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Top 5 Spiciest Places to Eat in London

Sharp tongued is a thing but how about rubber tongued? The expression, just created by me, sums up some people’s ability to consume incredibly hot foods without so much as a moistened forehead. Now if the words “scoville rating” gets your heart racing for all the right reasons then make sure you get working through our guide of the spiciest places to eat in London.

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The Rooftop STOREY continues

There’s something about al fresco dining in the colder months that makes us feel like we’re in a ski resort. Wrapped up in big scarves with great company and great food is a pretty ideal situation for something a little different and luckily for us, STOREYS West London are extending their summer rooftop sessions until mid-October so we are saying goodbye beach body, hello burgers and subs. Housed on the former BBC building’s multi-storey carpark, visit whilst you can because in 2017 it will be transformed into a new development including homes, gym and restaurants, with the rooftop turning into a […]

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The Hour Glass Opens

In amongst all the superluxe hotels, the restaurants, the constantly new pop-ups and the slick bars, it seems as if pubs get a little lost amongst them and yet pubs have been an intrinsic part of London’s culture and history since the 17th century, back then there were more pubs in London than you can swing a stick at. Whilst pubs might be closing more than we’d like, a saviour is coming in the form of The Hour Glass, opening this month in South Kensington. First of all and most importantly this is not a gastropub – nope none of […]

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The Modern Pantry Finsbury Square Opens

This weekend saw the launch of The Modern Pantry in Finsbury Square, housed in the art deco Alphabeta Building, it’s the second venture from Anna Hansen and Head Chef Rob Mcleary. Taking inspiration from Anna’s Danish roots and the Danish Modern movement, New York based designers, Avroko have used kept things understated and clean cut with white wash walls, graphic tiles, high ceilings and teak, oak and walnut woods.  Dark blue and off white hues throughout the restaurant represent the Flora Danica, a complete atlas off indigenous Danish plants that was created in the 18th and 19th centuries. And just […]

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Matthew Williamson Tea at Balthazar

With Fashion Week descending on our city next week, Covent Garden’s brasserie, Balthazar, is launching its latest afternoon tea which has been curated by designer, Matthew Williamson.This is Williamson’s second tea that he has created for Balthazar and this year’s offering takes inspiration from his Autumn Winter 2015 Collection which is influenced by the twelve signs of the zodiac, birthstones and a rich jewel colour palette all reflecting the bohemian nature of the Brit girl. Traditional smoked salmon and coronation chicken sandwiches will be followed by yuzu eclairs and macaroons filled with fresh blueberries, violet consommé jelly and white chocolate […]

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400 Rabbits Opens

What do the Aztecs have to do with a new restaurant opening in Crystal Palace? Well 3 things; beer, pizza and rabbits. Confused? Let us explain. Opening this month, is 400 Rabbits a restaurant serving up beer and pizza and from the same team behind the much loved The Lido Café. Now back in the day when the Aztecs were  around (so a long way back in the day) they use to worship the God of Fermentation and the Goddess of Alcohol – our thoughts exactly pretty cool huh? Anyway the God and Goddess got together and the product of […]

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Urban deli MI + ME opens

For the people who get a hankering for a decent sandwich at lunchtime we have some good news for you, the opening of new urban deli Mi + Me. Forget a certain high street chain we could mention, Mi + Me will be serving only the best quality meat and cheese in their offerings. Each sandwich is tailored towards the customer’s tastes with an ingredients list that boasts items like Dorset Air Dried Beef, Suffolk Rosemary Salami and a Kent Blue cheese – their signature sandwiches include the Hand Pulled BBQ Beef and Two Cheese Toastie. What good sandwich wouldn’t […]

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The Truscott Cellar Opens

They’ve already won the title of the Best Roast in Great Britain and The Sustainable Pub of the Year Award in 2015 with The Truscott Arms and now Andrew and Mary Jane Fishwick are opening a wine bar, The Truscott Cellar, in Belsize Park. Set over two floors, the pair have called in Michel Schranz Design and Architecture, to develop the site,  they’ve gone for sustainable British wood and plenty of dark marble throughout the sixty-cover restaurant, it’s all very sleek. Of course being a wine bar, it’s the wine that does the talking here and they have over 300 […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Kansas Smitty’s Underground Jazz Tour

If your idea of going out in London to experience some live music leads you to drunkenly screaming Aretha Franklin out at 2am in a backstreet cocktail bar…well then we have a better suggestion for you. Whether you already love jazz or feel like you should at some point dabble your toe into the genre then we have you sorted. After taking East London by storm with their hugely successful Jazz and Julep bar on Broadway Market, Kansas Smitty’s House Band is touring London’s Basement Bars to mark the launch of their debut record. The Basement Tapes Tour, taking place from 23rd September-24th November 2015, will travel round […]

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Christabel’s Supper Club: Eat Your Art

As we say goodbye to al fresco drinking, it’s all about the indoor supper clubs and caterer and event planner, Christabel, who is known for her playful and quirky dinner parties has a new concept for September. This month it’s all about getting creative, it’s all about eating your art, if you were that child that was always trying to eat the plasticine or  licking the paint brush at school – there was always one, then this is for you. You’ll be eating off a palette, painting your food canvas with vibrant colours, turning your food into pieces of art […]

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Mushroom Tasting Menu at Plateau

One member of The Handbook team has already decided that their new year’s resolution will be to celebrate every ‘national whatever day’ of the year and so far we’ve stumbled across days celebrating donuts, kissing and friendship in preparation for her mammoth task. We’ve now got one more to add to the list, with the launch of a marvellous Mushroom tasting menu at Plateau, in celebration of mushroom month! The mushroom tasting menu will run throughout September as part of Plateau’s monthly changing ‘gourmand’ tasting menu series. It will include five courses as well as wine pairing options – try […]

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Brides the Show 2015

So they’ve finally popped the big question and whether you have been dreaming of this since you were little or this is all a bit of a surprise, you’ve got a wedding to plan. Here to save the day and provide bucket loads of advice and options is Brides the Show which returns 2-4th October in Islington. Brides the Show has got every aspect of a wedding covered from the obvious like dresses, caterers and cakes to things that may have slipped your mind like stationers, florists and jewellers. With over 130 luxury suppliers you will be spoilt for choice and […]

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