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Christopher’s Marvellous Martini Bar

It was Tuesday, and we needed a cocktail, something classic but still inventive, something like a martini. So we headed over to Christopher’s in Covent Garden to try out their bar, which just so happens specialises in martini’s – the Martini Bar. The bar takes on a theatrical appearance, emulating the style of American Deco, it’s grand, with deep opulent colours set against gold, but still with contemporary modern fixtures such as the tubular hanging lights. And the decor rather mirrors the menu which is divided up into classic, contemporary and decadent, with martinis ranging from The Original, to the […]

Openings & Launches

July Social Calendar

It's official we have seen the sun, summer is slowly arriving! As July approaches London finds itself in the midst of sporting, cultural and foodie events from Henley, to Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea. Teen society parties to comedy and everything in between, including twenty food trucks rolling into East London. Let The Handbook be your guide, to a selection of London's best July events: Launches Joe’s Southern Kitchen and Bar: Not a launch but a rebirth: Covent Garden restaurant, Navajoe has transformed into Joe’s Southern Kitchen and Bar, and as the name suggests this is all about the best of […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Farewell party for the Street Feast

It’s been 12 hugely successful weeks, but unfortunately it has come to the time where we have to say good bye to Street Feast at Merchant’s Yard.  So to do this they are pulling out all the stops for what ensures to be one heck of a party with more great street food then you can shake a stick at. To get things kicked off they have a ‘suped up’ Rotary Mobile Margarita Mixing Machine, and food from the likes of Ceviche who will be heading over from Soho, before they start their own pop up tour, with them they […]

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The Penny Black: Marvellous Midweek

The wonderful Penny Black on Fulham Road is putting an end to staying in during the week, with two fabulous midweek nights and both for just £12 per person! Huzzah! On Tuesday nights, forget staying in to watch some obscurely weird documentary or doing your washing, because at The Penny Black you can get a 1kg bowl of mussels, truffle chips and sauces, a much better way to spend you evening than seeing the man with ten ears or other such nonsense. And celebrate mid week on Wednesdays by grabbing a load of friends and heading over to the Fulham […]

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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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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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Bocca di Lupo pops up in Hyde Park

Bocca Di Lupo is launching a pop-up trattoria alongside Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time in Hyde Park – the 10 day event of shows by Bon Jovi, Lionel Ritchie, Elton John, Jennifer Lopez, JLS and the Beach Boys. Bocca di Lupo in the Park runs from 5th July with some great deals on tickets via toptable – such as a four course meal with wine pairings and access to the backstage bar – gig tickets included – all for £100. However, for those who’d rather enjoy Jacob Kenedy’s food in peace and quiet, the trattoria also be open from Monday […]

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Monty’s

Monty’s Wine Bar & Restaurant launches this week, serving an impressive selection of Cichetti and charcuterie as well as a delectable array of Italian dishes. It promises simple and uncomplicated dishes, using the freshest ingredients, sourced and imported directly from small artisan producers in Italy and the UK. All of the hams on the charcuterie menu have been handpicked from the farms of Italy, such as the Sardinian Sheep Ham and Organic Smoked Friuli Ham. Cichetti options include Zucchini Flower filled with Ricotta Cheese and Mint, Scallops on Shell with Pea Shoots and Aromatic Croutons or Smoked Swordfish Carpaccio. Otherwise […]

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Daphne’s ice cream cart, celebrating the tennis season

Wimbledon is now well underway, there has already been action, drama and suprise, Nadal out already? But whether tennis is your thing or not, there is no reason not to get involved in the tennis season, even if it is just a nod to it by treating yourself to some ice cream in flavours inspired by the event. Which is handy then that South Kensington restaurant Daphne’s has a beautiful bespoke ice cream cart that will be parking up outside its doors to serve ice cream to passers by. All with wonderful names we can’t wait to try the Strawberry […]

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Tom’s Kitchen

Opening on the wharf’s Westferry Circus this weekend is the newest venue from the Tom Aikens’ stable is a modern British Brasserie with 130 seater restaurant with outdoor terrace, bar and deli. It will serve British favourites using seasonal and locally sourced ingredients from breakfast to dinner seven days a week. The design is simple with a clean and welcoming palette, combining soft coloured leathers with glazed tiling, and chevron oak. The bar is constructed from marble and a polished metal top, which extends as a ribbon across the space. The main restaurant also contains a 14 seater private dining […]

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Midsummer House

As the longest day of the year approaches, you can make the most of sunny days and balmy nights at the Rekorderlig Midsummer House, a pop-up Swedish hideaway in the heart of East London in Victoria Park. Launching today and running until the July 5th, guests will step out of the urban capital, and straight into a blissful oasis that captures cool Scandi-style. The summerhouse will be decorated with authentic Swedish homely touches and a relaxed outdoor area. Kick back on decking overlooking the tranquil waters of the lake as chilled beats flow through the house. Regardless of whether the […]

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Authentic French Experience in London

Amongst the busy streets of London, a mere 5 minute walk away from the hype of the Leicester Square casinos, bustling shopping streets and theatres, lies a French delight in the form of Les Deux Salons. The staff are exceedingly friendly, and more importantly, authentically French. While we waited for our meal, I enjoyed a Singapore sling from their cocktail menu whilst soaking in the friendly atmosphere of the restaurant. Les deux Salons offers anything from a Simple green salad to Rock oysters to Snail and bacon pie as a starter. The Handbook recommends the Spring vegetable risotto for a […]

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