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10 Blue Monday Deals To Make You Happy

Paul Kick start your morning and put a spring in your step with a single, takeaway espresso from PAUL for just £1!  www.paul-uk.com Cantina Laredo Hands up if you like tacos. Now hands up if you like free tacos. Cantina Laredo is going to be giving away 100 free tacos from 12pm. That’s what we’re taco-ing about. www.cantinalaredo.co.uk Bunga Bunga Battersea Pizza is always a way to make you feel better and it’s going to taste even better when you pay only £1 for it. All you have to do is head to Bunga Bunga Battersea, order any item off […]

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The Supper Club Opening Its First Permanent Restaurant in Fulham

Everyone loves a supper club, they’re intimate, special and a little bit underground-y. They’re also not a restaurant. So when a supper club achieves enough success to go professional and open a bricks-and-mortar place of their own, there’s always a little bit of you that’s worried it’ll ruin things, a bit like when your favourite indie band gets signed by a big label. Well thank goodness that Bistro Mirey isn’t like that, in fact we think it’ll be the making of them. After a series of successful supper clubs, including popping up at Cookoo N1 in Islington and The Charles […]

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Bone Daddies Comes To Nova Victoria

Who doesn’t love rock n roll and ramen? Admittedly this is not a famous combination, but am I right in saying no one is opposed, in fact everyone’s quite intrigued and excited about it. Bone Daddies is the restaurant responsible for bringing Japanese food to the forefront of the London food scene. Ross Shonhan was a man with a passion for Japenese food. He says “I want to challenge people’s perceptions of Japanese food… I want to make it accessible to everyone”, how does one do that? Jam on some old school rock n’ roll and watch the flocks descend. […]

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Mindful City: Laughter Yoga, Beyonce Barre and Meditation

Living in London is great, always something to do, always someone to see, always somewhere new to eat; but in the great rush that is London life we can also be left feeling drained and exhausted. This is when we need to take stock and practice self-care and mindfulness. After all our mental health is every bit as important as a physical health. D&D London’s latest campaign Mindful City, will see its London restaurants host a whole series of events, talks and workshops throughout January until the 11th February, all designed for us to slow down and appreciate ourselves and […]

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Openings & Launches

The Awesome New Hotel Coming To The City

In the fourteenth century, as now, traders were the top dogs in the Square Mile. But rather than sitting at dual screen monitors with multiple phones pressed against their heads, they were quite literally trading, and instead of investment banks it was the Livery Companies who controlled commerce. It is these Livery Companies, which still exist, that The City’s latest hotel celebrates. Vintry & Mercer is set to open in March and is named after the Vintners, who traded wine, and the Mercers, who traded fine fabrics. But while the hotel may pay homage to these ancient organisations, the hotel […]

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8 of the Best Bars to Visit During Dry January

Dry January, the first challenge of the year. If you’re attempting it, then hats off to you, if you manage it then we’re seriously impressed. London’s bars have rallied round those cutting back on the booze to create a whole host of cocktails that don’t have a drop of alcohol in them! Here are seven of the best, and one sort of but not really Dry January cocktails: Sherwood Forest Cocktail at The Savoy Last year The American Bar at The Savoy was winner of the World’s Best Bar, so you know that their mocktails are going to be on […]

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Death Of The Goat: Smoking Goat Closes

What’s that smell? It’s the smell of a dead goat. OK, steady on. Maybe that was a bit sinister, but it is a sad tale we have to tell. Ladies and gents the Smoking Goat is closing. Grab your hankies, a tissue box or the collar of the guy next to you, because the time has come to say goodbye.  The Smoking Goat has been a stalwart on Denmark street for three and a half years. Despite its humble beginnings  the little restaurant has grown to be a favourite amongst locals whilst also drawing many from other parts of the […]

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Dalston Japanese Hit Comes To Covent Garden

What’s the story of yakitori at Jidori? The team behind Jidori, the yakitori restaurant in Dalston, have started work on their new venue in Covent Garden. And what’s more, there’s going to be karaoke! Sign us right up, our’s will be a bowl of shiitake mushroom and Bohemian Rhapsody. Yakitori, the popular Japanese street food snack, has taken off out East, so it was only a matter of time before the craze swept into the West End. The new location, on Catherine Street, will see Head Chef Shunta Matsubara adding his unusual twist to yakitori over three floors. Owners Natalie […]

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Travel

10 Reasons To Visit Jersey This Spring

Jersey, the place so good they named a sweater after it. And a potato and a cow. Located just off the French coast, Jersey is the perfect island break, a fantastic combination of food and drink, stunning views and awesome people. The ideal place to leave London behind, and embrace a way of life you’ve been longing for. And it can all be done in a weekend. It’s Closer Than You Think It’s quicker to get to Jersey than it is to visit my closest IKEA. At 40 minutes from Gatwick it’s a short easyJet hop across The Channel and […]

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Kazu: Sushi and Sake in Fitzrovia

Since Fitzrovia had its food renaissance a couple of years ago, the restaurants have kept flocking there and the next to open is Kazu, a new contemporary Japanese restaurant. In the kitchen, you’ll find Executive Chef and partner, Dham Kodituwakku who has spent the last fifteen years working as head chef at Chisou in Mayfair. He’ll be serving up a menu of sushi and sashimi as well as dishes such as seared fatty tuna with pickled wasabi; wagyu beef steak; deep fried soft- shell crab sushi rolls and black cod with miso. Accompanying it will be sakes, spirits and an […]

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Bespoke Hampers From London’s Iconic Deli

Happiness for The Handbook is, not surprisingly, food. When it comes to Christmas if you don’t know what to get us, then hampers get us giddy. Not that we’re hinting…of course not. If, however, you were looking to buy someone a hamper than let us introduce you to Panzer’s Deli. If you live in St John’s Wood then chances are you know it, it’s been open since 1944 after all. In that time, it’s grown a loyal following with many celebrities dropping in (Yotam Ottolenghi and Nigella Lawson are said to be regulars) for their smoked salmon and bagels which […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Fairytale Cocktails At Sofitel

If it is the season to be jolly then it is absolutely the season where one should be imbibing copious amounts of drink, and festive ones at that. Any excuse to give our favourite liquors and cocktails a makeover and the bars are jumping at the chance. Why, because a) they can somehow charge a lot more if they somehow manage to put a mini Christmas tree in our gin and tonics, and b) who wouldn’t want a mini Christmas tree in their gin and tonic? Not only can we feel the festive spirit tickling our noses with every sip, […]

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