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Luxurious Lunch at The Rib Room

If you are after a little luxury at lunch time, something a little bit more lavish then head over to The Rib Room at Jumeirah Carlton Tower. We're not talking truffles or caviar, no, throughout May they are serving up gulls’ eggs. Sourced from Blackheaded Gull ‘s nests on the South coast, the beautiful mottled green and blue speckled eggs are simply boiled so as to allow their rich and unique flavour to shine through. Served with mustard cress, homemade mayonnaise and celery salt, it makes for a wonderfully simple but decadent lunch. With the gull season being so short, […]

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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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elBulli

Somerset House is hosting a major retrospective exhibition on global icon of gastronomy, Ferran Adrià, and elBulli. The Art of Food is the world’s first exhibition dedicated to a chef and his restaurant and will showcase the art of cuisine and cuisine as art – going behind-the-scenes of the legendary laboratory and kitchen in Cala Montjoi, Roses. Charting the evolution of elBulli, there will be in-depth, multimedia displays of its essential ingredients with research (handwritten notes and hand-drawn sketches); preparation (plasticine models, which were made for all the dishes served as a means for quality control of colour, portion size […]

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Open until 11th October 2019

Following the success of their annual, sell-out summer event, FriendsFest, Comedy Central UK is returning, in partnership with The Luna Cinema, to launch FriendsFestive, an event celebrating all the best seasonal moments from the world’s favourite TV show, Friends.

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Launch of Peruvian Pop up: Sñr. Ceviche

What are you doing tonight? Not sure? Already have plans? Well scrap them. Opening tonight in the Imperial Arms on the News Kings Road is a brilliant new Peruvian pop up restaurant and cocktail bar:  Sñr. Ceviche. The guys behind it have eaten their way across Peru sampling everything from top cuisine in high end restaurants in Lima, where they also managed to work, to the back street food carts of Cusco. And now they are back! Each week, for one night, the guys will be serving up a four course meal of wonderful Peruvian tapas, for just £25 along […]

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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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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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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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Gangam Style chef required by Psy

Gangam Style pop sensation Psy has teamed up with Bibigo, his favourite Korean restaurant to search for his very own personal chef to ‘mix it up’ on the first leg of his world tour starting later this summer. In a characteristically bonkers video announcing the competition, Psy promised celebrity parties, five star hotels along with $40,000 for the winner and, of course, not forgetting the once-in-a-lifetime chance to hang out with the flamboyant Korean superstar for a whole month making sure he is well fed! Cooking skills are not even necessary to win, all Psy and Bibigo are looking for […]

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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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Restaurant Story

Just ‘published’ last week, Restaurant Story is the debut restaurant from 26-year-old chef Tom Sellers, who, with backing from fellow chef Adam Byatt (Trinity), has transformed an old toilet block (yes really) on Bermondsey’s Tooley Street into a brand new, 40-cover restaurant. Sellars has drawn on his experience under some of the world’s most talented chefs – including Thomas Keller at Per Se in New York, René Redzepi at Noma in Copenhagen, Tom Aikens at his eponymous restaurant in Chelsea for his imaginative and experimental cuisine. The restaurant is a very personal journey, telling Sellar’s own ‘story’ though food; whether […]

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Lalani & Co host an unique afternoon tea at The Modern Pantry

Boutique British tea curators, Lalani & Co have joined up with chef, Anna Hansen MBE and The Modern Pantry for a unique afternoon tea on Friday May 3rd.  Owned and run by the Lalani brothers, Lalani & Co select teas of unparalleled flavour and character through a unique understanding, authentic small-batch production, the passionate craft of artisan family-owned gardens and an expert process of selection and curation. They have also developed one of London’s first seasonal tea libraries and with The Modern Pantry in Clerkenwell being known for having one of the best afternoon teas around, it only makes sense […]

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