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Openings & Launches

Head Across Town To Crosstown

Wake up, smell the coffee and then scoff the doughnut! Independent doughnut coffee bar Crosstown launches today at their new location on Piccadilly and will be offering their perfect combination of caffeine and sugar, keeping you fully fuelled and ready to hit the shops, see the sights or head into that meeting. All Crosstown’s doughnuts are made onsite using a hybrid sough dough which gives them a stronger crumb and breadlke texture. All the jams, compotes and fillings are also made in-house using quality ingredients. Crosstown opened its first shop in Soho in 2015, since then they’ve expanded to three […]

Openings & Launches

Old Street Showrooms: Exclusive New Events Space

It’s not often that you can go somewhere in London that no one’s been to before, you’ll discover a hidden venue, feel like you’re in the know and tell your friend only to find that they’ve been going there for years and it’s not really secret at all. Whilst we can’t tell you about a place that no one has ever been to before, we can tell you about a new exclusive space that has never been used for events before. Away from the bustle of Old Street, sits Old Street Showrooms, the next venue to be added to the […]

Reviews

Scott Hallsworth’s Freak Scene

What? Scott Hallsworth, the Australian chef behind Kurobuta and author of Junk Food Japan, has embarked on a new project, waving goodbye (for now) to the formalities of running a restaurant in favour of a three-month, one-man-band (two if you include his partner who runs front-of-house) pop-up in Farringdon. New? Freak Scene opened back in July and was only ever intended to stick around short-term. Saying that, Kurobuta started life in a similarly temporary guise before becoming permanent so you never know, Freak Scene could be here to stay. Where? 91 Cowcross Street, Farringdon, EC1M 6BH, www.scotthallsworth.com On the Menu: For […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Bier We Go Again, it’s Oktoberfest!

Steins at the ready, it’s nearly Oktoberfest again! This year German Gymnasium will be donning their best lederhosen and dirndls down at King’s Cross to bring a bit of the fun over from Munich with a celebration taking place on the restaurant’s al fresco terrace for most of September. With beer shipped straight in from the Black Forest by the Rothaus Brewery, guests will be able to enjoy the naturally unpasteurised, high quality beers, served in traditional steins. The Oktoberfest menu, served on wooden tables and benches that echo those in the famous tents being erected right now on Munich’s […]

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Reviews

Franco Manca’s New Menu

What: Neapolitan-style sourdough pizzas with organic ingredients. New? The simple menu has a new addition of n7 pizza made with spicy lamb sausage, mozzarella, buffalo ricotta, yellow piennoto tomato and fresh basil without a tomato base as well as some new bites. Where? 20 The Broadway, Wimbledon SW19 1RE www.francomanca.co.uk On the Menu: The pizza menu keeps things modest with seven options on the main menu joined by ever-changing vegetarian and meat specials written on a chalk board. Small bites to start include olives and garlic bread with mozzarella while desserts feature the typically Italian favourite Tiramisu. The Look: The general theme across […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Farewell Pergola, Hello Feast Canteen

If you love Pergola On The Roof and Pergola Paddington Central then you’re probably dreading the end of September, when the pergolas and bars are packed away for the winter* and you have to pull on a cardigan and huddle round the Aga til May. Well thankfully the Pergola folks have been busy working away on a new project, opening in January. Goodbye winter blues, welcome Feast Canteen. If the word ‘canteen’ evokes greasy spoons, jellied eels or lorry drivers then think again, Feast Canteen is coming up with a modern take on the concept for their Hammersmith King’s Mall […]

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Openings & Launches

Brie-liant News, La Fromagerie’s New Shop Opens

You’ve Gouda be kidding us! Another La Fromagerie’s opening and, listen Caerphilly, this time they’re coming to Bloomsbury. Could things get any Feta? Our favourite cheese emporium, La Fromagerie, has long been supplying their incredible selection of whiffy wares to some of the best chefs and restaurants in London from their shops in Marylebone and Highbury. This September they will open their third shop, cafe and tasting room. The wedge-like site on the corner of Lambs Conduit Street will feature their signature Cheese Room, a shop selling seasonal fruit and veg and will accompany a 26-cover bar cafe and bar with […]

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Openings & Launches

The Hospital Club Lands in LA

Forget Obamacare, call off Dr House, London’s hit private members club The Hospital Club is coming to Los Angeles. Founded in 2004 by philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in a once-derelict hospital in Covent Garden, the club is a dedicated space for artists, entrepreneurs and innovators to connect, create and collaborate. When it arrives in the home of nip-and-tucks, H.Club LA will evoke the experience of its London inspiration, albeit with a distinctly American flavour. Taking the theme of a Modern Grand Tour of Europe the 36 bedroom club will be set over five floors of spaces designed to […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Fashion and Design On The Street

This September the cat walk meets the drawing board as London Fashion Week coincides with the London Design Festival. To celebrate, Regent Street are going to be celebrating with Fashion and Design Month, a series of events and, for the first time, creative classes, a programme of hands-on workshops and tutorials held in shops up and down the iconic street. The complimentary month-long programme will also include events, talks and activities offering visitors to Regent Street the chance to get to know a little more about the fashion and design industries that dominate the street and how they work. Talks […]

Guides

7 of The Best New Afternoon Teas

Afternoon tea has been a British staple for over 150 years and now even has a whole week dedication to our love of tiny cakes and sandwiches. At The Handbook we hear of a new afternoon tea pretty much every week, if not every day, as London restaurants do their best to quench our insatiable thirst for miniature food so we have rounded up a list of our favourite afternoon teas of the year so far! Chilworth Hotel What: Indian Tea Time Why: The Chilworth, a new boutique hotel in Paddington, is offering a new Indian afternoon tea full of […]

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