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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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Hibiscus launch Chef’s Table

For the ultimate dining experience it’s not just about the taste and texture of the food, it’s not just the finished meal on the plate. It’s about all the whole process of seeing the raw ingredients and produce transforming into the final result. The art of cooking. How better to learn about this then at Hibiscus in Mayfair? At the end of April Claude Bosi, who holds not only 5 AA rosettes but also 2 Michelin Stars, ran the first of many exclusive events in their state of the art Development Kitchen, Food writers and bloggers were invited to sit […]

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Spaghetti House: Happy Birthday W8

Kensington High Street’s Spaghetti House is celebrating its first anniversary this week and marking the occasion from today until 14 May, with a special menu of its best and most popular dishes –  just £15.95 for two courses with a celebratory glass of Prosecco thrown in! Options include Lobster spaghetti with tomato, white wine, chilli and garlic (normally £15.95 on its own); Pollo Milanese –  breast of chicken coated in seasoned breadcrumbs with rosemary potatoes, Pizza Parma and rucola,  with tomato bruschetta, or Deep fried mozzarella arrabbiata. Dessert is Tiramisu, or the iconic Coppa Nostra – chocolate and vanilla ice […]

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Voltaire’s Cocktail Masterclasses

Everyone loves cocktails, it is almost a fact. But not everyone knows about cocktails. Do you know their history? How to make a perfect drink every time? Which ingredients to use when? No? Don’t worry nor do we, but what we do know is that Voltaire is the place to go learn all the tricks of the trade. Their monthly tutorials focus each month on a different ingredient or brand and this month it is gin. Which is great because right now gin is in.  Low in calories, it is marvellous for everyone who is now gearing up to get […]

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Launch of Peruvian Pop up: Sñr. Ceviche

What are you doing tonight? Not sure? Already have plans? Well scrap them. Opening tonight in the Imperial Arms on the News Kings Road is a brilliant new Peruvian pop up restaurant and cocktail bar:  Sñr. Ceviche. The guys behind it have eaten their way across Peru sampling everything from top cuisine in high end restaurants in Lima, where they also managed to work, to the back street food carts of Cusco. And now they are back! Each week, for one night, the guys will be serving up a four course meal of wonderful Peruvian tapas, for just £25 along […]

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London’s historic venues

From its roots as a Roman city through to the present day, London has had over 2000 years of building works, architecture and design. Witnessing everything from wooden Tudor houses right through to the Shard via towering Georgian palaces, gothic Victorian mansions and 1930s Art Deco, London encompasses it all. The Handbook has selected some of its favourite historical venues whose architectural design will add to any event. Tower of London When William the Conqueror first started building a massive stone tower on the edge of the Thames in the early 1080s, London had never seen anything like it. Almost a […]

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Belgraves

Belgraves, A Thompson Hotel, is celebrating the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in style this year. From 21 – 25 May, it will be transforming its Terrace into an Edible Garden to celebrate this colourful event in London’s cultural calendar. For five days, the terrace will feature a living wall of edible flowers and an interactive cocktail station. Head mixologist Salvatore Maggio will muddle together palatable petals and botanical spirits to create inspired floral cocktails. Visitors will be invited to join daily ‘Edible Flower Cocktail Classes’ and ‘Food & Flower Pairing Tutorials’ and complimentary cocktail recipe cards and edible flower seed […]

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Barbarella heads back to the 80s

A long standing landmark of Fulham Road, Barbarella is going back to its heyday and cooking up an 80s culinary feast. Having been sent a genuine Barberella menu from the 80s, Head Chef Lauren Clement Delbos is recreating several dishes from the Italian inspired menu to mark her appointment. We’re talking 80s classics such as Pollo alla aka Chicken Kiev, trifle and gazpacho and to keep it authentic, the prices are seriously 80s too, a main course of fresh rabbit for £3.20, pate for £1.15. Can’t say no to that! Last week The Handbook headed over to Barbarella to try […]

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Sambrooks Brewery & The Cadogan Arms

Last week saw The Handbook head to Sambrooks Brewery in Battersea, one of London’s local microbreweries, and due to celebrate its fifth birthday this year. The owner Duncan kindly showed us around the place, which was a fascinating experience and definitely a treat for any ale lover (tours are available to the public). Sambrooks are dedicated to providing a locally-sourced product, and they find 99% of their ingredients in the UK, the majority of which comes from less than 100 miles away! We also sampled several of the Sambrook ales – they have two constant brews (the original ‘Wandle’ and […]

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Gangam Style chef required by Psy

Gangam Style pop sensation Psy has teamed up with Bibigo, his favourite Korean restaurant to search for his very own personal chef to ‘mix it up’ on the first leg of his world tour starting later this summer. In a characteristically bonkers video announcing the competition, Psy promised celebrity parties, five star hotels along with $40,000 for the winner and, of course, not forgetting the once-in-a-lifetime chance to hang out with the flamboyant Korean superstar for a whole month making sure he is well fed! Cooking skills are not even necessary to win, all Psy and Bibigo are looking for […]

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