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Cheyne Walk Brasserie Afternoon Tea

Chelsea favourite, Cheyne Walk Brasserie, has recently joined the afternoon tea brigade and so The Handbook went down to check it out. And, well, we were expecting a little bit more. Whilst the restaurant has a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, upstairs was a little more subdued – it had the air of a waiting room – carpeted floor, a few sofas around small low tables and most importantly seeing as there were only four of us in there, no music or back ground noise, just an odd ticking that made it sound like it was raining heavily outside. But in true […]

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Chilli Chilli Bang Bang Festival

Rumours are going round that London is set to have a heat wave of three months this year. Three. Months! But just in case this turns out not to be true (most likely in our pessimistic view) then at least you can experience another sort of heat at Street Feast’s latest venture Chilli Chilli Bang Bang. Happening in Dalston Yard, the two day festival on the 9th and 10th May will be celebrating the almighty chilli pepper – love it or loathe it – you can’t deny it packs a real punch. It’s brought to you by Tweat Up, Jose […]

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Diptyque Easter at 1 Lombard Street

We love a good Easter Egg as much as the next person but we definitely won't be saying no to Diptyque goodie bag filled with fragrant treats instead! 1 Lombard Street is collaborating with the high end fragance collection so that guests can enjoy a 2 or 3 course set menu in the restaurant’s brasserie before ending the night with a goodie bag.  They are on a first come first serve basis though so be quick in booking your place.  Warm, inviting and topped off with a stunning centre piece dome by architect Pietro Agostini, the brasserie is perfect for Easter celebrations, […]

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GB Pizza Co

You might expect a fish ‘n’ chips restaurant to originate out of the seaside town of Margate but definitely not a pizzeria, however, at GB Pizza, the odd anchovy is about as fishy as you get. GB began life in the summer of 2012 as an al-fresco pop-up on the Margate harbour in the back of a VW Campervan and owners Lisa Richards and Rachel Seed went on to launch their first bricks and mortar restaurant on the town’s seafront. The second branch of GB Pizza opens today in the rather more urban environment of Exmouth Market with three-minute quirky […]

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Mode

Mode, the fashion mag of Ugly Betty fame and now Notting Hill’s new ‘immersive’ restaurant and cocktail bar boasting ‘experiences’ or ‘chapters’ that change every six months. Each chapter, masterminded by five local entrepreneurs Stevie Thomas, Jono Remington-Hobbs, brothers Oliver and Benjamin Bolton and Jolyon Klean, promises to showcase a different food and drink offering and curated installation alongside an eclectic live and electronic music schedule. Chapter one, which opens on 11th April, is  ‘Future Vintage’ – think industrial revolution – for which Executive Chef Andi Oliver has created a menu including Blood orange and vodka cured salmon, Miso glazed pollock […]

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Easter Afternoon Tea at The Ampersand

Easter Afternoon Tea at The Ampersand is certainly set to be a special affair.  Perfect for a family occasion or maybe a romantic spring time date, the menu will include various sweet and savoury seasonal treats. Guest can start with some Gloucester Old Spot ham, H.Forman & Son London Smoked Salmon and cheese with fruit chutney before leading onto some white chocolate scones served with Devonshire clotted cream and homemade strawberry preserve.  Guests will also be treated to Easter inspired pastries including chocolate nests with coconut mousse, chocolate eggs and shortbread chicks. But make sure to save room for an […]

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Pont St at Belgraves Hotel Review

Pont ST at Belgraves Hotel is a restaurant that promises beautifully prepared seasonal fare in a beautiful Knightsbridge location, it was established as a replacement to the hotel’s previous HIX Belgravia. With a kitchen headed by Sophie Michell of TV’s ‘Cook Yourself Thin’ fame, she promises a ‘distinct style’ of light seafood, drawing inspiration from Californian, Australian and Mediterranean sources. Based around seasonal fare, done simply, this passion for food suggested an eclectic range of dishes which piqued our curiosity instantly. Coupled with an interior, designed by Tara Bernerd, the venue promised an elegant evening ahead. With our expectations well and […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Pont St at Belgraves Hotel Review

Pont ST at Belgraves Hotel is a restaurant that promises beautifully prepared seasonal fare in a beautiful Knightsbridge location, it was established as a replacement to the hotel’s previous HIX Belgravia. With a kitchen headed by Sophie Michell of TV’s ‘Cook Yourself Thin’ fame, she promises a ‘distinct style’ of light seafood, drawing inspiration from Californian, Australian and Mediterranean sources. Based around seasonal fare, done simply, this passion for food suggested an eclectic range of dishes which piqued our curiosity instantly. Coupled with an interior, designed by Tara Bernerd, the venue promised an elegant evening ahead. With our expectations well and […]

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The Cat & Mutton

It’s hard to imagine Hackney as the countryside but back in the 1600s, the sight of farmers driving their sheep across London Fields to Smithfield Market for slaughter was as common as people getting slaughtered there on a Thursday night. The soon to be relaunched (it's open again on the 11th April)  Cat & Mutton pub, originally frequented by aforementioned farmers, is named after a bridge on Regent’s Canal, along which sailed coal barges knows as ‘cats’. So historical detour aside, the pub’s new owner is Tom Gibson who runs  Vogue House’s Dalston outpost, Ruby’s on Stoke Newington Road and while the […]

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Fairground Launches in East London

The fairground is coming to town thanks to the clever folk behind Street Feast, who have masterminded an exciting new project which sees an abandoned warehouse in Haggerston, East London, transformed into a magical wonderland.   The event space will be divided into 3 levels, each one showcasing the best of the capital, and will include street food, live music acts, masterclasses, talks, inspirational guest speakers and much more! Brands like WAH! Nails, Run Dem Crew and Field Day will also host take-over days on the first floor where they exhibit some of the freshest, up-and-coming talent on the music […]

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Cambalache’s One Night In Argentina

At the end of April watch as the East End of London magically transforms into the back streets of South America for Cambalache’s One Night in Argentina. Running off the developing trend of immersive wine events and after a sell out debut last year the team are back with a wine tasting like you’ve never seen before. Hosted by some of the team behind Heston Blumenthal’s 'The Big Feast',  Barry Smith and Charles Spence, experience them match different wines with music to enhance the flavour.  This innovative approach to taste only continues in the array of food on offer all […]

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The Storeroom

Following the opening of the restaurant last October, Merchants Tavern is launching a private basement dining room called The Storeroom with food and wine produce from the restaurant lining the walls and a large communal table seating 22 people. The room is flooded with light from street level skyscrapers and at night is transformed into an intimate dining room or party room for up to 40 standing guests. Head Chef Neil Borthwick will create bespoke menus with a focus on sharing – five or seven course tasting menus or a three course feasting menu with dishes such as Salt Cod […]

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