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Launch of SK8Room and ROA

The Sk8room is the first online platform solely dedicated to promoting, selling and producing art on skateboards around the world. They specialise in anything from graffiti and street art to fine art and photography with thousands of decks on offer for collectors and art enthusiasts alike. The art is accessible to all, with work from artists like Banksy, Ryan McGinness and Jeff Koons.  The company's first launch is going to be a collaboration with Belgian street artist Roa. Roa started his art on the bridges and wall of the Belgian streets and continues to paint in abandoned places and industrial areas where the human population have […]

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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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 […]

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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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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Raymond Blanc takes on 21 apprentices

Raymond Blanc, the Michelin-starred chef renowned for his mentoring of young people, has now joined forces with Boris Johnson, mayor of London. This pairing may seem unlikely, but it’s all in the name of progress – the pair are encouraging the capital’s food venues to take on more young apprentices! Raymond himself has taken on an incredible 21 apprentices at his Brasserie Blanc restaurants, and both he and the Mayor believe there is huge potential for the scheme if other restaurants follow in his footsteps. The self-taught chef wants it to be easier for young ambitious people – he said […]

Celebrities & Influencers

Celebrity Mothers Day

As it comes up to that time of year when mothers wait in anticipation to see if their treasured sprog has remembered to get them a token of affection all in the name of Mothers Day, we're looking at some of the top celebrity mums of the last year. First that comes to mind is Victoria Beckham, the entrepreneur, successful business woman and full time mother of arguably some of the most famous offspring in the world. As Victoria Beckham's fashion line goes from strength to strength with her wares being worn by the likes of Eva Longoria, Nicole Richie […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

A Devilish Manet inspired dessert at Brasserie Blanc

Brasserie Blanc has joined forces with The Royal Academy with an intoxicating new dessert made with one of the world’s most super-strong and notorious tipples, Abinsthe. Its Absinthe Sorbet has been specially designed to celebrate the restaurant’s official partnership with the RA’s exhibition, Manet: Portraying Life. It pays homage the artist’s first original work, The Absinthe Drinker and this strictly adults-only off-menu creation will be available for the duration of the retrospective (through 14th April 2013). All Brasserie Blancs will also be offering a special package throughout the exhibition with a ticket to the show combined with a two or […]

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Openings & Launches

Libertine

Libertine, launching at Chinawhite at the end of the month marks an exciting new collaboration between the West End venue and nightclub entrepreneur (and surgeon – yes really!) Hootan Ahmadi who put himself through medical school running nights at Boujis, Purple and Kensington Roof Gardens. The name Libertine plays on the artistic, literary and rock ‘n’ roll heritage of Fitzrovia – famous residents included George Bernard Shaw, Jimmy Hendrix and Bob Dylan who made his first European appearance at the King and Queen pub – and it plans to incorporate specially-curated one-off nights and live performances into its weekly calendar. The […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Celebrating Noodles at Suda Thai

March means Noodle Month at Suda Thai Restaurant in Covent Garden. Last night The Handbook paid a visit to the venue tucked away in St Martin’s Courtyard, to attend a special event to celebrate noodles! A small gathering of only around twenty people, we were treated to cooking displays by an adorable and talented Thai chef called Saipin Lee, who is also the Regional Manager of S&P Restaurants, and coincidentally was named in the 2011 'Women 1st Top 100 Most Influential Women'! Saipan gave us a great show, telling us all about the noodle dishes and ingredients, and after each […]

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Carrara

  St. James Theatre, the first newly built theatre complex in central London for 30 years, has now got its own on site restaurant, Carrara at St. James. Even the entrance is suitably dramatic – it’s accessed via an amazing sculptural staircase, designed by artist Mark Humphrey and transported from Italy –  six tons of white Carrara marble and all. Head chef René Cahane who boasts over 20 years’ experience working at some of London’s finest hotels, restaurants and private members’ clubs, has created a menu celebrating the best of British cuisine but with an Italian twist. He uses locally […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Renaissance celebrates Pie Week

It's not just the Ides of March. This week is British Pie Week. Yes really. To celebrate, South London’s Renaissance Pub Group is offering a pie and a pint for a tenner. The group rears its own free-range meat from its very own farm in Hampshire so you can be pretty certain that its Cow, Chicken and Lamb pies contain the correct animal. The Cow option combines slow cooked ox tail, ox cheek and tripe; Chicken pie includes chicken, wild mushroom and chicken livers whilst lamb pie features slow cooked hogget (lamb in case you’re wondering) with potatoes and rosemary. […]

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Master & Servant

Opening today in Hoxton Square is the debut solo venture from Matt Edwards, previously of St John Hotel and Hix Soho. It’s inspired by Manhattan, and along with Head Chef Luke Cleghorn (ex-St John Bread & Wine, St John Hotel), Edwards has created a seasonal menu with a focus on the new Heath Robinson charcoal grill. Signature dishes include Surf clam chowder, Ox cheek, celeriac and horseradish, Hereford porterhouse for two (£58), Crab claws and chipotle mayonnaise  and Pistachio doughnuts in honey syrup. There’s also a bar snacks menu with Potted haddock with pickled cucumber and Back fat on toast […]

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