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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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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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Midsummer House

As the longest day of the year approaches, you can make the most of sunny days and balmy nights at the Rekorderlig Midsummer House, a pop-up Swedish hideaway in the heart of East London in Victoria Park. Launching today and running until the July 5th, guests will step out of the urban capital, and straight into a blissful oasis that captures cool Scandi-style. The summerhouse will be decorated with authentic Swedish homely touches and a relaxed outdoor area. Kick back on decking overlooking the tranquil waters of the lake as chilled beats flow through the house. Regardless of whether the […]

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Authentic French Experience in London

Amongst the busy streets of London, a mere 5 minute walk away from the hype of the Leicester Square casinos, bustling shopping streets and theatres, lies a French delight in the form of Les Deux Salons. The staff are exceedingly friendly, and more importantly, authentically French. While we waited for our meal, I enjoyed a Singapore sling from their cocktail menu whilst soaking in the friendly atmosphere of the restaurant. Les deux Salons offers anything from a Simple green salad to Rock oysters to Snail and bacon pie as a starter. The Handbook recommends the Spring vegetable risotto for a […]

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London’s first tofu bar launches at Naga

Pan Asian Restaurant and Bar, Naga, has just launched London’s first dedicated Tofu Bar. Executive Head Chef Silken Tofu, Fachri Syarief, uses a special type of tofu called Silken, made from Soy Milk but with a smoother creamier texture due to a slower coagulation process. Syarief describes it as ‘akin to a mild and savory crème caramel’! His Mixed Tofu Platter features Tofu with roasted tomato, Crispy tofu with seven spice pepper and citrus wasabi dip and steamed. Then there are tofu pouches stuffed with beansprouts and shredded carrots accompanied by a sweet chili dip and even Spicy tofu fries. […]

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Galeto

Galeto, a brand new Brazilian street food restaurant concept capturing the vibrant flavours of Brazil is launching this week on Dean Street in Soho. The 70 cover restaurant brings with it the carnival spirit of Rio de Janeiro and a variety of authentic Brazilian street food dishes, cocktails and beers. Brains behind the new venue are Soho nightlife entrepreneur Leo Alexander (Kettner’s and Pizza Express) and former Pizza Express Executive Development Chef and gastronome Antonio Romani. The first of its kind in London, this Brazilian ‘streatery’ is a feast for the senses. Furnished with a mix of vintage and reclaimed […]

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Laurent Perrier Masterclass at Taste of London

This year’s Taste of London is almost upon us! Come this Thursday, chefs, restaurants and foodies alike will be flocking to Regent’s Park for four days of pure unadulterated food bliss.But it is not just the food we are excited about, Laurent Perrier has been announced as this year’s official champagne once again and they will be offering a new version of The Laurent-Perrier ‘from Grape to Glass’ Masterclass.  Hosted by David Hesketh, Master of Wine and MD of Laurent-Perrier UK, guests will learn how to taste a range of champagnes, how to perfectly pair them with food and discover […]

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DISCO

Soho will be dancing to a different beat this summer with the launch of Disco, an underground boîte inspired by Manhattan’s disco movement. It’s owned and operated by Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling and the Inception Group and promises a 1970’s dance revival. The club will feature choreographed routines from singers and dancers, as well as nightly live performances from musicians.  On arrival guests will be greeted at a Pan Am-inspired lounge where air stewardesses will issue boarding passes and check personal items into the cloakroom via an automated conveyor belt before guests enter the club through aeroplane doors. Expect […]

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Flesh and Buns Hits Covent Garden

Gory as the name might sound, this new restaurant creation from Ross Shonhan and the team at Bone Daddies will soon be on your list for laid-back, Japanese-style eating out, all in the heart of bustling Covent Garden. Opening its doors next month, the thing to try at Flesh and Buns will be the special hirata buns (steamed buns that you fill yourself) in a menu specially designed for sharing. White the Taiwanese etymology of the hirata bun originally translates as ‘tiger eating pork’, don’t let that put you off. With a whole selection of personalized fillings from slow roasted […]

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Spring Lamb Dinner at The Rotunda

The annual Spring Lamb Dinner is the latest in the canal-side restaurant’s series of ‘Meat Us at Rotunda’ dinners. To be hosted on the 25th June, this dinner features the best in Britain’s lamb over an indulgent four-course dinner with canapés. You might think Easter was the time for lamb, but in fact it’s the end of June when Rotunda’s hand-reared, grass-fed lambs come to their culinary maturity. Given the time to develop and grow in natural conditions, the meat is notable for its superior taste and quality. Guests at Rotunda will enjoy an evening of canapés and talks by […]

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Obika Mozzarella Masterclasses at Taste of London

Obikà will be holding two masterclasses for all Mozzarella appreciator, where guests can explore the time honoured traditions of creating the world’s finest Bufala Campana DOP to Stracciatella di Burrata. Once guests have been fully engrossed in the creation of Obikà’s Mozzarellas, they will be able to savour and taste the deliciously creamy buffalo outcome alongside a selection of antipasto and cured meats pared with Feudi di San Gregorio wine.  The second masterclass is all about pairing your Mozzarella with the perfect Aperitivo. Guests can select from a range of delicate Paestum, deliciously creamy Burrata, or the naturally smoked Affumicata, to […]

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Dhruv Baker at The Jam Tree Summer Supper Club

It’s an Indian Summer at The Jam Tree Clapham on 19th June, when Masterchef 2010 winner Dhruv Baker will take on the Summer Supper Club challenge. Cooking for fifty guests in the Jam Tree garden, expect Dhruv to whip up a three-course Indian feast worthy of any raj. Expect welcome cocktails and delicious pickled cauliflower bhajias, marinated Guinea Fowl, spiced tandoori rump of lamb with black dal and cumin potatoes. A dessert of mango, rum and pistachio syllabub will finish the meal on a sweet note. Formerly a salesman, Dhruv Baker rose to culinary heights through creativity, skill and a […]

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