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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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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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The Lucky Pig Opens in Fulham

Fulham Broadway is great for brunch, it’s great for healthy juices and it’s perfect for long lunches, but what it is in need of is a really good cocktail den and a place to dance. Good thing then that The Lucky Pig in Fitzrovia heard Fulham’s cries and emerged from their  lair to set up camp in south west London. First things first, who is this pig and why is he so lucky? Well the name refers to the Lucky Luciano a 1920s racketeer and the name given to speakeasies during the Prohibition, blind pigs. Channelling the hedonism and glamour […]

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Rabbit’s Floral Feast

Chelsea Flower Show is almost upon us and whilst we’re looking forward to seeing the beautiful gardens and brushing up on our flower knowledge, we can’t deny that our other favourite part of the show are the floral inspired menus that grace the London restaurants.  And who better to get involved than Rabbit on the Kings Road given that their roots are firmly based in nature with their nose-to –tail  cooking?  To celebrate the show, they’re growing their own edible garden which will be filled with vegetables and as well as edible flowers and to prove  (to all those doubters) […]

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Source, Battersea

What: Wholesome locally sourced foodWhere: BatterseaWhy You Should Go There: For casual, fresh food. Favourite Thing We Ate: Sweet potato gnocchi Battersea is widely known for its landmark power station and ever-popular dog’s home, so top restaurants aren’t exactly what comes to mind when you think of this South London district. However, the restaurant Source, with its emphasis on showcasing wholesome locally sourced food, is a great addition to the Battersea scene. In line with the restaurant’s premise of keeping things local and healthy, the menu is adapted every season to highlight the best of fresh British produce and prides itself […]

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Source, Battersea

What: Wholesome locally sourced foodWhere: BatterseaWhy You Should Go There: For casual, fresh food. Favourite Thing We Ate: Sweet potato gnocchi Battersea is widely known for its landmark power station and ever-popular dog’s home, so top restaurants aren’t exactly what comes to mind when you think of this South London district. However, the restaurant Source, with its emphasis on showcasing wholesome locally sourced food, is a great addition to the Battersea scene. In line with the restaurant’s premise of keeping things local and healthy, the menu is adapted every season to highlight the best of fresh British produce and prides itself […]

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The Black Penny Opens: Drinks for 1p

Cancel your lunch plans and forgo your coffee – even if you’re reading this whilst drinking it, bin it and head to The Black Penny on Great Queen Street because today all coffees cost a mere 1p and for 2p you can have lunch too. Look at it another way, how much was your usual coffee £2.95? So at The Black Penny you could have bought a hefty 295 cups of coffee for the same price (that is enough to satisfy any caffeine addict and probably hospitalise you). If you haven’t heard then The Black Penny is a new coffee […]

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The Ivy Reopens

Cast your mind back to January, the bleak, miserable weather, the post –Christmas blues and perhaps most terribly the shutting of London’s iconic restaurant, The Ivy. Fast forward to now and it’s almost time for its reopening (you thought it was permanent? Of course not) and the chance to see its new look ready to put it firmly on the current London restaurant scene. Things got going in April when Sotheby’s auctioned off many of the contents including the entrance doors, glassware, linen and even the cloakroom tip tray, yes even the tip tray, but hey they raised a £1 […]

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Awesome Afternoon Teas

Top 5 Afternoon Teas

We all love afternoon tea with mini cakes and sandwiches making us feel like giants as we work our way through bite size sweets and savouries. London is always churning out new ways to enjoy this favourite British past time so here is 5 of our must tries!  sketch meets Disney What: The classic afternoon tea has been given a fairy tale makeover Why: Expect classic sandwiches and scones followed by a selection of magical pastries like Jack’s Beanstalk Tart, Little Red Riding Hood and an Earl Grey Macaron. Speaking of tea, have any type you’ve ever dreamed as the […]

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Brunch Above With Sky Garden

We’re often accused of being high maintenance, we like to go for high tea and at times we like to think we’re a bit highbrow. Ahem. But now we can’t wait to get some high…brunch? Darwin –  a high flying 36 floors up at Sky Garden- is celebrating the return of summer with the launch of their sky-high Sunday brunch menu by head chef Arnuad Delannay.  Catering company “rhubarb” the accomplished team behind the food at sky gardens two restaurants and bar presents the brunch menu from 11.30am-4.30pm every Sunday in traditional buffet style. The buffet is divided into Breakfast […]

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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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Nantucket Beach Club Opens

We love Fridays but this Friday is extra special, it’s the start of May which means we are ever close to summer, it’s the start of the Bank Holiday weekend, so no work on Monday and it sees the opening of the Nantucket Beach Club at Skylounge, Double Tree Hilton. So really the way only to celebrate all of this happening is with a post-work jaunt to the Skylounge. Inspired by the East Coast Island living that we lust after on Pinterest and Instagram, the pop-up will feature its own lighthouse, swing-bench, boat and bowling alley – ready to strike […]

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