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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Paradise’s Harvest Festival

This weekend Paradise by Way of Kensal Green is hosting its inaugural Harvest Festival, a weekend celebration dedicated to street food, country pursuits, music and entertainment. Saturday fun includes the Street Food Market (2pm-8pm) when food trucks will be stationed in the adjacent church courtyard adjacent including Innocent Drinks, Motherclucker, Rainbofood and Dosa Deli, with all pitch fees being donated to Action Aid. Also on Saturday will be a series of culinary classes, held in the first floor private dining and music rooms. Spitalfields Farmers (12:30pm-1:30pm, £10 entry) will be holding a gardening session on ‘Hungry Gap Vegetables’, which will […]

Openings & Launches

Roxx

Pop-up nightclub Roxx made a name for itself during a successful six month sojourn in the heart of Notting Hill and now it’s returning for the next instalment – this time in central London with a residency at Libertine in collaboration with the Code, whose owners include Rolling Stones scion, Tyrone Wood. The venue will be transformed into the classic backstage den concept and rock ‘n’ roll undercurrent synonymous with Roxx events. Expect the usual signature touches: neon signs and graffiti inspired street art, alongside amazing cocktails and top class service. The first pop-up, often referred to as ‘Notting Hill’s […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Lily Vanilli’s home brew

East London institution, Sebright Arms, is collaborating with baker Lily Vanilli in the latest of its Seabright Homebrew series. Previous collaborators include artist Pure Evil. Using its homebrewing kit, a ‘nano-brewery’ which allows for beer to be brewed in very small batches, Vanilli created Wit beer, a unique batch of light and summery wheat beer. The kit invites experimentation and encourages brewers to create more niche brews. Vanilli’s fruity syrup was concocted using hand-picked English raspberries and gorse flowers which was then brewed in partnership with LAB (London Amateur Brewers) to create the final version. The beer will be officially […]

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Reviews

Notting Hill Kitchen Review

Having fallen in love with Portuguese cuisine during a trip this summer to the Algarve, I was excited to hear that a Portuguese and Spanish restaurant was opening in Notting Hill. I was even more excited when I went down to review it. What I first noticed about Notting Hill Kitchen, is how it welcoming it looked from the outside, big twinkling lights outside, and the warm glow from behind the windows. Inside the restaurant is a mix of woody and olive greens, it’s smart and yet relaxed, homely yet sophisticated.  On a Thursday evening the restaurant was packed with […]

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Reviews

Notting Hill Kitchen Review

Having fallen in love with Portuguese cuisine during a trip this summer to the Algarve, I was excited to hear that a Portuguese and Spanish restaurant was opening in Notting Hill. I was even more excited when I went down to review it. What I first noticed about Notting Hill Kitchen, is how it welcoming it looked from the outside, big twinkling lights outside, and the warm glow from behind the windows. Inside the restaurant is a mix of woody and olive greens, it’s smart and yet relaxed, homely yet sophisticated.  On a Thursday evening the restaurant was packed with […]

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Openings & Launches

Augustine Kitchen

Battersea is getting a new French bistro next week from Franck Raymond who has named the new Augustine Kitchen after his grandmother. Expect French-style tapas together with more classic fare, focussing on produce from France’s Evian region where Raymond was born. Formerly head chef at Covent Garden’s Mon Plaisir, Raymond worked in Geneva as Head Chef at Le Marignac for three years and gaining two Michelin stars in the process, before setting up his own restaurant, Le Cheval Blanc in Evian. On moving to England, he worked for Marco Pierre White at the Oak Room and Titanic as Executive Sous […]

Culture

Eric Lanlard at Charlotte Street Hotel

Charlotte Street welcomes Master Patissier Eric Lanlard to the hotel as part of ‘Food & Film’, taking place throughout September.   As well as being a seasoned presenter of Channel 4’s Baking Mad, Lanlard also has his own destination café and cookery school in the heart of London. Add this to working alongside Albert and Michel Roux and a range of cook books including Tart it Up and Chocolat and you can see why he is a Master Patissier. On Monday 30th September, Eric Lanlard will introduce his favourite foodie film ‘Babette’s Feast’ in Charlotte Street’s very own screening room. […]

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Reviews

Le Cercle Restaurant Review

Last week The Handbook braved the torrential rain to head over to Le Cercle, in search of their tasting menu. Having waded through the puddles on Sloane Square, we slipped off onto Wilbraham Place, through the glass doors, down a set of stairs into Le Cercle. Despite having no windows, Le Cercle feels spacious, light, and airy whilst at the same time cosy and intimate, a mix of little booths, tables and bar seats. The tall ceilings and white walls made us feel almost as if we were in some cavern and yet the seats by the fire were like […]

Reviews

Le Cercle Restaurant Review

Last week The Handbook braved the torrential rain to head over to Le Cercle, in search of their tasting menu. Having waded through the puddles on Sloane Square, we slipped off onto Wilbraham Place, through the glass doors, down a set of stairs into Le Cercle. Despite having no windows, Le Cercle feels spacious, light, and airy whilst at the same time cosy and intimate, a mix of little booths, tables and bar seats. The tall ceilings and white walls made us feel almost as if we were in some cavern and yet the seats by the fire were like […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Bond Breakfast At The Dorchester

On Saturday 28th of September to celebrate the release of ‘Solo’, the new James Bond book, come down to The Dorchester and enjoy ‘Breakfast with Bond’. The best selling international author William Boyd will be reading extracts from his book, which opens with 007 having a birthday breakfast in the iconic British hotel. To set the scene of the 60s vintage cars will be parked in the hotel’s forecourt, diners will be serenaded by music from the era and newspapers and menus from 1969 will also be available for guests’ perusal. For those really looking to get involved there is […]

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