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Roll up, roll up for Circus

The first thing that has to be said about Circus London is that it is pure escapism. As soon as you step through those doors you are transported out of the bustle of Covent Garden and into the bustle of what only can be described as a surreal, unique cocktail fantasy. Outside the hype is noisy and people are pushing to and fro trying to get around the streets, the atmosphere inside though is high energy, fun and excitable. Everything is wonderfully glamorous, from the dark sleek interior to the waitresses, who were friendly and attentive without checking on us […]

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Bar Launch of Goat

The new owners of Goat, Steve and Katia, spent almost 8 months refurbishing the inside of former Goat In Boots and it was well worth the wait. They stripped back the old interior to discover the amazing original features and bring new life into the 350 year old pub, creating a vintage and industrial feel. The lower floors are reserved for dining whilst upstairs boasts the bar area with an interesting choice of DJ booth in the form of a former church pulpit, perfect for spinning out sinful tunes. The cocktails at Goat are a little bit special due to […]

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Bar Launch of Goat

The new owners of Goat, Steve and Katia, spent almost 8 months refurbishing the inside of former Goat In Boots and it was well worth the wait. They stripped back the old interior to discover the amazing original features and bring new life into the 350 year old pub, creating a vintage and industrial feel. The lower floors are reserved for dining whilst upstairs boasts the bar area with an interesting choice of DJ booth in the form of a former church pulpit, perfect for spinning out sinful tunes. The cocktails at Goat are a little bit special due to […]

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Lazybones in Farringdon

It’s said that the people make a place, and this couldn’t be more obvious than at exciting new diner Lazybones in Farringdon. Almost a stone’s throw from the station, Lazybones exudes chilled out charm, with mission of ‘slow meat, hard drinks’ and the most friendly, down-to-Earth staff you’ll ever meet. Everyone who steps over the threshold is greeted like an old friend, and although Lazybones should easily fall into the category of East London haunts too cool for their own good, the amazing, welcoming atmosphere rescues the place from that fashionable fate. The menu at Lazybones is not the most […]

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Surprising combo at Oaka

If you’ve never been to the South London area of Kennington, there’s now a great reason to visit. Adding to the famous Oval cricket ground and a scattering of quirky pubs, brand new Pan-Asian restaurant ‘Oaka’ has just opened, handily just across the road from Kennington tube. Oaka at The Mansion House is part of the fusion concept taking off within the London food scene. However, rather than showcasing a blend of two cuisines, Oaka fuses food and drink, serving up the finest Asian cuisine with a selection of hand-crafted ales from an acclaimed Peterborough brewery. The Handbook had the pleasure […]

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Stunning food at Sushinho

The high-powered city peeps based near Liverpool Street now have a new place to fill up on delicious food. Enter the quiet and welcomingly heated (!) haven of Devonshire Square, and you’ll spot Sushinho – a new Brazilian-Japanese fusion restaurant. We were invited to the launch last month, so returned with great anticipation – and we certainly weren’t disappointed. We started our evening downstairs, in the cosy yet sophisticated cocktail bar. The drinks were beautifully presented and paired with tasty plantain crisps which were shockingly moreish! Our taste buds suitably prepared, we made our way to the main restaurant upstairs. Full […]

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Stunning food at Sushinho

The high-powered city peeps based near Liverpool Street now have a new place to fill up on delicious food. Enter the quiet and welcomingly heated (!) haven of Devonshire Square, and you’ll spot Sushinho – a new Brazilian-Japanese fusion restaurant. We were invited to the launch last month, so returned with great anticipation – and we certainly weren’t disappointed. We started our evening downstairs, in the cosy yet sophisticated cocktail bar. The drinks were beautifully presented and paired with tasty plantain crisps which were shockingly moreish! Our taste buds suitably prepared, we made our way to the main restaurant upstairs. Full […]

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K10 opens on Appold Street

Founded in 1999 by Christopher Kemper, the Development Director of the original Yo Sushi, Contemporary ‘kaiten’ Japanese restaurant, K10 has been serving up great sushi for the past twelve years and now they have just opened a second restaurant on Appold Street and last week The Handbook went down to try it out.  Bored of seeing dull or bland versions of Japanese food, the chefs at K10 have come up with a very affordable nutritious menu still using the highest quality ingredients, and the extensive range is amazing, think everything from fresh salmon sashimi to katsu currie to home-made puddings […]

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K10 opens on Appold Street

Founded in 1999 by Christopher Kemper, the Development Director of the original Yo Sushi, Contemporary ‘kaiten’ Japanese restaurant, K10 has been serving up great sushi for the past twelve years and now they have just opened a second restaurant on Appold Street and last week The Handbook went down to try it out.  Bored of seeing dull or bland versions of Japanese food, the chefs at K10 have come up with a very affordable nutritious menu still using the highest quality ingredients, and the extensive range is amazing, think everything from fresh salmon sashimi to katsu currie to home-made puddings […]

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Kua ‘Aina: Hawaiian burgers in Soho

The perfect antidote to the rainy weather, Kua ‘Aina is a surprising Hawaiian haven in very central London. Hidden just off Regent Street, this cosy burger restaurant welcomes you with a playful splash of colour (pink, yellow and aquamarine conjure the tropical beach and sea), a rough and ready décor, and the alluring smell of smoky meat. Although the main draw for Kua ‘Aina virgins is probably the unique ‘lava’ method of grilling, we’d wager the restaurant probably guarantees regular custom with its fun, friendly vibe and casual dining appeal. Co-owner Ed Bardos, who worked in a Kua ‘Aina abroad […]

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Victorious Voltaire

What was once a palace? Once a prison? And now a unique and nonchalantly cool destination venue? The answer? Voltaire, champagne and cigar bar. Named after the infamous French philosopher and writer who spent six years in exile in London, Voltaire is situated in a grade II listed building in the historic Square Mile. Below street level the stone vaults which once housed the treasure from the bank above have now been turned into private, spacious little alcoves, where you can be served by private waiters, The Vaults at Voltaire are set to be one of the exclusive London society […]

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Brilliant Burgers at Blue Boar

The Handbook team headed over to Blue Boar smokehouse to try out their great menu which is inspired by American pit masters but uses only the best British ingredients, think pulled pork, burgers, and steaks. The restaurant itself is dark, with low lighting and decorated with little nods to its American and British inspirations. We started with grilled Caesar salad and the sautéed mushrooms with crispy duck eggs. Both were delicious although the Caesar salad which rather than being tossed together as they usually are came as baby gem lettuce split in half, drizzled in the dressing and parmesan, one […]

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