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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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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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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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Great Gatsby Nights

A  pinch of glamour, a splash of jazz, a whirl of art and culture, mix in frivolity, dust in pearls and feathers and  we have the Roaring 1920s. Post war the economy flourished, technology developed and the parties grew bigger, and what book is a better portrayal of this luxury  than The Great Gatsby?  So it only seems that the correct way to celebrate the release of Baz Luhrman’s adaptation of the The Great Gatsby is with a party or two, or if you are like the Hyatt Regency Churchill, five.  Every Thursday evening during May The Montagu restaurant will […]

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Say Cheese!

Babbo has just introduced a special four-course burrata menu created by new head chef Carlo Scotto. A starter of Burrata cheese with tomato and basil is followed by homemade tortelli pasta with burrata, parmesan and herbs served with butter and nduja sauce. The main course of beef fillet with spinach, burrata and tapenade leads into the dessert – sweet creamy burrata with berries in Caprese style. Babbo’s burrata is flown over from Italy twice a week from Caseificio Maldera, a factory specialising in producing the artisanal cheese using only traditional handmade methods. First created in 1920, the cheese originates from […]

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Simmons Bar

The retro Simmons Bar in King’s Cross, dubbed a cross between a local newsagent and a hipster venue in Copenhagen’s meat packing district c. 1991 is back in action following a refurb. Décor is all about the skull shaped disco ball, old school tables engraved with childhood scribbles of love notes (your own graffiti is encouraged too), funky wallpaper and funny animation, bookshelves laden with old English books and a United Nations selection of empty beer cans line the walls. The venue is lit by mismatched lamps of all shapes and sizes and there’s even an ice cream cone chandelier. […]

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Chukka’s Away In Soho

To celebrate the arrival of the longer, lighter and hopefully soon, warmer evenings, Soho's sophisticated cocktail bar, Archer Street will be transforming its downstairs bar into a polo-inspired lounge; Chukka. The chic equestrian haven will house quirky design features which will include an astro-turfed bar, mallets and horse shoes decorating the walls, perfectly complementing Archer Street’s playful stripy sofas and cushions. The venue will also be launching a bespoke cocktail menu, fit for a polo champion and guaranteed to get you into the summer sporting mood. The Chukka, a twist on a classic Mojito churning Hendrick’s Gin and Pimm’s with fresh mint and […]

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Boisdale Canary Wharf

Boisdale of Canary Wharf, recently named Whisky Restaurant Of The Year at the Whisky Magazine’s Icons Of Whisky Awards is also something of an iconic music venue. Coming soon is The Guitar Greats Festival running from May 13 to June 1. It features 17 nights of some of the best guitarists in the world— everything from Gypsy Jazz to Latin American, from Rock ‘n’ Roll to Blues, from Country to Soul to Classic and Modern Jazz played by the UK’s finest alongside special international guests. You can check out tributes to Eric Clapton (18 May), George Benson and Santana (24 […]

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Lunch of a Lifetime

On Sunday 28th April, Harrods will play host to seven of the world’s top Italian chefs, who, when combined, bring a total of 13 Michelin stars to the iconic department store. Massimo Bottura, the brothers Enrico and Roberto Cerea, Carlo Cracco, Gennaro Esposito, Luciano Monosilio and Davide Scabin, will join forces with the renowned Milanese chef ’s congress, Identità Golose, to serve the ultimate Italian pranzo in the new edition of Identità London.  Each chef will create a dish for the seven-course lunch, taking place in The Georgian restaurant at Harrods. Brothers Enrico and Roberto Cerea from the three Michelin-starred […]

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The Breakfast Club

Opening at the end of next month on Battersea Rise, a new Breakfast Club is set to bring its retro vibe to the lively southside adding to favourite all-day brunch hangouts in Soho, Hoxton, Angel and Spitalfields. Also launching alongside the café will be its sister bar, The King of Ladies Man, serving beer, cheese and disco drinks. The Breakfast Club Battersea Rise combines 1950’s kitchen with a 1980’s laundrette –  a previous occupant of the site. The café has 90 covers and outside space for a further 20. Décor in the small and intimate King of Ladies Man bar […]

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Poppies Fish & Chips

Poppies Fish and Chips of Spitalfields has just opened a sister restaurant on Hawley Crescent and just like at the original, chips are peeled and handcut on site from British farmed maris piper potatoes supplied by a fourth generation family business and fish – delivered fresh every day from T Bush, third generation supplier in Billingsgate – is sustainably sourced. The team is keen to embrace and support the local community and residents so the Camden restaurant is sourcing ice cream from Marine Ices in Chalk Farm, ales from the Camden Brewery, Nude Coffee in Brick Lane, sausages from the […]

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