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Augustus Harris

Augustus Harris arrives today in Covent Garden. Inspired by the bàcari of Venice, it will serve cicchetti and other bar snacks alongside wine and cocktails in the evening, and sell wine and Italian produce during the day.  It is named after Sir Augustus Harris, the 19th Century manager of the Drury Lane Theatre whose statue stands directly opposite. Considered the father of modern pantomime due to his lavish productions, his penchant for good food and drink led to his being known also as a real bon vivant. Set over two floors with 35 covers, a curved copper bar displays the […]

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Dim Sum Sundays at Hakkasan : Review

The Handbook decided to make a change from its usual Sunday lunch haunts to try something a little bit different and headed over to Hanway Place for Dim Sum Sundays at Hakkasan. Having joined up with Champagne house Perrier Jouёt, Hakkasan are offering guests six courses of dim sum and puddings alongside half a bottle of Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé. Hakkasan may be Michelin-starred and it may be all dark ornate wood, neon-lit bars and the bathrooms may be a complete mystery (‘is that a wall or is it a door?’), but pretentious it is not. The emphasis is on long, […]

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MI1020: Pop-up Dining Meets Immersive Theatre

If you’re looking for something a bit different to do with your December evenings, we think we’ve got just the ticket. From 11 to 14 December, Nokia Lumia 1020 and Windows Phone will be teaming up with Gingerline (the creators of immersive dining) to host ‘MI1020’, a combination of pop-up dining and immersive theatre. To apply, diners will need to register their interest on the Gingerline website. Spies will then be carefully selected for the mission and notified of their success. Those selected to take on the mission will be directed to an initial meeting point, before solving clues which […]

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Carom Hosts Monthly Curry Club

Pan-Indian restaurant and cocktail bar, Carom, will be putting a Christmas theme on their monthly curry club this month, on 4 December. Aimed at guests who enjoy cooking, Executive Chef Vishnu Natarajan will be demonstrating how to make delicious curries at home. This month, the menu will feature Turkey Biryani – a perfect recipe that makes good use of the Christmas dinner leftovers and some delicious, authentic Indian spices. Guests will also receive a special behind-the-scenes tour of the restaurant kitchen, which will be followed by a cocktail which guests can enjoy while they watch the cooking demonstration. Guests will […]

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Tea Lounge Wonderland Afternoon Tea

This festive season, Tea Lounge at St. Ermin's Hotel will be putting on a festive Wonderland Afternoon Tea to warm you up and put you in the Christmas spirit. So take a break from your Christmas shopping and treat yourself to Tea. On arrival, you will be offered a special Christmas cocktail – you'll be able to choose from a comforting 'Hot Buttered Rum' or a very festive Chocolate Orange. This will be followed by a selection of savoury pastries and sandwiches, including smoked duck and cranberry and cured ham and mull cheddar. Then you'll be ready for something sweet, […]

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Whipped Cream Cocktails at Mary Janes

Stylish City bar, Mary Janes, have launched London’s first dedicated whipped cream cocktail menu in honour of the all-singing, all-dancing Guilty Pleasures shows. Whipped Lightning, the world’s first ever alcohol-infused cream, will be incorporated into all the Whipped Cream menu’s cocktails. Guests can expect such treats as Caribbean Queen, a heady blend of Coconut Rum, Lime Juice, Orgeat Syrup and Spiced Vanilla Whipahol, and Nutty Sailor, a smooth mix of Amaretto, Sailor Jerry’s Rum, Pecan Whipahol and Nutmeg. These indulgent drinks will be served on Thursday nights in honour of the Guilty Pleasures show on these evenings.  www.maryjanesbar.com

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Krug Kreperie

Here is something rather excellent for the hustle and bustle of Covent Garden: Pierre Koffmann has joined forces with Krug to create the unlikely but wonderful partnership of crepes and champagne! Pierre has created six delicious crepes, with flavours including crab, caramel, apple crumble and pistachio with caramelised pistachio nuts inspired by his infamous pistachio soufflé! Arriving in giant Krug champagne crates; the East Piazza in Covent Garden will be home to French chalet inspired dining pods. Their snug interiors come complete with sheepskin rugs and will be the perfect place to tuck into the crepes and a glass of […]

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Christmas in London 2

Christmas: that time to over indulge in one, two or three extra mince pies; the time when it is perfectly acceptable to live off a diet of canapés and Champagne! It is also a time for hot rum bars, festive films and of course ice skating! In the second part of Christmas coverage we have got together some of our favourite Christmas menus and events that you can find in London this Christmas!  Christmas Menus Aqua Shard Celebrating their first Christmas, Aqua Shard have a rather delicious Christmas menu, dishes include chervil root veloute with a chestnut crumble, roasted turbot […]

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Novikov to Stock the Ultimate Christmas Present

Viewed as ‘the food of the Tsars’, caviar has been incredibly popular among the discerning clientele at Novikov since its opening in 2011. This year, Novikov has therefore decided to make its exceptional caviar availably to buy as a luxurious Christmas present. Two varieties will be stocked: one produced from the sturgeon breed Acipenser Gueldenstaedtii which will retail at £400 for a 125g tin, and one through a cross-breeding of Huso Dauricus and Acipenser Schrenckii.which will cost £300 per 125g tin. Definitely on the luxury end of the scale, these perfectly formed little tins could make the perfect Christmas gift […]

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Lodge d’Argent

If, like us, you have the skiing blues and all you can think about is being on the slopes or in an après bar, then you’ll love Coq d’Argent’s winter launch: the bar and terrace area has been transformed into a luxe ski chalet-inspired winter retreat, decorated with antique skis, wooden walls and cosy blankets. With a menu offering classic French comfort food like ‘Tartiflette’ and ham and cheese gratin and indulgent drinks including ‘Brandy Alexander’ and ‘Snow Bowl’, Lodge d’Argent is the perfect festive retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. Running from now until the end […]

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The Bull Food Review

The Bull is committed to supporting their local suppliers and sources only the freshest, highest quality ingredients in their restaurant. The menu brings together elements of Kentish, British and European cuisine and varies from classic pub food to a la carte dining suitable from couples to families to enjoy. We decided to pop down and check it out for ourselves! The starter of Pesto linguine was created especially as a smaller main to make up for the lack of vegetarian options in the starter menu but unfortunately there was nothing special about it. It seemed to lack the main ingredient of […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Bull Food Review

The Bull is committed to supporting their local suppliers and sources only the freshest, highest quality ingredients in their restaurant. The menu brings together elements of Kentish, British and European cuisine and varies from classic pub food to a la carte dining suitable from couples to families to enjoy. We decided to pop down and check it out for ourselves! The starter of Pesto linguine was created especially as a smaller main to make up for the lack of vegetarian options in the starter menu but unfortunately there was nothing special about it. It seemed to lack the main ingredient of […]

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