The Handbook
The Handbook

If you’re a nine-to-fiver bank holidays are usually a really big deal; an opportunity to let our hair down for a little longer over the three day weekend. And we’re sure we’re not the only ones who found the April and May lockdown editions disheartening.

So to make up for the lost few months stuck inside our tiny one bedroom apartments, we’re going to see this August bank holiday in with a bang.

We’ve scoured the city to find the best 15 ways to see the last three day weekend of the year. Be safe, enjoy and have fun.

For a floral filled afternoon, head to Skylon’s English Country Garden installation

South Bank resto, Skylon has been beautifully transformed into an English Country Garden, just in time for the Bank Holiday weekend. 

In partnership with Laurent-Perrier Rosé, the restaurant is bursting with pink, lilac and white floral displays spread around the corners of the central bar, as well as three breathtaking floral chandeliers hanging overhead. 

Of course, the go alongside the affair they’ve created three spritz cocktails, made with Laurent-Perrier, for the ultimate summer tipple. Our favourite is the Bittersweet blossom infused with Laurent-Perrier Rosé.

Belvedere Road, Royal Festival Hall SE1 8XX
www.skylon-restaurant.co.uk

See in the Bank Holiday at Pimm’s red double decker pop-up 

Did somebody say Pimm’s O’clock? 

Celebrate the last weekend of summer with a glass of Brit’s favourite summer tipple: Pimm’s. To coincide with the Bank Hols, the fruity favourite has launched a Pimm’s O’clock Truck that’ll be parked up at the Underbelly StreetEat Festival in Wimbledon Park until Monday, allowing Londoners the chance to drink their favourite summer drink in style. 

Pimm’s lovers can also enter a competition for the chance to win  access to the  Pimm’s O’Clock Truck, which has never been offered to the public before, for one afternoon to enjoy with friends and family. All you need to do is to create your own #PimmsOClock moment and share on Instagram.  Entrants must follow @Pimmsgb on Instagram, tag @Pimmsgb and use #TheOriginalTasteOfSummer when posting their photograph, to win the brand new 2020 Pimm’s O’Clock pop-up.

Underbelly StreetEat Festival at Wimbledon Park, running until Monday 31st
www.anyoneforpimms.com

Brunch of the week: No. Fifty Cheyne

Begin your Bank Holiday weekend with a bang as No. Fifty Cheyne’s picture perfect Saturday brunch returns. 

No. Fifty Cheyne is a beautiful Thameside restaurant slotted in the beating heart of Old Chelsea, and has been a Handbook favourite since opening early last year. Head on over to try Head Chef Iain Smith’s delightful brunch menu this Saturday. 

On the menu you’ll find all of your favourite brunch classics but with an elevated, refined twist, from buttermilk pancakes with whipped rhubarb cream, spring berries and homemade syrup to hand carved Scottish smoked salmon, accompanied by egg white, egg yolk, avocado, capers, shallots, citrus crème fraîche and rye bread. 

All of the dishes have been paired beautifully alongside No. Fifty Cheyne’s summer cocktails, and there’s also the option to go bottomless too for just £29pp. Choose your choice of chilled Prosecco or pitchers of Pimm’s, Mimosa, Aperol spritz or Bellinis.

Every Saturday – book to reserve your seat
50 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea SW3 5LR
www.fiftycheyne.com

Try Hampton Court’s two new stylish restaurants: Coppernose and 1665

Escape the hustle and bustle of central London this weekend and head out to Hampton Court’s new, stylish restaurants, Coppernose and 1665, the two restaurants nuzzled inside the new boutique hotel, The Mitre. 

With views opening out onto the Thames, both Coppernose and 1665 offer the perfect spot for a Bank Holiday lunch or dinner option away from the crowds. 

On Monday, both restaurants will be offering 50% off all food, during lunch and dinner services, to a backdrop of live acoustic jazz all day long outside the world’s first Whispering Angel Boat House Bar.

Hampton Ct Road, Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9BN
www.mitrehamptoncourt.com

For a relaxed weekend affair, check out OXO Brasserie Terrace

Bask in the sun overlooking the Thames to St Paul’s at OXO Brasserie Terrace. Perfect for a relaxed weekend dining experience with their summer dining menu; start with the cucumber and mint cocktail with Ketel One Vodka to quench your thirst. Then try one of our favourites, the Josper grilled lemon thyme chicken and for dessert the vegan blueberry & apricot cheesecake for something lighter. 

And if you’ve managed to survive until Monday; you’ll be glad to know that OXO has its last day of EOTHO.

OXO Tower Wharf, Barge House Street, South Bank SE1 9PH
www.harveynichols.com

Reap all of the Bank Holiday benefits at Galvin at Windows

If breathtaking views overlooking London’s iconic skyline is what you’re after this weekend, look no further than Galvin at Windows.

Nuzzled high up on the 28th floor of London Hilton on Park Lane, you’ll find the award winning restaurant Galvin at Windows serving up panoramic views and exceptional Bank Holiday deals. 

Running Saturday through until Monday, guests can delight in Chef Patron Chris Galvin’s Saturday brunch offer, featuring their signature favourites, plus a drink for only £20. Or, book in for Sunday lunch and enjoy two-courses of modern British classics for £39.50, or head over for Sunday dinner and enjoy their summer tasting menu as the sun sets over your favourite city.

If you’re looking for a sweet summer staycay, enquire within about London Hilton on Park Lane’s all-inclusive two night stay offer.

22 Park Lane, Mayfair W1K 1BE
www.galvinatwindows.com

For an new alfresco spot, head to On The Terrace, Four Seasons London at Park Lane

With the sun set to shine, head to On The Terrace at Four Seasons London at Park Lane for a relaxed afternoon indulging in fresh, seasonal dishes or a cocktail or two under the sun. 

