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Mayfair’s Live in the Square Turns Theatre Inside Out

There’s something about sunnier climes that sees us take all things traditionally done indoors and do them outside instead, but who’s complaining right? Well, say goodbye to the awkward shuffle past many a frustrated observer as you attempt to go to the toilet mid-Madame Butterfly. Outdoors is the answer as a line-up of ballet, immersive theatre and music, twirls, jiggles and juggles its way into Mayfair’s Grosvenor Square for Live in the Square. The event will be Grosvenor Square’s outdoor festival debut, perfectly timed as we celebrate the 400thyear of the legacy that is Mr William Shakespeare, a man whose musings […]

Reviews

Is This The Best Place to Eat in Pop Brixton?

What? Making its home among the shipping containers of Pop Brixton, Duck Duck Goose is a modern Cantonese canteen by Oli Brown (former chef of Le Café Anglais) based on the old school cafes and roast meat shops in Hong Kong and is now quite possibly, my favourite place to eat in the foodie hub. New? No, it opened at the start of 2017, but they have recently launched a new spring menu. The Setting: Pop Brixton is one of my favourite places to go when the sun is shining and you’re looking for a midweek alfresco supper or you’ve […]

Reviews

Is This London’s Most Opulent Restaurant? We Check Out Park Chinois

What: Park Chinois is Mayfair’s decadent party den opened by Alan Yau (founder of the likes of Wagamama, Hakkasan, Yauatcha, Duck and Rice). Made up of the Salon de Chine and Club Chinois, Park Chinois is the sort of venue where you leave your 9-5 at the door and enter into a realm of Champagne, dancing and hedonism. New? No, it’s been partying since 2015, however they have just launched a cheeky, new dinner show which brings together cabaret, comedy and singing. We particularly enjoyed a moody performance of Back to Black, a Carry On esque sketch based on Buckingham […]

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Openings & Launches

20 Top Restaurants That Opened in May

And that’s another month down, I’m going to sound very clichéd here when I say, where is the year going? Luckily it doesn’t seem like restaurant openings are taking a break as 20 opened this month, from a new Instagram haven to a Thai fast food restaurant, London really has it all.   Kricket Brixton What: Kricket Returns to Brixton Why: The sun’s out, blue sky and the smell of mown grass! Time for some Kricket? No, not the endlessly dull summer sport, but the Indian restaurant phenomenon. Kricket, feted for its casual and creative Indian food served out of their […]

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Culture

The Boxsets That Got Us Through May

Given we’re all going to spend June glued to Love Island it’s hard to think how you’ll find time to watch any boxsets, let alone the six we’ve suggested here. But when the Majorcan dust clears, then you’ll need something to replace all that time with, you could learn a language or do a nightclass, but most likely you’ll be looking for the perfect boxset, so here’s everything we’ve been watching the last month… Amidst a bunch of colleagues watching murder, rape and suicide boxsets, Deputy Editor Phil‘s been trying to keep it light and cheerful with a couple of comedies. […]

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Health & Wellness

The HIIT Class Taking Place 135m Off the Ground

Everyone knows that anything is made better when you have a great view, brunch, great, brunch on a rooftop = the best, taxes, not fun, doing your taxes on the beach, bearable. It’s the same for exercising, pounding the treadmill in a sweaty gym staring at a blank wall, dull, but doing a HIIT class in a London Eye pod, now we’re talking. Back for the third year, Barry’s Bootcamp will be hosting their HIIT classes with an exclusive takeover of the Coca-Cola London Eye on Saturday 9th June. The first pod will leave at 7:30am for a high intensity […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

Say Cheese: Jarlsberg Introduces its Gin and Cheese Evening

Here’s something sure to put a cheesy grin on your face – an evening of gin and cheese. I could probably just leave that sentence there, whack a date, time and place on the end and you’d be sold, as two of the nation’s yummiest indulgencies are sure to entice. However, I must go on, and probably make your tummies rumble even more. Jarlsberg are introducing their gin and cheese evening to celebrate the cheesiest day of the year. Yep, its National Cheese Day. It seems there’s a “national __ day” for just about everything nowadays, but we’re certainly not […]

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Travel

Forget Love Island, Here’s Where To Stay In Majorca

The more academically minded among our readers will no doubt be aware that we’re on the edge of an important cultural moment, just as 1565 is noted as the year Shakespeare was born and 1802 the spring that Wordsworth admired his daffodils, 2018 is the year of Love Island Season 4. Say what you like about who mugged off who and who was pied by who, we’d all fancy a few weeks off, lying back on a Majorcan sun lounger give or take the TOWIE wannabes strutting their stuff around you. Well, maybe you can? Majorca is one of the […]

Openings & Launches

A New Wimbledon Champion

Wimbledon! You read it here first, the very first mention of the world famous tennis venue on The Handbook this year. Expect to see the word many more times over the coming month, but this isn’t a guide to the best places to stock up on strawberries and cream, tactics for queuing or a list of afterparties, in fact it’s nothing to do with the championships at all. It is, though, an exciting new opening coming to the home of English tennis. 601 Queen’s Rd has just opened in the heart of Wimbledon, down the hill from the village and […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Rake’s Café Bar Makes for the Perfect Pit Stop

If you’ve had to make do with the train food cart’s selection of basic crisp flavours and overly strong coffee, and you’re desperate to indulge in something a little more flavourful, Rake’s have got your back. The new café bar have hit the location nail on the head, positioned right next to Liverpool Street Station, offering comfort food, coffee and cocktails, much needed after the hustle and bustle of Liverpool Street Station, alongside a cocktail menu of classic concoctions. In historical context, a Rake was someone who habitually wasted his fortune on wine, amongst other things, and we can’t say […]

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