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Paradise goes back to school

Popular West London gastropub and party venue, Paradise, is launching The School of Grub, a unique summer event series hosted by some of the finest home-grown talent of food producers, artisans and critic. It pays homage to best of British food and drink. The school includes a cheese dinner with musician and farmer Alex James, a butchery course by The Ginger Pig while school term will end with a foodie quiz hosted by head mistress Kate Spicer. Lessons commence this Thursday 6 June with Mother Shuckers (try saying that after a couple of cocktails…) where the savvy oyster aficionados will […]

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Wine Crash Course at St James’s Mayfair

Ever had problems distinguishing your ‘corky’ from your ‘casky’, your ‘flowery’ to your ‘fortified’? Then St James’s Hotel & Club’s latest wine-tasting event might just be for you. On Saturday 8th June, top sommelier Marco Feraldi will be sharing the very best of his wine know-how in a selection of more than 60 special wines. So whether a light white’s your favourite, or red’s always best, there’ll be something for everyone as decades, cultures and countries are travelled in an all expansive exploration of the wine industry today. Highlights include classic old-world Château Plince, Pomerol and Bordeaux and the oaky-nosed […]

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June Social Calendar

And so tomorrow we come to June, the start of the summer, supposedly. But let's forget the weather for now, because throughout June London is hosting a whole range of events, from the parties you have to be at, culinary delights,  to art exhibitions that have been running for almost a quarter of a millennium. Let The Handbook be your guide to some of June's great events: Parties:  3 Cromwell Road’s Great Gatsby Party: Themed around the book, it seems only proper that 3 Cromwell Road host a Great Gatsby Party.  Expect waiters and waitresses donning 1920s attire, The Great […]

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G-FIT Ice Cream at Gelupo

Can ice cream be good for you? Jacob Kenedy thinks so as he launches a new range of low fat, low sugar, high protein ice cream at artisan gelateria Gelupo, available from 24th May. Made from a high quality, bioavailable whey protein isolate normally found in sports supplements, G-FIT cuts traditional ice cream calories by half with less than 1.5g of fat per 100ml. Or, to translate, it’s a tasty cross between a protein shake and frozen yoghurt.  Available in tasty banana, strawberry, vanilla and chocolate flavours, G-FIT is the perfect hi-tech health treat for the summer. www.gelupo.com

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Coronation Festivities at Hilton Park Lane

Celebrating the Coronation Anniversary in the only way Brits know, the Podium Restaurant at London Hilton is launching a special Coronation Afternoon Tea today, 29th May. Created by Executive Chef Anthony Marshall and recognised by the Tea Guild, this teatime treat will put the royal stamp of quality on your coronation festivities. As coronation meets cake, highlights on the cake-stand include an elderflower jelly diamond on a purple chocolate mousse and praline cushion, a dark chocolate edible picture frame encasing an image of Her Majesty’s coronation and a Coronation stamp on a cupcake. And it doesn’t end there! With crown-shaped […]

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Fine Pork at Wiggies

Carter Lane’s latest foodie pop-up, Wiggies specialises in all things pork, cooked from seasonal British produce with an Eastern touch. Hidden up a winding back-staircase from the bustling pub below, Wiggies will be gracing The Rising Sun’s top floor for six months only. Always an early bird, The Handbook goes for dinner. Nestled in a pretty by-lane a stone’s throw from St Paul’s, Wiggies provides a central, yet secluded retreat from the tourist bustle around the cathedral. The interior is rustic with bare wood tables, a large antique mirror and the original addition of bus seating. While service was friendly […]

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Fine Pork at Wiggies

Carter Lane’s latest foodie pop-up, Wiggies specialises in all things pork, cooked from seasonal British produce with an Eastern touch. Hidden up a winding back-staircase from the bustling pub below, Wiggies will be gracing The Rising Sun’s top floor for six months only. Always an early bird, The Handbook goes for dinner. Nestled in a pretty by-lane a stone’s throw from St Paul’s, Wiggies provides a central, yet secluded retreat from the tourist bustle around the cathedral. The interior is rustic with bare wood tables, a large antique mirror and the original addition of bus seating. While service was friendly […]

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K-time with Psy & Bibigo

From today 28 May to Sunday 9 June, Bibigo Food Truck will be travelling around Soho, giving away free lunches as the Korean restaurant joins forces with Gangnam superstar, Psy to promote authentic Korean food. The food truck will be turning up at daily changing locations in the area with a choice of three signature dishes including Bibimbap, (rice, topped with vegetables, beef or tofu and mixed with Kohot, Korean sauce made with hot pepper paste, Gochujang) and Fried vegetable dumplings and traditional Bulgogi beef with rice balls. The giveaway culminates with at the Capital FM Summertime Ball at Wembley […]

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Grey Goose Iconoclasts

From this Saturday 1 June, Grey Goose vodka is launching a pioneering new project called Iconoclasts of Taste to seek out and support emerging iconoclasts of food and drink. The brand has selected four established iconoclasts, mixologist, Tony Conigliaro, chef Nuno Mendes, fashion designer Giles Deacon and ShowStudio curator Carrie Scott to help search for the new generation. The chosen ones: Ento (four RCA students whose creative solutions to sustainable protein include eating insects) , Tasha Marks (an artist and food historian who company AVM’s creations include edible antique prints and biblical chocolate) and food consultant Dr Rachel Edwards-Stuart (who […]

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Shrimpy’s Outside Grill & Bar

Shrimpy's Outside Grill & Bar has launched this bank holiday on the forecourt of the King's Cross Filling Station. Expect Seafood Buckets, a selection of Tortas, Mexican Grilled Corn On The Cob plus lots of Prosecco and Frozen Margaritas. Tortas are served on freshly baked telera bread (apart from Cemita and Ahogada), and include Ahogada with Marinated Pork, Steak Completa, Squid and Chorizo, Prawn and Chorizo, Aubergine and Provoleta and Chicken Cemita. Ingredients are all cooked on the grill alongside delicious Mexican Grilled Corn On The Cob with herbs, butter, chilli and cheese. Every Thursday, new Tortas flavours will be […]

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