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Miami comes to Southbank

If your summer wish list says ‘holiday in Miami’ and your bank balance says ‘get a grip’ then we have a solution for your wanderlust with the 5 month long food and drink pop up experience, Cîroc at London Riviera, taking place on the Southbank. While the sun may or may not be shining, some things you can definitely rely on to get you in that tropical mood is delicious street food, palm trees and beach style cocktails from the partner behind the boutique, Ciroc. Emulate Tom Cruise circa Cocktail with The Cîroc School of Mixology masterclasses where guests will […]

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From Boujis to Hot Dogs

When it comes to having a successful portfolio of London venues, Matt Hermer fairs pretty well being the founder of Boujis, Eclipse and Bumpkin. Now he is setting his sights on central London with the launch of his next restaurant. He is bringing a taste of the West Coast to London, with the launch of Top Dog, a classic US hotdog joint which will take its place on Frith Street, Soho. This time round he has joined forces with his Californian wife Marissa, who confessed that the humble hot dog was what she missed the most when she moved across the […]

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The Jones Project: Picnic Pop-Up

Having a picnic in a warm picturesque spot is such a simple and enjoyable thing to do over the summer months. Well, until you hear that dreaded loud rumble in the sky. Thunder only happens when it’s raining, or just about to. Before you know it the heavens have opened and you’re running for cover. Soggy scotch egg anyone?  For a relaxed picnic atmosphere without the worry of our unpredictable downpours head to Shoreditch’s bar and restaurant, The Jones Family Project this summer. They are celebrating the great British Picnic with an indoor picnic popup, set against an impressive ‘sunny […]

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Lobster Live Arrives at Bodo’s Schloss

Tuesdays are rather pointless aren’t they? They’re not the start of the week, the middle, the end or the weekend, they’re just there. Which is why we’re ignoring today and looking to tomorrow, the middle of week, it’s freewheeling all the way to the weekend from Wednesday. This of course is a reason to celebrate and Bodo’s Schloss thinks so too because they’ve just launched Lobster Live on Wednesdays.  Following on from the popular Fondue Wednesdays this new summer offering will see fresh lobster being served with chips and salad for a pretty sweet £25. Because why not have lobster […]

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Motion Picture Supper Club: Reclaiming Cinema

The cinema, it’s not exactly glamourous is it? The floor always has a sticky popcorn residue, someone is always rustling their sweet wrappers and inevitably just as you’re about to get to the big reveal, someone decides they need to leave, cue a shadow taking over the screen as they walk past and you miss what is being said as someone talks over it. Great. Well Motion Picture Supper Club have had enough, they want to bring back the glamour and decadence of going out for dinner and then going to the pictures. They have an 1920s style to them […]

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Icetank Launches Kitchen

Today sees the launch of the Icetank Kitchen in Covent Garden.  Before you ask no it’s not an actual ice tank,  ice and ovens don’t go particularly well together, it would be melting all over the place which is less than ideal. Rather, it is the latest offering from the blank canvas studio Icetank in Covent Garden. The Kitchen which has kindly been given by the team over at Miele will focus on healthy living workshops, food demonstrations and inspirational classes as well as pop-ups from leading London restaurants. And let’s be honest  with a  new superfood seemingly introduced every […]

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The Handbook Meets The Gladwin Brothers

Having grown up in West Sussex with an idyllic childhood of foraging and climbing trees; brothers, Richard and Oliver Gladwin knew from a young age that they would end up in the food industry. And so they did, opening the much loved, The Shed in Notting Hill in 2012 and following it up with Rabbit in Chelsea in 2014. The Handbook caught up with them to chat nose-to-tail cooking, favourite restaurants and foraging:  Who would you invite to a dinner party and why? Richard Gladwin:  Danny Myers, one of the leaders in modern restaurateurs. Oliver Gladwin:   Ranulph Fiennes, I imagine […]

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5 of The Best Bottomless Brunches

The morning after the night before, it sure ain’t pretty and no one wants to be there but yet we always are…every week. You have two choices when it comes to this stomach churning situation – crawl into the foetal position and die a little bit or shake yourself and look for the the cure. The Handbook prefer to look for the cure, this is usually a tastier and more effective method. So here are the hangouts that will tide your fragile body over until Monday morning…

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Notting Hill Gets Its First Farm Girl

Later this month, Notting Hill will see the arrival of Farm Girl (ok so it’s not quite a real farm) which is bringing relaxed, healthy Australian dishes to Portobello Road – if they could throw in the Australian weather in too, that would be helpful. Founded by young entrepreneurs Rose Mann and Anthony Hood, Farm Girl will mix memories of the farm with their love of travel to serve up nutritious yet substantial food. The menu has been created by Benoit Marmoiton with nutritional guidance from Dr Melly Lou who founded Liquorice Lifestyle, so everything you eat is going to […]

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34 Restaurant – Gone Fishing

34 in London is known for its great steak and shellfish selection but this week sees the culinary skills of Ben Orpwood (previously at Zuma and Roka) offering alternative dishes of  sharing plates with sashimi, scallops with yuzu & soy granita and tuna tataki. Ben Orpwood will be giving 34 restaurant a tantalising taste of the southern hemisphere as he has picked up many techniques and tastes from his gastronomic wanderings from countries like Australia, Dubai and Istanbul. Ben will be accompanying Head Chef of 34, Harvey Ayliffe, as he continues to create classic 34 dishes like steaks, lobster mac […]

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Find Your Blind Spot

Birthday wishes are in order for St Martins Lane which turned 15 this year, oh to be 15 again. And they’re celebrating with the launch of their new bar, Blind Spot. You’d be forgiven if when you walk in you can’t seem to see it, because it’s hidden behind the façade of a boutique tea counter. Yep that’s right, during the day the counter will serve tea which guests can drink in the Den or lobby, but step through the concealed door and you’ll find yourself in a bar inspired by a hunting lodge along with the aromas and colours […]

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Proms On The Roof

If you’re partial to a bit of relaxing classical music and horticultural havens in the middle of bustling cities, then look no further than Proms on the Roof – an enchanting series of classical music performances 100ft above London at The Roof Gardens. Enjoy the summer sunshine, in the setting of the three stunning rooftop gardens, listening to the best music that the classical genre has to offer. From 6.30pm – 10pm on selected Wednesdays in May and August, classical music lovers can enjoy a truly sensory experience, with the beautiful music matching up to the surrealist setting. The sounds […]

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