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The Ritz London goes Alfresco

We’re getting closer to summer which means the temperature should be going up…any minute now…we’ll just keep waiting, because when it does we know where we’ll be headed The Ritz London for alfresco dining.  The restaurant terrace has just opened for lunch and will be daily until mid –September. With an Italian mosaic floor, vibrant floral boxes and big parasols to throw some shade when the sun beats down (or provide that much needed shelter when the heavens open) and wonderful views over Green Park it’s the perfect place to escape midday. The Ritz London is of course renown for […]

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5 Places You Have To Visit In Shepherds Bush

Shepherds Bush Shey-Bo, Shay-bay or whatever you like to call it this pocket of trendiness in West London is cool, edgy and a bit of rock and roll. What else would you expect from the birthplace of Pete Doherty – legend.  The Best Place for Sunday Lunch: Princess Victoria What: Cracking Sunday lunches. Why:  Built back in 1829, the Princess Victoria has seen days as a gin palace and a tram stop before being lovingly restored to a pub in 2007. Which is good news for you, because now it means you can go there for a pretty cracking Sunday lunch and if […]

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Galvin Festival Of Food And Drink

Glastonbury, T in the Park and V festival. The idea is always nice but we we always end up having to go on two holiday afterwards and despite our previous proclamations too much day time g&t isn’t always the best way forward. So leave your dodgy festival burger behind and join Galvin restaurants for the Galvin Festival of Food and Drink. This years festival celebrates Galvins Food Heros. The supermen/women of food who have received the monthly Galvin Outstanding Supplier Award over the past year. The head chef of each restaurant will be given a group of ingredients from Chris […]

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The Handbook Meets…Dawn O’Porter

TV presenter Dawn O’Porter has recently turned her flair for fashion into a full time career with the launch of her fashion brand, the aptly titled BOB, after her trademark haircut. The former ‘How to look good naked’ co-presenter is showing women how to look fashionable and classy fully clothed this time with her vintage inspired clothing line. Today marks the launch of Dawn’s first pop up shop in Seven Dials so The Handbook met up with her to get the inside scoop on her fashion muses. Who are your fashion icons? Twiggy, The Shrimp, Peggy Moffitt. All big 60s […]

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Reviews

Balance Box Review

Summer is coming and we are officially in beach body preparation mode but even with the best intentions in mind, eating healthily can be hard with hidden calories and misjudged portion sizes ready to trip us up at the first hurdle. Never fear though as it doesn’t have to be all that complicated thanks to Balance Box – a food delivery service that delivers meals straight to your door be it at work or home. You get breakfast, lunch and dinner with a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack thrown in; you can choose from either the Lighter Plan for those on […]

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Reviews

Balance Box Review

Summer is coming and we are officially in beach body preparation mode but even with the best intentions in mind, eating healthily can be hard with hidden calories and misjudged portion sizes ready to trip us up at the first hurdle. Never fear though as it doesn’t have to be all that complicated thanks to Balance Box – a food delivery service that delivers meals straight to your door be it at work or home. You get breakfast, lunch and dinner with a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack thrown in; you can choose from either the Lighter Plan for those on […]

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7 of London’s Best Sweet Shops

Sweets are a staple favourite of everyone’s ‘treat’ diet, as they remind us of our childhood, a much simpler time when ugly words like ‘taxes’ and ‘wrinkles’ didn’t exist. So it’s no surprise that sweets excite adults, just as much as they do a sugar-craving five year old. Plus, let it be known that we would happily push said five year old out of the way if they were about to get their hands on the last fizzy cola bottle (don’t judge, you know you would do the same). Why not give into your confectionary cravings and check out our list of London’s best sweetshops below…  Cybercandy […]

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Openings & Launches

The Richmond: style & substance in Hackney

New to the Dalston scene is the Richmond, a former and slightly frightening Egyptian themed venue complete with inside tree-houses… Anyway, all that’s been done away with and replaced with a quietly chic neighbourhood vibe thanks to interior decorator and antiques dealer Adam Bray. Duo behind the new venture are long-time pals, Aussie chef Brett Redman of Borough Market’s Elliot’s fame and Margaret Crow, stylist for the likes of i-D and Love magazine. Dishes are built around oysters, comfort food, and a raw bar serving a dizzying variety of oysters, clams and a rotating selection of carpaccios and tartars with […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Floridita London Launches Puerto Floridita

Here at The Handbook, we love a summer pop up. For us, they encompass everything that is British summertime – a big fun, quirky party, but one that is tragically fleeting and ends way before we want it to. The iconic late-night Soho venue Floridita is the latest London venue to offer a pop-up, inviting guests to get channel their inner Ariel and set sail with their new nautical summer pop up, Puerto Floridita. Floridita’s ‘deck’ (expect many nautical puns) will allow its shipmates to sit back, relax and enjoy cooling cocktails or dance on deck to the backdrop of […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Nantucket Beach Club Opens

We love Fridays but this Friday is extra special, it’s the start of May which means we are ever close to summer, it’s the start of the Bank Holiday weekend, so no work on Monday and it sees the opening of the Nantucket Beach Club at Skylounge, Double Tree Hilton. So really the way only to celebrate all of this happening is with a post-work jaunt to the Skylounge. Inspired by the East Coast Island living that we lust after on Pinterest and Instagram, the pop-up will feature its own lighthouse, swing-bench, boat and bowling alley – ready to strike […]

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