BACK TO Lifestyle

Food

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Tired of Christmas Food? Try These…

Yes, Christmas is all about turkey and all the trimmings but if you want to save the main event for the big day or you’ve already been on such a mince pie bender that you need a break, then we’ve rounded up some of the best alternative Christmas dishes on offer in London, from burgers to Goan quail. The turkey can wait… Chi Kitchen Ping Coombes, Masterchef champion of 2014, and founder of Chi Kitchen, has put her Malaysian touch on a Christmas lunch. Dishes from her festive menu include sweet potato with mixed berry mayonnaise; egg fried rice with […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Michelin-starred Dining… in a Floating Garden

If you’ve ever dreamed of having a Michelin-starred meal on a floating garden, your dreams have come true. In September this year, Farmolopolis launched their café, rehoming all the plants leftover form RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Soon after their launch, they announced their Floating Table series; they’ve collaborated with some of London’s top chefs to bring you a number of supper clubs. Their newest announcements are Atul Kochhar of Benares, Freddy Money of Paco Roncero and Spain’s El Bulli (consistently voted best restaurant in the world before it closed 5 years ago), and finally Andrew Clarke of the highly anticipated […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

9 Festive Winter Rooftops

Al fresco drinking isn’t just for summer, it’s for life. Just because the temperatures are dipping and we now can’t leave the house without multiple layers doesn’t mean that we can’t make the most of being outside still. All you need is a blanket, a mug of mulled wine and you’re good to go. Here are 9 festive winter rooftop and terraces that will make you want to embrace the night air. 

Read more

WIN!

It's free to enter our competitions + you can win amazing prizes!

Win A Family Trip To Disneyland® Paris With Staycity Aparthotels

Open until 18th October 2019

On September 3rd 2019 the award-winning Staycity Aparthotels opened its first ever resort-style property in France, Paris Marne La Vallée – just five minutes from Disneyland® Paris.

Click to read for answer

What is the first name of Disney's founder?

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
By entering your email you agree that you are happy for us to email you with other competitions, offers and Handbook news
Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Gaucho’s Boxing Day Brunch

Just like Christmas Day, Boxing Day has its traditions. We gorge on sandwiches made from leftovers and all those chocolate boxes we got from family members who didn’t know what to get us. This is also done from the comfort of our favourite spot on the sofa; but this year may well be the year for leaving tradition for a while – it has been a rollercoaster of a year anyway – because Gaucho are continuing the festivities with their Boxing Day brunch. The menu has been designed so diners can order any dish as many times as they like, […]

Read more

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Cult Christmas Movies Debut at Boxpark

Christmas = family, food and films. There really is nothing more joyous than settling down to a classic Christmas film with a plate piled high full of good food, surrounded by your loved ones. This festive season, Big Screen Beach Events are taking over Boxpark Croydon, hosting a 3 day indoor film screening event. They’ll be kicking off the event with a screening of Polar Express, a heartwarming tale detailing a young boy’s adventurous journey to the North Pole. The following day will see the screening of old time classic Home Alone – a synopsis is hardly necessary. Finally, the […]

Openings & Launches

The Cheese Bar: The Cheese Truck Goes Permanent

If we had to choose a favourite ice cream van in London (when we would have to make this choice, we aren’t sure, but let’s say we did) we would choose the 1970’s dream Alfie, which in 2014 decided that it was no longer going to be an ice cream van, but was going to be instead The Cheese Truck and with that London street food scene found its game changer. Created by Mathew Carver, The Cheese Truck does what it says on the tin it champions the best British cheese with its food porn – aka grilled cheese sandwiches […]

Read more

Become An Insider

Want free instant access to secret locations, exclusive parties, the latest openings and much more!

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The World’s Most Expensive Mulled Wine

Nowadays, Alpine retreats aren’t as far away as the Alps; the courtyard at Hush Mayfair has been transformed into an après lodge – perfect for those who enjoy the après but can’t ski to save their lives! The courtyard has been decorated with vintage skis and sleds, fairy lights and temperatures are kept high with the blankets and hot water bottles. No Alpine lodge is complete without food in abundance so feast on mountainside favourites like onion soup with gruyere croutons or chicken schnitzel with spaghetti tomato. There’ll also be ‘petit plates’ available like croque monsieur served with Aspen fries, […]

Read more

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Seedlip Dry January Takeover

Oh January, that month full of promise. With our best intentions we head to the gym, clutching our green smoothies, but sooner or later, temptation wins – it’s an all too familiar cycle. Enter Seedlip, masters of distilled non-alcoholic spirits. They’ll be taking over The Bloomsbury Club Bar for three days in January, hosting a dry January event, keeping that temptation at bay. Guests will be treated to a dry January cocktail menu, which boasts drinks such as the Espreseedlip Martini, composed of Seedlip-infused coffee, almond milk, cocoa nibs and gomme syrup; and the signature Seedlip and Tonic, composed of […]

Read more

Openings & Launches

Disrepute: Soho’s New Members’ Bar

If you were a discerning gentleman or lady about town in the 60s and you were up for a night of debauchery, hedonism and perhaps a little scandal, then you’d have headed to The Pinstripe Club – but now the infamous 60s haunt has been sold and in its place, opens a new Soho members’ bar: Disrepute. The team behind it are the guys from Sovereign Loss (Chris Dennis and Joe St Clair-Ford) and the Barrio family (Ferdie Ahmed and Ani Kyriacou) so embracing London’s current cocktail culture is going to be the order of the day. The drinks menu […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

My London: The Wright Brothers’ Top 5 Places for Seafood

Back in 2002, brothers in law Ben Wright and Robin Hancock aka The Wright Brothers set about trying to reinstall the popularity of oysters – molluscs had, after all, been a staple London street food for years before they suddenly became the preserve of the wealthy elite. The seafood specialists now supply over 200 of London’s finest restaurants with a range of high-quality, sustainable oysters, fish and seafood and they have four restaurants in London – the Oyster & Porter House in Borough Market, Soho Oyster House, Spitalfields and South Kensington – so they’re doing pretty well with their aim! […]

Read more

View in full-screen
Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The 12 Cocktails of Christmas at The Balcon

This festive season, celebrate the 12 days of Christmas in cocktail form. The Balcon at Sofitel St James, plus 11 other hotels, have collaborated with FAIR spirits to bring you festive FAIR cocktails, to be enjoyed at some of the most luxurious hotels in London. The Balcon at Sofitel St James will be inviting guests to indulge in the Five Golden Rings cocktail, made from FAIR gin, roots mastic spirit, bulgare tea spirit, lime juice, orange bitters and egg white – festive flavours aplenty. Each participating hotel has been assigned a day of the countdown period so for example the […]

Read more

Openings & Launches

Jimmy’s Diner at Queens Skate, Dine, Bowl: A Very British Diner

Jimmy. Carr? Fallon? Kimmel? Ok, ok, enough of the brunette comedians (although thinking about it, they all do look weirdly similar) and on to another Jimmy who makes us very happy: Jimmy Garcia, pop-up legend. Fresh from The Lodge in Clapham, Jimmy is taking charge of all things edible at the newly renovated Queens: Skate – Dine – Bowl in Queensway, West London, settling in to his first permanent central London home. Jimmy’s Diner, as it will be known, will provide respite to bowlers and skaters who are making the most of the 9,000ft2 indoor ice rink, 12 state of […]

Read more

  • * a company email is required to download this file
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.