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David Downton Fashion Map at 34 Restaurant

Calling all ladies who lunch, 34 restaurant have joined forces with fashion illustrator David Downton and throughout November and December will be handing out 34 beautiful hand drawn maps highlighting Downton’s favourite fashion haunts in Mayfair. Since becoming Fashion Artist in Residence at Claridge’s  two years ago Downton  has come a little bit obsessed with Mayfair and the places in it. From the grand hotels and restaurants which you have to reserve months in advance to the hidden gems and little secrets, which is why on the map you will find places like  Claridge’s, Christian Loubtin and Dover Street Market […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Berkeley’s A/W13 Prêt-à-Portea Launch

The Berkeley is launching its famous Prêt-à-Portea’s Autumn/Winter collection, featuring a Burberry trench coat-shaped spiced ginger biscuit with caramel icing and Saint Laurent’s red duffle Victoria sponge cake bag, along with Jean Paul Gaultier cremeux and Vivienne Westwood macaroons. Located near to Harvey Nichols and Harrods, this is the perfect afternoon treat for the fashion-savvy crowd. Oscar de la Renta is celebrated with his orange bavarois with shocking pink chocolate embroidery, as well as Emporio Armani with a warm winter violet cases moisse and light Curacao jelly, and Gianvito Rossi with a chocolate over-the-knee boot biscuit. In order to add […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Cocktail Masterclass at Mansion Bar and Parlour

A major part of the London bar scene is the drinks (obviously) but more specifically the cocktails, with punters perusing the menu for various alcoholic concoctions with varying degrees of luminosity and ability to get you sloshed. But have you ever imagined yourself behind the bar, putting Tom Cruise to shame with your ability to skilfully whiz the cocktail shaker around like a professional juggler? Mansion Bar and Parlour is hosting a cocktail class that runs the first Thursday of every month but this is no ordinary cocktail class, oh no, this a Molecular and Carbonised Cocktail Masterclass! The Handbook […]

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Openings & Launches

The Magazine

Architect Zaha Hadid’s first designed restaurant space in central London opens this Friday 1 November at the new Serpentine Sackler Gallery in Kensington Gardens. The venue is operated by K&K London Ltd with head chef, Oliver Lange, a past guest chef for Kofler & Kompanie’s Pret A Diner events in London. The Magazine, a former 1805 gunpowder store, is located five minutes’ walk from the gallery itself on the north side of the Serpentine Bridge. Lange has spent time considerable time working in Japan, immersing himself in the tastes, techniques and textures of the Japanese kitchen and incorporating its precision […]

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Openings & Launches

New Opening: North Audley Cantine

Childhood friends David Bellaiche, Gabriel Cohen-Elia and Jeremy Coste have opened ‘NAC’ (North Audley Cantine) which aims to take traditional French dishes and put a creative modern twist on them: the bistro specialises in unique sharing plates and delicious desserts. Some of the most popular sharing dishes include classic macaroni and cheese with truffle, grissini-crusted veal, and oeuf parfait with forest mushrooms. If you are a pudding lover, then NAC is the place for you, with irresistible offerings such as hot churros with popping sugar, ice cream and chocolate sauce, and profiteroles with salted caramel and ice cream. NAC also […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Halloween and Bonfire Night flavours at Gelupo

Summer may be over that doesn’t mean that you can’t keep eating ice cream, 1) because you can always eat  ice cream and 2) because over in Soho Gelupo have just created some brilliant new autumn flavours which are perfect for  Halloween and Bonfire Night. From the 31st October you will be able to get your hands on wonderfully decadent flavours such as Apple Strudel, Brown Sugar & Salt (which we can’t wait to try) Salted Caramel & Pecan and Whisky & Shortbread. There are also some slightly more daring flavours;  come Halloween you have to try the Pumpkin & […]

Reviews

Ballaro Restaurant Review

On Thursday evening, The Handbook headed over to Belsize Park to try out Ballaro, a new Sicilian restaurant that opened earlier this week. Co-owned by renowned Italian chef Carmelo Carnevale, former Head Chef at Novikov, we were very excited to sample his new offerings – needless to say our expectations were very high. We arrived at 7.30pm when the restaurant was in full swing, and, having seen photos of the empty restaurant, we were expecting a contemporary, stylish atmosphere. Designed by Sally Yeoh with a brief of slick London restaurant meets warm, friendly Mediterranean bistro, I was a little underwhelmed: […]

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Reviews

The Lockhart Review

Last week The Handbook headed over to Marble Arch for a little bit of good old fashioned South Western American food at The Lockhart. We arrived as the restaurant was filling up, a few people at the bar and families and couples around the small white wooden tables which were adorned with mismatch crockery. The restaurant itself is minimal think exposed bricks and wooden floors- yet it is still cosy, with twinkling candles and warm soft lights. We snuck off downstairs to the bar, naturally, to start with cocktails. Forget sugary pinks and chemical greens these cocktails are all about […]

Openings & Launches

Halloween in London

With Halloween just around the corner, we have got together some of of the spookiest, goriest and most terrifying events happening in our haunted city. From 80s horror films in Maggie’s to dusting the cobwebs off you love life with speed dating and demonic cocktails served in skulls at The Langham, London is the place to be this Halloween.  Cocktails Almeida Over at Almeida they have created a cocktail with a real kick to it, the ‘Cosmo Diavlo’.  It's a devilish muddle of cucumber, chilli, Russian standard vodka, triple sec, fresh lime juice and cranberry. Forget Halloween chocolate, we want […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Purl London Pop-up at The Bedford

The Bedford in Balham will be launching a brand new Purl London pop-up, which will run from 5 November 2013 to 27 April 2014. Purl is a Marylebone-based cocktail specialist that uses aromas, foams, airs, liquid nitrogen, and much more to create impressive cocktails that appeal to all the senses, transporting the guest to another place or time. Purl at The Bedford will be showcasing all of the ‘forgotten Purls’ – Purl’s most popular cocktails that are no longer on the Purl Marylebone menu. Available exclusively at Purl at The Bedford, the confirmed cocktails will include signature creation ‘Mr Hyde’s […]

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