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The Balcon’s ‘Vegetables’ Menu Review

In homage to all things healthy French artist, Patrick Laroche, has created a new exhibition called Vegetables, which sees your typical veg given a chrome make-over and supersized. Housed in Sofitel London St James the impressive sculptures are placed in and around the hotel, restaurant and even the entrance where a towering pink asparagus greets guests. To celebrate Laroche’s art, the Head Chef at the hotel’s restaurant The Balcon, Vincent Ménager, has created a special menu geared towards the mighty vegetable with treats like Sweet pea sliders in a cornbread madeline and shallot jam which makes for a delicious, light […]

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Introduction to Tequila Master Class

If your knowledge of tequila expires at tequila, salt, lime, job done then the Introduction to Tequila Master Class might be for you. The oldest and best selling tequila brand in the world, Jose Cuervo, has partnered with The Hoxton, Shoreditch to create Cuervo’s Hacienda, a week-long pop up Mexican tequila garden taking place during London Cocktail Week, from 6th – 12th October. At the master class you will be able to learn about the history of tequila but more importantly will get the chance to try a special selection of Jose Cuervo’s portfolio of 13 tequilas and learn how […]

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The Sun Tavern Opens Its Doors

From the talented team behind the hugely popular Discount Suit Company, comes Bethnal Green’s latest watering hole: The Sun Tavern. Sure to become a regular haunt for Hackney locals, it offers an impressive array of food and drink in an amiable and low-key environment.  Keen not to let go of their historic roots, (it takes over the site of a classic east end boozer dating back to the 19th Century) they’ve devised a marvellous drinks menu paying homage to the yesteryear. A medley of mixed drinks takes centre stage with a number based on pre-war recipes alongside an assortment of […]

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Barsmith

Like the infusion cocktails at The Marylebone? Then meet Barsmith, the new cocktail bar concept from the same team. Barsmith is the brainchild of Ben Avigdori and Lawrence Santi, duo behind The Marylebone Leisure Group. The new venue in St John Street is an all-day bar specialising in house-infused spirits and cocktails, crafted and created by a team of leading London mixologists and served with a spritz of eccentricity. Expect treasure chest cocktails with a curl of dry ice and curious cocktail-filled soup cans. Highlights from the list include Milky Way – homemade white chocolate vodka with coffee rum, amaretto […]

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Carom Review

Pan-Indian restaurant Carom has recently undergone a refurbishment taking it out of the traditional Indian style décor, so commonly adopted by Indian restaurants, and bringing it bang into the 21st century. The large open plan venue now boasts the look of a trendy lounge and bar where guests can enjoy the extensive bar menu including the amazing Lychee and Hibiscus cocktail with vodka, hibiscus and peach liquer, lychee puree and soda water, before heading over to the main restaurant. Executive head chef Vishnu Natarajan has updated the classic Carom menu, adding a selection of new plates focused on sharing while […]

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Le Brunch with Le Bun

Brunch, once simply the lazy weekender’s answer to waking up in that awkward interim period between breakfast and lunch, has seen a reinvention as the weekend social activity. And it’s just got even cooler thanks to luxury French-American street food duo Le Bun and their all-day brunch experience at the Old Bengal Warehouse.  Complimenting New Street Grill’s classic British brunch menu, as part of the Warehouse’s new Weekend Club concept, Le Bun have devised brand new Le Brunch creations that they’ll be serving up alongside their signature dishes. Tasty brunch bites include brunch-in-a-bun offerings; Le Benedict Bun and Le Eggs […]

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Dungeon Drinking

If you’re always on the lookout for the next ‘underground’ scene then we have found exactly that, quite literally. You can spend the night behind bars in one of the nine grade-II listed Vaults at Voltaire that make up the super-exclusive underground drinking den. A penitentiary theme runs throughout, with your own personal guard on hand to mix and muddle your cocktails or roll a cigar, should it take your fancy.   With the largest variety of Pommery champagne in London – it comes not only by the bottle but also in a selection of delicious cocktails (I’d recommend Cherry […]

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Bourne & Hollingsworth

You may remember back at the start of the month our guide to the best new restaurants opening in September and how we told you about the Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings opening in Clerkenwell? Well the all-day brasserie opens next week with a 70-cover restaurant and greenhouse (though we suspect this is a conservatory), relaxed café, bar and private rooms. Amidst décor resembling the faded grandeur of a stately home – all trailing plants and rich fabrics – guests will choose from a menu of modern British style brasserie food created by 27 year old Parisian born head chef Alex Visciano’s […]

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The Homage: Review

The Homage Grand Salon at the Waldorf Hilton has recently appointment a new Executive Head chef, the charming Robert Prendergast (Grosvenor Guoman Hotel, Renaissance hotel group and Intercontinental) bringing with him 16 years of experience including years spent in Cardiff, Ireland and Hong Kong. The Handbook were invited down to try out the new a la carte menu which has modern European influences and has a partnership with the Buccleuch Estate beef. The restaurant itself is large and imposing with high ceilings and an ornate gold and white Louis XVI style décor with glittering chandeliers, elegant columns and leather banquets, […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Homage: Review

The Homage Grand Salon at the Waldorf Hilton has recently appointment a new Executive Head chef, the charming Robert Prendergast (Grosvenor Guoman Hotel, Renaissance hotel group and Intercontinental) bringing with him 16 years of experience including years spent in Cardiff, Ireland and Hong Kong. The Handbook were invited down to try out the new a la carte menu which has modern European influences and has a partnership with the Buccleuch Estate beef. The restaurant itself is large and imposing with high ceilings and an ornate gold and white Louis XVI style décor with glittering chandeliers, elegant columns and leather banquets, […]

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The Country Life Fair!

Chances are you fall into one of these 3 camps: 1) You’ve moved up to London from the depths of the countryside and even though you live in London you’ll never really consider yourself as a Londoner 2) the idea of the countryside with its fresh air and quietness appeals to you, but the mud and lack of signal, er, not so much 3) You’ve never been, but you’ve heard they have big green spaces and wild animals. Well whichever category you happened to land in you can still appreciate the country side as British rural life is brought to […]

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The Club at Hotel Café Royal

Hotel Café Royal has launched its swanky members only club, aptly named The Club, on its first floor. While it has already opened its doors, it will not officially launch till the beginning of October. Celebrating iconic figures of the past whilst providing an exclusive sanctum for future and established stars of the literary, art and fashion world. It is designed as a place where members are able to pursue their vocations whilst also being an exciting social hub – a space to work and play. With interiors overseen by the super talented March and White, the historic space has […]

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