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Bonfire opens in the Barbican Centre

The Barbican Centre, it’s one of those London institutes that we’ve all heard of, we all know it’s there but what it does exactly? Apparently it stumps quite a few of us. And how to get in? Even more. Well come tomorrow there will be a new reason to visit it, in the form of Bonfire. Located on the 1st floor of the centre it is going to be serving up burgers and chicken dishes focusing on high quality British ingredients. So all the beef comes from Lake District Cattle and all the chickens are free-range and from Kent. Burgers […]

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Super food Ice Lollies at Ethos

The sun might not be shining, but is that going to stop us eating ice lollies? No it is not. If anything we need to eat more to encourage the sun to shine (clearly this is how the weather works) especially when they’re the new ice-lollies from vegan and vegetarian restaurant Ethos, because they’re healthy and we all know the importance of health. The vegan lollies are made from coconut or almond milk and use fruit, seeds and natural sweetners. Flavours include mango and chia which is full of anti-oxidants and vitamin C, plus if you eat one whilst listening […]

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Molé Boutique Mexican Opens

You may or may not know but this year is the dual year between Mexico and England, and whilst our governments might be working together more closely what we’re most excited for is what this means for Mexican food in London. Just as well then that this week sees the opening of Molé a boutique Mexican restaurant and bar in Marylebone from the team behind pan-Asian restaurant Cocochan. They’re going to be serving up South American classics but this is 2015 which means they aren’t any old tacos oh no, they’re giving the comfort food a twist and making 80% […]

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Breakfast at Crab Tavern

Anyone who knows anything about food will tell you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day…and also the most underrated. It gets the least press out of all the meals, after being repeatedly dismissed as just cereal and toast. The Americans get the important of treating all meals as equals especially over at Crab Tavern, a New York style restaurant specialising in seafood (but not at breakfast, don’t worry). Now whilst seafood may not feature heavily in the morning menu it does offer more classic treats like the Bacon Sarnie, Pancakes with fruit and syrup, the Full […]

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Redemption: London’s 1st Non Alcoholic Bar Opens

You have big plans for Saturday, you’re going to make that Pilates class, then you’re going to meet your friends for brunch, maybe do some errands and basically feel like you’ve accomplished at least a weekend’s worth of work all by 12pm. But then Friday night rolls round and so do the drinks and the ‘heck I don’t even really like Pilates’ attitude kicks in and you end up surfacing from your bed at 3pm the next day and actually admitting you do like Pilates… sounds familiar? It certainly does to us. Well there is a saviour in the form […]

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The Square Meal Venues & Events Show

Working in the events industry, we know one thing to be true. No, not that it’s pretty easy to perfect the art of re-gifting press gifts to your loved ones, but that you always have to be on top of your game, knowing the latest and greatest venues and services that London has to offer. Here at The Handbook, we see a new London venue launched almost every day, so we know just how important it is when you’re planning an event, to know who holds the best parties, who makes the craziest cocktails and who to turn to for […]

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Pay With Twitter At The Marmite Love Café

These days, social media is all about strong opinions. Let’s face it, are you really a Twitter pro if you’ve never sent a sassy meme or joined in on a popular hashtag? One foodstuff that everyone seems to have a strong opinion about is marmite, and the creators of the brown stuff have teamed up with Soho Grind to assess just how sassy our social media is. Welcome to The Marmite Love Café – a completely unique offering where customers’ mood determines the price of their food. The café will offer visitors an original way to pay, where the price […]

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Pet Pavilion launches doggy gelato

Ok guys, you are going to have to bear with us on this but there is a new gelato shop launching…for dogs. Pet pampering has reached a new high (low?) as the doggy focused boutique, Pet Pavilion expands their passion for treating our canine companions with the new gelato stand. You can find it outside their Chelsea store serving a variety of flavours like strawberry and apple, apple, banana and carrot and finally honey and banana. If you’re getting tempted then all is not lost as the ingredients are human friendly, giving both owner and pooch a healthy supply of […]

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Rök: Nordic Smoke house to Open

Did you know rök means smoke in Swedish? So you can guess what sort of restaurant Rök will be when it opens in Shoreditch next month… a Nordic smokehouse based on the drinking and dining cultures of Northern Europe, obviously. It’s situated in an old café on Curtain Road that’s been converted into a 40 seat restaurant and it’s all about brining, pickling, smoking and curing the best British meats, which the award-winning charcutiers Cobble Lane Cured will be doing over in their smokehouse in Islington. They’ve even got meats which are specially prepared specifically for the restaurant. Dishes will […]

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5 of the Best Places To Eat With Strangers

Ever feel like you’re tired of listening to your friends’ mundane dramas? There’s only so much a person can take of listening to whines about exes, backstabbing besties and the politics of Instagram likes. So why not sack off your friends and dine out on your own? Yes, if someone told us this a while back, we would think they were insane too. But that was before we discovered the trend for ‘communal dining’ in restaurants across London. Check out our guide to 5 Of The Best Places To Eat With Strangers below and embrace your awkward social skills – you might even make […]

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Alcoholic Architecture

The thing about technology is that it’s made us all pretty lazy people. Emojis have replaced actual sentences and Snapchat just updated their app so that you only have to tap the screen to view snaps, rather than hold down your finger. Now it would seem that even lifting a drink is too much effort for us, and to be honest, we’re not really complaining. This summer, the creative (read: insane) people behind Bompas & Parr are opening a bar that’s filled with alcohol vapour and swaying patrons. Rather than getting a little too merry the old fashioned way, all […]

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Top 6 Fitness Events

5 fitness and food clubs in London 2015 is the year of eating clean, getting fit and thinking about our health in general. From Deliciously Ella and Madeleine Shaw to Honestly Healthy and Hemsley & Hemsley, it’s not just clean eating cookbooks and blogs that are a focus, but fun fitness as well – think disco-inspired spinning classes, rooftop yoga with a view and fashionable running clubs. And a few savvy restaurants have noticed the trend, teaming up with different gyms and studios to offer exclusive healthy brunches, lunches and supper clubs. We’ve rounded-up our pick of the best below: […]

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