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Supper Pop-Up at Catering HQ

Four seasons, four playing card suits, four calling birds…and now the forth pop-ups from Top Hat Catering. Catering to foodies who don’t want standards to drop just because there are large numbers of guests, the caterers are one of the UK’s most exclusive – delivering food as high in standard as the service. The food is luxurious, and you’d be as happy tucking into glazed pork cheeks with confit leeks or monkfish in massaman sauce at a party as you would if you were paying for it in a swanky restaurant; no non-descript, mass-produced stews here. As well as large […]

Openings & Launches

Galley Opens

Galley: ˈɡali/ noun 1. a low, flat ship with or more sails and up to three banks of oars 2. the kitchen in a ship or aircraft 3. a new restaurant opening tomorrow in Islington. So you might not find that description in a dictionary, but it’s certainly true. Run by sister and brother team, Oriona Robb and Marcel Grzyb, Galley is a new 70 cover restaurant opening tomorrow on Upper Street with a strong focus on fish. Eighteen years at Soho’s Randall & Aubin, (10 of which were spent as the Head Chef) has given self-taught chef Marcel the […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Silver Screen Afternoon Tea

Awards season is upon us and whilst we can’t tell you who might win, (although we are all hoping it’s Leo), what we can tell you is that there is a new afternoon tea to celebrate and, well, if you’re going to celebrate or commiserate you might as well do it with some cake. In honour of it becoming the Official Hotel Partner for the BAFTAs, the Savoy is launching the Silver Screen Afternoon Tea. Having seen a fair few stars grace its doors: Katharine Hepburn, Charlie Chaplin and Marilyn Monroe to name but a few, the Savoy will be […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Dirty Double Birthday Party

What did you do for your second birthday? Can you even remember your second birthday more like? We’ll hazard a guess at pass the parcel, too much sugar and tantrums. It definitely wasn’t like Dirty Bones Kensington 2nd birthday which is coming up, that’s for sure. Happening this Thursday they are celebrating two years of cocktails, American comfort food and tunes with The Dirty Double birthday party. The night will start with a present from them to you, in form of a complimentary ‘Forgot to blow out the candles’ birthday cocktail followed by new dishes. Start with beef short rib […]

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Reviews

Searcys The Gherkin Review – What We Thought

Whenever I watch the likes of Great British Bake Off or MasterChef I always think, “but what would the judges do?”. Could Paul Hollywood pull off a showstopper worthy of Mary Berry’s praise? How would their own dishes fair if they were being scrutinised to that standard? If MasterChef The Professionals judge Monical Galetti took to the challenge I have no doubt that she’d be well on the way to winning. Set to open her own restaurant later this year, the former Le Gavroche senior sous chef has created a menu which is available for a limited time at Searcys […]

Reviews

Searcys The Gherkin Review – What We Thought

Whenever I watch the likes of Great British Bake Off or MasterChef I always think, “but what would the judges do?”. Could Paul Hollywood pull off a showstopper worthy of Mary Berry’s praise? How would their own dishes fair if they were being scrutinised to that standard? If MasterChef The Professionals judge Monical Galetti took to the challenge I have no doubt that she’d be well on the way to winning. Set to open her own restaurant later this year, the former Le Gavroche senior sous chef has created a menu which is available for a limited time at Searcys […]

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Openings & Launches

Frenchie: From Paris to London

When Greg Marchand opened Frenchie in Paris’ garment district in 2009 it was to high acclaim, with both Parisian and international critics praising it. In the following years came Frenchie Bar à Vins, Frenchie To Go and, at the end of last year, a new wine shop. Now Greg, joined by his wife Marie, will be opening their first site outside of Paris and it just so happens to be in Covent Garden. Opening on Henrietta Street next week, Frenchie will be echoing its Parisian counterparts and will serve up modest, generous but precise dishes all influenced by Greg’s travels […]

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Culture

The Courthouse Hotel’s Private Cinema Club

A few hundred metres from the huge cinema in Leicester Square lies a cinema much more low-key… and much more luxurious. Battle your way through the tourists and up the regal steps of The Courthouse Hotel. You may have heard of their calming Sanook Spa (we reviewed it back in October) and their wintery Soho Ski Terrace but we’ll be impressed if you know about their state of the art cinema room. Newly refurbished, the cinema boasts leather seats and tactile suede walls and cult classics shown every Saturday evening – Chicago, The Breakfast Club and Breakfast at Tiffany’s are […]

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Openings & Launches

Panoramic River Views at Your Party

If we had £700,000 to spend on a refurbishment, our pokey flats would be unrecognisable. So much so that they’d have a new address and actually wouldn’t be the same building at all. But if you’re a venue and events space, spending large amounts on a refurb is much more realistic expenditure so when The River Rooms underwent a makeover in 2013 it enhanced the space to make it an ideal contemporary blank canvas space for a whole range of events. Whether corporate or private, the team at The River Rooms work with you to plan your ideal event. Menus […]

News

6 of the Best Places to Celebrate Chinese New Year

Monday 8th February marks Chinese New Year, a date celebrated across the globe. 2016 is the ‘Year of the Monkey’, a zodiac symbol characterising quick-witted, curious, innovative but also mischievous people, which leaves The Handbook wondering what lies ahead! In anticipation, we’ve rounded up our six favourite restaurants and bars in the capital to go and celebrate:

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Reviews

Le Pain Quotidien Review – What We Thought

I love Le Pain Quotidien. When I’m trawling the streets of London (for whatever reason) and find myself in need of a sit down and a perk up I know I can rely on the Belgians. Though the bakery is a huge part of Le Pain – the name itself means The Daily Bread – my visit in mid-January found me torn between picking up a hazelnut flute and downing a luminous green juice. But I had been invited to review the new detox offerings so that’s what I did. The Wimbledon Village branch was packed with yummy mummies, daddies […]

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Reviews

Le Pain Quotidien Review – What We Thought

I love Le Pain Quotidien. When I’m trawling the streets of London (for whatever reason) and find myself in need of a sit down and a perk up I know I can rely on the Belgians. Though the bakery is a huge part of Le Pain – the name itself means The Daily Bread – my visit in mid-January found me torn between picking up a hazelnut flute and downing a luminous green juice. But I had been invited to review the new detox offerings so that’s what I did. The Wimbledon Village branch was packed with yummy mummies, daddies […]

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