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London’s Finest Chocolatier Opens

The establishing of R Chocolate London is much like the tempering of chocolate itself. The pristine, evocative marble slab represents the location and premises where R Chocolate will stand. Situated on the iconic Ebury Street in Belgravia, the chocolatier and patisserie will rub shoulders with world-renowned luxury brands. The provocative pouring of the chocolate of course is symbolic of the indulgence and opulence of what is going to take place inside those four walls. R Chocolate is the brainchild of self-confessed chocaholic Sir Evelyn de Rothschild, producer Jessica de Rothschild and successful entrepreneur Ben Elliot. And it is with one […]

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Where the Pancakes Are

One of the best days of the year? Shrove Tuesday or you might know it as pancake day. The one day in the year when it is perfectly legitimate to eat 10 pancakes in one go and no one bats an eyelid. Sure you can do it another day of the year, but it doesn’t have the same feeling of accomplishment, you just look greedy. What you should do when you want to eat pancakes, is go to Where the Pancakes Are, which, this month opens its first permanent restaurant in Flat Iron Square. Created by Patricia Trijbit, the fluffy, […]

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The Handbook Meets: Our/London

Whilst gin is still having its moment of fame, vodka is sitting quietly in the background, doing its own thing, just biding its time. Our/Vodka is a project by Pernod Ricard which sees a global vodka being made by local producers. It’s already launched in Berlin, Detroit, Seattle and Amsterdam. It’s now here in London and the guys leading the way are Neil Chivers who comes from a music background and Clive Watson the name behind restaurant, Blixen and co-founder of The Riding House Café, Village East and the Garrison. We caught up with them to talk working with friends, […]

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Bars and Brunches at Smith & Wollensky

Bars and brunches, two of our favourite things. An evening at the former inevitably leads to the requirement of the latter and now both can be found at Smith & Wollensky as they have just launched their new bar and are set to launch their new brunch this weekend. Found on the lower ground floor of the restaurant, the Adelphi bar will be open from 5pm throughout the week and on Saturday, which means if you only have time for a cocktail or a pre-theatre bite then you can still pew up a stool at the bar. There’s a 40 […]

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Butchies Hatch: Award-Winning Fried Chicken

When it comes to the things that sandwich dreams are made of then fried buttermilk chicken in soft butter-toasted buns is where it’s at. Just read that again, buttery toast and fried chicken. Heaven. Good thing then that the award-winning sandwiches from Butchies are to have their first permanent home in Camden Market following their stall at Broadway Market. Created by Garrett FitzGerald and his wife, Emer their aim is to bring chicken sandwiches to the same level as the beloved burger. Named after some of Garrett’s favourite fictional pop culture characters, they will be serving up four free-range chicken […]

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Mad Hatter’s Tipsy Evening Tea

A tipsy tumble down the rabbit hole has got catastrophic hallucinatory trip written all over it, but when you factor in Sanderson as the destination and an evening tea as the destination, this suddenly becomes a comforting, indulgent immersion. And that’s exactly what Mad Hatters Tipsy Evening Tea at Sanderson induces. Autumn evenings are approaching and The Tipsy Evening Tea menu is changing accordingly with new savoury treats, sweet delights and warming cocktails to see you through the crisp evenings in Sanderson’s courtyard garden. Seasonally inspired, prepared to be lured by a dark chocolate and raspberry liqueur martini, enticed by […]

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Sofitel Launch Wine Days

In London there’s no such thing as a dedicated ‘wine day’ – with a glass on Monday evening to celebrate getting through the day, a wine-fuelled Tuesday night ‘meeting’ with a colleague and once you get to Wednesday there is no need for justification. Sofitel London St James is launching Sofitel Wine Days, a curated collection of wine cocktails which is running from 21st September to 31st October.  Available in the intimate St James Bar and the sophisticated The Balcon restaurant, the cocktails will feature French wines in celebration of the French wine harvest and will include the likes of […]

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Fancy Funkin Chicken Sets Up Shop in Brixton

Confident enough to nestle in to Brixton’s Coldharbour Lane, new late-night chicken shop Fancy Funkin Chicken is clearly up to the challenge of making their own surrounded by new neighbours CHICKENLiquor, The Rum Kitchen and Nanban to name but a few. Before we reveal anything you can no doubt work out a few key things; there’s probably a street food vibe seeing as 1) the name is quite (very) informal, 2) Brixton is king of the London street food scene and 3) a chicken shop doesn’t tend to be swanky. The 50-cover restaurant will have an ‘urban’ feel to it, […]

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Wyld Tea Launches at Dandelyan

If summer is all about alfresco drinking and picnics, then autumn marks the return of afternoons spent having tea and we’ll be adding the Wyld Tea at Dandelyan (the award-winning bar at Mondrian London) to our repertoire this year. Launching on the 29th September, the tea, which is the first tea to be served at the hotel, will be inspired by botanical influences (seen in Tom Dixon’s design of the bar) and the 70s (a nod to the original Platner designed Sea Containers building). Whether it’s going to feature glacé cherries and vol au vents we can’t confirm, but we’re […]

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Gladwin Brothers Open Nutbourne

For us Londoners who grew up in rural England, the pull of the countryside is always there; for those who didn’t it can often just seem like a whole other world- one that doesn’t have a brunch spot on every corner. Well now the Gladwin brothers, (Richard, Oliver and Gregory) are bringing a slice of countryside to Battersea with the opening of their third restaurant, Nutbourne. Taking inspiration from The Lost Gardens of Heligan, one of the finest estates in Cornwall, the secret oasis will be opening in Ransome’s Dock with an enviable waterside location. A 40-cover terrace will feature […]

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