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Openings & Launches

The Clove Club

Daniel Willis, Johnny Smith and chef Isaac McHale have just opened The Clove Club restaurant and bar in East London. The team, who also run the restaurant Upstairs at The Ten Bells, promise a winning formula of fun, great music, elegantly crafted food and vibes. The Club is named after Willis and Smith’s supperclub in Dalston which inspired the new restaurant in Shoreditch Town Hall. The grade two listed building will be further regenerated with a theatre, arts space and creative hub. Comprising a bar and a restaurant, Clove has been designed by the trio in collaboration with Jonathan Mangham […]

Culture

World’s first whisky tornado at King’s College

Fed up of the freezing cold in London? King’s College London have some more extreme weather for you! An installation called Whisky Tornado is launching there this week, as part of ‘Feed Your Mind’ – a festival of food and ideas. The world’s first whisky-based weather system is an artwork which spatialises alcohol, creating a liquid twister that people can actually taste. Developed by culinary specialists Bompas & Parr and King’s College scientists, the Whisky Tornado uses powerful humidifiers and negative air pressure to create a spinning column of whisky vapour. The high humidity even enhances your taste perception, but […]

Openings & Launches

LOW pops up at Supper Club

The team behind Central London's LOW Members Club is running a travelling pop up party of great underground music, DJs and people in interesting and unexpected locations across the capital. Next date is this Friday 15 March and the venue is Notting Hill’s Supper Club. The event, named Maestro, is focused on celebrating the origins and exploring the roots and spirit of early NYC House Music culture. House DJ is DUEL – founder of RAW House Music and inspired by deeply rooted house, solid hip-hop grooves and old school techno beats – while guests include DC10 residents, System of Survival […]

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Openings & Launches

Brasserie Chavot

This week London welcomes back Eric Chavot and his new eponymous restaurant in Mayfair’s Conduit Street, Brasserie Chavot. The chef upped sticks for the United States a couple of years ago to work with the Weston family (of Selfridges fame) at Florida’s The Windsor Club. But he’s back with this new French style brasserie restaurant. Ingredients are sourced from across the British Isles as well as artisan producers from the rural regions of France and he’s handpicked suppliers for crab from the West Country, langoustine from the Outer Hebrides, venison from Ireland, lamb from the Pyrénées plus French charcuterie and […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

The London Eye shares 13th birthday

Last weekend, the London Eye showed why it is such a city institution, jointly celebrating its 13th anniversary with the birthday of a young boy from Chiswick! Armaan Ali, born on exactly the same day as the opening of the London Eye in 2000, was treated to a complimentary birthday party capsule to celebrate turning thirteen with the world famous landmark. The London Eye was alerted to the shared birthday when Ali’s father Javaid got in touch – he said, ‘I was just wondering what they would say, but they really have pulled out all the stops. There’s been cake and […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Burger grill Kua ‘Aina arrives in Soho

Barack Obama’s favourite burger haunt has come to London! Cult burger and sandwich grill ‘Kua ‘Aina’ has crossed the ocean from Hawaii, landing in Soho. The restaurant features a lava-grilled menu, in homage to traditional surfer cuisine – succulent burgers, grilled sandwiches and fresh salads. Obama’s favourite dish is the half-pound Avocado Burger, a Hawaiian classic that is just as popular over in London, quickly becoming the star seller! The Soho branch is true to the original recipes and cooking methods of the restaurant State-side, with all meat chargrilled over lava rocks using homemade marinades and seasonings – producing a […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Unfiltered Dog

Ed Wilson and Oli Barker, the team behind Terroirs, Brawn, Soif and The Green Man & French Horn are running a fun pop-up dining experience this weekend, 17 and 18 March, at The Real Wine Fair in Tobacco Dock. Their Unfiltered Dog will be open for dinner from 6-10pm on both dates with a short a la carte menu of seasonal modern European wine-friendly dishes. Sharing platters include charcuterie, oysters and cheese and then dishes feature Anchoïade, soft egg & radicchio, Smoked mackerel, horseradish, watercress  & rye, Quail, burnt leeks & romesco, Crispy pork belly & kimchi, Sardines, fennel & […]

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Openings & Launches

3 Cromwell Road

This month sees the launch of new bar, restaurant and club 3 Cromwell Road in a three storey Georgian townhouse overlooking the Natural History Museum. With former incarnations as The Cromwellian, Bratts, The Hudson Club and most recently, The Firehouse, the venue also hosted Jimi Hendrix’s very first live performance in the capital. Co-owned by Howard Spooner (Dukebox, Public, The Leopard Lounge, Embargo, Crazy Larry’s, Hammersmith Palais) and Dipak Panchal (Dukebox), the 300 capacity venue comprises three floors including first floor restaurant The Drawing Room, ground floor cocktail bar The Back Room and downstairs club The Basement. Working fireplaces on […]

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Celebrities & Influencers

Give It Up for Comic Relief

This year, in aid of one of the biggest annual charity events, Comic Relief, Russell Brand played his part hosting a night of entertainment at Wembley Arena, in order to raise money for those giving up long term drug addictions. Appropriately named, “Give It Up for Comic Relief”,  Russell was joined by an array of acts and performances including Emeli Sande, Noel Gallagher and Jessie J. Despite the slightly controversial choice of acts, the show emerged to be a success. Keeping a balance between comedy and dealing with the seriousness of drug use Russell Brand made reference to his own […]

Openings & Launches

Prize Catch

The murky water of the Thames might not look the most appealing, but it is in fact teeming with fish from salmon to trout and even eel – and London certainly loves its fish. With a whole hoard of brilliant seafood restaurants to choose from, not necessarily serving up fish from the Thames we hasten to add, The Handbook has a shoal of the best London has to offer: Best for choice: Simply Fish If  you are one of those people who look at a menu and love the look of a dish but wish it was poached not steamed, […]

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