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Shaking It Up In The World of Burgers

Get your burger on, Westfield Stratford! Yes tomorrow sees the grand opening of Shake Shack’s second London location on the shopping mall’s ‘the street’. First UK venue, Covent Garden is proving something of an institution since its launch a couple of years ago so we’re super excited about this second venue and we’re sure hungry shoppers will be too. The modern day “roadside” burger joint is known for its 100% all-natural, antibiotic-free Angus beef burgers, griddled flat-top dogs, fresh-made frozen custard and crispy crinkle cut fries.  Its new incarnation will feature recyclable and sustainable materials including table tops made from […]

Best Brunches

5 of The Best Bottomless Brunches

The morning after the night before, it sure ain’t pretty and no one wants to be there but yet we always are…every week. You have two choices when it comes to this stomach churning situation – crawl into the foetal position and die a little bit or shake yourself and look for the the cure. The Handbook prefer to look for the cure, this is usually a tastier and more effective method. So here are the hangouts that will tide your fragile body over until Monday morning…

Openings & Launches

Notting Hill Gets Its First Farm Girl

Later this month, Notting Hill will see the arrival of Farm Girl (ok so it’s not quite a real farm) which is bringing relaxed, healthy Australian dishes to Portobello Road – if they could throw in the Australian weather in too, that would be helpful. Founded by young entrepreneurs Rose Mann and Anthony Hood, Farm Girl will mix memories of the farm with their love of travel to serve up nutritious yet substantial food. The menu has been created by Benoit Marmoiton with nutritional guidance from Dr Melly Lou who founded Liquorice Lifestyle, so everything you eat is going to […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

34 Restaurant – Gone Fishing

34 in London is known for its great steak and shellfish selection but this week sees the culinary skills of Ben Orpwood (previously at Zuma and Roka) offering alternative dishes of  sharing plates with sashimi, scallops with yuzu & soy granita and tuna tataki. Ben Orpwood will be giving 34 restaurant a tantalising taste of the southern hemisphere as he has picked up many techniques and tastes from his gastronomic wanderings from countries like Australia, Dubai and Istanbul. Ben will be accompanying Head Chef of 34, Harvey Ayliffe, as he continues to create classic 34 dishes like steaks, lobster mac […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

London’s Top 5 Wine Bars

When it comes to a more sophisticated night on the town, you still can’t beat a good wine bar. And since London Wine Week (18 – 24 May) is coming up, you’ve got the perfect excuse. Whether it’s for that long-awaited catch-up or for that first date you’ve been looking forward to, here are some of London’s finest vino destinations: Gordon’s Wine Bar What: Sophisticated, intimate historic hauntWhere: 47 Villiers St, Embankment WC2N 6NEWhy: Wine bars are all about escapism, and few can offer the magic of Gordon’s, London’s oldest wine bar. Carved into the cave-like cellars of an atmospheric […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Source, Battersea

What: Wholesome locally sourced foodWhere: BatterseaWhy You Should Go There: For casual, fresh food. Favourite Thing We Ate: Sweet potato gnocchi Battersea is widely known for its landmark power station and ever-popular dog’s home, so top restaurants aren’t exactly what comes to mind when you think of this South London district. However, the restaurant Source, with its emphasis on showcasing wholesome locally sourced food, is a great addition to the Battersea scene. In line with the restaurant’s premise of keeping things local and healthy, the menu is adapted every season to highlight the best of fresh British produce and prides itself […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Source, Battersea

What: Wholesome locally sourced foodWhere: BatterseaWhy You Should Go There: For casual, fresh food. Favourite Thing We Ate: Sweet potato gnocchi Battersea is widely known for its landmark power station and ever-popular dog’s home, so top restaurants aren’t exactly what comes to mind when you think of this South London district. However, the restaurant Source, with its emphasis on showcasing wholesome locally sourced food, is a great addition to the Battersea scene. In line with the restaurant’s premise of keeping things local and healthy, the menu is adapted every season to highlight the best of fresh British produce and prides itself […]

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Openings & Launches

The Black Penny Opens: Drinks for 1p

Cancel your lunch plans and forgo your coffee – even if you’re reading this whilst drinking it, bin it and head to The Black Penny on Great Queen Street because today all coffees cost a mere 1p and for 2p you can have lunch too. Look at it another way, how much was your usual coffee £2.95? So at The Black Penny you could have bought a hefty 295 cups of coffee for the same price (that is enough to satisfy any caffeine addict and probably hospitalise you). If you haven’t heard then The Black Penny is a new coffee […]

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Openings & Launches

The Ivy Reopens

Cast your mind back to January, the bleak, miserable weather, the post –Christmas blues and perhaps most terribly the shutting of London’s iconic restaurant, The Ivy. Fast forward to now and it’s almost time for its reopening (you thought it was permanent? Of course not) and the chance to see its new look ready to put it firmly on the current London restaurant scene. Things got going in April when Sotheby’s auctioned off many of the contents including the entrance doors, glassware, linen and even the cloakroom tip tray, yes even the tip tray, but hey they raised a £1 […]

Awesome Afternoon Teas

Top 5 Afternoon Teas

We all love afternoon tea with mini cakes and sandwiches making us feel like giants as we work our way through bite size sweets and savouries. London is always churning out new ways to enjoy this favourite British past time so here is 5 of our must tries!  sketch meets Disney What: The classic afternoon tea has been given a fairy tale makeover Why: Expect classic sandwiches and scones followed by a selection of magical pastries like Jack’s Beanstalk Tart, Little Red Riding Hood and an Earl Grey Macaron. Speaking of tea, have any type you’ve ever dreamed as the […]

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