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Floridita London Launches Puerto Floridita

Here at The Handbook, we love a summer pop up. For us, they encompass everything that is British summertime – a big fun, quirky party, but one that is tragically fleeting and ends way before we want it to. The iconic late-night Soho venue Floridita is the latest London venue to offer a pop-up, inviting guests to get channel their inner Ariel and set sail with their new nautical summer pop up, Puerto Floridita. Floridita’s ‘deck’ (expect many nautical puns) will allow its shipmates to sit back, relax and enjoy cooling cocktails or dance on deck to the backdrop of […]

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London’s Healthiest Restaurant Opens

Good Life Eatery: it’s the thing that clean-eating, healthy-living, Instagram- taking dreams are made of and following on from the success of the first Chelsea branch, the team are back with the second café opening in Marylebone. Created by Yasmine Larizadeh and Shirin Kouros, Good Life Eatery is all about fast, casual and healthy dining – it’s the sort of place where you can gorge yourself silly and still walk out guilt-free (although when it comes to food we all know that you should never really feel guilty). It’s the sort of place where you could probably inhale your five […]

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Masterclass With A Difference at Hampstead Kitchen

Summer is coming up so we’d need to get on the mezze and of the cake to beautify our figures. Which is perfect because The Hampstead Kitchen are hosting an informal mezze masterclass on how to create and present mezze to impress your family and friends.  So to be known in your circle as the Queen of Mezze get some tips from head chef and executive Saima who frequently flies across the globe to cook for celebrities, politicians and heads of state. If it’s good enough for them then we’ll assume it’s pretty tasty stuff. This will be followed with […]

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Everything’s Changing in Paradise

West London gastropub, Paradise, has appointed Cat Ashton as its new Head Chef to mark the beginning of spring. Ashton was previously Head Chef at Petersham Nurseries, so you know the pub is in good hands. A new chef is not the restaurant’s only recent change, as they have recently debuted a newly refurbished dining room, with garden and front bar on the ground floor, alongside a first floor private dining room and conservatory. This makes it perfect for the hot summer nights, drinking away pretending that it isn’t only Wednesday and you don’t have to get up at 6 […]

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Ambam hits London!

If you’ve had enough of Facebook, have never used Google+ (because let’s be honest, who has?) and feel like Instagram is no longer fulfilling your foodie needs, then we have a great new social media for you to try! Ambam is the first ever social network exclusively for London dwellers and its aim is to connect folk across the land of London through their common interests (other than Game of Thrones) and also give them some cool rewards along the way. Personally, we never say no to a freebie, however,  Ambam’s treats look far cooler than a personalised rubber stamp […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Mr Fogg’s Presents Antique Night

Victorian-inspired Mayfair bar, Mr Fogg’s is inviting its guests to learn about some fascinating antiques, as well as have their own family heirlooms valued, at a special event with TV antiques expert, David Harper. Mr Harper will inspect guest’s items with the hope of finding some hidden treasures and he will also reveal the stories behind the items as well as answering any audience questions. Mr Harper will also award one of his own limited edition ‘London prints’ to the most interesting or extraordinary object of the night. Mr Fogg’s is an antiques haven in itself, full of unique collectibles […]

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Mommi to Launch in Clapham

We love a Japanese/Latino fusion so are super excited for the launch in June of Mommi Japanese-Latin Raw Bar + Grill in Clapham which promises just that. Executive Chef Paul Sowden’s menu will focus on fresh and raw small plates – most of which are gluten and dairy-free – designed for sharing. We’re talking ceviche and nikkei chirashi sushi alongside hot specials from the Robata grill with signature plates including Sea Bass with sweet potato, olive oil, choclo, burnt yuzu dressing and red amaranth, Pork belly with sweet potato and salsa criolla sanguche and Shrimp and mushroom salad with spicy […]

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Vintage Salt: Cornwall in London

When it comes to summer in England there is nothing more quintessential than a trip to Cornwall, but when the sun shines, dropping everything and heading south takes more effort than we can often muster – 6 hour car journey? No thank you. Well now all you’ll have to do is head over to Selfridges, because launching on the 1st May is the 3rd pop-up from Des McDonald, On the Roof with Vintage Salt which is inspired by Cornish fishing villages. Nautical ropes will guide the way to the terrace where you’ll find drift wood, cut summer flowers, weather reports […]

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St Pancras Competition: The Year of Beer!

Whether it be beer or ale, traditional alcohol is definitely the current hipster tipple of choice. So if you want to get ahead on the social scene, you need to become a beer connoisseur, and quickly. What better way to impress your new, bearded friends, then by being the proud owner of a years’ worth of beers? For the next two months, the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel is offering the exclusive opportunity to re-design the bottle label of their famous St Pancras Beer, which is a craft beer brewed exclusively for the hotel by a microbrewery. In order to enter […]

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Asia De Cuba Launch New Menu

Last night, The Handbook was treated to a preview of the new Asia de Cuba menu at the St Martin’s Lane Hotel. Headed by Chef Luis, this innovative menu fuses the unlikely pairing of Asian and Cuban cuisine, with some very tasty results! The evening began with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, including savoury churros and red ceviche. A special mention must go the super attentive and professional serving staff, who were at the ready with napkins for me, after I’d stuffed my face with a tasty churro. We also had a fantastic waiter at our table, who filled my glass […]

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