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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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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 […]

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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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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

What Happens Late At Night At The Ivy?

The Ivy, London's iconic restaurant, has launched a series of 'lates'

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

There’s a New Gin Festival Coming to London

Wandsworth: home to The Handbook HQ, but more importantly (and there aren’t many things that are more important than us), home to a new gin festival from the guys at The Gin Society. Taking place on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th March, there’ll be over 120 different gins from all around the world to try, including a wide range of new craft fruit gins, sloe gin and prosecco fizz. Over at the Guest Bar, you’ll be able to learn facts (and fibs) about how Londoners became obsessed with gin during the gin craze as well as trying new and more […]

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Openings & Launches

West Hampstead’s New Neighbourhood Restaurant

Let’s start Tuesday with a fact, Hām is the Old English word for home. It’s also the name of the new West Hampstead neighbourhood restaurant opening next month by friends Rose Tuckey and David Houten. Head Chef Matt Osborne, (Toasted, The Ledbury, Terroirs, The Other Naughty Piglets and Salon) will be cooking up a menu that champions produce from small British famers and artisan suppliers, as well as reflecting his Australian background. Open for brunch, lunch and dinner, dishes will include crumpets with honeycomb, Westcomb ricotta and pear and Bircher muesli, almonds with Hurdlebrook yoghurt and rhubarb; whilst in the […]

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Marylebone’s Latest Restaurant Is The Ideal Gastro Pub

What: There’s something troubling me about The Coachmakers Arms in Marylebone. It’s nothing major, but should there be an apostrophe? Are they the arms of a coachmaker? Or the arms of the all coachmakers? Or perhaps it’s not possessive at all? It doesn’t really matter, but you’ll have plenty of time to ponder it while you wait to be served, and it’s better than constantly glancing at your watch. But once the food does arrive, the only grammatical question to ponder is where to put a semi-colon or a comma in ‘this food is fantastic; definitely worth the unusually long […]

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Le Bab Founders Open 2nd Restaurant

Le Bab, the restaurant that made it acceptable to eat kebab before 11pm has announce that they’ll be opening a new Covent Garden restaurant, Maison Bab. Sticking with what they know best, Maison Bab will be a modern kebab house with a bar and hidden 10-seater chef’s table restaurant. Founders, Stephen Tozer and Ed Brunet, are joining forces with Le Bab head chef, Manu Canales Garces to introduce more punchy, bold flavour combinations to the kebab menu. All under £10, which is rather nice, you’ll find the onglet kebab with fresh green peppercorn mayo and dressed watercress and if you […]

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We Review: Santa Maria Fitzrovia

What? The award-winning pizzeria, that started life off in a teeny tiny site in Ealing, has now made it to the magic number with the launch of their third restaurant, Santa Maria Fitzrovia. New? Brand, spanking, can still smell the paint, new. Following on from a two-week soft launch, they officially opened on Valentine’s Day. Wise move, seeing as for most of us, pizza is our true bae. Where? For their third site they’ve chosen their most central location, New Cavendish Street: Santa Maria, 160 New Cavendish Street, Fitzrovia, W1W 6YR www.santamariapizzeria.com The Look: Taking its inspiration from the Italian […]

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Dip in Brilliant: Chelsea’s New Punjabi Restaurant

The Prince of Wales, Tina Turner and Kevin Costner all walk into a restaurant…it’s Brilliant, the iconic Southall restaurant. The restaurant that opened back in 1975 by culinary star Dipna Anand’s family. Now, 43 years later and it’s Dipna Anand’s turn to open her first solo restaurant, Dip in Brilliant. Opening today in Chelsea, Dip in Brilliant is a relaxed Punjabi café with a menu that gives a nod to the Brilliant brand. Dishes include chicken tikka masala, papri chaat, tandoori mix grill and biryanis There’ll also be original recipes from the first Brilliant restaurant that Dipna’s grandfather, Bishen Dass, […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Woman Making African Cuisine Mainstream

French cooking is almost ubiquitous, French chefs and menus dominate any list of London’s top restaurants. And it’s not that we’re unadventurous and only willing to try the cuisine of the country next door, Indian curries are practically a British national dish. But when it comes to African food, we simply haven’t ‘got it’ yet. Which is where Zoe Adjonyoh comes in. Adjonyoh founded Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen with the intention of bringing African food and culture to the masses. Eight years after she began evangelising in the form of a string of sell-out supper clubs, a hugely successful popup at […]

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