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11 New Brunches Not To Be Missed

The word ‘brunch’ supposedly originated in Britain in the late 19th century as an alternative to the heavy Sunday lunch but all we really need to know is that in the past few years a renaissance has definitely occurred. What better opportunity for a debrief of the previous night than over plates of granola, waffles and eggs? The brunch trend shows no signs of slowing down so embrace the brand new wave of brunches and branch away from your usual haunt to try Southern fried chicken, bottomless espresso martinis, hotdogs and hiphop…

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Grotesque Gastronomy: Bompas & Parr Take on The Twits

In honour what would be the 100th birthday year of everyone’s favourite childhood author (Roald Dahl of course), we’ve seen afternoon teas, themed cocktails and exhibitions of much-loved Quentin Blake illustrations. Tempting Charlie and the Chocolate Factory desserts, fruity James and the Giant Peach cocktails and… dinner at the Twits? Bear with us, it may sound much less appetising than the alternative celebrations but this is a dinner experience like no other, all set to be ‘the worst dinner party in the world’. A theatrical take on dinner at Mr and Mrs Twit’s, theatre company Les Enfants Terribles and creators of the Olivier […]

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What To Do This Weekend: 15th-17th July

Welcome to the weekend people! It’s almost here: 48 hours of fun (or if you count the start of the weekend from Thursday night until Monday morning, like we do, 88 hours give or take) so we have your plans sorted so you can pack in as much as possible. Gorge on unlimited ribs and Prosecco, watch a sheep dog display, quaff wine whilst sitting in a deck chair, try out a new afternoon tea and head to a summer market. Get going!

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London’s Panoramic Wedding Venue

Wedding season is well underway and as if picking a wedding venue wan’t enough there is also the engagement party, bridal party day out, hen do, stag do, pre-wedding dinner to find homes for… To think we struggle to decide where to spend our Friday night. Couples wanting to spend their big day in the big city can take inspiration from Carrie and Big and have their very own cosmopolitan nuptials – Vivienne Westwood dress optional, Big’s no-show certainly not. OXO2 in the OXO Tower are giving brides-to-be a chance to look around their space which is ideal for a […]

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Artistry in Alchemy at SUSHISAMBA

So the weather is a bit hit and miss at the moment, even for Britain it’s a miserable summer. So when the sun does decide to shine you need to make the most of it. You need to ditch everything, get off the tube, get out of the office, leave the underground bar and head to a terrace. So when the sun did shine the other day that is exactly what we did, we went to the highest terrace we could find – the Tree Terrace at SUSHISAMBA. Why? Because Artistry in Alchemy is running until the end of August […]

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Goose Box: Restaurant Dining at Home

Sometimes you want to go a restaurant but you just don’t want to leave your house. You want the food, but you don’t want to have to dress up and pitching up in your PJs is just not going to be an option. Or perhaps you’re hosting a dinner party, you’ve told everyone that of course you can cook and what started out as carbonara you’ve now elaborated on so much you’re apparently going to rustle up something worthy of the MasterChef final…good one. So what do you do when you find yourself in one of these situations? You order […]

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You really must go to The Inner Circle’s Summer Party, and here’s why!

The season of summer loving is well and truly in swing but if you haven’t already found your Danny Zuko to spend the lazy summer days canoodling with, all is not lost. Selective dating app, The Inner Circle, is hosting another of its exclusive parties where the drinks will be flowing and new connections are encouraged as The Inner Circle Summer Polo Cup returns for another year of frolicking and flirting. Over 500 singles will be in attendance at Ham Polo Club where 4 teams will play against each other over two full sized polo pitches in the hope of […]

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Casita Andina: Andina’s Sister Restaurant

Ask someone to name a Peruvian restaurant in London and chances are that Ceviche and Andina are going to be two of the first answers. Well now, founder Martin Morales, is back and opening a new restaurant in Soho just in time for Peruvian Independence Day on the 28th July. Picanterias are family-run, traditional restaurants which are usually found in the Andes in the home of Andinas and Martin will draw on his memories from eating in them as a child and his Andina grandmother’s recipes to create Casita Andina set to be a home from home in the heart of Soho. […]

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8 Top Savvy Weekday Offers

If you’re anything like us, you live like a Queen (or King) once you’ve just been paid and then the next few weeks of the month you have to find your inner Martin Lewis and be more frugal.  Sometimes though, you just need something to get you through Monday or something to celebrate the start of the weekend – so here are some of our favourite deals which will make you happy and your bank balance happy. Win/win.

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Last Chance to Attend: Tomorrow’s Handbook Reader Event ‘Eat Yourself Younger’

We are hosting our first readers event at Sanderson tomorrow (Wednesday 13th July) at 6.30pm for a 7pm start with Elizabeth Peyton Jones, author of ‘Eat Yourself Young’ and a favourite amongst A-listers such as Thandie Newton and Joanna Lumley. Elizabeth will be discussing topics such as ‘the main foods which help encourage youthfulness and good health’ and ‘what supplements to take to reverse the signs of ageing’. We are putting together an amazing beauty box of healthy snacks and great beauty products which you will also get on the evening along with a copy of her book. Due to […]

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The Art of Dining: 7 Restaurants With Amazing Art

Nowadays, the boundary between food and wine is becoming increasingly blurred – if the food itself isn’t worthy of a photo then the restaurant’s interior design probably is. If you want more from your meal than just a full stomach and slightly lighter wallet then why not visit one of the restaurants below, who each have as much of name for themselves in the art world as they do in the restaurant world. From iconic Damien Hirst installations to masterpieces from old Scottish masters, read on to see where you can get a dose of art with your starter – no […]

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Carve: Redefining Roasts

The humble British carvery is getting a makeover this summer in the form of Carve which will be coming to Tooley Street soon. Created by Daniel Bear, the founder of Euphorium Bakery, Carve will be redefining the roast with their guilt-free, high-protein carve pots…(that said we’re yet to feel guilty about having a roast). Big on flavour the carve pots will be made from meat, fish and tofu slabs which are hand-carved, pulled and prepped on a special raised carving podium. Rather than Yorkshire puddings and cauliflower cheese they’ll be served with superfoods, spices, relishes and roots – so you’ll […]

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