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We Review Big Easy’s Boozy Brunch

What? Known for their laid back vibes, live music, BBQ food and hearty portions of comfort food, Big Easy is a big slice of American comfort food dotted throughout London. A place to go for a few drinks and a lot of food. Rock up at the weekend and you’ll find their boozy (note no longer bottomless) brunch, which is exactly what we did. New? Nope, the first Big Easy opened back in 1991 and it’s been 17 years of BBQing, chargilling and seafood. Where? Whilst we visited the original, the Kings Road joint, you’ll also find Big Easy in […]

Openings & Launches

A Sneak Preview Of Hide, The New Dabbous Restaurant

As Ollie Dabbous double locked the door of his eponymous restaurant for the final time and walked into the sunset, Michelin Star poking out of his cardboard box of possessions, we all knew that he’d be back. Well now he is and in serious style. Welcome to Hide. Dabbous quickly built one of London’s most sought after eating spots in London when he launched back in 2012. His wonder-restaurant seemingly came out of nowhere and raced to the top of everyone’s go-to list. Now he’s had a year in the wilderness (not quite, he launched the highly successful restaurant at The Henrietta), […]

Reviews

We Review: Bryn Williams at Somerset House

What? Bryn Williams, the celebrated Welsh chef has just opened his first London restaurant in a decade. And it’s all about the vegetables, without being vegetarian. Rather, it champions vegetables, putting them centre stage not just a mere side dish, with meat and fish taking to the wings. New? Yes, it opened at the start of March. I’m sure its opening at the start of March had nothing to do with the start of spring and much more to do with when they were ready to do so, but a veg-centric restaurant opening when the days are getting lighter seemed […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Martini Monday Masterclass

Mondays don’t to always be gym and washing night, they can be Martini night. Yep, Brasserie Max at Covent Garden Hotel have teamed up with Chase Distillery (Britain’s first Single – Estate distillery) to launch Martini Mondays, a night to celebrate the much-loved classic cocktail. The classes will be hosted by Fred Barton or James Chase from Chase Distillery who will give a history lesson about the martini and will tell you the story about the family-run Chase Distillery, of course it’ll be over a cocktail or two, this isn’t school. Six martinis have been especially created for the martini […]

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Travel

The Hotel Launching In Actual Space

For hotels, space is now the final frontier. And there was me thinking it was bidets. A company has launched the first space hotel and everyone’s going mad for it. If you find checking into a hotel a bit of a faff, getting your key, ordering a wake up call and hearing how the minibar works, then you ain’t seen nothing. A hotel just launched where you have to do a three month course before even setting foot inside. Not a fan of elevators? This one’s 200 miles high. Welcome to Aurora Station. The given launch date of 2021 seems […]

Reviews

Critics’ Choices: Everywhere We Reviewed in March

Pancake Day fell early this year, with all it’s batter-ey fun and flipping madness. But with it came a slew of Lent resolutions, from one team member giving up sugar to my re-instigation of the ‘no thirds’ diet. As a result we all cut back on our restaurant reviews, hence so few this month. But fear not, within days to weeks we’d all fallen off the wagon and were back to the trough; which means that April will be a bumper month of reviews! by CHLOE Apparently Chloe knows a thing or two about cooking, as she’s hit these shores […]

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Openings & Launches

London’s Next Hotel The Principal Opens

Back in 1898, Charles Fitzroy Doll (what a name) designed a hotel at 1-8 Russell Square and now 120 years later it is reopening at The Principal. The 334 bedrooms and suites have been designed by Tara Bernerd & Partners and The Principal in-house team, with each one featuring custom-made beds and furniture and ceramic and marble bathrooms. Adding a further touch of luxury each room will have specially commissioned artwork, Penguin clothbound classics, Ruark music systems and The Perfumer’s Story toiletries. When it comes to eating there’s Neptune, an all-day restaurant that focuses on seafood, although there will also […]

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Travel

19 of the Best Hotels Near London

Here at The Handbook we spend most of our time focusing on all the best hotels London has to offer (that’s pretty much a full time job in itself) but what if you want to escape London for a weekend? We have rounded up 15 stylish/historical/grand (delete as applicable) hotels all within about 2.5 hours of London, so dig out your car keys, pack your overnight bag and get ready to fill your lungs with fresh air…  

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Awesome Afternoon Teas

FlaminGO To This Alice In Wonderland Tea

I received my first invite to a Christmas event from a PR this week. It’s not that I’m not already in a Christmassy mood, given the weather sitch right now I feel I may as well be about to don bobblehat and mittens and head out ‘a-wassailing’, but still it’s a bit premature, right? I’m starting to feel the same way about all the summer emails popping into my inbox right now, ‘Celebrate the start of summer this’ and ‘Spring has sprung that’ when I’m still sat here, hugging the radiator by my desk and congratulating myself for wearing my […]

Features

There’s Something New Happening in the Prosecco World

Champagne might be seen as the crème de la crème but it’s Prosecco that has captured the hearts of Londoners and most of the female population. What else would we drink at brunch? What else would we drink to celebrate, to commiserate or just because? Yes, there are other drinks, let’s not be pedantic, but are they as versatile? The answer you’re looking for is ‘no’. When we heard, then, that there might be a new sort of Prosecco taking over our bars we were all ears. There’s a revolution happening in the Prosecco region, just as natural and biodynamic wines are becoming increasingly popular, […]

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Openings & Launches

The Michelin Star Restaurant Coming To King’s Cross

Coal Drops Yard, in King’s Cross, is to play host to the latest instalment of Barrafina’s seemingly unstoppable expansion. The group, which already has a Michelin Star for their Soho outpost, is set to launch their new canal-side restaurant later this year. And to spice things up a bit, they’ve embraced crowdfunding to give you the chance to own a slither of the restaurant yourself. Back in an age when London consumed coal in the way it now does avocados, Coal Drops Yard was built to handle the eight million tons of anthracite every year. Having fallen into disrepair, it […]

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Openings & Launches

The Hero of Maida Saves Maida Vale

The Hero of Maida, is not an unlikely superhero* but a new pub (formerly the Truscott Arms) opening at the end of this month. Part of the Harcourt Inns collection, it follows the Three Cranes in the City and The Coach in Clerkenwell and will be modelled on traditional French bistros. So it’s lucky then that Head Chef Steve Collins has an expert knowledge of regional French cooking, he’s also been Head Chef at Les Deux Salons and gained Michelin Bib Gourmand status within a year of working at Bellanger in Islington. Alongside daily changing menus, they will be reinstating […]

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