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Wildflower Canteen Comes to Peckham

Wildflower is coming to the Peckham levels, this however is more much more than just a mere flower growing in the wild, it is not some type of innovative garden centre either. It is in fact a new restaurant, a vegan and vegetarian one at that. Cue all the surprised and delighted faces looking up from Instagram newsfeeds. Wildflower is the latest venture from Parched London, an independent hospitality group who first made their home in Peckham before taking on The Montpelier in 2010. Now they have taken over an unused multi-story car park and have turned the space into […]

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White Christmas at Sanderson: Let it Snow

Maria Carey might be 23 years into singing all she wants for Christmas is you but all I want is for it to snow at Christmas…and also the lion’s share of the £401 million jackpot waiting to be claimed tomorrow. While the chances of me winning the lottery are uncertain…and according to statistics fairly unlikely too (a 21st century injustice) what is certain is having a white Christmas, as long as we’re a little vague about the definition. The ever-trendy hotel, Sanderson, has turned its Long Bar into a wintery haven complete with real (synthetic) snow! Temporarily renamed to the […]

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Christmas Carols at The Ned

With its high ceiling which is perfect for towering, sparkling Christmas trees, twinkling lights and emerald green columns, The Ned was built for Christmas. And to mark their first festive season, they are hosting carols with Gareth Malone in the grand banking hall, which is sure to defrost even the coldest of London hearts. Millie’s Lounge and Cecconi’s will both be serving set three-course dinner menus or you can just go for drinks and nibbles at The Nickel Bar. When we visited, we headed to Cecconi’s, there was an excellent mulled Negroni to start with and stand out dishes of […]

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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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Whisky Lovers: Head To Bird Of Smithfield

Whisky lovers: head straight to the Birdcage at Bird of Smithfield! The winter lodges have arrived and they’ve teamed up with progressive Hebridean distiller, Bruichladdich to offer the perfect whisky escape for Londoners. Making whiskey with 100% Scottish barley, the Bruichladdich distillery has sat on the Isle of Islay since 1881. Having finally closed in 1994 the distillery was given a new lease of life in 2001 when it was bought by enthusiastic private investors keen to see whisky made the proper old fashioned way and as such Bruichladdich is now both highly regarded but also able to place the highest […]

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11 Venues That Opened in November

And just like that we are coming up to the end of the year. Where has 2017 gone? Before we all lament over how quickly time flies and how none of us have achieved this year’s resolutions (are they even a thing still) let’s take a look at the restaurants and hotels that opened in November, because whilst we might all be winding down to the end of the year, the rate at which new venues open in London certainly isn’t.

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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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Hong Kong Hotspot Arrives Here

‘Failed In London? Try Hong Kong…’ goes the old addage, explaining why the acronymn F.I.L.T.H. is so often applied to expat Brits working in the former colony. Well the restaurant Duddells is the exact opposite of FILTH, it’s been wildly successful in Hong Kong and now it’s arrived in London. In Hong Kong Duddell’s was awarded its Michelin star within months of opening and in four years has cemented itself at the very pinnacle of the Hong Kong dining circuit. Having now taken over St Thomas Church at London Bridge, a team of designers from Michaelis Boyd (responsible for fantastic Groucho […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

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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