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What To Do This Bank Holiday Weekend – 27th – 30th June

It’s Thursday morning and in about 36 hours it’ll be the start of 72 wonderful hours off… let the countdown begin. What to do with all that time though? If you haven’t made any plans yet then how does an beer festival, an urban fete and a Mexican pop-up sound? Or what about a bottomless brunch and a party on a boat? Here are some of our top choices for this weekend: 

Openings & Launches

O’ver Opens: True Neapolitan

Neapolitan street food is what’s going to be going on over at O’ver opening next month in Borough Market. What makes this restaurant stand out from the others though is that they are using a new ingredient. An ingredient never used in a restaurant in the UK before, an ingredient that improves the taste and texture of food, whilst still containing 40 times less sodium chloride than table salt and an ingredient that boosts the consumption of 93 trace minerals essential to the human body. What is this ingredient you ask? It’s Pure Sea Water. Sea Water extracted from the […]

Reviews

The Good Ship Benefit Review – What We Thought

New? Opened on 9th April 2016 The Good Ship Benefit is only here for a short time before it sails away on the 31st August. Where? Victoria Embankment, WC2N 5DJ www.goodshipbenefit.com On the menu: They do everything from cocktails to afternoon tea to a full sit down, 3 course dinner. Plus the full Benefit make up range can be bought in The Brow Lounge where you can also receive brow treatments. First Impressions: Really easy to find from Embankment station and well-advertised, there’s a friendly captain aboard dressed in full attire who’s happy to guide you round the ship as some of the […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Santa Monica Summer Rooftop

As the mercury rises it seems that we do too. Who knows exactly why summer has us rushing to the nearest rooftop bar (even when they’re indoor) but when the rooftop in question consists of an outdoor terrace it all starts making sense. Skylounge at DoubleTree by Hilton London – Tower of London is launching its summer residency on 1st June and it takes the form of a laid-back Californian beach bar. The Santa Monica summer pop-up has food and drink at its core; whilst Californians aren’t shy of a burger they will also have chips of the kale variety. […]

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Guides

5 French Restaurants for Snail’s Day

There’s a day for everything in the food and drink world, and low and behold, Snail’s Day descends on us this week. The French delicacy is rather an acquired taste, but one The Handbook most definitely enjoys. And it’s best enjoyed at some of the capital’s best French restaurants, known for serving rich, hearty dishes with a touch of elegance and grace. Here’s our guide on where to go for the slippery little suckers:

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Jazz Cafe Camden Relaunches

New venues are great but when somewhere with 25 colourful years of history relaunches it gets us even more excited than usual. There’s something about a stage that has welcomed Amy Winehouse, Lana del Ray and Gil Scott Heron that just doesn’t compare with a brand spanking new venue. Legendary Camden music venue, The Jazz Cafe, is reopening its doors on the 24th May and already the line-up is stellar. Split into bar, mezzanine restaurant and dance floor, nights at The Jazz Cafe will begin in the traditional way, with dinner in the 69-seat dining room before the show. Good […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Summer Arrives at Tuttons

Summertime, summer body… summer menu. Tuttons is moving with the season with the launch of their new summer menus filled with fresh and seasonal ingredients from great British suppliers. The new menus are seriously tempting and offer dishes like seared scallops with crispy bacon, cauliflower purée and pea shoots, grilled Dingley Dell pork cutlet with mashed potato, caramelised apples, crispy sage and red wine sauce, and saffron and summer courgette risotto with red chard, tomato tapenade and parmesan cheese crisps. Tantalising the sweet-toothed amongst you are the fabulously summery offerings of Pimms summer fruit jelly, strawberry and mint salad with […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

10 Top Summer Party Hangouts

Whether it’s a birthday, you work summer party or just a soiree to celebrate the sun, the summer months offer up a wealth of stunning outdoor spaces for you to host your shindig. The days are longer, the skies are bluer and more people have the motivation to get up and go party weekday or weekend alike. Here’s our round-up of our favourite summer party venues whatever the occasion: 

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Dalloway Terrace Launches Alfresco Afternoon Tea

While the weather may be unpredictable at the moment, one thing is for certain, the new afternoon tea from Dalloway Terrace will be a sure fire hit. Hosted in the restaurant’s idyllic indoor-outdoor terrace, the new afternoon tea has been carefully created by Pastry Chef Mariatu Kargbo who boasts previous kitchen experience in a number of formidable establishments including The Dorchester, The Lanesborough and The Berkeley. Tempting us through hell or high water (the English summer) will be various treats like smoked salmon and crab rillette served with the signature Guinness bread, smoked corn-fed chicken in brioche, Bloomsbury brownie, mascarpone […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Live Music 5 Days a Week at 100 Wardour Street

Soho’s great. There’s something for everyone – whether you’re after a big bowl of hummus for lunch, cocktails after a stressful Monday or mid-week dinner with friends, you don’t really need a plan you can just roam the streets till you spot somewhere you like the look of/recognise/doesn’t have a forty-minute queue (delete as applicable). In the same way that it’s great, the choice can be a little overwhelming – where to start? You’ve probably been to 100 Wardour Street already (if not, why not?), be it for weekend brunch or one thirsty Thursday but it really comes alive is […]

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