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A New Wimbledon Champion

Wimbledon! You read it here first, the very first mention of the world famous tennis venue on The Handbook this year. Expect to see the word many more times over the coming month, but this isn’t a guide to the best places to stock up on strawberries and cream, tactics for queuing or a list of afterparties, in fact it’s nothing to do with the championships at all. It is, though, an exciting new opening coming to the home of English tennis. 601 Queen’s Rd has just opened in the heart of Wimbledon, down the hill from the village and […]

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The Afternoon Tea That Swaps Sandwiches for Sushi

What: If you ever have that moment where you think that you’d really like some sushi, but you’d also really like a scone and you don’t know which to choose (granted it might not be the most common thought but I bet it happens) then I’m here to tell you that you no longer to make that decision. Why? Because Ichi Sushi & Sashimi have combined the two to create an afternoon tea that replaces sandwiches with sushi. The Setting: If you think roundabouts are just places to advertise local businesses, show off flowerbeds and a dumping ground for broken […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

Award-Winning Cypriot Bar Comes to Soho

Award-winning Cypriot bar, Lost + Found is about to embark on its holiday and it’s leaving the sunny climates of Nicosia and heading over to old Blighty for four days in cooler climates as it pop-ups at The Den at 100 Wardour St between the 4th and 7th June. The bar, which is ranked in the top 30 bars in the world will be bringing over their killer cocktails to celebrate the revamp of The Den. Cocktails include the Clockstopper made from Bacardi Carta Blanca, pineapple cordial, Angostura Bitters and Skinos mastiha; the Pink Fluid, a mix of Aperol strawberries, […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Watch Your Favourite Film, Then Sing Along At Lucky Voice

Doe a deer, a female deer, ray a drop of golden sun, me a name I call myself, far – never a long long way to run from Lucky Voice… The high-end karaoke dens have introduced a new initiative, watch your favourite film, then sing your heart out to the soundtrack. From Mondays to Wednesdays, the private karaoke bar have decided to offer guests the opportunity to use their booths to relax, order a cocktail, sit back and watch Grease, Moulin Rouge or The Lion King with a group of friends in relative luxury, then to make the most of Those […]

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Seasonal & Celebrations

Where To Make The Most Out Of English Wine Week

Until very recently the mere mention of English wine resulted in barely muffled sniggers. Maybe just about good enough for cooking. But then, a couple of decades back people were equally dubious about Australian wines and earlier this week I found it impossible to find someone to come along to a Chinese wine tasting (they were excellent, by the way). So it is that English wines now really are a thing, they’ve overcome the naysayers and brands like Nyetimer rival the big Champagne houses on price and quality. English Wine Week is an opportunity to celebrate this, and here’s some places […]

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A Tea Without Any Gimmicks: Corinthia’s New Afternoon Tea

What: Thinking of a theme? Chances are there is a tea for that. London’s restaurants have taken afternoon tea and have been running with it for years. ‘It’s summer? We’ll make a summer tea’; ‘Guy Fawkes night? Stick a firework in a scone’; ‘Let’s add in alcohol, let’s serve it at midnight, let’s make it historical, let’s make it breakfast themed.’ Yep you’ve got to hand it to them, they’re taking the idea and running with it. Anyway, Corinthia’s new afternoon tea is stripping it all back to offer a traditional afternoon tea with no gimmicks. New? Relatively it only […]

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Things to do Outdoors

Rooms Filled with Blooms: D&D Group Launch #BlossomCity18

If you thought Gatsby awkwardly waiting for Daisy in a room exploding with flowers was a blooming eyeful, wait until you grab a look at D&D luxury restaurant groups’ #BlossomCity18 campaign. #BlossomCity18 campaign mixes the best of both worlds with Moët & Chandon champagne, and florals everywhere, quite literally. The restaurants will have a range of flower-inspired menus, cocktails and installations, sure to alleviate the post Chelsea flower show blues. The Summer 2018 catwalks were nothing if not awash with bold crayola block colours, and really quite beautiful pastel, gelato-styled tones. With this said, it’s without a doubt that this […]

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Things to do With Kids

Grab a Fork at Fork to Fork

When Spotify and Starbucks joined forces it was the soundtrack to our morning coffee run. EVA Air and Hello Kitty’s collab saw us all want to take to the skies (more than usual), and Apple and Hermes’ partnership meant an added sexiness to the apple watch made it a whole lot more wearable. The moral of the story? When two business brains join forces, great things can most certainly happen, and has happened, in the form of Fork to Fork food festival. Created by Wahaca co-founder Thomasina Miers, and Caravan co-founder Laura Harper-Hinton, the food festival, which launched in June […]

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Openings & Launches

Award Winning Brunch Heads to Angel as Brother Marcus Opens 2nd Site

Younger siblings, they always seem to come along and upstage their big brothers and it’s no different when it comes to restaurants. Brother Marcus, is actually getting a brother next month and this new site in Angel is set to be bigger and better than the original Balham site. Alongside their award-winning brunch, they’ll be serving up a brand-new evening menu of Mediterranean small and sharing plates, inspired by co-founder Tasos’ Cretan upbringing. Split into four sections, earth, land, sea and snacks with an emphasis on vegetarian and vegan dishes, you’ll find the likes of fried feta with honey and […]

Reviews

We Review: Market Hall Fulham

What: If you read The Handbook a lot you’ll know that I’m forever going on about how my beloved Fulham just isn’t at the top of its game when it comes to the foodie scene. Sure, we have some great pubs and we’re pretty good at Millennial brunches but just as the residents often still dress like the 80s Sloane it seems like we’re stuck with our food and haven’t caught up with the likes of Tooting or Fitzrovia. So, when Market Hall Fulham opened with ten kitchens and a bar, I finally felt like Fulham was about to start […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Puppy Pool Party Brunch That’s Too Cute To Miss

With the mercury creeping up the dial it’s all the rage to head down to the local lido. Hampstead Ponds are basically one lithe, seething mass of humanity right now. But, not so great if you’re a dog. Sat there in a literal fur coat, banned from the fun, man’s best friend has good reason to feel distinctly unloved in the summer months. Unless you take them to M Restaurants. M Victoria is hosting a special pool party for dogs (and their owners) at their subterranean restaurant on Victoria Street featuring a pool, a celebrity artist and a ‘cook for […]

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Openings & Launches

Caravan-To-Go’s Takeaway Treats

When Wagamama told us they were introducing a take-away service, fist-pumps were felt all round. Why? Because nothing beats a katsu-curry to your doorstep. The moral of the story being, when your favourite eatery gives you the option to take-away, it’s a pretty great feeling. Especially for the more indulgent work lunch-breakers amongst us, for whom a cheese and ham sandwich just doesn’t cut it. Introducing Caravan-To-Go, an expansion of the takeout offer that the empire of Caravan restaurants offer. The concept will be introduced at the new restaurant in Fitzrovia, located in Yalding House, or for the music buffs, […]

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