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Fish Market: Review

We all know that sharing is caring and with this (possibly) in mind, Fish Market restaurant have launched a new sharing platter menu, The Fish Shack which is available at the weekends. Despite the rain that kept coming through in bursts we chose to sat outside; with plants winding around the railings hiding the bustle of Bishopsgate, large umbrellas forming a canopy across the whole terrace and heaters we were kept nice and snug, but if you’re able to go in the evening when it’s dry then the terrace is lovely with twinkling lights and flickering candles. The menu is […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Hackney Hardware Store Pop Up Bar

For just one month, Hackney Hardware Store will be dressed up and made over as an intimate Pop Up bar, serving good wine, summer cocktails, and fresh hand made food boards. Wine glasses and bottles of wine will replace alcoves that were once housed by tins of paint, and the space has been cleared to serve a different purpose.  Hammers, nails and drills will be replaced by G&T’s, Negronis and yummy foods for you to snack on whilst soaking up the alternative and rugged surroundings of this temporary hang out. Foods sourced from very close by on offer include sourdough […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Paradise Review

It is rarely that you come across a restaurant that delivers whole-heartedly, but luckily for us Paradise by way of Kensal Green is one of those places. From charming and friendly staff to delicious good and varied and creative cocktails, Paradise is a real winner, heck even the décor had us impressed with its shabby, chic design. After having perused many, many a menu seeing a Cherry and Nectarine Salad as a starter was an unexpected surprise which impelled us to try it. It stood its ground as an enjoyable dish with perfectly ripened fruit, baby spinach, peanuts and an […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Paradise Review

It is rarely that you come across a restaurant that delivers whole-heartedly, but luckily for us Paradise by way of Kensal Green is one of those places. From charming and friendly staff to delicious good and varied and creative cocktails, Paradise is a real winner, heck even the décor had us impressed with its shabby, chic design. After having perused many, many a menu seeing a Cherry and Nectarine Salad as a starter was an unexpected surprise which impelled us to try it. It stood its ground as an enjoyable dish with perfectly ripened fruit, baby spinach, peanuts and an […]

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Great Indian Food Feast

Spice up your summer and kick-start your senses with some delicious Indian food at the Great Indian Food Feast at The Dolls House in Hoxton. A gastro adventure brought to you by Urban Rajah, a food writer and pop up guru, you’ll be lucky enough to indulge in 4 courses carefully crafted by the famous Indian chef. Don’t be put off by the industrial looking vibe given off by the old textile factory which houses the Doll’s House, because once inside you will be transported to a truly different world and culture, with sounds and smells like no other you […]

Openings & Launches

THE CLUB AT CAFÉ ROYAL

London is getting a new members’ club at the swanky Café Royal and The Club at Café Royal does exactly what it says on the tin. Set on the venue’s first floor, it will house a variety of entertaining and dining spaces where members are encouraged to pursue their vocations, using the space both to work and to socialise amidst interiors that blend English and French design and feature bespoke rugs and plush velvet furnishings. There’s to be all day dining from a kitchen overseen by executive Chef Andrew Turner, its output spread across modern British fining dining restaurant, The Domino […]

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Aqua Kyoto’s Sunshine Menu

Reports all over newspapers and the Internet are showing that 80% of Britons are deficient in Vitamin D due to a lack of sunlight, which isn’t hard to believe given the rare presence of the sun even during the summer months, and the unpredictability of it gracing us with its presence. The Spectator has actually just published an article focused solely on the importance of Vitamin D, and its plentiful health benefits. Helping you to live longer, keep your bones strong, and reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease and strokes, this definitely gives us all a valid excuse to […]

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London Eye Seasonal Events

Here at The Handbook we're always on the hunt for great party venues. This week we attended the EDF Energy London Eye Hospitality Showcase, a sneak preview of the seasonal hospitality packages for the upcoming year, offering some of the most posh dining and exquisite celebration experiences in London.   At the showcase we took in breathtaking views of the city during the Champagne Reception – a thirty minute rotation in a private capsule on the London Eye enjoyed with flutes of Pommery champagne and a delightful serving of canapés. We then boarded the Barracuda, one of the most stylish cruisers […]

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St Barts Brewery

St Bartholomew may have been the patron saint of cobblers rather than restaurateurs but St Barts Brewery, the new British diner, lounge, bar and live music venue in West Smithfield is sure to inspire more than a little devotion. Owned by Kent’s Hush Heath Estate, it will showcase the sparkling Balfour Brut Rosé, red, rosé and white wines with ciders from Jake’s Orchard. A ground floor diner, bar and lounge with floor to ceiling windows, mismatched furniture and huge movie set-style lighting will serve modern British classics from breakfast through to dinner and also host regular music nights. Upstairs, the […]

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The Wellesley: Review

The Wellesley is relatively new in terms of London hotels, when many have been opened for over a hundred years, The Wellesley has only been opened since the end of 2012 and yet already it is known as one of the most decadent boutique hotels. The décor is inspired by the 1920s townhouse that it is situated in, with a modern twist on  the art deco movement, it is very sumptumous and none more so than in The Oval restaurant.  Having heard that there was a new excutive chef, Michele del Monaco, at the restaurant we grabbed our bags and […]

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