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Shaka Zulu Review

Filled with towering statues and tribal prints, Shaka Zulu, has created an immersive dining experience that makes you feels like you have skipped the 12 hour plane journey and landed bang in the middle of the Rainbow Nation. The cocktails are great and even boasts a Rum Blazer which was voted ‘CNN Top Twelve Unusual Cocktails in the World’ thusly awarded as you get a mini pyrotechnic show at your table as they prepare it for you, be warned though, it may look pretty but it kicks harder than a mule. If you can bear to share a cocktail, you […]

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September Openings

As September starts it's safe to say autumn is officially here, the back to school feeling has returned as everyone is returning from their holidays and the streets of London are starting to bustle again with the arrival of new restaurants, hotels and bars. From boutique hotels in Victoria to bars serving up a mix of science and cocktails in Bevis Marks, here is The Handbook’s guide to some of the best new venues opening this month.  The Artist Residence Following on from their success in Brighton and Penzance, hoteliers Justin Salisbury and Charlotte Newbury are set to open their […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Great British Cook Off

What could be better than a chef cooking for you? Two chefs cooking for you and battling for your approval that’s what. Oh and the profits going to Action Against Hunger too. Happening over at Almeida, The Great British Cook Off will take place on the 29th September and will see host head chef Tommy Boland sharpening his knives, making his chef whites extra white and cranking up the heat as he prepares to take on head chef Dan Loftin from sister restaurant Kensington Place. Each will be cooking up 3 dishes: one meat, one fish and one sweet dish […]

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Eclipse

Things are changing over at Eclipse in South Kensington, those who frequent the haunt on Old Brompton Road in search of one of their infamous watermelon martinis know that the downstairs club has always been an extension of the bar, well not any more. They’ve given it a complete refurbishment to make it into its own unique space and today is the launch. Gone are the light sandy coloured walls, in favour of deep burgundy walls giving the club a much more intimate, dark atmosphere which can only lead to more debauchery whilst also hiding any smudged make up after […]

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Galadari

Next spring Galadari will bring high(-end) dining to the City with a penthouse-inspired restaurant, bar and 88 metre long rooftop terrace that will boast show-stopping views of St Paul’s, No. 1 Blackfriars, The Shard and the Tate Modern. Perched on the eighth floor of Crowne Plaza London – The City hotel on New Bridge Street, Galadari also has its own private entrance. The restaurant will feature a Japanese kushiyaki grill with a modern take on Japanese tapas as well as barbecued meats, steak and seafood with lighter izakaya-style small plates including sushi, sticks and skewers for lunch. Bespoke to the […]

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Caravan’s Grass Roots Supper Club

I hate to break it to you but autumn is coming, it’s just around the corner, waiting to pounce. So it’s time to give summer a send-off until its return next year and what better way to celebrate the wonderful British summer than with a four course meal?  Step in Caravan in Exmouth Market with their Grass Roots event happening on the 8th September who are doing just that. For their second quarterly dining session they will be serving a four course feast championing seasonal, home-grown and local ingredients, using ingredients from King’s Cross Skip Garden, a community garden charity […]

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Walk in the clouds with Bompas & Parr

We  all know the English weather has been a massive let down since the start of ‘summer’ but now Bompas & Parr want to bring the storm inside to celebrate the launch of Glacéau Smartwater in the UK! You might remember Smartwater from US ambassador Jennifer Anniston proudly brandishing bottles of water in her ads, well now the fancy hydrator has made its way to our shores and we are celebrating in an unusual way. Prepare to look at h2o in a whole new light with an immersive, multi-sensory journey through the clouds (yes, indoor clouds) as you experience the excitement […]

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L’Escargot

L’Escargot, London’s oldest French restaurant dating back to 1927, has undergone a massive refurb for the 21st century and now has new owners, a new menu, a talented young chef and a welcoming Maitre D’. New owners are Laurence Isaacson who co-founded the Chez Gerard group and Brian Clivaz whose CV boasts the all-day dining concept at the re-launched Mayfair Arts Club. The new and seasonally changing menu highlights classic French bourgeois dishes and in the interest of egalitarianism and cross-channel relations, it features snails from both France and England! Starters include Classic marbled foie gras terrine and Spicy crab […]

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The Bingham’s Mystery Menu

So you want to go out for dinner, you choose a restaurant, book a table and peruse the menu so you know exactly what you want to order beforehand. Well it’s time to think again, throw caution to the wind and live on the edge, because The Bingham have created a mystery menu where you have no idea what you might be served, how many courses there are, and what you might drink. With The Handbook being risk takers (although with chef, Mark Jarvis at the helm you know it’s going to be good) we signed up and headed over […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Bingham’s Mystery Menu

So you want to go out for dinner, you choose a restaurant, book a table and peruse the menu so you know exactly what you want to order beforehand. Well it’s time to think again, throw caution to the wind and live on the edge, because The Bingham have created a mystery menu where you have no idea what you might be served, how many courses there are, and what you might drink. With The Handbook being risk takers (although with chef, Mark Jarvis at the helm you know it’s going to be good) we signed up and headed over […]

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