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Iberica La Terraza

Authentic Spanish restaurant, Iberica is bringing al fresco style Spanish dining to augment its branch in Canary Wharf’s Cabot Square. The new outdoor venue opposite the main restaurant is perfectly timed to coincide with the first glimmers of summer. This marks the group’s third London venue after Marylebone’s Great Portland Street and the Canary Wharf mothership. Iberica has also joined forces with Catalan designer Lazaro Rosa Violan of Contemporain Studios to create the new space with contemporary design, lighting and atmosphere to complement the food! Open from breakfast through to evening, we’re talking signature hot and cold Spanish tapas, traditional […]

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Hibiscus launch Chef’s Table

For the ultimate dining experience it’s not just about the taste and texture of the food, it’s not just the finished meal on the plate. It’s about all the whole process of seeing the raw ingredients and produce transforming into the final result. The art of cooking. How better to learn about this then at Hibiscus in Mayfair? At the end of April Claude Bosi, who holds not only 5 AA rosettes but also 2 Michelin Stars, ran the first of many exclusive events in their state of the art Development Kitchen, Food writers and bloggers were invited to sit […]

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Bistrot des Halles

Today sees the second opening from the team behind Knightsbridge’s ritzy Chabrot Bistrot d'Amis – over on the other side of town in east London’s Smithfield. Brainchild of longstanding friends, operations director Yann Chevris, Michelin-starred chef Thierry Laborde and celebrity florist Pascal Lavorel, the new venue will have more of a laid back brasserie in feel than its posher sister restaurant. Known for his elegant yet simple and traditional Southern French bistrot dishes, Laborde has dedicated a large part of the menu to meat – in a nod to the carnivorous heritage of Smithfield Market. Small dishes to start have […]

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Spaghetti House: Happy Birthday W8

Kensington High Street’s Spaghetti House is celebrating its first anniversary this week and marking the occasion from today until 14 May, with a special menu of its best and most popular dishes –  just £15.95 for two courses with a celebratory glass of Prosecco thrown in! Options include Lobster spaghetti with tomato, white wine, chilli and garlic (normally £15.95 on its own); Pollo Milanese –  breast of chicken coated in seasoned breadcrumbs with rosemary potatoes, Pizza Parma and rucola,  with tomato bruschetta, or Deep fried mozzarella arrabbiata. Dessert is Tiramisu, or the iconic Coppa Nostra – chocolate and vanilla ice […]

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Belgraves

Belgraves, A Thompson Hotel, is celebrating the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in style this year. From 21 – 25 May, it will be transforming its Terrace into an Edible Garden to celebrate this colourful event in London’s cultural calendar. For five days, the terrace will feature a living wall of edible flowers and an interactive cocktail station. Head mixologist Salvatore Maggio will muddle together palatable petals and botanical spirits to create inspired floral cocktails. Visitors will be invited to join daily ‘Edible Flower Cocktail Classes’ and ‘Food & Flower Pairing Tutorials’ and complimentary cocktail recipe cards and edible flower seed […]

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Fish Market

Enjoy a taste of the British seaside this summer without even leaving the capital. Fish Market’s outdoor terrace reopens today 1 May with a brand new beach inspired menu served from the venue’s crustacea bar and compiled by head chef Barry Macmillan. Tongue in cheek menu highlights include Smoked haddock Scotch egg, Fish finger sandwich with tartare sauce, Jelly and ice cream, Knickerbocker glories and nostalgic flavoured sundaes including Banoffee, Strawberry and Chocolate.  But if you must rush back to the office, simply pick up a portion of takeaway fish goujons and chips to go. Fish Market sources the freshest […]

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Free food for 10 years at Renaissance!

Renaissance Pubs turns ten this year and the party starts today 1 May with events, activities and giveaways (£200,000 worth of £10 vouchers) across all the pubs. Childhood friends and group co-owners, Tom Peake, Mark Reynolds and Nick Fox opened their first pub, The Abbeville in Clapham in 2003 and today they also co-own and run The Avalon and The Stonhouse in Clapham, The Bolingbroke in Battersea, The Rosendale in West Dulwich and The Tommyfield in Kennington. This month they are celebrating with the launch of their own beer, gin and wine and a chance for one lucky winner to […]

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Barbarella heads back to the 80s

A long standing landmark of Fulham Road, Barbarella is going back to its heyday and cooking up an 80s culinary feast. Having been sent a genuine Barberella menu from the 80s, Head Chef Lauren Clement Delbos is recreating several dishes from the Italian inspired menu to mark her appointment. We’re talking 80s classics such as Pollo alla aka Chicken Kiev, trifle and gazpacho and to keep it authentic, the prices are seriously 80s too, a main course of fresh rabbit for £3.20, pate for £1.15. Can’t say no to that! Last week The Handbook headed over to Barbarella to try […]

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Sambrooks Brewery & The Cadogan Arms

Last week saw The Handbook head to Sambrooks Brewery in Battersea, one of London’s local microbreweries, and due to celebrate its fifth birthday this year. The owner Duncan kindly showed us around the place, which was a fascinating experience and definitely a treat for any ale lover (tours are available to the public). Sambrooks are dedicated to providing a locally-sourced product, and they find 99% of their ingredients in the UK, the majority of which comes from less than 100 miles away! We also sampled several of the Sambrook ales – they have two constant brews (the original ‘Wandle’ and […]

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Stories

Mothership Group, the team behind The Book Club and Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch, is launching Stories, on Broadway Market near London Fields and this latest venue promises to continue the group’s creative take on socialising – fusing boozing with brain power – with brunching, cocktails and a programme of special events and contemporary art. Creative Director, Heather Lawton (pictured) and the team have pulled together a panel of local creatives to make sure this space is just what the area needs: a daytime hub for freelancers to meet, eat and work and an evening bolthole that will complement its […]

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