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Jar Kitchen’s New Supper Club

This week saw the launch of Jar Kitchen’s new series of monthly supper clubs celebrating British produce. Taking the theme of land, fire, earth, air and sea, each month the restaurant will team up with a different supplier to create a three course menu with drinks pairings – we’ve seen the menus, you’ll want to make sure you get a ticket. They kicked off with land this week when they teamed up with Walter Rose Butchers which means that July’s offering will be fire which will see them joined by Cabrito to serve up a fiery menu including the likes […]

Guides

9 Royally Good Ways to Celebrate the Queen’s Birthday

It’s time for round 2, but this time it’s official; Saturday 11th June is the Queen’s official 90th birthday, following on from her actual birthday back in April. If it all sounds a bit confusing, don’t worry, all you need to know is where to head for Coronation chicken, scones and doggy street parties, and you’ll find it all below.

Experiences & Pop-Ups

London’s Most Stunning Open Air Cinema Returns

Summer appears to be in full swing which means no more evenings tucked away in a dark, smelly cinema; the projectors are seeing the light of day, blankets are getting an outing and we are all getting a little bit more cultured as we venture outside for screenings of cult classics, future favourites and talks, workshops and exhibitions at the Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House. Boasting London’s largest screen (a stat many cinemas are keen to claim but that is actually true) and not one but three UK premieres, the two week long stint in one of our favourite […]

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Open until 25th October 2019

London’s Natural History Museum Ice Rink will return for the 2019 festive season and to celebrate The Handbook will be offering one lucky family of 4 an overnight stay in one family room at Radisson Blu Edwardian, Vanderbilt with breakfast plus an extended skate session at National History Museum which includes a 30 minute exclusive skate followed by a 50 minute public skate session thereafter.

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Pizzicotto Review – What We Thought

New? Not quite new, but Pizzicotto is only a year old, opening in 2015. Where? 267 Kensington High Street, Kensington, W8 6NA www.pizzicotto.co.uk On the menu: Pizzicotto’s menu is full of Italian dishes, with classics such as a selection of cured meats and Tagliatelle with Bolognaise. The menu also contains a large selection of pizza’s, with their speciality being their black base – a healthier option with dough made from activated charcoal. The Look: The well-lit space is comfortable and welcoming, and the rustic furnishings gives a familiar-yet-different feel to the restaurant. The wooden tables and painted chairs instantly transport […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Vogue Café Westfield Pop Up

British Vogue is celebrating her grand 100th birthday this year and to commemorate this mighty milestone is sharing the fun all around with a series of parties, dinners and pop ups. Welcoming for the first time to the UK is the Vogue Café, a temporary foody and fashion haven located in Westfield London. The café will be a perfect stop-off for shoppers in The Village’s luxury shopping space at Westfield, serving a selection of refreshments a specially created Vogue 100 Champagne cocktail, as well as a Vogue 100 Punch. A traditional English afternoon tea will be offered, along with a […]

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Mondrian London to Launch Hamptons Inspired Summer Terrace

Going outside with the turbulent weather may seem unappealing at the moment but when it finally sorts itself out we have just the place to head to. Sea Containers at Mondrian London on the South Bank is launching their Hamptons inspired summer terrace today where guests can partake in some al fresco dining whilst overlooking the Thames. The plant filled terrace will have a Hamptons’ beach club feel to it with white picket fencing, a wooden decked seating area and retractable sunshades. Guests will be able to sip on plenty of Perrier-Jouët Champagne and rosé wine well into the night when the terrace will be […]

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Journey Through British Summertime Afternoon Tea

The British summer social calendar is pretty impressive; it’s a season of sport, art, culture, picnics and Champagne – we would add sun but you never can be quite sure. From polo and rowing to opera and racing, the British summer is certainly a busy one and whilst we try to get to many as we can, we’re quite happy with an edible journey. Recently launched, The Four Seasons new afternoon tea is just that: a journey through British summertime. Created by Executive Chef Romuald Feger and Executive Pastry Chef Loic Carbonnet, the tea begins with summer sandwiches made from […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

8 Smokin’ Barbecue Restaurants

If you didn’t know this week has been National BBQ Week and whilst the weather might not have you rushing outside and lighting up the barbie, that doesn’t mean you have to miss out. If you aren’t brave enough to face the weather/don’t know how to bbq /can’t be bothered then head to one of London’s great barbecue restaurants – here are some of the classics:

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Openings & Launches

The Dog House: New Basement Bar

Nobody likes being in the dog house, that is unless of course you’re talking about the new basement bar opening beneath Bernardi’s in Marylebone. You are? Excellent. Opening on the 10th June, the bar is the more seductive, playful counterpart to the light airy restaurant upstairs. Decorated in dark greys and rich blues the bar will have banquette seating, small intimate tables and stools at the bar – head down after the restaurant for a night cap or two. A hidden snug makes the perfect setting for a small get together (it can seat up to 8) or when the […]

Reviews

Nipa Thai review – what we thought

New? Nipa Thai has just celebrated 20 years of business in April. Where? 1st Floor, Lancaster London, Lancaster Terrace, Paddington, W2 2TY www.niparestaurant.co.uk On the menu: Authentic Thai cuisine with dishes like Thai curry, stir fried prawns, and steamed seabass in a chilli broth. First Impressions: It’s not easy to find as the restaurant isn’t advertised anywhere and I would have been none the wiser about its existence if I wasn’t looking for it specifically (despite this the restaurant was still busy and filled up quickly). The Look: There are lots of nods to Thailand with blue and gold patterned carpets, traditional cutlery and […]

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Camino Bankside Gin Garden

Another day, another gin terrace opening. Yes, summer is truly upon us as bars all across the city put away the outdoor heaters, fold up their blankets and order in their countless crates of the capital’s favourite spirit. Camino Bankside are no exception to this rule, and come June 9th they’ll be transforming their terrace into a Spanish-inspired gin-haven, with terracotta tones, patterned tiles and the all-important gin bar transporting guests out of London and into the sun of the Med. Worried a simple gin and tonic may get a little boring after a while? Fear not! The Gin Garden […]

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Hix Mayfair Bottomless Brunch Review – What We Thought

New? Nope Mark Hix has been the director of food at Brown’s Hotel for several years now and as for the hotel itself, well that takes the title as the oldest hotel in London, having been founded in 1837. The bottomless brunch, however, has only been on offer since April. Where?  Brown’s Hotel, 33 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, W1S 4BP, www.hixrestaurants.co.uk On the menu: A decadent, indulgent brunch made up of British seasonal classics, including the likes of Albemarle smoked salmon ‘Hix cure’ with scrambled Burford Brown eggs; kedgeree; eggs benedict; roast gammon steak and a Peruvian gold chocolate mousse.  As […]

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