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Get 30% Off Your Rail Fare: With An Avocado…

They may have missed out on affordable house prices, free education, gold-plated pension pots and names like Alan, Barbara and Nigel, but the millennials do have one thing: avocados. And now Virgin Trains has made sure that these app-downloading, pre-30-year-old hipsters can have another thing; cheap travel, as long as they bring their weird green, scoopy fruit with them. If you’d been in The Handbook office yesterday morning you’d have probably wondered why everyone under the age of 30 was furiously refreshing their browsers and thumbing their phones and tablets. Not Glastonbury tickets or a new super-hip clothing line being released, […]

Health & Wellness

The World’s Toughest Endurance Event Comes To London

Think you’re pretty tough? Like how tough? Peeling onions without blubbing tough? Cold shower because the central heating’s down tough? Sitting through an entire dinner party Brexit argument without weighing in tough? Well don’t worry if not, ‘tough’ experts Tough Mudder are coming to London with a slightly less tough and less muddy version of their endurance event, and you can take part. Tough Mudder, the hard-core obstacle course event series, was launched in the US in 2010 by Englishman Will Dean. Over 3 million people have taken part in Tough Mudders across 11 countries, but though Dean is former […]


The Cotswolds Festival That Promises To Be A Bit Of A Blur

He may live in a house, a very big house, in the country, but Alex James is nothing if not a great host. The Blur bassist long ago retired to his farm in the Cotswolds where, famously, he now spends his days making cheese. And while there’s nothing Dan Abnormal about that, we’re delighted to hear that he’ll be opening his farm up again for ‘The Big Feastival’, a food and good times extravaganza. If you’ve not heard of The Big Feastival, the here’s your lucky day. Presented by kitchen machinery maker NEFF, it’s a bank holiday weekend of camping, […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Ravinder Bhogal Launches Vegan Dining at The Perception at W London

You might know chef Ravinder Bhogal from when she won the competition to find Britain’s new Fanny Cradock on Gordon Ramsay’s The F Word in 2007; you might know her from her Marylebone restaurant Jikoni or you might have her recipe book Cook in Boots. Or if you don’t know her at all, you can head to The Perception at W London for their new dining series as they are collaborating with Bhogal to create her first entirely vegan menu. Available until the end of June, the menu will include the likes of besan fritters with coconut yoghurt and curry […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Polpo Celebrate Inspirational Women

Last week we celebrated International Women’s day, and the Polpo restaurants see no reason why the celebrations shouldn’t continue. The company has partnered up with Refuge, a charity that supports women and children whose lives have been affected by domestic violence. In support, they are hosting a two special dinners with the focus on celebrating inspirational women. Each dinner will be an elaborate affair, the first being a Venetian feast with a talk from Kimberley Thomas from Refuge Charity. The next will be a wine tasting dinner in collaboration with Passione Vino, the Italian wine bar in Shoreditch. Since these […]

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What to do This Weekend

Dancing to End the Stigma Around Mental Health

If you had a broken leg you probably wouldn’t be embarrassed about telling your housemates; if you had to take some time off work to treat a kidney infection it’s unlikely you’d think twice and if your friend told you she had just been diagnosed with cancer there’s no way you’d tell her to ‘act like she didn’t have it and maybe it’ll go.’ Funny then how when it comes to our most complex organ being ill, the brain, we do all these things. There is still a stigma around mental health. We might be scared to discuss it, we […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

Fancy A Michelin Star Lunch For Just £6?

It’s not unknown to drop a good few hundred pounds on a half-decent dinner from a Michelin starred chef. Maybe worth saving for a special occasion, an anniversary or to celebrate a work promotion perhaps, but hardly an everyday occurrence. Unless you head to KERB at King’s Cross, where London’s cheapest Michelin Star lunch is being served daily at the unusually usurious price of £6 a pop. Yes, £6. Singapore Airlines and the Singapore Tourism Board have flown Hawker Chan, Head Chef at legendary Asian street food stall Chan Hong Men, over to pop up here for three days only […]

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Openings and News

London’s Tastiest Ramen Restaurant Strikes Again

‘Here, have some ramen’, why thank you, thats very Kanada Ya! Kanada-Ya launched in Yukuhashi, Japan, in 2008, the brainchild of Kanada Kazuhiro and was an instant hit and it wasn’t long before he decided to take the show on the road, to Hong Kong and the UK. In 2014 it arrived in Covent Garden and was as popular here as back home, with Kazuhiro opening a further restaurant in Haymarket and, as of 22nd March, on Islington’s Upper Street. The authentic Tonkotsu ramen specialist uses an incredibly time-consuming process to perfect their ramen and as a result it has […]

Seasonal & Celebrations

We Ate All The Pies. Here’s The Best Of Pie Week 2018

It’s Pie Week! Which means that we’ve finally got a legit, cast-iron excuse for eating, yes, ALL THE PIES! Which, of course, we needed no encouragement to act on. So here’s where we’ve been checking out over pie week.

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Kebab Awards 2018: The Best Kebabs In Town

The Oscars was nothing: Monday night celebrates the sixth annual Kebab Awards. Last year the event was compared by Radio 1’s Scott Mills and Chris Stark, Jeremy Corbyn’s handed out prizes and everyone from Theresa May and Sadiq Khan through to C-list celebrities wants to be involved. And so it’s no surprise that the kebbalicious entries this year are pretty strong. The prize we’ll be watching closely is the fine dining category where a number of strong London restaurants are serious contenders. Here they are…

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