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13 Pop-Ups You Can’t Miss This February

You’ve done it, you have survived the January blues (relatively unscathed) and now you’re ready to get back out there and enjoy what London has to offer. Wondering where to start? Panic not, we’ve done a round up of the best pop-ups and supper clubs to get you back into the social swing of things this February.

Guides

Critics’ Choices: Everywhere We Reviewed In January

Some jobs give you duvet days, others season ticket loans, one of the perks of working for The Handbook is that we get to go on reviews. On any given night there’s probably one of our editorial team out selflessly snacking, sampling or swigging so that we can give you an honest appraisal. Here’s where the team headed in January: The Waldorf Hilton’s Charleston Tea Dance Fenella, our fearless editorial assistant, hit the tiles at The Waldorf Hilton and learnt to dance the Charlton while quaffing Champagne and scoffing scones! Check out the full review here… Gillray’s Vegan Menu Charlotte, […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Ready, Steady, Bake! Bluebird’s Bake Off

Never again will I be able to hear the words ‘ready, steady’ without wanting to say baaake, as if I was Sue Perkins, more to the point, never again will I hear Sue say those words, yes, I’m probably still the only one who is bitter. Whilst the rest of you wait for the Great British Bake Off I will be heading to Bluebird, for the Bluebird Bake Off which will be held in support of charity WaterAid. The courtyard will be decorated with gingham bunting, cake stands and the smell of freshly baked pastries from bakeries such as Pearl […]

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Reviews

We Review: Theo Randall at the InterContinental

What: Counting Jamie Oliver as a fan (see his praise splashed across Theo’s website and books) and Jay Rayner who claims Theo Randall served him “the best meal” he had “all year”, I was admittedly looking forward to eating at Theo Randall at the InterContinental and it did not disappoint. New? This is Theo Randall’s first restaurant which he opened in November 2006, his latest restaurant is Theo’s Simple Italian. Where? InterContinental, 1 Hamilton Place, Mayfair, W1J 7QY www.theorandall.com On the menu: Theo Randall’s menu reflects his personal taste for food so the menu is Italian cuisine done in an unfussy […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Celebrate The End Of Dry January… With A Beer Festival

There’s only one way to celebrate the end of Dry January, with a beer festival. So it’s handy that Craft Beer Rising, the UK’s biggest craft beer festival, returns to East London this month. Get your keg on at Brick Lane’s Old Truman Brewery from the 22nd to 24th February and 175 breweries will be in attendance along with street food and cider! With over 12,000 beer enthusiasts (which is basically everyone) coming along for the three day event Craft Beer Rising promises to be a yeasty extravaganza. Established beer brands there will include Meantime, Sierra Nevada and Oakham Ales […]

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Top 9 New Openings This January

With a new year comes new parties and of course new venues in which to host them. This month has already seen some spectacular new openings. From Hotels, to restaurants, they have been popping up across the city. Here is our round up of the January’s best and brightest new venues.

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Openings & Launches

London’s New Luxury Boutique Hotel

We’ve already told you about Raffles Hotels & Resorts opening their first UK hotel, well now we have another one for your 2020 diaries, One Crown Place is launching a new luxury, boutique hotel in the City. The hotel will be part of the highly-anticipated One Crown Place development in EC2 and will be operated by Bespoke Hotels and they’re going for the big one, to join a select group of five-star hotels in the City. Spanning five floors and six Georgian townhouses, the hotel will include 41 bedrooms, a 100-cover restaurant in a covered courtyard, bar and a private members’ […]

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Openings & Launches

From Market Stall To Mayfair Boutique: A Food Success Story

Why not popina to Popina? The new cafe and delicatessen from chef Isadora Popović will be arriving on Mayfair’s Duke Street next month and will be the first permanent home for what’s become a hugely popular weekly farmers market stalwart with stalls at over 20 locations from Broadway Markets to Portobello Road. With room for 20 (26 in summer, when outside seating becomes feasible) the intimate interior will play host to dinging between 8am and 6pm. Expect a breakfast of kedgeree, followed by a lunch of hearty sandwiches or even heartier stews and curries in both meat and veggie varieties. […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Ultimate Food Challenge: The Half Stone Burger

It’s no wonder Man v. Food is such a popular series, it’s basically food porn. A chance for us to indulge in our food fantasies of basically gorging ourselves silly on deep fat fried everything and then winning eternal glory and the respect of our peers. Or maybe that’s just me. Anyway, rather than delving into the inner workings of my mind, back to business, Man v. Food is back on our screens and with a new host. After years of eating, Adam Richman has handed over the baton to Casey Webb and to celebrate the new host and new […]

Reviews

We Review: The Coral Room

What: Already home to the much loved (and much Instagrammed), Dalloway Terrace and the hidden treasure (and one of my all-time favourites) Bloomsbury Club Bar, The Bloomsbury has added The Coral Room to its collection of brilliant bars. New? Yes, it opened at the end of last year. Where: The Coral Room 16-22 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, WC1B 3NN, www.thecoralroom.co.uk On the Menu: Open for breakfast and then for small plates throughout the day, you can host your breakfast meeting over spiced, baked eggs with turmeric yoghurt; curl up with a book and a bacon sandwich on toasted sourdough; lunch on […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Evelyn’s Table: New Hidden Gem

Evelyn’s Table; the new restaurant that is as intimate as it sounds. What used to be the beer cellar at The Blue Posts in China town has now been transformed into a cosy little dining area. So why should you go? Because it’s going to be the next best little hidden gem. It’s fun and quirky and serves some of the most delicious dishes. The team has created a seasonally inspired and locally soured menu of around ten different plates each day. How does a Cuttlefish ragout sound, or polenta bramata with Mammole Artichoke? Evelyn’s table offers a cosy and […]

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Openings & Launches

A Taste Of Sweden Take Over: 100 Wardour St

Stockholm is lending us its most innovative cocktail bar, Linje Tio. It was the first ever bar from Sweden to feature on the World’s 50 Best Bars. So, no wonder we’re excited about it. Finally, London has the chance to see and most importantly experience what all the fuss is about. It’s the attention to detail that really sets Linje Tio apart, back in Stockholm they carve their ice cubes straight off Icebergs. We only hope this little quirk doesn’t get lost in transportation, if you see a giant Iceberg coming straight for Wardour St you know what’s happening. The […]

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