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Cambridge Street’s New Menu

What? Originally a Victorian pub designed by Thomas Cubitt in 1852, Cambridge Street Kitchen is on the ground floor of the Artist Residence, a boutique hotel opened by couple Charlotte and Justin Salisbury. New? Nope, it opened back in 2015 following the opening of the Artist Residence in September 2014. They have, however, recently had a new Head Chef, Elliot Miller who has unveiled his new menu which makes the most of seasonal ingredients. Where? You’ll find the Artist Residence tucked away on a quiet residential street just down from Victoria Coach station, it’s warm glow drawing in the locals […]

News

4 Alternative Apps if Uber is Banned

One taxi for Uber! Unless they can swing something, then TFL will be cutting the ignition for Uber in London on September 30th. But don’t fear, before you cancel your entire social diary  post the September 30th D-Day, The Handbook has some handy alternatives. Gett You could go back to black. If you like your cabs black, with thoroughly licensed and vetted drivers who’ve passed the gruelling ‘knowledge’ exam, but you want the security of knowing there’s a paper trail, then get Gett. The phone app is already used by most traditional black cabbies and works in much the same […]

Openings & Launches

Spend Some Arabian Nights Eating at Villa Mama

From the deserts and souks of Bahrain to South Kensington, a taste of the Middle East arrives on Elystan Street this month. Bahraini chef and restauranteur Roaya Saleh is transporting Villa Mama from the Saar district of Bahrain and bringing with it the seasonal home-style dishes, flavours and culinary traditions from across the Khaleej, Persia and beyond. With an emphasis on ‘mezzeh’ sharing plates the menu is a whistlestop tour of the GCC countries, those states grouped around Saudi Arabia including Qatar, Oman, Kuwait and Yemen. Dishes like Khubus, a Tandoor-cooked flatbread served with meyhawa, a Bahraini speciality of fermented […]

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Indian Tapas at Lokhandwala

What? Lokhandwala is a large, desirable neighbourhood in Mumbai, home to a number of notable Bollywood stars, TV personalities and film producers. Though a little less residential (we can dream…), Fitzrovia’s Charlotte Street now has its own taste of Lokhandwala, in the form of “inventive, tapas-style Indian fare” in a rustically-glamorous setting. Where? 93 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 4PY, www.lokhandwala.co.uk On the Menu: Gone are the days that ‘tapas’ means only giant prawns, tomato-loaded bruschetta and cubes of marinated meat; London now houses tapas of almost every global cuisine. Indian is one of the most recent (and most unconventional) and […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Godiva is Bringing an Immersive Chocolate Banquet to London… and It’s Completely Free

We’ve all heard Forrest Gump’s “life is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re going to get”. But never has this rung more true than it does now, because an immersive chocolate banquet was the last thing we expected. What was that, you ask? An immersive chocolate banquet. Because for the launch of its Masterpieces range in Sainsbury’s stores, luxury chocolatier Godiva is teaming up with immersive dining extraordinaire Gingerline to give lucky winners an evening of multi-sensorial dining, with three courses inspired by the Heart, the Shell and the Lion from the Masterpieces collection. But […]

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Confessions of a Fashionista Afternoon Tea at London Hilton Park Lane

What: The Confessions of a Fashionista Afternoon Tea was created at London Hilton on Park Lane in collaboration with elegant British womenswear label Madderson London and the luxury London shoe brand, Lucy Choi. New? Yes and you don’t have long to try it out, the Confessions of a Fashionista Afternoon Tea is available from 11th-24th September to coincide with London Fashion Week (15th-19th September 2017). Where? London Hilton on Park Lane, 22 Park Lane, Mayfair W1K 1BE www.hilton.com On the Menu: Sandwiches include options like smoked salmon and horseradish cream on malted bread, and coronation chicken, curry and pineapple on ciabatta bloomer. Freshly […]

Guides

What to do This Weekend: 22nd – 24th September

If you’re looking forward to this weekend in London nearly as much as we are then you’re probably already heading down to some of the events in this week’s guide! The Sheraton Grand London Park Lane What: Pie and Mash Pairings at Smith and Whistle Why: If the answer to ‘who ate all the pies?’ is ‘me’ then hopefully that’s because you’ve been down to Smith and Whistle at The Sheraton Grand for their pie and mash pairing. The event aims to bring a ‘bit of the East End to the West End’ to coincide with British Food Fortnight. Eat […]

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Classic Comfort Food at Wringer & Mangle

What? Following on the success of the first Wringer & Mangle that opened in London Fields in a former laundry, this second venue finds itself on Middlesex street, just across from Liverpool Street station. New? Yes, brand spanking new, we visited on the opening night, something to keep in mind, when reading this. Where? 94 Middlesex Street, Spitalfields, E1 7EZ, www.wringerandmangle.com On the Menu: Heading up the kitchen is Food Director to the group, Paul Gayler MBE and Head Chef, Peter Tomkinson. At lunch you’ll find salads, pastries and sandwiches, whilst in the evening there is a menu of comforting […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Courtesan Brixton: Dim Sum, Cocktails and Cabaret

What happens when you cross the rituals of ancient China and the its courtesans with the legendary clubs of 1920s Shanghai? Not something you probably think about that much, if at all ever. That said if you were to, the answer would be a dim sum and cocktail bar in Brixton – who’d have thought? Relaunching this September, Courtesan will weave together ancient and vintage feminine aesthetics with a futuristic thread. Neon lights, bright red graphics, jade velvet booths and large silk lanterns will sit alongside Chinese artefacts. Leading you down to the late-night venue will be a geometric neon-lit […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Reggae, Wine And Pizza Pairing

‘Red, red, wiiiiiine…’ may have been a massive hit for UB40, forever marrying together the unlikely couple of Jamaican Music and Cabernet Sauvigon. But now it’s about to get a bit more complicated for reggae and vin rouge, welcome into the threesome… Pizza! It’s a night of pizza, wine and reggae music and it sounds as brilliant as it is batty. Pizza legends Made of Dough started towing their oven around the country with a van before landing in their Peckham shipping container kiosk this year. Meanwhile independent wine merchants Lea & Sandeman have been scouring the wine regions of […]

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