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Openings & Launches

Euphorium Bakery

Euphorium Bakery, one of London’s oldest artisan bakeries is opening a new flagship bakery and café in the City’s Threadneedle Street next week. Located a stone's throw from Bank tube station, the branch promises to bring the best of British baking to its new location. With hand-baked pastries and breads, freshly made sandwiches and salads, gourmet coffee, cakes and a new hot carvery, customers can choose from a counter or dining area for breakfast meetings and relaxed lunches while there will be a handy grab-and-go section for busy City workers. Interior design features the bakery's classic urban village concept with […]

Openings & Launches

Keeper’s House

This week, Peyton and Byrne has added to its gallery portfolio with the redesign and relaunch of Keeper’s House at the Royal Academy of Arts with the addition of a cocktail bar, restaurant and garden. This is the first time in the House’s history that the space will be accessible to the public. Oliver Peyton has collaborated with Sir David Chipperfield and Long & Kentish who have designed the Interiors boasting private rooms, a walled garden, a 40-seat restaurant, and a chic cocktail bar. Chef Ivan Simeoli (formerly of Massimo Bottura in Italy) takes the helm at the restaurant supported […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Halloween Afternoon Tea at Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill

From 28 October to 2 November, Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill will be putting a haunting Halloween twist on the traditional afternoon tea at its two AA rosette-winning restaurant, The Montagu. The Halloween menu features a selection of dangerously delicious treats for the occasion, including black liquorice panna cotta, pumpkin frangipane cakes, and sawn-off finger cupcakes! But it isn’t all ghoulish; keeping with afternoon tea tradition, guests will be served delicate sandwiches and, of course, warm scones, alongside the hotel’s first ever seasonal tea library which includes a collection of sustainably-produced teas. The Halloween Afternoon Tea will be served […]

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UK’s first alcoholic yoghurt

Frozen yoghurt, coconut yoghurt… alcoholic yoghurt was only a matter of time. Gourmet yoghurt producer, The Collective, has created a Raspberry & Amaretto limited edition pot that’s strictly for grown-ups. Tangy, fresh raspberry compote has been spiked with classic Italian almond liqueur in a double layer of intense flavour, all folded through thick and creamy yoghurt. The Collective founders may be chefs from New Zealand but this new flavour is made in Britain using only the best West Country milk. It’s also free from any artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, and suitable for vegetarians or those with gluten-free diets. But […]

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Openings & Launches

Merchants Tavern

Merchants Tavern, is the much anticipated collaboration between Angela Hartnett, Neil Borthwick and Canteen founders, Dominic Lake and Patrick Clayton Malone. The 130 cover restaurant, bar and private dining room, marks an update on the classic tavern and takes its name from Borthwick’s belief that chefs are ‘merchants of good fortune.’ Borthwick and Hartnett have created a Modern European menu directed by seasonality. Starters such as Roast Quail with hazelnut pesto, remoulade and foie gras and Salt Cod Cream with pickled fennel and toast form a prelude to mains like Roast Venison Loin with braised red cabbage and parsnip purée […]

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Pullman La Defense: Parisian Restaurant Review

Following the refurbishment of the 5 Parisian Pullman hotels, the restaurant in the La Defense hotel also saw itself modernised with a new open plan kitchen and a contemporary new design. The restaurant is open from 6.30am-1.00am every day and includes a Power Lunch that lasts 45 minutes flat. The food here is customer friendly with the option of customising your meals to your own liking. Starters vary from dishes like Gazpacho of the season with floral tea ice-cubes to Waffle with potato/dill/marinated salmon/ginger/wasabi ice-cream. There are five ways to have your main meal cooked including by wok, grill, tandoori […]

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Pullman La Defense

Following the refurbishment of the 5 Parisian Pullman hotels, the restaurant in the La Defense hotel also saw itself modernised with a new open plan kitchen and a contemporary new design. The restaurant is open from 6.30am-1.00am every day and includes a Power Lunch that lasts 45 minutes flat. The food here is customer friendly with the option of customising your meals to your own liking. Starters vary from dishes like Gazpacho of the season with floral tea ice-cubes to Waffle with potato/dill/marinated salmon/ginger/wasabi ice-cream. There are five ways to have your main meal cooked including by wok, grill, tandoori […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Bring a Bottle

The Handbook prides itself on providing the most up to date news on London launches, openings and the best places to eat and drink in London but if you’re feeling like a quiet night in with a bottle of wine then we suggest you take a look at newly launched site Bring a Bottle. The site is created by entrepreneur Hugo Fairey with the idea of saving money on that ever essential purchase, alcohol. Everyone likes to grab a bargain these days and even a saving of a few pounds is always gratefully received. Bring a Bottle compares the prices of […]

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Ping Pong’s V&A cocktail launch

This Autumn, the V&A has collaborated with Ping Pong to create a selection of cocktails to celebrate the opening of the Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 700-1900 exhibition, which is due to launch at the V&A in late October. The cocktails are available now and will include two inspired by Wang Mian’s ‘Fragrant Snow at Broken Bridge’ and the V&A’s silk banner paintings: the Plum and Liqourice Sour, which is a deep purple short drink with intense plum and liquorice flavours, and the Smoked Apricot and Spicy Almond cocktail, a spicy long drink underpinned with soft apricot tones. Head Mixologist, Daniele, […]

Seasonal & Celebrations

Maggie’s Halloween Movie Party

This Halloween, on Saturday 2 November, Maggie’s will open its doors for its annual Halloween party – this year, with an 80s slasher movie theme. Guests will be greeted in true Halloween spirit, with displays of gooey eyeballs, bloody knives and rusty wire garlands. Maggie’s will then haunt its guests with showings of the scariest scenes from the well-known Halloween classics, including ‘Prom Night’, ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’, ‘Friday The 13’, ‘Hell Night’, ‘My Bloody Valentine’ and ‘Halloween’. Hosted by Maxi Krueger, and with special appearances from his movie co-stars Chucky, Pinhead, Pumpkinhead, the terrifying twins from ‘The Shining’, and […]

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