Executive Chef Henry Brosi has been busy creating a specialised summer menu, with delightful dishes including olive oil poached salmon with hummus, pepper, caper salsa and pepper confit, and 32-day aged rib eye with wild mushrooms, braised ox cheek and shallot puree.

The hotel recently reopened with a brand new suite too in celebration of its 50th anniversary. The Hyde Park Suite, overlooking the Central Park of London (Hyde Park, obviously), is the perfect spot for a luxury staycation in the heart of London.

Hamilton Place, Park Lane, Mayfair W1J 7DR
www.fourseasons.com

Explore London’s best foodie pop-ups

Celebrate the weekend with our favourite foodie pop-ups taking over London. From our favourite outdoor dining spots to a plant-based drive thru, here are eight foodie pop-ups to try before the summer ceases.

Check out the new exhibition from The Photographers’ Gallery, Games We Play

This summer certainly hasn’t been the one we were expecting but it’s given us time to appreciate the smaller things that we once took for granted. The Photographers’ Gallery’s new exhibition Games We Play has done a brilliant job of capturing the beauty of summer through wit and subversion, taking a look through the camera lens at simple summer pleasures. 

Explore its various displays, including the King’s Cross stop off, this weekend.

Running until 1st November over various locations
www.kingscross.co.uk

Get your culture fix at the Design Museum’s Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers exhibition

While you might not be able to get your big club weekend blowout like you’d hoped, let Design Museum’s new exhibition, Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers, guide you on a club-centric journey as you explore how electro has impacted the music world. 

The retrospective spans through the people, art, design, technology and photography behind the electro world, guiding you through the dance floors of Chicago and Detroit to the 3D work behind Kraftwerk’s legendary sets.

224-238 Kensington High Street, Kensington W8 6AG
Running until 14th February
www.designmuseum.org

Get your Saturday sips at The Perception, W London

The Perception, home to the world’s largest disco ball, has finally reopened! Celebrate their reopening and head here for your Saturday sips.

Order yourself in a round of their tempting, innovative cocktails, all dressed and presented in fun, quirky glasses and designs. We love the ‘bee’s knees’, a mix of Star of Bombay, King’s Ginger, honey, rhubarb and lemon juice. 

Table bookings available, as well as walk-ins.

10 Wardour Street, Leicester Square, W1D 6QF
www.theperceptionbar.com

Celebrate Notting Hill Carnival at home 

Like all major events Notting Hill Carnival has been cancelled, or at least in the physical format, because they are in fact heading online to celebrate the 54th year this weekend.

Running Saturday through to Monday, tune in online for a weekend full of music and even a virtual parade. Tune in virtually to your music channel of choice (there’s 14 different ones to choose from so you’ll be spoilt for choice!) and have a boogie and celebrate at home with friends and loved ones safely.

For an immersive theatre experience, book in for the World War Two inspired production, Crooks 1926

If you’re missing your theatre thrills, book in for the World War Two inspired immersive production, Crooks 1926. 

The year is 1926, and in London, there is a war… 

Jump into the action packed, immersive experience and peek inside the cockney criminal underworld of Elephant and Castle. With one family’s battle for supremacy at stake, nothing is certain, safe or truthful. You’ll be thrusted in the centre of it all to try and organise the territorial takeover of your favourite city, London. 

Several COVID regulations have been put in place to keep both guests and staff safe.

Book your tickets at: www.colabtheatre.co.uk

Finally see some live music as Quaglino’s reopens

Iconic live music restaurant and bar, Quaglino’s in London’s St James’s, are reopening this weekend giving many of us the chance to see live music for the first time in over five months.

On Friday 28th August, tuck into Quaglino’s dinner options, from premium steaks from the grill to decadent seafood and expert cocktails, all to the soulful sounds of Jermain Jackman who you might recognise as previous winner of The Voice.

If brunch is more your thing, book in for the restaurant’s Q Bottomless Brunch on Saturday 29th August and be treated to a live DJ set – celebrate by adding on Free Flowing bubbles for £25 per person.

Or bring back the Sunday session with Quaglino’s Soul Sundays. Coco Vegas will take to the stage to deliver a mix of Soul, Pop & R&B as you tuck into a delicious set menu. Highlights include;  truffle white onion veloute with whipped mascarpone and onion petals; a classic beef roast with all the trimmings; and a dark chocolate marquise, white chocolate and truffle ice cream, all topped with gold leaf.

Excellent food and live music sure to lift the hairs on the back of your neck – finally a little taste of normality again.

16 Bury Street, London SW1Y 6AJ
www.quaglinos-restaurant.co.uk

What to watch this week: Tenet

Like all good Nolan films, Tenet will leave you feeling confused and wanting to rewatch, rewatch and rewatch again until it starts making a little sense.

It’s unlike any spy film you’ve ever seen before; expect a wild ride of time inversion and to be gripped by the blowout, explosive action scenes. 

Although it’s received mixed critical reviews so far, it’s definitely a film that needs to be witnessed on the big screen and will leave you longing for more big budget Hollywood releases soon.

In Cinemas From Wednesday 26th August

Album of the Week: Angel Olsen – Whole New Mass

If angelic, yet haunting vocals and intoxicating, gripping refrains are your cup of tea, you’re going to want to embark on a journey through Angel Olsen’s new, raw album Whole New Mass. 

This 11-track album follows on from Olsen’s earlier release All Mirrors and will feature stripped back versions of fan favourites, all with new catchy titles too. Expect an honest, intimate encounter of Olsen’s hearty vocals, without the usual orchestral sound that fans have grown used to.

Release Date: Friday 28th August
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