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100 Hoxton

The new cocktail bar and restaurant takes its name from its address of 100 Hoxton Street. It is the brainchild of the team behind Zilouf’s in Islington and promises affordable Asian fusion food. Executive chef Tim Yates and Francis Puyat, formerly of Nopi, have developed a concise sharing menu particularly influenced by Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. It is divided into sections. Out of the Garden features Burnt aubergine salad with toasted coconut, cherry tomato, apple, beetroot and hazelnuts; On the Land offers the likes of Lamb Kofte tagine and From the Sea Chargrilled shell on prawns with chilli salt, aioli […]

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Hoi Polloi

Pablo Flack and David Waddington of Bistrotheque open Hoi Polloi today at Shoreditch’s Ace Hotel and the new venue promises a dynamic space open from 7am with late suppers served til midnight Sunday to Wednesday and 1am Thursday to Saturday. Adjacent to the restaurant, the bar at Hoi Polloi will also be open more for informal eating and drinking with power points and WiFi provided for business users. Executive Chef is Simon Henbery with General Manager Conor Sheehan, formerly General Manager at Bistrotheque. A seasonal approach to English produce will be taken throughout. Breakfast dishes include Ricotta pancakes with shaved […]

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BUFFALO TRACE LAUNCHES MAD MEN POP-UP BAR

Buffalo Trace, the award winning Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, is launching a Mad Men inspired pop up bar in London to celebrate London Cocktail Week. Inspired by the era of Mad Men, with the traditional American cocktails on offer, and sharp men in suits to serve, you will be transported back to 1960’s America. Guests can enjoy tasting master-classes hosted by Master Blender Drew Mayville (who has flown over from Kentucky, USA just for the event) or try a host of Buffalo Trace signature cocktails. This will be a fantastic event to sample and enjoy a whole variety of cocktails […]

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Eight Members Club, Bank presents Blind Bee

The Eight Members Club now presents Blind Bee, an exciting den two floors underground in Bank. The Handbook was lucky to visit the underground hub of one of Blind Bee’s first series of events – a large, dark, secretive sociable drinking scene with an array of cocktails available from the lengthy bar at the back of the club. Eight’s mixologists have created a concoction of cocktails –  try the signature Bee’s Knees of Orange infused vodka, Grand Marnier and a touch of lemon. The buzzing ambiance, with the surrounding walls adorned with sophisticated books and ornaments on its shelves, echoed […]

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October 2013 Openings

When it comes to the latest restaurants, bars, hotels and clubs opening London never fails to impress and this October is no different. We're welcoming a long term pop up to Covent Garden, getting excited about a new luxury hotel in Holborn, are heading east for ramen and back west again for burgers. With brand new clubs opening in Notting Hill and several restaurant groups adding a second, third or even fourth venue to their collection, October is set to be a great month for new beginnings, here is a selection of some of London's latest openings: PipsDish Having started […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

£10, 10 courses, 10 years

Tom Aikens is operating a lottery for a one-day-only 10-course tasting menu for £10 to celebrate the restaurant’s 10th anniversary.  Aikens has delved deep into his recipe archive to develop a one-off, 10-course tasting menu featuring some of his most memorable and favoured dishes from the last decade including: 2003’s Roast scallops with poached grapes and pernod, grape juice and acidulated fennel. “2003 was a very exciting time for me – I was very nervous about the opening as I had been out of the London restaurant scene for three or four years but we were fully booked from the […]

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Bunnychow

Next London food truck sensation to set up permanent shop is the South African bunnychow, in Shoreditch’s BOXPARK. The bunny chow is said to have been invented in 1940’s Durban, when Indian sugar workers were looking for something sturdier than rotis to transfer their lunch from pot to plantation. Legend has it that one bright spark hollowed out a loaf of bread, filled it to the top with curry and the bunny was born. However it started, the trend soon spread across South Africa with bunnies hopping up all over the country – some filled with spicy veggies and some […]

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Umu Pop Up at Frieze Masters

Frieze Masters is back for its second year as part of Frieze London Art Fair. Taking place in Regents Park between the 17th and 20th of October, it includes over 90 of the world’s leading galleries and celebrates the relationship between historical and contemporary art work.   Offering a welcome respite for guests throughout the art fair, London’s first Kyoto restaurant, Umu, will be hosting a pop up a la carte restaurant and bar which will be serving up Japanese hot dishes and delicious cocktails. Think Bento boxes, sashimi, sushi, Umu ‘fish and chips’, tempura and grilled wagyu beef. Pudding […]

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Dirty Martini

The Dirty Martini brand is synonymous with a big stylish night out and now, is its brand new location in Bishopsgate which opened last night, takes the Dirty Martini tally to a grand total of three. Dirty Martini Covent Garden was the original, located on Covent Garden’s famous piazza and the late night cocktail bar has a distinctly New York vibe with its luxurious leather booths and chandeliers reminiscent of the city’s Grand Central Station. The Hanover Square branch followed suit, building on the success of its forerunner with its plush booths and exposed brick tunnel. Now, the new kid […]

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Paradise’s Harvest Festival

This weekend Paradise by Way of Kensal Green is hosting its inaugural Harvest Festival, a weekend celebration dedicated to street food, country pursuits, music and entertainment. Saturday fun includes the Street Food Market (2pm-8pm) when food trucks will be stationed in the adjacent church courtyard adjacent including Innocent Drinks, Motherclucker, Rainbofood and Dosa Deli, with all pitch fees being donated to Action Aid. Also on Saturday will be a series of culinary classes, held in the first floor private dining and music rooms. Spitalfields Farmers (12:30pm-1:30pm, £10 entry) will be holding a gardening session on ‘Hungry Gap Vegetables’, which will […]

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Restaurant Reviews

   Over at The Handbook we have been continuing our culinary journey across London in the quest to find you some of the best resturants, as we eat sushi in Soho, brunch in Moorgate and feast in Kensal Green. Here are some of the places we have visited recently, and where we think you should all go too. Le Cercle The beauty of the meal was that it was light enough so that we were satisfied but not full to the point where it hurt, which is never desired Step off Sloane Street, into Wilbraham Place, down a stair case […]

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Bond Breakfast At The Dorchester

On Saturday 28th of September to celebrate the release of ‘Solo’, the new James Bond book, come down to The Dorchester and enjoy ‘Breakfast with Bond’. The best selling international author William Boyd will be reading extracts from his book, which opens with 007 having a birthday breakfast in the iconic British hotel. To set the scene of the 60s vintage cars will be parked in the hotel’s forecourt, diners will be serenaded by music from the era and newspapers and menus from 1969 will also be available for guests’ perusal. For those really looking to get involved there is […]

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