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Brown’s Hotel: Timeless

How would you describe Brown’s Hotel? They would say timeless and so do we. This year the iconic London hotel is celebrating its 175th anniversary with a series of events and in The Donovan Bar they have just launched a new cocktail aptly name ‘Timeless’, trivia fact: it was named by the doorman Jonathan Wheelock – Lines. Made of Chase Elderflower Liqueur, Chase William Gin and topped with Sparkling English Wine and fresh cucumber, it’s the perfect cocktail to enjoy when the sun finally comes out this summer! The Donovan Bar also has supper sorted  for after those cocktails and […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Skylon appoints new executive head chef: Adam Gray

Situated on Southbank above the Royal Festival Hall is Skylon, and they have just appointed a new Executive  Head Chef,  Adam Gray replacing Helena Puolakka.  Adam brings with him three AA rosettes and a Michelin star which he has had for over ten years, meaning all those who dine at Skylon can expect great things.  Having started off working with Bruno Loubet at the Four seasons, Park Lane, Adam has since worked in numerous restaurants and his CV is rather impressive, and includes a stint overseas in Melbourne. Back in the UK he has worked in the world renowned Le […]

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The Breakfast Club

Opening at the end of next month on Battersea Rise, a new Breakfast Club is set to bring its retro vibe to the lively southside adding to favourite all-day brunch hangouts in Soho, Hoxton, Angel and Spitalfields. Also launching alongside the café will be its sister bar, The King of Ladies Man, serving beer, cheese and disco drinks. The Breakfast Club Battersea Rise combines 1950’s kitchen with a 1980’s laundrette –  a previous occupant of the site. The café has 90 covers and outside space for a further 20. Décor in the small and intimate King of Ladies Man bar […]

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The Handbook goes to Heaton Butler and Bayne

Last night The Handbook headed to Heaton Butler and Bayne in Covent Garden, the new restaurant created by Robert Siegler. Situated in a former stained glass factory on the corner of Floral and Garrick Street in Covent Garden, the first thing we noticed was how simple and minimal the decor was: white brick walls, sharp straight lined tables and bare wooden floors. But it worked well, it felt almost refreshing and as it got darker and the tea lights were brought out the atmosphere was intimate but not cluttered. The only thing to say was that the edges of the […]

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Flemings Mayfair launch Mayfair Monopoly campaign

Monopoly: a game synonymous with rainy Sunday afternoons, family arguments and childhood. Most families have an old board which has been in the family for years, a board which has Mayfair in its rightful place next to ‘Go.’ But times are changing, and now Monopoly is in electronic form, and somehow in 2011 Mayfair was given the metaphorical Monopoly boot to be replaced by Kensington Palace Gardens. Flemings Mayfair Hotel at the heart of Mayfair is leading the national campaign to get Mayfair back on it the board with their, ‘Mayfair back in the game campaign’. On Monday 15th Flemings […]

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Saturday Film Club at Covent Garden Hotel

Make a change from your usual Saturday film night this weekend by taking a trip to the Covent Garden Hotel on Monmouth Street for their Saturday night film club. Each week a different film is shown from classics to latest releases, and with guests being able to enjoy either afternoon tea or a two course dinner in the hotel’s restaurant, Brasserie Max beforehand, it is no ordinary cinema experience. Nor is it ordinary since there are only 47 seats, which means you know you aren’t going to have to put up with rustling and noisy neighbours. So for an intimate […]

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Breakfast on ‘The Beach’

Sophie’s Steakhouse on Fulham Road is a real party central of an evening but now guests can celebrate on the morning after as well. The restaurant has launched a hangover-busting breakfast menu, served on Saturday and Sunday from 9am-12noon. Sure to set you up for a day of hitting the Kings Road boutiques or museums of South Kensington, this concise breakfast gig comprises Hot freshly baked mini doughnuts (chocolate or raspberry), Eggy bread, or Pancakes with streaky bacon and maple syrup or more substantial options such as Sophie’s popular Bacon butty, the signature Steak and eggs plus breakfast staples Eggs Florentine, […]

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Openings & Launches

Poppies Fish & Chips

Poppies Fish and Chips of Spitalfields has just opened a sister restaurant on Hawley Crescent and just like at the original, chips are peeled and handcut on site from British farmed maris piper potatoes supplied by a fourth generation family business and fish – delivered fresh every day from T Bush, third generation supplier in Billingsgate – is sustainably sourced. The team is keen to embrace and support the local community and residents so the Camden restaurant is sourcing ice cream from Marine Ices in Chalk Farm, ales from the Camden Brewery, Nude Coffee in Brick Lane, sausages from the […]

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Mozzarella May at Sartoria Restaurant

Inspired by the ‘Streets of Mozzarella’ festival in Italy, Mayfair restaurant Sartoria will devote the entire month of May to celebrating one of Italy’s most popular exports. Mozzarella. Sartoria restaurant has been inspired by the ‘Streets of Mozzarella’ festival in Italy. The month of May is being dedicated and devoted to celebrating one of Italy’s most popular exports, the humble Mozzarella. Throughout the month guests will be able to share a giant 2kg Mozzarella plait called a ‘treccia’ which is perfect to indulge in with friends and comes with grilled Mediterranean vegetables or if the thought of 2kg of Mozzarella […]

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Street Feast

From now until the end of June, come 5pm of a Friday, London’s coolest foodies are heading to Kingsland Road’s Merchant Yard. The former Travis Perkins builders merchants is undergoing a gastronomic make-over thanks to some of London’s best loved street traders and Ben Spalding’s Stripped Back fare. The rising superstar chef, formerly of Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck and Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir,  will offer quick, interesting, delicious and high quality food at super affordable prices atop a raised dining terrace overlooking the yard. “Even from just walking around the merchant yard site, I was immediately drawn to the mezzanine […]

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50 Year Culinary Celebration at London Hilton

Marking 50 years since it first opened its doors to the public, on 17th April 1963, London Hilton on Park Lane is launching an exclusive, limited edition 50th Anniversary Afternoon Tea and a nostalgic anniversary menu, inspired by the hotel’s opening year. The exclusive 1963 inspired three-course dining menu, available for a limited period and priced at £19.63 per person, will include starters like Prawn Cocktail with Marie-rose sauce and a side of Melba toast, Consommé de boeuf or a classic Waldorf Salad. Mains include Calves Liver and bacon with onion gravy; Duck à la Orange and Poached Salmon à la russe. To finish, diners can enjoy […]

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One Leicester Street

International boutique hotel group Unlisted Collection is launching new Chinatown hotel, One Leicester Street. This is the latest project from Singaporean hotelier Peng Loh. Located at the former St John Hotel site in the heart of Chinatown, the new hotel will join six boutique hotels and restaurants in Singapore, Shanghai, London and, come 2014, Sydney. With branding by A Practice for Everyday Life and interiors by Universal Design Studio, One Leicester Street is an intimate 15 room hotel with a bar and restaurant. “Our aim was to create a brand identity for One Leicester Street whose reach extends beyond a […]

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