The Handbook Blog | London Restaurants, Nightlife, Arts & Culture
From the horses mouth

The Handbook Blog

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

Posted by Charlotte Knight at 11:51 am | Comments »
Twitter icon
Facebook icon
Google icon
e-mail icon

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

Posted by Charlotte Knight at 09:44 am | Comments »
Twitter icon
Facebook icon
Google icon
e-mail icon

Afternoon Tea set up at the Paramount.

In can't be denied that Londoners do love their afternoon tea, but sometimes a simple scone and cup of Camomile just don't cut it. Paramount, the restaurant and bar situated on the 32nd floor of Centre Point, launches a liquored up alternative to traditional afternoon tea, it's like Londoner's two favourite things in one. The 'High Spirits' Afternoon Tea is now served everyday between 2:30 and 4:30 pm and includes alcohol in every element.

Spiked sandwiches include gin and orange-cured salmon with lemon butter on lemon bread; whisky-smoked ham with whole grain mustard on tomato bread and a Bloody Mary concoction served on whole grain bread. Scones will be dressed with Cointreau and orange jam (now we're talking!).

The selection of scrumptious cakes and pastries will include tipsy treats such as Coffee Baileys and Cream created with Bailey's mousse, chocolate mousse topped with a crunchy caramel and coffee crumble,  and the Raspberry Cranachan fixed with whiskey crème fraîche, raspberry and Chambord purée sprinkled with crunchy oats.  

£28 per person, or £42 including a cocktail of your choice. 

www.paramount.uk.net

Posted by Maddy Ewles at 14:24 pm | Comments »
Twitter icon
Facebook icon
Google icon
e-mail icon

Sweetcorn fritters at London cafe Brew

Brew Review

July 16, 2014

From the outside you might mistake Brew for a high end Starbucks, where one quickly dashes in for a coffee and sandwich and then continues your journey, but this would be a shame for Brew is so much more. Brew is a chain of cafés serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with locations in Wimbledon, Battersea and more recently, Wandsworth. The more travelled amongst you may have even seen them in Melbourne, San Francisco and LA – this Brew gets around.

With Brew you can banish the thought of lowly cereal for breakfast with their much more appealing options of Blueberry Pancakes with caramelised banana, creme fraiche and maple syrup, or Eggs Benedict to name but a few.

It is worth taking the time to sit down to properly savour the range of lunch options; our favourite for lunch are the Sweetcorn Fritters with avocado, tomato jam & lime aioli. The interior is clean, chic and relaxed, and leans enthusiastically on the side of restaurant over café; perfect for a work lunch or just somewhere nicer to go if you are feeling fancier than the office kitchen.

As any good café Brew also boasts a welcoming selection of cakes, croissants, cookies, juices and smoothies, as well coffees and teas.

www.brew-cafe.com

 

Posted by Charlotte Knight at 09:36 am | Comments »
Twitter icon
Facebook icon
Google icon
e-mail icon

Drunch at Avenue St James

It’s true what they say breakfast is the best way to start the day or if it’s the weekend then the best way to spend the day. And over at Avenue in St James, they know that too, which is why they’ve recently launched their new weekend ‘drunch’ menu.

Not quite breakfast, dinner or lunch, the menu features a whole smorgasbord of new American inspired dishes such as fresh fruit salad, fresh granola with thick creamy Greek yoghurt, big stacks of waffles or fluffy buttermilk pancakes with maple sauce and bacon or berries and crème fraiche (go for the bacon, you know you want to). If you want something a little heartier then there is there mac and cheese with truffle which you absolutely have to try as they’re on to a winner with that one, and The Avenue Black Angus Hamburger which you can have with bacon and applewood smoked cheddar.

For pudding you can build your own sundae, choose two flavours of ice cream or gelato (we recommend chocolate brownie and peanut butter ice-cream), a sauce – think raspberry, strawberry, caramel and topping (go for the popcorn!) and hey presto!

Order a juice or coffee or if you want to really celebrate not having to go to work, for an extra £10 you can add unlimited Prosecco or Bloody Marys, but hey it’s a Saturday and you don’t have anywhere to be, eat, drink, drink a bit more, order some toast and just while away the day, so maybe ‘drunch’ is a drunk brunch then? 

www.avenue-restaurant.co.uk

Posted by Emily Gray at 16:57 pm | Comments »
Twitter icon
Facebook icon
Google icon
e-mail icon

White Hat Bakery Pop Up at Banqueting House

Have you ever had a drinking and gambling den created just for you? Maybe if you were a monarch like King James I you would have. Luckily for you, the incredibly atmospheric vaulted Undercroft Café, (originally used by King James I) has been given a modern refurbishment in Banqueting House and will be hosting a White Hat Bakery pop up residence open for all.

