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Damson & Co Comes to Soho

Soho gets a welcome injection of great British food and drink thanks to the arrival of Damson and Co, a new deli, bakery and coffee shop. Comfort your conscience with locally sourced ingredients in a casual, eco friendly environment. However you like your eggs in the morning, Damson and Co can do it – poached, royal, benedict, florentine served on toasted English muffin or smoked a-top steamed asparagus. Start the day with a Damson coffee delivered to the store by bicycle or enjoy your afternoon tea with a freshly baked carrot cake! Later on enjoy a variety of charcuterie boards […]

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Shakeshack

Danny Meyer’s Shake Shack London has just opened in Covent Garden Piazza. Hailing from NYC, Shake Shack is a modern day American “roadside” burger stand known for its burgers, flat- top dogs and frozen custard. Outdoor seating flanks the columns on South Row and extends into the vast glass atrium in the Market Building. Floors are either flagstone or reclaimed Victorian and tabletops have been sourced from old bowling alley lanes. Together with the wooden chairs and booths, all have been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. The menu features all the Shake Shack favourites including the signature ShackBurger, SmokeShack, […]

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Rum Shack at Skylounge

Club tropicana chic has arrived in the City with the all-new Rum Shack, a rooftop pop-up at Skylounge London. Expect Caribbean-style food and drink, smooth grooves, reggae rhythms and a 360-degree view. But a 12 storey elevator ride above the city and you’ve got an authentic island experience complete with a rainbow-bright beach shack. Drink Red Stripe beer or jugs of Mojito made from Havana Club rum and mint from the bar’s own garden. Beach-food favourites include Salt fish fritters with hot sauce, All-spice monkfish and prawn skewers, Vegetarian Jamaican patties and Marinated jerk chicken wrap with rice and peas. […]

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Rooftop Productions

The Roof Garden’s of Kensington are marking their 75th anniversary as one of London’s most spectacular and extraordinary locations. To commence the festivities, they will be teaming up with Heartbreak productions to put on 2 live shows within their picturesque Tudor gardens. On Monday the 5th July the garden’s will feature a family friendly, interactive, production which invites guests to join Alice in the rooftop wonderland. On the 6th, 11th and 12th, evening productions of Romeo and Juliet and hog roasts will complement the Tudor surroundings. These rooftop productions will mark the beginning of this summer’s anniversary celebrations and are […]

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Rock Lobsta

Mahiki’s Piers Adam and Carl Clarke (chef, behind conceptual culinary hits The Rotary Bar & Diner, Disco Bistro, The English Launderette and God Save the Clam) have joined forces to create Rock Lobsta at Mahiki.  Guests can expect an impressive selection of the freshest British seafood, including Cornish native lobster, soft shell crab and razor clam ceviche, alongside Tiki cocktails and edgy beats. Clarke and head chef Glyn Gordon have created a menu is heavily influenced by New York-style Lobster Bars. They have sourced the finest ingredients including the signature, ‘Rock Lobsta Roll’, 40 day aged Dextor rib eye, Buttermilk […]

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Brunch at Aurelia

Last weekend The Handbook headed over to Aurelia on Cork Street for a spot of brunch, as part of their new Bellini brunches with live music. With it being one of the hottest days so far, Aurelia was luckily light, airy and most importantly cool, the colour scheme being off whites and neutral tones, kept it fresh. The brilliant thing about the Bellini brunches, as the name suggests is that the bellinis are free flowing, cue us starting with a couple at the bar. Made up with Prosecco it was a delicious raspberry pink, and rather than having the puree […]

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Brunch at Aurelia

Last weekend The Handbook headed over to Aurelia on Cork Street for a spot of brunch, as part of their new Bellini brunches with live music. With it being one of the hottest days so far, Aurelia was luckily light, airy and most importantly cool, the colour scheme being off whites and neutral tones, kept it fresh. The brilliant thing about the Bellini brunches, as the name suggests is that the bellinis are free flowing, cue us starting with a couple at the bar. Made up with Prosecco it was a delicious raspberry pink, and rather than having the puree […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Summery Seafood lunches at the Churchill Bar

With the heat wave looming, no need Londoners to rush to the coast as the Churchill Bar & Terrace bring a taste of the seaside to London. Located on Portman Square, the Churchill's menu consists of classically British dishes, cocktails and cigars. As the midday sun beats down, the outdoor terrace will host a pop-up crustacean bar inviting diners to enjoy light seafood lunches every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Think: Scottish Lobster cocktail, Loch Fyne Rock Oysters and Dressed Devon crab not to mention those Caviar and Buckwheat Blinis. To accompany this underwater feast, the bar team has created a […]

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Coronation inspired tea at The Goring.

Celebrate the anniversary of Queen’s Coronation at The Goring where pastry chef’s have created a deeply stylish and delicious tribute to 60 glorious years! This quintessentially English hotel in Belgravia has been celebrated for over a century and offers the very best of British food. Their royal tea time spread will include an Earl Grey Tea Macaroon topped by a chocolate modelled on the state crown, a strawberry tart as a nod to the garden parties of Buckingham palace and an appropriate Coronation Chicken sandwich. With many other delights on the menu, the Goring promises to have something for everyone’s […]

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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 […]

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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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