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Rekorderlig Pleasure Garden at Grand Union

Grand Union in Brixton is hosting Rekorderlig's Spirit of Summer in their ‘Pleasure Garden’ 7-10th August, before you get carried away I’ll just explain that it’s a beautiful Scandinavian wonderland in honour of our favourite Swedish cider.

Guests can enjoy interactive experiences inspired by the colours, shadows and aromas of a Scandanavian summer, in case you aren’t lucky enough to be holidaying in Sweden this year. There will also be a kaleidoscope photo area, light prisms and authentic Swedish food will ensure guests have an unforgettable evening. 

The brand's world famous bartender, Joel Persson, will also guiding guests on a taste tour of Rekorderlig's beautifully Swedish cocktails which have been exclusively designed for Grand Union. 

The Handbook is giving away 4 tickets to this awesome event which includes entry, a Rekorderlig Cider, three new flavour samples, three Swedish canapes, and an exclusive gift and photo memory of the night! Due to the nature of the event, unfortunately only over 18s can enter. 

Click here to be in with a chance of winning!

Posted by Charlotte Knight at 09:26 am | Comments »
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Nitrogen Ice Cream Launches

The world’s first mobile liquid nitrogen ice cream shop has finally hit our sweet-toothed shores bringing with it flash-frozen ice cream. Making science look fun and taste delicious, the modern shipping container turned pop-up laboratory, will use the cryogenic freezing process to create on-demand ice creams.

The modified US shipping container, located in the courtyard of Somerset House, will open up at the front to reveal a serving hatch lined with three nitro mixers, which emit a theatrical smoky vapour while your ice cream is made. A much more enjoyable experience than any chemistry class we ever had in school and you get ice cream!

Fresh ingredients are used to create a weekly changing menu of two options, think Strawberry Cheesecake, Lemon and Basil, and Chocolate Coconut to whet your appetite. This modern technique is also an environmentally friendlier alternative than heavy duty freezers that normally store ice cream. So not only are you saving the planet by eating ice cream, you’re also basically a scientist with a great understanding of cryogenic freezing…and eating.

The iconic courtyard of Somerset House will be home to the ice cream pop up until 30th August 2014.

This article was first seen on www.the-earlybird.co.uk 

Posted by Charlotte Knight at 17:17 pm | Comments »
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Theo Fennell partners with Glorious Goodwood

Unique jewellery maker, Theo Fennel, has re-ignited a business friendship with long-time pal Charles March, who manages the Goodwood estate, to sponsor the Magnolia Cup. The Magnolia Cup has established itself as one of the most exciting races at Glorious Goodwood, with this year's Ladies' Race being no exception. Jockeys already confirmed include Goodwood Racecourse Ambassador and supermodel, Edie Campbell, Philippa Holland and Alexis Green.

Theo Fennell has also created a stunning line of new Diamond and Gold collections to coincide with the Magnolia Cup, including the aptly titled 18ct Yellow Gold 'Whip' Collection, which he will present as exclusive prizes for the winning rider, trainer and owner. The pieces are all hand crafted in his workshop which is located above his Fulham Road shop where they make bespoke jewellery items.

The Magnolia Cup Race at Goodwood takes places on 31st July. The Gold Whip Collection retails from £495 to £10,250 –more information available on the website.

www.theofennell.com

Posted by Charlotte Knight at 14:30 pm | Comments »
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Tate Britain Summer Picnics

There is something gloriously British about picnics, a summer without a picnic is no summer at all. So it’s good news then that the iconic Tate Britain restaurant Rex Whistler, has launched a brand new summer picnic menu that comes with a Clovelly hamper and picnic blanket to enjoy as you soak up the sun out on its lawn. The baskets are filled to the brim with best of British produce, all handpicked from artisan suppliers from right across the country.

Specifically chosen cured meats including smoked duck and Suffolk salami, cheeses from Gloucestershire and Wales, freshly prepared smoked salmon pâté and tangy ale chutney are all perfectly paired with a selection of breads and savoury crackers, the days of squished sandwiches are long gone. You can also find British strawberries, Cornish clotted cream, handmade scones and raspberry jam in your hamper, afternoon tea in a picnic? Genius! 

