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South Place Hotel parties in Ibiza

It might be the end of summer for us but in Ibiza it isn’t, unlike us it is still a balmy 29 degrees….29 degrees. And making the most of this is boutique hotel South Place, who is leaving London and going in search of warmer weather to host its first annual pop-up party at Sands Resort on the stunning Playa d’En Bossa on the 28th September.  Like house music? Great, because they have Harri and Domenic of Subculture the longest running weekly house and techno night in the world, who will be keeping the party going. There are also rumours of […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Great British Cook Off

What could be better than a chef cooking for you? Two chefs cooking for you and battling for your approval that’s what. Oh and the profits going to Action Against Hunger too. Happening over at Almeida, The Great British Cook Off will take place on the 29th September and will see host head chef Tommy Boland sharpening his knives, making his chef whites extra white and cranking up the heat as he prepares to take on head chef Dan Loftin from sister restaurant Kensington Place. Each will be cooking up 3 dishes: one meat, one fish and one sweet dish […]

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Eclipse

Things are changing over at Eclipse in South Kensington, those who frequent the haunt on Old Brompton Road in search of one of their infamous watermelon martinis know that the downstairs club has always been an extension of the bar, well not any more. They’ve given it a complete refurbishment to make it into its own unique space and today is the launch. Gone are the light sandy coloured walls, in favour of deep burgundy walls giving the club a much more intimate, dark atmosphere which can only lead to more debauchery whilst also hiding any smudged make up after […]

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The Black Dog Review

By all appearances The Black Dog in Vauxhall looks like any other pub, even inside it rocks a kind of shabby chic design with tables crammed just a little too tightly together but this is where the drawbacks end. It is always a sign of a confident kitchen team when the kitchen is open plan, as you can combine a perfect opportunity to snoop on the cleanliness and preparation of your food with a pre-meal show. They should be confident as the food, although simple, is surprisingly good with fresh flavours coming through easily and as they say, if it […]

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Caravan’s Grass Roots Supper Club

I hate to break it to you but autumn is coming, it’s just around the corner, waiting to pounce. So it’s time to give summer a send-off until its return next year and what better way to celebrate the wonderful British summer than with a four course meal?  Step in Caravan in Exmouth Market with their Grass Roots event happening on the 8th September who are doing just that. For their second quarterly dining session they will be serving a four course feast championing seasonal, home-grown and local ingredients, using ingredients from King’s Cross Skip Garden, a community garden charity […]

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Walk in the clouds with Bompas & Parr

We  all know the English weather has been a massive let down since the start of ‘summer’ but now Bompas & Parr want to bring the storm inside to celebrate the launch of Glacéau Smartwater in the UK! You might remember Smartwater from US ambassador Jennifer Anniston proudly brandishing bottles of water in her ads, well now the fancy hydrator has made its way to our shores and we are celebrating in an unusual way. Prepare to look at h2o in a whole new light with an immersive, multi-sensory journey through the clouds (yes, indoor clouds) as you experience the excitement […]

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L’Escargot

L’Escargot, London’s oldest French restaurant dating back to 1927, has undergone a massive refurb for the 21st century and now has new owners, a new menu, a talented young chef and a welcoming Maitre D’. New owners are Laurence Isaacson who co-founded the Chez Gerard group and Brian Clivaz whose CV boasts the all-day dining concept at the re-launched Mayfair Arts Club. The new and seasonally changing menu highlights classic French bourgeois dishes and in the interest of egalitarianism and cross-channel relations, it features snails from both France and England! Starters include Classic marbled foie gras terrine and Spicy crab […]

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The Bingham’s Mystery Menu

So you want to go out for dinner, you choose a restaurant, book a table and peruse the menu so you know exactly what you want to order beforehand. Well it’s time to think again, throw caution to the wind and live on the edge, because The Bingham have created a mystery menu where you have no idea what you might be served, how many courses there are, and what you might drink. With The Handbook being risk takers (although with chef, Mark Jarvis at the helm you know it’s going to be good) we signed up and headed over […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Bingham’s Mystery Menu

So you want to go out for dinner, you choose a restaurant, book a table and peruse the menu so you know exactly what you want to order beforehand. Well it’s time to think again, throw caution to the wind and live on the edge, because The Bingham have created a mystery menu where you have no idea what you might be served, how many courses there are, and what you might drink. With The Handbook being risk takers (although with chef, Mark Jarvis at the helm you know it’s going to be good) we signed up and headed over […]

Openings & Launches

BASEMENT SATE

Basement Sate, a member of the new breed of cocktail and dessert bars, is launching in Soho on 4 September and promises to stay open til the witching hour for booze and sugary pick-me-ups while DJs pump up the volume on the decks. Brainchild of Cathleen McGarry, co-owner of the Sherry Butt cocktail bar in Paris, the interiors of the 120 capacity bar combine raw brickwork with rich furnishings – all dark wood panelled snugs, low lighting, copper topped tables and green leather seating. The menu has been created by pastry chef Dorian Picard (Maze and the Club Gascon with […]

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