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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 […]

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 […]

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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Openings & Launches

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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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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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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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 […]

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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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Eating In The Algarve

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 of […]

Openings & Launches

aqua shard

It’s a great way to start the week – and the month come to that. Today David Yeo, the founder of Aqua Restaurant Group, opens aqua shard on Level 31 of The Shard, Western Europe’s tallest building. The menu created by Yeo in collaboration with head chef Anthony Garlando features British produce and combines the staple ingredients of British cooking with Garlando’s innovative techniques, mastered under the tutelage of Pierre Gagnaire. Starters, include ‘Golden Beetroot Broth Infused with Orange’ – a light consommé of Norfolk beets and red turnips with red quinoa and the zest of orange – and ‘Grilled […]

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Openings & Launches

Royal Quarter Café

The Quarter Group (other venues include Chelsea Quarter Café on King’s Road, River Quarter Kitchen in Plantation Wharf Battersea and Heal’s Quarter Café and Quarter Café Express at the Heal’s flagship store in Tottenham Court Road) is launching Royal Quarter Café, near Buckingham Palace, on Buckingham Gate. The menu will be a modern mix of seasonal, healthy comfort food – including homemade bread and pastries, all-day breakfast, sandwiches and soups, sharing plates, hearty salads, afternoon tea, and cakes and tarts, all available to eat in or take-away. Savoury options include homemade brioche with poached pears, crème fraîche and mixed berry […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Truck Stop Rolls into London

4th of July isn’t just Independence day it is also the start of Truck Stop a two day food feast in Canary Wharf. Twenty of the best food trucks will be rolling into East London with the aim of enhancing London’s alfresco dining and pioneering attitude to food. And whilst Independence day is all about America, and they certainly like their food, the cuisine at Truck Stop is all about the best of British food trucks. Expect to indulge in BBQ, tacos, sample beer from the Camden Town Brewery and  being  in London, there has at least got to be […]

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