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BUFFALO TRACE LAUNCHES MAD MEN POP-UP BAR

Buffalo Trace, the award winning Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, is launching a Mad Men inspired pop up bar in London to celebrate London Cocktail Week. Inspired by the era of Mad Men, with the traditional American cocktails on offer, and sharp men in suits to serve, you will be transported back to 1960’s America. Guests can enjoy tasting master-classes hosted by Master Blender Drew Mayville (who has flown over from Kentucky, USA just for the event) or try a host of Buffalo Trace signature cocktails. This will be a fantastic event to sample and enjoy a whole variety of cocktails […]

Openings & Launches

October 2013 Openings

When it comes to the latest restaurants, bars, hotels and clubs opening London never fails to impress and this October is no different. We're welcoming a long term pop up to Covent Garden, getting excited about a new luxury hotel in Holborn, are heading east for ramen and back west again for burgers. With brand new clubs opening in Notting Hill and several restaurant groups adding a second, third or even fourth venue to their collection, October is set to be a great month for new beginnings, here is a selection of some of London's latest openings: PipsDish Having started […]

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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 […]

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Open until 22nd November 2019

Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks, and for those who will not get the chance to return home to USA for 28th November and celebrate with family and friends, Gillray’s Steakhouse has prepared a special Thanksgiving offering for you to enjoy in London.

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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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Dirty Martini

The Dirty Martini brand is synonymous with a big stylish night out and now, is its brand new location in Bishopsgate which opened last night, takes the Dirty Martini tally to a grand total of three. Dirty Martini Covent Garden was the original, located on Covent Garden’s famous piazza and the late night cocktail bar has a distinctly New York vibe with its luxurious leather booths and chandeliers reminiscent of the city’s Grand Central Station. The Hanover Square branch followed suit, building on the success of its forerunner with its plush booths and exposed brick tunnel. Now, the new kid […]

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Paradise’s Harvest Festival

This weekend Paradise by Way of Kensal Green is hosting its inaugural Harvest Festival, a weekend celebration dedicated to street food, country pursuits, music and entertainment. Saturday fun includes the Street Food Market (2pm-8pm) when food trucks will be stationed in the adjacent church courtyard adjacent including Innocent Drinks, Motherclucker, Rainbofood and Dosa Deli, with all pitch fees being donated to Action Aid. Also on Saturday will be a series of culinary classes, held in the first floor private dining and music rooms. Spitalfields Farmers (12:30pm-1:30pm, £10 entry) will be holding a gardening session on ‘Hungry Gap Vegetables’, which will […]

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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

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 […]

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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GAIL’s Garden Party

On Saturday 21st September GAIL’s Artisan Bakery will be hosting their annual Garden Party. Enjoy this event in Oriel Place, Hampstead, with GAIL’s and friends in the local community. The party will celebrate some of Britain’s finest food stalls and suppliers, with live music courtesy of a jazz band. GAIL’s stalls are serving their own bread and cake, including favourites such as the French dark sourdough, potato and rosemary sourdough, cinnamon rolls and Soho buns, whilst a pop-up from GAIL’s Kitchen will showcase street food from the barbecue as well as tasty desserts. There’ll even be gourmet goods from Chegworth […]

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Restaurant Reviews

   Over at The Handbook we have been continuing our culinary journey across London in the quest to find you some of the best resturants, as we eat sushi in Soho, brunch in Moorgate and feast in Kensal Green. Here are some of the places we have visited recently, and where we think you should all go too. Le Cercle The beauty of the meal was that it was light enough so that we were satisfied but not full to the point where it hurt, which is never desired Step off Sloane Street, into Wilbraham Place, down a stair case […]

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