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Grotesque Gastronomy: Bompas & Parr Take on The Twits

In honour what would be the 100th birthday year of everyone’s favourite childhood author (Roald Dahl of course), we’ve seen afternoon teas, themed cocktails and exhibitions of much-loved Quentin Blake illustrations. Tempting Charlie and the Chocolate Factory desserts, fruity James and the Giant Peach cocktails and… dinner at the Twits? Bear with us, it may sound much less appetising than the alternative celebrations but this is a dinner experience like no other, all set to be ‘the worst dinner party in the world’. A theatrical take on dinner at Mr and Mrs Twit’s, theatre company Les Enfants Terribles and creators of the Olivier […]

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Theo’s Simple Italian Review: What We Thought

New? Theo’s Simple Italian opened up earlier this year in Hotel Indigo in March after acclaimed chef Theo Randall decided to move on to restaurant number two following the immense success of his eponymous restaurant at the InterContinental. Where? 34-44 Barkston Gardens, Earl’s Court SW5 0EW, www.theossimpleitalian.co.uk First Impressions: The restaurant is conveniently located within close proximity to Earl’s Court station and it was easy to spot the light blue and white striped awning while strolling down Barkston Gardens. The interior is light and airy, complete with wood-panelled walls and low-hanging industrial lights, all of which is contrasted by the sleek and modern bar area. We were […]

Openings & Launches

Flora Indica Opens

Tomorrow will see the opening of Flora Indica  on Old Brompton Road, a fantastical, surreal British – Indian bar and restaurant inspired by the 10,000 of plants found on the subcontinent. Sameer Taneja (formely Executive Chef at Benares Restaurant and Bar) brings his Michelin star training to the Flora Indica with the likes of sea bass, sea spinach, chilli coconut, parsnip purée and dill and smoked venison, burnt onion salt, fennel, beetroot textures and masala spiced potato on the menu. Pudding isn’t your usual sticky toffee pudding affair, oh no instead you’re much more likely to find beetroot doughnuts and rosemary […]

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Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks, and for those who will not get the chance to return home to USA for 28th November and celebrate with family and friends, Gillray’s Steakhouse has prepared a special Thanksgiving offering for you to enjoy in London.

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Openings & Launches

Patty & Bun Opens in Shoreditch

London is full of burgers. Everywhere you look there are new burger joints popping up, new combinations of toppings each more ludicrous and delicious than the next. Well now it’s time to step aside because a burger giant is back and opening their next venue in Shoreditch. Yep Patty & Bun are back and they’re about to shake up Redchurch Street with their burger den that owner, Joe Grossman has described as a ‘raucous little animal’. Upstairs you’ll find a counter top with bar seating, open kitchen and a bar, wander downstairs, however, and you’ll find a speakeasy drinking den […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

You really must go to The Inner Circle’s Summer Party, and here’s why!

The season of summer loving is well and truly in swing but if you haven’t already found your Danny Zuko to spend the lazy summer days canoodling with, all is not lost. Selective dating app, The Inner Circle, is hosting another of its exclusive parties where the drinks will be flowing and new connections are encouraged as The Inner Circle Summer Polo Cup returns for another year of frolicking and flirting. Over 500 singles will be in attendance at Ham Polo Club where 4 teams will play against each other over two full sized polo pitches in the hope of […]

Openings & Launches

Casita Andina: Andina’s Sister Restaurant

Ask someone to name a Peruvian restaurant in London and chances are that Ceviche and Andina are going to be two of the first answers. Well now, founder Martin Morales, is back and opening a new restaurant in Soho just in time for Peruvian Independence Day on the 28th July. Picanterias are family-run, traditional restaurants which are usually found in the Andes in the home of Andinas and Martin will draw on his memories from eating in them as a child and his Andina grandmother’s recipes to create Casita Andina set to be a home from home in the heart of Soho. […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

8 Top Savvy Weekday Offers

If you’re anything like us, you live like a Queen (or King) once you’ve just been paid and then the next few weeks of the month you have to find your inner Martin Lewis and be more frugal.  Sometimes though, you just need something to get you through Monday or something to celebrate the start of the weekend – so here are some of our favourite deals which will make you happy and your bank balance happy. Win/win.

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Last Chance to Attend: Tomorrow’s Handbook Reader Event ‘Eat Yourself Younger’

We are hosting our first readers event at Sanderson tomorrow (Wednesday 13th July) at 6.30pm for a 7pm start with Elizabeth Peyton Jones, author of ‘Eat Yourself Young’ and a favourite amongst A-listers such as Thandie Newton and Joanna Lumley. Elizabeth will be discussing topics such as ‘the main foods which help encourage youthfulness and good health’ and ‘what supplements to take to reverse the signs of ageing’. We are putting together an amazing beauty box of healthy snacks and great beauty products which you will also get on the evening along with a copy of her book. Due to […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Italian Rooftop Pop-Up With Michelin-Starred Chefs

Rooftop takeovers have swept over the city; from west to east there’s barely a rooftop untouched by Pimm’s, Prosecco and Aperol Spritzes. The issues arise when trying to decide which pop-up is worthy of whiling away your precious Friday night. Perhaps one boasting Michelin-starred chefs can convince you? Enter Harvey Nichols with their Michelin Star Terrace Takeover. The month-long event will see resident ‘Live In Italian’ chefs take over the kitchens, celebrating the best of Italian cooking, each Tuesday in July. Ollie Dabbous of Fitzrovia fine dining restaurant, Dabbous, is kicking things off tonight (Tuesday 12th July) with an innovative […]

Hotels

Le Méridien Piccadilly: French Riviera in London

Ah, the French Riviera. With its sparkling sea, blue skies, soaring mountains and vibrant colours it’s hard not to daydream of sneaking away to the Mediterranean paradise during your eight hours of being cooped up in a stuffy office with nothing to gaze out at but the dreary London “summer.” Lucky for us, Le Méridien Nice has been transported to Piccadilly this summer and is giving us our fix of nautical deckchairs, parasols and Mediterranean vistas.  Le Méridien Piccadilly is partnering with its sister hotel in Nice to bring the French Riviera to its Terrace Grill & Bar for three months of summer soirées. […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Music and Film Festival at Backyard Cinema

Often one of the best things about a business is its story. Take Backyard Cinema, for example. The spectacular series of music and film screenings first started as a homemade project in a backyard garden and has grown into one of London’s most recognised cinema experiences and now Backyard Cinema is returning to the cobbled streets of Camden this August for a fourth year. So grab a bean bag and your favourite craft beer and prepare yourself for an extra special cinema experience, with the perfect combination of hard-hitting biographies, live concerts and featured films. Of course not being an ordinary cinema, they’re not […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Darwin Launches Freakshakes

It’s time to look to the heavens and thank the food lords, or in this case, Darwin, which is 36 floors up in the sky (Sky Garden to be precise), as yet more delicious Freakshakes have hit the menus of London. This time appearing on Darwin’s new brunch menu alongside bottomless bloody Marys and Prosecco, will be the increasingly popular Freakshakes in three new flavours. The Freak Dough is a moreish shake of salted caramel with a whole doughnut perched on the rim in case you were craving that extra sugar kick; Freakin’ Macaroons, is a tropical mix of coconut […]

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