From 18th July to 2nd September guests will be able to enjoy specially created early Stuart recipes alongside sweet and savoury baked goods with The London Tea Company and The London Borough of Jam. Make sure to head down between 8.30-9.30am (Mon-Fri) as they will be giving out free toast from the DIY station when buying a cup of tea or coffee!

www.whitehatbakery.co.uk

Posted by Charlotte Knight at 16:04 pm | Comments »
Twitter icon
Facebook icon
Google icon
e-mail icon

Mixologist serving at Cocktail Classroom, World Class

Calling all cocktail fans, mark your calendars because from 28th July until 3rd August, the industry’s most prestigious and respected mixology competition World Class, will open its doors to consumers for the very first time. Guests will be able to top up their cocktail knowledge with a series of immersive, engaging and bespoke drinking experiences.

An exclusive Cocktail Classroom session with the resident mixologists, Kenji, will showcase how to build and style the perfect G&T, muddle a great Caipiroska, stir a classic Manhattan and shake a Whisky Sour. Basically, you will leave as the ultimate drink connoisseur.

The Cocktail Classroom session lasts for 1 hour on 31st July with cocktails and canapés. It is a ticketed event so spaces are limited, to book your place click here.

Posted by Charlotte Knight at 12:40 pm | Comments »
Twitter icon
Facebook icon
Google icon
e-mail icon

Porky's BBQ Bankside

Porky's BBQ: Review

July 15, 2014

Following on from the success of their Camden branch, husband and wife team  Simon and Joy Brigg launched a second restaurant over on Bankside recently and so The Handbook team went down to check it out.

Inside the restaurant is all exposed brick walls, high sturdy wooden tables and stools, twinkling lights, it’s stripped back but still welcoming and reflects the simple but well-honed menu. We chose however, to sit outside but unfortunately Porky’s is situated on a street which doesn’t seem to catch the sun, so whilst we could see people walking in the light by the river our side street was gloomy in comparison.

Anyway back to the food, the menu is traditional Memphis BBQ and Grill and as the name suggests focuses on pork and meat (it’s also consequently how we felt after) so amongst the starters or warm ups as they’re titled you’ll find pork croquettes (order these) and a mug of house chilli. The cheesy corn hush puppies, we were told were more English than American – we weren’t too sure what that meant and whilst they were cheesy they had a rather odd sawdust like texture.

The Porky’s burger is a must, a beef burger topped with pulled pork, bacon and jack cheese between a brioche bun, it isn’t for the faint hearted. We ordered it without fries, instead choosing sweet potato chips, creamed spinach and coleslaw – all of which arrived in the traditional blue and white enamel dishes.  If you want to keep things more simple then stick to the pulled pork – it’s cooked low and slow for 18 hours over hickory which gave it such a rich flavour.

Not ones to ever say no to pudding, we felt we had let ourselves down when we were just too full, but hey there’s a first time for everything,  though hopefully this will be the last time – had we been able to muster our appetites then the chocolate pecan pie with squirty cream would have been our choice every time. Guess that means we just have to go back…. 

www.porkys.co.uk

Posted by Emily Gray at 09:56 am | Comments »
Twitter icon
Facebook icon
Google icon
e-mail icon

Searcys Celebrate 10 Years at the Gherkin

London’s highest private members club, Searcys Restaurant and Bar, is celebrating its 10th anniversary and wants you to join in. For 6 weeks only, between 21st July to the 4th September, Searcys will open its doors to the public meaning that non-members will be able to enjoy the 360° views from the relaxed, understated venue for the first time.

Head Chef Matthew Edmonds has created a 10 course anniversary tasting menu which will bring together a range of suitably celebratory ingredients and fresh seasonal produce to create a mouth-watering selection. An a la carte menu will also be offered for lunch and dinner and a special brunch menu will be available on Sundays, serving brunch classics and launching a Bloody Mary station, allowing guests to mix up their own perfect version of the cocktail.

www.searcysthegherkin.co.uk

Posted by Charlotte Knight at 16:35 pm | Comments »
Twitter icon
Facebook icon
Google icon
e-mail icon

Bombay Sapphire Ultimate Gin & Tonic Terrace

Inspired by Bombay Sapphire’s 10 exotic botanical ingredients and the journey taken to the ends of the earth to source them, Rosewood London will be hosting a 6 week residency from 22nd July. Throughout this time guests will be able to enjoy the ultimate G&T in an intriguing and sophisticated environment. The Bombay Sapphire Ultimate Gin & Tonic Terrace will also showcase a varied menu of cocktail twists based on ‘The Ultimate Gin & Tonic’.

For the budding mixologists amongst you, guests will be able to partake in a series of interactive masterclasses so that they can learn to recreate delicious cocktails at home. 

The Bombay Sapphire Ultimate Gin & Tonic Terrace will be open daily from 12pm until late, from 22nd July until 29th August.

www.rosewoodhotels.com

Posted by Charlotte Knight at 11:00 am | Comments »
Twitter icon
Facebook icon
Google icon
e-mail icon

Pages