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Gourmet Pies at The Malt House

Think pies and you think Britain. This Bank Holiday think The Malt House. Situated in Fulham, this relative new comer to the pub world is run by the guys behind Hibiscus and the Fox and Grapes, the Bosi brothers, with Cedric at the helm and this bank holiday they are holding a gourmet pie sharing weekend. But these aren’t any humble pies, firstly with former Hibiscus Head Chef Marcus McGuiness heading up the kitchen you know you are in for a treat and secondly they are big enough for two so you can share the pastry love with a friend. […]

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Harvey Nichols Roaring Twenties Tea

Do afternoon tea Gatsby style at Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor restaurant. You’ll start with a selection of 1920’s inspired savouries including Pigs in Blankets, Lobster Rolls and Chicken Caesar Wraps – Caesar salad was invented in the ‘20s dontcha know. Next up are plain and summer fruit scones with lashings of clotted cream and Harvey Nichols Champagne jam while sweet treats are all about the exotic Pineapple Upside-Down Cake and the White Chocolate and Coconut Macaroon served poached atop a bespoke jewellery box. There is also a wide selection of tea to choose from but apparently to be really authentic […]

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Porters English Restaurant

Porters English Restaurant has just undergone an extensive refurbishment for the first time in its 34 year history and launched a new menu celebrating the best of British too. The venue has gone from ‘gentleman’s library’ into something more contemporary with notable features including Doctor Who’s time travelling tardis; a unique take on the famous Last Supper painting (the Porters version features 17 British celebrities); a contemporary take on the Union Jack flag; a Britannia mural and other great comic book heroes such as Billy Bunter and Desperate Dan adorning the walls. The bar has been modernised as well with […]

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Life’s a Picnic at Buddha-Bar London

This summer Buddha-Bar London is opening its wicker basket to reveal the Buddha Bento, an assortment of light Pan-Asian dishes suited to every guest’s taste. Whether served as lunch or a pre-theatre dinner, this luxury ‘picnic’ will deliver quick 40 minute service without compromising on the high quality food for which Buddha-Bar is renowned. Each guest creates their own Bento, adding succulent Duck and fresh Green Papaya salads, Five Spiced Barbecued Chicken and tender Wok Fried Beef to a staple base of Miso Soup, Wakame Salad, Steamed Rice and Buddha-Bar Noodles. These dishes can also be combined with offerings from […]

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Harry Gordon’s

Wine and cigar lovers should head over to Selfridges' new lower ground floor Wine and Cigar shop pronto as now, you don’t even have to wait til you get home to get stuck into liquid purchases because it’s got its own bar as well! Harry Gordon’s Cocktail and Wine Bar lies at the heart of the shop. With a focus on boutique London producers, the cocktails have been created by drinks guru Ryan Chetiyawardana. The menu features signature serves like the 1909 Smash – Sipsmith gin, peach, mint and Selfridges 1909 IPA – along with lots of other seasonal cocktails […]

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The Gin Garden at The Hoxton Hotel

For one week only, Bombay Sapphire is teaming up with The Gin Garden at The Hoxton Hotel in pursuit of the perfect Gin and Tonic. From Friday 24th – Friday 31st May, the Shoreditch hotel’s courtyard will be transformed into The Gin Garden’s Bombay Sapphire Botanical Experience, a must-visit for any G&T aficionado. Attractions include daily Gin Botanical Perfume sessions with Sarah McCartney and Ultimate G&T masterclasses with Bombay Sapphire chief mixologist Sam Carter. Guests will receive full access to the Ultimate G&T Cabinet plus the unique opportunity to mix and sample their own creations. Tickets can be purchased from […]

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A Prince or Princess’ Afternoon Tea at The Balcon

With the royal baby fast-approaching, Pall Mall’s The Balcon is leading the festivities with the launch of a new, celebratory afternoon tea fit for a prince or princess. The creation of Head Chef Vincent Ménager, the tea is set to welcome the new arrival in The Balcon’s signature style, traditional British with a French twist. On the top tier of the cake stand will be two specially designed caramel crown cakes: blue for a prince, pink for a princess, each decorated with sugared almonds and silver sugar balls. Below will be a selection of finger sandwiches, scones served with Devonshire […]

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Sophie’s Steakhouse & Bar Donates 537 Charity Breakfasts

537 sponsored kilometres mean 537 free breakfasts as Sophie’s Steakhouse & Bar on Fulham Road lends its support to a Parkinson’s charity fundraiser challenge. From 11th May – 29th June, diners who donate £10 to the ‘My House to Your House’ (MH2YH) cause will benefit from a complimentary breakfast at the West London institution. The challenge, from 1st – 5th July, will see ten fundraisers complete a gruelling, 537 km triathlon from London to Amsterdam. They aim to raise an ambitious £53,000, enough money to fund cutting-edge research projects for a year. But it’s not all hard work. Donators will […]

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The Ritz Restaurant Opens its Terrace

For the ultimate ‘palace-style’ cooking alfresco head to The Ritz Restaurant’s summer terrace, opening today. An Italian mosaic floor lined with wrought iron balustrades, vibrant floral boxes and a view over Green Park, the terrace provides a moment of seclusion from the central London bustle. It also provides the ideal place to sample award-winning Executive Head Chef John William’s seasonal summer menu of traditional French dishes made with seasonal, British ingredients. Think dressed crab rolls with avocado and Charentais melon, tender Var salmon with zesty lemon verbena and broad beans, sweet white chocolate mousse, fresh raspberries, fragrant basil sorbet and […]

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Mr Fogg’s

Launching in Mayfair next week is swanky new venue, Mr Fogg’s, a reimagining of the home of Jules Verne’s most famous adventurer, Phileas Fogg. This will mark the first West End project from Inception Group, founded by Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling – brains behind Barts, 80’s themed Maggie’s and Battersea’s Bunga Bunga. The bar will be refined yet off-the-wall and guests will encounter all the wonders of an eighty day world trip without setting foot outside of Mayfair. Mr Fogg’s home is well hidden in an alley off Berkeley Square. The door, flanked by Victorian lanterns, is marked by a […]

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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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London’s historic venues

From its roots as a Roman city through to the present day, London has had over 2000 years of building works, architecture and design. Witnessing everything from wooden Tudor houses right through to the Shard via towering Georgian palaces, gothic Victorian mansions and 1930s Art Deco, London encompasses it all. The Handbook has selected some of its favourite historical venues whose architectural design will add to any event. Tower of London When William the Conqueror first started building a massive stone tower on the edge of the Thames in the early 1080s, London had never seen anything like it. Almost a […]

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