The Rex Picnic area is open until September, with picnics served daily between 12 pm and 3pm, and drinks served between 12 pm and 5pm.

www.tate.org.uk

Posted by Maddy Ewles at 09:30 am | Comments »
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Selin Kiazim

There’s a new restaurant trend happening around London that we are particularly excited about– the kitchen takeover. After the success of James Cornwall’s recent takeover at Opera Tavern, The Salt Yard Group has invited London’s next hot chef, Selin Kiazim, to its Ember Yard restaurant on the 4th of August. Chef Kiazim's background in Turkish and Middle Eastern style cuisine compliments that of Ember Yard, with an emphasis on cooking over a charcoal grill to create complex smokey flavors. 

Anticipated dishes include Şeftali kebab-spiced lamb crepinette with lemon and lavash; chicken livers with cumin, rosemary and date butter on toast; Baharat marinated cuttlefish, sea vegetables, peas and sesame; and BBQ peach, pistachio and ricotta künefe with fennel seed ice cream. Is your mouth watering yet? Of course it is... so you know what to head to Ember Yard because this unique culinary experience is taking place for one night only. 

emberyard.co.uk

Posted by Maddy Ewles at 09:00 am | Comments »
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Triyoga classes at On the Roof with Q

Things are getting very healthy over at On the Roof with Q, Des McDonald’s summer pop-up rooftop restaurant at Selfridges, with the launch of delicious juices from critically acclaimed New York brand, The Juicery.

They will also be hosting a programme of yoga classes from the popular brand, triyoga, with some of London’s favourite yoga teachers. All classes will be held in the open air on the rooftop every Tuesday until 2nd September and include a delicious cold pressed juice from the Juicery.

So time to forget everything you knew about drinking cocktails on London rooftops and start practising your sun salutation for real.

Lessons cost £25 (£20 when booked online) and run 10-11am, next lesson is 29th July.

www.triyoga.co.uk

Posted by Charlotte Knight at 12:36 pm | Comments »
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Salmon and Spelt Muffin at Plum and Spilt Milk

It was Saturday morning, London was that horrible sort of hot, muggy temperature where the tube is a living nightmare and you lose inches just sweating your way through the crowds. For once we craved light foods rather than the usual carb heavy diet and finding ourselves in need of something to fuel our productive day of lying in Green Park, we headed to Plum and Spilt Milk, located inside the Great Northern Hotel, having heard they recently launched a new healthy breakfast menu.

Inside it is beautifully elegant, dark blue walls, wooden panelling, high ceilings, hanging lights and simple decorations – brass bowls filled with artichokes, pomegranates and aubergines and clusters of mirrors adorning the walls. There are cream leather banquettes and dark blue wing back chairs where you can while away the hours over a large latte and the papers (something that should never be underestimated). It’s peaceful and most importantly cool in this heat.

Alongside traditional breakfast dishes, the new, healthy menu features obvious options such as granola but also more adventurous takes on classics including quinoa porridge, buckwheat crepes and egg white omelettes. We however went for the spelt muffin, with steamed spinach, salmon and a poached egg. The dish was beautifully presented, although at £10 we were rather hoping for a whole muffin or two eggs, but I suppose that were our eyes getting the better of our stomachs.

 Whether it was the spelt that caused it or the cooking the muffin was rather dry and tough to chew so we resorted to butter to make up for this, which rather defeated our healthiness but we told ourselves it was good fat (we can’t say this is necessarily true) and proceeded to slather it on, that said the poached egg was cooked to perfection and a golden yolk spilled out on to the generous helping of smoked salmon and when you have a good egg and salmon you have a good breakfast.

We ordered another round of strong cappuccinos and then headed back into the blistering heat, immediately yearning for the coolness inside. So if you’re looking to go out for breakfast but can’t face a full English or a stack of pancakes in this weather or before you holiday then head to Plum and Spilt Milk because they have this healthy breakfast sorted.  

www.plumandspiltmilk.com

Posted by Emily Gray at 10:28 am | Comments »
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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

Posted by Maddy Ewles at 10:14 am | Comments »
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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

Posted by Charlotte Knight at 16:41 pm | Comments »
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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

Posted by Maddy Ewles at 15:50 pm | Comments »
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