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Kazu: Sushi and Sake in Fitzrovia

Since Fitzrovia had its food renaissance a couple of years ago, the restaurants have kept flocking there and the next to open is Kazu, a new contemporary Japanese restaurant. In the kitchen, you’ll find Executive Chef and partner, Dham Kodituwakku who has spent the last fifteen years working as head chef at Chisou in Mayfair. He’ll be serving up a menu of sushi and sashimi as well as dishes such as seared fatty tuna with pickled wasabi; wagyu beef steak; deep fried soft- shell crab sushi rolls and black cod with miso. Accompanying it will be sakes, spirits and an […]

Awesome Afternoon Teas

Enjoy The January Blues At The Rosebery Lounge

Beat January blues with… the blues! The Rosebery Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park offers one of London’s finest afternoon teas, and from this month with the added backdrop of live music performances ranging from blues, jazz and swing through to soul, funk and pop. Relax into a velvet sofa or wooden armchair by the fire and enjoy the dulcet tones, the perfect accompaniment to one of The Rosebery Lounge’s finest teas. Choose from an extensive selection teas from around the globe, including Oriental Afternoon Blend, Orange Pekoe from Sri Lanka and the Golden Monkey leaf from China. When […]

Openings & Launches

Kensington Palace Pavilion Opens This Spring

You might have just got over your Christmas parties, but now it is time to start planning your summer events, because it’s never too early and we need something to look forward to anyway. Let us introduce you to a new events space opening up in Kensington. Replacing the Orangery, which is going for the #NewYearNewMe vibe and is currently undergoing a major conservation and building project, The Pavilion is purposely built for events and will feature a unique terrace overlooking the gardens and East façade of the royal home. A first for Kensington Palace, it’ll be covered so the […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

London Says Farewell to The Roof Gardens

Sometimes we have to say goodbye, even if we don’t want to and that time has come, as we have to say farewell to one of London’s most iconic venues: The Roof Gardens in Kensington. For over 35 years, it’s hosted some of the best parties, events and dinners in London, as well as being a home to the legendary flamingos which grace its grounds. The beautiful Spanish garden based on the Alhambra in Granada was also stocked with fish, ducks and in 2016 their bees won them the award for the Best Rooftop Honey at the London Honey Show. […]

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Reviews

We Review: Tea at Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square

What? The 1920s, a time of frivolity post-war, a time when England was recovering from First World War, a time when the likes of Cecil Beaton and Nancy Mitford were at the centre of London’s raucous party scene. It was also the time that the building that the Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square now resides in, was the headquarters for the Port of London Authority. Looking back at its history, the hotel team have now launched an afternoon tea and cocktail menu inspired ‘The Bright Young Things’ (the name given to the It crowd of the day). […]

Openings & Launches

West London’s Latest Pizzeria Will Definitely Deliver

Want a pizza our minds? It’s that West London’s latest opening is going to be great! Zia Lucia, Islington’s independent pizzeria, is opening a new restaurant in Brook Green next month: Make ours a spicy spianata salami! Pizza has undergone something of a renaissance over the last few years, gone are the days when Pizza Hut and Dominos dominated – now there’s a plethora of genuinely authentic pizza restaurants offering amazing cooking and delicious pizzas popping up across the capital, and none less so than the already legendary Zia Lucia which opened on Holloway Road just last year. Zia Lucia […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Pick of the Best New Bars and Restaurants That Opened in 2017

2017 has been an excellent year for London’s restaurant and bar scene. We’ve had debut restaurants from MasterChef – The Professionals chefs, Rick Stein has opened in London, Mr Lyan has given us another restaurant and Matt Whiley opened a sustainable bar. There have been new restaurants in hotels, hidden speakeasies  and second ventures from a handful of London’s most popular restaurant.  These new venues prove that once again London is at the top of the foodie game…not that we’re bias of course.

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Weekend Guide: 22nd-24th December 2017

It’s the last weekend before Christmas. If you are feeling far too organised and pretty relaxed, with some spare time on your hands, then read on. We have compiled a little guide to help you get out and about, by yourself or with loved ones. Take a look at some of our inspired ways to pass the time and ease the frustrated anticipation brewing in us all. The Edible City What: Experience the ginger bread city at the Museum of Architecture Why: The Museum of Architecture (MoA) is a charity that creates pop-up exhibitions and programming to help the public […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

My London: The Rum Runner’s Top 5 Notting Hill Bars

Sam Paget Steavenson is The Rum Runner, a man on a mission to prove that bar-quality drinks can be served at any event or pop-up, they’ve even got their own Airsteam. Whilst he might not have his own bar, he certainly knows a thing or two about where to go for a drink. Until you can catch him at an event, then check out his favourite bars in Notting Hill: The Ginstitute What: G&Ts Why: This used to be a tiny museum above The Portobello Star that hosted tastings and masterclasses. The new bigger offering is just across the road […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Bespoke Hampers From London’s Iconic Deli

Happiness for The Handbook is, not surprisingly, food. When it comes to Christmas if you don’t know what to get us, then hampers get us giddy. Not that we’re hinting…of course not. If, however, you were looking to buy someone a hamper than let us introduce you to Panzer’s Deli. If you live in St John’s Wood then chances are you know it, it’s been open since 1944 after all. In that time, it’s grown a loyal following with many celebrities dropping in (Yotam Ottolenghi and Nigella Lawson are said to be regulars) for their smoked salmon and bagels which […]

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