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Belgraves

Belgraves, A Thompson Hotel, is celebrating the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in style this year. From 21 – 25 May, it will be transforming its Terrace into an Edible Garden to celebrate this colourful event in London’s cultural calendar. For five days, the terrace will feature a living wall of edible flowers and an interactive cocktail station. Head mixologist Salvatore Maggio will muddle together palatable petals and botanical spirits to create inspired floral cocktails. Visitors will be invited to join daily ‘Edible Flower Cocktail Classes’ and ‘Food & Flower Pairing Tutorials’ and complimentary cocktail recipe cards and edible flower seed […]

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The Handbook takes a trip to The Truscott Arms

Last week The Handbook headed over to Maida Vale to try out the Truscott Arms.  Things took a bit of a slow start, it took a while to be served despite the bar being relatively quiet and quite a few staff working.  We were sat up in the restaurant, a large room light, airy room with high ceilings and large sash windows, it will look lovely when the sun is shining and would be brilliant for getting a large group together for a meal or to hire out for a party. Things were a little quiet, and for a while […]

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Barbarella heads back to the 80s

A long standing landmark of Fulham Road, Barbarella is going back to its heyday and cooking up an 80s culinary feast. Having been sent a genuine Barberella menu from the 80s, Head Chef Lauren Clement Delbos is recreating several dishes from the Italian inspired menu to mark her appointment. We’re talking 80s classics such as Pollo alla aka Chicken Kiev, trifle and gazpacho and to keep it authentic, the prices are seriously 80s too, a main course of fresh rabbit for £3.20, pate for £1.15. Can’t say no to that! Last week The Handbook headed over to Barbarella to try […]

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London’s Natural History Museum Ice Rink will return for the 2019 festive season and to celebrate The Handbook will be offering one lucky family of 4 an overnight stay in one family room at Radisson Blu Edwardian, Vanderbilt with breakfast plus an extended skate session at National History Museum which includes a 30 minute exclusive skate followed by a 50 minute public skate session thereafter.

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Sambrooks Brewery & The Cadogan Arms

Last week saw The Handbook head to Sambrooks Brewery in Battersea, one of London’s local microbreweries, and due to celebrate its fifth birthday this year. The owner Duncan kindly showed us around the place, which was a fascinating experience and definitely a treat for any ale lover (tours are available to the public). Sambrooks are dedicated to providing a locally-sourced product, and they find 99% of their ingredients in the UK, the majority of which comes from less than 100 miles away! We also sampled several of the Sambrook ales – they have two constant brews (the original ‘Wandle’ and […]

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Redesigned and Transformed: Imli Street

B3 Designers have worked their award winning magic and completely redesigned and reinvented Imli Street restaurant in Soho.  Emulating street scenes, the designers have completely transformed the restaurant from a traditional Indian setting into an urban, raw space.  The 300 square metres have been opened up and stripped back. Picture exposed brickwork, poured concrete walls, rustic oak table tops, distressed steel, exposed cabling and a centralised feature bar. The mood is industrial, open and natural, the perfect setting to eat Indian street food. The Imli Street has also revolutionised its menu, to complete the transformation. Developed by Alfred Prasad, the […]

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Aperitivo Tuesdays at Bunga Bunga

You know that feeling, you go for drinks after work and suddenly you are ravenous, lunch seems hour ago but it’s too early to eat a main meal. But fear not this summer Uncle Berlusconi and the team at Bunga Bunga in Battersea are here to rescue you from this, with their take on the Italian tradition, ‘Aperivito’. Aperivito are drinks served with light snacks in bars to ‘open’ ones appetite, but as Bunga Bunga are not known to do anything by halves, they will be offering a huge buffet including pizza slices, bruschetta and anti pasti and all for […]

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Great Gatsby Nights

A  pinch of glamour, a splash of jazz, a whirl of art and culture, mix in frivolity, dust in pearls and feathers and  we have the Roaring 1920s. Post war the economy flourished, technology developed and the parties grew bigger, and what book is a better portrayal of this luxury  than The Great Gatsby?  So it only seems that the correct way to celebrate the release of Baz Luhrman’s adaptation of the The Great Gatsby is with a party or two, or if you are like the Hyatt Regency Churchill, five.  Every Thursday evening during May The Montagu restaurant will […]

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Say Cheese!

Babbo has just introduced a special four-course burrata menu created by new head chef Carlo Scotto. A starter of Burrata cheese with tomato and basil is followed by homemade tortelli pasta with burrata, parmesan and herbs served with butter and nduja sauce. The main course of beef fillet with spinach, burrata and tapenade leads into the dessert – sweet creamy burrata with berries in Caprese style. Babbo’s burrata is flown over from Italy twice a week from Caseificio Maldera, a factory specialising in producing the artisanal cheese using only traditional handmade methods. First created in 1920, the cheese originates from […]

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Stoke Newington Town Hall Gets Ready for Wedding Show

With wedding season almost upon us, Stoke Newington Town Hall is getting ready to host another East London Wedding Show on June 27th after the success of the previous show in March at the Hackney Town Hall Assembly Rooms.  80 brides and their bridal parties, braved the wind and rain to make it, hopefully this time around the brides won’t be battling the elements and the sun will be shining down on Stoke Newington Town Hall, which in itself is the perfect wedding venue. Fully restored, it is one of the best examples in London of art deco architecture, the […]

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Simmons Bar

The retro Simmons Bar in King’s Cross, dubbed a cross between a local newsagent and a hipster venue in Copenhagen’s meat packing district c. 1991 is back in action following a refurb. Décor is all about the skull shaped disco ball, old school tables engraved with childhood scribbles of love notes (your own graffiti is encouraged too), funky wallpaper and funny animation, bookshelves laden with old English books and a United Nations selection of empty beer cans line the walls. The venue is lit by mismatched lamps of all shapes and sizes and there’s even an ice cream cone chandelier. […]

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Steak Slaying at GOTM

It’s British Beef Week and to celebrate The Grill on the Market, in the heart of meat-trading history in Smithfield, has a fabulous Best of British menu brim-full of home-grown juicy cuts, perfectly partnered with British craft beers, cider and ales. Enjoy a 312g Limousin rump steak from Bob Topping & Sons, Gail Hall farm, Penrith, or indulge in a 227g Aberdeen Angus fillet fresh from John Blaylok at Hallburn Farm near Carlisle. And if you’re super hungry there’s always the Big Boy Cut, including 1200g T-bone! Specially selected craft beers and ales come from brewers including West Brewery, Windsor […]

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Great Fosters

Great Fosters, the magnificent former Royal Hunting Lodge in Surrey that dates back to 1550 is one of the UK’s few remaining independently owned hotels. This weekend just gone, it launched two new restaurants, The Estate Grill and The Tudor Room at Great Fosters. The Estate Grill is the less formal of the two, serving a simple and seasonal menu, from salads through to grilled meats and fish, many cooked on a Josper grill. It has a new, separate entrance through a pretty cobbled courtyard and fresh produce will be picked daily from the kitchen garden. Art is also central […]

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