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Morden & Lea Review: What We Thought

Following on from being Chef Director at The Strand Dining Rooms, Mark Sargeant has recently opened his first central restaurant, Morden & Lea on Wardour Street and so of course The Handbook had to go and check it out.  Split across two levels, the restaurant caters for those looking for a more formal evening and those like us who just wanted to snack on a little (or in our case, a lot) after an evening of drinks. The downstairs restaurant is kept simple, dark blue leather banquettes, small tables and calm, light grey walls adorned with an eclectic mix of […]

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The Boundary review – what we thought

When you think of Shoreditch you might think urban chic and hipster hangouts. The idea of a high end French restaurant probably won’t spring to mind, but that’s exactly the charm of The Boundary. Hidden away in the basement, leaving behind the edgy cool and graffiti streets of Shoreditch, you are suddenly transported to a venue that wouldn’t look out of place in Mayfair. The open plan kitchen allows for snooping as the chefs work their magic with Head Chef Frederick Forster leading the team. The Boundary is one of those restaurants where you feel safe ordering any dish in the […]

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Charles Worthington Express Menu review

At The Handbook we love telling you about the best new places to eat with the hottest new menus but today we have a slightly different menu to tempt you with, the Charles Worthington’s new Express Menu especially designed for ‘time poor’ City workers.Expect the same treatments but with a chunk of time knocked off by recruiting an extra pair of hands to help. Treatments like a blow dry can be completed in 15 minutes, a colour regrowth and blow dry in an hour, and a half head of highlights and blow dry in 75 minutes. My flavour of the moment […]

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Charles Worthington Express Menu review

At The Handbook we love telling you about the best new places to eat with the hottest new menus but today we have a slightly different menu to tempt you with, the Charles Worthington’s new Express Menu especially designed for ‘time poor’ City workers.Expect the same treatments but with a chunk of time knocked off by recruiting an extra pair of hands to help. Treatments like a blow dry can be completed in 15 minutes, a colour regrowth and blow dry in an hour, and a half head of highlights and blow dry in 75 minutes. My flavour of the moment […]

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M Restaurant review – what we thought

Like Madonna we are always on board with a reinvention and another iconic M, M Restaurant agrees as they have just launched their new summer RAW menu with lighter treats to keep you going in the hot months. Taking inspiration from 6 countries including Japan and Australia, the emphasis here is on meat and fish even on the RAW side of the restaurant. M Restaurant is a fantastic venue space, balancing a relaxed atmosphere with an up market vibe well. Split into the Grill dining area on the left and Raw on the right, the upstairs hosts the cocktail bar, […]

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M Restaurant review – what we thought

Like Madonna we are always on board with a reinvention and another iconic M, M Restaurant agrees as they have just launched their new summer RAW menu with lighter treats to keep you going in the hot months. Taking inspiration from 6 countries including Japan and Australia, the emphasis here is on meat and fish even on the RAW side of the restaurant. M Restaurant is a fantastic venue space, balancing a relaxed atmosphere with an up market vibe well. Split into the Grill dining area on the left and Raw on the right, the upstairs hosts the cocktail bar, […]

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Jago Review – What We Thought

The other day finding ourselves on the hunt for supper in the Commercial Street area we decided not to be lured into the curry houses with promises of more than we could eat and drink for a mere fiver (not a good look on a Tuesday) and instead we wandered up Hanbury Street to Jago. Jago is the work of Louis Solley (former head chef at Ottolenghi), Hugo Thurston and Vinny Burke and is said to be bringing a taste of the Ashkenazi Jewish cuisine back to London with Middle Eastern and Mediterranean influences. Of course East London still has […]

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Jago Review – What We Thought

The other day finding ourselves on the hunt for supper in the Commercial Street area we decided not to be lured into the curry houses with promises of more than we could eat and drink for a mere fiver (not a good look on a Tuesday) and instead we wandered up Hanbury Street to Jago. Jago is the work of Louis Solley (former head chef at Ottolenghi), Hugo Thurston and Vinny Burke and is said to be bringing a taste of the Ashkenazi Jewish cuisine back to London with Middle Eastern and Mediterranean influences. Of course East London still has […]

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Li Veli review – what we thought

Covent Garden is a hotspot for fantastic bars, restaurants and nightlife so it wasn’t surprising that I found myself enjoying my time at Italian bistro, Li Veli. Thanks to its great location, a window seat is the best in the house so you can people watch while you eat. I was instantly struck by the cream-coloured interior which gives the venue a warm, spacious feel and when the sun set and candles were adorned around the place, it made it quite romantic. The menu showcases an authentic taste of Southern Italy plus their very own namesake wines which can also […]

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Li Veli review – what we thought

Covent Garden is a hotspot for fantastic bars, restaurants and nightlife so it wasn’t surprising that I found myself enjoying my time at Italian bistro, Li Veli. Thanks to its great location, a window seat is the best in the house so you can people watch while you eat. I was instantly struck by the cream-coloured interior which gives the venue a warm, spacious feel and when the sun set and candles were adorned around the place, it made it quite romantic. The menu showcases an authentic taste of Southern Italy plus their very own namesake wines which can also […]

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Radio Rooftop Bar Review – What We Thought

Have you ever made the mistake of visiting somewhere you normal frequent for drinks at night, during the day? You’re suddenly very aware of the smell, the slightly sticky floor and there is no way you’d used those loos when you’re sober. Luckily none of that happened when we decided to head to Radio Rooftop Bar one Saturday morning. Normally the place we’d choose to go to for drinks after work, soaking up the alcohol and London skyline in equal measures, to a  soundtrack of Ibiza beats.  They’ve recently launch their new brunch menu and finding ourselves in need of […]

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Radio Rooftop Bar Review – What We Thought

Have you ever made the mistake of visiting somewhere you normal frequent for drinks at night, during the day? You’re suddenly very aware of the smell, the slightly sticky floor and there is no way you’d used those loos when you’re sober. Luckily none of that happened when we decided to head to Radio Rooftop Bar one Saturday morning. Normally the place we’d choose to go to for drinks after work, soaking up the alcohol and London skyline in equal measures, to a  soundtrack of Ibiza beats.  They’ve recently launch their new brunch menu and finding ourselves in need of […]

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