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Boyds Grill & Wine Bar Opens

This week saw the launch of Boyds Grill & Wine Bar on Northumberland Avenue, a restaurant that is turning the phrase on its head and aiming to be the master of all trades rather than the Jack.  Realising that sometimes we want to be able to rely on a restaurant for whatever we’re in the mood for – pre/post theatre, a long, lazy lunch or just something to accompany Friday night drinks, Charles Boyds has created a restaurant that does just that, serving up British produce and global wines to suit everyone’s mood. The contemporary space gives way to a marble-clad, […]

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Chocolate Feast with The Masters

A favourite for packaging lovers, the graphic printed packs of Mast Brothers stand out a mile compared to the sea of shiny purple chocolate wrappers – fitting to the artisanal qualities of the chocolate itself. Originally from Brooklyn, the Mast Brothers now have a very fitting home in the heart of Shoreditch, providing chocolate to moustached fixie owners, made by bearded fixie owners (OK, we’re not sure about the fixie-owning part but they are definitely bearded). Chef Tom Hunt is kicking off a series of ‘Meet the Producer’ events, taking place bi-monthly at his restaurant Poco. The Broadway Market British tapas restaurant is […]

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Star & Garter’s Bottomless Brunch

You know a weekend is off to a good start when Saturday morning involves a bottomless brunch, add in a view of the Thames and perhaps a walk along the river after then you know it’s off to an excellent start.  Star & Garter in Putney is hosting two bottomless brunches next month on the 5th and 19th of March with two sittings, one for the early risers (or early-ish) at 11:30am and one for those who like to take things a little more leisurely at 2pm. The bottomless part of the brunch comes in the form of free-flowing Prosecco […]

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Café Royal’s Pudding Restaurant

Life is short, you only live once, treat every day like it’s your last– we can give you all the Instagram quotes you like, but what it all boils down to really is: do what makes you happy. You know what makes us happy? Pudding. What we would really like to see is more restaurants dedicated to the sweeter things in life and if you do too then read on, because The Café at Café Royal will be opening daily as a dessert restaurant between 6pm and 10.30pm. So if you have had a tough day at work, you want […]

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Where to Celebrate London Beer Week

LFW might be ending today, but you know what is still happening? LBW aka London Beer Week, a whole week devoted to lagers, ales and craft beers. Make sure you get hold of a LBW wristband (check out the website below) and head to these events, sorry in advance for any hangovers… Cheers! 

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Hix and Hirst Open Pharmacy 2

Mark Hix and Damien Hirst have long been friends, with Hirst creating the Cock and Bull formaldehyde at Mark’s restaurant Tramshed and now Mark is returning to the favour by creating the menu at Pharmacy 2, Hirst’s new restaurant. A friendship of food and art, something we commend. Opening in Vauxhall at the Newport Street Gallery, the restaurant will be serving up British and European breakfasts, brunches, lunches and Sunday roasts for the visitors to the exhibitions as well as suppers in the evening for diners. Using fresh ingredients, highlights are said to include shaved winter squash with treviso and […]

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The Most Fashionable Afternoon Tea

London Fashion Week might be finishing today but that doesn’t mean that you have to stop being the sartorial don that you are…the streets are your catwalk and all that. And what isn’t finishing is The Montagu’s Haute -Tea which is running until March 31st. Combining food with all the other things we love, (food and art, food and sport etc) is one of our favourite things, so food and fashion is definitely up there. With a client list that includes the likes of Dita Von Teese, Kylie Minogue and Diana Ross, designer Antony Price has teamed up with The […]

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Gluten-Free Cookery Masterclasses

If any of you saw the recent Channel 4 Supershoppers programme, you will have seen it name and shame brands for (amongst other things) claiming gluten-free credentials but that actually never included gluten anyway – it’s basically like sticking a ‘gluten-free’ sticker on a banana and charging twice the price. Heading to this mind-boggling aisle in the supermarket may make you feel healthy but if you really just want to know what’s in your food without the distracting packaging, why not just make it yourself? The next issue is the mound of Deliciously/Wonderfully/Honestly gluten-free recipe books and millions of Google search results. Stop. Keep […]

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Best Bars to Celebrate National Margarita Day

Today is suddenly a whole lot better when you realise that it’s National Margarita Day! Whether you sip, slurp or shot yours, that first sip is to be savoured once you’ve survived the first day of the week. We have rounded up the best happy hours, masterclasses and most imaginative margaritas in town for you to celebrate this day appropriately.

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Foley’s Opens in Fitzrovia

Right now it might be hard to be imagine summer, although today is National Margarita Day so you know grab a glass and the tequila, get in the summer mood, it’s a Monday you deserve it.* When summer does come however, it will arrive with the opening of Foley’s, a new restaurant serving up Modern World dishes. It will of course be opening in Fitzrovia (read about the latest Fitzrovia offerings here, here and here) – it really is the area of the moment. Head Chef Mitz Vora (previously Sous Chef at The Palomar) will be bringing eclectic flavours together […]

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5 Top Fuss-Free Restaurants

Sometimes, you book a table at a specific restaurant for the luxurious pull-your-chair-out, fold-your-napkin and intricate sommelier service that’s on offer. You want to work your way through a Bible of a wine list and try to decipher the list of ingredients that make up the complex, texture-testing, scientific dishes on offer. But sometimes, just sometimes, you simply want to eat. To pull up a chair, catch up with a friend and tuck into genuinely good, fuss-free grub and friendly service. Here’s where The Handbook recommends you go:

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Barrio Opens in Brixton

One day Ferdie Ahmed decided to take the leap and quit his job in IT while he figured out what to do he went travelling around Latin America. It was here that he fell in love with their passion for food, drink and music and decided to bring it back to London in the form of Barrio. Following on from Angel, Soho and Shoreditch, the next Barrio offering will be opening in Brixton next month. Taking inspiration from the local markets, arcades, brewers and distillers of Brixton, the bar will be serving up tequila, mezcal, piscos, cachacas as well as brewery-fresh […]

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