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The Woodstock: London’s First Japanese Izakaya

Think of a type of restaurant and London probably has it, however obscure. You want cereal? Then it’s Cereal Killer. Want animals? That’s Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium. Apparently what we don’t have is a properly authentic Japanese Izakaya,  well as of 12th March that is to change as London welcomes the first one, The Woodstock. Based on the pubs in Japan which are a pit-stop between work and home (literally translated Izakaya means ‘stay sake shop’) The Woodstock, which is just off Oxford Street, will focus on casual drinking and freshly grilled skewers. And boy do they have a lot […]

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Shot launches a Bistrò

Following on from the opening of Ice & Slice in Fulham,  Shot  is expanding its SW6 empire with the launch of Bistrò by Shot which launches today. As the name suggests it’s French/Italian , seasonal, home-cooking with a twist. At lunch you’ll find dishes such as quail leg with orzo pasta and parmesan, whilst come the evening dishes such as cucumber cannelloni of Dorset Crab, avocado mousse and soy gel will be served or beef tartare and duck fat chips. To finish, as there is always room for pudding then you can get stuck into, pickled ginger panacotta with cardamom […]

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Joe’s Oriental Diner: It’s a Dive

Scott Hallsworth of the critically acclaimed Kurobuta is back and this time he has taken inspiration from the dive bar subculture of the Orient where people come together to eat and listen to music and has created Joe’s Oriental Diner. Opening today on the Kings Road, the restaurant which seats 38 will be serving up pan-Asian, bare bone recipes which originate from dishes eaten in the ports of Asia dishes. So expect to find the likes of fire cracker chicken, crunchy sweet and sour fish, coconut short-rib Rendang and slow cooked duck red curry with lychees. Drinks will include Frosties […]

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Silent Speed Dating at The Jam Tree

When it comes to dating Londoners should be pros, we’ve had Tinder, Happn, speed dating, dating parties where you smell each other’s t-shirts, dating in the dark and now the latest, silent speed dating. Brought to you by Sshhh Dating the concept is simple, you just have to stay silent.  No small talk, no having to think of quick come backs or witty joke and no terrible pick-up line thank goodness.  Why? Because it’s only when we’re silent that we can see what people are really like and if there is a spark, apparently body language makes up to 55% […]

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Vinoteca Launches Fifth Restaurant

After 10 years of working together and having opened four Vinoteca venues , Brett Woonton and Charlie Young are set to open their largest venue yet in One Pancras Square, Kings Cross. It’s the first Vinoteca to have its own dedicated wine shop and tasting space with over 250 wines from around the world available to test and buy and drink in the restaurant. Two will also be available fresh on tap. The restaurant and bar which is opened seven days a week will be serving up breakfast, lunch, afternoon drinks and dinner and arguably our favourite meal of the […]

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Fresh Italian food straight to your door

Over at The Handbook we like to write about the best restaurants and bars and generally the best places to eat in the city but then sometimes its winter, and when the icy winds strike staying at home can become a tempting option. But when hunger comes knocking, keep it at bay with the online Italian food delivery service, Nifeislife.com. Nifeislife.com aims at servicing an extensive selection of fresh, authentic and seasonal Italian deli products which won’t break the bank. The website is based in London and delivers tempting items like ham, breads, salami, wine and cheese straight to your […]

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Our Guide to…British Pie Week

It can’t be denied that as a nation we love pies, so much so that this week is British Pie week, which sounds like just the sort of thing we can get on board on with. From traditional meat pies with gravy and jellied eels to those cooked in Champagne, here are some of the best places to get pies in the capital – bring on the carbs:  Putney Pies Claiming to be the finest pies in the land Putney Pies on Putney High Street sure know how to make a classic British pie and it seems as if London is loving […]

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Fashion Power Tea Review

You might dress like a fabulous diva but do you dine like one? The trendy hotel W London has launched a Fashion Power Tea in collaboration with London’s Design Museum for Women Fashion Power, an exhibition that celebrates female fashion as a form of self-expression through the ages. The afternoon tea begins with classic sandwich options like Cucumber & Greek yoghurt and Roast chicken & lemon butter, notably served on a ceramic cake stand that was designer themed shoes with a flat tray on top – our shoes were the classic black and white Chanel heels but I also spied […]

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Fashion Power Tea Review

You might dress like a fabulous diva but do you dine like one? The trendy hotel W London has launched a Fashion Power Tea in collaboration with London’s Design Museum for Women Fashion Power, an exhibition that celebrates female fashion as a form of self-expression through the ages. The afternoon tea begins with classic sandwich options like Cucumber & Greek yoghurt and Roast chicken & lemon butter, notably served on a ceramic cake stand that was designer themed shoes with a flat tray on top – our shoes were the classic black and white Chanel heels but I also spied […]

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Blenheim Palace’s Winston Churchill Supper

‘My idea of a good dinner is, first to have a good dinner, then discuss good food, and after this good food has been elaborately discussed, to discuss a good topic – with me as chief conversationalist’   Wise words from Winston Churchill, sounds like our sort of dinner too and Blenheim Palace’s, because on the 5th June they are hosting a Churchill inspired supper. The evening will begin with Champagne cocktails and smoked salmon blinis with Avruga caviar, on the Italian Garden Terrace, well how else would you start it? As Churchill so famously said, ‘ Remember gentlemen, it’s not France […]

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The Lambert Arms Review

We all love London with its ability to cater to all people at all times but if there’s one thing it has a shortage of, it’s space, luckily we have the countryside to take care of that. Roaming fields, unintimidating wildlife and the ability to actually see the stars at night, sans pollution galore. But city folk don’t tend do to well in camping situations, with no AC, no memory foam mattresses and no bar, it’s not ideal. Country houses are what it’s about so The Handbook ventured North West to Oxfordshire where The Lambert Arms is located for a […]

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The Lambert Arms Review

We all love London with its ability to cater to all people at all times but if there’s one thing it has a shortage of, it’s space, luckily we have the countryside to take care of that. Roaming fields, unintimidating wildlife and the ability to actually see the stars at night, sans pollution galore. But city folk don’t tend do to well in camping situations, with no AC, no memory foam mattresses and no bar, it’s not ideal. Country houses are what it’s about so The Handbook ventured North West to Oxfordshire where The Lambert Arms is located for a […]

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