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There’s a Fairytale Brunch Coming to London

As a child, I didn’t expect to appreciate cartoons and fairytales at the age of 27 just as much as I did when I was five. Perhaps even more so, now that I fully understand all the little quips that went over my innocent head. And don’t get me started on conspiracy theories or how each film is linked… hours have been wasted on that. As a child I also thought I’d never appreciate alcohol, but some things change. Before I digress (further), why am I telling you this? Because there is a fairytale bottomless brunch coming to London. Bringing […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Two Big Vegan Announcements From London Favourites

This week, two London giants have made big vegan announcements. Two big announcements about doughnuts and burgers…two of our, and now everyone’s, favourite things. First up, doughnut connoisseurs, Crosstown has announced that at the end of March they’ll be opening their first all-vegan doughnut and coffee bar on Picton Place in Marylebone. In the run up to the opening, they’ll be launching two brand new flavours as a sneak peek of what’s to come. From Friday 9th – Sunday 11th March you can try the vegan tropical compote, with a pineapple glaze and coconut chips and Friday 16th – Sunday […]

Openings & Launches

11 Top Restaurants and Bars That Opened in February

Well if we thought spring was around the corner then February has proved that we are definitely some way off.  If you’ve spent the month not leaving the house in fear of frostbite, then here at The Handbook we’re going to change that and entice you out of your caves. Along with freezing temperatures, this month there have been many new restaurants and bars opening and here is our selection of the top must visits.

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

10 Quick Recipes For Any Occasion

Even the keenest of cooks can sometimes lack a bit of culinary inspiration. We all like to work hard and play hard and occasionally the mere thought of having to slave over a hot stove amongst the chaos of London life can feel overwhelming. So here are some simple and no-nonsense recipes for when you want something delicious to eat, but don’t quite have the time or energy to devote to an elaborate feast (and the Deliveroo app is broken).

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Culture

Last Chance Tickets and A New Champagne Bar

Everyone knows that when it comes to gravity defying acrobatics, jaw-dropping stunts and edge of your seat performances then Cirque du Soleil is at the top of their game. Their latest show OVO is a riot of energy with crazy crickets, amazing ants and flexible fleas and even features a 14m high flying trapeze act, which is the biggest of its kind. You’ve got to be quick if you haven’t seen it yet, as it’s only hanging about until this Sunday (4th March) so really you have to be super quick. Whilst you’re there you can raise a glass of […]

Reviews

We Review: The Hamilton Inspired Afternoon Tea at The Lanesborough

What? Hamilton, it’s the most talked about musical to hit the West End since the Book of Mormon and right now the hottest ticket in town. I didn’t get tickets, the self-defeatist in me came out and I didn’t even try to go get them (that coupled with the fact that I completely forgot), what I did get though was the chance to go to The Lanesborough for the new Hamilton inspired afternoon tea – the Alexander Hamilton Tea. New? Yes, having launched at the start of the year, it’s a chance for those who got tickets to have a […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

What Happens Late At Night At The Ivy?

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

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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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Marylebone’s Latest Restaurant Is The Ideal Gastro Pub

What: There’s something troubling me about The Coachmakers Arms in Marylebone. It’s nothing major, but should there be an apostrophe? Are they the arms of a coachmaker? Or the arms of the all coachmakers? Or perhaps it’s not possessive at all? It doesn’t really matter, but you’ll have plenty of time to ponder it while you wait to be served, and it’s better than constantly glancing at your watch. But once the food does arrive, the only grammatical question to ponder is where to put a semi-colon or a comma in ‘this food is fantastic; definitely worth the unusually long […]

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We Review: Wildflower

We check out Wildflower, the new vegan restaurant at Peckham Levels

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Mac & Wild
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We Review: Mac & Wild Great Titchfield Street

What? Think Scottish food and you most likely think of haggis, battered Mars Bar, Irn Bru and tatties, but just as we know that there is more to English food than fish and chips and sausage and mash; Mac & Wild, is a Scottish restaurant that will take you on a journey to the Scottish highlands via the finest wild venison, game and seafood. New? Nope, the first Mac & Wild opened in the autumn of 2016, it was soon followed by a pop-up in Devonshire Square, that went permanent last year. Where? The original Mac & Wild can be […]

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