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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…

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Rabbit’s Floral Feast

Chelsea Flower Show is almost upon us and whilst we’re looking forward to seeing the beautiful gardens and brushing up on our flower knowledge, we can’t deny that our other favourite part of the show are the floral inspired menus that grace the London restaurants.  And who better to get involved than Rabbit on the Kings Road given that their roots are firmly based in nature with their nose-to –tail  cooking?  To celebrate the show, they’re growing their own edible garden which will be filled with vegetables and as well as edible flowers and to prove  (to all those doubters) […]

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Eat Yourself Healthy With Japanese Food

Japanese cuisine is renowned for its general health benefits and it certainly seems that our British diet of burgers and tequila could learn a thing or two from the Japanese staples of oily fish and vegetables. This is where Chelsea newcomer, Zinnia comes in. This Japanese fusion restaurant is soon releasing its brand new menu and it’s no coincidence that the launch is taking place just in time for summer. Let’s face it, summer is the time we all relax outside, eating light and healthy food, pretending that we live in Los Angeles and go to gym classes every morning […]

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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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Brunch Above With Sky Garden

We’re often accused of being high maintenance, we like to go for high tea and at times we like to think we’re a bit highbrow. Ahem. But now we can’t wait to get some high…brunch? Darwin –  a high flying 36 floors up at Sky Garden- is celebrating the return of summer with the launch of their sky-high Sunday brunch menu by head chef Arnuad Delannay.  Catering company “rhubarb” the accomplished team behind the food at sky gardens two restaurants and bar presents the brunch menu from 11.30am-4.30pm every Sunday in traditional buffet style. The buffet is divided into Breakfast […]

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Openings & Launches

Find Your Blind Spot

Birthday wishes are in order for St Martins Lane which turned 15 this year, oh to be 15 again. And they’re celebrating with the launch of their new bar, Blind Spot. You’d be forgiven if when you walk in you can’t seem to see it, because it’s hidden behind the façade of a boutique tea counter. Yep that’s right, during the day the counter will serve tea which guests can drink in the Den or lobby, but step through the concealed door and you’ll find yourself in a bar inspired by a hunting lodge along with the aromas and colours […]

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Proms On The Roof

If you’re partial to a bit of relaxing classical music and horticultural havens in the middle of bustling cities, then look no further than Proms on the Roof – an enchanting series of classical music performances 100ft above London at The Roof Gardens. Enjoy the summer sunshine, in the setting of the three stunning rooftop gardens, listening to the best music that the classical genre has to offer. From 6.30pm – 10pm on selected Wednesdays in May and August, classical music lovers can enjoy a truly sensory experience, with the beautiful music matching up to the surrealist setting. The sounds […]

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Polpo Chef Opens 1st Solo Restaurant

Tom Oldroyd has announced that he will be opening his first solo restaurant, Oldroyd this June in Upper Islington.  If his name sounds familiar then it’s because he was the Chef Director at Polpo, who along with Russell Norman set up the original Polpo in Soho, so as fans of the Polpo group we’re pretty excited to hear he’s going solo. The 40 cover restaurant will feature a no-reservation café downstairs and upstairs you’ll find bistro style dining which will take bookings, because sometimes we don’t want to stand in queue to eat – it reminds us too much of […]

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Deliveroo Dinner Parties

There is nothing better than the feeling you get when someone else orders takeaway – because if someone else suggests it, then it’s technically guilt- free* but there is nothing more disappointing then when your delivery arrives and it’s bland/greasy/cold/fluorescent from all the preservatives (delete as applicable).  Well stop right there, because Deliveroo is the answer to this classic Sunday night problem. Having launched two years ago, their aim is to bring London’s best restaurants to your doorstop or your office desk (they deliver between noon and 11pm) so if you’re bored for lunch or really want to try the […]

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