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Christopher’s Marvellous Martini Bar

It was Tuesday, and we needed a cocktail, something classic but still inventive, something like a martini. So we headed over to Christopher’s in Covent Garden to try out their bar, which just so happens specialises in martini’s – the Martini Bar. The bar takes on a theatrical appearance, emulating the style of American Deco, it’s grand, with deep opulent colours set against gold, but still with contemporary modern fixtures such as the tubular hanging lights. And the decor rather mirrors the menu which is divided up into classic, contemporary and decadent, with martinis ranging from The Original, to the […]

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Farewell party for the Street Feast

It’s been 12 hugely successful weeks, but unfortunately it has come to the time where we have to say good bye to Street Feast at Merchant’s Yard.  So to do this they are pulling out all the stops for what ensures to be one heck of a party with more great street food then you can shake a stick at. To get things kicked off they have a ‘suped up’ Rotary Mobile Margarita Mixing Machine, and food from the likes of Ceviche who will be heading over from Soho, before they start their own pop up tour, with them they […]

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The Penny Black: Marvellous Midweek

The wonderful Penny Black on Fulham Road is putting an end to staying in during the week, with two fabulous midweek nights and both for just £12 per person! Huzzah! On Tuesday nights, forget staying in to watch some obscurely weird documentary or doing your washing, because at The Penny Black you can get a 1kg bowl of mussels, truffle chips and sauces, a much better way to spend you evening than seeing the man with ten ears or other such nonsense. And celebrate mid week on Wednesdays by grabbing a load of friends and heading over to the Fulham […]

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Truck Stop Rolls into London

4th of July isn’t just Independence day it is also the start of Truck Stop a two day food feast in Canary Wharf. Twenty of the best food trucks will be rolling into East London with the aim of enhancing London’s alfresco dining and pioneering attitude to food. And whilst Independence day is all about America, and they certainly like their food, the cuisine at Truck Stop is all about the best of British food trucks. Expect to indulge in BBQ, tacos, sample beer from the Camden Town Brewery and  being  in London, there has at least got to be […]

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Bocca di Lupo pops up in Hyde Park

Bocca Di Lupo is launching a pop-up trattoria alongside Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time in Hyde Park – the 10 day event of shows by Bon Jovi, Lionel Ritchie, Elton John, Jennifer Lopez, JLS and the Beach Boys. Bocca di Lupo in the Park runs from 5th July with some great deals on tickets via toptable – such as a four course meal with wine pairings and access to the backstage bar – gig tickets included – all for £100. However, for those who’d rather enjoy Jacob Kenedy’s food in peace and quiet, the trattoria also be open from Monday […]

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Openings & Launches

Monty’s

Monty’s Wine Bar & Restaurant launches this week, serving an impressive selection of Cichetti and charcuterie as well as a delectable array of Italian dishes. It promises simple and uncomplicated dishes, using the freshest ingredients, sourced and imported directly from small artisan producers in Italy and the UK. All of the hams on the charcuterie menu have been handpicked from the farms of Italy, such as the Sardinian Sheep Ham and Organic Smoked Friuli Ham. Cichetti options include Zucchini Flower filled with Ricotta Cheese and Mint, Scallops on Shell with Pea Shoots and Aromatic Croutons or Smoked Swordfish Carpaccio. Otherwise […]

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Daphne’s ice cream cart, celebrating the tennis season

Wimbledon is now well underway, there has already been action, drama and suprise, Nadal out already? But whether tennis is your thing or not, there is no reason not to get involved in the tennis season, even if it is just a nod to it by treating yourself to some ice cream in flavours inspired by the event. Which is handy then that South Kensington restaurant Daphne’s has a beautiful bespoke ice cream cart that will be parking up outside its doors to serve ice cream to passers by. All with wonderful names we can’t wait to try the Strawberry […]

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Say hello to Yauatcha’s strawberries & cream éclair

Just in time for Wimbledon this month, Yauatcha has launched a unique Strawberries & Cream éclair. Filled with strawberry cremeux, vanilla cremeux and fresh strawberry pieces, and finished with strawberries, cream and micro mint, said  éclair is available at the restaurant with a side of fresh strawberry sorbet, or, can be purchased to-go from the front-of-house patisserie. And everyone knows that calories consumed while watching sport on tv don’t count as they are burned off vicariously… We wish. £8.50 a la carte (as a plated dessert) / £5.90 take-away www.yauatcha.com

Openings & Launches

Swedish Spot in East London

At the first glimpse of warm weather The Handbook decided we need to venture outside and enjoy the new found summer and what better time than for the launch of Rekorderlig Midsummer House last night? Situated in Victoria Park, next to the lake, lies a bold, red pop up with the Swedish flag protruding from the front. Inside the summer house’s exterior is a chic bar and lounge area to relax in out of way of the sun. The bar is currently serving the classic flavours of Rekorderlig like Mixed berries and Strawberry-lime as well as the limited edition Passionfruit […]

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The Taste of London

The three day food festival comes to London today with over 40 of the City’s finest restaurants for guests to sample from. In addition over 200 artisan producers and premium brands will provide an abundance of the finest food and beverages from Britain and around the world. The foodie favourite festival will see Regent’s park being transformed into a gastronomic wonderland over the weekend where guests can try dishes like Salmon hot dogs, Ahi tuna with wasabi mashed potatoes, and Mexican doughnuts. For the more active food enthusiasts there will be various masterclasses like the S.Pellegrino VIP Restaurant and Masterclass […]

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