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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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After the wedding ceremony, comes the party…

Summer is just around the corner, which means along with the Pimms, the stifling tubes, the dodgy sandals and endless BBQs, wedding season is almost upon us. If this year you are starting to plan your own wedding (hurrah!) or you have been given the nerve- wracking task of planning a Hen party or Stag do, then Crowne Plaza London –The City, have just launched their new wedding packages which has everything covered – so you can focus on sorting the dress and whether you do have to invite that long lost aunt. Their Grade II listed property is steeped […]

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Soho Food Feast Returns

Raising money for Soho Parish Primary School, the Soho Food Feast will be returning to St Anne’s Church Garden on the 7th and 8th June for its fourth year. It’s a good thing it’s on for two days because there is a lot of food to work through; alongside familiar faces such as Quo Vadis, Bocca di Lupo and The Ivy, there will be newcomers such as Blanchette, Copita, Pizza Pilgrims and Jackson Boxer.  Check out their website for the full list, it’s pretty extensive!  So don’t torture yourself making the difficult decision of choosing just one, we say try […]

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Opso

Take a trip to Greece this week, via Marylebone, with the launch of modern Greek all-day restaurant, Opso – hand-laid mosaic flooring, terracotta serving dishes and all – set over two floors and an outdoor terrace for when the London temperatures get a bit more Greek. Breakfast on Tsoureki (brioche-style bread flavoured with aromatic Greek spices, served with clotted cream and sour cherries), Moustokouloura (soft cookie dough with grape molasses from Crete), Earl Grey infused rice porridge and soft poached egg with caramelized bacon and leeks. Then, come 12 noon, the all-day menu kicks in with its mildly disturbing offering […]

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Pavilion

An all-day restaurant, Champagne bar, deli and florist is opening under one roof in Kensington High Street on Friday headed up by Adam Simmonds of the eponymous Michelin starred Restaurant at Danesfield House. British and seasonal, Simmonds describes his food as “modern with intensity of flavours that work perfectly on the plate without being over-complicated” and signature dishes include Confit mackerel, smoked sturgeon, oyster, pickled cucumber and Granny Smith and Slow cooked loin of lamb with belly, burnt aubergine, goats curd and anchovy gremolata. A florist, with hand-made bouquets by Paul Morris greets guests as they enter and the venue […]

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A Bit of Basque Cuisine at Bilbao Berria

2011 MasterChef winner Ash Mair has launched his debut restaurant project, the transplanting of Spanish chain Bilbao Berria from Spain to London. Today’s opening of the new restaurant on Regent Street today marks the chain’s first expedition outside of the flamenco-dancing country. In the casual environment of the upstairs taverna, help yourself to traditional Basque pintzos. ‘What are they?’ I hear you cry; think skewered tapas on bitesize slices of bread commonly eaten alongside a glass of local wine. If you’re looking for a more formal dining experience then reserve a table and head downstairs for classic as well as […]

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The Imperial Durbar Opens

Been to Tooting Bec recently? No, well here’s a reason to go: The Imperial Durbar, an Indian coffee and cocktail bar, has just opened there. Brothers, Nicholas and Alastair Heathcote are behind the bar that gives customers a taste of 1940s India inspired by elements and innovations from Queen Victoria’s East India Company to Maharaja Bhupinder Singh’s reign. They hope to light a spark of nostalgia for anyone who has been to the  mystic Indian shores or dreams to, one day. Inside you’ll find a mix of old Indian furniture with coffees, traditional Indian teas and Chai being served, alongside […]

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On The Roof with Q

Prepare for some hot rooftop action today when Selfridges launches an 18 week happening, set around a secret garden restaurant with lush herbaceous borders and dense foliage. Intrigued? Thought so. The main event is an eatery from Des McDonald of Q Grill in Camden with an all-day BBQ menu paired with a lighter range of summer dishes and a raw counter too. A breakfast menu will include organic granola with yoghurt and Early Grey prunes (don’t knock ‘em til you’ve tried ‘em) or Eggs Benedict, as well as buttermilk pancakes with blueberry compote and poached egg, with beans and kale. […]

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Welcome to The Last Frontier Pop-Up

On Saturday 21st June, creative team Shuttlecock Inc are allowing you to travel back in time. The Last Frontier is an 1899 Alaska Seafood pop-up experience set to take the shores of Pimlico Gardens by storm. For one day, and one day only, the Alaskan settlement of Nome will be uprooted and replanted in the centre of London bringing along its abundance of fresh and sustainable seafood. Sockeye salmon, the mighty king crab, black cod and halibut will be amongst the visitors. Guests will be able to not only sample this seafood, but a team of chefs from award-winning London […]

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Message on a Bottle

Ever wondered what you’d do if you were stranded on a desert island? Never fear! During London Wine Week from 1st-8th June, customers purchasing a bottle of Harvey Nichols Own Label Wine in the Fifth Floor will have the opportunity to design their own bespoke wine label. Whether you do decide to write a rescue message or produce the perfect personalised gift, get those creative juices flowing! Harvey Nichols is one of the headline sponsors of London Wine Week and also one of three hubs where you can get your wristbands for access to the week’s events at reduced costs. […]

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Uyen Luu Cooking Masterclass

For one day only, celebrity chef and author, Uyen Luu, will be visiting our favourite Guildford cooking school, the Abinger Cookery School to teach guests how to master Vietnamese specialities. Budding chefs and South East Asia food enthusiasts will learn how to make delicious treats like Braised Pork Belly with Coconut & Cider, Stir Fried Morning Glory, Beef Pho and Banana Fritters. The course takes place 28th May from 10-4.30pm and will cost £165 per person. www.abingercookeryschool.com

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Cocktails at St James Bar: Review

When The Handbook heard that Sofitel St James had recently launched its spring/summer cocktail menu we knew that we just had to go and try it out. So on a Tuesday evening we escaped the bustle of Piccadilly, headed over to the hotel and took a seat in the decadent St James Bar. The bar draws inspiration from Coco Chanel’s 1920’s apartment, with a décor of Shagreen and kinon topped tables, dark hues, French antique gilt chairs and low sofas and dusky lighting. It’s intimate without being overbearing; quiet without it feeling awkward and at 7pm there was of mix […]

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