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Cuban Cocktails and Rooftop Yoga at Brixton Beach

Hot. Tropical. Paradise. Not words you’d typically associate with London but the times (and seasons) are changing and the days of sweaty summer suits are to be replaced with your finest beachwear. The highly-anticipated summer rooftop, Brixton Beach, returns for another year of faux holiday vibes, this time with a Cuban fiesta theme. This year, the ultimate urban beach, from the award-winning team behind South Pole Saloon and Big Apple Brixton, will transport wanderlust-stricken Londoners to a colourful paradise and what paradise is complete without alcohol? The Cuban-inspired cocktail menu will include Caribbean classics such as Rum Daiquiris, Piña Coladas, […]

Carnaby Street Eat
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Carnaby Street Eat Food Festival Returns

On Saturday 3rd June, Carnaby Street will be lined with picnic tables as it hosts Carnaby Street Eat – a one day food festival where you can feast on tasters from over 30 different global cuisines. Restaurants taking part include JinJuu, Cahoots, Wright Brothers Soho, The Detox Kitchen, Rosa’s Thai Café, Whyte + Brown, Le Bab, Pizza Pilgrims and Cinnamon Soho. It’ll be your first chance to try authentic Indian dishes from Darjeeling Express, ahead of them opening their first permanent restaurant in Kingly Court. There’ll also be live music and entertainment throughout the day. Entry is free and tasters […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

London in Bloom: D&D London’s Blossom Takeover

London is in bloom. You only have to spend a few minutes scrolling down your Instagram feed to be bombarded with photos of wisteria-clad townhouses in Kensington, and blossom explosions in Chelsea. Blossom isn’t only being reserved for the great outdoors either, with popular destinations ROKA and Dalloway Terrace bringing the outside in, with pink floral installations this Spring. Top restaurant group, D&D London, are championing the flower once again, with the return of their #BlossomCity17 campaign which will see a whole host of flower-inspired installations, menus and events from Tuesday 2nd May until the end of June. Chelsea favourite, […]

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London’s Natural History Museum Ice Rink will return for the 2019 festive season and to celebrate The Handbook will be offering one lucky family of 4 an overnight stay in one family room at Radisson Blu Edwardian, Vanderbilt with breakfast plus an extended skate session at National History Museum which includes a 30 minute exclusive skate followed by a 50 minute public skate session thereafter.

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Top Chefs Announced for Meatopia

Meatopia is on the horizon, just the other side of summer and as the name suggests, it’s three days of meat from some of the biggest and best-loved chefs from London, the UK and around the world and they’ve just announced the line-up. Cooking for the first time will be the likes of Mark Hix, Gill Mellor from River Cottage, Ross Clarke of Tandoor Chop House, Stephen Hinkley from MeatUp and Nud Dudhia from Breddos Tacos. Flying in from around the world, you’ll have Nate Green of Rhoda in Hong Kong, Ashley Heeger of Ash in Cape Town, Angie Mar […]

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Night Market Announced for London Food Month

We are in no doubt that London is the world’s culinary capital – and we’re in good company. Respected food critics Grace Dent and Tom Parker Bowles have joined forces for the UK’s biggest food festival; Evening Standard’s London Food Month. The festival runs throughout June – we have already told you about the pop-up kitchen with a whopping 40 Michelin stars – and will see hundreds of events across the capital from high-end dinners to free community events to celebrate the diversity of our city. A night market is coming to Kensington for 12 evenings from 7th June and […]

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Deckchairs, Daybeds and BYOB Cocktails: Fulham’s Getting an Urban Beach

Fulham. Home to Fulham Football Club, Fulham Palace, the Sloaney Pony and…not much else. We’re not anti SW6 we just think there are more exciting places that spring to mind when you think of summer drinking, dining and all round socialising. That may have been the case but things are about to change and we’ll all be hopping on the Wimbledon branch of the District Line come 10th May. Alfresco drinking is about to get a whole lot better as Fulham welcomes Neverland London; a 20 metre Thameside beach complete with deck chairs, swings, palm trees and pastel-coloured beach huts. Authentic beach […]

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The Handbook Meets Jimmy Garcia

Having just announced his new BBQ Club, we caught up with the King of Pop-Ups, Jimmy Garcia, to find out his secret tips for a good pop-up, his most memorable moments and what happened live on Sunday Brunch. What drew you to pop-ups? Having worked as a chef throughout school and college as well as on yachts in the summers between university, I ended up hating my job as a broker in the city. I really missed cooking for people and after reading about a guy in North London turning his home into a restaurant I thought f**k it, let’s […]

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London’s Greatest Sandwich Festival

Oh a good old sarnie. Sometimes, nothing can beat it. We’ve even dedicated a week to celebrating it. Yep, British Sandwich Week is a thing. And now, so is Sandwich Fest – thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign. The festival will see the best of London’s sandwiches all brought to one courtyard, located on Hackney’s Warburton Street. A coincidence? We like to think not. Expect food from the likes of Brindisa, famed for their chorizo roll; Grill My Cheese, who put gourmet twists on the classic grilled cheese; Le Bao, you know, those fluffy cloud like buns filled with a […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Cocktails and Coding: The Ultimate Masterclass

The tech industry is booming and code is all the rage but somehow we’ve missed the boat – it seems that even children are more advanced than us when it comes to coding, and the tech industry remains predominantly male. Sanderson has teamed up with coding experts, Code First: Girls, to host a series of tech-focused events, helping women take the reigns in the tech industry and just generally demystify the world of coding. Kicking off the series will be a ‘Women in Tech’ panel discussion, chaired by Holly Brockwell, editor of female-focused tech website gadgette.com. Holly will be joined by […]

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DIY Smores, Table Top Barbecuing and Spanish Gin Cocktails

Southbank is getting a summer pop-up. We’ve seen the urban beach, the roller disco and the helter skelter but this time around there’s a foodie focus as pop-up king, Jimmy Garcia launches The BBQ Club. A walk-up BBQ bar means you can saunter along the river, Aberdeen Angus steak burger in hand, but for the real experience you’ll want to head upstairs to the rooftop dining area. A 6-course tasting menu will be prepared for guests by their very own chef at a Big Green Egg grill (aka the ultimate piece of BBQ equipment) resembling a kind of intimate supper […]

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Treasure Hunt at The British Museum

Are you a culturally curious Londoner tired of the museum crowds? Or do you get museum legs (as we like to call it) at the thought of hours spent trudging round observing millions of artefacts? If you’re the former, this will excite you and if you’re the latter…read on anyway, because it may just convert you. Husband and wife team, Daisy and Hernan, spent their childhoods exploring the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and have now created a fact-filled adventure with a big dose of fun to make going to a museum an enjoyable experience for all. Following a successful stint in […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

World Famous Bartenders are Popping Up at London’s Highest Bar

Q: What do you get when you bring together the 9th Best Bar in the World and London’s most impressive view? A: Star bartenders from award-winning Athens bar The Clumsies taking over the bar at Shangri-La Hotel’s GŌNG in The Shard for four short nights. Let’s start at the beginning. GŌNG is the sultry, sexy bar on level 52 of The Shard, inside the luxury 5-star Shangri-La Hotel. They’ve just announced a series of ‘Star Bartenders’ to take charge of the drinks for a few days at a time, and are turning to the team from Athens bar, The Clumsies (great name) to get things […]

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