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No 197 Chiswick Fire Station: New Neighbourhood Favourite

What’s in a name? Sometimes not a lot really. Take Sexy Fish for example; doesn’t reveal a lot. So actually it’s refreshing when venues skip the fuss and keep things simple. Especially when the name reflects the feel, aesthetic and ethos of the place.  Enter No 197 Chiswick Fire Station, the fourth venue from independent bar group Darwin & Wallace. The people behind No 11 Pimlico Road, No 32 The Old Town, Clapham and, most recently, Richmond’s No 1 Duke Street have stayed West and are opening the new all-day bar and restaurant in Chiswick at the end of the […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Mira Manek Supper Club at 108 Pantry

Everyone loves a good curry, but with summer fast-approaching, suddenly the thought of heavy foods rapidly loses its appeal. We all want to be beach-body ready, but then again; curry. Some like it hot (some not), but whatever your preference, it’s at this time of year a good old take-away really starts to take its toll. But what if you could enjoy your favourite cuisine without the guilt? Luckily for you, Indian-cooking goddess, Mira Manek makes this possible for a one-night supper club experience at 108 Pantry, Marylebone. Serving up an incredible vegetarian, gluten- and dairy-free nine course Indian feast, Manek is […]

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8 of the Best New Brunches

If you’re almost certain you’ve drunk every restaurant dry of their bottomless Bellinis and any shortage in London’s supply of hollandaise sauce is single-handedly down to you then you’ll be wanting somewhere new to try for brunch. Without further ado, we present to you The Handbook’s round-up of the newest brunches to come to London – some are totally new venues and others are at much-loved restaurants finally jumping on the brunch bandwagon to offer their own take on eggs, bacon and avo.

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Openings & Launches

Farmer J: Healthy Lunches, Fast

London’s most exciting new restaurants tend to be places to save for a Friday night drink, smart weekend lunch or mid-week dinner but Farmer J, opening on the 9th May, will be somewhere for you to add to your working lunch hit-list. Out with the meal deals and in with hearty, filling and imaginative weekday fuel. Farmer J will specialise in field trays; chargrilled meat, fish, vegetables and grains in what resembles a nutritionists’ dream meal. If food on a tray makes you think of McDonalds, school dinners or something in between then think again – roasted Mediterranean vegetables, Harissa […]

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The Best of British: This Week’s Patriotic Celebrations

As you’re well aware by now, this year marks Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday – a seriously impressive milestone even before you consider her action-packed schedule. With St George’s Day on Saturday 23rd April and Queen Elizabeth’s birthday 2 days before (the 21st) we have rounded up the most patriotic offerings in London so you can eat, drink and sleep like royalty.

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

London’s First Ever Falafel Festival

How has it taken this long for one of our favourite foods to have a whole festival dedicated to it? We’ve seen coffee festivals, wine festivals, garlic festivals (Isle of Wight), chilli festivals (Dorset) and a real life sausage festival – thank you, Lincolnshire – but now it’s time for the humble falafel to shine. Hosted by the rather unglamorous sounding Global Pulse Confederation along with the guy behind London Pizza Festival and BurgerMonday, London Falafel Festival is coming to Borough Market on Sunday 1st May and you get to have your say. Four competitors are flying over especially for […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

8 Places to Get Your Caffeine Fix

London is fuelled by a passive-aggressive charge that gets us through the commute, cocktails that get us through the evening and a hopeful optimism that the weekend is in sight from Wednesday. At the top of that though, the saviour of our day is of course coffee. Londoners know good coffee. Since the days of coffee houses where news, business and politics were discussed, coffee has been a vital part of London and with it being Coffee Week (16th -22nd April), we’ve rounded up some of the bests places you have to visit for your caffeine fix:

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The Gin Bar Opens: Over 14,000 Different G&Ts

We don’t need to tell you how much Londoners love gin – that one is a given. What we can tell you though is that you should forget the places which claim to have the largest gin selection in London because from next Monday that title will go to the Holborn Dining Room at Rosewood London with the launch of their Gin Bar. With a British emphasis to the restaurant in general, it only seems fitting that their next spirit offering embodies a very British love and so the walls will be adorned with 400 different gins. Yes, 400.  The […]

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How to Live Like a Local in: Peckham

It’s been up-and-coming forever, but it’s true: Peckham is a great place to live. A lively restaurant scene, plenty of unique and quirky bars, and a community-focused high-street full of independent shops give Peckham a real buzz. Despite growing popularity, Peckham has managed to keep its individuality, which is good news for locals and visitors alike. But since Peckham is low-key, you might not know about the very best places to eat, drink and be merry. Here’s our definitive list, revealing how the locals do it in Peckham.

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Jazz Fridays at The Savoy

Get your jazz hands at the ready (or not) as The Savoy has recently launched Jazz Fridays, a new weekly evening of musical entertainment in the Thames Foyer.  Guests can be serenaded by Nicola Emmanuelle who will be bringing her own contemporary style to the sounds of the original jazz pioneers of the 30s, 40s and 50s. Head over every Friday at 8pm to catch her with a live pianist until 11pm to enjoy the sounds of Nicole’s South African and classical jazz fusion performances. You can stop off in the Foyer for drinks, dinner or dessert and cocktail pairings […]

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Roba: All About the Grill

Paddington might not strike you immediately as a foodie destination, you’re more likely to associate it with Pret wraps before a train journey or at a push marmalade sandwiches thanks to a certain little bear, but more restaurants are opening there and today you can add a new name to your Paddington restaurant list: Roba. It’s named after the Robata Grill so naturally the grill section is going to be the star of the show. Meat is sourced from Scotland and aged-in house and includes the likes of 48-day aged sirloin and rib eye steaks, organic lamb chops, corn-fed chicken […]

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Social Pantry’s Sipper Club

No our title doesn’t have a spelling mistake… Social Pantry have joined forces with Handbook favourites, Sipsmith Gin, to host an evening of food and Sipsmith gin cocktails. So you see what they’ve done with the title now?  Taking place on the 14th April at Social Pantry’s café in Lavender Hill the sipper club is a must for any gin aficionado and if people’s Instagram/Twitter/Happn/Bumble bios are anything to go by that is pretty much the whole of the London population.  The menu created by Social Pantry founder Alex Head will feature dishes such as gin and juniper cured salmon […]

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