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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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Smokey Tails Heads to Hoxton

We always like welcome homes and this month sees the return of ‘beats and eats’ pop-up Smokey Tails and here at The Handbook we’re waiting with open arms. After taking a tour around Melbourne, Sydney, Miami and Amsterdam, DJ Seth Troxler, Jo Vidler (Wilderness Festival Co-founder) and Jona Ahearne (flavour technician) are back and this time they are here to stay as they set up camp with a permanent residency at Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen. The 64 cover restaurant will be serving up lazy lunches and Midwest weekend brunches of hearty family food and killer sides, the sort of […]

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Tom Sellers Opens Restaurant Ours

His website says ‘just the guy who cooks the food’ but what food it is, his first restaurant, Restaurant Story received its first Michelin star just five months after it opened – impressive.  We are of course talking about Tom Sellers and this month will see the opening of Restaurant Ours on Brompton Road. The 120 seat restaurant will be occupying the site that was once The Collection, a vast, dramatic space with a mezzanine level and one of the longest bars in London, but all hidden behind a rather unassuming door.  Whilst details are still under wraps what we […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The London Cabaret Club Takes on British Pop

See any pop star perform and chances are the stage will be alight with sequins, feathers, spotlights and lots of skin. Go to a cabaret show and it’s the same kind of story. Combine the two and… yep, same thing again. Except when The London Cabaret Club presents The Best British of Pop, the cast of world-class cabaret performers will be unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.  The London Cabaret Club’s summer programme is taken over by the golden age of pop music. Five decades of music will come alive with mesmerising performances (singers, dancers and other ‘acts’) that will […]

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Banh Banh: Finds a Home in Peckham

Banh Banh is a combination of three things we love: Peckham, Vietnamese cuisine and Grandma’s cooking (very much depends on your Grandma’s cooking) and soon they’ll be launching their first restaurant which follows on from a residency at the Bussey Building. The first thing in the trio is Peckham. The Nguyens (the five siblings who run Banh Banh) grew up in the area which is quickly becoming one of London’s most exciting foodie destinations so it seemed only right that they opened their restaurant there. Next up is the fact that it’s Vietnamese cuisine; we all know that Londoners can’t […]

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London’s Most Unusual Watering Hole

Baths are very divisive; there are those who swear by them, those who hate them, and very little in between. I personally have never been a fan but if my bath was to be converted into a bar, the game would most certainly be changed and I reckon you’d have a hard time getting me out of it. London’s converted bath house is now home to By Appointment Only, the latest bar concept by Camm and Hooper, who have aimed to create a bar which will fascinate themselves as well as their fellow consumers. Elegant decanters will display in-house spirit infusions […]

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The Queen’s 90th Birthday Tea At The Goring

1926 was an eventful year. A quick search will tell you that it was the year Winnie The Pooh was first published, the year the television was first demonstrated to the public and the year the great illusionist Harry Houdini sadly passed away. For a vast majority of people, these events happened long before we were born, but HRH Queen Elizabeth is not one of those people. 90 years ago this year, the Royal Family were blessed with Queen Elizabeth II and the nation are coming together to celebrate in a variety of typically British ways… and The Goring hotel […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

8 of the Best Family Friendly Restaurants

If white tablecloths and quiet, civilised conversation fill you with dread then check out our guide to some of the best family-friendly restaurants in London – FAR more exciting than colouring pencils and a mini chef’s hat. And because we are calling them ‘family’-friendly and not just ‘child’-friendly, you won’t mind eating there either.

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Heist Bank: Pizza and Flowers

The weather might be being rather temperamental at the moment but spring is definitely on the way – don’t quote us on that and with that comes a restaurant full of fresh flowers, Heist Bank. So the name might conjure up images of a slick city cocktail bar, all steel greys and dark corners but actually it’s going to be a communal, all-day dining hangout on the edges of Paddington’s canal; the sort of place to have long lazy brunches, drop in for lunch at the weekend or throw a party. Pizzas are going to be the order of the […]

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April Pop-ups and Supper Clubs

If you like avocados, salt beef, pizza, afternoon tea or wine then you’re going to love the pop-ups happening this month. Take a date to Venice, spend evenings in a French wine garden, travel back to the 60s to attend an East End wedding party and celebrate Thai new year – it’s set to be a good April!

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Boulestin’s New Menu

Boulestin’s Head Chef, Elliot Spurdle is a force to be reckoned with, especially given the fact that he is just 23. Most of us at that age have probably mastered cheese on toast and perhaps a good Bolognese, but the French restaurant’s new five course tasting menu showcases just how good Spurdle is. The evening menu which launches on the 12th April will feature dishes such as miso-glazed quail breasts with a spiced coconut emulsion; confit of egg yolk, wild mushroom consommé, wild asparagus, salt baked celeriac with truffles and grilled octopus with rhubarb, blood orange, beetroot and watercress. Of […]

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Black Roe: Poke Bar & Grill Opens

Welcome back to the working week! Don’t be too blue about it, at least this is another four day week (really sorry if you worked over the Bank Holiday or are working this weekend) and today is the opening of a new Mayfair restaurant backed by the Kurt Zdesar, owner of Soho’s Chotto Matte. Black Roe a Poke Bar & Grill opening on the Mill Street, will be serving up Pacific Rim cuisine with the Poke bar taking centre stage. It’s here that you’ll find raw fish with a Pacific slant, specifically Poke, a Hawaiian marinated raw fish dish as […]

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