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Openings & Launches

Rosa’s Carnaby

Rosa’s Thai Café from husband and wife team, Alex and Saiphin Moore has just touched down in Carnaby. A long way from its humble beginnings as a street stall on Brick Lane. Its largest restaurant to date on Ganton Street features a brand new menu with over 15 freshly prepared recipes by head chef Saiphin. The open plan kitchen is fragrant with fresh herbs, coconut, bamboo shoots and sweet basil. Combining recipes from the homeland with ingredients sourced closed to home, starters include Deep Fried Crispy Pork (Laab Moo Tod) – mixed with galangal, lemongrass, mint, garlic, roasted chilli, toasted […]

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Love Brunch at Kensington Roof Gardens

Up until now I had always thought of brunch as a post party affair, normally slightly hung over from the night before, we would go in search of eggs royale, strong cups of coffee, bacon and maple syrup pancakes and sometimes a bloody Mary or two. Or if not the night before, post gym/early morning catch up with friends. That was until I went to LoveBrunch. It started when a group of friends who met every weekend for brunch, slowly expanded until they reached almost twenty and realised they were on to something. As more friends joined them they started […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

Bunga Bunga’s 2nd birthday

It’s hard to imagine Battersea without the much loved Bunga Bunga, but it is in fact just about have its second birthday. We have had two years filled with brunches, pizza, dancing, karaoke, and good old shiny, camp European fun. To make Berlusconi even more proud, they will be celebrating turning two with the biggest and best Buon Compleanno Party that Battersea has seen. Preparations have already started with Uncle Berlusconi wanting Bunga Bunga to look her absolute sparkly, flashy European self. With a new lick of paint, the stage extended, a new sound system put in and even more […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Cutty Cargo

Cutty Sark blended Scotch whisky is launching Cutty Cargo, a tour of the world’s major cities including London and New York to discover some of the best home-grown creative culture and talents. First stop is London on Thursday September 12, where the hottest talent from across the city will be brought together inside a giant reproduction of a wooden cargo crate, used to smuggle Cutty Sark whisky into America 90 years ago. We’re talking music from Jessie Ware, burgers from MEAT Liquor creator Yianni Papoutsis, 1920s cocktails from 69 Colebrooke Row, performances from burlesque sensation Miss Polly Rae, photography from […]

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Openings & Launches

London’s Caterers

Last month it was all about event planners, and this week we turn to London’s caterers. From dealing with manic brides, to having to organise hundreds of  flaming puddings to be served at once, caterers seem to have the superpower of taking our requests, however strange they may be and creating some of the best food around. Here is a pick of some of our favourites: By Word of Mouth You have to throw a party for 500 and the host has expressed their love of soufflé, you panic, 500 soufflés all to be served at the same time? Is […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

JING Twilight Tea at Sketch

Sketch is launching a tea with a difference this month. The JING Twilight Tea, promises an evening alternative to the traditional afternoon affair. Served from 6-11pm in the Parlour and the Glade, the special tea will work well as a light dinner, alongside evening drinks or as part of a celebratory night on the town. On arrival, guests will enjoy a palate cleanser of JING Silver Needle White Tea cold-infusion followed by a set menu, created by Pierre Gagnaire including  Paris mushroom croque monsieur, Italian mortadella with figs, aubergine and apricot marmalade, and a Smoked salmon millefeuille with salmon roe […]

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Culture

Daphne’s Drawings to support Great Ormond Street Hospital

South Kensington favourite, Daphne’s have teamed up with some of Britain’s most loved celebrities to create 13 unique works which will go on sale to raise money for a new four bay ward on the cardiac ward at Great Ormond Street Hospital and The Handbook went down to check them out. The celebrities who include Bill Nighy, Jessie J, Helena Bonham Carter and Jade Jagger were all given a simple pen and ink sketch of several heart balloons created by East London illustrator Emiloumakes and were let loose to interpret it in any way they wanted.  The result, 13 completely […]

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Openings & Launches

Pont St.

Next Wednesday, Belgraves, the boutique Thompson Hotel, will launch Pont St, a contemporary seafood restaurant with chef and author, 31-year-old Sophie Michell (The Greenhouse and The Lanesborough). She is currently one of the youngest female Executive Chefs in Britain. Her menu will showcase Sophie’s distinct style of seafood, as inspired by her time spent in California and Australia, and her time living in the Mediterranean. Says Belgraves owner, Aron Harilela,“Sophie’s experience and passion inform her cooking, with her dishes succeeding in being healthy yet delicious. Pont St will be the perfect platform for Sophie to showcase her fresh approach to […]

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Culture

London Fashion Designers at ME London

To coincide with London Fashion Week SS14 Felicities Designer Showroom has collaborated with ME London Hotel to showcases ‘Felicities Presents…#[email protected] – an exhibition of art works by some of London’s hottest, emerging fashion designers, running from 9th – 30th September 2013. The exhibition, displayed throughout ME London hotel on The Strand, will feature 21 of Felicities designers, including unique designs from award winning, ethical designer Ada Zanditon; celebrity favourite, jewellery designer Imogen Belfield; talented illustrator, Vogue Italia animator and designer David Longshaw; menswear brands Ada + Nik, Jenny Schwarz and Orschel Read; jewellery brands Cardinal of London, Gia Belloni, Julia Burness, […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Harvey Nichols’ Riot of Colour Afternoon Tea

It’s the thing we dream of, a guilt free, healthy afternoon tea which is still full of cake and sandwiches. Well Harvey Nichols has answered our prayers with their new Riot of Colour afternoon tea. Arriving just in time for London Fashion Week, and combining with the launch of Harvey Nichols, ‘Riot of Colour’ Own Label food range the tea includes gluten, dairy and alcohol cakes. But just because they are lacking in butter and flour doesn’t mean they are any less indulgent, think orange, polenta and acacia honey cake, carrot and coconut cakes with coconut oil frosting and hibiscus […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Oyster Shucking At The Bluebird

If you’re looking to indulge your competitive side then look no further than Chelsea’s iconic restaurant, The Bluebird. To celebrate the start of England’s oyster season this landmark venue, situated on the King’s Road, will be hosting an oyster shucking competition on the 7th of September. Taking place in their courtyard all competitors will have to battle with their oyster to shuck, dress and eat it as quickly as possible. All participants will be given a glass of wine and, of course, allowed to enjoy the fruits of their labors. The victorious ‘shucker’ will also receive a bottle of Moet […]

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Culture

Up and Coming Premieres in London

As the lovely weather is beginning to bid farewell to hard core tanners, we are forced away from the beaches and back into the London bars, restaurants and cinemas to find new ways to entertain ourselves away from the sun. Lucky for the sun worshippers, September sees a host of film premieres being aired in London, making venturing inside seem a tad less depressing. To start us off we have the London film premiere of Rush on 2nd September with Australian hunk, Chris Hemsworth, taking to the silver screen with co-stars Olivia Wilde and Natalie Dormer. Rush sees Chris play the […]

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