The Handbook
The Handbook

This weekend has not one, not two, but three causes for celebration. Firstly, Today is Australia Day so you’ll find us with a top notch coffee in one hand and a Lamington in the other, wishing we were in sunnier climes. Secondly, Saturday marks Chinese New Year and London is celebrating with a whole host of activities, including the big parade on Sunday. Finally, it’s pay day (hurrah!) and the last weekend of this long, dark month. Celebrations all round!

Tom's Kitchen

Last Chance: Food Fight

Healthy food and drink company, Rude Health (you’ve probably seen their nut milks), are putting their virtuous credentials to the test by going head to head with the person behind Instagram account KS_Ate_Here, Kar-Shing Tong, for a retox vs detox menu. On the menu at all Tom’s Kitchen restaurants, both parties have created a dish that represents their style of food – for Rude Health this means smoked salmon tartare with wasabi creme fraiche and cured egg yolk, whilst KS has created a ‘cardiac stack burger’; chicken schnitzel, potato rosti, streaky bacon and crispy sage chicken skin. We feel full just writing about it.
Available until 31st January at all Tom’s Kitchen restaurants

Where: Across London

Kerb and Monkey Shoulder

Burns Hootenanny

If you didn’t get a chance to celebrate Burns night or didn’t get a chance to celebrate it properly then now is your chance to set things straight. KERB and Monkey Shoulder are joining forces to bring two nights of Scottish street food, whisky, Highland themed games and the Monster Ceilidh Band. There’ll be haggis Scotch eggs from Wild Game Co; Macbeth Toasties from Deeney’s; Ghetto Grillz’s chicken schnitzel stuffed with haggis served on celeriac and candied beets slaw, Oyster Boy’s fresh Cumbrae Rock and Loch Ryan native oysters and build your own whisky sundaes from Nonna’s Gelato. Time to raise a dram or two to Rabbie Burns!
Friday 27th – Saturday 28th January 6pm – 12am

Where: The Biscuit Factory, Southwark, SE16 4DG


Sophisticated New Brunch

Brunch in seriously sophisticated style at newly opened Margot. Covent Garden’s chicest Italian, the new menu launches this Saturday featuring poached eggs with avocado bruschetta and crispy pancetta; Italian lemon pancakes with wild berries and marscapone and omelette with mixed mushrooms and Parmigiano Reggiano – it’s brunch, with an Italian twist. Pick up a Financial Times Weekend on the way and sit back with your latte, Bloody Mary or green juice.
Launches Saturday 28th January, served every Saturday and Sunday 12pm-4pm thereafter

Where: 45 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 5AA


Chinese New Year Celebrations

Way up on level 33 of The Shard, you’ll find Hutong celebrating Chinese New Year with a four-course feast accompanied by a traditional lion dance and Chinese musicians. On the menu you’ll find a mixed raw seafood salad (a traditional dish for Chinese New Year), Shanghai wonton and signature crispy boneless lamb ribs. To get into the spirit, guests will get given gifts to take away with them including candy boxes, Year of the Rooster wishing cards and one lucky table will get their whole meal for free.
Saturday 28th January, 6pm-10.30pm

Where: Level 33, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Bridge (0.1 miles)


Intimate, Off the Menu Dining Experience

Foley’s opened in Fitzrovia last year following on from a successful six-week residency in Shepherd’s Bush and already have a coveted Michelin Bib Gourmand. Launching this weekend, Head Chef Mitz Vora is launching ‘Off the Menu’ Sundays where guests will get to enjoy a creative 6-course menu themed around regional cuisine from Malaysia, Afghanistan and beyond. The experience is only available for up to 10 guests as you sit around the open kitchen, up close and personal to the chefs as they serve crab bisque, banana leaf-steamed hake and rose ice cream with fried milk. Prepare to be wowed.
Sunday 29th January, sittings at 6pm and 8.30pm. Email or phone to book your spot.

Where: 23 Foley Street, Fitzrovia, W1W 6DU

Beefeater Distillery

Free Comedy and Free Gin

Cheer up your weekend with some free comedy… and free gin. The Beefeater Distillery in Kennington is holding a series of free comedy gigs as part of The London Tonic Series and this weekend sees two sessions. The Beefeater Blues will see some of Britain’s best breakthrough comedians perform, with gin cocktails served from the bar. Attending is free but booking via the website is essential.
Saturday 28th January, 1.30-4pm and 3.30-6pm.

Where: 20 Montford Place, Kennington, SE11 5DE


Supper at the Snail with Sipsmith

L’Escargot are teaming up with Sipsmith for their first supper club of 2017: Supper at the Snail with Sipsmith. Starting with a classic Sipsmith G&T, Head Chef James Tyrell will serve a feast which will include the likes of slow roasted haunch of venison and punch jellies all matched with cocktails. Throughout the night there’ll be a gin tasting and of course you’ll finished with a post-dinner cocktail. Think you can complete Dry January? This could be your final hurdle.
Friday 27th January 7pm -11pm

Where: 48 Greek Street, Soho, W1D 4EF

Uniqlo Tate Lates

Art After Dark

It’s the end of the month which means… well, it means a lot of things but we’re thinking along the lines of late night art. Uniqlo Tate Lates returns with after-dark art, music, entertainment and drinks. Pop-up talks and hands-on workshops will give your Friday night a much-needed culture hit, focusing on the work of great American artist, Robert Rauschenberg. PS, entry is free.
Friday 27th January, 6-10pm

Where: Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1 9TG

Chinese New Year Parade

Annual Chinese New Year Parade

A rare occasion when joining the crowd is actually a good thing – this Sunday the West End will come alive with colour, noise and acrobatics as we see in Chinese New Year. Kicking off with the main parade at Trafalgar Square, lion dance teams and performers will lead the way, singing and dancing their way to Chinatown for food, workshops, crafts and more music.
Sunday 29th January, 10am

Where: Commences at Trafalgar Square

Fresh & Fit Fest

Health Festival

January is almost over! We can forget about detoxing and crazy workout regimes and just get back to going to the gym and classes like normal. To kick it off will be Fresh & Fit Fest, the annual one-day health and fitness festival at The Hoxton, Shoreditch and The Hoxton, Holborn. Taking place this Saturday, the event is free and you can sign up to different workshops, fitness classes and talks each of which will include goodie bags. There’ll be talks from the likes of Doisy and Dam, Pip from Pip and Nut and Clean Eating Alice. You can join the likes of the Boom Cycle, House of Voga and Fat Buddha Yoga for classes and there is more healthy food then you can swing a stick at, we’re talking Skyr, Propercorn, Rude Health and Bounce Balls.
Saturday 28th January 9am – 5pm

Where: The Hoxton, Holborn and The Hoxton, Shoreditch


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