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A Bar Dedicated Entirely To Sparkling Wine

When you’re asked to shimmy on down to a bar dedicated entirely to sparkling wine, it’s a bit of a no-brainer I’ll be honest. Grays and Feather, lying snug in Covent Garden, popped open its doors just seven weeks ago and already it seems to be an alluring alternative to your classic wine and Champers bars. That’s not to say the aforementioned will ever be outdated but give us a glistening new concept any day and it’ll turn our Handbook heads. Opened by mother and son wine-aficionado duo, there seems to be a strong air of expertise circulating the building, […]

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Rum’s The Word At The Kitchen That’s Jamaican Me Vegan

What: Inspired by World Vegan Month (November), the Rum Kitchen bigwigs got together with the ‘Queen of Contemporary Caribbean Cooking’ Shivi Ramoutar to create some plant-based dishes worthy of being on their menu. First Impression: Having forgotten that Thursdays and are the new Fridays I was surprised at how packed Rum Kitchen was when we got there; a slight hold up with the train thanks to ol’ TFL meant I nearly forfeited my coveted table and lost out, but luckily we were squeezed in. The restaurant was buzzing all evening and I couldn’t help but notice that it was very […]

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5 Reasons You Need To Visit Hakkasan This Weekend

Sunday doesn’t have to be the day that you spend recovering from the party, curled up in front of Netflix; Sunday can be the party! #SundayFunday. And one restaurant that has the Sunday vibes spot-on is Hakkasan. The Michelin-starred restaurant is already known for its Dim Sum Sundays, a feast of cocktails, Champagne and dim sum and now they are taking things up a notch with the introduction of a new ‘luxe version’, featuring a bottle of 2008 Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne. Here are five reasons you need to check it out… The Champagne and Cocktails Dim Sum Sunday embodies […]

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All The Places We Ate At Last Month: Reviewed

It’s not an easy job, this. When you’re not travelling overseas to try out incredible holiday destinations (I’m just back from Vegas, more to follow), then you’re off to some of London’s best restaurants to sample their delicious wares. It gets a bit gruelling...

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The Indian Restaurant Vegans Should Know About

What: An Indian restaurant serving vegetarian food isn’t particularly ground-breaking but one with its own vegan menu is a small but important leap that caught my attention enough to get me down there. First Impression: A short walk from the main high street, the restaurant was much smaller than I expected with only around 7 tables, once you walked through the door you were in the middle of the room. Our table was by the entrance to the bar so not the best view, with a constant stream of waiting staff bustling by, but the better window tables were occupied. […]

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Baby Got Bao: 5 Reasons To Try Baby Bao

If you like buns, hun then the new bao restaurant, Baby Bao, is going to be a bit of you. Originally from Brighton, it’s definitely done an address upgrade as its new home is now in Pall Mall; it needn’t be intimidated by its upmarket neighbours though as the menu is a real gem. They Cater To Your Dietary Requirements The seemingly vegetarian bao buns are actually vegan as are a tonne of other options on the menu like their amazing Japanese Karaage cauliflower which is fried in potato flour and served with miso mayo and lemon; granted, the mayo […]

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Five Reasons You Need to Book This Michelin-Starred Brunch

Award-winning Michelin-starred restaurant Galvin at Windows has recently launched a brunch menu and of course being the brunch fans that we are, we needed no excuse to head to the 28th floor of the London Hilton on Park Lane to take on the menu. It’s Their First The Saturday brunch menu launched this September, some twelve years after the restaurant first opened and it may come as a surprise, as brunch is a staple of Londoners’ weekends, but this is Galvin at Windows’ first brunch. Rather than jumping on the band wagon, Head Chef Joo Won and his team took […]

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Vegans Get The Michelin Star Treatment

What: Getting into the spirit of World Vegan Month in November is Michelin-awarded Chef Shaun Rankin at Ormer Mayfair; now while a chef famed for his seafood restaurant might not be the obvious person to create a vegan menu his plant-based offering is certainly one to take note of. New? Looking at the a la carte menu which doesn’t even have a single vegetarian main you might be surprised to hear that the vegan dishes have been low-key available for a while on request, this is the first time they’ve been organised into their own menu though. First Impression: This […]

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The Rooftop Restaurant with Wow-Worthy Views

What: Instagram is littered with glamorous guys ‘n gals posing outside of St Pauls Cathedral. Often, they’re poised in front of the landmark, hair sweeping into the wind as they candidly look across London. However, despite St Pauls being a location of popularity, often the ever so glam restaurant that sits just behind it is overlooked. Part of the D&D group, Madison restaurant is a true Manhattan style venue, booming as soon as you step out of the glass lift, right to the end of the eve cocktails. Playing host to many a famous fame and many a Made in […]

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Press To Get Pisco-ed at Flesh & Buns

What? Ross Shonhan, founder of the Bone Daddies Group (Bone Daddies, Flesh & Bun and Shack Fuyu) has just opened his second izakaya and this time they are exploring Nikkei Peruvian cuisine. Most excitingly they have taken a leaf out of Bob Bob Ricard’s book and have a button which once pressed summons over alcohol, although unlike the Soho restaurant which brings over Champagne, here once the button is pushed, a pisco trolley arrives. New? Yes, it launched at the end of September and arrives five years after Flesh & Buns first opened in Covent Garden. On the Menu: Inspired […]

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