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Pergola on the Roof Goes to Paddington

As hard as we try, we can’t really start to get excited about summer until the announcements start. You know, the announcements… Like this one. And this one. They’ve been trickling in as of late but we’ve just heard a particularly exciting one: Pergola on the Roof, aka our favourite summer rooftop destination, is heading to Paddington. Get excited for Pergola Paddington Central, West London’s newest, largest al fresco drinking and dining experience. Situated in Paddington Basin, a stones throw from Little Venice and Regent’s Canal, this waterside location almost pips the White City original to the post from the […]

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Stagolee’s: Fulham’s New Chicken and Liquor Joint

Fulham prepare yourself, this month you’re going to see the opening of Stagolee’s, a restaurant serving Southern American food and Moonshine drinks. It’s a hot chicken and liquor joint. It’s the work of Texan chef Ashley Harris (she’s worked at the acclaimed Rainbow Room in New York and has trained under Chef Tom Aikens) and Jordan Harris, a native of Nashville, Tennessee and all round food lover. On the comfort food scale, the dishes are right at the top, Ashley’s drawn inspiration from her grandmother’s soulful approach to cooking to create a menu full of big flavours and with plenty […]

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London’s Favourite Rooftop Cinema is Back for Summer

Summer is on its way, shout it from the rooftops! Well, four rooftops in particular: the Bussey Building (Peckham), Roof East (Statford) The Queen of Hoxton (Shoreditch) and Kensington Roof Gardens, who have just been announced as participating venues for the summer 2017 series of Rooftop Film Club. As we trade our underground cinemas for the sky-high, al fresco variety, some things never change – predominantly boxes of popcorn and an action-packed programme of cult classics and recent releases. It’s lights, camera, action (literally) on Thursday 4th May as The Rooftop Film Club presses play on films featuring iconic rooftop […]

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The Ultimate Chicken Wing Competition

There are a lot of things in life we seem to wing but on this one occasion, winging it is actively encouraged. Introducing the Wing Battle at London’s only chicken wing restaurant, Randy’s. Fittingly, the restaurant is located in the Olympic Park and if you’re anything like us you will really be taking this seriously. In fact, why is wing eating not an Olympic sport…? Chefs from selected restaurants will be putting their spin on the humble wing as it is added to the menu at Randy’s for one night only, going head to head against Randy’s own. Wednesday 5th […]

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Xavier Rousset Opens Comptoir Cafe & Wine Bar

Xavier Rousset is a man who knows about wine and knows what it takes to make a good restaurant. If you don’t recognise his name, chances are you’ll know where he’s worked. He co-founded the Michelin-starred, Texture in 2007; he was Head sommelier at the Michelin-starred Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and became the youngest Master Sommelier in the world and now he is set to open a sister café to the renowned Blandford Comptoir. Opening next month in North Mayfair, Comptoir Café & Wine, will bring together seasonal ingredients and produce from quality suppliers, to serve up the likes of eggs […]

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MasterChef Professional Opens His First Restaurant

In 2011, Welsh chef, Tom Simmons was the youngest competitor to get to the quarter finals in MasterChef – The Professionals, now in 2017 he is opening his first restaurant, which will also be the first restaurant to open in the new One Tower Bridge development (The Ivy is set to follow.) Originally from Pembrokeshire, Tom’s respect for nature and cooking will be a central part of the restaurant, both in the design (which will use natural materials such as Welsh oak and slate alongside displayed scenes from the Welsh countryside) and in the menu which will use produce such […]

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The Supper Club Hosted by 5 Chefs and 5 Ex-Offenders

Supper clubs are great, but a Social Supper Club with a good cause is even better. That’s exactly what’s happening at the Social Pantry this April. Top London chefs Adam Handling, Alex Head, Anna Barnett, Lee Westcott, Richard Falk and Robin Gill will all join forces with the young offender charity Key4Life. The charity’s ground-breaking work focuses on tackling the root causes of reoffending, and through their collaboration with the Social Pantry, have handpicked five young ex-offenders who have shown a special interest in the food industry to help devise a delicious five-course menu for the Social Supper Club. Selected […]

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Carnaby Street’s Style Night Returns

London, obviously, the best capital city, brimming with fashion, food, and unbeatable events, it’s about to get even better with the return of Carnaby Street’s style night. With the weather finally brightening up, it’s about time you shed those layers, said goodbye to puffer jackets, thick turtlenecks and blanket scarves, and welcomed in a brand new wardrobe. On Thursday 4th May, Carnaby will host exclusive offers and discounts from your favourite brands, from Levi’s, Cheap Monday, Monki and Ben Sherman. As well as Paul Smith, The Kooples, Scotch & Soda and Pretty Green. Makeup fans will squeal with delight as […]

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Dandy Opens in Newington Green

Last month saw the closure of the Dandy Café, the popular shipping container pop-up restaurant in London Fields, but as one door closes another always opens and the door opening this time is the door to Dandy, the new permanent restaurant from the duo Daniel Wilson and Andrew Leitch. Opening next Wednesday, Dan and Andy have created an extended menu from the one that they served at the pop-up, which takes inspiration from their travels and uses seasonal produce from trusted suppliers. You’ll find the likes of Shawarma-spiced lamb belly, baba ganoush and cauliflower; burnt onion broth, spring leaves and […]

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Peruvian Bottomless Brunch at COYA

As you probably already know, here at the Handbook HQ, we are big brunch aficionados. Always on the lookout for our next weekend destination, it’s no surprise that we are drawn to COYA Mayfair’s newest offering; Latin-American Bottomless Brunch. Cue angels singing, parades through Mayfair and salsa dancing in the streets. (Not really, but we can wish right?) Launching the first weekend in April –and not as some cruel April Fool’s joke- London’s first Peruvian restaurant will open its doors with the only real decision you need to make; classic bottomless Champagne, firm favourite Pisco Sour or their new twisted […]

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