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Christabel’s Edible Playground – What We Thought

What: Food you can play with.Where: Secret Location in North LondonWhy you should go there: If you want to play with your food and draw on the tablesFavourite thing we ate: Mango and Feta, Snake and Ladders  Caterer and event planner Christabel has been bringing the supper club scene to life with her themed parties in North London. Taking place in a secret flat Christabel hosts clubs such as the much loved Mad Hatter’s Brunch and the recently launched Edible Vacations, one of the most popular however is Christabel’s Edible Playground, so of course we went down to check it out. As soon […]

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5 Places You Have to Visit In London Fields

Although the weather hasn’t quite been living up to it, we’re half way through June and the English summer is here… sort of. And one of The Handbook’s favourite places to enjoy the sunshine (when it peeks through the cloud) is East London hot spot, London Fields. So to tempt you to venture down there yourselves, we thought we’d give you a guide to the best places to eat and drink by the fields. Best for Dining: Cat & Mutton  What: Local pub and dining room by Broadway MarketWhy: Throughout June, the Cat & Mutton plays host to a gastro […]

Openings & Launches

City’s first real time Stock Exchange Bar opens

Another corporate, monotonous and over-priced bar opening in the Square Mile you hear? Wrong. The Reserve Bar Stock Exchange changes the perception of the typical city clubbing experience entirely. Alan Grant, co-creator of other London hotspot, Notting Hill Arts Club and Cherry Jam, is offering sleek city-workers the chance to let their hair down in an utterly novel way. Drinks can be purchased and brought directly to your table via the app available on smartphones or get a mixologist to your booth to create your own cocktail concoction in front of your eyes. Pay what the stock market indicates, prices […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Dog’s Disco and Brunch

Our animal obsessed nation has taken a step further into total mania. In keeping with the rise of animal-themed restaurants including Owl Café, Fox Restaurant and Pig-Nic, M Restaurants are opening their doors to canine lovers all over London. Already a monthly instalment in many dog’s diaries, June’s #poochparty will be ramped up a further level offering food and activities for pet owners and their furry friends. A brunch offering two courses will be available for the humans with mini treats and homemade biscuits for their canine companions. A Doggy Disco will also take place in the M Bar with […]

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News

Use Celebrities To Promote Your Brand

With brands seeing around a 20% uplift in product sales when using a celebrity to endorse their products it seems a worthwhile investment.  The general public are bombarded with thousands of adverts every day, but studies have shown the most memorable ads are ones where a celebrity is endorsing the product. With the rise of social media, brands can get their products in front of celebrities through gifting producing a great response at little expense.To start contacting celebrities click here.    Here are the most important things to remember when trying to get a celebrity to promote your brand. 1) Find […]

Celeb News

Top 20 Highest Paid Reality Stars

There are those out there who are lucky enough to make money by letting those of us with less exciting lives watch (admittedly slightly edited versions of) theirs on our TV’s. A small number of theses lucky few are able to make staggeringly large amounts of money by doing so, from Made In Chelsea’s Lucy Watson to world renowned brain-box Joey Essex. We’ve compiled a list of reality TV’s top earners! If you want to check if any of these celebrities are in town this week, or want to follow in their footsteps and check out some great celebrity events, click […]

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Openings & Launches

Swine Dining: The Launch of Oink

A life without pork is unthinkable. Well it was for James Purdie whilst living in Dubai and on his return to the UK vowed never again go without his pig necessity. Hence, his creation of the pop-up restaurant, Oink. Located in the heart of Shoreditch, Oink pays homage to our pot-bellied friends. So, how versatile can pork really be? Well Oink’s Swine Dining menu offers dozens of varieties including pig’s cheek, black pudding nuggets, crispy shredded pig’s ear, pulled pork shoulder and sour glazed chilli ribs. With obvious inspirations from both home and abroad, Oink offers a new range of […]

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Culture

Drive in Film Club At Alexandra Palace

We’ve been to rooftop cinema, we’ve been to good old regular cinema and we’ve generally watched too much Netflix. But yawn, no one wants to spend their summer evenings inside feeling like they’ve wasted their time and after all you should never live the same day twice. So why not go to the capital’s only drive in film club at Alexandra Palace? Classics like The Goonies, Back To The Future will be on show. Also playing is the saucy 50 Shades of Grey…oh la la. Londoners can also get their engines going for the 4th of July with a very […]

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News

8 of London’s Top Burger Places

Oh burgers, how we adore you. From being the humble burger on the menu which you’d choose when nothing else appealed, the burger has seen a bit of a renaissance recently and now it’s getting the attention it really deserves and London sure is showing it some loving. From burgers served out of vans to burgers with  gravy, here are some of our  London’s top burgers.   Street Kitchen What: Street burgers Why:Using the best quality British ingredients with everything homemade (bar the ketchup, because it’s Stokes, and that’s the best ketchup in the world), you can’t go wrong with Street Kitchen. From the Buffalo Bill […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

8 of London’s Top Burger Places

Oh burgers, how we adore you. From being the humble burger on the menu which you’d choose when nothing else appealed, the burger has seen a bit of a renaissance recently and now it’s getting the attention it really deserves and London sure is showing it some loving. From burgers served out of vans to burgers with  gravy, here are some of our  London’s top burgers.

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Top Hat Catering Pop Up – What We Thought

What: Stylish and great tasting foodWhere: 1, Heliport Industrial Estate, Lombard Road, Battersea SW11 3SSWhy you should go there: For the best salted caramel ice cream ever We started our evening in the warehouse plot of Top Hat Catering’s cooking facility – not something you here at the start of every food review. Our gin was mixed with tonic water and apple juice and the air was mixed with the smell of high class food which was yet to be served.  The Wye valley asparagus with smoked hollandaise was a simple dish but beautiful crafted and perfect for a canapé. I say crafted […]

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Reviews

Top Hat Catering Pop Up – What We Thought

What: Stylish and great tasting foodWhere: 1, Heliport Industrial Estate, Lombard Road, Battersea SW11 3SSWhy you should go there: For the best salted caramel ice cream ever We started our evening in the warehouse plot of Top Hat Catering’s cooking facility – not something you here at the start of every food review. Our gin was mixed with tonic water and apple juice and the air was mixed with the smell of high class food which was yet to be served.  The Wye valley asparagus with smoked hollandaise was a simple dish but beautiful crafted and perfect for a canapé. I say crafted […]

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