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The Afternoon Tea Fit For Queen Victoria

Ever wondered what it would be like to eat like The Queen? Not knocking back Dubonnet and picking out corgi hairs like our current monarch, but like the most glorious queen Britain’s had, Queen Victoria? Well now you can, thanks to Blenheim Palace. Led by Executive Chef Billy Bush, the team at the stately home’s The Orangery restaurant have put together a culinary homage to the great lady in the form of an afternoon tea celebrating her life. Over five courses enjoy some of Queen Victoria’s favourite foods, including a mini Victoria sponge, a classic chocolate eclair, strawberry and vanilla […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

What Happens Late At Night At The Ivy?

The Ivy, London's iconic restaurant, has launched a series of 'lates'

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

There’s a New Gin Festival Coming to London

Wandsworth: home to The Handbook HQ, but more importantly (and there aren’t many things that are more important than us), home to a new gin festival from the guys at The Gin Society. Taking place on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th March, there’ll be over 120 different gins from all around the world to try, including a wide range of new craft fruit gins, sloe gin and prosecco fizz. Over at the Guest Bar, you’ll be able to learn facts (and fibs) about how Londoners became obsessed with gin during the gin craze as well as trying new and more […]

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Openings & Launches

West Hampstead’s New Neighbourhood Restaurant

Let’s start Tuesday with a fact, Hām is the Old English word for home. It’s also the name of the new West Hampstead neighbourhood restaurant opening next month by friends Rose Tuckey and David Houten. Head Chef Matt Osborne, (Toasted, The Ledbury, Terroirs, The Other Naughty Piglets and Salon) will be cooking up a menu that champions produce from small British famers and artisan suppliers, as well as reflecting his Australian background. Open for brunch, lunch and dinner, dishes will include crumpets with honeycomb, Westcomb ricotta and pear and Bircher muesli, almonds with Hurdlebrook yoghurt and rhubarb; whilst in the […]

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Reviews

We Review: Santa Maria Fitzrovia

What? The award-winning pizzeria, that started life off in a teeny tiny site in Ealing, has now made it to the magic number with the launch of their third restaurant, Santa Maria Fitzrovia. New? Brand, spanking, can still smell the paint, new. Following on from a two-week soft launch, they officially opened on Valentine’s Day. Wise move, seeing as for most of us, pizza is our true bae. Where? For their third site they’ve chosen their most central location, New Cavendish Street: Santa Maria, 160 New Cavendish Street, Fitzrovia, W1W 6YR www.santamariapizzeria.com The Look: Taking its inspiration from the Italian […]

Openings & Launches

The Grosvenor’s New Restaurant

A taste of the Middle East is coming to The Grosvenor, in the form of Dubai restaurant, Rüya, which will be heading overseas for the first time. Said to be opening on the site of an empty bank building which is adjacent to Corrigan Mayfair, the 100-cover restaurant will have its own entrance and will specialise in dishes from Anatolia. Whilst the menu is yet to be confirmed, we’re expecting to see the likes of spiced black cod with ezme, avocado haydari and crispy sujuk; lahmacun, a dish of spicy lamb vegetables and herbs and 24-hour slow cooked short rib […]

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Culture

The Postal Museum’s New Exhibition: Voices From the Deep

On 16th February 1941, the merchant steam boat, SS Gairsoppa was torpedoed off the coast of Ireland by a German U-Boat. On board the boat were more than 700 personal letters, until now they have been trapped for 77 years on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, a mile deeper than the Titanic. Preserved by an airlock that formed as the boat sank, twelve bundles of letters have now been recovered alongside a silver ingot that was making its way from colonial India to the UK. And now you can see them at The Postal Museum’s new temporary exhibition, Voices […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

The Pop-up Where Vegan Isn’t A Dirty Word

Dirty Bones is going vegan! Well, for two nights at least

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Openings & Launches

Tom Kerridge Weighs In At The Corinthia Hotel

Restaurant heavyweight Tom Kerridge is opening a new restaurant at The Corinthia

Experiences & Pop-Ups

Tom Sellers Launches A Robin Hood Themed Pop-Up

Robbing from the rich to pay the poor: Tom Sellers' Robin Hood themed restaurant

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Openings & Launches

Dip in Brilliant: Chelsea’s New Punjabi Restaurant

The Prince of Wales, Tina Turner and Kevin Costner all walk into a restaurant…it’s Brilliant, the iconic Southall restaurant. The restaurant that opened back in 1975 by culinary star Dipna Anand’s family. Now, 43 years later and it’s Dipna Anand’s turn to open her first solo restaurant, Dip in Brilliant. Opening today in Chelsea, Dip in Brilliant is a relaxed Punjabi café with a menu that gives a nod to the Brilliant brand. Dishes include chicken tikka masala, papri chaat, tandoori mix grill and biryanis There’ll also be original recipes from the first Brilliant restaurant that Dipna’s grandfather, Bishen Dass, […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Woman Making African Cuisine Mainstream

French cooking is almost ubiquitous, French chefs and menus dominate any list of London’s top restaurants. And it’s not that we’re unadventurous and only willing to try the cuisine of the country next door, Indian curries are practically a British national dish. But when it comes to African food, we simply haven’t ‘got it’ yet. Which is where Zoe Adjonyoh comes in. Adjonyoh founded Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen with the intention of bringing African food and culture to the masses. Eight years after she began evangelising in the form of a string of sell-out supper clubs, a hugely successful popup at […]

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