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The Modern Pantry’s Birthday Bonanza

What were you doing 10 years ago? Or, more importantly, where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time? Time is a funny old thing, you blink and it’s 2018, you’re sat at an office desk getting to that 3pm “I desperately need a coffee” stage of the day, and your teenage years seem like a distant, knock-and-run, awkward school disco dancing, memory. But, if you’re The Modern Pantry in Clerkenwell, 10 years ago owner Anna Hansen inhaled, exhaled and…no she didn’t give birth before you get carried away, it’s a casual café. She did however open the doors to […]

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Bottomless Crab Mac n Cheese at Claw

What: I rather like Mondays, I think they get a rough deal, sure we can complain about Mondays saying they are reason we are tired and down, actually it’s more likely that the reason you’re tired is because of Saturday and Sunday. Mondays are the start of a new week, the day we all say we’re going to not procrastinate at work, we will bring our lunch in and we will make it to the gym, a day of new possibilities. It’s also the day that many restaurants lure as in with wonderful deals, to cheer up our days and […]

Awesome Afternoon Teas

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth: Biscuiteers’ Confectionery Afternoon Tea

Whip your phone out and get Clarendon on the go, or VSCO cam (disclaimer: I still don’t know how to pronounce that), or whatever tickles your insta-fancy, because Biscuiteers’ Boutique and Icing Cafes in Notting Hill and Northcote Road is bound to get your creative social media juices a-flowing, just in time for afternoon tea week. As we crave afternoon teas in all of their many forms here at The Handbook we were sweetly surprised by this biscuit-based afternoon tea on offer at no other than Biscuiteers, whose confectionery afternoon tea will celebrate everything that brings out the sweeter side […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Where To Say ‘Cheers’ This International Beer Day

Happy International Beer Day! The great thing about International Beer Day is that you almost certainly had no idea it was coming, so you’ve just done the beer equivalent of waking up on Christmas Day. So consider this your Beermas stocking, and here are your gifts: fun beer filled things to do… Roast London Bridge (0.2 miles) What: The ROASTest with the Mostest Why: Roast not only totally nails the Sunday roast, the London Bridge restaurant now does so with beer! For a limited time only, they’ll be pairing beers with a special six course menu devised by Head Chef […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden Turns 5 With a Birthday Feast

Covent Garden has always been home to flesh and buns of a certain sort, just take a read of Harris’s List of Covent Garden Ladies… but for the last five years it’s also been home to restaurant Flesh & Buns Covent Garden. To celebrate five years of bao buns and maki rolls they are hosting a five -course birthday feast on the 13th August with a menu of favourite dishes from the last five years. Expect to find the likes of Korean fried wings with spicy sour sauce and sesame; crispy duck leg with plum sauce; Bone Daddies homemade bao […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Spice Up Your Sundays at Brigadiers Indian Restaurant

Kudos to Brigadiers – they only opened last month and already the words free-flowing are being thrown about like they’re going out of fashion, and we’re totally loving it. Free-Flowing Sundays will be gracing Brigadiers restaurant offering free-flowing drinks and live sport to accompany their Indian Roast menus. It appears Brigadiers are graciously acknowledging the fact that just because it’s Sunday, doesn’t mean drinks aren’t on the Indian food embellished table. Whilst the World Cup might be a distant memory and the chimes of “it’s coming home” have drifted off like tumble weed, there are a whole host of other sporting […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Throwing Tomatoes As Aqua Nueva Celebrates La Tomatina

There is something so wonderfully enjoyable about a food fight, admittedly a waste but also an act of school lunch time rebellion ‘look Cook this is what we think of your cardboard pasta’ that said with the rise of primary school children owning smart phones and Jamie Oliver banning turkey twizzlers (something I still yearn for) they are no doubt Instagramming their lunches. Of course, for a proper food fight you want to head to the Valencian town of Buñol for its renowned festival, La Tomatina, where the town turns into a bloodbath of tomatoes flying through the air. That […]

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Rooftops and Terraces

Club 150: The Champagne Pop-Up At St Pancras

If you’re heading to France at full speed ahead, don’t miss the chance to experience at St Pancras before jumping on the Eurostar. The Champagne Bar is partnering up with Perrier-Jouët this summer to create Club 150, a beach terrace pop-up, inspired by France’s most covetable coastline and paying homage to St Pancras that was built 150 years ago. You can sit back and enjoy art, Champagne, gin cocktails and a food menu celebrating the best of UK and France. When it comes to the menu, it’s curated for guests to experience an ‘England meets France’ vibe – highlights include […]

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We Review Smoke & Salt’s New Brunch

What: When chefs Aaron Webster (Dinner by Heston and The Latymer in Pennyhill Park) and Remi Williams (Craigie on Main and Deuxave) met in the kitchens of The Shed in Notting Hill they decided to come together to create Smoke & Salt, a restaurant championing ancient techniques of smoking, curing and preserving. In the modern fairy tale that is pop-up to bricks and mortar (or in this case shipping container), Smoke & Salt started off as a monthly pop-up series and residencies before taking over the magic container that Kricket had at Pop Brixton. On my quest to find the […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Wine not? The wine brand that wants it to be more than just drinks

All good things come in threes, which must be why there’s going to be three nights of wining and dining, courtesy of Campo Viejo’s, Casa Campo Viejo. If you think we’ve just spouted a tonne of Spanish words, it’s probably because we have. Within reason though, might I add. In essence, Campo Viejo have launched an event that will allow Londoners one-and-all the opportunity to enjoy an evening, or two, filled to the brims with Rioja. I personally, decant even cope with how great this sounds… see what I did there? If not, you need a night at Campo Viejo’s […]

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Health & Wellness

The Cafe Where You Pay in Kindness

If you think there’s no such thing as a free lunch, well think again, because kindness will soon become the currency for scrumptious snacking. Vegans and vegetarians, might have come across Gosh! in most major supermarkets but this time it’s making an entrance to the London food scene. Gosh! is founded on the philosophy that we should be kind to our bodies, so why not extend that very same message to everyone’s way of life? They are opening a pop-up café that will provide a free snack pot from 11am-3pm, serving Sweetcorn & Quinoa bites, Sweet Potato Pakora and other tasty morsels […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

London’s Best Wine And Cheese Joints

Man may be unable to live by bread alone, but throw in some wine and cheese and he could probably do just fine. Give us a bottle of fermented grapes and a plate of coagulated milk proteins and we are set for life, and where better to do it than at these unmissable London cheese and wine joints. And if you needed more of a reason then today is national cheese and wine day. WC Clapham What: Flush With Options Why: Public toilets and cheeseboards should never Venn. Ever. Except, that is, when you’re at Clapham Common and the public convenience […]

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