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Tom Oldroyd to Open New Hackney Restaurant

You’d be forgiven for thinking that Tom Oldroyd’s new restaurant, The Duke of Richmond was set to open in South West London. However, you’d be wrong, it will actually open in Hackney. Having originally opened in 1841, Tom will be restoring the site to its former glory in time for alfresco drinking this summer (it’ll feature a terrace with space for twenty). Divided into a dining room and a pub, the spaces will have their own menus, but they’ll both see seasonal British produce given a strong French accent. In the dining room you’ll find lamb sweetbread and asparagus vol […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Street Food Takeover at Top 5* Hotel

Rumpus Room at Mondrian London is proving that opposites do attract as they bring together two very different sides of London: 5* hotels and street food. Starting next Tuesday, the new monthly takeover series will see different street food vendors serving up innovative dishes at the rooftop bar every Tuesday. First up will be Other Side Fried who have created a bespoke menu which includes O.S.F: fried chicken, brown butter mayo, parmesan, garlic and lettuce and Honey Butter: fried chicken, smoked honey butter, bacon, pickles and lettuce. Taking over in May will be Burger & Beyond and then moving into summer […]

Openings & Launches

Freak Scene Pop Up Turns Permanent

We always like it when a pop-up finds a permanent home, so we’re pretty freakin’ excited that Freak Scene is back and back for good. Created by Scott Hallsworth (along with Phar Shaweewan) last July after he left Kurobuta, the pop-up served up ‘curious’ Asian dishes inspired by Scott’s experience in Japan, Singapore and Malay and it was a big hit. Opening in Soho on 54 Frith Street, the menu will include favourites from the pop-up such as miso-grilled black cod tacos with sushi rice and scorched red chilli; chicken-fried chicken with peanut soy and cucumber pickles and a honey-hoisin […]

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Awesome Afternoon Teas

We Review: Sheraton Grand Hat Tea

What: Not quite a Mad Hatters tea party but there are certainly hats. New: The Sheraton Grand has teamed up with the world’s oldest hat shop, (Locke & Co) to create a one of a kind afternoon tea. New to the menu, it was our privilege to go and check it out. Where: The Sheraton Grand Park lane. Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1J 7BX, www.sheratonparklane.com On the menu: An afternoon tea inspired by hats. A fabulous selection of sandwiches catering for meat eaters as well as those of the vegetarian persuasion. A choice of plain, and warm chocolate and orange scones. Then came […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Street Dedicated to Cheese

An entire festival dedicated to cheese; the sexiest words known to mankind? Quite possibly. Cheese Street NW5 will be a glorious day focusing entirely on the delicious yellow stuff at Parliament Hill Farmers Market on Hampstead Heath. The titillating folk behind such a concept is London Farmers Market who will be showcasing the best Britain has to offer, welcoming local and sustainable food traders, as in keeping with London Farmers Market’s ethos. Dip your toe in the cheese lifestyle with sampling sessions and plenty of tasters from ‘Cheese Angels’. Famous cheese faces like Mac to the Future and The Cheese Truck will be […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The Royal Cocktail Collection

2018 may be the year of the woman, but it is also the year of Harry and Meghan’s wedding. As you can imagine the whole world is running around like looneys planning for the big day and frantically trying to figure out how they can best use it to their advantage. Speaking of, Ritorno has curated a collection of Royal Wedding cocktails, using the happy couple as inspiration. To start things off we have a rather romantic number called the Prince and the Showgirl, try and contain the wistful sighs. Using Harry’s love of vodka and infusing it with ginger […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

White Russians And The Big Lebowski at TT Liquor’s Cinema

TT Liquor the drinks emporium on Kingsland road is launching a new cinema tomorrow. Nestled in the middle of Shoreditch, the bar will be serving cocktails and more specifically White Russians. We’re talking drinks here for any of you literalists, so you can unfurrow that brow. So why are they reeling out the White Russians? Well, to coincide with the 20th anniversary of The Big Lebowski, TT Liquor will be christening their cinema with a special screening of the iconic film. As White Russians are Dude’s favourite drink it is only fitting that you be able to sit and enjoy […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

5 Riverside Pubs: Where to Watch the Boat Race

Are you light blue or dark blue? Are you Oxford or Cambridge? It’s time to pick a side and cross fingers it’s the winning one. This weekend the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race takes place, and assuming you’ve not got academic skin in the game, you’ve got to choose which colour you’ll be wearing in support you’ll also have to think about the best spots for you and your mates to cheer on your favourite boat. Don’t be daunted The Handbook has comprised a list of the best riverside pubs for you to take in the race, drink, eat and […]

What to do This Weekend

What To Do This Weekend: 23rd – 25th March

Coming round so soon that you might believe it was a weekly event, it’s almost the weekend again! Hurrah! Yay! Crack open some bubbles. So as you contemplate what to do with your two days of freedom, here are some ideas from The Handbook. We hope they help.

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Openings & Launches

Think You Know About Burma? Have You Tried The Food?

We know so much about the changing political situations in Burma that it comes as a bit of a surprise to realise that we understand so little about the culture, if someone asked you who Aung San Sui Kui is, you’d (hopefully) have no difficulty in identifying her. If someone asked you what food they eat in Burma, you’d likely struggle. Which is one of the reasons Lahpet is important, a Burmese restaurant opening in Shoreditch next month. The other is the brilliant food. Lahpet has proven itself over the last year with its year-long Hackney popup, and now they’ve […]

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