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Fornata on Kingly Street

Last night The Handbook visited Fornata on Kingly Street for some classic Italian food. If you are looking to have a three course meal in the usual, starter, main course, pudding order then this isn’t the place to come, Fornata is more informal and is all about bringing the food out in the order that it is ready, it does make it slightly awkward if one person’s dish is brought out first and the other is waiting or if two bowls of salad are sat on your table waiting for the main plates to arrive. But it is perfect if you […]

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Spice Market Raw Bar

New edition to Spice Market at W London is The Raw Bar, heralding a return to subtle and healthy dishes that revitalise the palette. Developed by executive chef Peter Lloyd, the menu is packed full of the bright and zesty flavours of South-East Asian culinary traditions. Enjoy new offerings such as Wild sea bass sashimi with green chilli, pistachios and mint, Sea scallops marinated in coconut milk and served with water chestnuts and lime juice, Beef tartare with Chinese mustard sauce and pickled cucumber and Shaved tuna with chilli tapioca and Asian pear coconut-lime dressing. There will also be a […]

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The Stafford embraces humble pie

Nothing could be more hearty and warming in the winter months than a good meat pie! The Stafford London is embracing this concept with the launch of a new ale-matched pie menu, pairing delicious flavourful meat pies with distinctive fine ales. Head Chef Brendan Fyldes has teamed up with leading beer writer and sommALEier (get it?!) Melissa Cole to create a hearty menu including pies such as Grouse & Foie Gras with puff pastry, Buckinghamshire Pudding – beef, venison, red wine & damson with potato topping – and the unusual-sounding Rabbit & Crayfish! All pies are matched with a tasty […]

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Chinese New Year at Ben’s Canteen

To celebrate Chinese New Year Ben’s Canteen is putting on a supper club style event, a veritable feast! Rob Lockyear aka Brewed Boy aka one of the founding members of Ben’s Canteen has joined up with Ben’s Canteen once more, to pay homage to Mission Street Food, an infamous Taco truck in America that evolved into a legendary restaurant within a Chinese takeout. They are all about great food with serious flavour, a sensory overload if you will. And the multicourse supper promises to bring that great food from across the pond to Clapham. Some of the great courses are […]

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PortSide Parlour

Coming to fashionable Broadway Market from 1 February is PortSide Parlour in collaboration with Appleton Estate Rum. East London's first pop-up rum cocktail bar promises a selection of the best specialty rums available on the UK market. Expect a range of hot sharing cocktails, a focus on classic drinks plus fortnightly rum clubs with full tasting sessions held by the brand ambassadors. Guests will enter a decedent captain’s quarters, lit by candlelight and soundtracked by rock n’ roll blues, sure to warm the cockles over the winter months. There will also be a Davie Jones Locker system which allows customers […]

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Reservations open for Story

As of 9am on Friday 1 February, the reservations line for Story, debut restaurant from Tom Sellers will open for business. Taking bookings over the phone and online for the following month only, diners will have to move quickly to secure a table with only 42 covers available for both lunch and dinner. Following on from Foreword, Sellers’ successful 2011 pop-up, Story opens on Tooley Street in early March. Tom Sellers is a 25-year-old chef whose enviable cv takes in Thomas Keller at The French Laundry and Per Se, Tom Aikens at his eponymous Chelsea restaurant, Adam Byatt at Trinity […]

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Spice Season at Corrigan’s Mayfair

All throughout January Corrigan’s Mayfair has been beating the January Blues by celebrating Spice Season and it’s not too late to get involved as it has been extended into February! Hurrah! Throughout the month Richard Corrigan’s foodie friends have been joining Head Chef Chris McGowan to share their favourite spicy recipes in complimentary cookery demonstrations. Guests are shown how to create the dish at home whilst being taught about the relationship between spices and the other ingredients in the dish, as well as being given recipe cards and spices to take home. Dr Pixie McKenna will be joining Richard McGowan […]

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Blue Elephant Cookery School

Blue Elephant, London’s most iconic Thai restaurant, is set to open its first cookery school outside Thailand! Following the run-away successes of their Bangkok and Phuket schools, this eagerly anticipated project will kick off this Spring, offering the same high standards of teaching and expert knowledge in traditional and modern Thai cooking – but at a beautiful riverside location in Chelsea! Located on the first floor as a standalone venture, the cookery school will complement the restaurant’s already glamorous facilities – Blue Elephant will provide students with a unique introduction to the fascinating cuisine of its homeland. If you’re a […]

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Rum Shack pops up at Floridita

This Friday 1st February, Floridita will unveil its brand new Rum Shack bar, a Cuban ‘beach shack’ inspired drinking experience in the heart of the West End offering a cocktail menu inspired from around the globe.  Choose from  Hemingway Punch (Barcardi Superior and Maraschino Liqueur inspired by Ernest Hemingway), In a Barrel (absinthe, gomme, lemon & orange juice, shaken with Pussers Blue Rum and served in a barrel vessel) and Cheeky Monkey (made with the mellow Chairman’s Reserve with its complex mix of ripe raisin fruit, tobacco and spice and served in a tiki glass). Created by interior designer Joanna […]

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BNC Global Event Show

The 1,200 event buyers attending The BNC Global Event Show, 20th and 21st February at The Brewery, will take in fantastic stands from Visit Scotland to Oman Ministry of Tourism, enjoy unrivalled opportunities to network with 200 top exhibitors, complimentary hospitality and the chance to win an all-inclusive holiday through BNC’s Golden Stand initiative. And when the first working day is over, there’s even more networking: from 18.01 on Wednesday 20th February, with a massive party for all attendees with the Ministry of Sound and even more complimentary food and drink. The event also sees the launch of the new […]

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Sushinho

Brazilian Japanese restaurant, Sushinho, will launch its second outpost in the City in February this year. The team has already spent four years championing Brazil’s vibrant Japanese culture at its Chelsea venue. São Paulo is home to the largest Japanese population outside of Japan doncha know! Opening on Devonshire Square, within a refurbished, listed building, Sushinho will feature a ground floor restaurant with a 10ft sushi bar and a lower ground floor cocktail bar, The Cutler Bar, plus a private dining space. The interior designed by Macaulaysinclair will feature exposed brick, encaustic tiles, and a combination of oak, walnut and […]

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Juergen Teller: Woo

The eagerly anticipated solo show from legendary photographer Juergen Teller opens today at the Institute of Contemporary Arts. The exhibition takes in Teller’s landmark fashion and commercial work from the 90s to the present day featuring iconic images of celebrities including Lily Cole, Kate Moss (pictured) and Vivienne Westwood plus lesser seen landscapes and family portraits. The photographer began his career shooting for record covers including Bjork, Sinead O’Connor and Courtney Love, graduated to shooting Nirvana backstage and then sashayed seamlessly from a 15 year old Kate Moss to fashion shows and commercial campaigns for the likes of Marc Jacobs […]

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