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July Social Calendar

It's official we have seen the sun, summer is slowly arriving! As July approaches London finds itself in the midst of sporting, cultural and foodie events from Henley, to Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea. Teen society parties to comedy and everything in between, including twenty food trucks rolling into East London. Let The Handbook be your guide, to a selection of London's best July events: Launches Joe’s Southern Kitchen and Bar: Not a launch but a rebirth: Covent Garden restaurant, Navajoe has transformed into Joe’s Southern Kitchen and Bar, and as the name suggests this is all about the best of […]

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Truck Stop Rolls into London

4th of July isn’t just Independence day it is also the start of Truck Stop a two day food feast in Canary Wharf. Twenty of the best food trucks will be rolling into East London with the aim of enhancing London’s alfresco dining and pioneering attitude to food. And whilst Independence day is all about America, and they certainly like their food, the cuisine at Truck Stop is all about the best of British food trucks. Expect to indulge in BBQ, tacos, sample beer from the Camden Town Brewery and  being  in London, there has at least got to be […]

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Monty’s

Monty’s Wine Bar & Restaurant launches this week, serving an impressive selection of Cichetti and charcuterie as well as a delectable array of Italian dishes. It promises simple and uncomplicated dishes, using the freshest ingredients, sourced and imported directly from small artisan producers in Italy and the UK. All of the hams on the charcuterie menu have been handpicked from the farms of Italy, such as the Sardinian Sheep Ham and Organic Smoked Friuli Ham. Cichetti options include Zucchini Flower filled with Ricotta Cheese and Mint, Scallops on Shell with Pea Shoots and Aromatic Croutons or Smoked Swordfish Carpaccio. Otherwise […]

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Bocca di Lupo pops up in Hyde Park

Bocca Di Lupo is launching a pop-up trattoria alongside Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time in Hyde Park – the 10 day event of shows by Bon Jovi, Lionel Ritchie, Elton John, Jennifer Lopez, JLS and the Beach Boys. Bocca di Lupo in the Park runs from 5th July with some great deals on tickets via toptable – such as a four course meal with wine pairings and access to the backstage bar – gig tickets included – all for £100. However, for those who’d rather enjoy Jacob Kenedy’s food in peace and quiet, the trattoria also be open from Monday […]

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Say hello to Yauatcha’s strawberries & cream éclair

Just in time for Wimbledon this month, Yauatcha has launched a unique Strawberries & Cream éclair. Filled with strawberry cremeux, vanilla cremeux and fresh strawberry pieces, and finished with strawberries, cream and micro mint, said  éclair is available at the restaurant with a side of fresh strawberry sorbet, or, can be purchased to-go from the front-of-house patisserie. And everyone knows that calories consumed while watching sport on tv don’t count as they are burned off vicariously… We wish. £8.50 a la carte (as a plated dessert) / £5.90 take-away www.yauatcha.com

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Swedish Spot in East London

At the first glimpse of warm weather The Handbook decided we need to venture outside and enjoy the new found summer and what better time than for the launch of Rekorderlig Midsummer House last night? Situated in Victoria Park, next to the lake, lies a bold, red pop up with the Swedish flag protruding from the front. Inside the summer house’s exterior is a chic bar and lounge area to relax in out of way of the sun. The bar is currently serving the classic flavours of Rekorderlig like Mixed berries and Strawberry-lime as well as the limited edition Passionfruit […]

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The Taste of London

The three day food festival comes to London today with over 40 of the City’s finest restaurants for guests to sample from. In addition over 200 artisan producers and premium brands will provide an abundance of the finest food and beverages from Britain and around the world. The foodie favourite festival will see Regent’s park being transformed into a gastronomic wonderland over the weekend where guests can try dishes like Salmon hot dogs, Ahi tuna with wasabi mashed potatoes, and Mexican doughnuts. For the more active food enthusiasts there will be various masterclasses like the S.Pellegrino VIP Restaurant and Masterclass […]

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Champagne at the Crypt with Bleeding Heart

Forget glassy interiors, sky-high eateries and 21st century bars. For this special dinner on 2nd July, the Bleeding Heart restaurant is taking it down, down to the Crypt in fact. But don’t let thoughts of cobwebs, gloom and dust put you off. The only skeletons in this closet are five delicious champagnes, from the Magnum-served 2000 and 2002 to the red grape Pinot Noir, to accompany this five-course Champagne Magnum Club dinner. The Crypt at Ely Place isn’t your average horror location. Instead, expect to discover an atmospheric medieval venue that brings sophisticated modern dining to the era of romance. […]

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Andaz Launches Catch Champagne Bar & Lounge

Andaz Liverpool Street, located in the heart of the City, is an east-end 5-star boutique hotel that provides the perfect location for both business and leisure. Extra emphasis on the leisure as the hotel is delighted to announce the unveiling of the hotel’s brand new champagne bar, Catch Champagne Bar & Lounge, which officially opens its doors to guests today. The latest addition to Andaz Dining, provides a refreshing new place to meet, relax or party the night away in the centre of the lively city. Award-winning London architects, Wilsdon Design Associates designed the new bar. They were also mainly responsible […]

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GAIL’s & Rebecca Hossack Art Trail

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Rebecca Hossack Gallery, it is launching a collaboration with GAIL’s, showcasing artists and their work inside GAIL’s Artisan Bakery and GAIL’s Kitchen. Until September, each location will display a Hossack artist’s work with pieces being shown on the walls and in the store windows. The first ten customers to visit every GAIL’s location will win dinner at GAIL's Kitchen as well as a limited edition print from the Rebecca Hossack Gallery. Artists featuring in the collaboration include collagist Peter Clark, 3D artists Will & Caro (who provided GAIL’s Kitchen with its inaugural paper […]

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