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1920s decadence at The Hospital Club

The Hospital Club are welcoming Sophie Michell as their Chef in Residency for March, for two evenings of glamour, elegance and sheer 1920s decadence.  On the 21st and 22nd of March, the restaurant will emulate the fine dining and sophistication that Britain offered at the time, with dishes such as Duck and Pork Terrine with Rhubarb Compote and Toasted Brioche and Pistachio and Sauterne Charlotte Russe on the menu. The 2nd floor lounge will take on a rather different American setting, think speak easy, parlour games, gambling and of course flapper girls! And with food to suit, the menu features […]

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Bubbles and Blow Dries at the OXO Tower

OXO Tower Bar has joined forces with OXO Riverside Hair to celebrate the 96th year of International Women's Day on Friday 8th March with bubbles and pampering blow dries. Guests can enjoy a glass of Harvey Nichols Prosecco while having a wash and blow dry or a glamorous up-do. And afterwards, there’s another complimentary glass of wine with your name on it upstairs to OXO Tower Bar where you can also soak up the booze with a £16 lunch. International Women's Day celebrates the achievements of women and the progress made concerning women's rights across the globe so whether it’s […]

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Mother’s Day

Next Sunday is Mother's Day but rather than just settle for the usual voucher and card, why not treat your mum to a master class, an afternoon tea, or a fabulous lunch? The Handbook have rounded up the best of the Mother's Day events in London. More Cocktails Vicar? Beach Blanket Babylon Notting Hill is known for its decadence and glamour. Its eclectic interior style ranges from French Chateau to Boho to Rococo and all within in a Georgian Mansion. This Mother’s Day they are taking the classic afternoon tea and making it that little bit more elegant, that little […]

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The Lobster Festival

Lovers of lobster will be delighted to hear of an event dedicated to the crustaceans! They take centre stage at The Grill on the Market in Smithfield this March – for a month long Lobster Festival. Blimey! From Monday, the restaurant will serve whole lobster, either grilled with garlic butter or Thermidor style. Get one of the 1 ¼ pound beasts with home-cut chips on the side for a steal at £17.50. You’re guaranteed maximum freshness with the lobsters arriving at the restaurant lively and snapping! Enjoy the meal with a refreshing glass of crisp white wine to make the most of […]

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Salvador & Amanda

Expect Balearic food, music, art and culture in Bloomsbury when Salvador & Amanda launches there next month. The latest opening by Eric Yu, whose Breakfast Group portfolio includes Opium, Jerusalem, Punk and The Social, Salvador & Amanda will feature fine dining restaurant Cadaqués, a buzzing tapas and cocktail bar, DJs and 3am closing at the weekend. Named in honour of Salvador Dalí and his muse Amanda Lear, Salvador & Amanda offers a taste of Spain with a funky twist and a vibrant atmosphere reminiscent of the cosmopolitan cafés of Madrid, Bilbao and Barcelona. In charge of the kitchen is Rubén […]

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Dinner at Elistano

Friday night in Chelsea and the King’s Road is beginning to fill up. The same however, couldn’t be said for Elistano, the Italian restaurant just off Sloane Avenue. At its peak, there were just 4 tables occupied including my own. Despite the poor turnout, there were no excuses for slack service, and it wasn’t. Lulu and I were served by a waiter and waitress who took it in turns to serve us – both extremely efficient and courteous. For starters we ordered the Selection of Deep Fried Seafood to share with a Tartar sauce. It was delish and the selection […]

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Dinner at Elistano

Friday night in Chelsea and the King’s Road is beginning to fill up. The same however, couldn’t be said for Elistano, the Italian restaurant just off Sloane Avenue. At its peak, there were just 4 tables occupied including my own. Despite the poor turnout, there were no excuses for slack service, and it wasn’t. Lulu and I were served by a waiter and waitress who took it in turns to serve us – both extremely efficient and courteous. For starters we ordered the Selection of Deep Fried Seafood to share with a Tartar sauce. It was delish and the selection […]

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Who’s Cooking Dinner

Next Monday, 4 March, 20 chefs from London’s finest restaurants will be heading to the Four Seasons Hotel on Park Lane to cook dinner for Leuka’s annual Who’s Cooking Dinner fundraiser from in aid of Leukaemia research.  The event has been taking place for over a decade and every year, the world’s top 20 chefs prepare a four course meal for 200 diners. The twist is that it’s only after a draw during the pre-dinner reception that guests discover which chef is cooking for them. Diners can also bid for the culinary masters to cook dinner for them at a […]

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K10

The contemporary ‘kaiten’ (conveyor belt) Japanese restaurant K10 has been serving sushi to the City for 12 years but is now set to expand on its Copthall Avenue location with the launch of a second, larger restaurant on the nearby Appold Street. Diners can choose from a great variety of both traditional and modern Japanese dishes which are colour-coded and range in price from £2 to £5.50 with the occasional special at £7.50. From the freshest salmon sashimi to seared sesame tuna served with miso and mustard vinaigrette, the K10 chefs use the highest quality ingredients in their combination of […]

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Eat the World at Limewharf with Anna Hansen

Vyner Street’s Limewharf is pleased to announce that the first of its biannual three-week season of salon-inspired, food-focused events. Eat the World will launch next week 6 March with The Modern Pantry’s Anna Hansen. The thematic pop-up kitchen will encourage 50 guests to engage in lively debate and conversation, with special musical performances, commissioned events and digital installations each night. Running on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings guests will dine around the Worldscape. Designed by architect, Alex Haw, it's a colossal sculptural table which mirrors the world's geographic contours. Culinary surprises created by Hansen and Limewharf’s Thomas Ermacora will be […]

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Smiths of Smithfield – the City Solution

When wandering around London a lot of time and energy is spent on Google searching for the best place to head for a nibble and a drink or two. More often than not there is a panic and you end up in a grotty pub with a dubious glass of house white and some mixed olives from the massive jar behind the bar. Last night however The Handbook may have found a solution to this problem. Smiths of Smithfield launched last night a new floor which is especially for those who want a relaxed drink in a comforting environment. The […]

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Ossie Clark: The King of King’s Road Reigns Again

Chelsea’s LFW survivors were out in force last night at Proud Chelsea to celebrate the relaunch of the label Ossie Clark London with a retrospective of Clark’s contemporaries featuring unseen photography by Norman Parkinson, Robert Whitaker, Jim Lee, Eric Swayne, Romano Cagnori and co. Although the painterly theatrics of Parkinson are perhaps the most widely associated with the designer, it’s the more documentary style black and white shots by Terry O’Neill, Romano Cagnori and Eric Swayne that really capture the zeitgeist of Seventies King’s Road. Look out for O’Neill’s snap of Jane Shrimpton sauntering barefoot down the street, Cagnori’s Birkin […]

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