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Openings & Launches

The Underground Drinking Club Launches

You're still drinking at street level? Haven't you heard it’s time to get down and dirty (or at least down) as the Underground Drinking Club returns to London this Saturday? Like a speakeasy but with less bars hidden behind bookshelves and more cocktails being made under street level.    Hosted in Old Street station, guests can pick from 3 exclusive two hour slots where they then head down below the city streets to enjoy a unique drinking experience. Menus are banished as London’s best bartenders, armed with Russian Standard Platinum, exotic juices, syrups, spices and garnishes, will use their vast […]

Reviews

The Jones Family Project review – what we thought

The hustle and bustle of London felt a world away when we arrived at The Jones Family Project in Shoreditch. With trees decorated with fairy lights forming the center- piece of tables, and a New York style long bar that would be Chuck Bass’ dream, the restaurant which has been set up by a group of friends lives up to its independent ethos, adding something different to your usual dining experience. Having acclimatized ourselves to our surroundings, we were seated in an intimate booth in the bar area upstairs. Despite being situated away from the main restaurant, this had a […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Caravan heads to Frieze Art Fair

If you’re heading to the Frieze Art Fair (15th -18th October) then in amongst viewing the art, make sure you head to Caravan who have taken elements of their King’s Cross and Exmouth Market restaurants to create a 130-cover restaurant, which will also feature a 40-cover bar and nestled under Regent’s Park tree canopy, a private outdoor terrace which sits a further 40 guests. Chef-Owner Miles Kirby will be making sure the seasonal and local produce will be the focus of the menu, with a mixture of classic signature dishes and dishes especially created for the fair. Small plates include […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Breakfast with Charles Pop-Up

The brunch collective, Breakfast with Charles are on a mission to reinvent brunch. Rather than a post gym refuel of smoothies and eggs or a hazy hungover bacon roll they want to make the brunch the main affair, a long, lazy all-day event (briner anyone?), where you roll out of bed and spend the day eating, drinking and setting the world to rights with your friends.   This weekend they are heading to The Pillbox Kitchen in Bethnal Green for a two day pop-up showcasing the best of their brunch dishes from the past year.  So to start expect to […]

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Openings & Launches

Piccola Cucina

With outposts in New York, Miami and Ibiza, Piccola Cucina also boasts something of a celebrity following. Michael Bublé. Check. Vince Vaughan. Check. Adam Sandler. Check. And now it’s brought its intimate Sicilian chic to Notting hill in the shape of a stucco-clad house decorated with hand-made tiles and locally-crafted dressers.  In charge of making it happen over here is Italian restaurateur Andrea Reitano, whose debut Italian  restaurant in the UK, Mayfair’s Assunte Madre, opened earlier this year to much critical acclaim – not least the Financial Times! Expect fresh ingredients delivered daily from with Sicilian, Italian and Mediterranean specialties […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Eat Jimmy Choo at The Berkeley

Marilyn Monroe once said: “Give a girl the right pair of shoes and she can conquer the world.”  It may have been a bold claim to make but not one that anybody should take lightly, with a pair of shoes having the ability to make or break morale very quickly. Indeed, Jimmy Choo, who we like to think knows a little bit about shoes once compared shoes to the foundations of a building, noting “if the foundations aren’t right, the building won’t stand upright, and if a woman’s balance isn’t right, nothing else is.” Yes, the right pair of shoes […]

News

Guide to National Chocolate Week

Hurrah it’s National Chocolate week, where the rules are you have to consume as much chocolate as humanly possible – see it as preparation for Christmas. Chocolate isn’t just for eating though, oh no it’s for  drinking and writing and covering yourself in (yes you did read that right) here is The Handbook’s guide to 5 things to do this week rather than just eat a bar of chocolate: Divine Chocolate Spa If you think chocolate is just for eating, you’d be wrong it makes a rather excellent scrub too, which is why the K West hotel is offering a […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

House of Ho Rock’n’Roll Brunch

Situated in the heart of Soho is House of Ho, a modern Vietnamese restaurant, that has recently launched 'Bobby's Rock 'n' Roll Brunch' thusly named after head-chef Bobby Chinn. The brunch kicks off in rock’n’roll style with a Lychee Bellini and edamame beans and crackers for the table. Guests are invited to choose from the £29 or £36 (per person) option, the latter offers extra dishes like the Shaking Beef, which was comparable to grilled peppery chunks of steak and was delicious. The £36 menu also includes dessert and cocktails like the Yum Rum Dragon, a tropically decorated concoction of […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Kensington Quarter Opens at the Indigo Hotel

Congratulations are in order for Doran and Valeria Zilkha who are about to welcome a new addition to their Quarter Group family- the Kensington Quarter based at The Indigo Hotel. The Kensington Quarter which opens on the 1st November, is already set to live up to the names of its older brothers and sisters reflecting the family’s commitment to creating stylish yet relaxed surroundings centered around a passion for food and wine. The innovative new café, bar, restaurant and deli (good multi-tasking) has been designed by the award winning consultancy firm Dexter Moren Associates, offering a home from home atmosphere […]

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Openings & Launches

Dirty Tommi’s

We love it when you take two good things and create a super-good thing, gin and tonic, peanut butter and jam, salt and caramel and now Tommi’s Burger Joint and Dirty Bones. Happening now the collaboration pop – up means you can expect to find signature dishes from both venues plus a  number of unique mashed up recipes, created exclusively will also feature such as: Tommi’s Burger Dog (Tommi’s burger served doggy style, with confit onion, Dirty Bones short rib, crispy shallots, dirty cheese sauce & dill pickles). Wash all of these treats down with Dirty Tommi’s specially created boozy […]

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