Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Hong Kong Hotspot Arrives Here

‘Failed In London? Try Hong Kong…’ goes the old addage, explaining why the acronymn F.I.L.T.H. is so often applied to expat Brits working in the former colony. Well the restaurant Duddells is the exact opposite of FILTH, it’s been wildly successful in Hong Kong and now it’s arrived in London. In Hong Kong Duddell’s was awarded its Michelin star within months of opening and in four years has cemented itself at the very pinnacle of the Hong Kong dining circuit. Having now taken over St Thomas Church at London Bridge, a team of designers from Michaelis Boyd (responsible for fantastic Groucho […]


We Review: Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell’s New Afternoon Tea

What?  Your great aunt Wilhelmina* has called, she is putting on an afternoon tea and has invited that you join her in her Georgian townhouse, for sandwiches, scones and of course an alcoholic tipple or two. New? Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell isn’t, but the tea is relatively new. During the summer, Benjamin Boeynaems (previously the head chef at Goring Hotel) joined the team as head chef and created a new afternoon tea based on both Aunt Wilhelmina and Uncle Seymour – who lives at Zetter Town House Marylebone. Where?  Just off Clerkenwell Road, Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell sits on the edge of […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

A “Kultured” Pop-Up In Soho

Just when you thought there wasn’t enough places to get a drink in Soho; bars are now just popping up. Yes, that’s right a new pop-up bar is set to take up residence in Soho from the 29th November, aka tomorrow. So get your glad rags on, your purse handy and I’ll meet you down there. The pop-up is called Kultured, spelt with a K because it’s obviously new and “kool” and doesn’t care for the rules. So, what sets this establishment apart from the rest that reside along Great Windmill street? Well I’ll tell you, it’s the fermenting. Now […]

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Meghan And Harry: The Honeymoon

Get the bunting out, let’s deck the house with union jacks and plan a street party. It’s official: Harry and Meghan are getting married! Everyone knows that getting married is one of the most stressful events in anyone’s life, spare a thought for poor Meghan writing all those save-the-dates, setting up the decorations and planning which of the corgis will sit next to who. Okay, maybe she’ll have a little bit of help, but either way the royal couple are going to want to put their feet up afterwards so The Handbook has put together some honeymoon potentials (and yes, […]

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Seasonal & Celebrations

8 Christmas Hampers To Order Now

Hamper: the very word is magical, brimming with posibilty; from Billy Bunter or the Famous Five to the royal family, hampers evoke all the best sorts of excess. And if a traditional British Christmas is about one thing then it’s excess (Justin Welby may have a thing or two to say about this, granted). So here’s a selection of our favourite Christmas Hampers, the pinacle of all things good encased in wicker. Selfridges What: A Hamper For Everyone Why: Selfridges’ has a whole host of hampers, whatever you like they have it. Cheese and wine your thing? They’ve got the […]

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A Nut-Cracking Christmas At Bluebird

Gather round and we’ll tell you a story, or, rather, the Bluebird will. E.T.A.Hoffman’s classic Christmas tale, The Nutcracker, comes to life at the Chelsea restaurant this festive season with various scenes from the book writ large across different parts of the venue. Enter the courtyard and immediately you’re immersed, with toys, trees and trinkets courtesey of partners Belvedere Vodka with the space teeming with pine garlands, lights, nutcracker soldiers (of course), roasting chestnuts and hanging stockings filled with gifts and candy canes. Visit the present wrapping shack (sunglassiers Taylor Morris’s hut, clearly using the down-season cleverly) and sip on […]

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Instagram’s Christmas Gift Market At Spitalfields

Bringing one of the biggest online markets to life. This Christmas, Instagram is hosting its first ever Gift Market. Bringing together 50 of Instagram’s small businesses in order to celebrate the UK’s most inspiring independent traders. Whether you lust over, or ignore those marketing adverts on Instagram this is a chance to go browse the latest products and suss out for yourself whether they are as good, or as awesome as they look online. Effort is never something we like to exert and Christmas markets are an easy way of ensuring you don’t lose faith or spiral into despair while […]

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Openings & Launches

Palomar’s Founders Strike Again!

First it was Palomar and The Barbary, two of London’s most sought-after restaurants, then earlier this year Zoë and Layo Paskin launched Jacob the Angel, the hit coffee spot in Seven Dials, and now the brother and sister duo are back with their latest offering. Before there was Uber there were blue posts. The painted posts in the street acted as a symbol to passers-by that sedan chairs operated from that spot, all you had to do was hail a chair and be carried aloft to your desired destination, which was probably one of the reputable-or-not pubs around Soho. Today […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Passo: New All Day Italian Restaurant

Passo: the new contemporary Italian restaurant will be opening later this month. The menu is oozing with true Italian verve and flavour. Though the dishes are technically executed they remain simple in composition, in order to cater for a more casual dining experience. Massimiliano Iaquinto will be heading up the kitchen, having left his previous job as Head Chef at Shoreditch House to take up this new and exciting position. Working alongside Massimiliano will be Joe Hill the group executive chef. The restaurant caters for 40 covers and fashions itself after the deli style, common in piazzas round Italy. To […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

What to do This Weekend: 24th – 26th November

The weekend is here! Before we go completely into Christmas mode there is still time for some other events beginning with c: Cuban cocktails, cheese and crab brunches. And it’s Thanksgiving today, so if you still haven’t made your plans then check out our ideas here: Hanger & Cellar What: The Ultimate Hanger-Over Cure Why: This could be the best hangover cure or hangover starter: bottomless brunch at  Fulham’s Hanger & Cellar. Served each Saturday, the brunch includes cured trout royale, rainbow chard Florentine and steak and eggs with potato rosti. You could go for coffee and juice, or you […]

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