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Ma’Pluckers Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea brings with it certain etiquette. According to Debrett’s, tea should be poured first, with milk only ever added afterwards; the spoon should be placed on the saucer once stirred; never slurp and never hold your pinkie in the air. This is all good and well but standards may slip a little when chicken restaurant Ma’Plucker bring their afternoon tea to town; finger licking will be involved. A nice change from the abundance of formal afternoon teas across the city, Soho are welcoming Ma’Plucker to the very aptly named Beak Street. Boozy iced teas will wash down your chicken […]

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8 of London’s Best Seafood Restaurants

‘The World is your Oyster and it’s up to you to find the pearls.’ We couldn’t agree more, especially when it comes to discovering all the amazing seafood restaurants that London has to offer. The health benefits of fish can’t be ignored – just what we need as we prepare for those long, dark winter days ahead. We’ve narrowed down our eight top places to get your fish fix.

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Taste of London 2015: The Festive Edition

One of the biggest events in the food calendar is back to inspire food enthusiasts throughout the winter season with the return of Taste of London: The Festive Edition!  Yet again attendees will be able to enjoy incredible chefs, award winning restaurants, fantastic food and a whole host of shopping opportunities in the four day pop up that takes place in Tobacco Dock which will be turned into a festive food heaven. Chefs on the line-up this year include Tom Kerridge, Mark Hix, Gizzi Erskine, Monica Galetti, Tom Aikens and the extremely gifted chef and restaurateur Marcus Wareing who said […]

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British Museum of Food by Bompas & Parr

If the Mad Hatter opened a museum then this would be the outcome. Culinary curators Bompas & Parr have already delighted Londoners with their breathable alcoholic experience and Buckingham Palace made of jelly, and now they are bringing their trademark quirky theatrics to the civilised bounds of Borough Market.  Nothing they do is really just for fun (although of course it is fun), there is always some kind of underlying motive or curiosity, their latest venture being no exception. The British Museum of Food will be the world’s first devoted to all things food; history, evolution, science, sociology and art. […]

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Back to the Future at Pizza Pilgrims

Film buffs all know that certain dates throughout the year bear particular significance; October 3rd (‘On October 3rd he asked me what day it is’), 4th May (‘May the fourth be with you’), the list goes on. It is extremely rare that a date is a one-off, and that the year mentioned is one we will get to experience. Well, get excited; it is happening. Wednesday 21st October 2015 doesn’t just sound familiar because you’ve got your 6.45pm haircut, it sounds familiar because it’s the date that Marty and Doc Brown travelled forward in time to in Back to the […]

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Wahaca’s Day of the Dead Fiesta

In Mexico, Day of the Dead is celebrated with face paint, marigolds and foodie offerings to passed loved ones, and in London… we have DJs, bands, debates, immersive theatre and a whole lotta great food. Of course such a fiesta is being put on by Wahaca which means that no dancer will go unfueled. Traditional style stalls will be serving Mexican market tacos, roasted elotes (grilled corn), smokey barbacoa (pulled pork) and perhaps our favourite hispanic dish of all… churros. At this post-Hallowe’en party you can enjoy live music from The Horrors and Crystal Fighters and the more authentic sounds […]

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Top 10 Private Dining Rooms

For a truly unforgettable meal, booking a private room is a must. It offers the best of both worlds – the comfort of your own space combined with world-class kitchen and staff. And with so many hotels offering unique private dining room experiences, there’s no need to make that long journey home either. Perfect!

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HKK Launches Duck & Champagne Lunch

The Hakkasan Group has forever improved our weekends by announcing the launch of their Duck and Champagne lunch at HKK. Ducks – the underrated birds – have given us many things over the years from entertainment on country walks to influential characters (i.e. Scrooge McDuck) and now they’re serving another more delicious purpose. A whole menu will be dedicated to the Peking duck, created by Hakkasan and HKK’s Executive Head Chef Tong Chee Hwee, with dishes like Duck and abalone supreme stock with egg fried rice showcasing the skill and expertise of the Chinese kitchen. If you want to go […]

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Phileas Fogg Opens Tavern

It’s with very sad news that we have to tell you that Phileas Fogg’s auntie, actress Gertrude Fogg has passed away. Let’s all take a moment to reflect on what a great actress she was, albeit fictional. Now that we have shown our respect, let’s move on to some happier news, having returned from his worldly adventures, Phileas has discovered that he is the sole beneficiary of his aunt and has inherited her property on St Martin’s Lane. He was left a note that the downstairs of the building had to be turned into a tavern for Gertrude’s housekeeper, Fanny […]

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WM Barker & Co Opens

East London has a new basement bar, WM Barker & Co and it’s serving up shrub cocktails, artisan coffees, craft beers and toasties…sign us up. So if you’re not sure what are shrub cocktails are, no they are not cocktails with parts of plants stuck in them, rather they are cocktails made using sweet and sour syrups called shrubs and WM Barker & Co will have ten seasonally changing cocktails each inspired by an area in London. So in Shoreditch you have #TheArtist, a floral affair, Hoxton has  #ThePhotographer, Dalston has #TheDJ and Canary Wharf has #TheTrader a mix of […]

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Top 9 Themed Bars & Restaurants

From fancy dress to film night, everyone loves a theme – and London’s bars and restaurants are no exception. With so many new hotspots opening every day, it’s no wonder that more and more of them are showing off their unique character to stand out from the crowd. Which is seriously good news in The Handbook’s opinion! Here are the top eight themed restaurants and bars:

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The Georgian’s Festive Afternoon Tea

Here at The Handbook we’re not even ashamed that we’re already excited about Christmas and yes we are aware that there is still over two months to go… Harrods are also getting to the Christmas spirit with the news that they are launching a festive tea in the Georgian restaurant at the start of November. Step off the chilly streets of London (we are meant to be having the coldest winter in fifty years, apparently) and into the elegant Georgian. Spend the afternoon eating scones and sandwiches including turkey, rocket leaves and spiced pear chutney, maple glazed Wiltshire ham with […]

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