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Break The Bank Dinner At Heliot Steak House

Are you busy rolling around in your Christmas bonus, struggling to find something really fantastic to spend it on? Don’t have enough people to buy presents for this Christmas, or frankly think that you yourself are the bee’s knees and should probably just go spend £1000 on yourself? Well, look no further, The Handbook has the perfect solution for your swollen pockets. Fancy spending £1000 on a six-course dinner? Yes we thought so. Now buckle in, and listen up. On second thoughts lose the belt altogether, you won’t want it. Put your caftan on and prepare to gorge yourself. The […]

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A Taste Of South Africa In Peckham

Nelson Mandella House might have been the home of Delboy and Rodney, but it’s about the only thing that Peckham and South Africa have in common. Until now, and new restaurant Kudu aims to change all that. The 46-cover restaurant is named after Kudu Bread, which is cooked in a copper pot and served with melted lardon or seafood butter. It will obviously be centre-stage, but will share the limelight with other South African classics including mussel potjie pots, which are served with seaweed gnocchi, pig’s head tortellini with hay bone broth and crispy onions and onion and beer tarte […]

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It’s Grimm Up North London

There’s something Grimm going on down at German Gymnasium in Kings Cross. Drawing inspiration from the classic collection of German folklore tales collected by the Brothers Grimm, the restaurant is bringing them to life, in partnership with airline Lufthansa and drinks partners Monkey 47 and Fever-Tree mixers. Grimm’s Fairy Tales, include classics like Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Rumpelstiltskin, The Golden Goose, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Hansel and Gretel. Each of these stories will be told on German Gymnasium’s mystical World of Tales terrace, which will be adorned with winter foliage, twinkling lights, throws and decorative detailing that […]

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Festive Treats At Fortnum’s Lodge Somerset House

Fortnum and Mason has partnered up with Somerset House and together they have curated the perfect winter experience. Whether you’re looking for a cosy evening in the company of a special someone, or a place to celebrate the festive yule tide with your friends and family, this is it. Ice skating at Somerset House is a fantastic experience in itself, with the gorgeous backdrop of the old public building with the rink open to the stars and the crisp night air. Now you can collapse and gorge yourselves silly on the most fantastic menu put on by Fortnum and Mason. […]

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Let’s Rock And Roll To Stoke Newington

Make Be-Bop-A-Lula your baby down in Stoke Newington at this rock’n’roll themed bar. Don your leather jacket, Brylcreme your hair and head down to Green Lanes in N16 for a real taste of the 1950s. The effect is convincing, the walls are covered with artwork and posters from the era, 30 contemporary guitars are strung up from the ceiling above the bar and there’s diner booth seating, record players, period TVs, a slot machine, vintage lighting and all-in-all a realistic-feeling ‘50s asthetic. The music will also be 100% authentic, there’s a wurlitzer jukebox with 1,000s of classics ready to play […]

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We Review Manetta’s Bar at Flemings Mayfair

What? Your latest haunt for drinks when  you need a little luxury. New? Yes and no…The bar was opened in the 1930’s as Manetta’s but after a while the bar lost its name and it rather faded into the background. However, with the refurbishment of Flemings and with the introduction of restaurant, Ormer Mayfair by Shaun Rankin, Manetta’s was brought back to life and even given its own entrance on Clarges Street. Where? Hidden away beneath Flemings Mayfair, this is your new secret ‘in-the-know’ bar in Mayfair: 39 Clarges Street, Mayfair, W1J 7EW, www.flemings-mayfair.co.uk On the Menu: Having drawn in a […]

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DND: The City’s New Speakeasy

Ziegfeld Follies: a series of Broadway and Vaudeville shows in early twentieth century New York. The follies were famous for their troupe of beautiful, slightly risque, chorus girls, known as Ziegfeld girls. Wearing elaborate costumes they “paraded up and down flights of stairs as anything from birds to battleships”. It’s this inspiration that the new bar, DND, hidden under the Vintry & Mercer hotel will take to bring the speakeasy style bar to life when it opens its doors in spring. With pictures of iconic Ziegfeld girls on the walls, the century-old images will look kindly on the retro glamour […]

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6 Of The Best December Pop-Ups

December is the month to be festive and jolly, to get out and about with your friends, and there are venues and activities popping up all over London. With so much choice however it can be difficult to choose where to go or simply where to begin. So how about we offer a little helping hand. Here are the Handbook’s suggestions for the first six pop-ups to put on your merry hit list.  Bubble Bros Bubble Bros, Ben Broad and Joe Bruce will be taking their beloved Prosecco van off-road, hosting a three-day Christmas pop up on Columbia Road.  Guests will […]

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Korean Market Opens in Soho

The other day we overheard a conversation between two guys on the bus about how there weren’t enough Korean restaurants in London. Let’s hope they are Handbook readers then, because there’s a new ‘table and market; concept opening in Soho today, from Korean restaurateur and entrepreneur, Linda Lee (owner of Koba and On The Bab). Mee Market will open on Archer Street and will be split across two levels, offering Korean and Asian-inspired dishes. There’ll be a Korean poke rice and salad bar, Asian-stews, hot pots and side dishes and Korean and Asian-inspired dry foods including a customised Mee Market […]

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The New Wimbledon Champion

What’s the betting that during next Wimbledon Championships the place to catch sight of the tennis stars won’t be somewhere shishy in Wimbledon Village, but down the hill at Darwin & Wallace’s latest opening? Upmarket pub chain Darwin & Wallace specialise in quintessential village pubs and already have a presence Chelsea, Clapham, Richmond, Chiswick and Battersea with successes like No 1a Duke Street and No 197 Chiswick Fire Station which have both won accolades as ‘Best Pub’ at the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards. Their latest opening, in Battersea Power Station’s Circus West Village, dubbed with the utilitarian No 29 […]

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New McCain Roastaurant

If there is one place in the world that is mad about their roasts it’s England. I thought it was a British thing, but no, turns out the Scots aren’t too bothered, (not sure about Wales), but we in England are just potty about them. Every Sunday, it is a tradition for the family to sit down together and devour a Sunday roast. It is only when you visit other families however that you realise everyone has their own version and traditions, concerning how they like their roasts. There I was glibly thinking that everyone was sitting down to the […]

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New Soho Club Packs A Punch

What do Mike Tyson, Ricky Hatton or Amir Khan have in common with Soho’s latest sophisticated cocktail bar opening this week? Not much, but the tenuous link is that Jack Solomons, is both the inspiration for this new bar and also the father of modern boxing. Built on the site of a former boxing gym, Jack Solomons found fame and fortune in British boxing’s golden years following the Second World War. His tactic of bringing big fighters from the US and Britain together to maximise audience, publicity and takings was a stroke of genius that continues today. Jack Solomons Club […]

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