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Launch of UK/US Coffee Shop Hybrid LOAF

A hybrid between the New York coffee shop and the British ‘caff’, central London’s new LOAF embraces coffee culture from both sides of the pond. Home cooking, retro décor and great service make LOAF a destination with edge and a far cry from the average chain-shop offering. LOAF is the brainchild of three food industry experts, inspired by great coffee and a visit to New York. Alongside its signature Allpress coffees, a selection of grilled cheese toasties, freshly rolled wraps and hand-tossed salads are also available for the ideal lunchtime bite. What’s more, in celebration of National Sandwich Week, LOAF […]

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Harry Gordon’s

Wine and cigar lovers should head over to Selfridges' new lower ground floor Wine and Cigar shop pronto as now, you don’t even have to wait til you get home to get stuck into liquid purchases because it’s got its own bar as well! Harry Gordon’s Cocktail and Wine Bar lies at the heart of the shop. With a focus on boutique London producers, the cocktails have been created by drinks guru Ryan Chetiyawardana. The menu features signature serves like the 1909 Smash – Sipsmith gin, peach, mint and Selfridges 1909 IPA – along with lots of other seasonal cocktails […]

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The Gin Garden at The Hoxton Hotel

For one week only, Bombay Sapphire is teaming up with The Gin Garden at The Hoxton Hotel in pursuit of the perfect Gin and Tonic. From Friday 24th – Friday 31st May, the Shoreditch hotel’s courtyard will be transformed into The Gin Garden’s Bombay Sapphire Botanical Experience, a must-visit for any G&T aficionado. Attractions include daily Gin Botanical Perfume sessions with Sarah McCartney and Ultimate G&T masterclasses with Bombay Sapphire chief mixologist Sam Carter. Guests will receive full access to the Ultimate G&T Cabinet plus the unique opportunity to mix and sample their own creations. Tickets can be purchased from […]

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The Ritz Restaurant Opens its Terrace

For the ultimate ‘palace-style’ cooking alfresco head to The Ritz Restaurant’s summer terrace, opening today. An Italian mosaic floor lined with wrought iron balustrades, vibrant floral boxes and a view over Green Park, the terrace provides a moment of seclusion from the central London bustle. It also provides the ideal place to sample award-winning Executive Head Chef John William’s seasonal summer menu of traditional French dishes made with seasonal, British ingredients. Think dressed crab rolls with avocado and Charentais melon, tender Var salmon with zesty lemon verbena and broad beans, sweet white chocolate mousse, fresh raspberries, fragrant basil sorbet and […]

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Back to the 1920s at Hyatt Regency London The Churchill

To celebrate the release of Great Gatsby, The Montagu restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Churchill are hosting Great Gatsby nights each Thursday throughout May, inviting guests to dress up in their best 1920s attire and to enjoy a three course meal and last week The Handbook went down to check it out. We arrived to the sounds of Hot Dog Corn Dogs, the hotel’s resident band, who immediately set the tone with their 1920s jazz and were greeted by the waitresses who wore white silk blouses, pearls and ‘1920s-eqsue’ head bands and were immediately served Pommery champagne, off to a […]

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Back to the 1920s at Hyatt Regency London The Churchill

To celebrate the release of Great Gatsby, The Montagu restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Churchill are hosting Great Gatsby nights each Thursday throughout May, inviting guests to dress up in their best 1920s attire and to enjoy a three course meal and last week The Handbook went down to check it out. We arrived to the sounds of Hot Dog Corn Dogs, the hotel’s resident band, who immediately set the tone with their 1920s jazz and were greeted by the waitresses who wore white silk blouses, pearls and ‘1920s-eqsue’ head bands and were immediately served Pommery champagne, off to a […]

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Mr Fogg’s

Launching in Mayfair next week is swanky new venue, Mr Fogg’s, a reimagining of the home of Jules Verne’s most famous adventurer, Phileas Fogg. This will mark the first West End project from Inception Group, founded by Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling – brains behind Barts, 80’s themed Maggie’s and Battersea’s Bunga Bunga. The bar will be refined yet off-the-wall and guests will encounter all the wonders of an eighty day world trip without setting foot outside of Mayfair. Mr Fogg’s home is well hidden in an alley off Berkeley Square. The door, flanked by Victorian lanterns, is marked by a […]

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Iberica La Terraza

Authentic Spanish restaurant, Iberica is bringing al fresco style Spanish dining to augment its branch in Canary Wharf’s Cabot Square. The new outdoor venue opposite the main restaurant is perfectly timed to coincide with the first glimmers of summer. This marks the group’s third London venue after Marylebone’s Great Portland Street and the Canary Wharf mothership. Iberica has also joined forces with Catalan designer Lazaro Rosa Violan of Contemporain Studios to create the new space with contemporary design, lighting and atmosphere to complement the food! Open from breakfast through to evening, we’re talking signature hot and cold Spanish tapas, traditional […]

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London’s highest ‘high tea’

Paramount, the restaurant and bar at the tip of Centre Point, is taking the British tradition of high tea to new heights – 32 floors above Soho no less – with 360-degree views of the capital. Set against striking interiors by design don Tom Dixon, new head chef Mark Kay (Chez Bruce and Wild Honey) is serving smoked salmon and fromage blanc on rye pumpernickel; poached chicken with spring onion mayonnaise on multi-grain; and free-range boiled egg with grain mustard, mayonnaise and cress on toasted brioche accompanied by the quiche of the day plus oven-fresh scones served with rich clotted […]

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Luxurious Lunch at The Rib Room

If you are after a little luxury at lunch time, something a little bit more lavish then head over to The Rib Room at Jumeirah Carlton Tower. We're not talking truffles or caviar, no, throughout May they are serving up gulls’ eggs. Sourced from Blackheaded Gull ‘s nests on the South coast, the beautiful mottled green and blue speckled eggs are simply boiled so as to allow their rich and unique flavour to shine through. Served with mustard cress, homemade mayonnaise and celery salt, it makes for a wonderfully simple but decadent lunch. With the gull season being so short, […]

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