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Things to do Outdoors

Alfresco Secret Garden Returns to Paddington

It may not seem like it, it may seem like we’re in an eternal winter, but one day the sun will shine and one day we won’t have to wear a gazillion layers. When that happens, there is one place we’ll be heading straight to: Pergola Paddington. After over 179,000 of us flocked to secret alfresco terrace last year, it has decided (and rightly so) to return for season two. Set over two levels and with seating for 850, seven comfy day beds, two huge open bars and a line-up of restaurants including DF Mexico, Canard and MAM, it’s set […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

7 Best Pop-Ups Happening This April

From dinners with Merry Men to beauty pop-ups and journeys to Neverland; this April there are a whole host of fun and unusual pop-ups taking place, to get you out the house and up to mischief. Here is The Handbook’s guide to the 7 best pop-ups for the coming month. Enjoy!

Experiences & Pop-Ups

The Iconic Beauty Brand Launching Its 1st Pop Up

This month will see the opening of La Mer, the first ever pop up from the iconic skincare brand. The celebrated brand began its journey under unfortunate circumstances, Dr. Max Huber suffered burns in an experiment that wrong. Determined to help himself, he looked to the power of the sea and natural ingredients to create a product that would the appearance of his skin. 6,000 experiments and 12 years later and Crème de la Mer was born. Taking up residency at 13 Soho Square, the pop up will give you the chance to book 30 minute Miracle Broth facials; have […]

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Best Brunches

New Bottomless French Brunch

The Bank Holiday might be over, but we have two things to cheer you up: 1) there is another Bank Holiday in a month and 2) Le Pont de la Tour has recently appointed a new Head Chef, Julien Imbert and his unveiling a new brunch and who doesn’t love a new brunch? The French inspired menu will include black truffled scrambled eggs with fresh truffles on freshly baked brioche topped with comté and chives; Croque Madame with Mornay sauce, ham cured in-house, Emmental cheese with a sunny side up fried egg and Pain Perdu. Based on his grandmother’s recipe, […]

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Openings & Launches

Make Room For Tapas At The Tapas Room

If there’s one thing we’ve always got room for it’s tapas. So with this in mind, The Tapas Room was pretty perfect. But is there room for two Tapas Rooms? Deptford Market Yard think so. The Tapas Room opened last May down in Tooting’s Broadway Market, brought to us by the owners of Pop Brixton’s Donostia Social Club. In an incredibly short time it’s become a mainstay of Tooting Broadway Market’s thriving food scene and so, building on that success, they’ve decided to open a second restaurant, this time in Deptford Market Yard. The Tapas Room combines a mind-bogglingly wide […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

The Monster 300m Inflatable Course Coming to London

It would appear that going to a child’s birthday party and taking over the bouncy castle for yourself is not acceptable. Well this summer little Freddie, you can keep your castle, because we’ll be heading to a better palace where we’ll find a better inflatable. Go cry into your Peppa Pig birthday cake. The Monster will dare you to let your inner child loose as you race your way round a 300 metre course with 42 new obstacles including at 18m Mega Slide, the Tunnel of Love and The Bouncy Cage of Doom. Once you’ve conquered The Monster you’ll be […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The London Cheese Project Returns

The London Cheese Project is concerned. They’re worried that people are just jumping on the cheese band wagon and aren’t stopping to appreciate just how good cheese is. It’s not all about cheese puns and terrible cheese hashtags, yep apparently some people are #sluttyforcheese – cheese deserves more. Which is why, The London Cheese Project will be returning to Hoxton for the third time this May with their biggest celebration yet. It’s three days of cheese at the Geffrye Museum, you’ll find a line-up of the UK’s best cheese makers, cheesemongers and street food chefs at the forefront of British […]

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Seasonal & Celebrations

6 of the Most Decadent Easter Treats

Coming at the end of Lent, Easter is a time of indulgence (whether we stuck to no chocolate or not) and as ever London has stepped up to the mark with some truly outlandish Easter creations – deep fried Crème egg anyone?

Openings & Launches

Tom Oldroyd to Open New Hackney Restaurant

You’d be forgiven for thinking that Tom Oldroyd’s new restaurant, The Duke of Richmond was set to open in South West London. However, you’d be wrong, it will actually open in Hackney. Having originally opened in 1841, Tom will be restoring the site to its former glory in time for alfresco drinking this summer (it’ll feature a terrace with space for twenty). Divided into a dining room and a pub, the spaces will have their own menus, but they’ll both see seasonal British produce given a strong French accent. In the dining room you’ll find lamb sweetbread and asparagus vol […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The New Underground Bar That Just Arrived In Spitalfields

What’s the most natural name for your second bar? For Max and Noel Venning, the brothers behind hit bar Three Sheets in Dalston, the answer is Bar Three. Bar Three sits beneath bar and restaurant Blixen and within its dark, sultry, subterranean corners you can experience a selection of cocktails categorised by flavour, rather than spirit. As you sip under the bare brick arches of the original cellar, choose from light, medium or full-bodied (in keeping with the three theme) cocktails. And the Venning Brothers have brought all their signature ‘no-fuss’ style to Bar Three, so expect excellent flavours and […]

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