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Pickled Fred Opens in Spitalfields

There’s monkey business going down at Spitalfields with a new restaurant and bar from friends Ben Lusty and Can Turker. The name Pickled Fred pays homage to a monkey the duo met while travelling in the Philippines. Fred, a mischievous pickle-stealing monkey, is now immortalised as the inspiration for this exciting cocktail and food venue which will heavily feature pickles and ferments in both the Asian-inspired food and drinks menus. Lusty and Turker met while working at Zilouf’s in Islington and later at 100 Hoxton and have teamed up with Dan Borham a street food expert who cut his teeth at Fleisch Mob, Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen and […]

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Get Ready for Bubbledogs’ Hot Dog Challenge

Gear up for some hot hotdoggery down at bubbledogs this September. To celebrate their 5th birthday our favourite (slightly biased as it is the only one) champagne-and-hotdog venue will be running their Hot Dog Challenge, an annual competition that sees a slew of the UK’s finest chefs go head-to-head in blind tastings to find out who will be top dog of hot dogs. The winning creation will be given a month-long residency on the bubbledogs menu at their Fiztrovia restaurant with £1 each sale going to the Red Cross and Action Against Hunger. With more star (and Michelin starred) chefs […]

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Café Sou: The Ned’s Parisian Cafe

What? Café Sou is The Ned’s Parisian-style café, set further away from the main area, this little gem is serving up a simple, classic menu, great coffees and fresh juices.  New? Yes, the last of the nine restaurants to open at The Ned, it only opened this summer. Where? The Ned, 27 Poultry, EC2R 8AJ, www.thened.com On the Menu: The menu is simple, Lorraine quiches, omelettes made with Burford Brown eggs, pastries and baguettes (which you can order as a quarter, half or whole) filled with the likes of chicken, avocado and spinach, charcuterie boards and salads – all the […]

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Following the success of their annual, sell-out summer event, FriendsFest, Comedy Central UK is returning, in partnership with The Luna Cinema, to launch FriendsFestive, an event celebrating all the best seasonal moments from the world’s favourite TV show, Friends.

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14 Venues That Opened in August

As August and the latest Game of Thrones series simultaneously come to an end we’re reminded that winter really is coming! Hopefully we can still eek out a few more days before the summer disappears. While you were on your sun lounger, though, this handful of very special venues were opening across the capital. Brick and Liquor After rave reviews for their Tooting bar, Brick and Liquor have added another brick to their hod as they opened this month in Clapham. Located just off the common on Balham Hill, Brick and Liquor is perfect for a South West London cocktail or grazing dishes. www.brickandliquor.co.uk     […]

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Zuma’s New Cocktail Menu

What: High end Japanese restaurant, Zuma, have just launched a new Spring menu with a focus on cocktails. New? Zuma no, it has stood the test of London time opening back in 2002, but as the name suggests the Spring menu only launched a few weeks ago Where: Tucked away by Harrods, you’ll spot it by the row of supercars lining the street outside: 5 Raphael Street, Knightsbridge, SW7 1DL, www.zumarestaurant.com On the Menu: Bar manager Pawel Rolka (formerly at Coq D’Argent) has created a series of new cocktails for both the Nomikai (contemporary) section and the Kurashikku (classic) section, which blends together traditional cocktails with flavours […]

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Quo Vadis Collaborate With Top Chefs

Restaurant takeovers and chef residencies never get any less exciting. Seeing some of the best chefs in the industry collaborate, well, you can’t ask for much more. This year, Quo Vadis launched their Quo Vadis & Friends series, which saw chefs from various restuarants around the city collaborate with Chef Proprietor Jeremy Lee. The spring/summer series saw Mangal, Kricket and Nathan Outlaw, to name a few, take over the second floor of the club, and serve up fantastic food. The autumn/winter series will be no different. Jeremy Lee has invited chefs from some of the best kitchens in London, and […]

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Restaurant Tech Live Comes to London

If you work in the restaurant and bar industry then you need to check out Restaurant Tech Live. Coming to ExCel, London in September its Europe’s largest exhibition dedicated to the emerging technology and services that are redefining the food and drink world and keeping London at the forefront of this scene. Whilst at The Handbook we tend to tell you just about the fun stuff, the bottomless brunches and the secret parties, it’s easy to forget all the logistics and technology that goes into making these places run. At the show, spread out across six conference halls will be […]

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Voodoo Ray’s Bring 22″ Pizza to Peckham

Next month, Voodoo Ray’s is making a pretty big leap, they’re making the jump from north of the river, all the way down south to Peckham. Why? To open their fourth site. It’s going to be their biggest shop yet with around 80 covers and with it comes their NYC-inspired pizzas which are pretty giant in pizza terms coming in at 22”. You can get it by the slice too, but impressive if you can find your inner Bruce Bogtrotter and eat it all – they do have names such as Porky’s and King Tubby so you might as well […]

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The Cheese Bar’s Charity Grilled Cheese Contest

If we told you it was possible to eat cheese, and a lot of it, for charity, would you believe us? Probably not. Well, you’d better believe it because this September Mathew Carver, founder of the beloved Cheese Bar, will be honouring the grilled cheese in aid of Help Refugees UK. Mathew’s invited 5 chefs from some of London’s favourite restaurants to put their signature stamp on the grilled cheese, each competing against each other for a chance to be crowned the grilled cheese champion. The competitors will be Josh Katz and Mattia Bianchi from Berber & Q, Harneet Baweja […]

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Ormer’s Vegetarian Menu: What We Thought

What: Vegetarian friendly menu from Michelin-starred chef Shaun Rankin. New? Ormer Mayfair opened at Flemings Mayfair in September 2016 as part of a £15m investment which also saw the 129 bedrooms in the hotel given a new look. Where? Flemings Mayfair, 7-12 Half Moon Street, Mayfair W1J 7BH www.flemings-mayfair.co.uk On the Menu: Ormer Mayfair is the sister restaurant to the original Ormer Jersey, it’s here that Shaun focuses a lot of his menu, using Jersey and British fare at the heart of his cooking like hand-picked shoreline foraged herbs. Dishes on the menu include mushroom fagottini with egg yolk, parsnip and parmesan, […]

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Field Day x Dinerama: 12 Hour Party

We need to make the most of this next Bank Holiday because you’re not getting another one until Christmas Day…you already knew that, but we thought we’d remind you, we need to stress the importance of this. You want to make sure you fill your 72 hours in the best possible way and we have twelve of those hours sorted: Field Day x Dinerama. Taking place in Shoreditch Yard it’s 12 hours of music, food and cocktails. Ideal. The line-up of DJs include: Simian Mobile Disco, Throwing Shade, Bugged Out and Eat Your Own Ears as well as special guests […]

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8 of the best outdoor day parties

If you’re a Londoner who likes to party hard during the day, you’re not alone. London’s day party scene has been growing steadily, aided by the popularity of US import the bottomless brunch. We’re still some way away from Berlin’s level of daytime revelry, but London isn’t short of places to while away the day and act like it’s night, whether it’s food, drink or dancing with reckless abandon you’re after.

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