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Champagne at the Crypt with Bleeding Heart

Forget glassy interiors, sky-high eateries and 21st century bars. For this special dinner on 2nd July, the Bleeding Heart restaurant is taking it down, down to the Crypt in fact. But don’t let thoughts of cobwebs, gloom and dust put you off. The only skeletons in this closet are five delicious champagnes, from the Magnum-served 2000 and 2002 to the red grape Pinot Noir, to accompany this five-course Champagne Magnum Club dinner. The Crypt at Ely Place isn’t your average horror location. Instead, expect to discover an atmospheric medieval venue that brings sophisticated modern dining to the era of romance. […]

Openings & Launches

Midsummer House

As the longest day of the year approaches, you can make the most of sunny days and balmy nights at the Rekorderlig Midsummer House, a pop-up Swedish hideaway in the heart of East London in Victoria Park. Launching today and running until the July 5th, guests will step out of the urban capital, and straight into a blissful oasis that captures cool Scandi-style. The summerhouse will be decorated with authentic Swedish homely touches and a relaxed outdoor area. Kick back on decking overlooking the tranquil waters of the lake as chilled beats flow through the house. Regardless of whether the […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Authentic French Experience in London

Amongst the busy streets of London, a mere 5 minute walk away from the hype of the Leicester Square casinos, bustling shopping streets and theatres, lies a French delight in the form of Les Deux Salons. The staff are exceedingly friendly, and more importantly, authentically French. While we waited for our meal, I enjoyed a Singapore sling from their cocktail menu whilst soaking in the friendly atmosphere of the restaurant. Les deux Salons offers anything from a Simple green salad to Rock oysters to Snail and bacon pie as a starter. The Handbook recommends the Spring vegetable risotto for a […]

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Galeto

Galeto, a brand new Brazilian street food restaurant concept capturing the vibrant flavours of Brazil is launching this week on Dean Street in Soho. The 70 cover restaurant brings with it the carnival spirit of Rio de Janeiro and a variety of authentic Brazilian street food dishes, cocktails and beers. Brains behind the new venue are Soho nightlife entrepreneur Leo Alexander (Kettner’s and Pizza Express) and former Pizza Express Executive Development Chef and gastronome Antonio Romani. The first of its kind in London, this Brazilian ‘streatery’ is a feast for the senses. Furnished with a mix of vintage and reclaimed […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Laurent Perrier Masterclass at Taste of London

This year’s Taste of London is almost upon us! Come this Thursday, chefs, restaurants and foodies alike will be flocking to Regent’s Park for four days of pure unadulterated food bliss.But it is not just the food we are excited about, Laurent Perrier has been announced as this year’s official champagne once again and they will be offering a new version of The Laurent-Perrier ‘from Grape to Glass’ Masterclass.  Hosted by David Hesketh, Master of Wine and MD of Laurent-Perrier UK, guests will learn how to taste a range of champagnes, how to perfectly pair them with food and discover […]

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Openings & Launches

DISCO

Soho will be dancing to a different beat this summer with the launch of Disco, an underground boîte inspired by Manhattan’s disco movement. It’s owned and operated by Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling and the Inception Group and promises a 1970’s dance revival. The club will feature choreographed routines from singers and dancers, as well as nightly live performances from musicians.  On arrival guests will be greeted at a Pan Am-inspired lounge where air stewardesses will issue boarding passes and check personal items into the cloakroom via an automated conveyor belt before guests enter the club through aeroplane doors. Expect […]

Culture

Ohh Deer Pop Up at Wolf & Badger

If you’ve seen some electic, quirky or just plain cool illustrations in magazines, Topshop t-shirts, Urban Outfitters or that little boutique down the road, then the chances are it could have been created by Ohh Deer and now you have the chance to get your hands on a selection of their work at Wolf & Badger, when the two join forces to create a pop up shop. Running from 21st June until the 4thJuly, the pop up shop at the Dover Street store, will be selling all sorts of illustrated treats to buy, including home ware and stationary, and work […]

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Openings & Launches

ACCIUGA

New Italian restaurant Acciuga opens on Kensington High Steet today. Brains behind the venture is 24 year old former lawyer and projessional rugby player, Guglielmo Arnulfo. The venue will focus on food from Arnulfo's childhood, specialising in the dishes from the region of Liguria, in Italy. Arnulfo has been honing his cooking skills for three years and has developed the menu himself. There is a strong focus on provenance and fantastic quality ingredients with dishes including Stuffed Courgette Blossoms, Troffie al Pesto – a Ligurian speciality pasta with just flour and water, and Cuttlefish in Zimino –  Tuscan Cuttlefish Stew. […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

45 Park Lane ‘Serves’ up Wimbledon

As Dorchester Collection’s new 45 Park Lane hotel launches a special tennis dining in its Media Room, you won’t have to be on the courts to catch the action. From 24th June – 7th July guests will be able to choose a delicious ‘Wimbledon Menu’ prepared by Executive Chef David McIntyre, all enjoyed with the Wimbledon tournaments showing on large Bang & Olufsen flat screens. Whether you’re the tennis type or prefer strawberries and cream, this Wimbledon-style menu is simply a treat. From Lobster Club Sandwiches to Wagyu Burgers, Vanilla & Tonka Bean  Panna Cotta and Strawberry Gelato “Baked Alaska”, […]

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Reviews

To Sicily and back: Mile High Club

Last week The Handbook not only went back in time to the 1950s but we also flew to Sicily, not bad in three hours really. As much as we would like to have really gone, we were in fact just reviewing the wonderful Mile High Dining Club, inspired by the golden age of travel, the guys behind the club have taken the best parts, the food, the drink and the outfits and created by a series of pop ups in different locations, flying to different destinations and when we saw the menu for Sicily we knew we had to go […]

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