Yes, the rumours are indeed true, the sun is beginning to show its face and boy are we glad after a dismal Jan and an oh, so slow Feb. So, without further ado, we’re inviting you to enjoy a range of pop-ups that’ll have you jumping into the next season with a Spring in your step…
The Marylebone Food Festival is back for its second year, bringing together all the area’s food and drink establishments, from cafes and wine bars to Michelin-starred restaurants. Throughout the five days they’ll be hosting masterclasses, one-off collaborations, food tours, talks and special menus. Restaurants taking part include Jikoni, Opso, Pacahamama, Boxcar and The Cavendish. A headline event will launch the festival on Wednesday 24th April when some of London’s best Marylebone based chefs and food experts will come together for an exclusive dinner held in St Mary’s Church on York Street, a striking, grade II listed Georgian building in the centre of Marylebone – tickets have sold out but we do have a pair left for one lucky winner – head to our Instagram to find out how.
24th -28th April, head to our Instagram @thehandbooknews to be in with a chance to WIN two tickets to the sold out launch supper club.
What better way to spend a Thursday evening than with a champagne dinner? The Milestone Hotel and Residences London have partnered with their house Champagne supplier, Lanson, to host a five-course meal. Starting with pre-dinner aperitifs and canapés in the Conservatory, the dinner will then take place in the Windsor Suite. The menu will include roast duck breast with butternut, pickled cucumber, spiced roast pineapple, duck consommé jelly and brioche and dark chocolate butter pudding with strawberry sorbet and peanut crumb, with each dish paired with a different Lanson champagne.
Where: 1 Kensington Court, London W8 5DL, UK
Nearest station: High Street Kensington (0.4 miles)
Website: Book Tickets Here
Can’t make it to Vancouver to the TED 2019 Conference? Us neither. We’re just going to be strolling over to London Marriott Hotel County Hall who will be livestreaming the conference for free and serving drinks and canapés as they do – nourishing your mind and body. This year the theme is Bigger Than Us so expect talks about the future of our world and inspiring possibilities when we ask what is worth fighting for.
16th -19th April
Where: London Marriott Hotel County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7PB
Website: Get Tickets Here
Mr. Phileas Fogg is welcoming Michael Palin as his next guest in his explorer series. The night will be filled with cocktails and stories about Palin’s world travels. The talk series takes place in Mr. Fogg’s Mayfair home, where all guests are treated to Tanqueray No. TEN Gin cocktails and tales that come from all around the world.
8th of April, 7pm
Where: 15 Bruton Lane
Introducing Mews of Mayfair’s Tropical Jungle, in collaboration with Veuve Clicquot Rose. Dine under the palms and exotic flowers while sipping on a glass of Champagne this Spring. Tables come on a first come first serve basis.
Where: 10 Lancashire Court New Bond Street W1S 1EY
Nearest station: Bond Street (0.3 miles)
The Gherkin and William will collaborate to offer two chocolate tastings and a short masterclass, designed to give insight into the world of chocolate as well as an understanding of the skills and evolution behind William Curley’s favourite chocolate confections.
12th of April
Where: The Gherkin, St Mary Axe
There’s a whole lotta Game Of Thrones stuff going on right now and you can find them all here…
Website: Find Them Here
For two nights only, The Other Gin Palace at The Other Palace will be putting on unmissable Gin and Cocktail Masterclasses. Each will be an unforgettable two-hour journey through gin history at London’s most exciting Gin Palace and theatre.
Where: The Other Palace, Palace Street
Eleven98 will be taking over the Hackney Coffee Co for a night of tasting and mingling. The event will feature a menu of six carefully-curated tasting courses and cocktails inside of the warehouse-style venue. Aidan Brooks, originally of Hackney, is the mastermind behind the menu, which will highlight the produce of the Hackney area. Guests are in for the insider’s taste of Hackney.
26th of April
Where: Hackney Coffee Company, Hackney Road
‘In Conversation’ wine dinners with winemakers Nuno Mira do Ó of Druida & Osvaldo Amado of Global Wines on ‘David & Goliath of the Dão.
15th of April
Where: Bar Douro, Southwark Bridge Road
Open for only two days, the Tattoo Studio takeover will offer 16 different Games of Thrones inspired tattoo designs, drawing on iconic themes, quotes, and symbols from the show.
