Richmond Hotel Scoops Star Chef

The Petersham Hotel really must be the best London hotel to not really be in London in. With a commanding position over the river Thames this grand yet intimate gem has much to recommend it, an enviable location, gorgeous interiors and, now, Head Chef Jean-Didier Gouges. Gouges has taken the helm after heading up the team at Rhubarb’s flagship restaurant in the Royal Albert Hall and is already transforming the menu at The Petersham’s fine-dining restaurant into something both unique and special. Setting out in his native Mauritius, Gouges was trained in classic French techniques and it’s this culinary ‘bilingualness’ and understanding […]

Health & Wellness

Health & Butty: The Anti-Ageing Sandwich Is Here

Stop worrying about your baps, use your loaf and turn back the clock

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

If You Like Burgers And Eggs Benedict Then This Giveaway’s For You

If the answer to ‘Who wants a free burger?’ isn’t ‘Can I have fries with that?’ then a. you’re totally barking mad and b. you’ve not had a Rail House Café Burgerdict. And yes, you can have fries with it. Here’s the deal: Victoria’s Rail House Café is giving away 20 free Burgerdict dishes every day next week. That’s right, the first 20 orders each day, entirely gratis. While the lure of ‘free stuff’ should be enough for anyone, you may still be wondering what on earth a Burgerdict is? No, not a meaty tribute to the Sherlock star, or […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Top 12 March Pop-Ups

So the beginning of March has been quite eventful (Beast/East/etc), but now the snow’s cleared staying home and cuddling a hot water bottle will no longer be an acceptable use of your time. Which is why we’ve compiled a list of the best pop-ups for you to immerse yourself in this month.

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Best Brunches

There’s a Fairytale Brunch Coming to London

As a child, I didn’t expect to appreciate cartoons and fairytales at the age of 27 just as much as I did when I was five. Perhaps even more so, now that I fully understand all the little quips that went over my innocent head. And don’t get me started on conspiracy theories or how each film is linked… hours have been wasted on that. As a child I also thought I’d never appreciate alcohol, but some things change. Before I digress (further), why am I telling you this? Because there is a fairytale bottomless brunch coming to London. Bringing […]

Openings & Launches

Vegan Kebab Restaurant Opens in Camden

Another day, another vegan announcement (if you missed yesterday’s you can check it out here) today we’re letting you know that What the Pitta, the UK’s first vegan doner kebab stall is opening their third and flagship branch in Camden on the 9th March. Realising the benefits of a plant-based diet but missing the grilled flavours of Turkish foods, vegan Cem Yildiz, joined forces with friend, Rojdan Gul, whose uncle had been making cult vegan kebabs in Germany for years. The result was What the Pitta and a pop-up in 2016 at The Pump in Shoreditch. The kebabs are made […]

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Openings & Launches

Bluebird Opens in White City

Bluebird; it’s synonymous with the Kings Road, entertaining those in MiC and being one of London’s iconic restaurants. 2016 saw it undergo an extensive refurbishment and emerge with a refreshed menu, 2017 they announced that they would be opening their second restaurant in White City and now in 2018, that restaurant is opening. Opening at the Television Centre, the restaurant will spread out onto a piazza overlooked by the centre’s famous circular core, making Bluebird at the heart of the £8billion regeneration. Designed by David d’Almada’s Sagrada the interior brings together British styling from the 1960s and the chic Chelsea […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Two Big Vegan Announcements From London Favourites

This week, two London giants have made big vegan announcements. Two big announcements about doughnuts and burgers…two of our, and now everyone’s, favourite things. First up, doughnut connoisseurs, Crosstown has announced that at the end of March they’ll be opening their first all-vegan doughnut and coffee bar on Picton Place in Marylebone. In the run up to the opening, they’ll be launching two brand new flavours as a sneak peek of what’s to come. From Friday 9th – Sunday 11th March you can try the vegan tropical compote, with a pineapple glaze and coconut chips and Friday 16th – Sunday […]

Openings & Launches

11 Top Restaurants and Bars That Opened in February

Well if we thought spring was around the corner then February has proved that we are definitely some way off.  If you’ve spent the month not leaving the house in fear of frostbite, then here at The Handbook we’re going to change that and entice you out of your caves. Along with freezing temperatures, this month there have been many new restaurants and bars opening and here is our selection of the top must visits.

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