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House of Crab Pop-Up

We all know how much London loves lobster, along with burgers, hotdogs and doughnuts it’s amassed a bit of a cult following with pop-ups and restaurants dedicated to the crustacean. However there is one crustacean that is feeling rather left out – the humble side stepping crab. This definitely doesn’t seem right when the UK has some of the best in the world.   Do not fear however because there is a crab saviour in sight, Dominic Jacob and the team behind The Running Horse (Mayfair’s oldest pub) are bringing a taste of Salcombe to Mayfair with their pop-up, House […]

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Perilla Supper Club Returns

Supper clubs are usually a chance to branch out a bit from our usual haunts and step foot into a new postcode, meet new people and try food more experimental than permanent restaurants tend to allow. Ben Marks and Matt Emmerson of NOMA, The Square, Polpo and Polpetto respectively are sprinkling their magic touch (Michelin stars surround them) to a new location for London supper club Perilla, following on from the success of 6 previous sell-out events. Perilla takes the best bits from fine dining experiences and injects elements of supper-club informality and liveliness – fine dining without the fuss. […]

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10 of the Best Places for Sharing Plates

For times when you’re feeling indecisive or maybe just greedy but ordering multiple dishes on the menu would be frowned upon, welcome to the world of sharing platters, tapas and full on feasts. Sharing is not only welcomed at these restaurants but it is actively embraced – no more food envy. Just make sure you go with a fair group of friends. Seven chips each please…

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Spirit Social Winter Series

Duppy Share, the relatively new kid-on-the-rum-block, are hosting a series of three pop-up events this winter, all part of The Spirit Social Winter Series. Since their launch in Summer 2014, Duppy Share have made a big name for themselves on the spirit scene and have already won Gold and Silver awards with The Spirits Business. We’re no rum expert but we know a good thing when we see one. Not satisfied with their own early success, they have selected some of the best new spirits to join them at these three events, held at the Maxilla Social Club in Notting […]

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Le Bun at Le Zetter

Bon appétit, excusez-moi, faux pas… We are all guilty of embedding phrases en français into our dialect now and again to make us sound a little bit chic and now The Zetter Hotel are getting in on the action, becoming Le Zetter for five weeks only. Pourquoi, you may ask? Well, street food burger favourites Le Bun have got themselves a slightly more permanent home and a five month residency at The Zetter in Clerkenwell. Le Bun are adding a touch of neon to the eclectic interiors of the quirky boutique hotel. Vintage televisions and video players will be artfully […]

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5 Of The Best Bars For Mocktails

While most people love a bit of the hard stuff (we’re strictly referring to alcohol here), some people don’t drink. These heroes spend less, embarrass themselves on a significantly smaller number of occasions and wake up without hangovers. Plus, they all do this while looking as if they are drinking, thanks to technological advancements in what are known as non-alcoholic cocktails. If you want to get in on this sorcery, or you’re a teetotaller already, check out The Handbook’s guide to 5 of the best bars for virgin cocktails.

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Machine No.3 Opens

Given that London has been around since the Roman times and is ever changing it’s not surprising to find that you might be eating in a building that use to house a bank, or perhaps it’s a barbers that used to be the home of a famous writer or even realise that Marble Arch is where all the criminals were hung – grisly. Well now an old laundry shop in Homerton is being turned into a cocktail bar.  Set up by siblings Lauren and Antony Johns (the creative minds behind The 3 Compasses) and their French partner Briac Le Camus, the bar  on […]

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Bourne & Hollingsworth Open Hidden Club

Party connoisseurs Bourne & Hollingsworth are about to open a secret club in a sitting room. Ok well it’s not actually a sitting room, but it’s apparently the same size as your average sitting room. Hidden below their Clerkenwell restaurant, the bar aptly named Below & Hidden will be the cool, mysterious and moody alter ego to upstairs, which also describes us on a Friday night.  Doing away with a bar it’ll be table service with drinks served from a cabinet filled with boutique and bespoke bottled cocktails and spirits. No bar means no queue and no risking spilling your drinks […]

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Game-inspired Feast at the Princess Victoria

If you think of game and you think Game of Thrones, spin the bottle or charades then think again. Game season may be one for country weekenders but Londoners are benefitting too – you only have to take a trip to Borough Market to see butchers stalls laden with venison, hare, grouse and pheasant. The Princess Victoria on Uxbridge Road is honoring this fruitful time of year with a game-inspired feast on Thursday 12th November. The Scotch Egg Challenge 2015 Champions know a thing or two about food you want to eat; nothing too fancy, nothing too delicate – it is […]

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Zebrano Opens in the City

Following on from the Zebrano bars in Carnaby and Soho, friends Cevat Riza and Don Cameron are opening their third Zebrano bar this week, except it isn’t just a bar – this time they are opening their first fine dining restaurant and it’s set to be rather special. Opening in the shadow of the Gherkin, the venue, which is split across two floors, will feature a bar and nightclub on the lower floor which will be serving cocktails and smaller plates whilst upstairs will be home to the restaurant. The restaurant by the way is the only one to collaborate […]

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FOLD Opens on Brick Lane

After living in South East Asia, Rachel Filer returned to London and started FOLD catering with Head Chef Frederique Nguyen. That was in 2014, fast forward to now and they are about to open their first restaurant on Brick Lane. Also called FOLD, the new contemporary Vietnamese restaurant will specialise in foldable food and rice paper dishes. It’ll bring the ‘rice paper fold’ to London’s food scene, if it sounds familiar then that’s because they’re also known as summer rolls or if you’re over in America then crystal rolls. The rice paper will be available steamed, grilled, soft or fried […]

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7 Restaurants to Visit During World Vegan Month

With the recent announcement from experts that eating processed and red meat is as bad for you as smoking, there’s never been a better time to ditch the carnivorous lifestyle….or at least cut down. Here is our guide to the best places to celebrate all things vegan throughout the whole of November as people all over the Earth celebrate World Vegan Month – you know never know you might go vegan full time. 

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