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The World’s Best Pastry Chef Just Arrived in London

‘Let them eat cake’, no not the words of a maniacal French queen but very much the sentiment over at Hotel Café Royal where they’ve just hired ‘the best pastry chef in the world’. Following a 2016 pop-up at the hotel that rocked the patisserie world, and that’s a world you don’t want to rock (coz soggy bottoms), Albert Adrià has proven such a hit that they just had to have him permanently, and now Adrià is here to stay with his restaurant Cakes and Bubbles. Albert Adrià built a full-on gastronomic revolution with his brother Ferran at Michelin three-star-er elBulli, a meteoric […]

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London’s first ever brunch festival

Brunch has blown up as of late, holding hands with rushes like the gin craze and all things unicorn. Therefore, there’s little surprise that London is getting its first ever brunch festival, running from the 1st-2nd of September. At the end of the day, we love to brunch. Some may prefer the (br) part, others may prefer the (unch), but what we all probably have in common is the desire to indulge in a bloody Mary or mimosa, lazily brunching with friends and dismissing the hangover blues. London’s brunch fest will have you saying goodbye to brunch FOMO, by bringing […]

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The afternoon tea putting our sweet tooth to the test

What: Whilst the Mayfair hotel isn’t the best foodie destination, they certainly put on a spread that was extravagant. The super fun experience boasted the perfect afternoon tea experience for those with a sweet tooth and/or love a glass of champers on a weekend (so, everyone?!). The Chesterfield in Mayfair has introduced an afternoon tea that champions penny sweets and red and white striped style shenanigans, filled to the brims with cake versions of our favourites, from cola slices to Reeses cups, to fruit salad tea. New? Yes, but sticking around for the foreseeable – pretty sweet, right? First Impression: The […]

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A, b, c, d, eeek! The re-launch of Alphabet bar

Opening up a restaurant in our bustling city must be a bit of a mean feat, what with nearly every idea being eaten up. However, it also pushes those in the culinary industry to turn to innovation far and wide, in a bid to conjure up new ideas. Introducing the re-vamp of Alphabet, a restaurant not only with a super cool name, but an extra cool idea at its helm. The restaurant, formerly found on Soho’s Beak Street, has recently re-opened on Upper Street, Islington just a stroll from the underground. And for those who know their alphabet well, you’ll […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Forget popcorn! Welcome to Ginema, it’s a cinema… with gin

As summer draws to a close, so too does this sweaty, sticky and “where on earth did this come from?” heatwave we seem to be immersed in. The good news about a heatwave however? We need to stay refreshed with, say, a cool tipple most preferably in the form of a see-through liquid that tastes a whole lot like gin. In fact yes, I am talking about gin, and so is Hayman’s of London. They’re talking about gin so much even, that they’ve reintroduce their fabulous “Ginema” concept, due to popular demand (surprise, surprise). So, if a mouthful of mother’s […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Astley “Rickrolls” into town with a pub you’re never gonna want to give up

What does the 80s superstar who has everything buy next? Private jet? Tropical island? No: East End boozer. Rick Astley made his name first as one of the 80s most prominent crooners, with hits like Never Gonna Give You Up and Whenever You Need Somebody, and then second as the face of the internet sensation ‘Rickrolling’. He has collaborated with the likes of Elton John, Peter Kay and now Mikkel Borg Bjergsø. Bjergsø isn’t the latest hot DJ sensation out of Copenhagen but rather a Danish brewer and an Astley fan. When he approached the popstar about the possibility of […]

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Instagram Heaven Pergola Olympia Opens

Before nightfall starts to hit us circa 3pm, it’s probably best to catch some last-min city views, and Pergola Olympia seem to be thinking the same, with the intro of their brand-new rooftop location, up, up, up and away. If you know The Handbook, you’ll know we love a bit of a rooftop here and there, and this summer has been a blast with them. However, this botanical babe is sure to grab your attention, with “view goals”, seating for 500, three restaurants and, the important part, a huge open bar. It was about time Olympia had something on the […]

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Keeping it in the Family at Banh, Banh Brixton

What: Banh, Banh is the new kid on the Brixton block, a Vietnamese food hub with a grandma at the helm. Not literally, however she is the source of the authentic dishes to be found inside. In fact, if you weren’t sporadically hiding your g’mas cooking amongst random items of furniture as a kid, then you were following the 1940 journey of your Saigon chef grandma like the Nguyen siblings, to create a Peckham restaurant followed by this brand-new Brixton venture. The siblings at the helm epitomise familial fruition with their culinary creations, lucky enough to have hand-me-down recipes. We […]

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Awesome Afternoon Teas

The Afternoon Tea That’s Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

What: A new Mary Poppins-themed afternoon has landed at 51 Buckingham Gate (via umbrella we imagine) as part of 51 Buckingham Gate’s English Classics Reinvented campaign which has also seen themed teas like Sherlock Holmes and Alice in Wonderland. New? It’s 53 years since original Mary Poppins film was released and come Christmas, Emily Blunt will revive the iconic character in her new film, Mary Poppins Returns. As with any good anniversary of a character there follows an afternoon tea (Alice in Wonderland I’m looking at you) so 51 Buckingham Gate has created this new Mary Poppins Afternoon Tea to coincide with their […]

Awesome Afternoon Teas

The Entirely Bonkers Alice in Wonderland Afternoon Tea

As the Mad Hatter once said: “It’s always tea time”, and with this in mind Kew Gardens have created an afternoon tea as mad as a hatter. Yes, that’s right, an Alice in Wonderland-Themed afternoon tea is gracing the gardens until the end of the month, and, as affirmed by our favourite Cheshire Cat, every adventure requires a first step… and we’re here to tell you which steps you should be taking to attend. The tea, which has come about thanks to the delight that is Afternoon Tea Week, will see a bundle of characters from the Lewis Carroll classic […]

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The Van Delivering Aperol Spritz Straight to your Doorstep

Knock, Knock! Who’s there? Oh, just an Aperol bartender arriving at your front door with two refreshing Aperol Spritz, making the post man look boring for the foreseeable future. Yep, that’s right. Aperol, to celebrate National Prosecco Day on the 13th of August, have introduced “Aperol-ivery”, an event which includes Aperol delivered straight to your doorstep, and you don’t have to lift a finger, you lazy thing. Whilst the sun pours on us for another month, the Aperol vibrant orange Ape Van bar – as it is so aptly named – will be delivering you drinks that match most of […]

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Openings & Launches

London’s 1st Restaurant Dedicated to Avocado Opens

Instagram, unicorns, matcha lattes and cactuses, nothing quite matches the ultimate millennial icon: the avocado. Yes, the humble avocado has found itself at the centre of all that is right and supposedly all that is wrong with us millennials. We’ll never be buying houses because we eat too much of it on toast, but we’ll have great skin thanks to its good fats. Swings and roundabouts. Anyway, why are we talking about avocado? Because London’s first restaurant dedicated to the fruit will be opening at this month and we’re feeling #blessed. Simply named, Avobar, the restaurant (filled with living plant […]

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