hype. Founded by Prabir Chattopadhyay and Biswajit Deb Das, […]

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Reviews

The Afternoon Tea That Swaps Sandwiches for Sushi

What: If you ever have that moment where you think that you’d really like some sushi, but you’d also really like a scone and you don’t know which to choose (granted it might not be the most common thought but I bet it happens) then I’m here to tell you that you no longer to make that decision. Why? Because Ichi Sushi & Sashimi have combined the two to create an afternoon tea that replaces sandwiches with sushi. The Setting: If you think roundabouts are just places to advertise local businesses, show off flowerbeds and a dumping ground for broken […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Award-Winning Cypriot Bar Comes to Soho

Award-winning Cypriot bar, Lost + Found is about to embark on its holiday and it’s leaving the sunny climates of Nicosia and heading over to old Blighty for four days in cooler climates as it pop-ups at The Den at 100 Wardour St between the 4th and 7th June. The bar, which is ranked in the top 30 bars in the world will be bringing over their killer cocktails to celebrate the revamp of The Den. Cocktails include the Clockstopper made from Bacardi Carta Blanca, pineapple cordial, Angostura Bitters and Skinos mastiha; the Pink Fluid, a mix of Aperol strawberries, […]

Hotels

Sweet suites: the best hotel suites in London

I’m going to let you into a secret… there’s a clandestine world beyond the revolving doors of London’s grandest hotels. A universe inhabited by sheiks and tech billionaires, where money is no object and even the smartest hotels hold something back for the big rollers. You think that junior suite you scrimped and saved to afford for your anniversary was special? Unless you were dropping £25k a night, you ain’t seen nothing. Step aside and feast your senses on London’s sweetest suites.   Hotel Cafe Royal What: The Dome Penthouse Suite, Hotel Café Royal Why: Literally overlooking Piccadilly Circus and […]

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Reviews

We Review: Market Hall Fulham

What: If you read The Handbook a lot you’ll know that I’m forever going on about how my beloved Fulham just isn’t at the top of its game when it comes to the foodie scene. Sure, we have some great pubs and we’re pretty good at Millennial brunches but just as the residents often still dress like the 80s Sloane it seems like we’re stuck with our food and haven’t caught up with the likes of Tooting or Fitzrovia. So, when Market Hall Fulham opened with ten kitchens and a bar, I finally felt like Fulham was about to start […]

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Openings & Launches

Hans’ Bar & Grill Opens in Chelsea

Hans Sloane, the man who was credited for bringing cocoa and hot chocolate to the UK will be lending his name to the new restaurant opening on the Pavilion Road, from the team behind Chewton Glen, Lygon Arms, Cliveden House and 11 Cadogan Gardens. A few minutes from both Sloane Square and Hans Place Garden (they really did like using his name, the restaurant will be serving up an all-day seasonal menu making the most of British produce and heading up the kitchen will be Adam England (Le Pont de la Tour). Start the day with the likes of eggs […]

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