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HKK Launches Duck & Champagne Lunch

The Hakkasan Group has forever improved our weekends by announcing the launch of their Duck and Champagne lunch at HKK. Ducks – the underrated birds – have given us many things over the years from entertainment on country walks to influential characters (i.e. Scrooge McDuck) and now they’re serving another more delicious purpose. A whole menu will be dedicated to the Peking duck, created by Hakkasan and HKK’s Executive Head Chef Tong Chee Hwee, with dishes like Duck and abalone supreme stock with egg fried rice showcasing the skill and expertise of the Chinese kitchen. If you want to go […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

SEVEN DEADLY SINS at the Royal Horseguards Hotel

The sinners over at The Royal Horseguards Hotel will surely be ruffling some feathers…and taste buds with the launch of their new set of cocktails wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy and gluttony.  The naughty mixologists at the 5 star hotel have devised the new drinks as the seasons change with ingredients such as blackberries, cranberries and apples to give them an Autumnal feel. Representing Pride is Magic Rainbow, a mix of grenadine, luxardo, grapefruit juice, violet liquor and gin, ironically we have our eye on Greed, Black Beauty made of lemon, blackberries, sugar syrup, gin, cherry liquor and pineapple […]

Openings & Launches

Sexy Fish Opens

Are fish sexy? According to Caprice Holdings they are, as they launch the latest restaurant Sexy Fish in Berkeley Square on the 19th October. Alongside their Asian fish and seafood menu which is overseen by Head Chef, Ben Orpwood, (Zuma, Toko and the Sydney Collective Group) the 190 cover restaurant is all about contemporary design and art and they’ve brought in the big guns for this one. Martin Brudnizki Design Studio is overseeing the interior, first up there will be the largest collection of Frank Gehry’s Fish Lamps in one venue. Hanging from the ceiling, they’ll shimmer and move as […]

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Scandinavian Winter Wonderland Pop-Up

They’ve hosted feasts at Guys & Thomas’s, Truman Brewery, Tobacco Dock, The Sorting Office and now they are doing a Scandinavian Winter Wonderland at Shepherds Bush. OK, this isn’t the first time at this venue, but any event bold enough to return for a second run usually means the inaugural event was pretty good. Converting unassuming venues into magical woodlands and wonderlands is what Feast do. On 5th November when summer is well and truly a distant memory, the Mediterranean garden will have been fully transformed into a Scandinavian forest. Surrounded by fir-trees, holly-covered pergolas and an 8 foot high […]

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BL-NK: Shoreditch’s latest venue

Shoreditch has just seen the arrival of BL-NK, a three storey, 4,500 square foot event space on Curtain Road and as we head into the party season, we think you need to know about it. The venue’s aim is to support local businesses, from providing spaces to work or hold meetings to hosting product launches, press days, parties, live music and plays – they’ve got pretty much everything covered. There are a number of different sized spaces for your events including a gallery and roof terrace and through their partners they can get their hands on a limitless supply of […]

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London’s Latest Pop Ups

Pop-ups, residencies and one-night-only events are all the rage in the capital at the moment. And what’s not to love about that once-in-a-lifetime feeling you get when you bag yourself a ticket or reservation at one of them!? More often than not, these events offer an exciting, superstar chef collaboration or the opportunity to try a new kid on the block, who’s testing the water before taking the leap and opening their own place. Either way, they’re all in good fun, so we thought we’d round up out pick of the best this Autumn:

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Bandol Opens

Tuesdays always seem a bit pointless, they’re not the start of the week, not the middle,  not Thursday which is the new Friday, not Friday itself and not the weekend. But not this Tuesday, oh no, today is the opening of Bandol on Hollywood Road. Run by husband and wife Syliva Kontek and Vittoria Monge, Bandol will bring a taste of Nicoise and Provencal to Chelsea in the form of sharing plates. The menu is designed by Zsolt Ferencz and will include the likes of Petits Farcis Nicoise filled with Fois Gras, Yellowtail Carpaccaio and Bandol bouillabaisse with red mullet, […]

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Posh pizza launches at Harrods

No need to check your horoscopes as I’m about to tell you your fortune, and it looks cheesy. From Tuesday 27th until Saturday 31st October, the clever folk over at Harrods will be introducing Pizza Gourmet, a 5 day pop-up intended to entice London foodies and pizza enthusiasts alike. Throughout the pop-up guests will be able to try six limited edition varieties that are set to tantalise taste buds, in association with Identità Golose. Taking residency at the Harrods Pizzeria and Canti Prosecco Bar, on the second floor, famed Italian chefs Franco Pepe and Simone Padoan will provide food lovers […]

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Top 9 Themed Bars & Restaurants

From fancy dress to film night, everyone loves a theme – and London’s bars and restaurants are no exception. With so many new hotspots opening every day, it’s no wonder that more and more of them are showing off their unique character to stand out from the crowd. Which is seriously good news in The Handbook’s opinion! Here are the top eight themed restaurants and bars:

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The Georgian’s Festive Afternoon Tea

Here at The Handbook we’re not even ashamed that we’re already excited about Christmas and yes we are aware that there is still over two months to go… Harrods are also getting to the Christmas spirit with the news that they are launching a festive tea in the Georgian restaurant at the start of November. Step off the chilly streets of London (we are meant to be having the coldest winter in fifty years, apparently) and into the elegant Georgian. Spend the afternoon eating scones and sandwiches including turkey, rocket leaves and spiced pear chutney, maple glazed Wiltshire ham with […]

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CôBa Opens

Sometimes you have good dreams, sometimes you have weird dreams and sometimes you have dreams that will tell you what to name your new restaurant. That was the case with Vietnamese-Australian chef, Damon Bui, who dreamt that he was back in his childhood home in Sydney as his mum was cooking her legendary butter fried chicken whilst all the kids were running around saying “Cô ba, cô ba, I want your fried chicken!”. “CôBa means “auntie number three”, which is what my mum is called in the family,” Damon explains. “When I woke up, it was as if I could […]

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The Lodge Winter Pop-Up

What do a secret garden, a wine cellar and a ski lodge have in common? Jimmy Garcia of course. The King of pop-ups is getting ready to launch his latest short-term dining experience, and this time it’s alpine. Following the success of last winter’s residency in Balham, The Lodge is back by popular demand; this time above a pub in Clapham. No warming winter menu is complete without fondues, wild game and hot cocktails, and The Lodge is delivering these aplenty. Cooking up a storm on his state of the art range, specially imported from Courcheval, Jimmy’s dishes include roast […]

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