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Toro Gordo

This week saw the opening of Toro Gordo, aka the Fat Bull, debut restaurant from Spanish-born restaurateur Miguel Caffarena, who cut his teeth at Soho’s hip La Bodega Negra. The tapas menu from head chef Daniel Blanco features signature Pinchito dishes such as ‘Langostino’ (Langoustines with cherry tomatoes, zucchini and alioli), while Tostas includes ‘Jamon Iberico y huevo’ (Iberic ham with grated tomato, fried quail egg and olive oil). Then there’s ‘Pulpo a la Gallega’ (Octopus, paprika, olive oil and sea salt), ‘Berenjena with honey’ (fried slices of aubergine with cane honey), ‘Mini Hamburgers’ and ‘Chorizos al Diablo’ (Chorizo sautéed […]

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Mile High presents Destination: Andalucia

The team behind Mile High has been hiding out in the winter months (who can blame them) but as the sun the returns to blighty so do the unique, airline pop-ups, bringing with them its most exciting adventure yet – Destination: Andalucia. Guests will be welcomed to the retro departure lounge with ‘check in’ cocktails and gourmet bar snacks before embarking to Destination: Andalucia which boasts the brashest, liveliest and most delicious elements of Spain’s most iconic province. Andalucía is at the heart of Spain’s gastronomic culture offering a feast for food lovers especially fans of tapas, fresh fish and […]

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Notting Hill Carnival at Paradise

Next month will see Europe’s biggest street festival return when Notting Hill Carnival hits the streets 24-25th August. If you are a fan of the Afro-Caribbean street party but can’t face the inescapable crowds again this year, then don’t let that stop you as west London gastropub and party venue, Paradise by way of Kensal Green will be opening their doors to partiers over the bank holiday weekend. Located a few minutes from the madness, Paradise will be staging two days of DJ’s, entertainment, music, food and drink, across the expansive two level building. The party will even spill over […]

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Urban Caprice

Urban Caprice, the event caterers from the Caprice Holdings (the group behind the likes of London restaurants: Le Caprice, The Ivy and Scott’s) are doing their good deed for the summer by letting the rest of the country (that cuisine wilderness…we jest) have a taste of their restaurants as they take to the road in a vintage airstream.  First up they are heading to the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup Polo this weekend, where they’ll be serving up burgers, but not just any sort because 1) this is the polo and 2) they’re from J. Sheekey, so forget beef they’ll be […]

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Brew Review

From the outside you might mistake Brew for a high end Starbucks, where one quickly dashes in for a coffee and sandwich and then continues your journey, but this would be a shame for Brew is so much more. Brew is a chain of cafés serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with locations in Wimbledon, Battersea and more recently, Wandsworth. The more travelled amongst you may have even seen them in Melbourne, San Francisco and LA – this Brew gets around. With Brew you can banish the thought of lowly cereal for breakfast with their much more appealing options of Blueberry […]

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Munki

A new cocktail and champagne lounge, Munki, set to launch 26th July bringing with it 3 floors of speak easy styled interior to enjoy your favourite tipple in. The venue was designed to create the illusion of an informal library with paneled walls, soft lighting and antique furniture. Bar Manager, Sophia Lysaczenko, uses only quality and fresh ingredients in her original creations which are split into different sections including Heritage, Martinis and New World. If the plentiful cocktails start getting the better of you, with drinks like Our Breakfast Martini (Tanqueray London Dry Gin, St Germain Elderflower Liqueur, grapefruit juice, […]

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Avenue launches Saturday ‘Drunch’

It’s true what they say breakfast is the best way to start the day or if it’s the weekend then the best way to spend the day. And over at Avenue in St James, they know that too, which is why they’ve recently launched their new weekend ‘drunch’ menu. Not quite breakfast, dinner or lunch, the menu features a whole smorgasbord of new American inspired dishes such as fresh fruit salad, fresh granola with thick creamy Greek yoghurt, big stacks of waffles or fluffy buttermilk pancakes with maple sauce and bacon or berries and crème fraiche (go for the bacon, […]

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White Hat Bakery Pop Up at Banqueting House

Have you ever had a drinking and gambling den created just for you? Maybe if you were a monarch like King James I you would have. Luckily for you, the incredibly atmospheric vaulted Undercroft Café, (originally used by King James I) has been given a modern refurbishment in Banqueting House and will be hosting a White Hat Bakery pop up residence open for all. From 18th July to 2nd September guests will be able to enjoy specially created early Stuart recipes alongside sweet and savoury baked goods with The London Tea Company and The London Borough of Jam. Make sure […]

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Cocktail Classroom at World Class

Calling all cocktail fans, mark your calendars because from 28th July until 3rd August, the industry’s most prestigious and respected mixology competition World Class, will open its doors to consumers for the very first time. Guests will be able to top up their cocktail knowledge with a series of immersive, engaging and bespoke drinking experiences. An exclusive Cocktail Classroom session with the resident mixologists, Kenji, will showcase how to build and style the perfect G&T, muddle a great Caipiroska, stir a classic Manhattan and shake a Whisky Sour. Basically, you will leave as the ultimate drink connoisseur. The Cocktail Classroom […]

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Porky’s BBQ: Review

Following on from the success of their Camden branch, husband and wife team  Simon and Joy Brigg launched a second restaurant over on Bankside recently and so The Handbook team went down to check it out. Inside the restaurant is all exposed brick walls, high sturdy wooden tables and stools, twinkling lights, it’s stripped back but still welcoming and reflects the simple but well-honed menu. We chose however, to sit outside but unfortunately Porky’s is situated on a street which doesn’t seem to catch the sun, so whilst we could see people walking in the light by the river our […]

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Vegan Afternoon Tea Review

If there is one thing London does well it’s an afternoon tea, seeing as England is the creator of the mid-afternoon pick me up, we certainly should be. But after over 150 years of enjoying them, creative types have started trying to re-invent them. We’ve seen Mad Hatter themes, Chelsea Flower themes, Halloween, Musical, Christmas, even an Asian afternoon tea! What we haven’t heard of is a vegan afternoon tea, until now that is. The newly launched restaurant "RAW" at La Suite West offers a new health focused option when it comes to dining which has recently extended its menu […]

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Le Restaurant de Paul

Fancy a bit more than a pain au chocolat, meringue or millefeuille fraises? If so, or your appetite won’t be quite satisfied by a salad or sandwich, head to the new Le Restaurant de Paul from July 15th. Bedford Street in Covent Garden welcomes Le Restaurant de Paul, a development of the renowned French PAUL bakery and patisserie already present in many cities all around the world. Offering plentiful portions of traditional French dishes such as Coq au Vin, Confit de Canard aux Olives and Entrecote a la Bordelaise (steak and chips for those of you without a translation dictionary […]

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