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Buddha Bar Review

As soon as we walk into Buddha Bar we are struck by the colourful lighting and chic interior of this Knightsbridge restaurant. Located just off the high street, this 450 capacity venue is filled with impressive décor like floor to ceiling crystallized dragons, and London’s interpretation of the signature Buddha levitating over diners in the ground floor. Once we are seated at our table we order cocktails, a definite recommendation is the BB Bellini; a Japanese inspired twist on the classic with a blend of peach and sparkling sake. It would have been easy enough to sit there all night […]

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Rekorderlig’s Spirit of Summer at Grand Union

Grand Union in Brixton is hosting Rekorderlig's Spirit of Summer in their ‘Pleasure Garden’ 7-10th August, before you get carried away I’ll just explain that it’s a beautiful Scandinavian wonderland in honour of our favourite Swedish cider. Guests can enjoy interactive experiences inspired by the colours, shadows and aromas of a Scandanavian summer, in case you aren’t lucky enough to be holidaying in Sweden this year. There will also be a kaleidoscope photo area, light prisms and authentic Swedish food will ensure guests have an unforgettable evening.  The brand's world famous bartender, Joel Persson, will also guiding guests on a taste […]

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Nitrogen Ice Cream Launches

The world’s first mobile liquid nitrogen ice cream shop has finally hit our sweet-toothed shores bringing with it flash-frozen ice cream. Making science look fun and taste delicious, the modern shipping container turned pop-up laboratory, will use the cryogenic freezing process to create on-demand ice creams. The modified US shipping container, located in the courtyard of Somerset House, will open up at the front to reveal a serving hatch lined with three nitro mixers, which emit a theatrical smoky vapour while your ice cream is made. A much more enjoyable experience than any chemistry class we ever had in school […]

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Tate Britain Summer Picnics

There is something gloriously British about picnics, a summer without a picnic is no summer at all. So it’s good news then that the iconic Tate Britain restaurant Rex Whistler, has launched a brand new summer picnic menu that comes with a Clovelly hamper and picnic blanket to enjoy as you soak up the sun out on its lawn. The baskets are filled to the brim with best of British produce, all handpicked from artisan suppliers from right across the country. Specifically chosen cured meats including smoked duck and Suffolk salami, cheeses from Gloucestershire and Wales, freshly prepared smoked salmon pâté and tangy […]

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Plum and Spilt Milk: Review

It was Saturday morning, London was that horrible sort of hot, muggy temperature where the tube is a living nightmare and you lose inches just sweating your way through the crowds. For once we craved light foods rather than the usual carb heavy diet and finding ourselves in need of something to fuel our productive day of lying in Green Park, we headed to Plum and Spilt Milk, located inside the Great Northern Hotel, having heard they recently launched a new healthy breakfast menu. Inside it is beautifully elegant, dark blue walls, wooden panelling, high ceilings, hanging lights and simple […]

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Proms On The Roof

The Roof Gardens in Kensington are celebrating summer with a series of prom events. From 6.30pm – 10pm on chosen Wednesdays in August (6th, 13th and 27th) you can escape the rush of the city, leave behind your usual midweek cinema trip and enjoy live music. There'll be opera, soft jazz, a Celtic harpist, Spanish guitarist and string quartet performances all  in the beautiful setting of three stunning gardens.  Aswell as a cocktail on arrival, the bar will be open all evening, and on the food front, guests can choose from a selection of seafood, gourmet burgers, cold meats and cheese […]

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All Aboard The SS: Atlantica

All aboard who's going aboard! It's time to slip on a backless dress, throw on some art deco jewels and set sail on the Silver Sturgeon… On the 26th of July the SS: Atlantica Summer Voyage will embark from Savoy Pier and sail an authentic ship itinerary from the 1930s, as guests are transformed back to one of history's most romantic travel time periods.  The party features live bands, cabaret acts and dancing. Courtesy of Bourne & Hollingsworth, there will be three bars serving classic cocktails and Champagne. When passengers aren't kicking up their heels on the dance floor or trying […]

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Grouse Season at The Shed

In honour of the start of grouse season the renowned Notting Hill restaurant The Shed is teaming up with The London Shooting Club to host an evening featuring a grand feast. On the 12th of August The London Shooting Club will bring the first grouse of the season down from the Yorkshire moors straight into The Shed’s kitchen.  Upon arrival, guests will enjoy a rich selection of appetizers including rabbit cutlet, pigeon dipper and mushroom Marmite. Visitors are then welcome to attend a short talk about shooting grouse given by The London Shooting Club co-founder, Steve Jones, followed by an elegant three-course meal. The impressive menu will […]

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Moshi Moshi Turns Twenty

It's hard to imagine this city without its abundance of sushi hot spots, but it has only been twenty years since the first kaiten (conveyor belt) restaurant opened it's doors in July of the early 90s. Marking two decades of success, Moshi Moshi has scheduled staggered celebrations over the next three weeks starting on Monday 28 July with 1994 prices at the sushi counter starting from 90p ranging to £2.50. Other offerings include a haiku writing contest on Thursday 31st of July with a chance to win a dinner for two, hidden golden tickets on conveyor belt dishes which will bring […]

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Voltaire Launches Cocktail and Gelato Menu

It’s finally, officially, properly summer, and how do we want to celebrate the sunshine? With cocktails and ice cream! Legendary drinking venue, Voltaire, has collaborated with Italian gelato brand, Black Vanilla, to combine these two delicious creations to craft a unique cocktail and gelato menu that will cool guests down in the best way possible. There will be a range of dairy-free and fat-free gelato and sorbetto available to compliment the cocktails. The menu boasts tempting refreshers like Club Tropicana which consists of Cachaca, lime juice and syrup de gomme served with Alfonso mango sorbet. There will also be non-alcoholic […]

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Porky’s BBQ: Review

Following on from the success of their Camden branch, husband and wife team  Simon and Joy Brigg launched a second restaurant over on Bankside recently and so The Handbook team went down to check it out. Inside the restaurant is all exposed brick walls, high sturdy wooden tables and stools, twinkling lights, it’s stripped back but still welcoming and reflects the simple but well-honed menu. We chose however, to sit outside but unfortunately Porky’s is situated on a street which doesn’t seem to catch the sun, so whilst we could see people walking in the light by the river our […]

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Searcys Celebrate 10 Years at the Gherkin

London’s highest private members club, Searcys Restaurant and Bar, is celebrating its 10th anniversary and wants you to join in. For 6 weeks only, between 21st July to the 4th September, Searcys will open its doors to the public meaning that non-members will be able to enjoy the 360° views from the relaxed, understated venue for the first time. Head Chef Matthew Edmonds has created a 10 course anniversary tasting menu which will bring together a range of suitably celebratory ingredients and fresh seasonal produce to create a mouth-watering selection. An a la carte menu will also be offered for […]

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