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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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The Harcourt: Old but New

Old but new, that’s how The Harcourt is being described: new because it’s opening next Monday; old because it originally opened in 1826 as The Harcourt Arms.  Standing in a Grade II listed Georgian Townhouse opposite the Swedish Ulrika Eleonora Church, the restaurant will be drawing on its Scandinavian roots to create a relaxed, all-day modern, European menu which gives a nod to Nordic cuisine. Expect to find the likes of gravadlax with pickled cucumber and quail eggs; Nordic reindeer with pearl barley, turnips and lingonberry jam and dark chocolate mousse with liquorice crumbs and salted caramel. You can drop […]

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A Weekend Full of Whisky

We’re all guilty of it: refilling a half empty glass of wine with a completely different bottle. Your friends turn their nose up at you but actually they would probably never have been able to tell anyway. You’re not mixologists but actually it may not be as rookie as you think. For centuries, the malt masters of deepest Scotland have been doing exactly this as professional whisky producers; mixing different blends of whisky together to form unique (and soberingly expensive) bottles of Scotch. Oval Space and The Whisky Lounge are hosting their third ‘Whisky Weekender’, London’s most dramtastic whisky event […]

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Rockstar Treatment at Jumeirah Carlton Tower

Chances are, if you’re in London you’re after a culture fix. Unless of course you call London home in which case culture is probably just part of your weekly routine – a gig here, exhibition there, you get the idea. Whilst we at The Handbook whole heartedly believe that dining out counts as a form of culture, be it a must-try restaurant or cult street food truck, it fills your cultural appetite as well as the physical, leaving you with something to talk about, share with your friends and post on social media, in much the same way as a […]

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James Bond’s Tailor at Bar20

Enter into the mind of a master. The man responsible for some of the most iconic suits in 21st century cinema. The genius behind red carpet icons from Benedict Cumberbatch through to Mick Jagger, and on-screen heros, including Daniel Craig’s slick, hard-nosed James Bond. The man who has tailored masterpieces time and again is offering an exclusive ‘inside-out’ evening for you to gain insight into the inner workings of his art. Meet fashion’s unsung hero; British tailor, Timothy Everest MBE. Forget Bond’s dry martinis, this evening at Bar20 is a celebration of fashion finesse, craft and cognac. In association with […]

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Walter and Monty: Get Up In Your Grill

Alex Kaye use to be a trader that was until he founded Walter and Monty, he traded the city life for serving up street food cooked on a grill. Now, after finding success at various pop-ups and street food festivals such as Night Tales Walter and Monty finally have a place to call home, Bury Court and it’s opening next month.  The 30 cover restaurant has been designed by the same studio that works on Night Tales: Two First Names and will feature muted greys, navy blues and vintage-gold hues; whilst an open kitchen, marble counter, wooden paneled walls, wooden […]

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Cocktails and Ceviche at Asia de Cuba

We love fusion. The best of both worlds when it comes to dining – we love places that commit to a single cuisine but for those days we’re just feeling a little indecisive, a Moroccan kick to spice up our French food does the trick. Or what about a plate of sushi alongside a margarita? Welcome to the world of Asia de Cuba, the Chino-Latino dining experience who, together with Havana Club, have created a unique cocktail and ceviche pairing menu to belatedly celebrate their bar relaunch. In addition to an extensive list of spirits – we counted 34 different […]

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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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8 Top Venues for Live Music

With so much going on in the Big Smoke, it’s easy to forget that London is one of the best places for live music in the world. But you don’t have to splash out at the O2 or Wembley to get some groove in you. There are heaps of bars, pubs and clubs featuring live music all year round, from earthy folk to soulful blues. Here are eight of the best venues for live music:

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Santo Remedio: A Holy Remedy

It’s a new day, a new week and with it comes a new restaurant and today is the official opening of Santo Remedio in Shoreditch. It’s a Mexican restaurant but if you’re expecting burritos and fajitas then keep walking this isn’t the place for you. If however you want dishes inspired by Mexican street food and the cuisine of Mexico City, Oaxaca and Yucata then step right in. Using Mexican chillies and cooking techniques to marinate and slow-cook, they’ll be creating dishes such as chicken wings in mole negro, beef barbacoa: six hour slow cooked beef with chile ancho, pasilla […]

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London Coffee Festival Returns

It’s Monday morning which means one thing – nothing is getting done until we’ve had our coffee. In fact, that’s pretty much our daily mantra. And this love is nothing new, as early as the 1600s London was home to coffee houses where Londoners would meet to debate, gossip and sort out business matters. Safe to say that the coffee scene is still strong in London, it is after all home to the largest coffee festival. Taking place on the 7th -10th April at The Old Truman Brewery the London Coffee Festival is a must for any coffee aficionados or […]

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