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We Review: The Connaught Hotel

What: I’ve had the privilege of visiting and reviewing a number of incredible hotels since founding The Handbook twelve years ago, but even I shrieked a squeal of genuine delight (yes literally) when invited to review the Connaught Hotel. Because while it’s underdoubtedly ‘up there’ as one of the most old school of London’s hotels, it’s also one of the most superbly slick five star hotels ever to recieve a seal of royal approval (not only was it renamed after one of Queen Victoria’s sons, but the Queen Mother and Prince Charles are both fans) and, arguably a little less importantly, […]

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We Review Cub, Mr Lyan’s New Restaurant

What? Cub is the highly anticipated restaurant from Ryan Chetiyawardana (aka Mr Lyan), his team and Doug McMaster of Brighton’s pioneering zero-waste restaurant Silo. Here, as with Silo, the focus is on sustainability both in the dishes and in the interiors. Its other quest is to blur the boundaries between food and drink. Whilst blurring food and drink might sound (dare I say it) pretentious, in reality what it means is that drinks aren’t just there to accompany or elevate dishes, they are served in their own right, sometimes without food. New? Yes, it only opened last month. Where? Taking […]

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We Review Bronte

What: Pan-Asian cuisine in the heart of Charing Cross; the name is from the first Duke of Bronte otherwise known as Lord Nelson of Trafalgar whose statue is located mere metres away from the restaurant. If that ever comes up in pub quiz remember to credit us with that titbit of knowledge. New? It’s survived it’s first year, having opened in July 2016. Where? The Grand Building, 1-3 Strand, WC2N 5EJ www.bronte.co.uk On the Menu: If you go at breakfast you can expect more of a European feel to the menu than pan-Asian with salmon and scrambled eggs, and light fluffy buttermilk pancakes […]

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We Review Tab X Tab

What? “The nice part of Westbourne Grove starts here”. That’s what the lady next to me said as she momentarily glanced up from her phone. I’m not sure what prompted her to say that, but I’ll take her word for it. If this is the start of the more des-res area then it’s a pretty good place to start. Tab X Tab is a new artisan coffee shop serving up brunch all day (there is a saviour) and coffee from Bocca. New? It opened back in July but they’ve only recently launched their all-day brunch menu. Where? At the start […]

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We Review London’s Smallest Grand Hotel

What? Thomas Aske and Tristan Stephenson, the duo behind London’s award-winning bars Worship Street Whistling Shop and whisky bar, Black Rock, have become hoteliers. Admittedly on a very small scale, The Napoleon is a hotel which features just one bedroom and three bars; could this be London’s booziest building? New? Quite literally building on the success of Black Rock (the whisky bar sits in the basement) Sack, The Devil’s Darling and The Napoleon opened back in April of this year. Where? Sitting between Shoreditch and the City you’ll find The Napoleon Hotel at: 9 Christopher Street, Hackney, EC2A 2BS, www.napoleon-hotel.com […]

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Essence Cuisine: Like Vegan Food But Better

What: A 100% plant-based menu designed by Matthew Kenney, a pioneer for high-end vegan and plant-based food in the US. New? It opened in early September in the heart of Shoreditch. Where? 94 Leonard Street, Shoreditch EC2A 4RH www.essence-cuisine.com On the menu: Open from breakfast through to dinner, all dishes are available to eat in or take away. During breakfast you can expect dishes like Golden Quinoa Porridge with Radish, Sprouts, Chilli Flakes, and Seeded Bread, and Raw Pancakes with Candied Walnuts, Berry Salad, Mint and Vanilla Coconut Cream. Lunch and dinner has dishes like salad bowls, heirloom tomato lasagne and raw […]

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We Review The Stoke House

What? If the word carvery conjures up images of a down-at-heel Harvester by a busy dual-carriageway somewhere godforsaken like Croydon, then think again. Toby has been allowed nowhere near this ‘modern carvery’ and The Stoke House is a total reworking of the concept, combining excellent cuts of meat, expert smoking  methods and beautiful cooking. New? Sort of, yes, it opened in May. Where? Victoria, right close to the station, in the Nova Building Development. On The Menu: Remember that time Lady Gaga rocked up to the VMAs wearing a suit made entirely of meat? Well the waiters might as well each be wearing one […]

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We Review Ella Canta

What? Spanish for ‘she sings’, Ella Canta is part of the Mexican wave sweeping through London this year. The work of one of Mexico’s best chefs, Martha Ortiz (whose Mexico City restaurant Dulce Patria is on the list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurant), the restaurant like its Mexican sibling is full of colour and artistry, which is to be expected given Martha’s mother is the famous artist Martha Chapa. New? Yes, after quite the build-up Ella Canta opened up at the start of September. Where? Adjoined to the InterContinental London Park Lane, you’ll find Ella Canta in the former […]

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We Review The Diner’s New Vegan and Vegetarian Menu

What: American-themed diner chain, The Diner, has launched a purely vegan and vegetarian menu. New? The menu launched at The Diner Strand on 4th October and The Diner Islington October 10th, keep an eye out across the other sites as there are plans to launch the new menu over the coming months. Where? 21 Essex Road, Islington N1 2SA www.goodlifediner.com On the Menu: Keeping in theme with the rest of the menu you can expect all day breakfast options except with a meat free twist like Vegan Benedict made with mushrooms, baby falafels, avocado, beef tomato, spinach and sesame sauce on a […]

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We Review the New Breddos Tacos

What? The modern Mexican restaurant is the second Breddos to open (you’ll find the first in Clerkenwell) and follows on from makeshift taco shacks in Hackney carparks and residencies at The Player and Soho bar. Now they’ve made it to the centre of London to open up on Kingly Street, complete with basement mezcal and margarita bar. New? Yes, the new restaurant only opened at the start of this month. Where? Part of the foodie haven that is Kingly Street and Kingly Court, Breddos Tacos can be found on 26 Kingly Street, Carnaby, Soho, W1B, 5QD, www.breddostacos.com On the Menu: Inspiration […]

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Gabeto Camden Market: What We Thought

What? A Latin influenced British brasserie proving that Camden is more than just a home to punks and tourists. With dedicated ground-floor bar space and first-floor dining, Gabeto takes modern brasserie to meet industrial chic, feeling quite at home in its location tucked into the side of Camden market. New? Camden has seen plenty of new arrivals this year, including Launched at the start of July, Gabeto is still pretty new to the dining scene, but seems to be making positive waves. The bar, certainly, has already developed a following – whilst we were whisked upstairs to the dining area, […]

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Cambridge Street’s New Menu

What? Originally a Victorian pub designed by Thomas Cubitt in 1852, Cambridge Street Kitchen is on the ground floor of the Artist Residence, a boutique hotel opened by couple Charlotte and Justin Salisbury. New? Nope, it opened back in 2015 following the opening of the Artist Residence in September 2014. They have, however, recently had a new Head Chef, Elliot Miller who has unveiled his new menu which makes the most of seasonal ingredients. Where? You’ll find the Artist Residence tucked away on a quiet residential street just down from Victoria Coach station, it’s warm glow drawing in the locals […]

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