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Richmond Hotel Scoops Star Chef

The Petersham Hotel really must be the best London hotel to not really be in London in. With a commanding position over the river Thames this grand yet intimate gem has much to recommend it, an enviable location, gorgeous interiors and, now, Head Chef Jean-Didier Gouges. Gouges has taken the helm after heading up the team at Rhubarb’s flagship restaurant in the Royal Albert Hall and is already transforming the menu at The Petersham’s fine-dining restaurant into something both unique and special. Setting out in his native Mauritius, Gouges was trained in classic French techniques and it’s this culinary ‘bilingualness’ and understanding […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

Top 12 March Pop-Ups

So the beginning of March has been quite eventful (Beast/East/etc), but now the snow’s cleared staying home and cuddling a hot water bottle will no longer be an acceptable use of your time. Which is why we’ve compiled a list of the best pop-ups for you to immerse yourself in this month.

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Feeling The Cold? These Places With Fireplaces Will Warm You Up!

Brrrrrrrr, right? Our ancestors were out battling wooly mammoths in worse conditions than this, and yet here we are, cowering under a duvet and clutching a hot water bottle. But taking a leaf out of our caveman predecessors’ book (or thumb painting or whatever the correct analogy would be), what we really crave right now is ‘man’s red fire’. So unleash your inner neanderthal and head to one of these restaurants with open fires, though full disclosure: we can’t guarantee they’ll be serving mammoth…

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Following the success of their annual, sell-out summer event, FriendsFest, Comedy Central UK is returning, in partnership with The Luna Cinema, to launch FriendsFestive, an event celebrating all the best seasonal moments from the world’s favourite TV show, Friends.

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There’s a Fairytale Brunch Coming to London

As a child, I didn’t expect to appreciate cartoons and fairytales at the age of 27 just as much as I did when I was five. Perhaps even more so, now that I fully understand all the little quips that went over my innocent head. And don’t get me started on conspiracy theories or how each film is linked… hours have been wasted on that. As a child I also thought I’d never appreciate alcohol, but some things change. Before I digress (further), why am I telling you this? Because there is a fairytale bottomless brunch coming to London. Bringing […]

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Openings & Launches

Bluebird Opens in White City

Bluebird; it’s synonymous with the Kings Road, entertaining those in MiC and being one of London’s iconic restaurants. 2016 saw it undergo an extensive refurbishment and emerge with a refreshed menu, 2017 they announced that they would be opening their second restaurant in White City and now in 2018, that restaurant is opening. Opening at the Television Centre, the restaurant will spread out onto a piazza overlooked by the centre’s famous circular core, making Bluebird at the heart of the £8billion regeneration. Designed by David d’Almada’s Sagrada the interior brings together British styling from the 1960s and the chic Chelsea […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Two Big Vegan Announcements From London Favourites

This week, two London giants have made big vegan announcements. Two big announcements about doughnuts and burgers…two of our, and now everyone’s, favourite things. First up, doughnut connoisseurs, Crosstown has announced that at the end of March they’ll be opening their first all-vegan doughnut and coffee bar on Picton Place in Marylebone. In the run up to the opening, they’ll be launching two brand new flavours as a sneak peek of what’s to come. From Friday 9th – Sunday 11th March you can try the vegan tropical compote, with a pineapple glaze and coconut chips and Friday 16th – Sunday […]

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Openings & Launches

11 Top Restaurants and Bars That Opened in February

Well if we thought spring was around the corner then February has proved that we are definitely some way off.  If you’ve spent the month not leaving the house in fear of frostbite, then here at The Handbook we’re going to change that and entice you out of your caves. Along with freezing temperatures, this month there have been many new restaurants and bars opening and here is our selection of the top must visits.

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

10 Quick Recipes For Any Occasion

Even the keenest of cooks can sometimes lack a bit of culinary inspiration. We all like to work hard and play hard and occasionally the mere thought of having to slave over a hot stove amongst the chaos of London life can feel overwhelming. So here are some simple and no-nonsense recipes for when you want something delicious to eat, but don’t quite have the time or energy to devote to an elaborate feast (and the Deliveroo app is broken).

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Awesome Afternoon Teas

The Afternoon Tea Fit For Queen Victoria

Ever wondered what it would be like to eat like The Queen? Not knocking back Dubonnet and picking out corgi hairs like our current monarch, but like the most glorious queen Britain’s had, Queen Victoria? Well now you can, thanks to Blenheim Palace. Led by Executive Chef Billy Bush, the team at the stately home’s The Orangery restaurant have put together a culinary homage to the great lady in the form of an afternoon tea celebrating her life. Over five courses enjoy some of Queen Victoria’s favourite foods, including a mini Victoria sponge, a classic chocolate eclair, strawberry and vanilla […]


Critics’ Choices: Everywhere We Reviewed In February

After the success of last month’s ‘Critics’ choices’ article we decided that we’d do a roundup of February too! So here is everywhere that the team visited, and reviewed, over the last month. Darcie and May Green Peter Blake, the famous painter, has designed two brightly decorated barges and Daisy Green has lashed them together and created a floating restaurant which Charlotte went to review and was impressed by the antipodean menu. No kangaroo here as Charlotte’s strictly veggie so she gourged on halloumi fries and vegan curry and gave it a casual thumbs up. Check out the full review here… Theo […]

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Openings & Launches

Tom Kerridge Weighs In At The Corinthia Hotel

Restaurant heavyweight Tom Kerridge is opening a new restaurant at The Corinthia

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

6 Ways That Restaurants Are Helping to Save the Planet

Chucking food away, too many straws and endless coffee cups, we’re all guilty of not making the most of what we already have. Rather than bury our heads in the sand and hope the problem goes away, it’s time for us to all come together to reduce the amount we waste if we want to help the state of our planet. Here are six ways that restaurants are working to save the planet, from loving ugly vegetables to giving you money off your morning flat white.   Cutting Down on Straws According to Eco Cycle, the US gets through 500 […]

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