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Openings & Launches

Squirrel: Nuts About Health

Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling (Cahoots, Bunga Bunga, Bart’s, Mr Fogg’s Tavern et al) are back and this time they are joined by their wives marketeer, Anneke Gilkes and nutritional therapist, Zoe Stirling to bring an all-day fast, casual healthy eating South Kensington joint called Squirrel. Known for fully embracing their themes (this is no half -hearted effort) Squirrel will feature a tree lined walkway, a twenty-one foot long fallen oak tree will make up the service counter, lights will be housed in hanging acorns, you’ll eat from acorn vessels and sit in timber clad tree-houses at large picnic style […]

What to do This Weekend

12 of London’s Best Terraces

It’s mid-July yet you’d never know it was summer. Granted, it wasn’t all that bad this weekend – the sun shone on Andy Murray on Sunday – and at moments like that you really fancy a refreshing drink or two while soaking up some vitamin D. Read on to discover our favourite terraces (no, we don’t mean rooftops) so you can dine al fresco, catch some rays and revel in the British summertime when the sun does eventually shine…

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Grotesque Gastronomy: Bompas & Parr Take on The Twits

In honour what would be the 100th birthday year of everyone’s favourite childhood author (Roald Dahl of course), we’ve seen afternoon teas, themed cocktails and exhibitions of much-loved Quentin Blake illustrations. Tempting Charlie and the Chocolate Factory desserts, fruity James and the Giant Peach cocktails and… dinner at the Twits? Bear with us, it may sound much less appetising than the alternative celebrations but this is a dinner experience like no other, all set to be ‘the worst dinner party in the world’. A theatrical take on dinner at Mr and Mrs Twit’s, theatre company Les Enfants Terribles and creators of the Olivier […]

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Reviews

Theo’s Simple Italian Review: What We Thought

New? Theo’s Simple Italian opened up earlier this year in Hotel Indigo in March after acclaimed chef Theo Randall decided to move on to restaurant number two following the immense success of his eponymous restaurant at the InterContinental. Where? 34-44 Barkston Gardens, Earl’s Court SW5 0EW, www.theossimpleitalian.co.uk First Impressions: The restaurant is conveniently located within close proximity to Earl’s Court station and it was easy to spot the light blue and white striped awning while strolling down Barkston Gardens. The interior is light and airy, complete with wood-panelled walls and low-hanging industrial lights, all of which is contrasted by the sleek and modern bar area. We were […]

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Openings & Launches

Flora Indica Opens

Tomorrow will see the opening of Flora Indica  on Old Brompton Road, a fantastical, surreal British – Indian bar and restaurant inspired by the 10,000 of plants found on the subcontinent. Sameer Taneja (formely Executive Chef at Benares Restaurant and Bar) brings his Michelin star training to the Flora Indica with the likes of sea bass, sea spinach, chilli coconut, parsnip purée and dill and smoked venison, burnt onion salt, fennel, beetroot textures and masala spiced potato on the menu. Pudding isn’t your usual sticky toffee pudding affair, oh no instead you’re much more likely to find beetroot doughnuts and rosemary […]

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Openings & Launches

Patty & Bun Opens in Shoreditch

London is full of burgers. Everywhere you look there are new burger joints popping up, new combinations of toppings each more ludicrous and delicious than the next. Well now it’s time to step aside because a burger giant is back and opening their next venue in Shoreditch. Yep Patty & Bun are back and they’re about to shake up Redchurch Street with their burger den that owner, Joe Grossman has described as a ‘raucous little animal’. Upstairs you’ll find a counter top with bar seating, open kitchen and a bar, wander downstairs, however, and you’ll find a speakeasy drinking den […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Artistry in Alchemy at SUSHISAMBA

So the weather is a bit hit and miss at the moment, even for Britain it’s a miserable summer. So when the sun does decide to shine you need to make the most of it. You need to ditch everything, get off the tube, get out of the office, leave the underground bar and head to a terrace. So when the sun did shine the other day that is exactly what we did, we went to the highest terrace we could find – the Tree Terrace at SUSHISAMBA. Why? Because Artistry in Alchemy is running until the end of August […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Last Chance to Attend: Tomorrow’s Handbook Reader Event ‘Eat Yourself Younger’

We are hosting our first readers event at Sanderson tomorrow (Wednesday 13th July) at 6.30pm for a 7pm start with Elizabeth Peyton Jones, author of ‘Eat Yourself Young’ and a favourite amongst A-listers such as Thandie Newton and Joanna Lumley. Elizabeth will be discussing topics such as ‘the main foods which help encourage youthfulness and good health’ and ‘what supplements to take to reverse the signs of ageing’. We are putting together an amazing beauty box of healthy snacks and great beauty products which you will also get on the evening along with a copy of her book. Due to […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Italian Rooftop Pop-Up With Michelin-Starred Chefs

Rooftop takeovers have swept over the city; from west to east there’s barely a rooftop untouched by Pimm’s, Prosecco and Aperol Spritzes. The issues arise when trying to decide which pop-up is worthy of whiling away your precious Friday night. Perhaps one boasting Michelin-starred chefs can convince you? Enter Harvey Nichols with their Michelin Star Terrace Takeover. The month-long event will see resident ‘Live In Italian’ chefs take over the kitchens, celebrating the best of Italian cooking, each Tuesday in July. Ollie Dabbous of Fitzrovia fine dining restaurant, Dabbous, is kicking things off tonight (Tuesday 12th July) with an innovative […]

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Hotels

Le Méridien Piccadilly: French Riviera in London

Ah, the French Riviera. With its sparkling sea, blue skies, soaring mountains and vibrant colours it’s hard not to daydream of sneaking away to the Mediterranean paradise during your eight hours of being cooped up in a stuffy office with nothing to gaze out at but the dreary London “summer.” Lucky for us, Le Méridien Nice has been transported to Piccadilly this summer and is giving us our fix of nautical deckchairs, parasols and Mediterranean vistas.  Le Méridien Piccadilly is partnering with its sister hotel in Nice to bring the French Riviera to its Terrace Grill & Bar for three months of summer soirées. […]

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