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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 […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Brand new brunch at Ben’s Canteen

Come the weekend, there is only one place you need to be headed for brunch: Ben’s Canteen  and even more so now they have added new super exciting dishes to the menu.  For those looking to be healthy after a heavy Friday or Saturday night, then five fruit salad with toasted seeds, yoghurt and local Wandsworth honey is for you. Or seeing as Summer has now arrived,  it is forecast to be mid twenties this Saturday, then the Summer berry pancakes with yoghurt would be perfect, eaten outside under the awning, watching the world go by. If the night before […]

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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 […]

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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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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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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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Pearls and Oysters at Quaglino’s

To celebrate the launch of its cocktail and jazz bar, The Hutch Club at Quaglino’s, the restaurant is hiding a South Sea Ronirose pearl worth £2,000 in an oyster for one lucky diner to find. The initiative takes inspiration from Barbara Cartland, who once found a pearl in her oyster while dining there in the 1930s. To be in with a chance you just need to order the West Mersea Rock Oysters priced at £2.25 each or while enjoying The Hutch Club 1929 menu which includes Six West Mersea Rock Oysters and a coupe of Champagne, ( £19.29). The lucky […]

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Openings & Launches

BUMPKIN

Bumpkin’s new Chelsea address is a slice of the English countryside in the heart of the city. Styled with dark woods, autumnal hues, and seasonal fruit prints, the cosy ground floor dining room is furnished with heavy set wooden tables and deep burgundy upholstered chairs. Moving through to the light and airy Potting Shed Bar, the season turns into summer with its pots of fresh plants and herbs and mismatched bar stools and low-slung seating. The rear garden is designed by double RH Chelsea Flower Show medal winners, Second Nature Gardens and is framed with large reclaimed pots, colourful scented […]

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News

Wimbledon Round Up

The end of another tennis year is almost upon us where we will have to bid goodbye to Wimbledon favourites like Andy Murray, Tim Henman and of course the sporting superstar siblings that are Serena and Venus Williams, but it’s not too late to get into the spirit of Wimbledon! Celebrate with ice cream from the Wimbledon cart at Daphne’s where the South Kensington restaurant has a beautiful bespoke ice cream cart parked outside that will be serving ice cream to passersby. For the more sophisticated palate The Ampersand are serving afternoon tea in the elegant Drawing Rooms of South […]

Reviews

Epic SANA Algarve: Restaurants

A couple of weeks ago The Handbook told you all about Epic SANA, the new 5* hotel in the Algarve, and whilst we mentioned the food, it only seems fair that we delve a little further into the wonderful Portuguese cuisine.   With three bars and two restaurants in the hotel there is plenty of choice, especially as each one offers something a little different. Weary from our 4am start and journey over to Epic Sana, eating was first on our list of things to do, and so we headed over to the Abyad Restaurant, for lunch. With a mix […]

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Obikà, a taste of Italy in South Kensington

Last Friday, The Handbook took the rare opportunity to enjoy the last of the sunshine with a window table at Obikà mozzarella bar in South Kensington to indulge in some cheese… alot of cheese. The restaurant is painted in black but it the large open windows and the staff who were attentive and friendly ensured that the atmosphere was light and sophisticated rather than being dark and stuffy. After being seated, we were brought an orange liqueur cocktail by the devilishly charming waiter, it was sweet, yet refreshing and worked well with the buffalo mozzarella that they served it with, […]

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Reviews

Obikà, a taste of Italy in South Kensington

Last Friday, The Handbook took the rare opportunity to enjoy the last of the sunshine with a window table at Obikà mozzarella bar in South Kensington to indulge in some cheese… alot of cheese. The restaurant is painted in black but it the large open windows and the staff who were attentive and friendly ensured that the atmosphere was light and sophisticated rather than being dark and stuffy. After being seated, we were brought an orange liqueur cocktail by the devilishly charming waiter, it was sweet, yet refreshing and worked well with the buffalo mozzarella that they served it with, […]

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