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Smiths of Smithfield – the City Solution

When wandering around London a lot of time and energy is spent on Google searching for the best place to head for a nibble and a drink or two. More often than not there is a panic and you end up in a grotty pub with a dubious glass of house white and some mixed olives from the massive jar behind the bar. Last night however The Handbook may have found a solution to this problem. Smiths of Smithfield launched last night a new floor which is especially for those who want a relaxed drink in a comforting environment. The […]

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Royal Hospital Road

This March, Gordon Ramsay will reopen his Royal Hospital Road venue following a luxurious art deco interior redesign and marking a new ear for the restaurant. The intimate space in Chelsea will relaunch in the middle of the month with a newly enhanced modern look and feel. Gordon Ramsay Royal Hospital is longest running three Michelin starred restaurant in London and Ramsay is delighted to welcome Head Chef Clare Smyth on board both as a partner in the venture and as Chef Patron. Smyth, who has worked with Ramsay for over nine years will continue to improve and further the […]

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Pizza East: King of Pizzas

Sometimes all you want to eat is pizza and nothing else will do. When that craving calls you need to forget going to your local takeaway and head to Pizza East for proper pizza. The restaurant is quite dark and industrial with exposed concrete, bared wooden walls and simple neutral colours, but the warm low lights are inviting and inside there are a mixture of small and large tables as well as a bar to sit at for drinks. On Monday The Handbook headed over to the Kentish Town branch (there are three, Shoreditch, Portobello and Kentish Town) to try […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Pizza East: King of Pizzas

Sometimes all you want to eat is pizza and nothing else will do. When that craving calls you need to forget going to your local takeaway and head to Pizza East for proper pizza. The restaurant is quite dark and industrial with exposed concrete, bared wooden walls and simple neutral colours, but the warm low lights are inviting and inside there are a mixture of small and large tables as well as a bar to sit at for drinks. On Monday The Handbook headed over to the Kentish Town branch (there are three, Shoreditch, Portobello and Kentish Town) to try […]

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Happy 15th anniversary Itsu!

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the first Itsu [dining] restaurant in Chelsea, Itsu is launching the £15 for 15th special set price menu at its Chelsea and Notting Hill locations on Draycott Avenue and Notting Hill Gate. Created by Head Chef William Da Silva, the menu features a range of dishes inspired by traditional Japanese cuisine. Guests are invited to choose two classic dishes from the conveyor (options include Sesame Spinach, Salmon & Tuna Tartare, Salmon Tobiko Maki and Duck Crystal Roll with HoiSin Sauce) and one from the Hot Menu (Tiger Prawn Tempura Handroll perhaps?) and a drink […]

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Bird of Smithfield

Due to open this spring is Bird of Smithfield, the eagerly anticipated venture by Chef Alan Bird set within an old Georgian town house and operating over five floors! Bird brings with him over 15 years heading the kitchen at The Ivy and experience as a Group Executive Chef within Soho House Group. The restaurant’s menu will be British with a twist; with dishes aiming to explore the influence British food has had both historically and to date. It will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The venue takes in a classically styled dining room featuring Harris Tweed and […]

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Bring your own to Bonnie Gull

Sunday may seem like a long way off at the moment, but here is a thought to keep you going throughout the week, the glorious Bonnie Gull on Foley Street are doing a ‘Bring your own’ beer and wine all day and evening on Sundays. If that was not good enough, they are also not charging for corkage, hurrah! So get booking a table now, as it is very popular! Known for its wonderful, fresh seafood, Bonnie Gull is the ultimate place for fish and chips, oysters, lobster, crab…. the list goes on! So forget the Sunday roast this weekend […]

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Paper & Cup

Following the success of the Shoreditch original last year, Paper & Cup, the stylish coffee-cum-book-shop run by the Spitalfields Crypt Trust has just launched its second venue in east London’s up and coming St Paul’s Way district. Poplar HARCA, (Housing and Regeneration Community Association) chose the company’s pitch for the site against several other high street businesses due to the community spirit behind the project and commitment to integrate pre-regeneration residents with the new businesses and office workers moving into the area. Just like the original, the new project is managed by Brent Clark, SCT’s special projects manager, whose aim […]

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Find the golden chips at Chez Gerard

Would you believe this week is National Chip Week (and no the irony of the overlap with LFW isn’t lost on us) and while the (too) skinny model debate (yawn) continues to rage, the concurrent controversy over who invented the chip (the French or the Belgians) also shows no sign of abating. “Can you imagine asking for a side order of Belgian fries?” snorts Alain Bourbon, head chef at Bishopsgate’s Chez Gérard, which brought 'Steak Frites' to London back in 1975. “They may be laying claim to paternity in Belgium, but even the academics there admit there is little proof. […]

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B- Soho presents Charioke

Whether you are pushing the crowds out of the way to reach the microphone or get hideous stage fright, whether you are the next Beyonce, or  as flat as most of the X factor auditions, there is no denying we all love karaoke and none more so than B- Soho’s Monday night karaoke. Well now there is a whole new reason to love it, on Monday 25th they will be presenting Charioke in support of the World Cancer Research Fund. The £5 minimum entry fee and post competition raffle will all go towards the charity, the same charity that co […]

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Balthazar London

Mark your diaries for this Saturday 16 February as that is when the reservation lines open for Balthazar London, the long awaited and much-storied London outpost of Keith McNally’s New York original. The restaurateur and native Brit opened Balthazar in New York’s Spring Street back in the spring of 1997 and his empire now takes in Pastis, Cafe Luxembourg, Lucky Strike, Odeon, Schiller's Liquor Bar and a Balthazar Bakery too. The London edition, opening in the spring, is located on the corner of Russell Street and Wellington Street in the heart of Covent Garden, in the old Theatre Museum, within […]

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Fashion Food at Wolf & Badger

London Fashion Week is almost upon us and one of the best places to indulge in your fashion addiction is boutique Wolf & Badger but it’s not just the clothes we are getting excited about. Moving Venue have just announced that they are providing the canapés for the Wolf & Badger showcase on the opening day of London Fashion Week. If the journalists, bloggers and style icons weren’t already running over in their Christian Louboutins to see  the collection they are now, faster than you can see Manolo Blahnik. The kitchen team at Moving Venue have created canapés which sound as […]

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