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Scarpetta

Pasta fast food style is usually consigned to a plastic pot in the supermarket’s chilled section but new casual dining concept, Scarpetta, opening in the City’s Cannon Street on the 7th July is set to change all that thanks to native Italian founders, Uberto Jasson D’Oria and Patrick Philion. Say buongiorno to fresh pastas from Southern Italy, made from scratch by third generation pasta chef, Michele Fiore. Fiore who has run his own artisan pasta shop called Pastificio in Puglia’s Bari for some 25 years, will work from a specially designed station at Scarpetta  – where customers can watch his skills […]

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Dorsett, Shepherds Bush

Opening tomorrow but a five minute shopping bag laden stagger from Westfield or five minute drive from Earls Court and Olympia exhibition centres is Dorsett Shepherds Bush, a brand new 317 bed hotel that’s a mecca of contemporary architecture and design. There’s a Chinese speciality restaurant with destination bar, Jin, and also a modern brasserie style restaurant called Pictures which features a European menu complimented by a selection of Asian inspired dishes. Business users can take advantage of a fully equipped business centre and whether you’re in town for business or pleasure, you’re sure to love the Pavilion Spa and […]

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WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party

Last night The Handbook joined the likes of Mischa Barton, Serena Williams, Sabine Lisicki and Lilah Parsons at The Roof Gardens, Kensington to celebrate the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon party presented by Dubai Duty Free. With a dress to impress theme, celebrities arrived with the support of Porsche (The Handbook took to public transport but next year, next year….) and Maria Sharapova stole the show arriving in a 918 Spyder.  The invitation promised ‘substantial canapés’ (the best kind of promise) and they certainly stuck to that – with guests eating mini fish and chips, samosas and salmon as well as there being […]

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Is it Brazil or Covent Garden?

Didn’t make it to Brazil this year for the World Cup? Or are you more like us and food is more your thing than football? Well we have just the thing for you Brazilian barbecue restaurant, Cabana are recreating a corner of Rio’s beaches in the heart of Covent Garden in the form of The Grill from Ipanema – a Brazilian beach grill complete with golden sand from Brazil’s shores. Starting on Saturday 28th June until July 13th The Grill from Ipanema will be serving up a selection of new Cabana dishes including flame grilled skewers, chicken coxinhas and cassava […]

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Champagne + Fromage Opens in Brixton

We love cheese, we love champagne and now they are living side by side in the brilliant new bistro Champagne + Fromage in Brixton. The recently launched eatery boasts 25 delicious champagnes to choose from which can be enjoyed as a cocktail, for a gift or simply on its own. The menu is filled with cheese plates and French dishes which you can enjoy in-house or as take-away i.e. to take to a party to impress your friends with. With over 50 soft and hard cheeses to choose from it is fromage heaven but if the choice is a bit […]

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Retro Revival Cocktails at The Arch London

Ever fancied having a cocktail with Marilyn Monroe? Or perhaps sipping Bourbon with Frank Sinatra? Well now you can thanks to The Arch London in Marylebone who has recently launched a range of retro revival cocktails. The cocktails, inspired by classic icons, can be enjoyed in the suitably glamorous settings of the vintage style Martini Library, or Champagne de Salon within the hotel. Our favourite is the Rock Around The Clock Martini inspired by the 1950s hit by Bill Haley, it is an unusual blend of Bloom Gin with Fresh Cucumber and Lemongrass, St Germain, Aloe Vera Water and Elderflower. […]

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Fitzrovia Coffeebar

Fourth London site from Workshop Coffee Co, Fitzrovia Coffeebar, opens at the end of this month off Regent Street. The actual bar is constructed from a rare piece of Madagascan granite – named Lemurian Blue after the fabled "lost land" of Lemuria – which features blue pearl highlights. The coffee is roasted on site at Workshop’s flagship Clerkenwell store and prepared in a La Morocco Linea PB espresso machine. In Fitzrovia there is also a separate area in the basement that will be used for home brewing masterclasses. The venue itself is also stocked with packs of freshly-roasted coffee, together […]

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Rhubarb Launches Bespoke Picnics

Did you enjoy that soggy sandwich and that warm drink last time? Really? So you didn’t look over enviously at that couple with the food that Nigella or Jamie would be proud of? Picnics, we might not all be connoisseurs, but heck in true British style we soldier on because they’re quintessential to our summer. Well no longer do you need to fake those picnic smiles as this summer, caterers “rhubarb” have launched a bespoke picnic service for any summer event. Say adios to Tupperware and choose a wicker basket filled with the likes of classic scotch eggs made with […]

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THE EARLYBIRD Launches Today!

The Handbook is spreading its wings, branching out, seizing the day and bringing London something a little bit new. Let us introduce to you The Earlybird which is launching today! With the constantly updating stream of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest on your phone, you’ve got information overload before you’ve even decided what coffee to order. Or whether that blueberry muffin actually counts towards your five-a-day.… (fyi as long as it's at least been waved at a blueberry then it definitely does.) At The Earlybird, however, we promise to keep it simple. We’ll bring you the ONE cool thing you […]

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Daphne’s

Chelsea denizen Daphne’s turns 50 this year and following a brief closure for a spot of cosmetic surgery, it reopened this month sporting a nifty refresh courtesy of interiors guru Martin Brudnizki. But celebrations don’t end there. Owner Richard Caring has enlisted 50 British celebrities to each design a Venetian mask in a nod to the venue’s Italian heritage. And no there’s not a cast member of Made in Chelsea in sight. Instead, the stellar line-up of stage, screen and fashion includes Uma Thurman, Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Wakeley, Joan Collins, Harry Styles, Henry Holland, Jessie J, Mary Katrantzou, Giles Deacon, […]

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The Gorgeous Kitchen

And now for a little something to put you in the holiday mood…  Four female chefs have launched new collaboration The Gorgeous Kitchen at Heathrow’s newly opened Terminal 2. The line-up features Gee Charman (former Kensington Palace chef ), Sophie Michell (executive chef of Pont St. at Belgraves hotel), Jo Pratt (former food editor of ELLE and Glamour magazine) and Caroline Mi Li Artiss (YouTube star and self-made momtrepreneur). As you can see from the picture, all are, indeed, pretty damn gorgeous! Located in Queen’s Terminal as part of the airport’s £11 billion 10 year regeneration project, the new venue […]

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Summer, whatever the weather at The Glasshouse

We may be basking in the sun at the moment, hems are getting shorter- which may or may not be a good thing and the time that it is acceptable to have a gin and tonic is getting earlier – always a good thing, but as we all know British summertime is a variable little thing  and often likes to fool us into a heatwave before bringing the downpours. Which is why  Soho pan-Indian restaurant, Carom, have recently launched The Glasshouse. A solarium-inspired space, it’s a little escape into tropical temperatures, a constant summer – whatever the weather is outside. […]

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