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Bentley’s Review

Bentley’s, on Swallow Street, is situated in a historic Victorian building on the borders of Soho and Mayfair. The restaurant came to life in 2005, when it was taken over by talented chef and restaurateur Richard Corrigan. He refurbished the venue to its former glory, making the building one of the oldest and most prestigious seafood restaurants in London today. Their passion and skill for seafood is clear as soon as you taste the food; our favourite was the Bentley Lobster which was full of flavour and a definite recommendation. A close second were the delicious oysters, but if you […]

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The Bump Caves

Charlie McVeigh of Draft House fame is launching dive bar and distillery, The Bump Caves tomorrow on Tower Bridge Road which promises to 'breach the limits of flavour, aroma, sound, texture and vision'. The team has been inspired by the late-60s psychedelic movement, and the bar is based on one of the eras ‘Happenings’ or underground parties and all the dubious paraphernalia that went with them. Max Chater, aka the Bump Chemist, Distiller and Rectifier will distill his own spirits (the ‘bumps’) using a mixture of culinary and pharmaceutical equipment such as the rotary evaporator (with all good science geeks […]

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Chelsea Bun Diner Returns to 1984

Remember when food was a little bit cheaper?  When you weren’t paying £12 for a bowl of porridge (I think they must have been oats dusted in gold) or half your wages on a cocktail? Well in celebration of its 30th birthday local favourite, The Chelsea Bun Diner on Limerston Street, is treating its customers and serving all its food at its opening 1984 prices until the end of tomorrow. Hurrah! So quick, if it’s your turn to pay  then head to the diner as breakfasts will cost about £6 and sandwiches will be as little as £2 – that’s […]

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Silk & Grain

Opening on Cornhill later this month is all new cocktail bar and restaurant, Silk & Grain promising a sizzling British steak focused menu and signature serves aged and conditioned in metal, glass and leather for extra complexity as well as more traditional barrel aged varieties. City Orchard using Silk & Grain’s barrel aged rumi cocktail, Poire Williams, lime and apple juice or a Moscow Mule made using barrel aged vodka while snacking on highlights from the British grazing menu such as Clonakilty black pudding scotched quail eggs, crispy pigs ears, cheeses and charcuterie. Upstairs on first, is the restaurant which […]

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Radio Rooftop Bar: Review

The Radio Rooftop Bar at ME London, I’ve heard so much about it, recommended it to friends when they’ve asked for places to go and raved about it to others. I’ve just never quite made it there. So with the sun shining and thinking it would be the perfect time to experience the roof-top bar and see London in all its glory, I booked a table and then what happened? It rained. Did that deter us?  Of course it didn’t – we are true Brits after all, nor did it deter the rest of London since the bar was packed […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Radio Rooftop Bar: Review

The Radio Rooftop Bar at ME London, I’ve heard so much about it, recommended it to friends when they’ve asked for places to go and raved about it to others. I’ve just never quite made it there. So with the sun shining and thinking it would be the perfect time to experience the roof-top bar and see London in all its glory, I booked a table and then what happened? It rained. Did that deter us?  Of course it didn’t – we are true Brits after all, nor did it deter the rest of London since the bar was packed […]

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Barrafina

Sam & Eddie Hart are opening their latest Barrafina, on a corner site in Covent Garden’s Adelaide Street thisweek with a 29-seater marble top bar, state-of-the-art open kitchen and hand-drawn artwork by illustrator Lucinda Rodgers adorning the walls. Executive head chef Nieves Barragán Mohacho has created a menu featuring classic and contemporary tapas including new dishes such as Carpaccio of Mediterranean prawns with bonito and Chargrilled milk fed lamb’s kidneys – inspired by his recent trips to Spain – alongside Barrafina favourites like Chipirones and Crisp fried artichokes. In addition to tapas, there’s also a focus on family feast style […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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July Openings

The Wimbledon final, Henley, Independence Day it’s all happening in July oh and London welcomes a new restaurant based on an Italian villa, aswell as a bar inspired by the psychedelic 60’s, Peruvian cuisine will be served in a former monastery in Covent Garden and Wahaca gets a sibling restaurant, looks like July is set to be a busy month then. Here is The Handbook’s guide to the new venues opening in July:  Brasserie Gustave  Former sommelier Richard Weiss has reunited with chef Laurence Glayzer to bring Chelsea a classic French restaurant this month. Named after the famous French architect […]

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Where to go on Independence Day

Wouldn't it be good if we could all just up sticks and head to America to celebrate this Friday – it's Independence Day don't you know? Heck we aren't even American but Londoner's love a good reason to party. From eating competitions to craft beer, here is The Handbook's  all-American guide to the best places to go on Independence Day:  Avenue So you think you can eat a lot? As much as on Man Vs. Food? So prove it at Avenue… The new American restaurant are hosting an all-you-can-eat Boston pig butt bun challenge on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th […]

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