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Scott’s welcomes Spring

Have you noticed the weather getting slightly warmer recently? No, neither have we, but apparently Spring is just around the corner, and to speed up the process, Scott’s has designed a new menu for their private dining room. The Mayfair restaurant, specialising in seafood and seasonal game, has put together a collection of fresh new dishes to reflect the (hopefully) impending warmth. Enjoy delicacies such as fillet of cod with globe artichokes, smoked tomatoes and capers, Cornish lamb and spring vegetable pie with champ, or slow roast duck with braised peas, bacon, pearl onions and orange. Available from the 11th […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

An Abundance of Oysters

It’s oyster season! Mark Hix, of HIX Oyster & Chop House, as arranged an evening around the trickiest member of the shellfish family. To help you through the daunting prospect of downing your first oyster the Wright Brothers’ Robin Hancock is there to guide you through the menu which celebrates oysters from all around the British Isles. Of course paired with Champagne the menu stands at £95 per head all inclusive. Recommended for those looking for something little different from the regular tasting menus. Reservations: 020 7017 1930  www.hixoysterandchophouse.co.uk  

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Negronis at Banca

Negroni fans can now get that bitter Campari aperitif fix from a specially dedicated Negroni Cocktail Menu just launched at Banca restaurant in Mayfair. The new menu features TEN cocktails – four classics and six more contemporary variations – at a tenner each and all served in an reassuringly old fashioned glass. Traditionalists can order the Classic Negroni: a traditional blend of Tanqueray Gin, Bitter Campari and Antica Formula or Negroni Sbagliato: a concoction of Bitter Campari, Martini Rosso and Prosecco, however, if you’re up for a bit of exploration check out the Campari Shakerato: a mix of Bitter Campari […]

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Brigade: A blazing success

‘Brigade’ began life as Tooley Street Fire Station. The listed building, now transformed into a bar & bistro, is a popular drinking and dining destination garnering high-profile support from the likes of David Cameron, Boris Johnson and Prince Andrew! Although no longer under obligation to serve the public in a fire-dousing sense, the bistro project still holds the same values of social responsibility – Brigade’s mission is to provide high quality cuisine along with life-changing opportunities for the homeless. The bistro’s full-time chefs mentor trainees of an on-going apprenticeship scheme, with the aim of creating both skilled chefs and a […]

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Ossie Clark: The King of King’s Road Reigns Again

Chelsea’s LFW survivors were out in force last night at Proud Chelsea to celebrate the relaunch of the label Ossie Clark London with a retrospective of Clark’s contemporaries featuring unseen photography by Norman Parkinson, Robert Whitaker, Jim Lee, Eric Swayne, Romano Cagnori and co. Although the painterly theatrics of Parkinson are perhaps the most widely associated with the designer, it’s the more documentary style black and white shots by Terry O’Neill, Romano Cagnori and Eric Swayne that really capture the zeitgeist of Seventies King’s Road. Look out for O’Neill’s snap of Jane Shrimpton sauntering barefoot down the street, Cagnori’s Birkin […]

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Outstanding Sounds at The Saatchi Gallery

The Saatchi Gallery this season is celebrating new Russian Art through the exhibition Gaiety Is The Most Outstanding Feature of The Soviet Union. This powerful acknowledgment of the past and present of Soviet Russia is attributed through a collaboration with the Purcell School of Music and Queenswood School. They, and others have been organising an evening of music stimulated by the art. James Ross conducts what is sure to be an inspiring evening surrounded by some of the finest art in modern culture mixed in with some of Russia’s best compositions.  1 March 2013 www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk  

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Celebrities & Influencers

Red Nose Day

It's almost that time of the year when people don their red noses in the hope of raising money for charity Comic Relief. Comic Relief have been using comedy to raise money for the less fortunate and those in need in the UK and Africa for almost thirty years. This year is the 25th anniversary of Red Nose Day and will see the likes of Jessie J, One Direction, Lenny Henry, Keith Lemon and Stella McCartney combining their talents in a bid to raise money for the worthy cause. One Direction have released a single and Jessie J has even bravely […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Return of The Goat

Fulham residents can breathe a sigh of relief as their favourite pub The Goat in Boots is soon to return as, simply, GOAT. A whole new concept promises to keep the traditional easy pub atmosphere but with a stylish look and a new food menu to arouse anyone’s interest. An emphasis on vintage glamour has been designed by Finch Interiors and ties in with the food where Head Chef Marco Muselli has perfected a New York-Italian fusion menu. Given that the team behind the whole concept has been involved in some of the most popular venues London has to offer […]

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Openings & Launches

Royal Hospital Road

This March, Gordon Ramsay will reopen his Royal Hospital Road venue following a luxurious art deco interior redesign and marking a new ear for the restaurant. The intimate space in Chelsea will relaunch in the middle of the month with a newly enhanced modern look and feel. Gordon Ramsay Royal Hospital is longest running three Michelin starred restaurant in London and Ramsay is delighted to welcome Head Chef Clare Smyth on board both as a partner in the venture and as Chef Patron. Smyth, who has worked with Ramsay for over nine years will continue to improve and further the […]

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Pizza East: King of Pizzas

Sometimes all you want to eat is pizza and nothing else will do. When that craving calls you need to forget going to your local takeaway and head to Pizza East for proper pizza. The restaurant is quite dark and industrial with exposed concrete, bared wooden walls and simple neutral colours, but the warm low lights are inviting and inside there are a mixture of small and large tables as well as a bar to sit at for drinks. On Monday The Handbook headed over to the Kentish Town branch (there are three, Shoreditch, Portobello and Kentish Town) to try […]

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