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Top 6 Fitness Events

5 fitness and food clubs in London 2015 is the year of eating clean, getting fit and thinking about our health in general. From Deliciously Ella and Madeleine Shaw to Honestly Healthy and Hemsley & Hemsley, it’s not just clean eating cookbooks and blogs that are a focus, but fun fitness as well – think disco-inspired spinning classes, rooftop yoga with a view and fashionable running clubs. And a few savvy restaurants have noticed the trend, teaming up with different gyms and studios to offer exclusive healthy brunches, lunches and supper clubs. We’ve rounded-up our pick of the best below: […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Storeys Rooftop Pop Up

If you haven’t noticed from some of our previous blogs and guides, The Handbook loves rooftop parties and hangouts. This is because escaping the madness of the city and taking in stunning views of London in the sunshine is just a whole lot of fun. The latest one to come about for summer is Storeys Rooftop pop up – a food experience from event production company Afternoon Delight LDN. Storeys will be located on top of the iconic former BBC Car Park at Television Centre in White City. A summer terrace hotspot, Storeys will be a cultural hub, featuring striking artwork, tasty […]

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Maggie’s At Bluebird: An 80’s Summer In Chelsea

Everybody loves the 80’s, the decade of WTF fashion – yes, we mean giant shoulder pads, big hair and neon leg warmers. However, there’s something secretly great about all those fashion faux-pas and the music of the moment. This month, Bluebird is helping you fulfil all your 80’s cravings teaming up with the 1980’s-inspired nightclub Maggie’s, to create an 80’s summer in Chelsea. The collaborating duo will be hosting the ultimate retro pop-up bar, complete with Rubick’s cube tables, bean bag chairs, ‘80’s arcade games and a line-up of DJ’s from Wednesday to Saturday playing hit ’80’s tunes! So start practising […]

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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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Reviews

Brew Review – What We Thought

It’s always best to address the elephant in the room from the very start. Brew. The name that conjures up images of coffee, cake and dare I say, cyclists.   Upon arrival I glanced at the menu with caution. Was I going to find a Lance Armstrong apple sauce?Or a Eddy Merckx mezze? I hoped not. After a thorough inspection of the choices my heart beat returned to its normal pace. The menu was clean – phew. I decided to go with pizza, but surely you can’t go wrong with pizza?  The Hellfire Pizza, which is what I ordered, involves a […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Street Food Masterclasses at L’atelier des Chefs

Just like afternoon tea and drinks after work, Londoner’s love of street food looks like it is set to stay. There are festivals, awards and numerous articles all dedicated to it, and many of London’s top restaurants now start off as street food vendors. So it only seems fitting that we get a chance to dabble in it ourselves.  Cookery school, L’atelier des Chefs is now giving diners the chance to learn how to create their own street food, with some street food masterclasses this summer. Every day at 1pm you can master a classic street food dish in a […]

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Portrait Restaurant Review – What We Thought

What: Audrey Hepburn inspired menu Where: The Portrait Gallery  Why you should go there:   Favourite thing we ate: Veal and ricotta meatballs  If there is one thing I would like to have more of it would be poise. I have about as much grace as small baby elephant which in other words is zero. With this in mind, I went off to the National Portrait Gallery to visit the Audrey Hepburn exhibition, because if anyone could teach me how to be more elegant it would be the actress, dancer and philanthropist who reminded us that Paris never needs a reason and that the […]

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Portrait Restaurant Review – What We Thought

What: Audrey Hepburn inspired menu Where: The Portrait Gallery  Why you should go there:   Favourite thing we ate: Veal and ricotta meatballs  If there is one thing I would like to have more of it would be poise. I have about as much grace as small baby elephant which in other words is zero. With this in mind, I went off to the National Portrait Gallery to visit the Audrey Hepburn exhibition, because if anyone could teach me how to be more elegant it would be the actress, dancer and philanthropist who reminded us that Paris never needs a reason and that the […]

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Openings & Launches

Paradise Garage Opening In Bethnal Green

There are a lot of different ideas about what ‘paradise’ is…some will tell you it’s a religious haven, others will say it’s lying on a sunny beach, but here at The Handbook, paradise equals tasty food, good drinks and a great atmosphere. Lucky for us then, that Robin Gill and his team (who are the people behind The Dairy & The Manor in Clapham) are launching a new restaurant venture on Paradise Row, appropriately named Paradise Garage. The venue will be built inside an old railway arch, giving it a cool retro vibe and the service promises to be relaxed […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Things Are Getting Surreal At Artesian

Here at The Handbook, we like to think of ourselves as very cultured and we are very much interested in deep, meaningful pursuits like posing in front of pictures at the Tate Modern in order to rack up those Instagram likes. One way in which the world of art and the avant-garde can be pretty easily accessed though is through our love of good cocktails. The Artesian bar is helping us to brush up on our culture knowledge with the introduction of its new cocktail menu, which is inspired by one of the greatest avant-garde movements of the 20th century, […]

News

5 of the Best Pubs To Play In

There’s nothing better than going out for some post-work drinks with your friends and having a good time. But do you ever wish you could cut loose in another way than just getting sloshed? Well, as always, The Handbook is here to help! Check out our guide to the best pubs to play in…these venues are perfect for combining your tipple with some fun and games. So let your inner child out and get playing!

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What to do This Weekend

5 Places You Have To Visit in Balham

SW12 has been christened ‘Clapham’s cooler younger sister’ making Balham one of the hippest areas in South-West London right now. With Nick Jones recently opening his Chicken Shop on Chestnut Grove to Ed Sheeran recording one of his first live EPs at The Bedford, Balham is where you want to be and the Handbook will guide you through the best places to go.

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Openings & Launches

Ippudo Opens 2nd Restaurant

With a restaurant already in Central St Giles, Ippudo have just launched a second venue in Canary Wharf bringing a taste of tonkotsu ramen to the city. The menu will see a reinvention of traditional Japanese dishes such as Tori Kaarage and Crispy Gyoza alongside new dishes including Taki Gyoza and anchovy and salted kelp Hiyayakko.   Of course they’ll be signature dishes too in the form of Shiromaru Classic and Akamaru Modern A seasonally changing ramen menu will keep things fresh and means that can keep going back without eating the same thing and we know how much everyone loves […]

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