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Oyster Socials at Shuck London!

It is common knowledge that oysters are supposedly an aphrodisiac, and in the case of Shuck and their fun socials, it can definitely be said that this particular brand of sexy seafood is getting The Handbook hot under the collar. Shuck is an oyster vendor that serves the foodstuff in a variety of ways. Located in Borough Market, Shuck oysters come naked, dressed or blown. They include dressed oysters (the shuck shuck) with a classic som tam dressing and a Turkish inspired (the Moor Shuck) oyster with pomegranate, sumac, chilli and red wine vinegar as well as a range of […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Carom Spice Garden

Ever since that iconic (read: cheesy) girl band, whose name escapes us, sang ‘spice up your life!’ we’ve had a love affair with all things sugar and spice. Our love for all things hot can now be indulged, thanks to the new London pop-up, Carom’s Spice Garden this July. Pan-Indian restaurant and Soho institution, Carom, moves to Butlers Wharf along the Thames for their second summer pop-up. Following a successful six week rooftop residency at Madison Bar & Restaurant in the City, Carom is now re-locating Thameside and partnering with Butlers Wharf Chop House to host an Indian ‘Spice Garden’ […]

Openings & Launches

Crab Tavern Opens

I believe it was the great 20th century aquatic American philosopher Sebastian the crab who noted that ‘darling it’s better, down where it’s wetter, take it from me.’ Sebastian sure was right, as seafood is up there with some of the tastiest nosh this great planet has to offer us. He probably wasn’t talking about how tasty crab is, as I’m pretty sure cannibalism is frowned upon in the underwater kingdom, but sorry Sebastian, you guys are pretty damn tasty. Luckily for us, Crab Tavern which has just opened in Broadgate Circle, is here to offer us plenty of great […]

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Openings & Launches

Lundenwic at Covent Garden

When you’re in university, and are up all night trying to finish an essay, coffee is introduced in to your life. Now, years later, it’s pretty much a permanent morning fixture. Luckily enough, we are hardly in short supply of coffee shops in London, but sometimes it’s nice to forgo the big chains and enjoy some speciality coffees from smaller businesses….you know, stick it to the man and all that. Located in Convent Garden, Lundenwic is a new food and speciality coffee shop, set to open at the end of July. The shop is named after one of the original […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

House of Suntory launches The Hibiki Japanese Harmony Bar

Remember the days when a Barcadi breezer was enough to satisfy your needs at a house party? Well, now you can actually get into bars and your tastes have definitely matured. You’re now a hard-core drinker of gin and whiskey and laugh in the face of your younger self. So why not indulge in a WORLD FIRST sensory whisky-drinking experience? This July, the House of Suntory Whisky launches the Hibiki Japanese Harmony Bar at Soho Revue, London. Hibiki Japanese Harmony Bar is a sensory, immersive experience that showcases Hibiki Japanese Harmony. Londoners are invited to escape the horrors of the […]

Openings & Launches

The World’s Healthiest Snack Box?

So normally we talk to you about afternoon tea and Champagne and pop-ups and they are some of our favourite things, but every so often you need to mix it up a bit, which is why when we were sent our first Tribe box we knew we had to tell you about them.  For many years, running was not a part of The Handbook’s vocabulary, but then we all hit that point in life where we just couldn’t get away with our hedonistic (read: boozy) lifestyles without exercising. Now, several of our team have enrolled in gruelling gym classes, signed […]

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Turntable Restaurants Opens

Here at The Handbook, we are always on the lookout for new and exciting restaurants, because just like Facebook has rendered repeating outfits futile, Snapchat has spelt the end of repeat-dining. Clearly only savages dine at the same restaurant twice, so check out all the details for the latest London opening below and stay ahead of the curve! Turntable is a new restaurant situated in the trendy district of Holborn, due to open its doors to an invited list of guests on Friday 3rd July 2015. The spacious 150 capacity two-storey venue offers an array of authentic South Asian street […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Notting Hill’s Secret Garden

Did you ever watch the Secret Garden as a child and  wish you could stumble upon a door that led to the hidden oasis, or have you ever clung forlornly to the gates of the communal, private London gardens and wished you had the keys (no? just us then…) well now we have the answer. The housemates over at Notting Hill’s favourite flat, The Little Yellow Door are turning their humble abode into an indoor garden – ok so you won’t be catching a tan, but it does mean you won’t have to deal with the insects, the sweating and […]

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Awesome Afternoon Teas

Literary Tea At The Stafford London

Everyone loves snuggling up with a book and getting lost in a fantasy world. From 50 Shades to Great Expectations, there is nothing better than being engrossed in a book (preferably on a sunny beach, but we’ll settle for the living room sofa). The Stafford London is taking things a step further for literature lovers with their monthly literary tea events, ‘Stafford Saturday Salons’ which will see various acclaimed authors talking about their latest books. This the perfect opportunity to go deeper than just the cover of your read and to also see if all your assumptions about the characters and […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Aqua Kyoto celebrates the Marine Menu

When it comes to celebrating national holidays and days London is pretty much an expert and it doesn’t matter if they aren’t British national holidays oh no, if there is a chance to celebrate then we’ll take on any national holidays and Japanese restaurant Aqua Kyoto, are doing just that with their celebration of Ocean Day. Taking place on the 20th July, Ocean Day is Japan’s newest national holiday (it was formed in 1996) and celebrates the importance of the ocean and its bounty. Head Chef Paul Greening has drawn inspiration from his background of studying marine biology to create […]

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