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September Openings

As September starts it's safe to say autumn is officially here, the back to school feeling has returned as everyone is returning from their holidays and the streets of London are starting to bustle again with the arrival of new restaurants, hotels and bars. From boutique hotels in Victoria to bars serving up a mix of science and cocktails in Bevis Marks, here is The Handbook’s guide to some of the best new venues opening this month.  The Artist Residence Following on from their success in Brighton and Penzance, hoteliers Justin Salisbury and Charlotte Newbury are set to open their […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

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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The World’s Most Luxurious Chalet Opens

You’re going skiing and you want decadence? Well prepare for an opulent overload with the launch of the most luxurious chalet. Ever. Yes that’s right, ever and it’s brought to you by Consensio Chalets, Chalet Mont Blanc is opening in the French resort of Megève on the Jaillet Piste. This isn’t just some log cabin though, oh no it has ski in and ski out access and 7 en-suite bathrooms (which sleep 12 adults and 4 children); but let’s get to the super fancy stuff. Like the fact that it comes with a chauffeur, an infinity pool, calming spa, hammam, […]

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Galadari

Next spring Galadari will bring high(-end) dining to the City with a penthouse-inspired restaurant, bar and 88 metre long rooftop terrace that will boast show-stopping views of St Paul’s, No. 1 Blackfriars, The Shard and the Tate Modern. Perched on the eighth floor of Crowne Plaza London – The City hotel on New Bridge Street, Galadari also has its own private entrance. The restaurant will feature a Japanese kushiyaki grill with a modern take on Japanese tapas as well as barbecued meats, steak and seafood with lighter izakaya-style small plates including sushi, sticks and skewers for lunch. Bespoke to the […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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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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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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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 […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

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 […]

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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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