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Openings & Launches

CURIO + TA TA: A Meeting of Two Minds

We love it when two things come together to create something even better like doughnuts and croissant or poodles and Labradors which is why we’re looking forward to the opening of CURIO + TĀ TĀ, which brings together street food team TĀ TĀ (aka Chefs Zijun Meng and Ana Gonçalves) with Curio Cabal café (Matt Broughton and Jeremy Duffy). The team met when they were introduced by their mutual friend chef Nuno Mendes, who realised that his local coffee house, Curio Cabal wanted to extend its food menu, so he introduced Matt and Jeremy to TĀ TĀ and the rest […]

Openings & Launches

MeatUp: A Little Social Grilling

When it comes to summer, BBQs in theory, are great. That is until it decides to rain/someone forgot the charcoal/you don’t actually know how to cook the sausages and everyone gets a dodgy stomach. So we might be being a little pessimistic but that’s only because come the start of July when we want a BBQ we’ll be heading to MeatUp which is opening just around the corner from The Handbook HQ. The all-day restaurant and late-night bar says it’ll be like a party in your own back garden, except bigger and better – swapping packets of burgers and little […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

10 Picnics for National Picnic Week

‘I don’t know why, but the meals we have on picnics always taste so much nicer than the ones we have indoors’, and we agree with George from Famous Five. We might be in a city but that doesn’t mean we are short of spaces for a picnic, in fact London has over 35,000 acres of public green space and with it being National Picnic Week this week, we’ve rounded up 10 top picnics to feast on throughout the summer:

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Guides

11 Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day (TBC)

The Handbook thinks Father’s Day is a great opportunity to get the family together and spend time with Dad, rather than just get him a gift and leave him to it. Treat him to a leisurely, indulgent day out in London at one of the capital’s best restaurants, bars or pubs. Here’s our guide to the best Father’s Day experiences:

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

How to Have Tea with the Queen

Chances are we won’t ever be having tea with the Queen, but that doesn’t mean we can’t prepare just in case the occasion somehow arises… probably best if you do the same too.   The Fans of London campaign (launched by Hilton, British Airways and London & Partners) to create a series of series of London experiences for super-fans based around four themes – Royal, music, Harry Potter and Shakespeare and they’ve joined with Conrad St James to host etiquette lessons so that we all know how to behave when that day comes and we have tea with the Royal […]

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Reviews

St Clements Brunch Review – What We Thought

New? Now a couple of years old, St Clements is a staple feature in the weekends of Parsons Green residents. Where? 201 New Kings Road, Parsons Green, SW6 4SR www.stclementscafe.co.uk  First Impressions: As chic yet unfussy as you’d expect for any brunch cafe in South West London, the main feature of St Clements is the counter, piled high with seriously tempting-looking cakes and pastries. Populated almost exclusively by girls in their activewear, with a few couples in their mid-twenties and a couple of buggies outside, St Clements is clearly a failsafe meeting spot for locals at any time of day. The […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

Hox on the Locks: The Hoxton’s Floating Hotel

Most people celebrate their birthday with a few drinks, seeing their friends, wearing a crown in the office and eating nothing but cake all day…Not The Hoxton, Amsterdam though, then again they aren’t most people (or even people at all, being a hotel) as they’re celebrating their first birthday by taking to the canals of London and hosting Hox on the Locks – a two-week pop-up hotel running 1st -14th July. The floating boat will be an extension of the hotel just a little more compact, but still with everything you need for a luxurious night, including a projector. Not […]

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Openings & Launches

The Four Sisters Townhouse Opens: Darkly Dickensian

One of the reasons that London is the best city in the world (yes, we’re bias but we’re also right*) is the fusion of old and new, the fact that futuristic new builds sit right next to historic buildings from years gone by. Look one way and you’ll see the bright lights of the city, look the other and you’ll be walking down a cobbled lane that Dickens would have frequented and it’s Dickens’ novel that provides the inspiration for The Four Sisters Townhouse set to open at the end of June. Tucked away on Bow Lane (which features prominently […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Night Tales moves to Hackney Wick

Sometimes you need a change, sometimes you need to just change location. Night Tales returns for another summer of drinking, eating and partying, all at the new location of Hackney Wick. The ten week pop-up will see old garages transformed into food shacks and hosted by some of East London’s finest eateries like Rudie’s (traditional Jerk creations), Slice Guy’s (New York pizza), and Nanny Bill’s (croquettes). What party hot spot would be complete without a selection of bars? The Singha Discovery Bar will bring a taste of Thailand to Night Tales with its gold mezzanine container bar, whilst ENTER.Sake will […]

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Openings & Launches

Belpassi Bros Opens in Tooting: They Cook, You Eat

When it comes to South London’s food scene, Brixton and Clapham tend to get the most attention, Tooting tends to be overlooked. However, in this instant ignorance isn’t bliss; you should be going to Tooting and you should be having brunch at the likes of MUD and Graveney & Meadow and you should be trying the tapas at The Little Taperia.  And soon you’ll be wanting to head to the next restaurant to open there- the first permanent home for Livio and Lorenzo Belpassi aka the Belpassi Bros. Chances are you’ll have come across their vintage 1967 Fiat van at […]

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