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Lima Floral

As of July, you can enjoy Peruvian cuisine in a former monastery in Covent Garden. Following on from the original in Fitzrovia (first Peruvian restaurant in Europe to be awarded a Michelin star), LIMA Floral is the second venue from Peruvian chef Virgilio Martinez. The new site is split in two spaces – the main restaurant and a basement tapas bar serving variations on the classic Pisco Sour alongside a bar menu of small piqueo dishes (Peruvian tapas) featuring Grouper with rocoto tiger's milk ceviche and Tuna and seared aubergine tiradito. The main menu will showcase LIMA signatures plus new […]

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Sloane Square Poppy Pop Up

We’re in for a blooming marvelous treat this May as The Botanist and the RHS Chelsea Flower Show have joined forces to host a poppy themed pop up in the middle of Sloane Square in order to support the Royal British Legion as it’s the centenary year for WW1 A Chelsea favourite, the bar and restaurant will be running its Joseph Perrier sponsored Champagne and Oyster Poppy-Up Bar from Tuesday the 20th May until Saturday the 24th May, where you can enjoy a chilled glass of their delicious Joseph Perrier Champagne, or maybe a bottle of Brut Cuvée Royale (I’ve just taken the price out as we don’t tend to mention […]

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Brick Lane ArtCube Pop Up

A new PopArtCube will open between the 2nd and the 5th of May, hosting a unique dinner, exhibition and fair in the heart of London’s East End; Brick Lane, to launch the official ArtCube which will be opening up later this summer. Start with a candle lit dinner in a warehouse on the 2nd of May, where 30 of London’s top student talents will be showcased, it’s all aimed towards London’s creative young crowd. Alongside dinner there will also be live performances from Azari & III, followed by an exclusive after party at Casa Negra. Over the course of the three day weekend, there will be arts and crafts fair, workshops, live art and music […]

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The Strand Dining Rooms

Dinner on a train out of Charing Cross is generally more of a necessity than an event but all that’s due to change… Nope, Ferran Adrià won’t be operating the buffet cars but The Strand Dining Rooms, opening next month just a stone’s throw from the station, boasts interiors designed like a traditional Pullman Coach from the trains of yore. The all-day dining affair headed up by Mark Harris (Green’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar, and Searcy’s at the top of The Gherkin) promises contemporary British food with wine from top British suppliers including Bibendum and Corney & Barrow. Russell Sage […]

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New Menu at Mansion Bar & Parlour

Foodies hot foot it to Kensington this May as the Mansion Bar & Parlour looks to get a whole lot tastier.  Lining up a brand new bistro menu, diners can start off with a Stilton & Walnut Cheesecake complete with Beetroot Sorbet, following on to a Fillet of Pork with Spanish Creamy Potatoes and finishing with a Passion Fruit twist on the classic French Creme Brulee.    In addition guests can expect great things from Mansion's new partnership with Laurent Perrier. Currently one of a very select few restaurants allowed to serve their wine by the glass this is a […]

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Brixton Night Market

The concept of a night market is definitely not new to London, around for a while these little hubs of twilight activity have been keeping our bellies and cupboards full for years. However, with Brixton Night Market, Londoners can expect a little bit of a twist. As a Community Interest Company, the project aims to allow new traders into this highly competitive market scene, resulting in refreshing diversity and maybe a few unexpected treats. As a bonus, customers can relish that warm sense of well-being, knowing the fantastic effect biting into a Fundi Pizza or spending that little bit too […]

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Bonnie Gull Seafood Café

Alex Hunter and Danny Clancy’s pop-up seafood shack in Hackney has spawned its second permanent venue this week (Fitzrovia was the first) in Exmouth Market with executive chef Luke Robinson (Fifteen) at the helm. Fancy a quick bite? There’s a dedicated fast-paced shellfish table doling out the best of the day’s oysters, cockles, smoked mussels and langoustines – served traditionally on newspaper, Cockney Po’ Boy rolls and fish finger sarnies. If you’re willing to bide your time, sit-down starters feature Grilled Dorset crab with avocado on beef dripping sourdough toast and Channel salt ’n’ pepper squid with mains such as […]

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Bodo’s Schloss Summer Restaurant

Bodo’s Schloss, our skiing home away from the slopes, has some news which we’re going to shout from the metaphorical ski mountains, this summer they are launching a new separate dedicated restaurant area. Yup that’s right, Head Chef Jordan Sempler, has created a menu with lighter dishes for summer including Crab, Orange and Shaved Fennel Salad with Toasted Sesame Seeds and a Green Herb Dressing, and Asparagus, Pea and Mascarpone Risotto with Basil and Aged Parmesan. Oh those picnics you’ve had on the Alps – recreate the feeling, just minus the snow and skis…with their picnic hampers which are available […]

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Top 5 Terraces in London

Whether rain or shine there’s nothing we love more than sitting outside, heated by the rare sighted summer sun or by toasty heating lamps in the cooler months. The Handbook took on the arduous task of checking out London’s top terraces. Paradise by way of Kensal Green This gastro pub has a quirky interior which originally held a terrace but due to the tragic weather we endure in the UK it was converted into a conservatory so it could be enjoyed all year round. In the summer months the sun will fill this pretty space with light where guests can enjoy the […]

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Top 5 Terraces in London

Whether rain or shine there’s nothing we love more than sitting outside, heated by the rare sighted summer sun or by toasty heating lamps in the cooler months. The Handbook took on the arduous task of checking out London’s top terraces. Paradise by way of Kensal Green This gastro pub has a quirky interior which originally held a terrace but due to the tragic weather we endure in the UK it was converted into a conservatory so it could be enjoyed all year round. In the summer months the sun will fill this pretty space with light where guests can enjoy the […]

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Cigar and Cocktail Masterclasses at Voltaire

Can you tell your standard rolling tobacco from the prestigious brands? Ever dreamed of reliving your favourite gangster movie scene where the protagonist puffs menacingly on a cigar? Then you’re in luck! Legendary champagne & cigar bar, Voltaire, is hosting a series of cigar smoking sessions which will turn the most novice of smokers into a cigar connoisseur. Guests will be taught how to identify the different flavours, exotic aromas and inspiring ingredients of the best vintages the world has to offer. Voltaire boasts a stylish, dedicated cigar terrace which offers its own enviable collection of rolled Havanas. Guests will […]

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Peg + Patriot

If the idea of a Marmite vodka martini fills you with disgust you might as well stop reading now but if not, welcome to the Peg + Patriot at Bethnal Green’s Town Hall Hotel, newest venture from Matt Whiley of The Talented Mr Fox, Purl Whistling Shop and Dach & Sons fame. The maverick mixologist creates his own house spirits on site including three different styles of gin such as Moonshine Kid Dog’s Nose made from hops and Lisle Street Gin from jasmine and currants. He will also be producing all his own house vodkas, liqueurs and vermouths. Now for […]

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