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The Shed Spring Menu

Stop the press it seems as if summer might finally be around the corner – people are no longer wearing coats and I have definitely seen by fair share of pasty white knees making an appearance. So to celebrate the end of spring and the changing of the seasons, The Shed in Notting Hill are serving up one final spring menu to celebrate the best of British ingredients. On Saturday 24th May, diners will start with complimentary spring consommé with a wild garlic spiced crackers before a meal full of spring flavours including asparagus, radishes, rabbit and elderflower, including dishes […]

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Typing Room

The clickity clack of old school type writers – yup, the venue takes its name from the Town Hall’s original typing pool – will soon be replaced by the clatter of knives and forks when Lee Westcott’s new restaurant opens tomorrow. Very much up to speed on the culinary front, Westcott was previously on team Atherton running his two Hong Kong restaurants 22 Ships and Ham & Sherry before which he working at with Gordon Ramsay at Claridges and with Rene Redzepi at Noma. His Typing Room, formerly Nuno Mendes’ Viajante, is all about British seasonal produce set out over […]

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Kensington Place: Review

Having opened back in 1987, Kensington Place, is one of Notting Hill’s most loved restaurants serving up British brasserie-style food with a strong focus on seafood and fish; all the fish comes from the aptly named Fish Shop which is an extension of the restaurant so you know it’s going to be super fresh.  Having visited their pop-up earlier in the year, The Handbook thought it was high time we went back to the main restaurant. The restaurant itself has a nautical hints throughout and is light and airy with large floor to ceiling windows,  a bar at one end […]

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The Gin Garden Launches at The Gun

This summer is going to be gintastic! The Docklands’ historic gastropub, The Gun, has transformed its outdoor sundeck into a beautiful gin garden, overlooking the Thames and the O2. It is the perfect summer event space as it is decked out with deck chairs, astro turf and a herb garden which provides the freshest of garnishes, in order to enjoy the essence of the Mediterranean in London. Groups from 30 up to 250 people can now book the space to bring summer sunshine to whichever event they are hosting, be it a birthday celebration with friends, to entertaining clients for […]

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Ham Yard

A project almost as big as and often confused with the nearby Crossrail is finally opening next month in Soho. This latest addition to Tim and Kit Kemp’s Firmdale Hotels stable (Charlotte Street to Crosby Street) is set around a tree-filled pedestrian thoroughfare connecting Great Windmill Street to Denman Street, open to the public for the first time since the 1960s and centrepieced with a specially commissioned bronze by Tony Cragg. We’re talking 90 individually designed bedrooms and suites, 24 residential apartments, 13 specialist stores, restaurant and bar promising plenty of outside space plus a rooftop garden for hotel guests […]

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ContiniArtUK Opens New Gallery

Five thousand square foot in Central London is hard to come by, yet ContiniArtUK has occupied two floors of 105 New Bond Street in the heart of Mayfair. The new gallery will exhibit a permanent collection of both contemporary and modern art by artists including Fernando Botero and Pablo Picasso alongside the inaugural exhibition of sculptor Igor Mitoraj. The artist is known for his monumental public sculptures displayed at London’s British Museum, Canary Wharf, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the ruins of Agrigento in Sicily. His exhibition The Traces of Time will be displayed from 24th May until 22nd September. The […]

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Supersized House

Soho House Group, of the international celeb packed members club fame, has for some time been extending its reach to regular folk with fast food sidelines: Pizza East, Chicken Shop and Dirty Burger. However, these little diffusions are fast becoming a fast food empire and to prove it the Group is opening a supersize resto in Whitechapel on 21st May. Basically we’re talking Chicken Shop and Dirty Burger under one trademark, industrial style roof plus a small menu of healthier Soho House staples. Sat at the counter or communal and individual tables, you’ll be able to feast on rotisserie chicken […]

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Universal Everything at the Hospital Club

The Hospital Club has partnered with digital art pioneers, Sedition, to host an amazing new art exhibition which will feature a series of new and recent digital artworks by Universal Everything. Universal Everything is a UK-based digital art and design studio who enjoy a distinctive visual approach and pop-sensibility. This has made them a studio much sought after both by leading institutions in the art world and by sophisticated brands in the commercial world. Global technology brand LG will be providing the innovative Curved OLED screen technology incorporated within the show.  The exhibition runs 23-26th May with a private view […]

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Top 5 Brunch Parties

Want to party but don’t want the 4am bedtime? Want to go out but don’t want to have to navigate the terror that is the night bus? Then fear not with summer on the horizon it is time for the return of the day parties; combining brunch with cocktails and inevitably Champagne, DJs and dancing, The Handbook has rounded up some of the best including classic karaoke at Bunga Bunga and of course, the now classic Bluebird Brunch. The best thing? In bed by 8pm! Bluebird Brunch Chelsea, we have some good news – Sundays are the new Saturdays thanks […]

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The Palomar

If you’re wondering what modern day Jerusalem tastes like, The Palomar is your chance to find out. It’s a collaboration between Layo and Zoe Paskin, siblings behind The End/AKA (remember that?) and chefs, Assaf Granit, Yossi Elad and Uri Navon plus head chef, Tomer Amedi who hail from famous Jerusalme resto, Machneyuda. It’s also a family affair – Amedi’s wife, Yael Vardi, is the pastry chef. The Palomar is out to prove that there there’s definitely more to Jerusalem than the odd artichoke. Think the soul of old Levant blended with modern interpretations and techniques and reflected in mosaic marble […]

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