Openings & Launches

Kricket Heads To Television Centre

Live cricket might not have been seen on the BBC for a generation, but Kricket is coming to Television Centre. Kricket, the hugely successful Soho restaurant that started life serving Indian food in a shipping container at Pop Brixton, is set for its most ambitious expansion yet. This summer Kricket will open at Television Centre in White City, the major redevelopment of the iconic former BBC TV studios. The huge project includes 432 homes, restaurants, shops as well as a branch of Soho House and an Electric Cinema… and now Kricket. Kricket White City will be much larger than their […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Rebel Rebel and Gizzi Erskine Join Mare Street Market

London loves a market. It’s the perfect way to spend a lazy weekend morning, buying street food, perusing the shops and sipping on coffee or cocktails. This spring, there’ll be a new market to join the likes of Borough, Maltby and Columbia Road: Mare Street Market in Hackney. Taking over the ground floor of the former Hackney council building, Keltan House the market will be home to the divine combination of food, coffee, records, a podcast studio, and now a florist all under one roof. The space offers a wonderful opportunity for people to experience and visit a variety of […]


The Michelins You Need To Try

It’s one of the most important days in the restaurant industry, the day that the results of the UK and Ireland Michelin Guide were announced. Only one restaurant has managed to attain the exclusive three Michelin Stars and only a handful more have been awarded stars, showing just how hard they to attain – we congratulate all the chefs and restaurants. It’s time to update our restaurant bucket list…   The Araki What: The First Japanese Restaurant in the UK to get 3 Michelin Stars Why: There is now a fifth restaurant which has made it to the dizzying heights of […]

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There’s A Lego Pub Coming. Maybe…

We’ve heard of craft beer, but how would you feel about crafting your own pint glass? Out of Lego? Or leaning up against a bar – made of Lego. Or ordering a Scotch Egg – made of Lego? In case you hadn’t guessed already, there’s a Lego pub coming and we predict they’re going to be pulling more pints than Barbara Legoland-Windsor. The detail is scant, but according to the founders it’s coming in spring and will be made out of a million Lego bricks. Not only that, there’ll be Lego to play with, Lego sculptures will decorate the space […]

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Free BBQ at Monster Hunter Meat Pop-Up

If you associate video gamers with empty pizza boxes, energy drinks and scurvy then think again. Gaming studio Capcom are celebrating the release of their latest game Monster Hunter: World with a free BBQ shack at Flat Iron Square. On the menu: monsters… The premise of Monster Hunter: World, which will be released on Playstation and Xbox later this month, sees players transported to different worlds to hunt and do battle with a variety of monsters and mythical creatures. And once an intergalactic monster hunter gets home what does he like to do? Spit-roast the bag, apparently, and you won’t […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

7 Winter Terraces To See Before It’s Too Late

You probably have heard and read about a lot of awesome winter terraces and pop-ups this season. Maybe you were too busy running around after Christmas presents or maybe you just never had the time. Well, in case you were mourning those lost opportunities we thought we’d take the time to let you know that all is not lost. Have a sneaky peak and which ones are still open and get yourselves done there, before it really is too late.

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Ottolenghi Set to Open His Largest Restaurant Yet in Fitzrovia

Ottolenghi has been a house hold name now for years, and his empire has more than doubled in size since it all began in 2002. Once upon a time Ottolenghi was a pastry chef, with no comprehension of the English’s traditional meals. What was the appeal? So often our dishes lacked flavour, seasoning and most importantly imagination. Before things get too harsh and we start berating ourselves, let’s just take a moment. England is a country where the only things we grow particularly well are potatoes…and weeds. So, the fact that one our staples is bangers and mash, is not […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

L’Ami Malo: The New French Creperie

The French are coming to Spitalfields. Don’t panic, it’s not an invasion, they bring sweet smelling crêpes and savoury galettes. Cue the heads turning, and sea parting, “make way for the deliciousness”. The owners Emilien Lesourd and Vincent Couvreur and head chef Williams Guillemot all hail from the land of berets and baguettes. It is guaranteed then, that anything that you are lucky enough to sample at L’Ami Malo is steeped in French authenticity. The clue is in the name, much of the inspiration for L’Ami Malo comes from the traditional french town of St Malo, which is famous for […]

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We Review: Royal Garden Hotel’s Cirque du Soleil Afternoon Tea

What: Cirque du Soleil is back at Royal Albert Hall with OVO so showing some community spirit they have partnered with nearby neighbours, Royal Garden Hotel, for a collaboration which includes a themed afternoon tea. New? The tea launched 7th January and will be available until 4th March, make a meal out of it with Royal Garden Hotel’s OVO package where you get tickets to Cirque du Soleil with an overnight stay, afternoon tea and breakfast. Where? Royal Garden Hotel, 2-24 Kensington High Street, W8 4PT On the menu: The theme for Cirque du Soleil’s new show is the enigma […]


We Review: The Club Hotel And Spa, Jersey

Londoners naturally think that if something’s half decent, then it must be in the capital, we just do things better here. After all, the chicken shops per capita in London is the highest on the planet, we’re streets ahead when it comes to bonkers house prices and wasn’t there that owl cafe in Soho? Take the hotel I’ve just been staying at, The Club Hotel and Spa: it’s got an indoor salt water pool and a heated outdoor pool, a spa with a thermal suite and treatment rooms and it’s got its own Michelin starred restaurant. You’re probably thinking this is […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Supper Club Opening Its First Permanent Restaurant in Fulham

Everyone loves a supper club, they’re intimate, special and a little bit underground-y. They’re also not a restaurant. So when a supper club achieves enough success to go professional and open a bricks-and-mortar place of their own, there’s always a little bit of you that’s worried it’ll ruin things, a bit like when your favourite indie band gets signed by a big label. Well thank goodness that Bistro Mirey isn’t like that, in fact we think it’ll be the making of them. After a series of successful supper clubs, including popping up at Cookoo N1 in Islington and The Charles […]

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London’s 50 Bucketlist Hotels

London is the world’s leading destination for travellers, whether here for the myriad of attractions that the city has to offer, visiting friends and family or on business it’s crucial to know the best places to stay. The Handbook has hand selected our favourite London hotels. The Connaught Central London The grand sweep of The Connaught dominates the corner of Mount Street with views into the gorgeous Michelin starred Jean Georges restaurant through the beautiful stained glass windows. Enter the hotel and you’re in a wonderland that’s part country house hotel and part ultra-modern. From the dark and moody bar to […]

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