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Blinis, Bellinis and Espresso Martinis at The Tower of London

Steeped in history, the Tower of London, is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks and is home to Crown Jewels. And now there is something else very special about it too, Moving Venue is now one of the approved caterers for bespoke and corporate events.  The Handbook were lucky enough to go down and have a private viewing of the Crown Jewels before being able to try ‘blinis, bellinis and espresso martinis’ courtesy of Moving Venue. The jewel in the crown, excuse the pun, had to be the revolving bar (very dangerous for self discipline) where the bellinis and […]

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Mother’s Day at the Peggy Porschen Parlour

If your mum loves sweet treats, give her the ultimate Mother’s Day at the Peggy Porschen Parlour in Belgravia this Sunday. They have created a Limited Edition Champagne Laurent-Perrier Cream Tea, especially for Mother’s Day. Peggy Porschen, founder of London’s prettiest cupcake café, will welcome you and mum for a bespoke champagne cream tea and an afternoon of baked delights! Spend quality time together while enjoying delicacies such as Red Velvet Layer Cake and beautiful hand-piped heart shaped cookies – she’ll fall in love! Don’t forget the Champagne; if your mum likes her bubbly, treat her to a chilled glass […]

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Raymond Blanc takes on 21 apprentices

Raymond Blanc, the Michelin-starred chef renowned for his mentoring of young people, has now joined forces with Boris Johnson, mayor of London. This pairing may seem unlikely, but it’s all in the name of progress – the pair are encouraging the capital’s food venues to take on more young apprentices! Raymond himself has taken on an incredible 21 apprentices at his Brasserie Blanc restaurants, and both he and the Mayor believe there is huge potential for the scheme if other restaurants follow in his footsteps. The self-taught chef wants it to be easier for young ambitious people – he said […]

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A Devilish Manet inspired dessert at Brasserie Blanc

Brasserie Blanc has joined forces with The Royal Academy with an intoxicating new dessert made with one of the world’s most super-strong and notorious tipples, Abinsthe. Its Absinthe Sorbet has been specially designed to celebrate the restaurant’s official partnership with the RA’s exhibition, Manet: Portraying Life. It pays homage the artist’s first original work, The Absinthe Drinker and this strictly adults-only off-menu creation will be available for the duration of the retrospective (through 14th April 2013). All Brasserie Blancs will also be offering a special package throughout the exhibition with a ticket to the show combined with a two or […]

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The American South Invasion

Brasa at Broadway House is readying itself for an invasion of American South cuisine! As part of the London leg of the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival, Brasa restaurant is hosting a special evening dedicated to delicious food and cocktails, created by award-winning culinary talents from the Southern U.S. Taking place on the 9th March from 7:30pm, the night will include a menu of exciting dishes such as Bam Bam Shrimp Sliders, Baked Jalapeño Cheese Grits and Cacao & Coffee Braised Pork Belly! Mmmm. To top it off,  there will be stations around the restaurant where you will get to […]

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A Chanel bag for Mother’s Day?

OK so not all of us can afford to splash out on a Chanel bag for our mum but if you treat her to a delicious Sunday Brunch at any Malmaison hotel this Mother’s Day (10th March), she will be automatically entered into an exclusive competition where she’s in with the chance of winning classic Chanel handbag worth £2,500. The menu includes a glass of fizz, oysters and seafood to start, mains such as Roast Cod or traditional Roast beef with all the trimmings and desserts like Classic crème brûlée and Valrhona chocolate fondue served with exotic fruits, biscotti and […]

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An Italian Education

If you love Italian food, this is one for you. Carmelo Carnevale, head chef at Novikov’s Italian Restaurant, is set to run a series of master classes – passing on his superb skills and teaching you how to be a whizz in the kitchen! Launching on the 23rd March, the first class will focus on different ways to prepare and cook Sardinian lamb, the main ingredient behind Novikov’s famed Sunday Roast. Tutorial attendees will be treated to a feast of Italian freshly baked bread, jam and cappuccino before getting their aprons on! Following the master class, you can even delight […]

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1920s decadence at The Hospital Club

The Hospital Club are welcoming Sophie Michell as their Chef in Residency for March, for two evenings of glamour, elegance and sheer 1920s decadence.  On the 21st and 22nd of March, the restaurant will emulate the fine dining and sophistication that Britain offered at the time, with dishes such as Duck and Pork Terrine with Rhubarb Compote and Toasted Brioche and Pistachio and Sauterne Charlotte Russe on the menu. The 2nd floor lounge will take on a rather different American setting, think speak easy, parlour games, gambling and of course flapper girls! And with food to suit, the menu features […]

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Renaissance celebrates Pie Week

It's not just the Ides of March. This week is British Pie Week. Yes really. To celebrate, South London’s Renaissance Pub Group is offering a pie and a pint for a tenner. The group rears its own free-range meat from its very own farm in Hampshire so you can be pretty certain that its Cow, Chicken and Lamb pies contain the correct animal. The Cow option combines slow cooked ox tail, ox cheek and tripe; Chicken pie includes chicken, wild mushroom and chicken livers whilst lamb pie features slow cooked hogget (lamb in case you’re wondering) with potatoes and rosemary. […]

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Pasta paradise at Bunga Bunga

Known for their fabulous authentic Italian pizzas, the Battersea bar Bunga Bunga are launching a new concept to celebrate that other Italian staple – pasta. Simply called ‘Pasta Wednesdays’, every week will see groups of four and above sharing four different freshly made pasta dishes, in true Italian family style. To complete the picture, Bunga Bunga are even throwing in a complimentary bottle of Vino – all for just £15 per head. Dishes available will include Vermicelli with fresh basil pesto, Calamari all’arrabbiata, and Smoked salmon ravioli with a caper butter sauce. Sounds tasty? We think so! Pasta is the […]

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An Abundance of Oysters

It’s oyster season! Mark Hix, of HIX Oyster & Chop House, as arranged an evening around the trickiest member of the shellfish family. To help you through the daunting prospect of downing your first oyster the Wright Brothers’ Robin Hancock is there to guide you through the menu which celebrates oysters from all around the British Isles. Of course paired with Champagne the menu stands at £95 per head all inclusive. Recommended for those looking for something little different from the regular tasting menus. Reservations: 020 7017 1930  www.hixoysterandchophouse.co.uk  

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Negronis at Banca

Negroni fans can now get that bitter Campari aperitif fix from a specially dedicated Negroni Cocktail Menu just launched at Banca restaurant in Mayfair. The new menu features TEN cocktails – four classics and six more contemporary variations – at a tenner each and all served in an reassuringly old fashioned glass. Traditionalists can order the Classic Negroni: a traditional blend of Tanqueray Gin, Bitter Campari and Antica Formula or Negroni Sbagliato: a concoction of Bitter Campari, Martini Rosso and Prosecco, however, if you’re up for a bit of exploration check out the Campari Shakerato: a mix of Bitter Campari […]

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