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Oaka

Launching at the start of March, Oaka at The Mansion House in Kennington is a new pub and dining room specialising in seasonal Pan Asian cuisine and hand crafted real ales from Peterborough-based brewery Oakham Ales. Award-winning brews JHB, Citra, Inferno and Bishop’s Farewell, will be available on tap alongside freshly prepared dishes from Thailand, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Laos and China. Created by head chef Siam Pukaokeaw, Oaka’s menu will offer a comprehensive selection of Gap Glam or ‘beer food’, small plates ideal as a starter or to share with friends. The have been designed to complement […]

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Matt Robinson joins Bluebird Chelsea as Head Chef

D&D London is thrilled to announce the appointment of Matt Robinson to the position of head chef at Bluebird Chelsea. He will be taking over the Bluebird kitchen, replacing Mark Block. Robinson’s new dishes will include Butternut squash soup with Thai spices and toasted pumpkin seeds, Slow cooked duck leg with cèpes spring greens and garlic potato crisps and Six hour braised Herdwick lamb for two with colcannon and burnt onions. He is rejoining D&D London from Gordon Ramsay Holdings – most notably as head chef of The Narrow in 2012 plus stints at Maze and Maze Grill. He relocated […]

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APT58

In a follow-up to its Poland Street forerunner, Apartment 58, the global members club for the creative industries launched its new APT58, at Centre Point during LFW. Situated underneath the iconic tower, it spans four storeys and 8,000 square foot. A space to socialise as well as work, it features a host of facilities including a night club, meeting rooms in the original vaults, a locker and mail service and a young creative lounge. There’s even a fashion showroom called The Shop Window showcasing 58 unique curated items by art director Andrew Ibi. The venue also features a late-license ground […]

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Eat the World

Limewharf presents three weeks of salon inspired food-focused events called ‘Eat the World’; launching on the 6th March 2013. This pop up kitchen is arranged specifically to encourage debate and commissioned events while enjoying special performances and events. Delicious dishes will be served by celebrated chef Anna Hansen and will serve to trigger conversations around foods future; in particular the meditative capacities for nature. A sensual backdrop will be set by Alex Haw and prices will vary from £15 – £55. www.limewharf.org

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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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A Regular Cornish Cornucopia

Most of us in Britain know about, and celebrate with vigour St Patricks Day but there are many other Saint's days which get celebrated in style in different areas around the UK. Cornwall, well known for being a sticker to their traditions, have always celebrated St Piran's Day on the 5th March. This year the tradition is coming to the capital through The Capital Hotel where their Outlaws restaurant has organised a special menu in honour of the day. Expect the freshest Cornish produce possible, with delicious and intriguing sounding dishes such as Davidstow Crackler Rarebit.  www.capitalhotel.co.uk

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London’s Pubs

It can’t be denied that London loves its pubs, it always has and most likely always will. Nor cannot it be denied that there are plenty of them, it’s estimated that there are approximately 7000 in London. But with so much choice and so little time, The Handbook have rounded up the ultimate pubs for you to visit: the best places to stay, eat and drink. The best for ales and beers… The infamous White Horse aka The Sloany Pony in Parsons Green has one of the best selections of beers and ales around. They regularly change their selection so […]

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Smiths of Smithfield – the City Solution

When wandering around London a lot of time and energy is spent on Google searching for the best place to head for a nibble and a drink or two. More often than not there is a panic and you end up in a grotty pub with a dubious glass of house white and some mixed olives from the massive jar behind the bar. Last night however The Handbook may have found a solution to this problem. Smiths of Smithfield launched last night a new floor which is especially for those who want a relaxed drink in a comforting environment. The […]

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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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Amber Lebon DJ’ing at LFW

Amber Le Bon, the enchanting model turned DJ has obviously inherited the musical gene from her famous father, Simon Le Bon. She will no doubt be enjoying her time in the spotlight though, while she's spinning decks at the exclusive club Raffles Chelsea on Wednesday. After all the buzz and visual excitement from London Fashion Week, Le Bon's cool tunes will be the perfect way to say goodbye to the influx of fashion and creativity for another year. Amber will be performing at Raffles Chelsea for the London Fashion Week wrap party along side friend and fellow DJ Becky Tong. […]

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Bring your own to Bonnie Gull

Sunday may seem like a long way off at the moment, but here is a thought to keep you going throughout the week, the glorious Bonnie Gull on Foley Street are doing a ‘Bring your own’ beer and wine all day and evening on Sundays. If that was not good enough, they are also not charging for corkage, hurrah! So get booking a table now, as it is very popular! Known for its wonderful, fresh seafood, Bonnie Gull is the ultimate place for fish and chips, oysters, lobster, crab…. the list goes on! So forget the Sunday roast this weekend […]

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