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On The Roof with Q

Prepare for some hot rooftop action today when Selfridges launches an 18 week happening, set around a secret garden restaurant with lush herbaceous borders and dense foliage. Intrigued? Thought so. The main event is an eatery from Des McDonald of Q Grill in Camden with an all-day BBQ menu paired with a lighter range of summer dishes and a raw counter too. A breakfast menu will include organic granola with yoghurt and Early Grey prunes (don’t knock ‘em til you’ve tried ‘em) or Eggs Benedict, as well as buttermilk pancakes with blueberry compote and poached egg, with beans and kale. […]

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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 […]

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Granger & Co Comes to Clerkenwell

After the success of the Notting Hill branch, Bill Granger is back with his second Granger & Co restaurant and this time he has chosen Clerkenwell to be the next home of his all-day eatery. The menu features a little bit of this and little bit of that, taking inspiration from right across the globe, which is why you’ll find dishes inspired by the cuisine of Hawaii, Sydney, Italy and Japan. But whilst the smorgasbord of dishes and ingredients may have different origins, what you will notice is that it is wonderfully healthy!   You’ll find cold-pressed juices,  salads including tea-smoked […]

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Open until 11th October 2019

Following the success of their annual, sell-out summer event, FriendsFest, Comedy Central UK is returning, in partnership with The Luna Cinema, to launch FriendsFestive, an event celebrating all the best seasonal moments from the world’s favourite TV show, Friends.

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Alfresco Cinema – Grosvenor Film Festival

On a stroll around London on a warm summer’s evening you would not expect to find a pop up cinema in the centre of the city. But this summer you could. Property Company Grosvenor has partnered with The Nomad Cinema to launch their first ever Grosvenor Film Festival. With set showings across June and July, the open-air screenings will be held in Belgrave Square and Grosvenor Square with gourmet picnics and refreshments available so you can sit back and relax in style. Belgravia based Mosimann’s restaurant will offer delicious three-course ‘Baloo’ or vegetarian ‘Hathi’ hampers including a special ‘Mowgli’ picnic […]

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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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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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Paul A Young Chocolate Afternoon Tea

Saturday being gloriously hot, I went for a little amble through Hyde Park, around Shepherd’s Market and up Park Lane. Then seeing as the sun can be so draining, my friend and I dropped in at Grosvenor House Hotel, for a spot of afternoon tea, as you do. The Park Room at Grosvenor House is light and airy, we settled down in at a window table and nestled back into the green, plush chairs watching the world go by. A pianist tinkled in the corner, and not once, not twice but thrice did we sing Happy Birthday to various guests. […]

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Paul A Young Chocolate Afternoon Tea

Saturday being gloriously hot, I went for a little amble through Hyde Park, around Shepherd’s Market and up Park Lane. Then seeing as the sun can be so draining, my friend and I dropped in at Grosvenor House Hotel, for a spot of afternoon tea, as you do. The Park Room at Grosvenor House is light and airy, we settled down in at a window table and nestled back into the green, plush chairs watching the world go by. A pianist tinkled in the corner, and not once, not twice but thrice did we sing Happy Birthday to various guests. […]

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Uyen Luu Cooking Masterclass

For one day only, celebrity chef and author, Uyen Luu, will be visiting our favourite Guildford cooking school, the Abinger Cookery School to teach guests how to master Vietnamese specialities. Budding chefs and South East Asia food enthusiasts will learn how to make delicious treats like Braised Pork Belly with Coconut & Cider, Stir Fried Morning Glory, Beef Pho and Banana Fritters. The course takes place 28th May from 10-4.30pm and will cost £165 per person. www.abingercookeryschool.com

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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 […]

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Kensington Place: Review

Having opened back in 1987, Kensington Place, is one of Notting Hill’s most loved restaurants serving up British brasserie-style food with a strong focus on seafood and fish; all the fish comes from the aptly named Fish Shop which is an extension of the restaurant so you know it’s going to be super fresh.  Having visited their pop-up earlier in the year, The Handbook thought it was high time we went back to the main restaurant. The restaurant itself has a nautical hints throughout and is light and airy with large floor to ceiling windows,  a bar at one end […]

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Melrose and Morgan Pop-Up in Selfridges

London’s favourite grocer, Melrose and Morgan have jumped ship and launched a pop-up in Selfridges, until the end of August. With their favourite classic sandwiches on offer, such as the Pulled Pork with Greenslaw and Chilli jam, or the Leek, Lemon and Feta Savoury tart, there is plenty of choice to have your mouth watering. Or how about a simple ‘Scone in a box’ where you can take away afternoon tea, two mini fruit scones with afternoon jam and clotted cream. Be sure to not miss this exquisite pop up, it’s the perfect summer accompaniment, and a perfect way to […]

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