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View from the Roof Gardens.

Proms On The Roof

July 23, 2014

The Roof Gardens in Kensington are celebrating summer with a series of prom events. From 6.30pm - 10pm on chosen Wednesdays in August (6th, 13th and 27th) you can escape the rush of the city, leave behind your usual midweek cinema trip and enjoy live music. There'll be opera, soft jazz, a Celtic harpist, Spanish guitarist and string quartet performances all  in the beautiful setting of three stunning gardens. 

Aswell as a cocktail on arrival, the bar will be open all evening, and on the food front, guests can choose from a selection of seafood, gourmet burgers, cold meats and cheese as well as a pudding, because  you may be watching opera but that doesn't mean you can't eat ice cream and waffles. 

www.roofgardens.virgin.com

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Fairmont Cocktails at Goodwood

Four fabulous Fairmont hotels and resorts are bringing their signature cocktails to the Trilogy Bar in the Richmond Enclosure during Goodwood for five days only. Thirsty guests will be able to enjoy exclusive cocktails designed by Fairmont mixologists from around the world.

Cocktails include the Ribot from the Fairmont Monte Carlo in Monaco which consists of Rum Smatt’s gold, Limoncello, pink grapefruit juice, Fresh mint, Lime and Brown Sugar. The four Fairmonts including hotels in New York and Shanghai, will be exlusively serving their signature cocktail, like we needed an excuse to book a holiday.

For those of you unable to make it to Glorious Goodwood (29th July – 2nd August) you can still celebrate at the Fairmont-run Savoy with their cocktail offering of the White Lady; a mix of lemon juice, Cointreau, Bombay Sapphire, Gin and a Dash of egg white.

www.fairmont.com

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The SS: Atlantica cruises along the River Thames.

All aboard who's going aboard! It's time to slip on a backless dress, throw on some art deco jewels and set sail on the Silver Sturgeon...

On the 26th of July the SS: Atlantica Summer Voyage will embark from Savoy Pier and sail an authentic ship itinerary from the 1930s, as guests are transformed back to one of history's most romantic travel time periods. 

The party features live bands, cabaret acts and dancing. Courtesy of Bourne & Hollingsworth, there will be three bars serving classic cocktails and Champagne.

When passengers aren't kicking up their heels on the dance floor or trying their luck at roulette and black jack, they can take their drinks up on deck to view the spectacular city sights. 

To win tickets to SS: Atlantica Summer Voyage head to The Handbook's twitter.

www.ssatlantica.com

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London's New Golfing Experience

So you saw a blog post about swingers and of course you had to read it thinking it would be filled with all kinds of debauchery, but no dear reader there is nothing saucy about the swingers we are talking about, (unless talk of crazy golf gets you hot and bothered that is).

Winterwell Festival’s founder, Josh Ford, will soon transform an impressive 7000-sq/ft warehouse into an exciting destination that will host London’s new golfing experience, Swingers, and take competitive socialising to a new level.

The finest engineering minds in crazy golf have created a 9 hole crazy-golf course complimented by a 1920’s clubhouse bar and terrace plus a street food diner serving award winning food; perfect for satisfying those athletic appetite’s after an hour on the course. Expect to see pop up residencies from familiar faces like Patty&Bun and Pizza Pilgrims, plus food carts from Hix Fishdog’s, When Mac Met Cheese and Butchies.

The walls of Shoreditch's only golf bar will be proudly lined with trophies of sporting glories of the past just waiting for you to add your dazzling accomplishment to it. So get your game face on and begin mentally and physically preparing yourself for this immersive, highly-competitve, unique crazy golf experience. 

www.swingersldn.co.uk

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The Shed kicks off grouse season.

In honour of the start of grouse season the renowned Notting Hill restaurant The Shed is teaming up with The London Shooting Club to host an evening featuring a grand feast. On the 12th of August The London Shooting Club will bring the first grouse of the season down from the Yorkshire moors straight into The Shed’s kitchen. 

Upon arrival, guests will enjoy a rich selection of appetizers including rabbit cutlet, pigeon dipper and mushroom Marmite. Visitors are then welcome to attend a short talk about shooting grouse given by The London Shooting Club co-founder, Steve Jones, followed by an elegant three-course meal.

The impressive menu will highlight all things game, with dishes such as pigeon dippers and venison cigars in addition to the grand roasted grouse. For dessert The Shed will offer three of their signature dishes - a wild plum with spelt barley, golden syrup sponge and crème fraîche. As a parting gift, diners will receive complimentary recipe cards on how to prepare and cook the perfect grouse. 

The event is taking place on the 12th August at 7:30 pm and booking is essential. 

theshed-restaurant.com

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Sushi restaurant entree.

Moshi Moshi Turns Twenty

July 18, 2014

It's hard to imagine this city without its abundance of sushi hot spots, but it has only been twenty years since the first kaiten (conveyor belt) restaurant opened it's doors in July of the early 90s. Marking two decades of success, Moshi Moshi has scheduled staggered celebrations over the next three weeks starting on Monday 28 July with 1994 prices at the sushi counter starting from 90p ranging to £2.50.

Other offerings include a haiku writing contest on Thursday 31st of July with a chance to win a dinner for two, hidden golden tickets on conveyor belt dishes which will bring prizes to several winners on Friday the 1st of August and servings of the most popular twenty dishes from the past twenty years offered on Thursday 7th August. 

