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Openings & Launches

Foxlow

New to Clerkenwell is Foxlow, the 100-cover restaurant and bar from Will Beckett and Huw Gott. Serving slow-smoked and charcoal grilled dishes, salads and sides alongside original cocktails, Foxlow is a neighbourhood restaurant with informal service and a comfortable, lived-in interior. Situated in a Grade II listed former cork warehouse, the split-level venue features two ground floor dining areas and a first floor gallery. The interior features reclaimed materials throughout. The 1950’s oak flooring and pendant light fittings come from a workingmen’s club in Wigan while old chemistry labtops from a Yorkshire school provide tabletops and make up the bar. […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

A Christmas Wild Boar Grill Club

On 9 December, Brompton Bar & Grill will be collaborating with recently launched London Shooting Club to present the latest instalment of The Grill Club – and as it’s coming up to Christmas, what better theme to have than ‘Wild Boar’? On arrival, guests will be treated to an aperitif and crudités with saffron aioli, which will be followed by a brief presentation from The London Shooting Club’s founder Steve Jones, who will be hunting the wild boar in France. He will describe the best ways of hunting wild boar and the difficulties he came across. Guests will then be […]

Openings & Launches

Steam & Rye

Nick House (Mahiki, Whisky Mist and Bodo's Schloss) and Kelly Brook may seem like ‘the odd couple’ but they are the duo behind new one-stop destination venue, Steam and Rye. The 550 capacity space, opening this week, is set within the former bank of New York building in the City, harks back to the glamour and decadence of America’s Gilded Age. Says House: “It was love at first sight when I set eyes upon the old Bank of New York on Leadenhall Street and immediately the concept sprung to life in my head. In a few seconds, an amalgamation of […]

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Reviews

Review: Est. India

On Saturday evening, The Handbook made a trip South of the river to review Est. India, a newly opened Indian restaurant in Southwark. The décor was fairly standard: minimal and neutral, but modern and clean. When we arrived at 7pm, the restaurant was pretty empty, although it had filled up quite a lot by the time we left. We were seated at a comfortable booth table. To drink, we ordered my favourite, mango lassi, and it didn’t disappoint: deliciously sweet but not overwhelming – the perfect accompaniment to a spicy meal. The menu is extensive, and it took us a […]

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Openings & Launches

Ballaró

Carmelo Carnivale (formerly head chef at Novikov, Semplice, Harry’s Bar) and co-owner Massimo Pascale have just launched Ballaró on the former site of The Haverstock. Taking its name from the famous food market in Sicilian capital, Palermo, it will serve rustic, seasonal Mediterranean food with an emphasis on Sicilian ingredients and dishes. Interiors, by designer Sally Yeoh, combine hints of old fashioned north London glitz with rustic Mediterranean warmth. Smart yet comfortable leather banquettes and chairs in spring lime complement simple, linen effect tabletops. Large windows run along two walls, giving the room a light and airy feel – as […]

Openings & Launches

The Pullman London

The march of the King’s Cross quarter continues apace with the opening of The Pullman London – sitting at the posh end of the Accor hotel chain. It’s an uber contemporary hotel taking its design inspiration form the linear design and colours of the nearby railway station. There are 312 bedrooms (WiFi, rain shower etc), the Golden Arrow restaurant and bar and panoramic views of the London Skyline. The new venue also houses 17 specially designed spaces for events and business meetings, a 446-seat tiered theatre for arts and corporate use, and a sauna and gym as well. The restaurant, […]

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1 Lombard Street Exclusive Truffle Dinner

On 26 November from 7pm, 1 Lombard Street will be hosting a 4-course dinner to celebrate the much-loved truffle, which is almost in season, in their 1776 Restaurant. The menu is as follows – Jerusalem Artichoke Shot with Black Truffle White Truffle Tagliolini Baby Chicken Roulade Stuffed with Foie Gras & Spinach with White Truffle White Chocolate Fondant with White Truffle Ice Cream Each course will be accompanied by a different wine, and the meal will end with coffee and petit fours. If you’re a truffle lover, this is definitely one for you! www.1lombardstreet.com

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Seasonal & Celebrations

Piste at Archer Street Opening

Struggling through winter days at work, when all you can think about is how much you wish you were in the middle of the Alps? Archer Street in Soho has taken pity and will be transforming their downstairs area into Piste, which will celebrate the best of Aspen, St. Anton, Val D’Isere, Verbier and St Moritz. The décor will feature lots of dark wood, rafter boards and antique skis to really make guests feel like they’re in their own little ski chalet in the mountains. Piste will also launch a range of special festive cocktails for the ski season, including […]

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Openings & Launches

Mamounia Lounge Launches in Mayfair

A slice of Middle Eastern cuisine has landed in Mayfair with the launch of Mamounia Lounge on Curzon Street. Set over two floors, from the sounds of it, it is all opulence and decadence with gold, bronze, deep jewel colours and beautiful chandeliers and the scent of orange blossom and jasmine decorating the air. Diners are encouraged to indulge in banquet style dining with tables being crowded with mezze, pastries, charcoal cooked meats, couscous and dishes such as cheese Sambousek. Classic Arabic dishes will also be being served up with a Mayfair flair, think tender tagines served in traditional clay […]

Openings & Launches

Harrods and Disney Launch New Fairytale Retail Experience

On 25 November, Harrods and will open the world’s first Disney boutique experience outside of a Disney Park & Resort: a Cinderella-inspired ‘Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique’. It will be the centrepiece of the new ‘Disney at Harrods’ venture, which also includes a bespoke Disney Store, which opened on 1 November, and the Disney Café which will be refreshed over the coming months. The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique experience will create the ultimate magical storytelling experience. Children will enter a sparkling fairytale castle within Harrods, where their very own fairy godmother-in-training will greet them and teach them how to become the perfect princesses […]

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