16th of April
Where: The Circle London, Noel Street
Website: Get Tickets Here
The English Grill will be hosting a Bouchard Finlayson Wine Dinner, which will include a five-course meal with wine pairings. The menu will feature Cornish Hake with Jersey Royals, Herb Crusted New Season Rump of Lamb with Gnocchi, Textures of Chocolate with Raspberries, Mint, Vanilla, and many more delicious dishes. Pre-drinks will commence at 6:30 P.M. in the lounge and dinner will be served in The English Grill at 7 P.M.
11th of April
Where: The English Grill, 39 Buckingham Palace Road, Westminster, SW1W 0PS
The bar’s award winning team will be setting up a shop in London, serving delicious cocktails from their new 2019 menu, in a cool and relaxed atmosphere.
13-14th of April
Where: FAM Bar, Duke Street
Chef Germán Martitegu of Tegui, Argentina’s top-ranking restaurant and one of the World’s 50 Best ranking at number 14 is heading over to London for two nights. The Tegui restaurant pop-up at Gaucho Piccadilly will serve guests a six-course tasting menu which takes you on a journey across Argentina’s 23 provinces giving a culinary tour of the varying ecosystems of the country from the mountains of Salta to the pastures of Patagonia.
10-11th of April
Where: Gaucho Piccadilly, 25 Swallow Street, W1B 4QR
Franklin & Sons, the premium soft drink, tonic and mixer brand, are celebrating their ‘Flavor Collection’ tonic water 4 pack launching into Co-op stores, with a pop-up Supper Club experience at London’s trending new social space.
4th of April
Where: hicce, Stable Street
Website: Get Tickets Here
The third episode of Nyamming, the series of immersive dining events centered around Caribean cuisine, will feature Co-Founder of Jamaican restaurant Dee’s Table, Denai Moore, who will be teaming up with Island Social Club. They will be cooking a four-course meal that embodies the Rastafarian philosophy of Ital. The meal will be an opportunity for guests to intimately encounter the cooking, history, and philosophy of Ital.
4th of April
Where: Island Social Club, Kingsland Road
Sucker for an exhibition? This will be right up your street. Wander down to Carnaby and mark the 40th anniversary of music photographer Gerard McNamara by perusing some of his most impressive work, including the likes of Kate Bush, The Clash, The Police and Blondie – super cool! The iconic images display the work done by McNama between the years of 1979-198.
From 12-21 April
Where: 3 Newburgh Street, W1
Chew chew! All aboard the Tattinger Express, a non-stopping service straight to your liver. Someone at Burger & Lobster has decided that the most efficient way to serve Champagne is to send it via trainset, and so for the restaurant’s new bottomless Champagne brunch they’ll be firing up the miniature railway and sending your drinks on the length of the nine-metre bar.
Putting a whole new meaning to ‘the fat controller’, you can gorge on the full a la carte menu, which includes their ‘famous’ prime cut Nebraskan 10 ounce burger or wild Atlantic lobster (apparently one of the few places in London serving it) or the famous Burger & Lobster combo that gives the restaurant its name and guests the best of both worlds.
The deal will run from Friday 29th March at Burger & Lobster Soho for three weeks
Where: 37-41 Bedford Row, WC1R 4JH
Sabrina Ghayour will be working with Caravan co-founder and chef director Miles Kirby to deliver a special night of Middle Eastern dining. The event will be comprised of a three-course vegetarian sharing feast, which will include recipes from Sabrina’s cookbook. Caravan will also be concocting a specialty cocktail, Barberry Martini, which will be paired with the vibrant dishes.
Where: Caravan Fitzrovia
Website: Get Tickets Here
Novikov Italian’s brilliant chef Baldessare Amodio is back with a new series of the restaurant’s popular masterclasses. Tutorials begin with a focus on vegetarian dishes.
27th of April
Where: 50A Berkeley Street, Mayfair, W1J 8HA
Two food giants getting together? What could be better! The Shack-Fuyu x TATA Eatery collaboration will see people smacking their lips for days after delving into moreish flavours. Shack-Fuyu is a Japanese restaurant by Bone Daddies serving up all sorts of Western-style Japanese food. The pop-up will run as a one-off one night dinner collaboration, as part of this year’s three part collaboration series.