“We’ve seen a big change in our customers’ palates since we first opened in 1994,” says Caroline Bennett, owner of Moshi Moshi. After spending time as a student in Tokyo, Bennett was excited to bring traditional Japanese food to the UK. 

“It will be fascinating to see what will be on our menus in the next decade or two. In Japan there are menus revolving completely around artisanal tofus, and a wider variety of seaweed is served. We’re also looking at jelly fish. Whatever is contemporary and best in Japan, we will be serving in London.”

Moshi Moshi is located above Platform 1 at Liverpool Street Station. 

www.moshimoshi.co.uk

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Voltaire Launches Cocktail and Gelato Menu

It’s finally, officially, properly summer, and how do we want to celebrate the sunshine? With cocktails and ice cream! Legendary drinking venue, Voltaire, has collaborated with Italian gelato brand, Black Vanilla, to combine these two delicious creations to craft a unique cocktail and gelato menu that will cool guests down in the best way possible.

There will be a range of dairy-free and fat-free gelato and sorbetto available to compliment the cocktails. The menu boasts tempting refreshers like Club Tropicana which consists of Cachaca, lime juice and syrup de gomme served with Alfonso mango sorbet. There will also be non-alcoholic options available like the Rosso Alfresco; raspberries, blueberries, syrup de gomme and cranberry juice served with wild strawberries and clotted cream gelato.

The menu is available from 8th July to 31st August at Voltaire.

www.voltairebar.com

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Arabica Bar and Kitchen Review

Arabica: Review

July 17, 2014

The Arabica Spice Company has been around for 14 years, their restaurant in Borough Market had only been opened in a week when we went down to visit and despite no reviews having been published at that time, it was already packed on a Monday. So far so good.

The restaurant features a mix of simple wooden tables or turquoise leather booths, exposed brick walls, arched ceilings, low lighting and they can open up the front which in this heat is life-saving. As the website says the restaurant is an ‘epicurean exploration’ of The Levant, and the menu which is tapas –style heavily features spiced lamb, chicken, lentils, bulgur wheat, dips, olives and spinach and is broken up into 9 categories including nibbles, dips, raw/cured and charcoal – there is so much to try that you’ll have to visit at least twice.

We were told to order 3-5 dishes per person, but unless you are absolutely starving and haven’t eaten in a week, which let’s be honest is unlikely, I would say choose 5 dishes between two.  Definitely order the Arabica spiced popcorn, it arrives in a paper bag and puts any other sort of popcorn you’ve had to shame, it isn’t spicy but it is wonderful. Cacik – a dip not unlike tahini just creamier, arrived with warm flat bread to mop it up and was delicious. From the raw/cured section it has to be the heavenly light Kibbeh Nayeh (Lebanese lamb and beef tartare, olive oil, red mustard leaves, tropea, onion and mint).  Crispy whitebait was good but after the Kibbeh Nayeh it was always going to have a hard time to living up to it, equally the spinach kibbeh was a little bland. 

We were back onto a winner with the 3 cheese man’ousheh, a flatbread loaded with halloumi, akawi and Westcombe ricotta, like the popcorn you would be missing out if you didn’t order this. We also recommend the mekanak (Lebanese lamb sausages) and the Mjederah – warm lentil and bulgar wheat pilaf. If you can manage more round it off with a scoop of strawberry and rosewater gelato and a strong Turkish coffee.

Drinks wise they have a small cocktail list, don’t expect to your find your usual daiquiris or margaritas, they are so much better than that, they’re the sort you want to sip rather than neck back and regret when you miss your tube stop.. twice. Rania’s Spritz a mix of Aperol, ginger, rosewater, chilli, sea salt and Prosecco is a must. They’ve also banned Coca a cola in favour of proper non-alcoholic drinks like mulberry soda.

We left as more tables were filling up, their 14 years as a spice company has obviously gained Arabica a great reputation and their restaurant is the icing on the cake. Head there now. 

www.arabicabarandkitchen.com

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Mile High presents Destination: Andalucia pop up

The team behind Mile High has been hiding out in the winter months (who can blame them) but as the sun the returns to blighty so do the unique, airline pop-ups, bringing with them its most exciting adventure yet - Destination: Andalucia.

Guests will be welcomed to the retro departure lounge with ‘check in’ cocktails and gourmet bar snacks before embarking to Destination: Andalucia which boasts the brashest, liveliest and most delicious elements of Spain’s most iconic province. Andalucía is at the heart of Spain’s gastronomic culture offering a feast for food lovers especially fans of tapas, fresh fish and seafood.

Access to the departure lounge bar will be available from 6.30pm, with boarding for dinner commencing at 7.30pm – can’t keep the pilot waiting after all.

Destination: Andalucia runs 30th July to 9th August. Tickets are available on the website and cost £65 per person.

www.dinemilehigh.com

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People partying at Notting Hill Carnival at London pub, Paradise

Next month will see Europe’s biggest street festival return when Notting Hill Carnival hits the streets 24-25th August. If you are a fan of the Afro-Caribbean street party but can’t face the inescapable crowds again this year, then don’t let that stop you as west London gastropub and party venue, Paradise by way of Kensal Green will be opening their doors to partiers over the bank holiday weekend.

Located a few minutes from the madness, Paradise will be staging two days of DJ’s, entertainment, music, food and drink, across the expansive two level building. The party will even spill over into St John’s courtyard (located across the road from the pub), where a pop-up sound system will act as an extension to the Paradise party.

www.theparadise.co.uk

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