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Here’s Why You Should Head To Min Jiang Right Now

According to Google ‘shēngrì kuàilè’ is ‘happy birthday’ in Chinese. Assuming Google’s not mugging me off in the same way I told my little brother that ‘voulez vous coucher avec moi’ was the proper way to order a glass of milk, then a big shēngrì kuàilè to Min Jiang, who turn ten this month. The hit restaurant at the top of the Royal Garden Hotel has not only passed the test of time but has redefined Chinese fine dining in London. Founded in 2008, the restaurant has won a slew of awards thanks to Head Chef Han alongside his Master Dim […]

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It Really is the Last Days of Shoreditch

We’re now slap bang in the midst of summer, the streets are awash with England shirts, the office fans are a’whirlin and Alex from Love Island has got more sun tan lotion on by the hour. Therefore, what better time than now to have a month-long series of events featuring musicians, DJs, artists and a whole host of grub and drink. Whilst this sounds worthy of a new outfit and a fully loaded bank card, the news is also bittersweet, as it comes as a result of Red Gallery Last Days of Shoreditch closing its doors. There will be an […]

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Gazelle Restaurant Leaps into Mayfair

Good minds think alike, especially if you’re chef Rob Roy Cameron and drinks specialist Tony Conigliaro. The two hospitality hotshots are set to open their Mayfair restaurant Gazelle next week, wrapped in an Edwardian building brimming with personality in Mayfair. If you’ve ever tuned into a spot of David Attenborough and witnessed a stint on gazelles, you’ll know they’re a rather sleek and elegant creature. In championing this vibe and corresponding with its name, the restaurant too will play host to a private members club vibe, set amongst two natural light flooded storeys. As owner Tony affirms: “When we were […]

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Openings & Launches

Welcome To The Jungle: Rainforest Chic Hits Kensington

After a dicey football moment with Colombia that nearly saw England knocked out of the world cup last night, South America is back on our Christmas card list. Which is good because it’s just in time for Zuaya, a Latin American opening on Kensington High Street. And what’s more, the Amazonian restaurant are offering 50% off, so it’s win, win and win! (unlike England, who will undoubtedly crash out at some point soon). Founded by Spanish twins Alberto and Arian Zandi, the restaurant will bring Latin American dishes to West London thanks to their not-so-secret weapon, Head Chef Francisco Lafee. Lafee has experience […]

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Camillo Benso Proves Milan Isn’t All About Fashion

There’s a new kid on the Mayfair block, and we’re intrigued. Milan: best known as a fast-paced metropolis that champions a frilled frock, bold boot, and over-all some very coveted fashion. However, the food is also worth a sample and this is something restaurant Camillo Benso sure does recognise as it brings Milan’s dining style to Mayfair. Everything’s that bit more exciting with a bit of sibling rivalry thrown in though, which is why we’re interested to see how this new Milanese hot-spot will compare to big sister in Milan. If you haven’t tried Amaro yet, Camillo Benso will give […]

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The World’s Largest Collection of Tea is Coming to Covent Garden

There’s no doubt about it, a cup of tea really does make everything better. It sits on our work desks pushing us through e-mails, lands in the hands of strangers as we meet for the first time, perches on the lips of friends as we catch up, goes hand-in-hand with our morning cereal bowls and rests on our bed side table with a good book. With all this tea drinking, it’s no surprise we’re super excited for purveyor of tea, Mariage Frères – and also France’s oldest tea house – to bring tea savoir-faire to the capital and open its first […]

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by CHLOE Expands to Tower Bridge

What: by CHLOE is the super successful US-based, plant-based, fast-casual restaurant that took London by storm when it landed here at the end of last year. New? Their Tower Bridge venue opened last month, following the massive popularity of the original UK venue in Covent Garden. First Impression: It’s a little tricky to find, Google Maps had a right old time trying to find it and I doubled my 6-minute journey from London Bridge trying to hunt it down. When I finally slipped down the side road and found it, I was surprised at how empty it was. I went […]

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The Ned Opens Its 17th Bar!

The Ned doesn’t hold back, why have one restaurant when you can have nine? And why have sixteen bars when you can have seventeen? That’s right, today The Ned is going that bit further with the opening of the Library bar, their seventeenth bar. Taking up residence on the ground floor by Cecconi’s, the bar will seat 18 guests in a space that emulates the 1930s with old-world club chairs, a bar clad in oxblood leather panelling and retro cocktail books. To drink you’ll find over 30 Champagnes, a martini trolley that will be wheeled from table to table to […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Nightclub of the Summer: Night Tales

July is said to be the hottest month of the year, I’m sure everyone has been enduring the heat for a while now, but it’s time to forget the heat and embrace it. Clear your weekend plans of staying indoors, grab your friends and get ready to go out. You may be familiar with Night Tales pop ups all around London since 2013, but now Founders Lottie Campbell, Jamie Rule and Louis Hyams are launching a permanent location at Bohemia Place, I repeat, permanent! Opening in the heart of Hackney this July, they’re transforming two railway arches and a 4,000 […]

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Going Once, Going Twice… Auction Against Hunger at Market Hall

Instead of a lazy Sunday nursing sore heads on the sofa, how does a whole market hall of food sound? London’s top chefs, bars and street food traders will congregate in Market Hall at Borough for Auction Against Hunger, an event that will take place for its 6th year. To date, there have been over half a million pounds for charity raised, with guests bidding on a range of food and drink experiences in live auction hosted by Tom Best. The event, supported by Tonic, is a feel-good-foodie event that will make you feel slightly less guilty about excessive indulging, […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Beautiful Allotment: Bourne & Hollingsworth Team Launch Summer Pop-Up

We were discussing in the office what happens in an allotment, answers ranged from petty disputes between who has been stealing whose watering can to ‘surely the ideal place to bury a body? Down the allotments’ (for once, I wasn’t the only one to think this). Why the allotment talk? The Handbook isn’t about to swap to growing prize carrots, it’s because the team behind Bourne & Hollingsworth is opening Beautiful Allotment inside the Victorian gardens of the Geffrye Museum. The space will be transformed with day beds, handcrafted potting sheds, BBQ areas, makeshift cocktail bars and handpicked pieces of […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Mister Fitz’s: Doughnut Time Launch Ice Cream Pop-Up

They’re known for their outrageous doughnuts, but now Doughnut Time are turning their hand to ice-cream as they launch their own pop-up parlour Mister Fitz’s Finest Ice Cream. Opening today, they’ll be serving up ice cream sandwiches, because why eat your ice cream out of a cone when you can have it held together by two cookies? Each of the eight sandwiches will have their own distinctive character. Perhaps you’ll want to nibble on John Lemon, aka two lemon scoops served between vanilla cookies and topped with meringue or if you’re into chocolate then get stuck into Choc-ella Deville made […]

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