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24 Of The Best Places To Host Your Birthday

Hurrah! It’s your birthday! You’ve made it through another year but that does mean you’ll get the recurring question for the next month – you’re how old?! But that’s not the only issue. Where the frick do you have your birthday bash? That’s where The Handbook comes in. From brunch to afternoon tea, cocktails to live music, here is your new go-to guide for birthday celebrations in London – they’re no stranger to group bookings either so this year, you can really nail it. Otherworld Haggerston (0.1 miles) Take your friends on a sensory adventure as you step inside OTHERWORLD. You’ll enter an enchanting island […]

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The Pawfect Afternoon Tea For You And Your Pooch

Who let the dogs out? 🐾 Long gone are the days of paw-scraped doors, howling cries and pee-stained carpets, nowadays restaurants are inviting doggies to dine in style. So out with whatever’s in that jelly-canned dog food from your local store, the stench is bad enough! And in with an afternoon tea that’ll delight even the fussiest of canines. Thanks to South Place Hotel, you’ll be able to tickle both yours and your pup’s tummies with the launch of their new luxury afternoon tea, er, doggie-style… Pawfect! South Place Hotel have a pawsome new partnership with accessories brand, Radley (the […]

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Would You Pay £500 For A Cup Of Tea?

‘Tea for two, and two for tea, just me for you and’ – HOW MUCH? ‘Tap water for two, and two for tap water…’ as the song didn’t quite go. As a nation we’re obsessed with tea, we consume it by the gallon, we even built an entire empire on it (well, that and subjugation of native peoples, exploitation of natural resources, overcoming malaria with gins and tonic and playing too much cricket – so all the good stuff). But how far would you go for the perfect cuppa? And do you have £500 spare? If so then order an […]

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The Limited Edition Royal-Tea You Won’t Want To Miss

Queen Victoria was a pretty interesting woman. In her lifetime she survived multiple assassins, she was barely five feet tall, she was the first ever royal to live at Buckingham Palace and her name wasn’t even Victoria! Suffice to say there was rarely a dull day in the life of the old monarch, which is why her 200th birthday is worth shouting about… or stuffing your face with cake, either one! The Milestone Hotel & Residences has created a quintessentially British feast to pay homage to the anniversary that, we’re sure, would’ve captured the attention of Queen Vic. Head Pastry Chef […]

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The New 5* Afternoon Tea You Just Have To Go To

The Game Bird at The Stafford London knows how to do an afternoon tea properly. Their latest afternoon tea looks to their home of St James for inspiration. Partnering with some of the highest-quality independent boutiques and delis in the area they’ve created an afternoon tea that takes you on an edible journey of the hotel’s surroundings. When did I decide to go and stuff myself silly on sandwiches? On the day of the London marathon of course, so as weary runners much more deserved of carbs than me hobbled from the Mall up to the tube at Green Park […]

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Here’s Where To Go For Tea in Chelsea

When I first came to London, I remember walking through the terracotta streets around Cadogan Gardens and thinking ‘yes, this will do nicely, I’ll move here’. Cute. How naïve I was. Fast forward another 19 years and my ten year old dreams may have been dashed (I live in a box room) but I can still walk through Cadogan Gardens and lust over the buildings and the pretty blossomed streets. I can also head to boutique hotel, 11 Cadogan Gardens for afternoon tea and pretend like I’m in my own sitting room and I have chefs at my beck and […]

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5 Reasons To Try This New Royal Afternoon Tea at The Shard

The Handbook is a sucker for afternoon teas, at least one of us will be feasting on scones at some point on during the week and don’t get us started on the cream/jam debate. I just started it and as I’ve just been told ‘the Queen puts jam first and so we win’. This time queenie I disagree. Anyway, what we can agree on is that the Shangri-La Hotel, at The Shard, London’s new Royal afternoon tea is excellent, jam or cream first and here are five reasons you should go. The Theme The rumours are circulating about the imminent […]

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Culture

20 Of London’s Most Instagrammable Cafés

We’re a sucker for the Instagrammable and also a cup of hot Joe and a hot cross bun (or five) which is why we’ve perused some of the prettiest cafés across the city and we’re dropping them straight onto your Insta feeds. Here’s what we found…...

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Shangri-La Launches a Sky High Royal-Tea

Chances are you don’t have a spare £150,000 to splash out on your baby shower like Meghan Markle’s pals, you probably don’t have the maternity wardrobe to match either, just saying. But before you throw your toys out of the pram, we have some good news. Sky high, Shangri-La Hotel, at The Shard, London is launching a new Royal High Tea celebrating the upcoming arrival of the royal baby and motherhood, making it the new place to host your baby shower. Meghan missed out. Much to the horror of Jamie Oliver, no doubt, I grew up on a diet that […]

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5 Teas To Try This Autumn

At The Handbook we’re basically afternoon tea whores. Point us toward a tea and we’ll hoover it up. Bottomless? No problem, we’ll find that bottom. So we’re always watching, eagle-eyed, for any afternoon teas on the horizon. So here are a handful we’re pretty excited about right now. Dalloway Terrace Instagrammar’s favourite, Dalloway Terrace . has transformed itself into an enchanting autumnal woodland with cascading amber, burnt orange, soft pink and red leaves and tumbling berries and with it they have created a new afternoon tea. On the menu you’ll find spiced apple cake with cinnamon glaze, a Granny Smith […]

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The Afternoon Tea Inspired By The Thames

This month is Totally Thames, the annual celebration of the River Thames and we have the perfect way to spend the afternoon whether you’ve been messing about in boats or not: The Thames inspired afternoon tea at The Petersham. The traditional tea starts with the likes of Scottish smoked salmon, cream cheese and chive sandwich and scones with West Country clotted cream and strawberry jam before continuing with Thames-inspired pastries. They have of course been inspired by the likes of boats which are reimagined as a lemon curd tartelette and driftwood which you’ll find as a Gâteau Opéra, rather than […]

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