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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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ContiniArtUK Opens New Gallery

Five thousand square foot in Central London is hard to come by, yet ContiniArtUK has occupied two floors of 105 New Bond Street in the heart of Mayfair. The new gallery will exhibit a permanent collection of both contemporary and modern art by artists including Fernando Botero and Pablo Picasso alongside the inaugural exhibition of sculptor Igor Mitoraj. The artist is known for his monumental public sculptures displayed at London’s British Museum, Canary Wharf, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the ruins of Agrigento in Sicily. His exhibition The Traces of Time will be displayed from 24th May until 22nd September. The […]

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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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Primeur

Could Stoke Newington get any more authentic? Newest foodie destination opening near Clissold Park next week is Primeur – inspired by the local Gallic grocery shops of the same name. The site was an actual green grocer about a hundred years ago before being converted into a garage in the 1930s but as of next week it’s to be reborn with open kitchen and communal dining tables for a cosy 40 guests.   This joint venture from French born Jeremie Cometto-Lingenheim (Mark Hix to the Boxer brothers) and Cornish David Gingell (The Wolseley to Bistrotheque) will feature produce from UK […]

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Universal Everything at the Hospital Club

The Hospital Club has partnered with digital art pioneers, Sedition, to host an amazing new art exhibition which will feature a series of new and recent digital artworks by Universal Everything. Universal Everything is a UK-based digital art and design studio who enjoy a distinctive visual approach and pop-sensibility. This has made them a studio much sought after both by leading institutions in the art world and by sophisticated brands in the commercial world. Global technology brand LG will be providing the innovative Curved OLED screen technology incorporated within the show.  The exhibition runs 23-26th May with a private view […]

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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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Werewolf Opens Its Doors

Setting a new standard for nightlife in the West End, Werewolf has just opened its doors, transforming the former jazz spot, Pigalle, known for its historic performances from The Beatles and Frank Sinatra, into a wild and exotic top nightlife hot spot. With the design aspect featuring quirky 80’s design and classical art deco architecture, retaining some of the infamous features of the original building, the designers have encapsulated the soul of the venue perfectly. With homage to cult 80’s films throughout, mixed with art and culture features, the nightclub illuminates a new vibe to others already out there, and […]

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The Churchill Bar Summer Terrace

Ever dreamt of holidaying in the South of France but can never find the time to get away? Look no further than the elegant Churchill Bar, which has been transformed into a Provençal idyll to celebrate the summer season on the 1st of June, set to make you feel as though you have been instantly transported to that idyllic place with its alfresco space in the heart of London. A terrace has been designed to completely relax and surround you with the scent of fresh herbs and citrus fruits whilst the wonderful British sun beams down on you. The bar […]

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