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Hotel Cafe Royal’s New Gin Bar

Alongside discontent for slow walkers, love of afternoon tea and a finely tuned ability to glare at other commuters,  it seems as if gin will always be part of London. And the next chapter in this never-ending story has just begun with the opening of Hotel Café Royal’s new bar, Green Bar Botanicals & Tonics. Taking inspiration from the Café Royal Cocktail Book compiled in 1937, the new bar will celebrate London’s history of using botanicals in gin production and mixology with a new ‘Gin Journey’ menu created by their expert mixologists. The menu will see unique takes on the classic gin and […]

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Galley Opens

Galley: ˈɡali/ noun 1. a low, flat ship with or more sails and up to three banks of oars 2. the kitchen in a ship or aircraft 3. a new restaurant opening tomorrow in Islington. So you might not find that description in a dictionary, but it’s certainly true. Run by sister and brother team, Oriona Robb and Marcel Grzyb, Galley is a new 70 cover restaurant opening tomorrow on Upper Street with a strong focus on fish. Eighteen years at Soho’s Randall & Aubin, (10 of which were spent as the Head Chef) has given self-taught chef Marcel the […]

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Silver Screen Afternoon Tea

Awards season is upon us and whilst we can’t tell you who might win, (although we are all hoping it’s Leo), what we can tell you is that there is a new afternoon tea to celebrate and, well, if you’re going to celebrate or commiserate you might as well do it with some cake. In honour of it becoming the Official Hotel Partner for the BAFTAs, the Savoy is launching the Silver Screen Afternoon Tea. Having seen a fair few stars grace its doors: Katharine Hepburn, Charlie Chaplin and Marilyn Monroe to name but a few, the Savoy will be […]

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The Dirty Double Birthday Party

What did you do for your second birthday? Can you even remember your second birthday more like? We’ll hazard a guess at pass the parcel, too much sugar and tantrums. It definitely wasn’t like Dirty Bones Kensington 2nd birthday which is coming up, that’s for sure. Happening this Thursday they are celebrating two years of cocktails, American comfort food and tunes with The Dirty Double birthday party. The night will start with a present from them to you, in form of a complimentary ‘Forgot to blow out the candles’ birthday cocktail followed by new dishes. Start with beef short rib […]

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6 of the Best Places to Celebrate Chinese New Year

Monday 8th February marks Chinese New Year, a date celebrated across the globe. 2016 is the ‘Year of the Monkey’, a zodiac symbol characterising quick-witted, curious, innovative but also mischievous people, which leaves The Handbook wondering what lies ahead! In anticipation, we’ve rounded up our six favourite restaurants and bars in the capital to go and celebrate:

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Homeslice’s Unlimited Pizza Party

Stop the press because the end of January is in sight! We’ve made it people; we’ve made it through the most miserable month of the year – sorry January you have a bad rep. And to celebrate Homeslice are hosting their first Sunday Slice and Spritz Party. Taking place at the latest Homeslice on Old Street, Shoreditch, the party will start at 2pm  and will mean that you for £10 a head you can eat unlimited pizza. Yep from the moment you sit down you have an hour and a half to eat as much pizza as you can, so […]

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Tiny Leaf Opens: Zero Waste

If 2015 was the year that we all got healthy and fell further in love with the avocado and acai bowls, then 2016 is the year that we need to be properly educated on food waste and how we can cut the 6.7 million tonnes of food that is said to be ending up in UK landfill sites every year. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, of course, brought the matter to the attention of the masses in his programme, ‘Hugh’s War on Waste’, and there are companies out there selling delicious condiments made from ugly or wasted food, such Rubies in the Rubble […]

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Farmstand Opens

In 2006 Steven Novick was diagnosed with cancer and the outlook wasn’t good. Before he was given the all clear he set himself three challenges: to become closer to his friends and family, to finish climbing the highest peak on each of the continents and to start up a healthy, casual food business. And now the last challenge has become a reality with the opening of Farmstand on Drury Lane. Taking its name from the stalls found on the US roadside (and were common in Steven’s hometown) that sold fresh fruit and vegetables, Farmstand will serve up honest, healthy and […]

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7 Overlooked Museum and Gallery Restaurants

It’s easy to forget that we live in one of the greatest cities in the world, filled to the brim with some of the best museums, art galleries and theatres. And within those cultural delights, some extraordinary food and drink offerings, which are worth the visit in themselves. Here’s a guide to The Handbook’s favourite:

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York & Albany’s New Wine Bar

We all have our favourite local, whether it’s the coffee shop that has your order ready as soon as you walk through the door or the pub which may as well have a ‘reserved’ sign on your favourite seat. And then we have the ones that are slightly more aspirational, in neighbourhoods with average house prices about 10 times what we could ever afford – but we mingle amongst the locals none the less. Enter the Wine Bar: York & Albany’s latest offering. No pretentiousness here, the wine bar is welcoming and rustic, cosy and contemporary and sits in the […]

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A Very Scandalous Afternoon Tea

For those of you unfamiliar with scandal water, just to quickly stop you from jumping to all sorts of questionable theories, it’s merely 19th Century slang for tea – and is being used as a focal part of the London EDITION’s afternoon tea. Now this may seem like an obvious concept, it is afternoon tea after all but London EDITION has decided to turn their back on the endless stream of sugary treats that normally fill our afternoon teas to focus more on the drink that began the mid-afternoon pick me up. Five teas will be served alongside five dishes […]

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Jason Atherton Opens Sosharu

This March, The Social Company will be opening their seventh London restaurant and this time it’ll be in Clerkenwell. Following on from the likes of Berners Tavern, Pollen Street Social and City Social, Sosharu will be a collaboration between Jason Atherton and Executive Head Chef Alex Craciun (previously sous chef at Pollen Street Social). Unlike anything Atherton has done before, Sosharu is the next step for The Social Company and will see the restaurant serving up casual yet refined Japanese cuisine using seasonal British ingredients. To ensure that Alex knew everything there was to know about Japanese cuisine he did […]

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