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Eight Members Club, Bank presents Blind Bee

The Eight Members Club now presents Blind Bee, an exciting den two floors underground in Bank. The Handbook was lucky to visit the underground hub of one of Blind Bee’s first series of events – a large, dark, secretive sociable drinking scene with an array of cocktails available from the lengthy bar at the back of the club. Eight’s mixologists have created a concoction of cocktails –  try the signature Bee’s Knees of Orange infused vodka, Grand Marnier and a touch of lemon. The buzzing ambiance, with the surrounding walls adorned with sophisticated books and ornaments on its shelves, echoed […]

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Kitty Joseph for Absolut Vodka

Newest creative collaborator to Absolut vodka is emerging fashion designer Kitty Joseph who has created an original, three piece capsule collection inspired by the new limited edition bottle, Absolut Originality. The limited edition features four million individually designed bottles, each made into a one-of-a-kind work of art with a drop of cobalt blue infused into the molten glass during production. Joseph’s collection features diffusions of the signature Absolut cobalt blue created by hand painting dyes onto soaking wet paper and then printing to fabric. The three pieces tell the Absolut Originality story – following the liquid as it drops, flows […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

£10, 10 courses, 10 years

Tom Aikens is operating a lottery for a one-day-only 10-course tasting menu for £10 to celebrate the restaurant’s 10th anniversary.  Aikens has delved deep into his recipe archive to develop a one-off, 10-course tasting menu featuring some of his most memorable and favoured dishes from the last decade including: 2003’s Roast scallops with poached grapes and pernod, grape juice and acidulated fennel. “2003 was a very exciting time for me – I was very nervous about the opening as I had been out of the London restaurant scene for three or four years but we were fully booked from the […]

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Openings & Launches

Bunnychow

Next London food truck sensation to set up permanent shop is the South African bunnychow, in Shoreditch’s BOXPARK. The bunny chow is said to have been invented in 1940’s Durban, when Indian sugar workers were looking for something sturdier than rotis to transfer their lunch from pot to plantation. Legend has it that one bright spark hollowed out a loaf of bread, filled it to the top with curry and the bunny was born. However it started, the trend soon spread across South Africa with bunnies hopping up all over the country – some filled with spicy veggies and some […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Dieci Review

Dieci is a lovely, intimate dining experience in the hotel of No. 10 Manchester Street that sits inconspicuously amongst the charming houses of the Baker Street area. Inside there are plush cushions and velvet lined seats to relax in either open booths or tables for two. Executive Chef Cristian Gaimarri was the man in the kitchen serving up fine Italian food with starters like Piedmont Fassone beef tartar served with sautéed mushrooms and Umbrian black truffle! We stuck straight into the mains and decided on the Tomato gnocchi with burrata and rocket. Burrata cheese is a personal favourite of mine and […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Dieci Review

Dieci is a lovely, intimate dining experience in the hotel of No. 10 Manchester Street that sits inconspicuously amongst the charming houses of the Baker Street area. Inside there are plush cushions and velvet lined seats to relax in either open booths or tables for two. Executive Chef Cristian Gaimarri was the man in the kitchen serving up fine Italian food with starters like Piedmont Fassone beef tartar served with sautéed mushrooms and Umbrian black truffle! We stuck straight into the mains and decided on the Tomato gnocchi with burrata and rocket. Burrata cheese is a personal favourite of mine and […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Gilbert Scott at King’s Cross Journey

For those who don’t know, this weekend is King’s Cross Journeys, a two day festival celebrating King’s Cross Victorian history and as part of it The Gilbert Scott  Restaurant and Bar at the St Pancras Hotel which too has its foundations in the Victorian era, will be bringing a taste of Victoriana to the festival with the Gilbert Gin Garden and The Gilbert Parlour. Supposedly for the children whilst the adults are at the Gin Garden, but we have a feeling there will be a long queue of sweet toothed adults waiting to get their hands on some of the […]

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Openings & Launches

Roxx

Pop-up nightclub Roxx made a name for itself during a successful six month sojourn in the heart of Notting Hill and now it’s returning for the next instalment – this time in central London with a residency at Libertine in collaboration with the Code, whose owners include Rolling Stones scion, Tyrone Wood. The venue will be transformed into the classic backstage den concept and rock ‘n’ roll undercurrent synonymous with Roxx events. Expect the usual signature touches: neon signs and graffiti inspired street art, alongside amazing cocktails and top class service. The first pop-up, often referred to as ‘Notting Hill’s […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Lily Vanilli’s home brew

East London institution, Sebright Arms, is collaborating with baker Lily Vanilli in the latest of its Seabright Homebrew series. Previous collaborators include artist Pure Evil. Using its homebrewing kit, a ‘nano-brewery’ which allows for beer to be brewed in very small batches, Vanilli created Wit beer, a unique batch of light and summery wheat beer. The kit invites experimentation and encourages brewers to create more niche brews. Vanilli’s fruity syrup was concocted using hand-picked English raspberries and gorse flowers which was then brewed in partnership with LAB (London Amateur Brewers) to create the final version. The beer will be officially […]

Hotels

Cuban Afternoon Tea at St Martins Lane Hotel

Asia de Cuba at  St Martins Lane Hotel and Luna & Curious have done away with the traditional cucumber sandwiches and strawberry jam synonymous with afternoon tea in place of a more exotic, experiential tea. Cafécito & Afternoon Tea will send guests into the mystique and ambiance of a Cuban teahouse with a mix of Asian and Cuban teas, cocktails and treats. Luna & Curious are in charge of designing and creating the bespoke crockery and  as every diner is seated they will be presented with a classic handmade wooden cigar box which contains their tea utensils. Rather than finding smoked salmon […]

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