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The Lodge Winter Pop-Up

What do a secret garden, a wine cellar and a ski lodge have in common? Jimmy Garcia of course. The King of pop-ups is getting ready to launch his latest short-term dining experience, and this time it’s alpine. Following the success of last winter’s residency in Balham, The Lodge is back by popular demand; this time above a pub in Clapham. No warming winter menu is complete without fondues, wild game and hot cocktails, and The Lodge is delivering these aplenty. Cooking up a storm on his state of the art range, specially imported from Courcheval, Jimmy’s dishes include roast […]

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Comedy Meets Music at Scarfes Bar

Whether we like to admit it or not, listening to “I Can’t Make You Love Me” after a break up may trigger a little tear. OK, fine, many tears. Music can make you feel many things but we’ve got to say you’d be a little weird to admit it has ever made you laugh. If you think about it, comedy and music would really be quite a good pairing. Throw a glamorous hotel bar into the mix and you have yourself Comedy Notes at Scarfes Bar; the first musical comedy night in the UK hosted and founded by TV comedienne […]

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Circus Themed Bar at London Cocktail Week

Trapeze artists, flame blowers, dancing elephants, dead parrots… Err, OK, all but the latter conjure up images of the magical world of the circus but bear with us and we can add dead parrots to your train of thought. For the past six months, Scotch whisky brand Monkey Shoulder have been intensively whittling down teams of cocktail experts during a variety of whisky-related (and some not-so-whisky-related) challenges for the title of Ultimate Bartender Champion. As part of their prize the winners, Dead Parrot, are hosting a circus-themed bar at London Cocktail Week, free for all to attend. As with all […]

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London Restaurant Festival Comes to Town

As the evenings get shorter we love to put our pajamas on as soon as we walk through the door in the evening. Whack on the kettle and heat up a big bowl of soup and we’re going nowhere fast.  London Restaurant Festival is making us re-evaluate what it is exactly about eating out which is so great. Trying amazing food we wouldn’t be able to cook ourselves is a huge part of it but there’s also the social side of it – the buzz in a restaurant as everyone oohs and aahs over their meals, whips out their phone […]

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5 Great British Menu Restaurants

This year the Great British Menu is in aid of the WI and there’s a wealth of fantastic chefs competing to secure a dish at the banquet. A few of them are from jolly old London, heading up the kitchens at some of The Handbooks favourite restaurants. Here’s our guide to all of them:

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Rudie’s Opens in Dalston

Think Jamaica: don’t think Usain Bolt, don’t think Bob Marley, think instead Rudie’s.  Opening on the 7th October in Dalston, it’ll be serving up real jerk dishes, Jamaican cooking with a contemporary twist, easy vibes and a whole lot of Jamaican sass. The signature dishes ‘real jerk’ will be marinated for 24 hours in a secret blend of herbs and spices then smoked using pimento and sweet wood before being cooked over coals in jerk drums – see what they mean about real? They’re taking their time, it’s all chill here, good food done slowly. Other dishes include Jamaican street […]

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James Bond Inspired Afternoon Tea

We can’t say we’d ever want our Earl Grey shaken but a James Bond inspired afternoon tea promises drinks to be stirred not shaken. On the 26th October we will be able to feast our eyes on our favourite tuxedo-clad secret service agent as Daniel Craig hits the big screen for the fourth time. Fingers crossed that the white trunks will make another appearance but we won’t hold our breath. In the meantime we Brits will turn to the only thing we know in times of suspense, anticipation or downright boredom; tea. Luckily for us the ‘stirred not shaken’ afternoon […]

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Herman Ze German launches Willy’s pop-up bar

When we heard the news that the German sausage restaurant, Herman Ze German, had decided to open a cocktail bar called Willy’s we were overcome with puns and sexual innuendos but we are professional writers so will rise above it. Willy’s will be a temporary cocktail bar pop-up to celebrate both Oktoberfest and London Cocktail Week, focussing on purely German ingredients, spirits and wines. The pop-up, taking place in the basement of their Charlotte Street Shop will offer an array of cocktails like Atticha, a  mix of Elephant Gin, Elderflower, Lemon and Weiss Beer, and Das Berliner, a mix of […]

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London Never Dies Cabaret

Along with fast cars, martinis, well-tailored suits and women, we’re pretty sure cabaret would feature on a list of James Bond’s top things, how could he say no to the performers and costumes? And to celebrate the launch of Sceptre, The London Cabaret Club is hosting a series of exciting, performances at the Bloomsbury Ball Room titled, ‘London Never Dies.’ Starting this weekend and running every Friday and Saturday until November 7th, each show will be based on classic Bond films including You Only Live Twice and From Russia With Love. Expect glamour, Bollywood dancers, mystery, Geishas, live music and […]

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BIRD Islington Opens

You know how if you have something free-range, organic or gluten free it’s basically healthy, regardless of whether it is fried, dunked in sugar or full of alcohol?* Well it might not be the next superfood, but fried chicken restaurant BIRD is opening in Islington next week, and it’s free-range and gluten free so you can pretty much eat it every day.** Following on from the success of their Shoreditch branch on Kingsland Road, the Islington branch will occupy a corner pub on Holloway road.  They’ll be serving up their signature fried-chicken burgers as well as some new additions to […]

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3rd Ceru Opens

First we’re told that we’re going to have an Indian summer, next thing it’s lashing it down with rain and we’re told that it’s going to be the coldest winter for fifty years… ah British weather, that fickle old thing. Well the one place that is determined to keep the holiday mood going is Ceru, the Eastern Mediterranean restaurant. They’re opening their third restaurant on Canon Street next week and they’re big fans of summer. Vibrant Levantine food, craft beers, artisan coffee and of course cocktails are going to be the order of the day. Executive Chef, Tom Kime (River […]

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Oysters and Champagne on the Southbank

Backseat drinking on a double decker conjures up images of underage boys clutching tinnies but if you are wanting to upgrade this image with something frankly a lot classier but also a bit cheeky then we think we have the answer; it’s big, red and parked up on the Southbank. A double decker is now home to Ed Ford and Ben Hamilton’s ‘The Bloody Oyster’. A crowdfunded venture bringing oysters to the masses in street food form, the boys believe that the humble mollusk should be less of a superior delicacy and available to everyone, the way they were in […]

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