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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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Roaring 20s Afternoon Tea at Season

“I’m going to call up Daisy tomorrow and invite her over here to tea.” It’s the moment where Daisy and Great Gatsby first set eyes on each other after several years, afternoon tea at Nick Carraway’s house. And so with London celebrating Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of the infamous book it seems only proper that there is at least one afternoon tea honouring this both poignant, and humorous moment in the book. Step in Harvey Nichols and Season at the Fifth Floor with their opulent ‘Roaring 20s Afternoon Tea’. Gatsby sends flowers to decorate Nick’s house, and whilst his were over […]

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Mambo on Tour comes to Pacha London

When it comes to partying in the summer, there is only one destination: Ibiza. But what if you can’t leave London to get to the white isle? Well fear not, Cafe Mambo Ibiza has just announced that they are bringing the ‘Mambo Tour’ back to Pacha London. For one night only Mambo will be bringing the best of the Ibiza  vibes and club scene to London and letting you relive sunsets and parties of summers gone by  with ‘We Are In London’. Pacha’s Mambo resident, Matthew Charles and special guest Kaz James will be taking to the decks to ensre […]

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Grain Store

Just opened yesterday is Bruno Loubet’s new King’s Cross venture, The Grain Store – influenced by the chef’s extensive travels and the years dedicated to his beloved vegetable patch. Although many dishes have a meat or fish element, the menu gives vegetables equal billing, if not the starring role. Fermented, sprouting, pickled and smoked ingredients feature alongside the fresh and the seasonal. Dishes include Sprouting beans and seeds, miso aubergine, crispy citrus chicken skin, potato wafer Courgette, broad bean and prawn falafel, raita; Vegetable merguez, aromatic vegetables and preserved lemon salad; Chilled lobster ‘Bloody Mary’; Sticky rice, kimchi cabbage and […]

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Yo! Burger

So when I got the Yo! Burger press release, I must admit I rolled my eyes. Another fad. However, I take it back. This is one good fad! The ‘buns’ are made of rice and there are five options: Chicken (seasoned with teriyaki sauce and served on a bed of lettuce with red onion, mayonnaise and topped with diced pineapple and white sesame seeds), Prawn (prawn cutlet served on white cabbage spiced with a dollop of curry mayonnaise and a sprinkle of spring onion and diced beni shoga), Salmon (kimchi salmon on a bed of lettuce, kimchi pickled vegetables and […]

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Hush St Paul’s

Since opening in 1999, Hush Mayfair has remained a perennially popular dining destination and the Cocktail Bar is a firm favourite too. And today, Jamie Barber, restaurateur behind Hush and Cabana, is launching a brand new Hush opposite St Paul’s Cathedral . Hush St Paul’s will be Barber’s second dedicated brasserie, following Hush Holborn in 2012, and will offer relaxed all-day dining in a chic setting. The design concept for the 120 cover restaurant has been overseen by Alex Michaelis of Michaelis Boyd, the same architects behind Hush Mayfair, Soho House group and Byron Burger. Featuring a brass and marble […]

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The 1851 Restaurant Returns to Kensington

Taking its cue from J M Barrie’s infallible butler, The Admirable Crichton has made a name for itself in the event planning industry, organising parties for royalty and socialites alike. Now opening its June pop-up restaurant for the third year running, The Crichton has done what it does best, admirably of course. The 1851 Restaurant and Bar is taking over a marquee at The Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens for one week only, 13th – 19th June. Perennially popular, this year the marquee will be transformed into an indoor garden, complete with aquamarine tables, luxuriant summer flowers and Cyprus trees, […]

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Vegetarian and Then Some at the Hawksmoor Spitalfields Bar

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was the Hawksmoor Spitalfields Bar as it marks its 16-month anniversary on 11th June with a menu revamp and a brand new street entrance next to the restaurant. Known for great meat, the bar is also taking this occasion to delve into the possibilities presented by vegetarian food and dishes from other cultures and styles. Definitely to try is the ‘almost vegan’ Chana Masala Burger, chickpea curry piled with lime pickle, chunky raita and khara boondi in tribute to the dearly-departed curry house next door. Similarly delicious and almost veggie, the Fillet […]

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Top Rooftop Venues

As the sun comes out, why would we be in? With summer evenings and balmy nights just around the corner, we can’t wait to head out and sip our drinks alfresco on the best roof terraces and rooftops that the city has to offer. Perched among the skyscrapers and lazing our way towards midnight, it’s time to take the elevator up to London’s best rooftop venues. From pools to flamingos, let The Handbook be your guide. Sanctum Soho Roof Garden:  The Sanctum hotel’s rooftop garden, nestled away on the 5th floor of this converted Georgian townhouse, is well worth a […]

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Ceviche on the road

Next month in July, Martin Morales’ Ceviche is hitting the road on a ten date pop-up tour bringing Ceviche to every corner of Britain. The Peruvian restaurant began life as a pop-up in London last year before finding a permanent home in Soho in March. The tour, which will be taking in destinations from Edinburgh to Padstow, will give people from across the country the chance to try dishes from Morales’ upcoming book Ceviche Peruvian Kitchen. You can also book one of Martin’s hands-on masterclasses as an add-on where you’ll learn how to make Ceviche’s infamous ‘Don Ceviche’ sea bass. […]

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June Social Calendar

And so tomorrow we come to June, the start of the summer, supposedly. But let's forget the weather for now, because throughout June London is hosting a whole range of events, from the parties you have to be at, culinary delights,  to art exhibitions that have been running for almost a quarter of a millennium. Let The Handbook be your guide to some of June's great events: Parties:  3 Cromwell Road’s Great Gatsby Party: Themed around the book, it seems only proper that 3 Cromwell Road host a Great Gatsby Party.  Expect waiters and waitresses donning 1920s attire, The Great […]

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One Aldwych Tasting Club Heads West

A Taste of the West Country, the latest in One Aldwych’s exciting series of Tasting Club events, will take guests on an exploration of authentic ingredients from the West of England. This exclusive dinner on 20th June will see Executive Chef Dominic Teague unroll a sumptuous best of the West menu with special guest Yun Hider from the Mountain Food Company on-hand with expert insights for every course. What makes this delicious three-course menu special is that every ingredient can be traced back to its origins in the West of England. Peter and Sue’s 82-acre Merrifield Farm provides the succulent […]

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