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Cocobananas

Right now life must be a beach for Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling as they open their sixth Inception Group venue – Cocobananas. Opening just in time for the world cup, Cocobananas, the Brazilian beach shack handily sits next door to their infamous Englishmen’s pizzeria, Bunga Bunga, and will be bringing all the fun of a Latin American beach party to Battersea. Leave behind the grey streets of London and into the vibrantly colourful club, set across two floors it’s decorated with flags, vintage surfboards, palm trees, distressed shutter windows and a reproduction of Rio’s iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. […]

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Brixton Night Market

What are you up to next weekend? You know the Bank Holiday weekend, where there are three wonderful days off and no work on Monday, still making plans? Well here is one for you, the Brixton Night Market is set to return on the evenings of Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th May. The community project was created to support both local traders and street traders and showcase the best street food and foodies’ on the London circuit.  Last month’s event was filled with culinary delights from across the globe taking in Basque treats from Donastia Social Club to mouth-watering Korean from […]

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Typing Room

The clickity clack of old school type writers – yup, the venue takes its name from the Town Hall’s original typing pool – will soon be replaced by the clatter of knives and forks when Lee Westcott’s new restaurant opens tomorrow. Very much up to speed on the culinary front, Westcott was previously on team Atherton running his two Hong Kong restaurants 22 Ships and Ham & Sherry before which he working at with Gordon Ramsay at Claridges and with Rene Redzepi at Noma. His Typing Room, formerly Nuno Mendes’ Viajante, is all about British seasonal produce set out over […]

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Kensington Place: Review

Having opened back in 1987, Kensington Place, is one of Notting Hill’s most loved restaurants serving up British brasserie-style food with a strong focus on seafood and fish; all the fish comes from the aptly named Fish Shop which is an extension of the restaurant so you know it’s going to be super fresh.  Having visited their pop-up earlier in the year, The Handbook thought it was high time we went back to the main restaurant. The restaurant itself has a nautical hints throughout and is light and airy with large floor to ceiling windows,  a bar at one end […]

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Jenius Social

A tasty new social hotspot is launching in Islington today aiming to get Londoners connecting through their love of food. Jenius Social will host a smorgasbord of daily food adventures including supper-clubs, chef-led cookery classes, experiences and special events with industry experts and producers from around the UK. Head chef, Malcolm Emmanueil, has over two decades experience including time spent travelling across the Mediterranean discovering new ingredients and scoping out local markets. Need convincing? His signature dish is Rolled and steamed sea bass fillets with wasabi-pickled tiger prawns and ginger courgette gratin served with a peanut and orange emulsion and […]

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The Gin Garden Launches at The Gun

This summer is going to be gintastic! The Docklands’ historic gastropub, The Gun, has transformed its outdoor sundeck into a beautiful gin garden, overlooking the Thames and the O2. It is the perfect summer event space as it is decked out with deck chairs, astro turf and a herb garden which provides the freshest of garnishes, in order to enjoy the essence of the Mediterranean in London. Groups from 30 up to 250 people can now book the space to bring summer sunshine to whichever event they are hosting, be it a birthday celebration with friends, to entertaining clients for […]

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Ham Yard

A project almost as big as and often confused with the nearby Crossrail is finally opening next month in Soho. This latest addition to Tim and Kit Kemp’s Firmdale Hotels stable (Charlotte Street to Crosby Street) is set around a tree-filled pedestrian thoroughfare connecting Great Windmill Street to Denman Street, open to the public for the first time since the 1960s and centrepieced with a specially commissioned bronze by Tony Cragg. We’re talking 90 individually designed bedrooms and suites, 24 residential apartments, 13 specialist stores, restaurant and bar promising plenty of outside space plus a rooftop garden for hotel guests […]

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ContiniArtUK Opens New Gallery

Five thousand square foot in Central London is hard to come by, yet ContiniArtUK has occupied two floors of 105 New Bond Street in the heart of Mayfair. The new gallery will exhibit a permanent collection of both contemporary and modern art by artists including Fernando Botero and Pablo Picasso alongside the inaugural exhibition of sculptor Igor Mitoraj. The artist is known for his monumental public sculptures displayed at London’s British Museum, Canary Wharf, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the ruins of Agrigento in Sicily. His exhibition The Traces of Time will be displayed from 24th May until 22nd September. The […]

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Supersized House

Soho House Group, of the international celeb packed members club fame, has for some time been extending its reach to regular folk with fast food sidelines: Pizza East, Chicken Shop and Dirty Burger. However, these little diffusions are fast becoming a fast food empire and to prove it the Group is opening a supersize resto in Whitechapel on 21st May. Basically we’re talking Chicken Shop and Dirty Burger under one trademark, industrial style roof plus a small menu of healthier Soho House staples. Sat at the counter or communal and individual tables, you’ll be able to feast on rotisserie chicken […]

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Vivo: Review

Sometimes it is best to keep things simple. Sometimes you just want good food without the fuss and that is exactly what Vivo are doing over in Islington. So The Handbook headed to the all-day café and bakery to try out the Italian food. We wanted to sit on the roof terrace, a hidden space at the back which would have been beautiful had the sun been shining but the strong winds and chill in the air meant that we settled for downstairs; the upside being that we didn’t have to grapple with our trays of food up the stairs, […]

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Beast Opens

This week will see new restaurant, Beast take up residency on the streets of Mayfair. Brought to you by the Goodman Restaurant Group, the people behind the Burger & Lobster restaurants, Beast is championing the partnership of Angus beef and Norwegian Red King Crab. The first of its kind in London, there is a strong emphasis on shared experiences, so much so that they will be serving a single set menu (at least there will be no food envy) which includes starters, sides, desserts and main courses of both beef and crab -which comes from the Norway King Crab company […]

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Celebrities Attend the Met Gala

The stars were out this week in their fabulous droves for the Met Gala in Manhattan where all eyes were on who was there and who they were wearing. Celebrities like Rihanna, Blake Lively, Taylor Swift, Beyonce and Jay-Z stunned crowds with their glamorous attire. The youngest of the Jenner-Kardashian clan wowed with her original satin Topshop dress. Kendall Jenner showed her dedication to fashion by squeezing herself into the beautiful creation. The dress was so tight that the aspiring model instagrammed a picture of her lying down in the car as she couldn’t even bend to sit down! The Brits […]

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