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Find Out Which Restaurants Are Trending This Fashion Week

Fashion! Turn to the right! Oooh, fashion! As David Bowie put it. Helpfully adding ‘We are the goon squad and we’re coming to town, beep-beep’. So if you’re part of the goon squad heading to the capital’s runways and private views then you’ll no doubt need feeding and watering. Which is where we come in. Here are all the places that a budding Anna Wintour should be seen this LFW (London Fashion Week, darling, do keep up)… The Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Green Park (0.4 miles) What: Keep your hats on Why: Remember the Lock & Co Sheraton Grand collab from […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The Bar Where Honesty’s The Best Policy

Fancy frequenting a bar with no fixed price list? Well enter London’s first ever honesty bar, courtesy of The Glenrothes. Let’s be honest, most of the time once we’ve had a tipple or two, the truth comes flying out – drunk hearts speak sober minds, and all that. So, surely a visit to the Honesty Bar won’t be too far removed from your typical escapades. Opening up in TT Liquor, Shoreditch, Honesty Bar is the perfect stool-grabbing, whisky swigging experience for those who love the Scottish-born beverage. Whilst there’s no fixed price on any of the listed drinks there is […]

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Mezcal Week Is Here! Where To Go And What To Drink…

Mezcal, it might not have the same profile as Tequila, but boy should it have! The Mexican drink, a smokier version of its more glamorous sister, is also agave based and it’s nevertheless taking London by storm. So much so that they’ve now dedicated an entire week to the drink. So grab a sombrero, we’re off to celebrate. Leicester Square Kitchen Why: Leicester Square Kitchen have outed themselves as Mezcal lovers by throwing together a limited edition cocktail menu specially for the week. So head down to the bar and restaurant (no prizes for guessing the address) to try out their […]

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Get Involved With The Charity Auction Battling Hunger

When were you last hungry? Like, actually hungry? If you work in the restaurant industry the answer is quite possibly never. And even for most Londoners, where food is cheap and readily available, most of us are likely over-weight and incredibly well fed. Auction Against Hunger, then, probably isn’t there to help you, but is almost certainly something that we should be helping. The idea is simple, get some of the best chefs in London all in one place (and where better than foodie ground-zero: Borough Market), add in DJs, 20 street food pop ups, a table tennis challenge and a number […]

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Relive The Summer Of Love Island (In Fulham)

We’re not that sad to see the end of summer, the searing heat that kept us up into the small hours, made the tube unbearable and an un-airconditioned office a work environment something like being receptionist in Hades. But there’s one aspect of summer we are already missing terribly. Yes, it’s Love Island. The ITV2 hit reality show dominated our summer, our thoughts and certainly our office chat. So whether you’re pining for Jack and Dani or you’re longing for 10pm sunsets and the smell of suncream Fulham Beach Club has the ultimate party to send off the hottest summer […]

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Top Michelin-Starred Restaurants Outside London

With London eternally stealing the gastronomic spotlight, it’s easy to miss the array of foodie gems that are scattered across the UK. So just in case you’re lucky enough to escape the capital and taste the clean air of the provinces, we have compiled a list of our top ten Michelin-starred restaurants outside of London. Whether you’re as far south as Cornwall’s Port Isaac, or as northerly as Perth and Kinross, there’s no need to lower your fine-dining standards – The Handbook has found the best of Britain’s culinary offerings, nationwide. The Waterside Inn What: The Top Pick Why: As […]

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The Afternoon Tea Inspired By The Thames

This month is Totally Thames, the annual celebration of the River Thames and we have the perfect way to spend the afternoon whether you’ve been messing about in boats or not: The Thames inspired afternoon tea at The Petersham. The traditional tea starts with the likes of Scottish smoked salmon, cream cheese and chive sandwich and scones with West Country clotted cream and strawberry jam before continuing with Thames-inspired pastries. They have of course been inspired by the likes of boats which are reimagined as a lemon curd tartelette and driftwood which you’ll find as a Gâteau Opéra, rather than […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

11 of the Cosiest Library Bars

Forget cosy, wood panelled pubs and trendy, cosmopolitan wine bars. This autumn, the place to curl up with a nice hot toddy is, believe it or not, the library. No longer the preserve of bookish geeks, pottering pensioners and panicky students, more and more of London’s prestigious hotels and bars are opening swanky, book-filled watering holes, allowing visitors to partake in some seriously scholarly drinking.

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Reviews

A Month In The Shoes Of A Food Critic: All Of August’s Reviews

We sent out our one-man all-you-can-eat contest, Lottie (who is also our new features writer), to chew her way through London this month. Enjoy her musings on her munchings, as well as cameos by yours truly, Charlotte and Emily. Smoke & Salt What: Small space for Emily’s big appetite… Why: Chefs Aaron Webster and Remi Williams met working in The Shed and now they’re working in a shipping container. Editor Emily headed down to check out what the fuss is about and despite the whole thing existing in a space smaller than the average bedsit, the result sounds like a […]

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Ginspiration comes to Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf, a let-down in many ways, not least the fact that I’ve never seen a single canary there, even on the DLR. Perhaps they’ve got a cat problem. But finally there’s a reason for cheer in the in the land of drab skyscrapers, a sweetshop inspired gin terrace is coming. Plateau Restaurant, in Canada Place, have partnered with ginoisseurs Sipsmith to come up with a gin terrace guaranteed to bring a smile to the face of even the most hardened emerging markets trader. Located on the 4th floor, the terrace sees The Sipsmith Team infusing six unique gins, using their classic […]

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Testicles, Squirrel and Kangaroo: London’s Weirdest Menus

London is a city of extremes, a place where anything can happen. Like eating a plate of lambs’ testicles. For the city that gave the world the culinary masterstroke ‘jellied eels’ (odd that it didn’t catch on anywhere else), this shouldn’t be a surprise. Here are a selection of some of the weirdest items on London menus. Enjoy. Florentine What: Let’s have it oeuf Why: How do you like your eggs in the morning? If the answer is ‘f**king massive mate’ then you’ve come to the right place. Florentine offer visitors the biggest English breakfasts in London, not because their […]

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Reviews

Pasta la vista, baby! The Italian restaurant rivalling the rest

What: I’m always excited at the prospect of dining on Charlotte street – namely because I’m called Charlotte (or Lottie for short), but primarily because it’s rich in great restaurants, from L’Etoile to Pescactori, to my new favourite Italian food haunt, Ossobuco – the subject of this review. For those who don’t know, Ossobuco is a Milanese speciality of cross-cut veal shanks, braised with veggies, white wine and broth. New? Still teething, Ossobuco opened its doors on the 2nd of May this year. First Impression: Walking into the wooden tabled restaurant saw us seated at on a plush sofa overlooking […]

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