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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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Scott’s welcomes Spring

Have you noticed the weather getting slightly warmer recently? No, neither have we, but apparently Spring is just around the corner, and to speed up the process, Scott’s has designed a new menu for their private dining room. The Mayfair restaurant, specialising in seafood and seasonal game, has put together a collection of fresh new dishes to reflect the (hopefully) impending warmth. Enjoy delicacies such as fillet of cod with globe artichokes, smoked tomatoes and capers, Cornish lamb and spring vegetable pie with champ, or slow roast duck with braised peas, bacon, pearl onions and orange. Available from the 11th […]

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APT58

In a follow-up to its Poland Street forerunner, Apartment 58, the global members club for the creative industries launched its new APT58, at Centre Point during LFW. Situated underneath the iconic tower, it spans four storeys and 8,000 square foot. A space to socialise as well as work, it features a host of facilities including a night club, meeting rooms in the original vaults, a locker and mail service and a young creative lounge. There’s even a fashion showroom called The Shop Window showcasing 58 unique curated items by art director Andrew Ibi. The venue also features a late-license ground […]

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Matt Robinson joins Bluebird Chelsea as Head Chef

D&D London is thrilled to announce the appointment of Matt Robinson to the position of head chef at Bluebird Chelsea. He will be taking over the Bluebird kitchen, replacing Mark Block. Robinson’s new dishes will include Butternut squash soup with Thai spices and toasted pumpkin seeds, Slow cooked duck leg with cèpes spring greens and garlic potato crisps and Six hour braised Herdwick lamb for two with colcannon and burnt onions. He is rejoining D&D London from Gordon Ramsay Holdings – most notably as head chef of The Narrow in 2012 plus stints at Maze and Maze Grill. He relocated […]

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Negronis at Banca

Negroni fans can now get that bitter Campari aperitif fix from a specially dedicated Negroni Cocktail Menu just launched at Banca restaurant in Mayfair. The new menu features TEN cocktails – four classics and six more contemporary variations – at a tenner each and all served in an reassuringly old fashioned glass. Traditionalists can order the Classic Negroni: a traditional blend of Tanqueray Gin, Bitter Campari and Antica Formula or Negroni Sbagliato: a concoction of Bitter Campari, Martini Rosso and Prosecco, however, if you’re up for a bit of exploration check out the Campari Shakerato: a mix of Bitter Campari […]

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Brigade: A blazing success

‘Brigade’ began life as Tooley Street Fire Station. The listed building, now transformed into a bar & bistro, is a popular drinking and dining destination garnering high-profile support from the likes of David Cameron, Boris Johnson and Prince Andrew! Although no longer under obligation to serve the public in a fire-dousing sense, the bistro project still holds the same values of social responsibility – Brigade’s mission is to provide high quality cuisine along with life-changing opportunities for the homeless. The bistro’s full-time chefs mentor trainees of an on-going apprenticeship scheme, with the aim of creating both skilled chefs and a […]

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A Regular Cornish Cornucopia

Most of us in Britain know about, and celebrate with vigour St Patricks Day but there are many other Saint's days which get celebrated in style in different areas around the UK. Cornwall, well known for being a sticker to their traditions, have always celebrated St Piran's Day on the 5th March. This year the tradition is coming to the capital through The Capital Hotel where their Outlaws restaurant has organised a special menu in honour of the day. Expect the freshest Cornish produce possible, with delicious and intriguing sounding dishes such as Davidstow Crackler Rarebit.  www.capitalhotel.co.uk

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London’s Pubs

It can’t be denied that London loves its pubs, it always has and most likely always will. Nor cannot it be denied that there are plenty of them, it’s estimated that there are approximately 7000 in London. But with so much choice and so little time, The Handbook have rounded up the ultimate pubs for you to visit: the best places to stay, eat and drink. The best for ales and beers… The infamous White Horse aka The Sloany Pony in Parsons Green has one of the best selections of beers and ales around. They regularly change their selection so […]

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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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Find the golden chips at Chez Gerard

Would you believe this week is National Chip Week (and no the irony of the overlap with LFW isn’t lost on us) and while the (too) skinny model debate (yawn) continues to rage, the concurrent controversy over who invented the chip (the French or the Belgians) also shows no sign of abating. “Can you imagine asking for a side order of Belgian fries?” snorts Alain Bourbon, head chef at Bishopsgate’s Chez Gérard, which brought 'Steak Frites' to London back in 1975. “They may be laying claim to paternity in Belgium, but even the academics there admit there is little proof. […]

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Paper & Cup

Following the success of the Shoreditch original last year, Paper & Cup, the stylish coffee-cum-book-shop run by the Spitalfields Crypt Trust has just launched its second venue in east London’s up and coming St Paul’s Way district. Poplar HARCA, (Housing and Regeneration Community Association) chose the company’s pitch for the site against several other high street businesses due to the community spirit behind the project and commitment to integrate pre-regeneration residents with the new businesses and office workers moving into the area. Just like the original, the new project is managed by Brent Clark, SCT’s special projects manager, whose aim […]

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