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Le Pont de la Tour’s Pâtisserie tasting menu

Author Ernestine Ulmer once said ‘Life is uncertain. Eat Dessert first.’ But sometimes a main course isn’t necessary at all, sometimes all you really need is cake and pudding. Well riverside French restaurant, Le Pont de la Tour is whisking guests away for a taste of Paris and letting everyone indulge in their sweeter side by introducing their ‘With Love from Paris’ pâtisserie tasting menu. Created by Executive Head Chef Tom Cook, who trained with Master Pastry Chef Laurent Duchêne in Parris, the menu features Tarte au Chocolat, Praline Profiteroles and Pistachio Madeleines.  And the best part? You get to […]

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Kaspar’s

Next month Kaspar’s Seafood Bar and Grill will open at The Savoy with an informal luxury dining experience, presented in an elegant Twenties-style setting to evoke The Savoy's rich and glamorous past. Kaspar’s Seafood Bar and Grill will offer all-day dining, seven days a week. A show stopping oyster bar will take centre stage with its beautiful display of shellfish and cured and smoked fish. Head chef, James Pare, has created the menu where many courses will be available as starters or mains Starters include smoked brown shrimp and eel cocktail, Celery and Pecorino soup and Roasted ox tail consommé […]

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Criterion and The Sun & 13 Cantons’ Size Matters Pop up

Does size matter? Perhaps when it comes to food in restaurants: we’ve all been there, and we are either starving and what arrives is far too small or we are not that hungry and then are presented with a portion so huge it is rather intimidating. Well fear not, forget the size issue, Criterion Restaurant has joined with The Sun & 13 Cantons in Soho to create a unique popup throughout April and May which is serving up all dishes in three sizes: small, medium and large. With Galloway beef carpaccio and Octopus and Chorizo on the menu, it’s perfect […]

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London’s Natural History Museum Ice Rink will return for the 2019 festive season and to celebrate The Handbook will be offering one lucky family of 4 an overnight stay in one family room at Radisson Blu Edwardian, Vanderbilt with breakfast plus an extended skate session at National History Museum which includes a 30 minute exclusive skate followed by a 50 minute public skate session thereafter.

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Boundary Rooftop opens

We’ve seen a glimpse or two of the sun, the evenings are lighter and the temperature is slowly climbing, spring is definitely on the way, which is great news because the new rooftop at Boundary in Shoreditch is now open! The beautiful garden includes a canopy of vines and wild herbs making it a unique and unrivalled location for meetings (far more interesting than a boardroom!), lunches or drinks throughout the day, with food being served from 10 am until 9:45pm. And if the weather does take a turn for the worse than guests need not be deterred as the […]

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The Langham, London

The Langham, London is joining forces with jeweler Theo Fennell this year for its annual Bijoux Afternoon Tea. The two luxury titans share a love of fine craftsmanship, eclectic design and history. After all, The Langham was Europe's first 'Grand Hotel' and represents the birthplace of London’s afternoon tea tradition. Head Pastry Chef Cherish Finden, recently voted ‘Pastry Chef of the Year’ at the Craft Guild Awards, has created a selection of irresistible treats, inspired by Theo Fennell’s exquisite jewellery collection. The tea is served in the hotel’s Palm Court, the Langham’s glittering centerpiece since 1865. Decadent savouries include Foie […]

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London’s Speak Easies

Made famous to many by Fat Sam and Bugsy Malone, speak easies first came about during the Prohibition era in America. Alcohol had been banned, but that didn’t stop America’s society finding ways to have a good time in secret drinking dens. The gangsters and bans may have gone but the glamour and secrecy is still there, and speak easies have been popping up all over London: hidden in Chelsea, disguised in Soho, here are some of The Handbook’s favourites: Milk and Honey Just as the best speak easies should be, member’s club, Milk and Honey is well and truly […]

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Mozzarella&More

Fans of both cheese and Italian food in general are sure to love this new addition to King’s Road. Informal Italian trattoria and delicatessen, Mozzarella&More is the latest concept from the family-run Made in Italy group dedicated to celebrating the cuisine of Southern Italy. It’s a proper family affair here with all four children of the owners playing an integral role – Sara Cosaro operates the restaurant assisted by younger brother, Angelo while older brother Giuseppe spearheads the group’s development and sister Valeria is the group pastry chef. Street level dining complete with giant barrels and chalkboards, accommodates up to […]

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B-SOHO Unplugged

What has great pizza, fantastic cocktails, hilarious karaoke and now live performances? B-SOHO. The Soho venue is adding another string to its bow by introducing  B- SOHO Unplugged. Why go to the cinema on a Wednesday evening, when you can see performances from the nation’s most talented young musicians? Each week three or four acts specialising in rock, indie and modern pop will be performing original material and tracks in a 25 minute unplugged set, with the intimate atmosphere of B- SOHO adding to the experience, you know you are in for something fantastic. With entrance being free it is […]

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Ron Arad at HOSB

Ahead of the launch of its not-for-profit members’ club in the autumn, The House of St Barnabas presents a series of events and conversations in its beautiful chapel this spring. Founding member, Richard Strange, is returning with his A Mighty Big If soirées, in association with HiBROW TV, a new digital platform for the Arts. The next in the series (15 May) will feature Richard in conversation with seminal designer, Ron Arad. The Tel Aviv born Arad studied at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, before working at The Architectural Association until 1979. His career took off after the […]

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11 Pimlico Road

No. 11 Pimlico Road opened at the tail end of last month as a new all day bar and restaurant on the site of The Ebury that boasts a contemporary new interior perfect for relaxed eating and drinking. An elegant zinc-topped bar takes centre stage and an eclectic mix of seating features tables in various sizes (topped with zinc but also in wood and marble) is set against a palette of raspberry, eau-de-nil and grey. Elsewhere, floor to ceiling tiled walls backdrop a marble cold-counter dispatching everything from freshly baked morning pastries to crostini and charcuterie throughout the day. Breakfast […]

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Portuguese Wines at Paramount

Paramount, in the Centre Point building, welcomes wine personality Olly Smith next month as he unveils his 50 Great Portuguese Wines. Best known for his wine matching skills on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen, Olly is currently busy tasting Portugal’s finest wines to cherry pick a selection for the evening event on 18th April. With the focus on fine wines at a budget price, Olly will be looking at those priced £7-£30 – perfectly affordable for any occasion! He says that wines from Portugal are underrated, with ‘outstanding flavours across their vineyards…the skill of local winemakers devoted to their awesome range of […]

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Great Northern Hotel

Next month the Great Northern Hotel re-opens for the first time in almost 12 years following a comprehensive £40 million renovation programme. Sandwiched in prime position between King’s Cross Station and St Pancras International, the privately owned Grade II listed building has been restored by owner-operator Jeremy Robson of Ram. The hotel forms an integral part of King’s Cross station and the dome of the new Western Concourse has been designed to fit its crescent shape. Originally designed by architect Lewis Cubitt, the Great Northern Hotel first opened in 1854 and the 91-bedroom hotel has been refurbished to evoke the […]

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