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Ping Pong Summer Menu

The weather might have put its autumn coat on but forget the weather, summer is not over until at we’ve at least had the August Bank holiday and with that in mind The Handbook checked out Ping Pong’s summer menu. Start with one of the new summer mojitos before ordering, there’s hibiscus, blackberry and Chambord or Longan and Sake.  New dim sum includes the beef and black pepper shu mai (open-topped wonton pastry with asparagus, carrots, marinated beef, topped with fresh black pepper and goji berr) whilst lovers of seafood can indulge in the chinkiang seafood skewers, or the citrus […]

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Salmontini le Resto

Straight out of the Middle East and into London 15th October comes, Salmontini le Resto, the first of its kind in Europe from the Salmontini brand. Guests can expect the finest smoked salmon from Spanish-born head chef Esteve Prats Grau, latterly of Tom’s Kitchen. Diners will also be able to select a variety of cold and hot salmon specialties, light salads, fresh Mediterranean fish and meats, including the restaurant’s perennially popular Entrecôte 'St Germain des Prés'. These will be complemented by an extensive array of sushi and sashimi. Wine lovers will enjoy the extensive wine menu overseen by a team […]

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Patrick La Roche’s Vegetables Exhibition

Getting your 5-a-day just got a new meaning with the launch of artist, Patrick La Roche’s new exhibition, Vegetables. In a homage to all things healthy, the exhibition housed in Sofitel London St James, will see your typical veg given a chrome make-over and supersized, sounds odd but even Karl Lagerfeld is a fan. To celebrate Laroche’s art, the hotel’s restaurant, The Balcon, has created a special menu geared towards the mighty vegetable with treats like Sweet pea sliders in a cornbread madeline, shallot jam and cucumber mint sauce. There is also a special cocktail (sans alcohol) aptly named the […]

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Tom’s Kitchen

Tom Aikens Restaurant Group is opening on Commodity Quay in St Katharine Docks next week; Tom’s Kitchen Restaurant and Deli will be a 130-seater restaurant overlooking the marina. Classic Tom’s dishes will include Spicy Crab Cake, Seven Hour Confit Lamb and Truffled Macaroni Cheese alongside changing, seasonal dishes such as Spatchcock Baby Chicken with BBQ sauce, cucumber salsa and Haddock with sweet corn fritter, parsley and girolles. Puddings include Baked Alaska to share and Milk Chocolate Mousse Profiteroles. Adjacent to the main restaurant is Tom’s Kitchen Deli, with its array of homemade seasonal sandwiches, soups, hotpots and salads plus jam-filled […]

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Murder Mystery Parties

Ever imagine yourself as a bit of a Sherlock Holmes? You are infamously known round the office as the solver of the Secret Fridge Raider case of ’09 and now you want to set your sites on a new mystery. Well then let us introduce Murder Mystery Parties, hosted in The Rooms at Brown's Courtrooms, as the perfect way to flex your intuitive muscle. The level of participation varies so if you feel the draw of the limelight and want to put your budding acting aspirations into practice then you can pick a character with a key role. Alternatively if you shy […]

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Opso: Review

Earlier in the year burger legends Patty & Bun took on the commercial giant McDonalds by opening up opposite the chain’s busiest UK branch. Now it’s the a battle on Paddington Street as new Greek restaurant Opso has opened opposite The Real Greek. Well of course we can’t take sides without having tried both and since we had not yet tried Opso we tootled off to Marylebone to see the fight they were putting up. The concept of Opso is essentially sharing platters or Greek tapas if you will, they call this ‘Social Food’ and it is, until someone hogs […]

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Opso: Review

Earlier in the year burger legends Patty & Bun took on the commercial giant McDonalds by opening up opposite the chain’s busiest UK branch. Now it’s the a battle on Paddington Street as new Greek restaurant Opso has opened opposite The Real Greek. Well of course we can’t take sides without having tried both and since we had not yet tried Opso we tootled off to Marylebone to see the fight they were putting up. The concept of Opso is essentially sharing platters or Greek tapas if you will, they call this ‘Social Food’ and it is, until someone hogs […]

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Harrods Launches Stelle di Stelle

Harrods is known for providing the finer things in life and now they have extended that to their food with the launch of Stelle di Stelle which will see five of Italy’s best restaurants to take up residency in the world famous department store. On the 1st of each month, beginning in September, a Michelin star chef will take over in hosting a residency which will change each month for five months. The top chefs boast 13 Michelin stars between them and will use only the finest seasonal ingredients to offer diners an authentic experience of contemporary Italian cuisine in […]

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Eelbrook

Welcome to Eelbrook, a brand new all-day eatery on the corner of Fulham’s Eel Brook Common with an exciting menu created by rising star Brett Barnes who cut his teeth with at Arbutus, Mark Hix, Duck Soup and the Michelin starred Fäviken. His innovative menu, created using British ingredients with European and North African influences, features small plates such as Salt cod brandade with seaweed bread and Pork cheek croquettes with burnt onion sauce; starters such as Clams, cockles and chorizo and mains such as Cod confit with crab and courgette flowers, Grilled salt marsh lamb rump served on fresh […]

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Bubble Tea Cafe Opens: Chatime

The English are known for their love of tea and it is time to extend that affection to the Taiwanese offering of the ever popular Bubble Tea. CHATIME on Portobello Road, a great new bubble tea shop, is about to launch 19th August, bringing with it authentic Taiwanese Bubble Tea. Guests will be able to choose from hot and cold teas in a variety of innovative flavours guaranteed to quench your thirst. CHATIME uses only the highest quality ingredients to create a 63 strong menu of fusion flavours ensuring a visit to CHATIME leaves you feeling full of bubbles. www.chatimeuk.com

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Cocktails in the City

Cocktails, they’re a staple part of any Londoner’s diet, whether we’re celebrating or commiserating or just need one to get us through the week, cocktails are always in order. The only problem can be where to go, 1) there are so many bars and 2) as most of us know trying to navigate public transport after a couple of cocktails can often have entertaining results. Well hallelujah, for there is a saviour in this cocktail conundrum it’s called Cocktails in the City and it’s produced by B & H Group (they’re the guys who run the Prohibition and Blitz parties). Held […]

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London’s First Wild Flower Walk

This year is the 125th anniversary of The Savoy but rather than expect a hefty haul of birthday presents as someone of 125 should, they are giving something back to London and in particular Britain’s bees. They are creating the capital's first ever central wildflower walk, River of Flowers Central London in partnership with social enterprise, ‘River of Flowers’ which is launching this month. The aim is to increase the planting of native wildflowers in the city and the awareness of green and floral spaces along the Thames. Dotted along the banks of the river, patches of wild flowers will […]

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