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Vijay’s Lounge: Fitzrovia’s New Speakeasy Bar

Those who have been to Indian restaurant Lokhandwala, will know that it is based on Victorian aristocrat Lady Charlotte, the spurned lover of Vijay Kapur, an insalubrious cad from Bombay. Well now it’s Vijay’s turn to have somewhere dedicated to him as Vijay’s Lounge opens today, a speak easy bar, above the restaurant. A secretive bar where he could run his empire and no doubt hide from Lady Charlotte. Just like Vijay, the bar will be rich, moody and opulent with an impressively stocked bar, striking bronze chandeliers, oil paintings and a silver elephant; come the summer, you’ll be able […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Street Food Takeover at Top 5* Hotel

Rumpus Room at Mondrian London is proving that opposites do attract as they bring together two very different sides of London: 5* hotels and street food. Starting next Tuesday, the new monthly takeover series will see different street food vendors serving up innovative dishes at the rooftop bar every Tuesday. First up will be Other Side Fried who have created a bespoke menu which includes O.S.F: fried chicken, brown butter mayo, parmesan, garlic and lettuce and Honey Butter: fried chicken, smoked honey butter, bacon, pickles and lettuce. Taking over in May will be Burger & Beyond and then moving into summer […]

Openings & Launches

Freak Scene Pop Up Turns Permanent

We always like it when a pop-up finds a permanent home, so we’re pretty freakin’ excited that Freak Scene is back and back for good. Created by Scott Hallsworth (along with Phar Shaweewan) last July after he left Kurobuta, the pop-up served up ‘curious’ Asian dishes inspired by Scott’s experience in Japan, Singapore and Malay and it was a big hit. Opening in Soho on 54 Frith Street, the menu will include favourites from the pop-up such as miso-grilled black cod tacos with sushi rice and scorched red chilli; chicken-fried chicken with peanut soy and cucumber pickles and a honey-hoisin […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

London’s Unexpected Foodie Spot

In comparison to next door Oxford Street (also known as the closest thing to hell in London during rush hour), Regent Street is a dream filled with a whole host of impressive restaurants, from big names like Gordon Ramsay to less well-known chefs who are creating lots of noise for all the right reasons. It’s becoming quite the unexpected central foodie spot, unfortunately that prize is never going to go to Leicester Square. With four days off this weekend there is plenty of time to work your way down the street. Swap chocolate eggs for steak tartare with truffle crisps […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The Royal Cocktail Collection

2018 may be the year of the woman, but it is also the year of Harry and Meghan’s wedding. As you can imagine the whole world is running around like looneys planning for the big day and frantically trying to figure out how they can best use it to their advantage. Speaking of, Ritorno has curated a collection of Royal Wedding cocktails, using the happy couple as inspiration. To start things off we have a rather romantic number called the Prince and the Showgirl, try and contain the wistful sighs. Using Harry’s love of vodka and infusing it with ginger […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

White Russians And The Big Lebowski at TT Liquor’s Cinema

TT Liquor the drinks emporium on Kingsland road is launching a new cinema tomorrow. Nestled in the middle of Shoreditch, the bar will be serving cocktails and more specifically White Russians. We’re talking drinks here for any of you literalists, so you can unfurrow that brow. So why are they reeling out the White Russians? Well, to coincide with the 20th anniversary of The Big Lebowski, TT Liquor will be christening their cinema with a special screening of the iconic film. As White Russians are Dude’s favourite drink it is only fitting that you be able to sit and enjoy […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

London in the Sky Returns

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a 22-seater table floating 100ft in the sky. Oh right, London in the Sky must be back. The pop-up (emphasis on the up) is returning 5th to 15th July above South Bank meaning daring diners will enjoy beautiful and unique views of iconic London landmarks like St Paul’s Cathedral, OXO Tower, the Shard and the Millennium Bridge. There will be 3 tables in total, each serving an exclusive menu designed by either Pascal Aussignac of Michelin-starred Club Gascon; Robin Gill from critically acclaimed Sorello and The Dairy; or Lee Westcott […]

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Dabbous Legends Set Up New Restaurant

Dabbous is one of the restaurant success stories of the past few years, and right now all eyes are on Ollie Dabbous as he launches his new project. But there’s another Dabbous launch happening. The powerhouse behind the unstoppable Dabbous train was always Ross Gibbens and Michael Kennedy, the Head Chef and his Sous Chef at the Michelin Starred restaurant, and so it’s significant that the pair have teamed up to open Wellbourne Brasserie in White City. Arriving in White City Place, the central hub to the former Television Centre site, the brasserie will serve an all-day dining menu the menu will include […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

5 Riverside Pubs: Where to Watch the Boat Race

Are you light blue or dark blue? Are you Oxford or Cambridge? It’s time to pick a side and cross fingers it’s the winning one. This weekend the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race takes place, and assuming you’ve not got academic skin in the game, you’ve got to choose which colour you’ll be wearing in support you’ll also have to think about the best spots for you and your mates to cheer on your favourite boat. Don’t be daunted The Handbook has comprised a list of the best riverside pubs for you to take in the race, drink, eat and […]

What to do This Weekend

What To Do This Weekend: 23rd – 25th March

Coming round so soon that you might believe it was a weekly event, it’s almost the weekend again! Hurrah! Yay! Crack open some bubbles. So as you contemplate what to do with your two days of freedom, here are some ideas from The Handbook. We hope they help.

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Med Comes To Pimlico

Omar’s Place: where is it? What is it? Why are we talking about it? The very name makes us think we already know and love it. It sounds like a familiar establishment that we frequent only too often. Or at least it will be. Omar’s Place is bringing a slice of the Mediterranean spice to Pimlico. Unsurprisingly it is the creation of the restaurateur Omar Shabaan. Though he was born in Egypt and into a family that runs a very well-established Andrea Mariouteya hospitality group, London has always been Omar’s city of choice, and now his dreams are about to […]

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The Power List: Foodie Destinations Coming to Battersea Power Station

Battersea Power Station is rapidly transforming; not only into an iconic development of one of the capital’s best-loved buildings, but also into a foodie destination. With Battersea Power Station already proving a draw for locals, the calibre of eateries in the area is likely to be high, so here’s a quick glance at what’s already opened in this former wasteland between Vauxhall and Battersea.

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