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Benugo takes it outside at The British Museum

Benugo which operates the restaurant and cafes within the British Museum, has just parked two American inspired food trucks in its forecourt. The trucks, to be a permanent fixture, serve a variety of American street food, from toasties, hot dogs and chowders to cakes, coffees and ice creams. Hot dogs include the Original (pork frankfurter, mustard, ketchup, crusty baguette), or the Bratwurst (German sausage, smoked chilli ketchup, crispy onion, sauerkraut, white torpedo) – top them off with crispy onions, chilli, grated cheese and sauerkraut – or you can pick up a New Yorker (turkey breast, crispy bacon, Gruyere, tomato, iceberg […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Paradise goes back to school

Popular West London gastropub and party venue, Paradise, is launching The School of Grub, a unique summer event series hosted by some of the finest home-grown talent of food producers, artisans and critic. It pays homage to best of British food and drink. The school includes a cheese dinner with musician and farmer Alex James, a butchery course by The Ginger Pig while school term will end with a foodie quiz hosted by head mistress Kate Spicer. Lessons commence this Thursday 6 June with Mother Shuckers (try saying that after a couple of cocktails…) where the savvy oyster aficionados will […]

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Hot Pink

Hot Pink is a brand new independent restaurant just launched in Wimbledon and offering healthy grilled food in contemporary surroundings. It is founded by three friends Dipak Panchal (who founded Chelsea hotspot The Valmont Club, and co-founded Dukebox nightclub and The Black Dog pub in Vauxhall which he co-founded with Sulkin), Vincent McKevitt (founder of Tossed) and Cokey Sulkin (co-founder Aragon House). The concept is simple: 12 menu items and 72 combinations. Diners can chooses prime cuts of meat, chicken, fish and vegetables, each cooked on an open grill and delivered at three price points – £8, £10 and £12. […]

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June Social Calendar

And so tomorrow we come to June, the start of the summer, supposedly. But let's forget the weather for now, because throughout June London is hosting a whole range of events, from the parties you have to be at, culinary delights,  to art exhibitions that have been running for almost a quarter of a millennium. Let The Handbook be your guide to some of June's great events: Parties:  3 Cromwell Road’s Great Gatsby Party: Themed around the book, it seems only proper that 3 Cromwell Road host a Great Gatsby Party.  Expect waiters and waitresses donning 1920s attire, The Great […]

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One Aldwych Tasting Club Heads West

A Taste of the West Country, the latest in One Aldwych’s exciting series of Tasting Club events, will take guests on an exploration of authentic ingredients from the West of England. This exclusive dinner on 20th June will see Executive Chef Dominic Teague unroll a sumptuous best of the West menu with special guest Yun Hider from the Mountain Food Company on-hand with expert insights for every course. What makes this delicious three-course menu special is that every ingredient can be traced back to its origins in the West of England. Peter and Sue’s 82-acre Merrifield Farm provides the succulent […]

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Toasting Summertime at The Mount Street Deli

Strawberries, marmite and McVities yes, but who ever knew that Britain is actually a top grower for sparkling wine? On 4th June, The Mount Street Deli is set to prove this fact, teaming up with wine experts Nick Hall and Stephen Clark to showcase the best in British fizz. Sparkling wine has always been close to the heart of Kent-born Nick Hall. Returning to his native Marden in 2007, he decided to build a vineyard and winery on a ten-acre parcel of ancestral soil. Tracing his roots back to artisan 19th Century farmer Herbert Hall, it can’t be said that […]

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Red Pocket

This weekend sees the launch of sophisticate Chinese restaurant, Red Pocket at Hotel Verta by Rhombus combining a chic and contemporary décor with a warm and exotic atmosphere. Red Pocket will be located on the riverside, a stone’s throw from on The London Heliport. Offering stunning panoramic views of the river, large floor-to-ceiling windows flood the space with natural light. Design features include Chinese artwork, chinoiserie screens, Buddha sculptures and Tibetan cabinets. The large open kitchen where the culinary team prepare dishes fusing Western ingredients with classic Chinese recipes and techniques will lend an air of theatre to proceedings. Operations […]

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Strawberry Picking with BLOOM London Dry Gin

While the image of countryside strawberry picking, birds tweeting and the smell of freshly cut grass doesn’t exactly bring the bustle of central London to mind, the city is indeed going back to nature as BLOOM London Dry Gin launches its second Pick Your Own Strawberries pop-up in Covent Garden. Running from 11th – 13th June, special strawberry patches will be open for harvesting with bartenders serving up BLOOM strawberry G & Ts for hard-working fruit-pickers. Just ahead of World Gin Day on 15th June, BLOOM’s strawberry pop-up will celebrate the British public’s long-held affinity with its most delicious summertime […]

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Check On checks in at Sanderson

For two consecutive weekends this May and June, George Craig and Terry Edwards, founders of the London supper club concept, Check On, will take up residency in the Billiard Room at Sanderson. They have created a series of experiential evenings entitled Great British Classics, to celebrate British food and music and an eight course-tasting menu plays out to a soundtrack of iconic records amplified throughout the space by an original Dansette record player. The Great British Classics menu features “Ploughman’s Lunch” – A pressed terrine of ham hock and Lancashire cheese with pickled onions and soft boiled quails egg, “Fish […]

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The Hutch Club

Launching this weekend at Quaglino’s is glamorous subterranean cocktail and jazz pop up bar, The Hutch Club. The new addition pays homage to the venue’s hedonistic spirit, which began when flamboyant host Giovanni Quaglino opened the doors to a beautiful, decadent society crowd in 1929. The name is taken from one of the most popular cabaret entertainers of the twentieth century who would arrive at nightclubs dressed like an aristocrat with a white piano strapped to his chauffeur-driven car. The then Prince of Wales even asked him to play at St James’s Palace. The club will be located in the depths […]

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