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Kensal Summer Fete

A British summer isn’t complete without local festivities. That’s why Paradise by Kensal Green and St John the Evangelist Church have teamed up to host a Summer Fete. The fun-filled event to be held on Saturday 21st June is vicar David Ackerman’s venture to bring the local community together as well as a chance to welcome to visitors from further afield. The entertainment, food & drink and retro games are so very British. There will be Morris dancers, candyfloss, live folk music, a busker’s corner, and performances from the nearby rhythm school’s drum band and the choir from the local […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Secret Garden Launches at Rotunda

As a Londoner we enjoy the best restaurants, top clubs and beautiful architecture everywhere we look but as our pal Alicia Keys put it, it’s a concrete jungle. She may have been talking about New York but you get the idea. So when some natural foliage manages to crack through it’s always a treat; from chilling with a Pimms in Hyde Park to sunning ourselves on a rooftop terrace. Perfect for us that Rotunda has recently launched its new Secret Garden, a relaxing waterside terrace perfect for a summer drink. Rotunda converted the concrete space into an eco-friendly area thanks […]

Openings & Launches

June Openings

June and summer is finally on the horizon;  it’s still light at 9pm, well almost,  and soon 90% of our liquid intake will come in the form of Pimms- sunny or not.  June however isn’t just about the arrival of bbqs and drinking alfresco, it’s also about a road tripping husband and wife opening Porky’s BBQ in Bankside, it’s about Firmdale opening a hotel complete with bowling alley and Marylebone getting a taste of 20th century Vienna. Here it is, some of the best new venues opening this month: Ham Yard Hotel Firmdale Hotels are opening their 8th London venue […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Cloudy Bay’s Sensory Garden

Calling all wine lovers, things are about to get a little rosé at Harvey Nichols. New Zealand based winery, Cloudy Bay, will be taking over the 5th Floor to host a stunning range of food and wine tasting experiences.  Cloudy Bay’s Sensory Garden, created especially for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, will overlook the rooftops of London making it an ideal destination for summer evenings in the city. Guests will be treated to a special 3-course à la carte tasting menu with wines that complement the various flavours of the dishes. The menu will have temptations like Pan fried sea […]

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Openings & Launches

Polpo

So for all of us who have been salivating since we spied the Polpo hoardings on Notting Hill Gate, the time is nigh. Polpo Notting Hill is soft launching this weekend. Tomorrow to be precise. Yup, the 120 cover restaurant and bar will be open for both lunch and dinner and better still there will be a preview discount of 50% on food. Polpo aficionados will, no doubt, be aware that the Venetian bacaro first broke onto the capital’s dining scene in Soho in 2009 followed up branches in Covent Garden’s Maiden Lane and Smithfield’s Cowcross Street. But we didn’t […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The best of London’s pubs

It can’t be denied that London loves its pubs, it always has and most likely always will. Nor cannot it be denied that there are plenty of them, it’s estimated that there are approximately 7000 in London. But with so much choice and so little time, The Handbook have rounded up the ultimate pubs for you to visit: the best places to stay, eat and drink. The best for ales and beers… The infamous White Horse aka The Sloany Pony in Parsons Green has one of the best selections of beers and ales around. They regularly change their selection so […]

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The best of London’s pubs

It can’t be denied that London loves its pubs, it always has and most likely always will. Nor cannot it be denied that there are plenty of them, it’s estimated that there are approximately 7000 in London. But with so much choice and so little time, The Handbook have rounded up the ultimate pubs for you to visit: the best places to stay, eat and drink. The best for ales and beers… The infamous White Horse aka The Sloany Pony in Parsons Green has one of the best selections of beers and ales around. They regularly change their selection so […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Three Friday Nights: Goodwood

Combining two of the most quintessential parts of an English summer – music and racing, Goodwood, just outside of London, sees the return of Three Friday Nights next week. Now in its fourth year, the event sees the picturesque Parade Ring being transformed into an open-air dance floor, so that revellers can dance the night away to three DJ sets. Starting things off will be multi award-winning duo, Chase & Status on Friday 6th June, before one of the most sought after newcomers, Naughty Boy takes to the decks on Friday 13th June. Finishing things off will be legendary Radio […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Beach at Bluebird

Having been transformed into an ice rink at Christmas, the courtyard at Bluebird is now being given a summer makeover and becoming a beach… that’s right a beach on the Kings Road, well they have a sandbox and that’s enough for us! Why are we really excited though? Because they are going to be serving the new Moet Ice Champagne (when you didn’t think Champagne could get any better, it just did) and serving up an all-day BBQ, what is it with BBQs and just being able to keep eating and eating and eating….? With the World Cup and Wimbledon […]

Openings & Launches

APM AT ZINC

A members’ club and restaurant that opens at 2:30am through to 7am? Only the hardcore need apply that’s for sure! But if you are indeed hard enough you’re going to love it. And besides, didn’t your mother always tell you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? Open on Friday and Saturday nights from this week – or mornings depending how you look at it, it’s a collaboration between Zinc restaurant on the 31st floor of Centre Point and food magazine, FOUR which works with the likes of Heston Blumenthal, Ashley Palmer Watts, Simon Rogan, Marcus Wareing, […]

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