In Case You Missed It
In a world where we’ve gone from plugging ethernet cables into modems to fire up computers the size of rooms, to the news that the iPhone XR is now ready to pre-order, it’s often difficult to remain on top of this ever-spinning world. What’s more, we love to offload all of the foodie news we can find onto you, our fond following of Handbookers, so we’re not surprised if the news we share ends up at the bottom of a very large restaurant-related pile. So here are some of the things you might’ve missed along the way, from halloumi brunching to 1,000 free meatballs!
What: Chew Chew!
All aboard the fun train! How about choo-chooing your way through a four-course meal by BBC MasterChef finalist Louisa Ellis? Yep, we thought that’d get you on the right tracks to reading more…
The Greatest Snowman is an immersive dining and theatre experience that comes by the hand of Funicular, the dining experts, and will see Londoners boarding a luxury train for an evening of festivities, food and fandango-ing. You’ll board at Pedley Street Station and be intercepted by Santa Claus’ agents along the way. So, chew chew some food and enjoy an experience that comes from the brains behind Journey To The Underworld and The Murdér Express.
Running now until the 23rd of December
Hammer & Tongs
Farringdon (London) (0.4 miles)
What: Hammer & Tongs' Second Birthday
Hammer & Tongs is celebrating its second birthday in true South African style with a party on the 28th November. There’ll be drinks on the house, tasty braai bites and plenty of good times! Afterwards stay on for dinner and get 25% off food. You can check out how to attend the party here!
The party takes place on the 28th November 2018
Where: 171 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3AL, UK
The Perception at W London
Piccadilly Circus (0.2 miles)
W London has launched dining series Flashback Feast, and if that doesn’t already get the tastebuds tingling then I guess you’re just going to have to read on! Young chef Ben Murphy, quite the breakthrough act, will be collaborating with The Perception to allows guests the opportunity to feast on a seven-course menu inspired by his childhood – nostalgic or what?! Inducing memories of recognisable flavours (no we’re not talking about smiley potato faces and beans), the menu will be packed with explosive flavours, unconventional textures and Instagram-worthy plating.
The menu for consumers launched on 5th November and will be available until February.
Where: 10 Wardour Street, Leicester Square, London, W1D 6QF, United Kingdom
What: Trunks Of Fun
Now here’s something to brighten your day! To mark the 10-year milestone of JKS Restaurants, the co-founders have decided to support Elephant Family, a charity whose mission is to protect Asian elephants. We think it’s just ele-phantastic! Guests to Gymkhana Restaurant will be able to snap a picture with the elephants (not real we’re afraid), but multi-coloured counterparts with faces filled with expression.
Where: 42 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, W1S 4JH
The Gibson Bar
What: Gibson Martini's for Just £1? Yes Please!
There’s something about the sound of £1 Martini’s that immediately turns the head – am I right? Even more so when you found out it’s a Gibson Martini on offer. So, what’s this all about you quizzically lean forward to ask? Well, Copperhead Gin has jumped on a new initiative named World Gibson MartiniDay which will celebrate the classic Gibson Martini, with over 1000 Martinis being served on the night. Phwoar, rather the mixologists than us putting all the elbow grease into the celebrations. There’ll be live music and money raised on the evening will be donated to the Fawcett Society.
On Tuesday 20th of November, 5pm until late
Where: The Gibson Bar, 44 Old Street, EC1V9AQ
Barbecoa St Paul's
Bank (0.2 miles)
Just because it isn’t Summer, doesn’t mean we can indulge in a chicken wing or two. Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa resto triumph the little nibbles, and plan to up the ante by giving you bottomless wings for a tenner! So whether a Korean barbecue or a hot sauce with peanuts combo is taking your fancy, you can feast on bottomless wings until your heart’s content.
Every Monday to Thursday from 4–7pm in the bar.
