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The Street Food Takeover at Top 5* Hotel

Rumpus Room at Mondrian London is proving that opposites do attract as they bring together two very different sides of London: 5* hotels and street food. Starting next Tuesday, the new monthly takeover series will see different street food vendors serving up innovative dishes at the rooftop bar every Tuesday. First up will be Other Side Fried who have created a bespoke menu which includes O.S.F: fried chicken, brown butter mayo, parmesan, garlic and lettuce and Honey Butter: fried chicken, smoked honey butter, bacon, pickles and lettuce. Taking over in May will be Burger & Beyond and then moving into summer […]

Seasonal & Celebrations

33 Eggscellent Ways To Celebrate This Easter

InterContinental Park Lane As well as an Easter afternoon tea and Easter menus at both Ella Canta and Theo Randall, the InterContinental Park Lane will be serving an Easter brunch, accompanied by live jazz and bottomless sparkling wine. To go with your bottomless drinks will be unlimited food, you’ll find cold dishes such as ballotine of salmon, lobster and pistachio mousse; salads; waffles and omelettes and plenty of puddings including fruit meringues, raspberry fool and of course, chocolate eggs. Friday 30th March – Monday 2nd April www.parklane.intercontinental.com The London Cabaret Club For the Easter weekend, Bloomsbury Ballroom will be filled […]

Awesome Afternoon Teas

We Review: Sheraton Grand Hat Tea

What: Not quite a Mad Hatters tea party but there are certainly hats. New: The Sheraton Grand has teamed up with the world’s oldest hat shop, (Locke & Co) to create a one of a kind afternoon tea. New to the menu, it was our privilege to go and check it out. Where: The Sheraton Grand Park lane. Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1J 7BX, www.sheratonparklane.com On the menu: An afternoon tea inspired by hats. A fabulous selection of sandwiches catering for meat eaters as well as those of the vegetarian persuasion. A choice of plain, and warm chocolate and orange scones. Then came […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

London in the Sky Returns

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a 22-seater table floating 100ft in the sky. Oh right, London in the Sky must be back. The pop-up (emphasis on the up) is returning 5th to 15th July above South Bank meaning daring diners will enjoy beautiful and unique views of iconic London landmarks like St Paul’s Cathedral, OXO Tower, the Shard and the Millennium Bridge. There will be 3 tables in total, each serving an exclusive menu designed by either Pascal Aussignac of Michelin-starred Club Gascon; Robin Gill from critically acclaimed Sorello and The Dairy; or Lee Westcott […]

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Health & Wellness

Free Charity Fitness Class at Psycle London

There are some ‘national’ days and months that we could do without, purely created for the sake of sales, (cynical but true), but there’s one cause that is taking place in March that we are fully on board with: Brain Tumour Awareness Month. You probably didn’t know that 11,000 people a year will be diagnosed with a brain tumour, that’s 30 people a day. Or that brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40. Yet The Brain Tumour Charity knows that less than 2% of cancer research funding in the UK is spent researching into […]

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Health & Wellness

The Hotel Giving Out Free Rooms For National Napping Day

You know what I never appreciated as a child? Naps. Quite easily one of the best free things in life. Now, when I’m desperate for an extra hour or two it’s a bit harder, apparently, it’s not acceptable to set up camp at your desk with a pillow and eye mask. And you know when you’ve really reached your peak when the weekend excites you because your afternoon plans will include at least one nap. I am at this peak. DoubleTree by Hilton know that the struggle is real because this Monday they are offering free napping rooms, so that […]

Openings & Launches

Dabbous Legends Set Up New Restaurant

Dabbous is one of the restaurant success stories of the past few years, and right now all eyes are on Ollie Dabbous as he launches his new project. But there’s another Dabbous launch happening. The powerhouse behind the unstoppable Dabbous train was always Ross Gibbens and Michael Kennedy, the Head Chef and his Sous Chef at the Michelin Starred restaurant, and so it’s significant that the pair have teamed up to open Wellbourne Brasserie in White City. Arriving in White City Place, the central hub to the former Television Centre site, the brasserie will serve an all-day dining menu the menu will include […]

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Things to do Outdoors

Skylight at Tobacco Dock Returns for Summer

Amidst talks of the Beast of the East Part 3 and yellow snow ice warnings, we have some news which is a little sunnier, at least we hope by the time it opens it’s sunnier, if not we will be moving The Handbook HQ somewhere hotter (yeah, we’re threatening you weather). On the 3rd May, Skylight at Tobacco Dock will be reopening for another summer season, following it being home to the only rooftop ice rink last winter. The three floors will be filled with bars, street food, croquet, pétanque, DJs, live entertainment and big screens which will be showing […]

Culture

The Great Fruitcake Debate: Is It Okay For Harry And Meghan To Have A Lemon Wedding Cake?

Stop the presses! This is seriously important news. Like, properly important. Stand aside Brexit, pipe-down Putin, this is important shizz. Harry and Meghan have chosen their wedding cake… and it’s not fruitcake. The lemon and elderflower number they’ve gone with is courtesy of East London’s Violet Bakery, owned by Meghan Markle’s Californian pal Claire Ptak. Covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers, the cake is a serious break with royal tradition, where fruitcakes has reigned since Queen Victoria’s wedding. Which sparked a high-brow and serious argument in The Handbook office. Is it alright to ditch traditional fruitcake for a wedding? […]

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Culture

Write a Poem, Get Free Coffee

Why is it, that we love music and we love reading, but poetry which is the stepping stone between the two just doesn’t seem to appeal so much? Maybe because it conjures up memories of rote learning Wordsworth in the class room, the whole room monotonously wandering lonely as a cloud. And even now we can’t remember the whole verse yet play us a song we last heard in 1996 we’ll know it perfectly. We bet then, that you didn’t know that today (21st March) is World Poetry Day and that if you write a poem today you can get […]

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