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Best May Pop-Ups and Supperclubs

We’re not quite sure how it is May already but we’re not complaining, summer is on the horizon, we’ve just had a Bank Holiday weekend, there’s another still to come and it means that it is the start of whole new month of pop-ups and supper clubs! From the world’s largest Negroni bar to crazy golf and a forager’s feast here are the ones not to miss: 

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Ivy’s First Ever Breakfast

You may find it hard to believe that an institution as classic as The Ivy has never served the most classic English meal of all; breakfast. With The Ivy group in the last year growing almost as fast as the plant itself (there are currently five London restaurants with one in Wimbledon in the pipeline), you may have had truffled eggs at The Ivy Kensington Brasserie, croque madame at The Ivy Cafe Marylebone or honey and maple granola at The Ivy Market Grill but never any of the above at The Ivy. The West Street restaurant is launching its new […]

Openings & Launches

Chit Chaat Chai Opens in Wandsworth Town

Wandsworth Town is home to The Handbook HQ, England rugby players, yummy mummies, brilliant coffee and now the arrival of two new restaurants: Meatup, a bbq restaurant opening in June, and Chit Chaat Chai – an Indian street food restaurant which arrives today. The story starts with founders, Tania and Dhruv, not being able to find a good Bhel Poori. They wanted Indian food full of flavour and texture, the sort only found on a stall on the street – chaat. So, taking things into their own hands, they trawled the shops for the best ingredients, trialling out dishes on their […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Al Fresco Italian Rooftop Bar Opens for Summer

Summer in the city isn’t complete without whiling away the hours basking in the sun, a few floors above street level. If you are anything like us and head to the nearest rooftop bar as soon as the clock strikes 5.30pm, you’ll want one to stash away for when the snow (!) finally leaves us alone and lets us enjoy Spring. Opening on Sunday for the whole Summer, the rooftop at Bird of Smithfield is being transformed into a Milanese terrazza and the best bit? Complimentary Aperol Spritz’s for one and all. Free drinks aside, there are multiple reasons why the […]

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Awesome Afternoon Teas

John Whaite’s Right Royal Afternoon Tea

If afternoon tea is the pinnacle of Britishness, surely you’d want it as British as possible? A really Great British tea? One created by a winner of a really Great British competition? John Whaite, the 2012 winner of The Great British Bake Off (was it really four years ago?!) has created an afternoon tea for The Royal Horseguards Hotel, to honor the Queen’s 90th birthday. Expect tiered cake stands piled high with inventive yet traditional treats; choux buns are filled with an explosion of raspberry and rose, hazelnut and maple chocolate tarts resemble mini Ferrero Rochers and Victoria sponges come […]

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Two Big Reasons to Eat at Aqua Shard

If there was one thing that we could never tire of it would be eating at a restaurant with a view – give us a roof top, terrace or sky high dining any day. And arguably our favourite? Aqua Shard. Situated on the 31st and 32nd floor of the tallest building in London, you know it’s going to have spectacular views – it’s 310m if we’re going into details and the next biggest is One Canada Square which is 75m smaller, if you want even more information. Stunning views to one side, there is another reason that you need to […]

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Humble Grape: Fleet Street’s New Wine Bar

In 2009 James Dawson launched Humble Grape, a wine company specialising in handcrafted wines produced from small, independent vineyards, last year they opened their first bar and shop in Battersea and next month wine drinkers in the City (so pretty much everyone) can rejoice as they’re opening their second site on Fleet Street. Not just a wine shop, Humble Grape is also a 200 seat bar, events space, private dining room and wine cellar and you’ll be able to drink at the bar, attend tastings and wine maker dinners or just pick up a bottle to take home. Continuing the […]

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Awesome Afternoon Teas

7 of the Most Unusual Afternoon Teas

Afternoon tea is an English tradition: every day tourists and Londoners alike flock to institutions like Claridge’s, Browns and The Ritz to experience the dainty finger sandwiches, warm, fluffy scones and elegant pastries, all presented on a classic three-tiered tea tray. But a few London restaurants have decided to switch things up a bit and offer an unusual spin on the staple sweet treat. Here are our favourites:

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Bites & Bones Launches at Bluebird

Brunch is a great option no matter what but it’s especially useful after a night out when you’re feeling a bit rough – and ruff. Of course you need your friend there, but we don’t mean any friend, we mean man’s best friend , as this spring, popular Chelsea restaurant, Bluebird is launching ‘Bites and Bones’, a three-course canine brunch every day from 12pm featuring treats that will have your pup wagging his tail with delight. This means you can take your doggy friend with out for healthy and nutritious dishes whilst you dine on some human treats from the […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

New Season Supper Club

If you haven’t been to a supperclub yet this year then you are missing out. 2016’s take on the pop-up, there’s something exciting about dining with strangers (and potential new friends) sampling more creative food than you could expect in a restaurant. But if the thought of dinner in a complete strangers dining room is a little too much to handle for your first supper club experience, make a compromise and try a supper club… in a restaurant. Chef of the moment, Cat Ashton is continuing with her series of in-demand supper clubs at Paradise by Way of Kensal Green, […]

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Best Brunches

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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