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The Narrow Boat

Perched on a North London street corner overlooking the canal, the newly refurbished pub, The Narrow Boat, is a small gem amongst the deserted streets of Islington. Seated by the window, with a view of the old barges along the water, we sunk into our snug armchairs. For starters, I ordered the salmon fishcakes with a béarnaise sauce and spinach. I have to say, it was hard to fault. The portion size was perfect, the taste was melt-in-the-mouth and the dish as a whole, was amazing. Following on from our starter, I had the rump steak. Again, beautifully cooked, beautifully […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Barts boycotts Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is looming, for some it is a day to indulge in and be spoilt, for others it is that last minute tacky card and flowers from a garage, and for others it is a day to be dreaded as you drown your sorrows in the nearest bar. Well this year Barts have had enough, they are boycotting celebrating just Valentine’s Day rather the speakeasy styled bar is running a month of good old fashioned, laid back fun. They have installed a secret message board on the French windows where you can write your secrets, tell your loved how much they […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Barts boycotts Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is looming, for some it is a day to indulge in and be spoilt, for others it is that last minute tacky card and flowers from a garage, and for others it is a day to be dreaded as you drown your sorrows in the nearest bar. Well this year Barts have had enough, they are boycotting celebrating just Valentine’s Day rather the speakeasy styled bar is running a month of good old fashioned, laid back fun. They have installed a secret message board on the French windows where you can write your secrets, tell your loved how much they […]

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Get ready for Goat

Shedding its boots the well established pub the Goat in Boots on Fulham road and is getting it ready for its relaunch as a restaurant, all day lounge and cocktail bar, simply named Goat, this spring. Owners Tim Cunliffe, Steve and Katia Manktelow have taken the 350 year old site and are transforming it with classic tiles and layered textures to give it a more contemporary feel. And with Finch Interiors, the guys behind The Breakfast Club, at the helm we are expecting great things! Head chef Marco Muselli who has previously worked at Mirabelle and with Malmaison will be […]

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Anna Hansen at Harrods

Launching today Harrods will be welcoming The Modern Pantry and Anna Hansen as ‘Chef of the Season’ for Spring 2013 to its Food Hall. For three months The Modern Pantry will be offering exclusively to Harrods a selection of takeaway meals and a range of condiments, spices and pantry goods.  The Modern Pantry’s fresh foods can be purchased at the counter in the traiteur section of the Food Hall as individual dishes or complete meals for dinner parties at home. Starters include Jasmine tea-smoked salmon with black garlic, liquorice & macadamia crust, tomatillo salsa, mains feature Rose marinated poussin with […]

Openings & Launches

B.Y.O.C.

A unique hidden cocktail bar launches in Covent Garden today. And it doesn’t sell alcohol. Intrigued? You might well be. This tiny nook of a cocktail bar hidden away in the depths of Bedfordbury Street in Covent Garden is an entirely new concept and BYOC stands for Bring Your Own Cocktails. With absolutely no alcohol available to buy on the premises, guests are invited to bring their own favourite tipple, for the mixologist to create a little something bespoke to a backdrop of exposed brickwork, an original fireplace, gramophone and vintage signs from the 1920s, B.Y.O.C. lies behind a discreet […]

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The Rooftop Café – Rising Above Our Expectations

Last Friday night The Handbook headed to The Exchange, and The Rooftop Café which lay within. Ironic that a rooftop café should nestle but nestle nevertheless it did given that it lay bang at the foot of the newly erected Shard. As with so many restaurants now the theme was clearly simplicity. Nothing wrong with this; though when ‘simple’ borderlines on ‘unfinished’ you need to be careful. This just about came on the right side of the line, though maybe the toilets could have done with a lick or two more of paint. The food carried similar connotations. Fundamentally great […]

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Openings & Launches

Tom Ford Store Opening

The American fashion designer Tom Ford, famous for turning around the Gucci fashion house and reviving Yves Saint Laurent, is set to open his first standalone flagship store in the UK on Sloane Street. The large store, measuring 8,000 square foot, will showcase the complete male (currently only available in Selfridges) and female clothing range (available in Harrods) as well as signature jewellery, accessories collections and his modern classic fragrances. Tom Ford has recently been quoted as saying: “Our British customers are among the most discerning and stylish in the world. Opening our first directly operated Flagship in the UK is an […]

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Culture

Head On

Fashion Space Gallery’s new exhibition Head On, launches tomorrow taking inspiration from the catwalk and celebrating hats and headwear as the pinnacle of fashion and style. Curated by Leanne Wierzba and Gemma Williams, it will showcase some extraordinary partnerships between established and emerging milliners and fashion designers, including Philip Treacy with Gareth Pugh and Stephen Jones for Donna Karan, AF Vandevorst and Giles Deacon as well as looks from John Rocha, Yohji Yamamoto and emerging milliners Paul Stafford and Lara Jensen, exploring the symbiotic nature of the two worlds. 6 February 2013 – 23 March 2013 www.fashion.arts.ac.uk

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Amanzi Tea

This month sees the launch of Amanzi Tea with the opening of its first international flagship tea bar and retail space on New Cavendish Street. The company, originating from the US combines the heritage of tea-making with modern techniques and a new and interactive retail and tea bar experience. No, the irony of a US concern bringing a tea bar to GB isn’t lost on us either but with the name  Amanzi meaning water in the Southern African dialect of Zulu (a reference to the heritage of the original founders), it’s suitably multicultural, and, with a marble topped bar and […]

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