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One Aldwych’s Summer Urban Resort

Guests at One Aldwych hotel are being offered the Summer Urban Resort programme, an exciting option filled with free experiences. There will be weekly cocktail and canapé receptions, Spanish wine tastings at Eneco Basque Kitchen & Bar and virtual reality cocktail demonstrations. The cocktail demos will be performed by award-winning mixologist Pedro Paulo. A free hour and a half walking tour of Covent Garden is also available each Saturday, led by an expert Blue Badge tourist guide. They will explain everything about the area from the aristocratic 17th century to modern boutique and restaurant culture. The package includes a room […]

Openings & Launches

Biggest Lunch Market in East London by KERB

As a developing professional adult, it’s difficult to find a good place to eat for lunch, because you don’t ever want to stick with the same shmuck every. single. day. Especially when repeating orders so often, that the server knows it by heart too! There’s no rest for the heat that is drastically increasing our appetites, to be accompanied with a cold drink, but here’s a solution to the people who can’t make their minds as to where they want to eat for lunch. KERB is launching a new site at St. Katherine’s Docks, East London – their sixth and […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

A Decade of Music at Quaglino’s

It’s always a banger when you go to a fancy restaurant and you get live musical entertainment. Though they’re not playing modern music, the impeccable taste could be enjoyed by generations through and through. Take a trip back in time and as you taste the savoury food served, your attention will be diverted somewhere else, you’ll see. This summer until the end of August, Quaglino’s is launching a series of musical performances, “Q Decades – A Musical Journey Through the Years”, starting with a special attendance by singing icon Jocelyn Brown, who will be performing hits including the legendary club […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Beautiful Allotment: Bourne & Hollingsworth Team Launch Summer Pop-Up

We were discussing in the office what happens in an allotment, answers ranged from petty disputes between who has been stealing whose watering can to ‘surely the ideal place to bury a body? Down the allotments’ (for once, I wasn’t the only one to think this). Why the allotment talk? The Handbook isn’t about to swap to growing prize carrots, it’s because the team behind Bourne & Hollingsworth is opening Beautiful Allotment inside the Victorian gardens of the Geffrye Museum. The space will be transformed with day beds, handcrafted potting sheds, BBQ areas, makeshift cocktail bars and handpicked pieces of […]

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What to do This Weekend

Your Weekend And How To Spend It: 29th June – 1st July

Pssst… guess what’s only a day away, guys? THE WEEKEND!!! I know, right? Here’s a smattering of stuff to be getting up to… The Cocktail Trading Co What: More Tea, Vicar? Why: Britain basically runs on tea and booze. So congrats to The Cocktail Trading Company who are here just in time with a combo of the two; it’s a tea party with a difference. Launching on Saturday, The ‘Afternoon Par-Tea’ (geddit?) will take place on Sundays at CTC’s Shoreditch HQ, just off Brick Lane. Hello Cucumber Manwich, a green tea infused Bombay Sapphire Gin, cucumber and Galia melon juice, served long […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

The UK’s Largest Slip N’ Slide is Coming to London

It’s like something out of an obscure dream, everyone’s favourite Bake-Off contestant Selasi sliding down a slippery slope only to serve you a cocktail at the end. But this not a dream, it’s time to get wet and slippery and hurl your slightly sweaty, greased-up body down a 50ft high 120ft long inflatable slide. Vita Coco are beating the heat this summer by bringing the biggest Slip N’Slide in the UK to London for the Lambeth Country Show. It’s completely free, you just have to be over seven. Slip N’ Sliders will get free photos and videos of themselves, so […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

Mister Fitz’s: Doughnut Time Launch Ice Cream Pop-Up

They’re known for their outrageous doughnuts, but now Doughnut Time are turning their hand to ice-cream as they launch their own pop-up parlour Mister Fitz’s Finest Ice Cream. Opening today, they’ll be serving up ice cream sandwiches, because why eat your ice cream out of a cone when you can have it held together by two cookies? Each of the eight sandwiches will have their own distinctive character. Perhaps you’ll want to nibble on John Lemon, aka two lemon scoops served between vanilla cookies and topped with meringue or if you’re into chocolate then get stuck into Choc-ella Deville made […]

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Openings & Launches

Alfresco Bottomless Brunch at the New Soane’s Kitchen

A new restaurant and café is opening in the original walled kitchen garden at Pitzhanger Manor, the country retreat of acclaimed British architect Sir John Soane built by him to entertain friends in 1800. Founder of catering company Social Pantry Alex Head is behind the exciting venture. Soane’s Kitchen has made an effort to reflect Soane’s love for entertainment in the decor of the café by creating an informal space with natural light and use of the gorgeous surrounding landscape. The spot will offer a quiet sanctuary in the middle of the city and restore an iconic London landmark. The […]

Best Brunches

The New Decadent, Bottomless-Brunch You Need to Try

What: Brunch, everyone Londoner’s favourite time of the week, the meal that can cure a hangover, start a hangover and means you can technically eat twice as much as it’s two meals in one, although, not actually advisable of course. When we heard that Sea Containers had just introduced new dishes to their brunch menu, we knew of course that we had to check it out. New? Whilst Sea Containers isn’t the brunch has just relaunched last month, bringing in new brunch dishes and on a Sunday a live band. The Setting: Sitting on London’s Southbank, Sea Containers can be […]

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Bathrooms Of Instagram

Is your loo Instagram ready? Probably not (the bathroom here at The Handbook is currently being plagued by ‘the phantom sh**tter’, so count us out), but unlike us thankfully the restaurants, bars and hotels of London not only have their loo brush game sorted, but they’ve got a phenomeonal backdrop for it too. Welcome to the Loos Of Instagram (the various working titles for this piece have included Bogs On Blogs, Must-Have-Lavs and Perfect Pissers, so believe me it could’ve been worse…). COMO Metropolitan London Hyde Park Corner (0.3 miles) What: No Hyde-ing The View Why: Scrub in style as […]

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