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Mimosa’s New Club

Recognise this familiar scene? You’re out for supper, you’ve got the cocktails in, the bottles of wine and now you’re friend who always suggests shots, is suggesting shots. Next thing you know and everyone is saying lets go out. You’re all ready to go, but then you look outside and it’s raining and windy and suddenly the appeal of going out and leaving the warmth of the restaurant seems less appealing, suddenly a taxi home seems very appealing. Well not anymore, because tomorrow sees the opening of Mimosa’s new club, below its restaurant.  The Fulham Road restaurant which serves up […]

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Free Steak at Flat Iron

Hold the press and don’t even think about not reading this post because we are here to inject a little bit of happiness into your gloomy Monday. Free steak. Yes, that is right. Although that doesn’t seem grand enough, so let’s try this: YOU CAN GET FREE STEAK AT FLAT IRON FOR THE NEXT THREE DAYS! Much better. To celebrate the launch of their third and largest site on the 3rd December, Flat Iron will be giving away one free steak and one side to everyone who gets there after 6pm 30th November -2nd December. So be quick because it’s […]

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9 of the Best Christmas Party Venues in Central London

You may have seen our previous guides to Christmas party in venues across North, South, East and West London. The final in this series, here we have rounded up 10 of the best bars, restaurants, private rooms and blank spaces to host your Christmas party in. Whether a civilised dinner fits the bill or you need somewhere that will keep up with the dancing and debauchery that has become the norm, read on for some suggestions… Bar Américain and The Crazy Coqs, Brasserie Zédel What: Cabaret and jazz Why: For something a little different, Brasserie Zedel is a great choice. […]

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House of Ho Opens

Next Tuesday we are in official count down to Christmas…25 days until the big day. The day when it’s acceptable to get your Christmas music on, we wouldn’t even judge you for putting your Christmas jumper on. It’s not just the start of the countdown though it’s also the opening of House of Ho’s new flagship restaurant in a four storey townhouse on Percy Street. Chef Director Ian Pengelly will be at the helm creating a menu that is inspired by his travels around Vietnam and puts a contemporary Vietnamese twist on a bygone era. Dishes are set to include […]

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Top 12 Places to Celebrate Thanksgiving

What’s not to love about a pre-Christmas feast? And to The Handbook, that’s just what Thanksgiving is – a fantastic Christmas rehearsal dinner filled to the brim with our favourite American foods. But when we don’t fancy prepping, cooking and clearing away a whole turkey plus all the trimmings (and we usually don’t!) we venture elsewhere to fill our bellies and celebrate. Here’s our round-up of where to go and be thankful (and full) this Thanksgiving:

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Mr Fogg’s at Winter Wonderland

If you’ve not yet made it to Mr Fogg’s Residence or the new Mr Fogg’s Tavern on St Martin’s Lane then don’t worry, they are coming to you. OK not exactly to you, but chances are you are one of the 2.5 million people heading to Hyde Park over the next few weeks for Winter Wonderland. If so, Mr Fogg will be waiting for you there. Since it’s first year in 2007, Winter Wonderland has come to epitomise Christmas in London so it seems the perfect place for quintessentially British bar Mr Fogg’s to settle in too. In a festive […]

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2nd Kanada Ya Opens

Ramen restaurant, Kanada Ya are back with the opening of their second site on the 30th November. Following on from their first restaurant on St Giles High Street, this one will be on Panton Street. Open for lunch and dinner, they’ll be serving up their signature ramen which consists of noodles, tonkotsu broth, wood ear fungus mushroom (which we’re sure is much tastier than it sounds), chashu pork belly, sheets of nori and finely sliced onion. Alongside this there will be new additions to the menu such as chicken karaage and korokke and an extended drinks menu of bottled cocktails, […]

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Foodies Festival Christmas

One huge room filled with lots of stall holders means only one thing in our eyes; free tasters. The annual Foodies Festival is returning cloaked in red and sprinkled with snow, for the festive season and if walking around sampling chutneys, mince pies and Christmas cake sounds like an ideal way to spend a day then get yourself to Brick Lane’s Truman Brewery the weekend of 27th – 29th November. 150 award-winning artisan producers, gin masterclasses in the London Gin Theatre and demos by celebrity chefs make up the UK’s biggest food and drink festival. A champagne ski bar presents […]

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9 of the Best Christmas Party Venues in East London

Need a quirky venue to match your quirky office? Gather your colleagues and head East. We have rounded up the best places in East London to host your Christmas party, from ping pong to private dining rooms to underground vaults, read on to get inspired. Beach Blanket Babylon Shoreditch What: Glamour in Shoreditch Why: With keywords like cosmopolitan and rustic on their website, Beach Blanket Babylon’s Shoreditch venue is a slightly naughtier sister to the main Notting Hill location. Private hire includes up to 800 guests, but smaller areas can cater to smaller groups in different ways. We particularly like […]

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Grotto Outré Christmas Pop-Up Returns

A pop-up only for adults? Yes please. Whilst we love pretending we are young, wild and free, clutching the giant bear we won at the hook-a-duck and nursing a hot chocolate, sometimes we need to act a little more our age and head somewhere we can really let our hair down. The place in question? Grotto Outré in Shoreditch. Back for 2015, this festive pop-up is bringing us crazy club nights permitting mid-week mischief – a totally different kind of young, wild and free. Meaning ‘unusual and shocking’, outré is a grotto like no other. On weeknights the ice kingdom […]

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Thank Ya Papa!

Following on from the Bayou Banquet, Slap Ya Papa is returning to London to celebrate Thanksgiving with Thank Ya Papa at Styx in North London. On the 25th -28th November, they’ll be hosting a series of Thanksgiving supper clubs and finishing with a lunch club on the 29th which are all about thanksgiving New Orleans style – in other words big dishes, big flavours and big ingredients. The feasting table will be laden with 10 dishes, so we recommend that you get your eating pants on! Dishes will include truffled brussel sprouts squash casserole, candied yams and deep fried turkey […]

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3rd Red Dog Saloon Opens

When it comes to proper American BBQ done low and slow, the sort that you just have to get stuck into, away with the napkins and manners, just finger licking good food; when it comes to all of that, then you need Red Dog Saloon. The reason we’re telling you this? Because tomorrow sees the opening of their third site. They’ve had their way with Holborn and Clapham and now they are heading to Soho. Opening on Berwick Street, it’ll be following in the footsteps of its sibling restaurants, American BBQ cooked slow and low for sixteen hours, slow roasted […]

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