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It’s All True, Patty & Bun: Review

Patty & Bun: believe the hype, believe it when your friend says ‘it is the best burger they’ve ever had’, believe it the press when it said they had thousands of people queuing to get their hands on a burger at the launch of their new site on Liverpool Street – because it’s all true. The new site offers both the chance to sit in and takeaway and sits daringly opposite one of the busiest Mcdonalds in the UK. The concept is simple, a more stripped back menu then their James Street sister but still serving up the classics including […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

How could you forget Slow Food Week?

The 1st-8th June marks one of the most important weeks in foodies’ calendars. Slow Food Week showcases British foods and creates awareness of edible biodiversity. Slow Food itself is a global movement that enlightens people on where food comes from so they can make informed choices about the grub they put on their plates. The week hosts lunches, dinners, talks, chef tables and tasting menus around the country with many events in London. This year, six new chefs add to 112 other gastronome icons in the Slow Food UK Chef Alliance. Lisa Allen, Nigel Haworth, Ross Lewis, Richard Sim, Paula […]

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Canela

A little bit of Portugal in Covent Garden, Canela with its menu of regional specialities and modern plates will certainly whet your appetite for a summer trip to the Algarve. The venue’s former incarnation, Canela Café has been around for over a decade but now, owners Suzanna Pascoal and Suki Lam have given it a massive refurb and extension. Everything from food to fittings has been painstakingly sourced with 1950s light fittings, gleaming marble, speciality cheeses and rare, boutique local wines. The overall feel is light and elegant, with teal blue wood panelling, high ceilings and original marble topped tables […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

DRIFTERS Festival: A London Lovechild

London-based beach shack restaurant and cocktail bar The Rum Kitchen and Notting Hill’s naughtiest Saturday afternoon party LoveBrunch have joined forces and taken an excursion to Osea Island. The team have created DRIFTERS Festival, a luxury summer festival in the Blackwater Estuary, a stones-throw away from the city. Featuring derelict barns, secret gardens, old mills, bandstands and lake pools, all transformed into venues and stages for live performances from DJs such as Gold Fish, DJ Yoda, Lee Rous and DJ Fast and more to be announced. With 5-star accommodation, private butlers and valet services this is no ordinary romp around […]

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Cocktails at St James Bar: Review

When The Handbook heard that Sofitel St James had recently launched its spring/summer cocktail menu we knew that we just had to go and try it out. So on a Tuesday evening we escaped the bustle of Piccadilly, headed over to the hotel and took a seat in the decadent St James Bar. The bar draws inspiration from Coco Chanel’s 1920’s apartment, with a décor of Shagreen and kinon topped tables, dark hues, French antique gilt chairs and low sofas and dusky lighting. It’s intimate without being overbearing; quiet without it feeling awkward and at 7pm there was of mix […]

Openings & Launches

Cocktails at St James Bar: Review

When The Handbook heard that Sofitel St James had recently launched its spring/summer cocktail menu we knew that we just had to go and try it out. So on a Tuesday evening we escaped the bustle of Piccadilly, headed over to the hotel and took a seat in the decadent St James Bar. The bar draws inspiration from Coco Chanel’s 1920’s apartment, with a décor of Shagreen and kinon topped tables, dark hues, French antique gilt chairs and low sofas and dusky lighting. It’s intimate without being overbearing; quiet without it feeling awkward and at 7pm there was of mix […]

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Auction Against Hunger

Auction Against Hunger is the wittily named charity event, held on the 22nd May, which will aim to raise money and awareness for the charity, Action Against Hunger. The evening will see celebrity chef and TV personality, Gizzi Erskine, host the event which will feature an exclusive raffle, live music and entertainment.  Guests will be welcomed into the Dalston Yard, home of the popular Street feast, where they will be able to sample the delicious food on offer from top chefs including Nuno Mendes, Pascal Aussignac, Francesco Mazzei and Neil Rankin, who will be serving some of their specialities amongst […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Castle in Tooting Broadway

Popping down to your local pub for a pint takes on a whole new meaning at The Castle in Tooting Broadway, which is unrecognisable after a dramatic refurbishment. Forget the dingy lighting, worn seats and grandma’s garish carpets and make way for a new kind of pub that oozes cool sophistication. Despite being one of Tooting’s oldest pubs, The Castle boasts a vibrant atmosphere with an array of places to enjoy a drink or a bite to eat including an Orangery, stylish garden, pergola and bookable ‘mini castles’. It is not just the building that has undergone a makeover; the […]

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Openings & Launches

Cocobananas

Right now life must be a beach for Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling as they open their sixth Inception Group venue – Cocobananas. Opening just in time for the world cup, Cocobananas, the Brazilian beach shack handily sits next door to their infamous Englishmen’s pizzeria, Bunga Bunga, and will be bringing all the fun of a Latin American beach party to Battersea. Leave behind the grey streets of London and into the vibrantly colourful club, set across two floors it’s decorated with flags, vintage surfboards, palm trees, distressed shutter windows and a reproduction of Rio’s iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Shed Spring Menu

Stop the press it seems as if summer might finally be around the corner – people are no longer wearing coats and I have definitely seen by fair share of pasty white knees making an appearance. So to celebrate the end of spring and the changing of the seasons, The Shed in Notting Hill are serving up one final spring menu to celebrate the best of British ingredients. On Saturday 24th May, diners will start with complimentary spring consommé with a wild garlic spiced crackers before a meal full of spring flavours including asparagus, radishes, rabbit and elderflower, including dishes […]

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