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Herman Ze German launches Willy’s pop-up bar

When we heard the news that the German sausage restaurant, Herman Ze German, had decided to open a cocktail bar called Willy’s we were overcome with puns and sexual innuendos but we are professional writers so will rise above it. Willy’s will be a temporary cocktail bar pop-up to celebrate both Oktoberfest and London Cocktail Week, focussing on purely German ingredients, spirits and wines. The pop-up, taking place in the basement of their Charlotte Street Shop will offer an array of cocktails like Atticha, a  mix of Elephant Gin, Elderflower, Lemon and Weiss Beer, and Das Berliner, a mix of […]

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Tiki on the Thames

Forget hats and scarves, we will be donning our Hawaiian shirts to celebrate Rum Experience Week when it arrives in town on 12th October. Hopefully bringing with it a bit of Caribbean sun, the 14th plays host to a summery daytime festival of all things Tiki: Tiki Vibes/Tiki Tunes/Tiki Cocktails. You really don’t have to be a rum expert to enjoy the day, just a bit of a rum fan. During the boat trip barmen will be shaking up some of the classic greats of the rum cocktail world; Pina Colada and Mai Tai to name but a few and […]

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Champagne Brunch Party at STK

When we think of brunch we think of a light, airy room with worn wooden floorboards, sugar in mini jam jars and generous plates of eggs benedict, with a hungry queue on the street outside and maybe a few screaming babies. Forget everything you know about brunch and replace it with dim lights, loud music and steak, egg and chips. Much less somewhere to drag your weary hungover self than it is a warm-up venue for your imminent Saturday night antics, STK’s new brunch menu flips everyone’s favourite meal on it’s head. DJs will set the soundtrack to your night […]

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The Best Champagne Bars in London

In the words of Brigitte Bardot; ‘Champagne is the one thing that gives me zest when I feel tired’ and we couldn’t agree with her more. Not only does it have fewer calories than any other alcoholic tipple but it can’t help but make you feel sophisticated, not that we needed any excuse to divulge in a glass or two. Whether it’s pink, with strawberries or your everyday classic Moet, we’ve rounded up our favourite Champagne Bars to go and enjoy the good stuff. And good stuff it has to be, we’ll be able to tell if it’s ‘Charlemagne’….

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OktoberFest comes to London

We think that October should officially be renamed Oktober, in honour of annual German festival OktoberFest, which brings together a delicious mix of sausages and beer. Somehow the name makes it entirely acceptable – if not a requirement – to eat as many Würstel as we can handle in 4 days, surrounded by stein-drinking, Lederhosen-clad men and Dirndl-dressed women. We find it hard to believe that OktoberFest is only debuting in London this year. Before now, 6 million beer-mad fans have made the trip to Munich to enjoy the traditional festivities, first held in 1810 to celebrate the royal wedding […]

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The Rooftop STOREY continues

There’s something about al fresco dining in the colder months that makes us feel like we’re in a ski resort. Wrapped up in big scarves with great company and great food is a pretty ideal situation for something a little different and luckily for us, STOREYS West London are extending their summer rooftop sessions until mid-October so we are saying goodbye beach body, hello burgers and subs. Housed on the former BBC building’s multi-storey carpark, visit whilst you can because in 2017 it will be transformed into a new development including homes, gym and restaurants, with the rooftop turning into a […]

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GAIL’s Bakery Garden Party

The smell of hot bread and pastries is probably one of the best there is, so we count neighbours of GAIL’s artisan bakeries as very lucky people. Luckier still, neighbours of their Hampstead store are this year invited to their annual Garden Party, now in it’s tenth year! We daren’t think about how many loaves we have consumed in that time… The garden/street party began as GAIL’s way of saying thank you to their local community for supporting them – although we think it works both ways and a lot of people want to thank them for their morning kickstart […]

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The Spirit Social Winter Series

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again; *whisper it* summer’s over. Whilst autumn may have you reaching for the mulled wine or a comforting Bailey’s by the fire, Duppy Share rum are ensuring you can keep with you a bit of summer warmth with a series of pop-up bar events from October to December. Named after Caribbean ghost, Duppy, who, as legend has it, used to take the best of the evaporated liquid from the barrels as the rum aged – known as the Duppy Share. Canny little thing. This playfulness is reflected in the mix of cocktails being […]

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Urban deli MI + ME opens

For the people who get a hankering for a decent sandwich at lunchtime we have some good news for you, the opening of new urban deli Mi + Me. Forget a certain high street chain we could mention, Mi + Me will be serving only the best quality meat and cheese in their offerings. Each sandwich is tailored towards the customer’s tastes with an ingredients list that boasts items like Dorset Air Dried Beef, Suffolk Rosemary Salami and a Kent Blue cheese – their signature sandwiches include the Hand Pulled BBQ Beef and Two Cheese Toastie. What good sandwich wouldn’t […]

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Kansas Smitty’s Underground Jazz Tour

If your idea of going out in London to experience some live music leads you to drunkenly screaming Aretha Franklin out at 2am in a backstreet cocktail bar…well then we have a better suggestion for you. Whether you already love jazz or feel like you should at some point dabble your toe into the genre then we have you sorted. After taking East London by storm with their hugely successful Jazz and Julep bar on Broadway Market, Kansas Smitty’s House Band is touring London’s Basement Bars to mark the launch of their debut record. The Basement Tapes Tour, taking place from 23rd September-24th November 2015, will travel round […]

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Acoustic Sunday Circus

Think back to when you were 13 and wanted to go to the local circus with your mates, because that’s where all the cool kids were going. Your Mum probably told you to be careful and not to run away and join the circus as part of some insane motorbikes-over-people’s heads act. Well, here at The Handbook, we’re not exactly ones for listening to our mothers, so we suggest you lose all your inhibitions and join the fun of this modern day London circus! Acoustic Sunday has teamed up with Sunday Circus to bring you an absurd afternoon of fatuous […]

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Barts’ 1920’s Pyjama Party

Everyone knows that the way to celebrate a Bank Holiday is to stay up really late on Sunday because there is no work on Monday – hurrah! And London’s best (read, worst) kept secret, Barts is celebrating with a super fancy 1920s pyjama party.  It’s time to dig out your best PJs, silk dressing gowns and velvet smoking jackets – old race t-shirts are not welcome and I’m afraid intimating Marilyn Monroe and her Chanel No. 5 outfit is also a no go. As with any sleepovers they’ll be midnight snacks and pillow fights, but rather than getting hyped up […]

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