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Bang Bang Oriental: London’s Biggest Asian Foodhall

Fancy a Chinese? Fancy 20 Chineses? If you enjoy your pan-Asian cuisine then Bang Bang Oriental is going to float your junk, with over 20 restaurants under one roof. This Wembley-based Asian version of Borough Market combines the best of Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Indian, Vietnamese, Taiwanese and Malaysian cuisines to provide an exciting new eating experience in North London. The hub of this development is the Golden Dragon, the so-called ‘flagship’ restaurant with 300 covers offering dimsum lunches and an extensive Chinese menu in the evenings. Surrounding this centrepiece there are more food types than you could count on your abacus, […]

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Get Ready for Bubbledogs’ Hot Dog Challenge

Gear up for some hot hotdoggery down at bubbledogs this September. To celebrate their 5th birthday our favourite (slightly biased as it is the only one) champagne-and-hotdog venue will be running their Hot Dog Challenge, an annual competition that sees a slew of the UK’s finest chefs go head-to-head in blind tastings to find out who will be top dog of hot dogs. The winning creation will be given a month-long residency on the bubbledogs menu at their Fiztrovia restaurant with £1 each sale going to the Red Cross and Action Against Hunger. With more star (and Michelin starred) chefs […]

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Jacob The Angel: A Coffee House from The Palomar Team

Before Starbucks and Costa there was Jacob. Around 500 years before. Jacob (his surname is lost to history) opened the first coffee shop in England in 1651 and is honoured by the latest arrival at Seven Dials, Jacob The Angel. This unique coffee shop and takeaway opens on 30th August and looks like it will be as heavenly as the name suggests – because Jacob, let’s be honest was a true hero for bringing us the coffee shop. With just 13 seats, the intimate coffee joint will sell sandwiches, pastries and snacks alongside their high-quality coffee -they’re working with the award-winning Square […]

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Brixton Favourite, Salon, ReOpens

Undisputed star of Brixton Market, Salon, has been conspicuously closed for the last couple weeks. Fear not, market-goer, Nicholas Balfe’s award winning restaurant and brunch-stop is only regenerating and will be back with an updated and improved version on 1st September. We can’t wait. The upstairs dining room has been transformed, thanks to architects HH+ and interior experts Fitch (responsible for some of our favourite venues including Hackney’s Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town and The Goat in Chelsea). Expect to see their inimitable style create something equally unique at Salon. We’ve been promised marine blue walls, beautiful banquette seating made from reclaimed timbers and grey upholstery and, excitingly, a wine […]

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Voodoo Ray’s Bring 22″ Pizza to Peckham

Next month, Voodoo Ray’s is making a pretty big leap, they’re making the jump from north of the river, all the way down south to Peckham. Why? To open their fourth site. It’s going to be their biggest shop yet with around 80 covers and with it comes their NYC-inspired pizzas which are pretty giant in pizza terms coming in at 22”. You can get it by the slice too, but impressive if you can find your inner Bruce Bogtrotter and eat it all – they do have names such as Porky’s and King Tubby so you might as well […]

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The Cheese Bar’s Charity Grilled Cheese Contest

If we told you it was possible to eat cheese, and a lot of it, for charity, would you believe us? Probably not. Well, you’d better believe it because this September Mathew Carver, founder of the beloved Cheese Bar, will be honouring the grilled cheese in aid of Help Refugees UK. Mathew’s invited 5 chefs from some of London’s favourite restaurants to put their signature stamp on the grilled cheese, each competing against each other for a chance to be crowned the grilled cheese champion. The competitors will be Josh Katz and Mattia Bianchi from Berber & Q, Harneet Baweja […]

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Wanderlust 108: The World’s Only Mindful Triathlon

Ever fancied doing a triathlon but found the prospect too daunting? We can relate. It takes some serious hard work, and well, maybe we just enjoy Sunday brunch a little too much. Enter: Wanderlust. They produce the largest yoga lifestyle events in the world, and they’ll be bringing Wanderlust 108 to Victoria Park this September. Wanderlust 108 is the world’s only ‘mindful triathlon’, and for us average folk, the only doable one! The signature triathlon involves a 5k run (or walk), a 90 minute outdoor yoga class and a guided meditation – see what we mean! Triathletes will also be […]

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Duo Behind Gunpowder Open Gul and Sepoy

They say three is the magic number and for Harneet and Devina Baweja, this autumn they’ll reach that number as they open their third restaurant, Gul and Sepoy. If you don’t recognise their names then you’ll definitely know their restaurants – the very Gunpowder and Madame D’s. This new restaurant will bring together the royal flavours of Northern India with the more relaxed vibe of the South Western Indian coastline. The name refers to the sections of the menu – on the Gul side you’ll find dishes that echo the age-old banquets of the palaces in North Western India. You’ll […]

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What to do This Bank Holiday Weekend: 25th – 28th August

August bank holiday can be summed up in a few words: feathers, glitter and street beer. Yep, it’s Carnival weekend. But apart from Carnival, there’s so much else going on in London, from canal-side parties to treasure hunts at museums. The weekend doesn’t just have to revolve around Notting Hill. It’s a three day weekend and we’re not getting another for a while, so make the most of it. Here’re some of the best things, apart from Carnival, going on this weekend.

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Burger Freakshakes Are Now a Reality

If you thought the freakshake trend was over, you thought wrong. But let’s be honest, there really is no greater indulgence, so if you ask us, the trend is welcome to stay. Of course, sometimes the sugar can just get too much, but what if we told you there was a solution to that? What if we told you Heliot Steak House has created balanced (if you can call them balanced) freakshakes, consisting of both sweet and savoury elements? Savoury? Well, it’s no secret burgers and milkshakes are a match made in heaven, so Heliot Steak House has this wonderful […]

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Restaurant Tech Live Comes to London

If you work in the restaurant and bar industry then you need to check out Restaurant Tech Live. Coming to ExCel, London in September its Europe’s largest exhibition dedicated to the emerging technology and services that are redefining the food and drink world and keeping London at the forefront of this scene. Whilst at The Handbook we tend to tell you just about the fun stuff, the bottomless brunches and the secret parties, it’s easy to forget all the logistics and technology that goes into making these places run. At the show, spread out across six conference halls will be […]

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The Pilgrm: Paddington’s New Hotel

Continuing the year of the hotel, this autumn will see the opening of The Pilgrm (yes, it is spelled that way, that’s not just us making a continuous mistake) a new hotel opening in Paddington’s Norfolk Square. The work of Jason Catifeoglou (myhotels group, IHG, The Zetter, Grain Store & The Zetter Townhouses), Andreas Thrasyvoulou (myhotels group) and Steph Thrasyvoulou, the 73-bedroom hotel is said to be a reinterpretation of the traditional hotel (could be why they chose the edgy spelling). You’ll check in online before you’ve arrived so you won’t find a reception desk, instead you’ll find a ground […]

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