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Cabaret, Comedy and Live Music at Zedel

Most Londoners associate Piccadilly Circus with noise, crowds and street performers, and whilst they’re not wrong, there is a hidden gem tucked below said street performers – one of London’s most intimate, glamorous and exciting live performance venues: Crazy Coqs. With a constantly jam-packed programme of events you can pull up a Parisian cafe-style seat and feast your eyes on everything from cabaret, live music and theatre to comedy and engaging conservations, which take place nightly. The Handbook visited during the London Jazz Festival and combined two of our favourite things in an evening; food and music, with none other […]

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Chop & Chip Opens in Camden Market

Back in 2013, friends Marcus and Fergus founded Chop & Chip. They’ve spent the last couple of years serving up street food in their 1972 Airstream van ‘Big Bertha’ and today they are launching their first permanent site. Opening in Camden Market, the concept is simple, as the name suggests it’s all about chops. Choose from either The Flock (two lamb chops) or The Porky (one large pork chop) and then choose a seasoning. These include mild lemon and herb, classic BBQ and if you’re after spicy then there is the Bit of a Kick, Lip Tingler and Screamer. If […]

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11 Venues For a Christmas Party With a Difference

So you’ve been told that you need to book the Christmas party but they want something a bit different, your mind fills with dread when you think about the team building activities you’ve had to do in years gone by. Well, put all notions of trust exercises out of your mind because when we talk about something a bit different, we’re talking about beach parties in Mayfair, acrobatics performances whilst you eat, learning how to play blackjack and playing golf like never before. You have this party planning sorted.

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Christmas at The Savoy

Iconic hotel The Savoy will be transformed into a frozen fantasia this Christmas, inspired by luxury jewellery brand Boodles, complete with a 15ft tree, an ice rink and a Louis Roederer Champagne bauble installation…quite the Christmas celebration. The magnificent tree will be adorned with bespoke decorations inspired by some of Boodles most iconic designs – the tree will be covered in mirrored deco squares and rectangles, in their signature pink tones, whilst the hotel itself will be adorned with ice and diamond inspired decorations. The Savoy’s floral design team are set to work overnight, giving the guests a wintry surprise […]

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Poetry Meets Gin at Beefeater’s Distillery

Creative juices will be in abundance this winter at Beefeater London’s Kennington Distillery with their series of cultural and creative events, known as The London Tonic Series. The first of the events will be a spoken word with celebrated poet and musician Joshua Idehen; it’s fitting that gin was the favoured tipple of literary heroes of the past. The distillery is set to be transformed into a speakeasy, in the truest sense of the word. Idehen will be reciting verses in his signature style, while attendees will be given different gins and bespoke literary cocktails. Sure, we all turn into […]

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The Kitty Hawk: Department Store of Dining

Today sees the opening of The Kitty Hawk – the first venture from the Wright & Bell group, a new restaurant which is being labelled as a department store of dining. Why? Because it has everything you need right one under one roof. Clever. Start the day with breakfast at the coffee bar and patisserie or head there for lunch whilst catching up on some work. In the evening, the space will transform into a wine bar; there’ll be light bites, cocktails and craft ales and flatbreads served next to the open kitchen. Downstairs the restaurant will offer fine dining, […]

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Flavour Garden: Your New Lunch Spot

Organic, sustainable and ethically sourced. These are words we all like to hear when it comes to our food, if anything, at least it makes us feel better about ourselves! While it’s often difficult to guarantee your food checks these boxes elsewhere, you’ve got nothing to worry about at Flavour Garden. Serving food all day, the restaurant boasts a menu full of natural food, from açaí or yoghurt bowls in the morning, to salads such as teriyaki salmon, kale, beet and edamame at lunch. The dinner menu offers sharing platters and boards; no one could turn down the cheese platter […]

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London’s Best Lunch Deliveries

Let’s not beat about the bush – after home time, lunch time is the best part of any working day. You get in, get your coffee, check your emails and then start thinking about what you’re going to eat, clock watching until it’s an acceptable time to head to the kitchen. If you’re bored of your nearby lunch options, haven’t got round to prepping or just want something a little more exciting then check out these top lunch delivery options. Lunch al desko has never been so delicious… Motu Based in Battersea, Motu serve up indulgent, home style Indian food […]

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Corazón: Mexican Comfort Food

Winter is the time for comfort food.  It’s just a fact of life and this month a new kind of hearty food is coming to Poland Street in the form of Corazón taqueria, it’s serving up Mexican comfort food inspired by Mexico City’s Condesa neighbourhood. Created by Laura Sheffield, (a Texan who has been in London for over ten years managing places like The Riding House Café), Corazón will be focusing on a selection of ten signature tacos and daily specials. Taco fillings include the likes of chorizo verde (house made green chorizo, confit onions and salsa verde); duck carnitas […]

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18 Restaurants To Book Now For Christmas

Not that we need an excuse to eat, but if we did then Christmas would be a good one. The time of the year (along with Easter, Valentine’s Day, Pancake Day et al) when no one is going to bat an eyelid if you eat enough for a small country. So if you’re going to eat a lot, you want to eat properly – we’ve rounded up some of our favourite Christmas menus from across the capital this year, so that when you plan your party you get the best. The Arch London What: Lavish Winter Wonderland Package Why: Being […]

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