Where: 20 New Change Passage EC4M 9AG
Piccadilly Circus (0.2 miles)
What: Swept Away By Sweeney
Claire Sweeney is taking centre stage at Studio 88 as part of their ‘One Night With’ . The Tonight Matthew-esque event will see the actress, singer and television personality filling the room with music, followed by an up close and personal afterwards, as host James Barr fills in gaps with gossip. The series will run every Tuesday from 16th October – 27th November, with guests including Claire Sweeney, Rob Houchen (Eugenius) , Marisha Wallace (reining Effie White in Dreamgirls), Jordan Luke Gage (Bat Out Of Hell), Sophie Evans (currently Glinda in Wicked and finalist in BBC’s Over the Rainbow) and Julie Atherton (the original Kate Monster in Avenue Q).
Where: 47 Whitcomb Street, London WC2H 7DH, UK
London Waterloo (0.2 miles)
What: Skylon Gets A New Chef
Skylon on the Southbank is being taken over by Helena Puolakka as her new position as Executive Chef will see her injecting fresh and seasonal dishes into the European restaurant. Previous endeavours of the successful chef have included work with Pierre Koffmann, Pierre Gagnaire and Gordon Ramsay, and her return will show that lightning does strike twice as her position follows a return to the restaurant after six years previously spent at the restaurant.
Where: Royal Festival Hall, London SE1 8XX, United Kingdom
Yum, Yum, Jamaican Rum
What: Rum Workshops
Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum is launching its Crafted with Joy workshops where there will be rum in abundance. So for those who love a Mule, an El Floridita or a classic Daiquiri, it’s a workshop for you! The workshops are led by a talented artisan and three events include Blenheim Forge where you’ll personalise steel cocktail mixing spoons, Earl of East London where you’ll make a hand-poured, scented candle, and Grain & Knot where you’ll carve your own chopping board.
From the 24th of October
Plant Based Baluchi
As it’s World Vegan Month this month, a certain eatery has jumped at the opportunity to launch a menu entirely plant-based, and we’re loving it. Executive Chef Santosh Shah has launched a seven-course tasting menu at Baluchi, the pan-Indian housed at The LaLiT boutique hotel. The menu will spice up your life with seasonal Indian ingredients and dishes including Subz ka thal, and to pander to popularity, tofu will also be on hand, with coconut sukha.
The tasting menu will be available through November.
Where: 181 Tooley Street, SE1 2JR
What: Food and Film
We love the Daisy Green collection, but our hearts are bursting even more as they have introduced their one-off Ocean’s 8 inspired brunch. Home Entertainment has joined forces with the collection to bring you food in favour of film, with guests hunting down hidden gems in exchange for a free gift. So whether Champagne tickles your fancy, or if you’ve been dying for a lazy Sunday indulge in a bit of Ocean’s 8 with a Blu-ray™ or DVD, this event is a real treasure.
Where: Timmy Green, Victoria and Scarlett Green, Soho
The Palm Court
Green Park (0.4 miles)
19: 20 at The Palm Court
Now this sounds pretty chic; Sheraton Grand London Park Lane are getting their 1920s on, with their 19:20 at The Palm Court. The weekly event, which sounds very Midnight in Paris-esque, will transport guests to the roaring 20s for one hour only. At exactly 19:20pm the mood of the hotel will swirl into the roaring 20s, with vintage songs, mesmerising dancers performing and era inspired cocktails. So, if you’re hoping for a bit of Gatsby glam this season, The Palm Court is the place-to-be.
Starting on Wednesday 7th November, weekly.
Where: Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, The Palm Court Piccadilly, London W1J 7BX
Holborn (0.3 miles)
What: Some Sweet News
Daniel Pearse will be The Savoy’s Executive Pastry Chef. The chef, who clearly likes the sweeter side of life, previously held the role of Executive Pastry Chef at Hakkasan Group UK, and worked prior to that at The Mandarin Oriental and The Langham.
Where: The Savoy, Strand, London, United Kingdom
This is a bold statement, but I think halloumi is one of, if not the, nation’s favourite cheese. There I said it! We love it in our fries, slapped on top of burgers and to grab hold of for a dunk in sweet chilli. Suffice to say, a month-long halloumi pop-up is far from cheesy for us aficionados. The pop-up will feature a bottomless halloumi brunch courtesy of Cyprus Tourism Organisation in order to entice you to the island – we’ll go! The event will be at Las Banderas in Soho and what with the time limit, we suggest you go, go, go!
From Saturday 20th October.
Where: 68-70 Wardour Street, Soho, W1F 0TB