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Openings & Launches

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 […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The Prince Returns For Summer

Before last year, Fulham and West Brompton didn’t really have much in the way of the food scene. Having lived there for six years and counting, I watched as my sister’s neighbourhood of Tooting grew into an exciting foodie hub, whilst I made do with another overly expensive pub, because anywhere that charges £3.50 for a soda and lime is expensive, even for London. That was, until The Prince came along at the end of last year – the food saviour of West London. The former pub was transformed to house three bars, four restaurants and an incredible huge woodland […]

Things to do Outdoors

Skylight at Tobacco Dock Returns for Summer

Amidst talks of the Beast of the East Part 3 and yellow snow ice warnings, we have some news which is a little sunnier, at least we hope by the time it opens it’s sunnier, if not we will be moving The Handbook HQ somewhere hotter (yeah, we’re threatening you weather). On the 3rd May, Skylight at Tobacco Dock will be reopening for another summer season, following it being home to the only rooftop ice rink last winter. The three floors will be filled with bars, street food, croquet, pétanque, DJs, live entertainment and big screens which will be showing […]

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Health & Wellness

London’s New 5* Spa

Right now, if we could choose where we could be, the Zen Colour Therapy Relaxation Area sounds like our sort of happy place, but like with most things in life, we’ll have to wait to be there. It’s part of the extensive renovation taking place at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London which includes a new spa opening at the end of May. The next-generation Spa at Mandarin Oriental, London has been redesigned by Adam D. Tihany and he’s taken his inspiration from traditional Chinese fashion and symbolism, to create a contemporary space that reflects nature, precious metals and harmony found […]

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Business & Careers

Invest In A Bar For The Price Of A Round

Have you always fancied owning a bar? Maybe not standing in front of the optics, changing the barrel and totting up the books at the end of the week, but rather as a silent partner, nodding to acknowledge the bar staff while someone pours your ‘usual’? Well, now you could. And for less than you’re thinking. The investment opportunity before you: Redemption Bar, the world’s healthiest bar restaurant serving vegan, sugar free and wheat free food with an alcohol-free bar. Yes, we know that an alcohol-free bar does sound somewhat miserable, but that’s because you’ve not been to Redemption; its […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Unfollow Nandos, Get Free Chicken Wings…

If you thought that Nandos was cheeky, that’s nothing, if you believed that KFC stood for anything other than Korean Fried Chicken then think again. Welcome to Wing Wing, the company giving away free chicken wings on the proviso that you unfriend Nandos and KFC on your social media. The Korean ‘Chimaek’ Korean Fried Chicken specialist has launched a campaign for today only to celebrate the launch of their Hammersmith restaurant and are offering to give half a dozen krispy Korean double fried wings when customers hold out their phones and unfollow KFC and Nandos on social media. Chimaek, a […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Creme De La Chef, Orrery’s Best Cooks Return For One Night Only

It’s a time of celebration for Orrery, which is celebrating its 21st birthday this year. For us humans our 21st is a rite of passage, you’ve finally grown up (supposedly), you’ve left the awkward teen years behind and you are making your own way in the world, wisely or not matter little. For restaurants however reaching 21 years is no coming of age shindig, but a hugely impressive feat. Orrery has been a stalwart at the heart of Marylebone since it arrived over two decades ago and it’s now time for us all to sit back and appreciate it in […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Pornstar Martini That Comes With An Actual Pornstar

What’s your ideal dinner party? Normally Nelson Mandela’s a given, let’s put him between Princess Di and Obama, and maybe seat Elvis across from Stephen Hawking, chat among yourselves while I go and check on the chilli… But at Absurd Bird they’ve got a different approach, why not instead eat chicken wings with a porn star? Given everyone on my list is dead, except Obama (and he’s not returning my calls), I’ve probably got to admit I’ve more chance of getting round a table with the porn star anyway. But well I might, she (or he) comes (ahem) with an […]

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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 […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

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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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

5 of London’s Top Restaurant Spin Offs

You may or may not have noticed, that a lot of top restaurants are opening smaller and often less expensive versions. More restaurants means there is more opportunity for people to sample and experience some of these wonderful places. Here the Handbook has picked out its top 5 that we think are worth checking out.

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Ravinder Bhogal Launches Vegan Dining at The Perception at W London

You might know chef Ravinder Bhogal from when she won the competition to find Britain’s new Fanny Cradock on Gordon Ramsay’s The F Word in 2007; you might know her from her Marylebone restaurant Jikoni or you might have her recipe book Cook in Boots. Or if you don’t know her at all, you can head to The Perception at W London for their new dining series as they are collaborating with Bhogal to create her first entirely vegan menu. Available until the end of June, the menu will include the likes of besan fritters with coconut yoghurt and curry […]

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