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Notting Hill Kitchen

Taking over the site of the former Notting Hill Brasserie on Kensington Park Road, Notting Hill Kitchen marks a new and exciting take on modern Portuguese and Spanish cuisine. The spot was snapped up by a group of food and wine enthusiasts with a wealth of experience in both the restaurant and wine trade. The aim of the game is to introduce the best ingredients Portugal and Spain have to offer as cooked up by chef Luis Baena. His eclectic menu offers  a selection of grazing dishes and shared plates throughout the day in its Spanish style bar as well […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

Chinawhite at Henley

Already a firm fixture in the British season – it’s hosted an uber glam encampment at the Cartier International Polo for 11 years after all – this year Chinawhite is making its Henley debut with its inaugural hospitality enclosure at Henley Royal Regatta. Just yards from Temple Island and the Regatta start line, the enclosure promises panoramic views of the action while guests enjoy a Champagne and cocktail reception, lunch and afternoon tea. Then when the races finish, the party action really gets under way with world-class entertainment and leading DJs (previous events have featured aerial circus acts, burlesque carousel […]

Openings & Launches

SOHO DINER

With perfect Independence Day timing, Soho House’s brand new Soho Diner launches today on the former site of Boheme Kitchen & Bar. Interiors  are inspired by the traditional American diner and the restaurant will offer both booth and counter top dining around a central bar, serving a blend of French and American food. Soho Diner follows the Electric Diner, which launched in December 2012, and is similarly a creative collaboration between Nick Jones and Chicago chef, Brendan Sodikoff. The culinary trendsetter owns Chicago restaurant Au Cheval, upon which both diners are based. The restaurant will open from 11am through to […]

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Skate King’s Cross

This summer King’s Cross will be the host for a brand new pop-up roller skate rink for 8 weeks only, starting 12th July. This exciting concept, designed by up and coming architecture studio Feix and Merlin, will offer a truly distinctive experience that combines roller skating, top name DJs plus fantastic food and drink provided by caterers Disco Bistro. The rink will be open six days a week and will be suitable for all ages. Families and children will be able to visit the rink during the day for special sessions, while in the evenings the rink will be hosted […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

All aboard the Great Indian Peninsula Railway at Kitchen Party

All aboard the great Indian Peninsula Railway for a mind-blowing seven course taste adventure from Rangoon to Kashmir! This bustling railway will pull-up at Kitchen party four times between the 11th July to 3rd August. The ride promises to be indulgent, immersive and full of surprises – a culinary journey which kicks off with a complementary cocktail on arrival (following ticket inspection!). Each dish is expertly prepared by Oliver Templeton, inspired by his own travels across the subcontinent. Diners will be immersed in a true traveling experience; seated in colonial railway carriages and served by uniformed waiters as the train […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Bompass & Parr to publish gustatory works

Jellymongers’ Bompass & Parr are best known for designing spectacular experiences designed to alter the taste of foods with synaesthesia, performance and setting. Their latest venture – the launch of their own publishing house, Bompass & Parr editions, has allowed them to create food publications so hairy and muscular for conventional publishing routes! The publisher’s first book Tutti Frutti with Bompass & Parr and Friends will certainly be far from your iconic cookbook like those of Jamie Oliver. Instead this sensual book provides its readers with extraordinary imagery and provocative recipes. Pictures of pasta will be replaced by sexually and […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Floridita Rum Shack

Floridita has launched the UK’s first Alcoholic Gelato Bar in collaboration with Gelupo which hashave created a bespoke ice cream menu infused with Floridita rums.  The Rum Shack gelato bar features a selection of six bespoke rum-infused flavours, inspired by Floridita’s favourite global rum brands: Pussers, La Hechicera and Matusalem, Appleton Rum, Plantation, Chairman’s Reserve and Bacardi. Flavours include Rum & Raisin –  Pussers rum-infused raisin gelato with a zing of orange zest; Rum Butterscotch – using Plantation Rum that consists of a rich caramel gelato, smooth with butter; Cuban Spiced Chocolate Rum – chocolate, cinnamon & chilli gelato using […]

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Joe’s

Launching this Independence Day, Joe’s is set to bring the authentic taste of the Deep South to Covent Garden. The former Navajo Joe venue is part of Maxwells Restaurant Group. Back in the early 1970s, when it was practically impossible to find a decent burger or grill in London, Brian Stein opened Maxwell’s Hampstead and in the 1980s, Maxwell’s moved to Covent Garden, expanding to encompass eight venues, including Café De Paris, PJ’s Bar and Grill and Roadhouse. Created by Head Chef, Mark Jeevaratnam (ORSO and Clarke’s in London and Otto restaurant, Sydney), the menu at Joe’s features the hearty […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Special one off pop-ups at Kitchen Party

On the 4th, 5th and 6th July, Kitchen party will feature a series of  special one-off pop-ups, so you better head over there quickly! To kick things off on the 4th July is  Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen. This is so much more than just a ‘pop-up’ restaurant,  this is  a temporary dining event, which is inviting hungry diners to feast on home-spun-, home-cooked Ghanaian grub with dishes such as Peanut Butter Stew and Red Red. Ghana Kitchen will be followed by Trinkets, a multi-sensory experience Turkish banquet that has got people talking across the city for chef Selin Kiazim ‘s modern […]

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Launch of Italian Bakery – Dolcezza

The 4th of July will see the launch of Dolcezza – London’s first authentic Italian ‘pasticceria’ (an Italian bakery for those not in the know). Think handmade pastries, cakes and tarts made following time-honoured Italian recipes and organic ingredients. Most Londoners are familiar with French patisseries but less is known about Italy’s take on sweet baking which is exactly why Tuscan native Max Natalini has decided to open one himself. Located on Clapham road, Dolcezza will serve favourites such as cream-filled cannoli, orange croissants  and sfogliatelle to tickle those taste buds. For those without a sweet tooth, Dolcezza also does […]

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Canada Day pop-up restaurant in Trafalgar Square

Monday July 1st is Canada Day and to celebrate the team behind Canada Day International has teamed up with Shuttlecock-Inc  for an elegant one-off event in the capital’s iconic Trafalgar Square. And for one day only the square will play host to Canadian-inspired pop-up restaurant, Vieux-Québec. Shuttlecock-Inc was also behind the sell-out Mile High, a series of innovative pop-ups inspired by the golden age of air travel and this time, Mile High chef, Ollie Templeton and Canadian chef, Marc St Jacques will be serving up a range of dishes infused with the taste of Canada throughout the day. Breakfast is all […]

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Openings & Launches

July Social Calendar

It's official we have seen the sun, summer is slowly arriving! As July approaches London finds itself in the midst of sporting, cultural and foodie events from Henley, to Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea. Teen society parties to comedy and everything in between, including twenty food trucks rolling into East London. Let The Handbook be your guide, to a selection of London's best July events: Launches Joe’s Southern Kitchen and Bar: Not a launch but a rebirth: Covent Garden restaurant, Navajoe has transformed into Joe’s Southern Kitchen and Bar, and as the name suggests this is all about the best of […]

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