Where: 14A Old Compton Street, Soho, W1D 4TJ
Selin will take charge of Gridiron’s heroic namesake, the bespoke gridiron commissioned by executive chef Richard H Turner to serve a Turkish-Cypriot style feasting menu. Gridiron’s sommelier Lucy Ward will be matching bottles with the Selin’s innovative Turkish-Cypriot inspired dishes.
3rd of April
Where: Gridiron, Old Park Lane
Smithfield Market bar Oriole is teaming up with Burmese Restaurant Lahpet for a one-night-only supper club event. Oriole Head Chef, Gustavo Giallonardo, will be collaborating with Lahpet’s Head Chef, Zaw Mahesh. Along with the excellent menu, there will also be live jazz performed throughout the night.
10th of April
Where: Smithfield Markets, East Poultry Avenue, EC1A 9LH
Fresh off of her semi-finalist campaign on the BBC’S MasterChef: The Professionals 2018, Michelle Trusselle, is running an exclusive supper club series by the title of Myristica. The name derives from the Latin word for trees that produce nutmeg and mace, which can be found on the isle of spice, Grenada, where Michelle’s family heritage stems from.
The menu marinades in the same nostalgia as Trusselle has crafted a dining experience that is influenced by the Carribean cuisine that she grew up savoring. The events will be taking place across Central and West London, the exact locations are being kept confidential and will be released to guests prior to the event.
27th of April
Attendees will get the chance to taste an eight-course menu curated by the final four contestants from last year’s MasterChef: The Professionals – Laurence Henry, Dean Banks, Oliver Martin and Matthew Ryle.
15-16th of April
Where: National Theatre, Upper Ground
Ekte Nordic Kitchen will host the second of a series of Nordic Masterclasses. Guests will first gather around a table in the centre of the restaurant for coffee and cinnamon buns. The event will be followed by a tasting of smørrebrød and snapps, included in the total price of £35.
6th of April
Where: Ekte Nordic Kitchen, Bloomberg Arcade
This pop-up, is the first of its kind and will consist of over 1 million blocks, transported and assembled into the ultimate nostalgia trip. The bar will feature sculptures made completely from building blocks as well as an abundance of blocks for people to shape into their own creations. There will also be local DJs spinning tunes all day at the secret Shoreditch location.
Website: Buy Tickets Here
The Waldorf Project is back with its fourth chapter BARZAKH and it’s been described as the ‘world’s most extreme art performance’, but what’s it all really about? Since its inception back in 2012 as a multi-sensory dining experience, The Waldorf Project has been a revolutionary voice in performance art, putting on radical immersive experiences and experiments in consciousness in theatres. They’ve put on performances around the world, from Stockholm to Thailand and now they are headed to London to perform in the Old Shredded Wheat factory.
It’s going to be a four-hour epic journey that will take you through moments of fear, suspense, sci-fi and supposedly rebirth. During trials it is said that participants experience uncontrollable crying, sweating and moments where they were unable to move. We can’t say what exactly it will entail, it’s all rather allusive, but that’s the point. Who knows what you will experience? Will you come out cleansed, energised and having found a higher power or will you come out thinking. ‘what on earth was that?’. It remains to be seen.
The project starts on the 19th April and runs until the 12th May 2019
Where: The Wheat Quarter (The Old Shredded Wheat Factory) in Welwyn Garden City
Let’s talk about TED, baby! Every year we say to ourselves, this is our year, as we fumble over New Year’s resolutions that we know we likely won’t keep. Well, to make sure your 2019 stays consistent why not immerse yourselves in some inspirational talks.
As part of the partnership between TED and Marriott International since 2016, there will be a live stream of all the TED Vancouver action from the 15th-19th of April. The free event will see you enjoy a welcome drink, canapés and the TED 2019 conference stream.
Find some of the most inspirational TED talks here
Where: London Marriott Hotel County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB
Website: Get Your Free Tickets Here
Happy Birthday Swinger’s West End! To celebrate the first birthday of one of our favourite venues, Swingers will be throwing a Wheel of Fortune style birthday with half price crazy golf for just a fiver. Food and drink aside – which is something we never thought we’d say – those who go down will be entered into a prize draw giving you the chance to win an exclusive VIP party for up to 10 people. Hurrah!
Ready, set, putt!
Where: Swingers West End, 15 John Prince’s Street, W1G 0AB