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Winterville at Victoria Park

‘Tis the season for hot toddies, ice-skating, candy floss and fairground rides! Winterville at Victoria Park is the ever-so-slightly understated (and therefore edgy) East London festive experience returning for it’s second season and we think you need to make it part of your weekend plans.  If you’re more familiar with the slightly larger, centrally located Christmas experience then imagine smaller crowds, great-quality street food and cabaret, comedy and club nights. A Snow White Christmas pantomime is one for the kids, whilst adults can cradle their sides at the raucous and critically-acclaimed Sh*t-faced Shakespeare (where one cast member of a classic […]

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7 of the Most Festive Cocktails

Christmas lights, Christmas trees, Christmas markets, Christmas terraces, Christmas pop-ups. You just can’t escape. But why would you want to, it is the most wonderful time of the year after all and we’ve been desperately waiting for this time of year since, well, probably Boxing Day last year. Now that it is finally socially acceptable to talk about Christmas on a daily basis you’ll probably want to see how many activities you can squeeze festivity into. Here are our pick of 7 of the most festive cocktails in the city:

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7 of the Most Festive Cocktails

Christmas lights, Christmas trees, Christmas markets, Christmas terraces, Christmas pop-ups. You just can’t escape. But why would you want to, it is the most wonderful time of the year after all and we’ve been desperately waiting for this time of year since, well, probably Boxing Day last year. Now that it is finally socially acceptable to talk about Christmas on a daily basis you’ll probably want to see how many activities you can squeeze festivity into. Here are our pick of 7 of the most festive cocktails in the city:

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Beat the January Blues with Drake & Morgan

December is the month of feeling frivolous, you won’t catch yourself buying rounds any other time of the year will year? But in December it’s drinks to everyone, drinks to the whole office, drinks to the guy at the bar next to you. It’s the month to feel spread the love and spend your bank balance. Then you come out the other side of the Christmas and New Year period and suddenly things don’t look so rosy. You’ll be ordering a water, oh go on maybe a free lime slice to cheer it up a bit. January is just a […]

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The Rolling Stones at the Saatchi Gallery

With 66 albums,  107 singles and 240 million album sales to their name, The Rolling Stones are recognised as one of, if not the, greatest rock band of all time and next year they are taking up residency at the Saatchi Gallery.  Well not them exactly, they aren’t moving in, but what is happening is Exhibitionism, their first international exhibition which will take over the entire two floors and nine thematic galleries.  Having taken three years to plan, with the band directly curating the interactive experience.  Charting their history which spans over fifty years, there’ll be never seen before memorabilia […]

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Christmas Festivities at Pop Brixton

There’s only so many ways we can describe festivities/Christmas pop-ups/winter markets whilst trying to grab your attention and make each event sound unique and, to be honest, worth fitting in to your increasingly packed December schedule. Today is the turn of Pop Brixton, who have jazzed up their shipping containers with artfully positioned fairy lights and the sweet sweet smell of mulled wine and cider.  In case you haven’t been, Pop Brixton opened back in May as part of a council-initiated project to bring the community together and give start-ups and independent businesses a chance. Throughout the summer the al […]

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5 of the Best Winter Dates

For some bizarre reason, the general feeling among friends and colleagues is that summer is the best season to find love in London. However, over at the Handbook, we completely disagree with this consensus. Now that the days are shorter and colder, London offers an array of dreamy winter date nights that we feel make the chilly season the perfect time of year to find “the one”. So, without further ado, check out our definitive guide to London’s best winter dates. DISCLAIMER: this guide does NOT include ice skating because we’ve already given you a guide about it and you […]

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5 of the Best Winter Dates

For some bizarre reason, the general feeling among friends and colleagues is that summer is the best season to find love in London. However, over at the Handbook, we completely disagree with this consensus. Now that the days are shorter and colder, London offers an array of dreamy winter date nights that we feel make the chilly season the perfect time of year to find “the one”. So, without further ado, check out our definitive guide to London’s best winter dates. DISCLAIMER: this guide does NOT include ice skating because we’ve already given you a guide about it and you […]

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Dogtown Vs Slap & Pickle Food Battle

We don’t like fighting, it’s not really our scene unless, that is, it’s an epic battle, a fight worth our time… in short, a food fight. Not the sort of fight though that you picture happening in school canteens where somewhere throws some chips and then someone lobs a yoghurt back (did that ever really happen?) no we mean the sort where two street food companies go head to head in a cooking battle and we get to decide the winner. The King Co. in Clapham have welcomed  in burger connoisseurs Slap & Pickle and Dogtown London, the hot dog […]

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Doggy Dress Up at Pet Pavilion

We all know pets look like their owners; accompanying the manicured ladies of Wimbledon Village are their equally manicured pets. Whether sitting patiently as they get their hair blow dried or lying under the tables as coffee is sipped, dogs often get as much attention as a child and this includes the fashion department. Jackets, scarves and socks are just the beginning and now it’s nearly Christmas it is entirely acceptable to dress Roxy as Rudolph, Sparky as Santa and Parker as Papa Elf. Pedigree pooch boutique, Pet Pavilion are transforming into a Santa’s Paw grotto for the next few weeks […]

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Christmas at KidZania

Christmas in London is rather magical isn’t it? With the sparkling lights, glittering ice-rinks and the impressive Christmas trees that line streets and fill the hotels. Well forget that because we can tell you somewhere that is even more magical this Christmas – especially if you have little ones or want to be the best sibling/aunt/godfather: KidZania. It’s like a real life Bugsy Malone -the children being adults bit, not the cream pie throwing gangster bit.  From tomorrow yuletide cheer will be spreading through the kids’ city,  the lights will be going on, the actors will be preparing for the […]

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Ma Petite Jamaica Review – What We Thought

They say they are London’s first Caribbean diner and weirdly, after trying to think how I would sum it up, they are exactly the words I was trying to find – no frills, just Jamaican food in colourful, relaxed surroundings. The portions are huge but even so I’d say this is more of a lunch place than dinner – I can imagine it’s popular with nearby workers and market shoppers to get their jerk fix and perk up their afternoons with wraps and roti. Brightly coloured chairs and a palm leaf umbrella in the main dining area let you know […]

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