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Mother’s Day at the Peggy Porschen Parlour

If your mum loves sweet treats, give her the ultimate Mother’s Day at the Peggy Porschen Parlour in Belgravia this Sunday. They have created a Limited Edition Champagne Laurent-Perrier Cream Tea, especially for Mother’s Day. Peggy Porschen, founder of London’s prettiest cupcake café, will welcome you and mum for a bespoke champagne cream tea and an afternoon of baked delights! Spend quality time together while enjoying delicacies such as Red Velvet Layer Cake and beautiful hand-piped heart shaped cookies – she’ll fall in love! Don’t forget the Champagne; if your mum likes her bubbly, treat her to a chilled glass […]

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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 […]

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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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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Unfashionably Late

There are probably more than a few tired school girls this morning, after Justin Bieber turned his gig into a late late show last night, arriving on stage 2 hours late. Fans took to Twitter to complain, while parents despaired at ever getting their daughters to bed on time! But Justin Bieber is only one of many celebrities who have recently taken liberties with the start time listed on their gig tickets… Back in August of last year, Madonna kept her Philadelphia audience hanging around for two and a half hours while they got angry and shouted at the stage. […]

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The American South Invasion

Brasa at Broadway House is readying itself for an invasion of American South cuisine! As part of the London leg of the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival, Brasa restaurant is hosting a special evening dedicated to delicious food and cocktails, created by award-winning culinary talents from the Southern U.S. Taking place on the 9th March from 7:30pm, the night will include a menu of exciting dishes such as Bam Bam Shrimp Sliders, Baked Jalapeño Cheese Grits and Cacao & Coffee Braised Pork Belly! Mmmm. To top it off,  there will be stations around the restaurant where you will get to […]

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A Chanel bag for Mother’s Day?

OK so not all of us can afford to splash out on a Chanel bag for our mum but if you treat her to a delicious Sunday Brunch at any Malmaison hotel this Mother’s Day (10th March), she will be automatically entered into an exclusive competition where she’s in with the chance of winning classic Chanel handbag worth £2,500. The menu includes a glass of fizz, oysters and seafood to start, mains such as Roast Cod or traditional Roast beef with all the trimmings and desserts like Classic crème brûlée and Valrhona chocolate fondue served with exotic fruits, biscotti and […]

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Openings & Launches

Claude’s Kitchen

Another chef branching out with his first restaurant is Claude Compton who has just launched Claude’s Kitchen in Parson’s Green. Compton, formerly of Petersham Nurseries and Club Gascon, is also the founder of award-winning street food company, Green Goat Food. Claude’s Kitchen is a new neighbourhood style restaurant tucked away upstairs above Champagne bar, Amuse Bouche and offers a short and 100% sustainable menu with all ingredients hailing from carefully selected producers. Each component of every dish is seasonal, so the menu changes weekly. The kitchen team is young and dynamic. Sous chef, Pete Hartley-Booth and Compton (who also worked […]

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An Italian Education

If you love Italian food, this is one for you. Carmelo Carnevale, head chef at Novikov’s Italian Restaurant, is set to run a series of master classes – passing on his superb skills and teaching you how to be a whizz in the kitchen! Launching on the 23rd March, the first class will focus on different ways to prepare and cook Sardinian lamb, the main ingredient behind Novikov’s famed Sunday Roast. Tutorial attendees will be treated to a feast of Italian freshly baked bread, jam and cappuccino before getting their aprons on! Following the master class, you can even delight […]

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Ski Celebration at Ben’s Canteen

Skiing is perhaps one of the only good things to come out of the cold and miserable season that is Winter…and you can't even ski in London! Boo. However, Ben's Canteen knows how much we love the sport, and they are holding an end of season Apres Ski Party next week, turning the venue into 'Ben's Chalet' for one night only. Arrive from 5pm on the 14th March for a celebration of snowy slopes – complete with vin chaud, Alpine-inspired dishes, and some classic ski tunes. You are encouraged to sport ski-wear for the evening, with those turning up in […]

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Special Events with Lima

Peruvian cuisine at LIMA has been going down a treat since the restaurant’s opening last summer. Now head chef, Robert Ortiz and co-owner Gabriel Gonzalez are stepping up to the mark with a new challenge – launching a special events service from next month. The team will offer a tailored approach to events and parties that’s all about the LIMA tradition of celebrating the authentic flavours of Peru.  Lima has already catered for GQ Magazine, PromPeru (the Peruvian tourist board), Orient Express Group and The Olympic Committee by special arrangement. In keeping with the restaurant, the new bespoke service will […]

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Salvador & Amanda

Expect Balearic food, music, art and culture in Bloomsbury when Salvador & Amanda launches there next month. The latest opening by Eric Yu, whose Breakfast Group portfolio includes Opium, Jerusalem, Punk and The Social, Salvador & Amanda will feature fine dining restaurant Cadaqués, a buzzing tapas and cocktail bar, DJs and 3am closing at the weekend. Named in honour of Salvador Dalí and his muse Amanda Lear, Salvador & Amanda offers a taste of Spain with a funky twist and a vibrant atmosphere reminiscent of the cosmopolitan cafés of Madrid, Bilbao and Barcelona. In charge of the kitchen is Rubén […]

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