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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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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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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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Eclipse’s Crackbaby Carnival

So it’s Sunday,  you’ve been to the carnival and now you’re ready for serious night of cocktails, dancing and drums, because hey there is no work on Monday. Well we have just the ticket, as Eclipse are bringing the carnival to Walton Street until the early hours of Monday morning . Their DJs will be playing a mix of jungle and house alongside live per percussion all night so you can carry on dancing whilst drinking their infamous Crackbaby shots.  Oh and as it’s carnival fancy dress is encouraged, the staff will all be dressed in their finest carnival gear […]

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The Alchemist

The Alchemist will specialise in innovative cocktails when it opens next month in the in the City’s newly-developed Bevis Marks building, adjacent to The Gherkin. Part of the Living Ventures stable with venues already in Manchester and Leeds, name of the game is transformative cocktails and The Alchemist’s mixologists promise to combine unexpected ingredients with innovative techniques and unconventional equipment. Think sharing kettles such as the Watermelon Man – Green Mark Russian vodka, Beefeater gin, Havana 3 rum and Cointreau mixed with cranberry, lemonade, lime and watermelon or refillable 3 ½ oz hip flasks such as Happiness – Beefeater gin, […]

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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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