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Jenius Social

A tasty new social hotspot is launching in Islington today aiming to get Londoners connecting through their love of food. Jenius Social will host a smorgasbord of daily food adventures including supper-clubs, chef-led cookery classes, experiences and special events with industry experts and producers from around the UK. Head chef, Malcolm Emmanueil, has over two decades experience including time spent travelling across the Mediterranean discovering new ingredients and scoping out local markets. Need convincing? His signature dish is Rolled and steamed sea bass fillets with wasabi-pickled tiger prawns and ginger courgette gratin served with a peanut and orange emulsion and […]

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Supersized House

Soho House Group, of the international celeb packed members club fame, has for some time been extending its reach to regular folk with fast food sidelines: Pizza East, Chicken Shop and Dirty Burger. However, these little diffusions are fast becoming a fast food empire and to prove it the Group is opening a supersize resto in Whitechapel on 21st May. Basically we’re talking Chicken Shop and Dirty Burger under one trademark, industrial style roof plus a small menu of healthier Soho House staples. Sat at the counter or communal and individual tables, you’ll be able to feast on rotisserie chicken […]

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Vivo: Review

Sometimes it is best to keep things simple. Sometimes you just want good food without the fuss and that is exactly what Vivo are doing over in Islington. So The Handbook headed to the all-day café and bakery to try out the Italian food. We wanted to sit on the roof terrace, a hidden space at the back which would have been beautiful had the sun been shining but the strong winds and chill in the air meant that we settled for downstairs; the upside being that we didn’t have to grapple with our trays of food up the stairs, […]

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Vivo: Review

Sometimes it is best to keep things simple. Sometimes you just want good food without the fuss and that is exactly what Vivo are doing over in Islington. So The Handbook headed to the all-day café and bakery to try out the Italian food. We wanted to sit on the roof terrace, a hidden space at the back which would have been beautiful had the sun been shining but the strong winds and chill in the air meant that we settled for downstairs; the upside being that we didn’t have to grapple with our trays of food up the stairs, […]

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Top 5 Brunch Parties

Want to party but don’t want the 4am bedtime? Want to go out but don’t want to have to navigate the terror that is the night bus? Then fear not with summer on the horizon it is time for the return of the day parties; combining brunch with cocktails and inevitably Champagne, DJs and dancing, The Handbook has rounded up some of the best including classic karaoke at Bunga Bunga and of course, the now classic Bluebird Brunch. The best thing? In bed by 8pm! Bluebird Brunch Chelsea, we have some good news – Sundays are the new Saturdays thanks […]

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The Palomar

If you’re wondering what modern day Jerusalem tastes like, The Palomar is your chance to find out. It’s a collaboration between Layo and Zoe Paskin, siblings behind The End/AKA (remember that?) and chefs, Assaf Granit, Yossi Elad and Uri Navon plus head chef, Tomer Amedi who hail from famous Jerusalme resto, Machneyuda. It’s also a family affair – Amedi’s wife, Yael Vardi, is the pastry chef. The Palomar is out to prove that there there’s definitely more to Jerusalem than the odd artichoke. Think the soul of old Levant blended with modern interpretations and techniques and reflected in mosaic marble […]

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Toto’s Opens in Knightsbridge

Allegedly the former house of Winston Churchill’s aunt, previously an artist’s studio and the site of Toto’s famed restaurant in the 80s and 90s , Walton House in Knightsbridge has been given a new lease of life as this week saw the opening of Italian restaurant Toto's. Named after the legendary Italian clown, the simple but sophsticated restaurant will be serving up refined Italian dishes including saffron risotto and homemade tagliatelle with summer truffle and wild forest mushrooms. Guests will enter into the bar which will serve an array of cicchetti including Negroni and Spritz as well as 250 wines […]

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Scottish Pop-Up: Dram & Smoke

London can’t get enough of cultural pop-ups. Another one lands behind a hidden doorway, down the road from Vauxhall Underground station, in a fully functional steelyard serving as an unconventional but fitting venue for a Scottish weekend pop-up starting Friday 23rd May. Upon entering the industrial scene guests are greeted with a welcome cocktail and can sample traditional Scottish scran through a six course tasting menu, which includes haggis bon bons, potted smoked mackerel, and a creamy Cullen Skink soup shooter. A deep-fried Mars Bar even makes an appearance at dessert. Alongside the food, Innis & Gunn beer, a range […]

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Champagne Dinner at Blenheim Palace

Brigitte Hennessey, the International Brand Ambassador for the Laurent Perrier Champagne House is hosting a four course Champagne dinner at Blenheim Palace and is inviting you. An exquisite menu will be on offer, with each course wonderfully paired with Champagnes from the Laurent Perrier portfolio, such as an Asparagus Veloute with crispy Fried Quails Eggs perfectly assigned with a Laurent Perrier Vintage. Dinner will be served in The Marlborough Room at The Blenheim Palace on Thursday 22nd May To book a place for this event, click here or to find out more information about the Palace, click here.

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Churchill Dinner at Blenheim Palace

Ever wanted to have dinner with one of the most historical figures around? Well now you can. Blenheim Palace invites you to step back into history and enjoy a dinner with Sir Winston Churchill, with him addressing you during each course, just as he did to people in the House of Commons, in order for you to understand what it was like to be under his leadership. The menu has also been created with some of his favourite dishes so that you can get the real taste of Churchill, with items such as the Roast Supreme of Norfolk Guinea Fowl […]

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