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Too Gouda be true? Cheese Festival comes to Islington!

When we imagine heaven, it features cheese. We can’t prove if there is a cheese heaven, but we can tell you that London’s premier cheese festival, Cheese Street N1, is hitting Islington’s Chapel Market, it’s pretty much as good as it’s going to get. Promising to feature all manner of cheesy British delicacies, Cheese Street will welcome the best of local and sustainable food traders for a pop-up day festival on both the 24th of September and the 1st of October. As part of the London Farmers Market phenomenon which has taken over the capital (they now run 22 weekly […]

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Kitchen Royalty Head To Texture This September

‘Texture, Texture, read all about it!’ Michelin-starred restaurant Texture has reached its tenth birthday and to celebrate they’re hosting a series of collaborations with top chefs, pairing Texture’s Chef Patron and owner Aggi Sverrisson with a series of leading chefs including Raymond Blanc and Ollie Dabbous. This fantastic series kicks off with kitchen heavyweight Raymond Blanc for a one-off dinner on 5th September. The menu will include nods toward Blanc’s passion for seasonal produce including ingredients grown in Belmond le Manor aux Quat’Saison’s famous kitchen garden. Aggi will be providing Scottish salmon and Norwegian king crab. Following quickly on Vivek […]

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Bang Bang Oriental: London’s Biggest Asian Foodhall

Fancy a Chinese? Fancy 20 Chineses? If you enjoy your pan-Asian cuisine then Bang Bang Oriental is going to float your junk, with over 20 restaurants under one roof. This Wembley-based Asian version of Borough Market combines the best of Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Indian, Vietnamese, Taiwanese and Malaysian cuisines to provide an exciting new eating experience in North London. The hub of this development is the Golden Dragon, the so-called ‘flagship’ restaurant with 300 covers offering dimsum lunches and an extensive Chinese menu in the evenings. Surrounding this centrepiece there are more food types than you could count on your abacus, […]

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Beekeeping and Honey Supper Club at Craft London

Could we bee any more excited? Craft London has teamed up with urban beekeepers The London Honey Company to present a masterclass on beekeeping. Not only that but they’re also including a ‘honey-inspired’ dinner in an event to celebrate the end of the honey harvest. The day and evening event, held on Saturday 9th September will start at 3pm with a two-house ‘Beekeeping for Beginners’ masterclass. Founder of  The London Honey Company, Steve Benbow, will hold an interactive workshop including a visit to actual beehives and advice on equipment and so on – because bees are really important, without them pollinating, we’d all be […]

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Brixton Favourite, Salon, ReOpens

Undisputed star of Brixton Market, Salon, has been conspicuously closed for the last couple weeks. Fear not, market-goer, Nicholas Balfe’s award winning restaurant and brunch-stop is only regenerating and will be back with an updated and improved version on 1st September. We can’t wait. The upstairs dining room has been transformed, thanks to architects HH+ and interior experts Fitch (responsible for some of our favourite venues including Hackney’s Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town and The Goat in Chelsea). Expect to see their inimitable style create something equally unique at Salon. We’ve been promised marine blue walls, beautiful banquette seating made from reclaimed timbers and grey upholstery and, excitingly, a wine […]

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Quo Vadis Collaborate With Top Chefs

Restaurant takeovers and chef residencies never get any less exciting. Seeing some of the best chefs in the industry collaborate, well, you can’t ask for much more. This year, Quo Vadis launched their Quo Vadis & Friends series, which saw chefs from various restuarants around the city collaborate with Chef Proprietor Jeremy Lee. The spring/summer series saw Mangal, Kricket and Nathan Outlaw, to name a few, take over the second floor of the club, and serve up fantastic food. The autumn/winter series will be no different. Jeremy Lee has invited chefs from some of the best kitchens in London, and […]

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Restaurant Tech Live Comes to London

If you work in the restaurant and bar industry then you need to check out Restaurant Tech Live. Coming to ExCel, London in September its Europe’s largest exhibition dedicated to the emerging technology and services that are redefining the food and drink world and keeping London at the forefront of this scene. Whilst at The Handbook we tend to tell you just about the fun stuff, the bottomless brunches and the secret parties, it’s easy to forget all the logistics and technology that goes into making these places run. At the show, spread out across six conference halls will be […]

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The Cheese Bar’s Charity Grilled Cheese Contest

If we told you it was possible to eat cheese, and a lot of it, for charity, would you believe us? Probably not. Well, you’d better believe it because this September Mathew Carver, founder of the beloved Cheese Bar, will be honouring the grilled cheese in aid of Help Refugees UK. Mathew’s invited 5 chefs from some of London’s favourite restaurants to put their signature stamp on the grilled cheese, each competing against each other for a chance to be crowned the grilled cheese champion. The competitors will be Josh Katz and Mattia Bianchi from Berber & Q, Harneet Baweja […]

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Wanderlust 108: The World’s Only Mindful Triathlon

Ever fancied doing a triathlon but found the prospect too daunting? We can relate. It takes some serious hard work, and well, maybe we just enjoy Sunday brunch a little too much. Enter: Wanderlust. They produce the largest yoga lifestyle events in the world, and they’ll be bringing Wanderlust 108 to Victoria Park this September. Wanderlust 108 is the world’s only ‘mindful triathlon’, and for us average folk, the only doable one! The signature triathlon involves a 5k run (or walk), a 90 minute outdoor yoga class and a guided meditation – see what we mean! Triathletes will also be […]

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What to do This Bank Holiday Weekend: 25th – 28th August

August bank holiday can be summed up in a few words: feathers, glitter and street beer. Yep, it’s Carnival weekend. But apart from Carnival, there’s so much else going on in London, from canal-side parties to treasure hunts at museums. The weekend doesn’t just have to revolve around Notting Hill. It’s a three day weekend and we’re not getting another for a while, so make the most of it. Here’re some of the best things, apart from Carnival, going on this weekend.

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10 Fantastic Restaurants to Take Children to in the Summer Holidays

This morning it was strangely quiet on your way to work – you didn’t almost get runover by a pack of scooters and the bus stops were emptier, but then at lunch you go out and suddenly there are children everywhere. Yep it’s the summer holidays, if you don’t have children it’s a distant memory, something we miss each year whilst we wonder if we can suggest to our bosses that we have an extra six weeks off. If you have children then you definitely know it’s the holidays. If you’re looking for ways to keep little ones entertained or […]

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Lucky & Joy a New Pop-up Under the Arches

Lucky & Joy: the new pop-up bringing the Far East to the not so Far East. Taking up it’s residency under the arches on Cambridge Heath Road it’s run by Ellen Parr (co-founder of The Art of Dining) and Pete Kelly. The kitsch pop-up will serve a menu that maps the breadth of regional Chinese cooking, with techniques and flavours collected on their travels through China and Ellen’s time in the kitchens of Moro and Rochelle Canteen. You’ll find the likes of Xinjiang cumin lamb ribs hailing from the provence of North-West Muslim China; Bang Bang chicken salad – a […]

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