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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Take A Journey To The Underworld This Autumn

‘All aboard! Next stop hell’. No, not the Northern Line at 8am but an immersive banquet with the devil himself coming to London this autumn. Welcome to Journey To The Underworld. The event bills itself as ‘the greatest love story never told’ and promises to immerse guests in a world of fantasy, fear, danger, lust, hope and love… all in the underworld. Climb onto the train to Hades, boarding at Pedley Street Station, as passengers are treated to their last meal, joined by Claude, the train’s shackled conductor and joined by his sidekick Gordy as they lead passengers on a journey questing […]

Travel

Love it or Hate it? The 6am Airport Dash

The pre-dawn airport rush, a right of passage for any holiday-maker, a rude awakening ensuring you can be on the beach by lunchtime. There are two schools of thought here, and it divides The Handbook’s office. The great debate is on… Early-bird Lottie: It hits 11pm, you’re laying in bed staring at the ceiling… and, if you’re me, you’re fully clothed, sombrero on (not sure why), bikini clad and flip-flops at the ready, because in a few hours my, oh my it’s airport time. Now it’s fair to say early flights and airport ventures at silly o’clock are, for some, […]

Travel

Non-Stop Party Islands: When Summer’s Over But The Party Isn’t

If you’re still wearing shorts on the tube and lamenting the passing of summer like someone died, all while your tan fades as fast as your paper festival bracelets then don’t worry; this doesn’t have to be where the party ends… Why not head to one of these islands where the party doesn’t stop… Ibiza, Spain Why: Tried and tested, the White Isle is quite literally the home of the party. And with regular pool parties running into October there’s no let up on the party vibe yet. Ibiza wouldn’t be Ibiza without super-star DJs, and private jets will be […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Mezcal Week Is Here! Where To Go And What To Drink…

Mezcal, it might not have the same profile as Tequila, but boy should it have! The Mexican drink, a smokier version of its more glamorous sister, is also agave based and it’s nevertheless taking London by storm. So much so that they’ve now dedicated an entire week to the drink. So grab a sombrero, we’re off to celebrate. Leicester Square Kitchen Why: Leicester Square Kitchen have outed themselves as Mezcal lovers by throwing together a limited edition cocktail menu specially for the week. So head down to the bar and restaurant (no prizes for guessing the address) to try out their […]

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The Handbook Meets

Owner Of The Smart-Set’s Favourite Bar Spills His Secrets

In Sloane Square, the epicentre of ‘smart’ London, lives a club that’s a little bit special. While the entrance is set in cosmopolitan West London, head downstairs and you’ve arrived at Day of the Dead themed Mexican jungle hideaway Tonteria. A firm favourite of Prince William, Pippa Middleton and the rest of them, at the helm sits partner Alain Dona. So I caught up with him to find out what makes Tonteria tick. In a city where clubs are declining, and nightlife is changing what makes Tonteria stand out from the rest and remain so popular? We always wanted to improve the […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Get Involved With The Charity Auction Battling Hunger

When were you last hungry? Like, actually hungry? If you work in the restaurant industry the answer is quite possibly never. And even for most Londoners, where food is cheap and readily available, most of us are likely over-weight and incredibly well fed. Auction Against Hunger, then, probably isn’t there to help you, but is almost certainly something that we should be helping. The idea is simple, get some of the best chefs in London all in one place (and where better than foodie ground-zero: Borough Market), add in DJs, 20 street food pop ups, a table tennis challenge and a number […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

The Riverside Barbecue Festival Coming To Tower Bridge

What’s the official end to the summer? A Facebook feed filled with uniformed children stood by their front doors? Swallows flying south for the winter? No, as far as we’re concerned it’s the annual Butler’s Wharf BBQ Feastival. Butler’s Wharf, the Thames-side restaurant enclave at, you guessed it, Butlers Wharf, will be giving punters the chance to sample unlimited barbecue dishes from each of their restaurants (Blueprint Café, Butlers Wharf Chophouse, Cantina de Ponte and Le Pont de la Tour), not to mention a cocktail from the restaurant of their choice. The ‘feastival’ (which is a festival with another ‘a’ and bunch […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Relive The Summer Of Love Island (In Fulham)

We’re not that sad to see the end of summer, the searing heat that kept us up into the small hours, made the tube unbearable and an un-airconditioned office a work environment something like being receptionist in Hades. But there’s one aspect of summer we are already missing terribly. Yes, it’s Love Island. The ITV2 hit reality show dominated our summer, our thoughts and certainly our office chat. So whether you’re pining for Jack and Dani or you’re longing for 10pm sunsets and the smell of suncream Fulham Beach Club has the ultimate party to send off the hottest summer […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

The West End Will Play Host to a Secret Alfresco Cinema

When there’s a cinema showing in the West End, normally you either have to have a ticket, or you have to be on the red carpet, not for the next couple of days though, because there’s a new open-air cinema just two minutes from Piccadilly and anyone can go. For the 6th, 7th and 8th September, St James’s Market will be transformed into an open-air cinema complete with giant screen, a red carpet, proper cinema seats and of course a popcorn machine. The free event (yup, no need to get a ticket) will be showing the classic films, E.T, Singing […]

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News

There’s A Giant Ball Pool Filled Lido Coming To London

If there is one thing we can all agree on as Londoners, it’s that swimming the Thames is a bad idea, even if it is the cleanest river in a major city, no one wants to get sick (cast your mind back to David Walliams charity swim in 2011 and how ill he got). So, we have a better alternative, a Thameside ball filled lido, which not only is going to look excellent on your Instagram (because that’s what we all live for obviously) but also you have the chance to win a holiday. Brought to you by Virgin Holidays, […]

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