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The Colour Palate Review

On Wednesday The Handbook headed down to the launch of new Marylebone venue, Carousel, and Art of Dining’s latest pop-up experience The Colour Palate. The idea behind it is theming your food with colour, each course corresponds with a colour and relevant music, think mellow yellow for the yellow course. The downstairs room of Carousel has an industrial feel with white walls and stone floors which worked well as a blank canvas for the colour changes. The evening begins with a green theme; coloured lights flood the room and the first course, quail wrapped in a vine leaf served with […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Boujis’ Ibiza Party

Why don’t you change things up this Bank Holiday Weekend? Be spontaneous, live a little, seize the day, you get our drift… and rather than going out in London head to Ibiza instead for the legendary Boujis party? Returning for its 11th year this Saturday it is the best way to kick off your three day weekend party. They’re heading away from the beaches and up to a unique underground club in the exclusive Cova Santa tucked away in the mountains.  The line-up includes Stef Manni, Tom Crane and Rob Marmot as well as a special guest DJ which is […]

Openings & Launches

Bó Drake

The new East Asian BBQ restaurant and Anju bar opening next month on Greek Street in Soho is the brainchild of Jan Lee (Roka) who grew up in his parents' restaurants on the Scottish borders and whose inspiration stems from his Chinese heritage, British upbringing and extensive travels. The menu at the 50 cover restaurant places emphasis on smoked cooking methods, alongside more traditional sweet and pickled influences. Using British seasonal produce, signature meat dishes will include Smoked Bobo chicken with sriracha, lime and herbs and eel dumpling, with Sichuan peppercorns and chilli oil. Seafood dishes feature Loch Ryan oysters […]

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Yauatcha’s Secret Menu

What did you do to celebrate your 10th birthday: pool party, laser quest, disco where you got to stay up until 10pm (you crazy party animal, you)? Well it’s time to say Happy 10th Birthday to Yauatcha one of London’s most loved dim sum restaurants and they are celebrating in style, no bouncy castles here. The celebrations are centred on four of its iconic offerings, the Chinese Kitchen, teahouse, patisserie and wine and cocktails. Starting from the September 1st they will be offering different secret off the menu items each week -can’t choose which week to go? Easy go to […]

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Ping Pong Summer Menu

The weather might have put its autumn coat on but forget the weather, summer is not over until at we’ve at least had the August Bank holiday and with that in mind The Handbook checked out Ping Pong’s summer menu. Start with one of the new summer mojitos before ordering, there’s hibiscus, blackberry and Chambord or Longan and Sake.  New dim sum includes the beef and black pepper shu mai (open-topped wonton pastry with asparagus, carrots, marinated beef, topped with fresh black pepper and goji berr) whilst lovers of seafood can indulge in the chinkiang seafood skewers, or the citrus […]

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CAROUSEL

Purveyor of imaginative pop-ups, Shuttlecock Inc is going bricks and mortar with a five year pop-up in Marylebone’s new foodie destination. The three-story space that launches Wednesday will feature a new restaurant alongside an ongoing programme of multi-sensory pop-ups curated by Shuttlecock. To get things going Shuttlecock Inc are partnering with the prestigious Argentine chef, Javier Rodríguez (El Papagayo), he’s going to be taking on a 2 week long residency at the ground floor restaurant from this Wednesday until the end of August.    Visitors can expect anything and everything from Mile High, Shuttlecock’s 1950s Pan Am experience to two culinary heavyweights […]

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Fields Set to Open

The most exciting thing to happen in Clapham for a while is the launch this month of new all-day café, Fields, from the team behind M1LK  in Balham.  It’s the brainchild of Aussie, Julian Porter, who opened M1LK at just 21 and his partner, actress and artist Lauren Heaphy. With emphasis on local produce – many ingredients will be grown on the café’s own roof garden and plant nursery – dishes will include Coal-grilled sausage bao, kewpie, pickled shallot and iceberg, Peat-smoked mutton and beans, garden herb butter and sourdough and Smashed peas, hay-smoked goat’s curd, garden herbs and sourdough.  The venue […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Skypool Opens in The Shard

We’ve heard of swimming with the fishes but swimming with the birds? The highest pool in Western Europe has just launched 52 floors above ground level in the sleek Gŏng bar at the Shangri La Hotel, at The Shard, offering hotel guests a tranquil escape from the city below. After the sun sets the separation screens are drawn back and guests are welcome to enjoy the stunning infinity Skypool poolside, while they sip on signature creations from the dedicated cocktail bar like the Bermondsey Bubbles with Jensen’s Dry Bermondsey Gin, Rose liqueur, creole bitters and champagne. To book a seat […]

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Openings & Launches

Salmontini le Resto

Straight out of the Middle East and into London 15th October comes, Salmontini le Resto, the first of its kind in Europe from the Salmontini brand. Guests can expect the finest smoked salmon from Spanish-born head chef Esteve Prats Grau, latterly of Tom’s Kitchen. Diners will also be able to select a variety of cold and hot salmon specialties, light salads, fresh Mediterranean fish and meats, including the restaurant’s perennially popular Entrecôte 'St Germain des Prés'. These will be complemented by an extensive array of sushi and sashimi. Wine lovers will enjoy the extensive wine menu overseen by a team […]

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Patrick La Roche’s Vegetables Exhibition

Getting your 5-a-day just got a new meaning with the launch of artist, Patrick La Roche’s new exhibition, Vegetables. In a homage to all things healthy, the exhibition housed in Sofitel London St James, will see your typical veg given a chrome make-over and supersized, sounds odd but even Karl Lagerfeld is a fan. To celebrate Laroche’s art, the hotel’s restaurant, The Balcon, has created a special menu geared towards the mighty vegetable with treats like Sweet pea sliders in a cornbread madeline, shallot jam and cucumber mint sauce. There is also a special cocktail (sans alcohol) aptly named the […]

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