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8 of London’s Best Hotel Restaurants

As a cosmopolitan tourist destination, London is blessed with a variety of world class hotels and restaurants. Some bright sparks have managed to combine the two, creating some of London’s finest culinary delights! Here are The Handbook’s Top 8 Hotel Restaurants.

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Krug and Chips

Fish and chips is a classic English dish that is loved by pretty much everyone and is also weirdly versatile – seriously, this staple food can be enjoyed at almost every occasion. Fish and chips on the pier at the seaside, at family dinner, or at your friend’s wedding served in tiny metallic buckets and wrapped in faux newspaper (not cliché at all). Let’s be honest though, battered cod isn’t exactly the height of sophistication and class. However, Maison Krug and Tom Sellers are hoping to change this, through their new culinary collaboration, a temporary gourmet chip shop. Krug & […]

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The Cavendish review – what we thought

What: Modern European-style cuisine with a 1940’s gentleman’s style interiorWhere: 81 Jermyn Street, London SW1Y 6JFWhy you should go there: If you don’t want to have to change venue for post work drinks and dinnerFavourite thing we ate: Beef tartar Headed up by chef Alfonso Lillo Fas, who came over from Spain to set it up, The Cavendish is a bar/restaurant serving up modern European-style cuisine with a 1940’s gentleman’s style interior. So naturally The Handbook went to check it out. On arriving we stepped into the pub that was heaving, with music blaring, in fact it was so loud that they hadn’t […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Cavendish review – what we thought

What: Modern European-style cuisine with a 1940’s gentleman’s style interiorWhere: 81 Jermyn Street, London SW1Y 6JFWhy you should go there: If you don’t want to have to change venue for post work drinks and dinnerFavourite thing we ate: Beef tartar Headed up by chef Alfonso Lillo Fas, who came over from Spain to set it up, The Cavendish is a bar/restaurant serving up modern European-style cuisine with a 1940’s gentleman’s style interior. So naturally The Handbook went to check it out. On arriving we stepped into the pub that was heaving, with music blaring, in fact it was so loud that they hadn’t […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Azteca’s Tequila Masterclasses

So you fancy yourself as a bit of a wine connoisseur, think you know a thing or two about beer and know at least one fact about gin? So what about tequila? Oh not so much. It might be a bit of a Marmite drink, but that’s because you’ve probably had it on a big night out forced on you by your friends with far too much salt to the chants of ‘down it’.  Sounds like you need to head to Azteca, the Mexican Cantina on the Kings Road is home to over 120 different tequilas, so you could call […]

Openings & Launches

Morden & Lea: Soho’s Latest Restaurant

As far as careers go, Mark Sargeant’s has been pretty impressive. He’s spent thirteen years with Gordon Ramsay, seven of which were as Head Chef at Claridges, he’s launched two solo restaurants, Rocksalt and The Smokehouse and has recently been appointed as Chef Director at The Strand Dining Rooms. And on Monday he can add a third restaurant to his empire with the launch of Morden & Lea in Soho. The 148 cover restaurant on Wardour Street is split across two floors, with the ground floor taking on a relaxed, no reservation, casual atmosphere whilst the first floor has a […]

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Megan’s Cafe Opens 2nd Restaurant

Calling on residents of St Johns Wood Chelsea favourite, Megan’s Cafe, is heading north with the opening of their second restaurant on right on your high street and you’re going to love it. It’s a wonderful pit stop before, during or after work (or if you’re anything like us, then all three). Drop by in the morning for homemade muffins, porridge with caramelised banana and malt and honey granola. Breakfast is also a chance to try the Eggs Benedict that Megan’s is so famous for – they’re so good they’ve been rated in the Top 20 in London and that’s […]

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Soho Food Feast Returns

Do you remember your school days? The counting down to lunch time, the shuffling to the edge of your seats ready for  when the bell went so you could run outside into the playground – you wanted to retain your crown for the best at tag and for an hour you had the chance to run about and forget about maths.  Well at Soho Parish School they aren’t quite so lucky – the playground is so small that only 2 classes can go out there at once. In fact they don’t get much funding at all. Which is why 5 […]

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Top 5 London Food Festivals

When it comes to festivals, England is up there as one of the best places, actually no we may be bias but we’re going to say we have the best festivals. And we’re not just talking music, oh no England and London in particular has some pretty impressive food festivals. From fancy dress and urban cocktails to serious helpings of meat, here are 5 of the best London food festivals.

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

5 of London’s Best Gin Bars

Gin, it’s been the drink of the moment for much more than a moment. And it’s the classic G&T that seems to be the tipple of choice, especially in the lead up to a big British summer and World Gin Day is this Sunday, so we thought we’d round up our favourite bars in the capital that celebrate the spirit:   BLOOM Gin Bar at Vista, The Trafalgar Hotel What: BLOOM Gin takes over the rooftop bar Why: The thing about BLOOM Gin is even if you aren’t a gin fan, you’re pretty much guaranteed to love this gin. It’s floral, delicate […]

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