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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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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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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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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. […]

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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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Chelsea Flower Show

Next week sees the RHS Chelsea Flower Show return to SW3 once more, but it won’t just be the gardens and streets of Chelsea that are adorned with flowers, all over the capital the show will be being celebrated. Whether you indulge in floral ice cream in Soho (we are set to have this heat wave…at some point),  dine on edible flowers in the Shard or head to Green Park to listen to top gardeners whilst sipping Champagne, here are some of the best events taking place across London to celebrate the Chelsea Flower Show:  Flowering Arranging Masterclass at The […]

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Hereford + York Residence at Harvey Nichols

Au revoir sandwiches, too da loo soup, there’s a new lunchtime option available; the roast dinner! Now before you think there’s no way you can squeeze a full roast dinner into your lunch break, these roast dinners have been especially created for lunches. Hereford + York launch their new British menu concept today in Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor Foodmarket, serving fast food in the shape of delicious Yorkshire puddings and roast beef. Enjoy dishes like The Breakfast Yorkshire with handmade sausages, smoked streaky bacon, watercress and tomato relish. Guests can decide between eating at the kitchen altar or for those […]

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Brixton Night Market

What are you up to next weekend? You know the Bank Holiday weekend, where there are three wonderful days off and no work on Monday, still making plans? Well here is one for you, the Brixton Night Market is set to return on the evenings of Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th May. The community project was created to support both local traders and street traders and showcase the best street food and foodies’ on the London circuit.  Last month’s event was filled with culinary delights from across the globe taking in Basque treats from Donastia Social Club to mouth-watering Korean from […]

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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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Win Tickets to the Launch of Jenius Social

For anyone who is even a little bit interested in food, a new haven has opened in Islington, called ‘Jenius Social’ which provides somewhere for people to talk, share and over food, and we have five  tickets to give away for the launch! It will be providing daily food adventures which include supper clubs, cookery classes, and special events, such as a cocktail dating master class where you can learn how to make a perfect cocktail and meet your perfect match all in one night! Not forgetting there will also be an on-site deli and shop too! What more could […]

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