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“GINBOP” at Rivington Greenwich

Rivington Greenwich are teaming up with a range of renowned gin distillers including Hendrick’s, Beefeater, Tanqueray, Langley’s No 8 and Bombay Sapphire on the 15th August for their very own summer gin festival, “GINBOP”. For one night and one night only, guests can enjoy mouth-watering gin-based cocktails, created by all the different gin experts, as well as traditional G&T’s of course. A summery evening with a drink in hand wouldn’t be complete without something to satisfy your appetite, so a hog roast will be available for those who get a bit peckish. And having tried and tested a few of […]

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London Eye Seasonal Events

Here at The Handbook we're always on the hunt for great party venues. This week we attended the EDF Energy London Eye Hospitality Showcase, a sneak preview of the seasonal hospitality packages for the upcoming year, offering some of the most posh dining and exquisite celebration experiences in London.   At the showcase we took in breathtaking views of the city during the Champagne Reception – a thirty minute rotation in a private capsule on the London Eye enjoyed with flutes of Pommery champagne and a delightful serving of canapés. We then boarded the Barracuda, one of the most stylish cruisers […]

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St Barts Brewery

St Bartholomew may have been the patron saint of cobblers rather than restaurateurs but St Barts Brewery, the new British diner, lounge, bar and live music venue in West Smithfield is sure to inspire more than a little devotion. Owned by Kent’s Hush Heath Estate, it will showcase the sparkling Balfour Brut Rosé, red, rosé and white wines with ciders from Jake’s Orchard. A ground floor diner, bar and lounge with floor to ceiling windows, mismatched furniture and huge movie set-style lighting will serve modern British classics from breakfast through to dinner and also host regular music nights. Upstairs, the […]

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Kindred, West London’s most exciting members’ space, has teamed up with The Handbook to exclusively offer one lucky winner a complimentary brunch + guest and a three-month membership, which includes: Two floors of co-working space including The Library for quiet working, lounge space for meetings, phone booth for private calls, and a members bar to order food and drink Targeted introductions and weekly members networking to grow your business Weekly events such as Monday morning Coffee Club, meditation on Tuesdays, 60 seconds networking Wednesdays, and river walks on a Thursday Opportunity to showcase your work in their newsletter to 2k+ […]

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The Wellesley: Review

The Wellesley is relatively new in terms of London hotels, when many have been opened for over a hundred years, The Wellesley has only been opened since the end of 2012 and yet already it is known as one of the most decadent boutique hotels. The décor is inspired by the 1920s townhouse that it is situated in, with a modern twist on  the art deco movement, it is very sumptumous and none more so than in The Oval restaurant.  Having heard that there was a new excutive chef, Michele del Monaco, at the restaurant we grabbed our bags and […]

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Where to go on Independence Day

Wouldn't it be good if we could all just up sticks and head to America to celebrate this Friday – it's Independence Day don't you know? Heck we aren't even American but Londoner's love a good reason to party. From eating competitions to craft beer, here is The Handbook's  all-American guide to the best places to go on Independence Day:  Avenue So you think you can eat a lot? As much as on Man Vs. Food? So prove it at Avenue… The new American restaurant are hosting an all-you-can-eat Boston pig butt bun challenge on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th […]

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Brunch Party at The Shed

The Shed in Notting Hill is bringing you something to add to your calendar each Saturday to kick start your weekend: a brand new Brunch party, lasting all afternoon with live music, cocktails and more of their fresh, delicious and seasonal dishes. Drag all your friends out of bed, and bring them along to The Shed to bathe in the glorious weekend sun, which will stream through the open French windows and skylights, making for a perfect start to the weekend. We can’t quite think of a better hangover cure if you had a heavy night out the night before! […]

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Shakespeare’s Globe

If you’ve ever had the fantasy of calling out the famous lines ‘Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art though Romeo?’ from a balcony, then I have good news for you. The Balcony Room at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, which has recently undergone a beautiful refurbishment, is available for private events. That’s right, this means you can hire out the very venue dedicated to the man who produced one of the greatest romance tales of all time. The Balcony Room boasts panoramic views of the river and St Paul’s Cathedral which are framed by floor to ceiling French doors, opening out to a private […]

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It’s all new at Opera Tavern

Enjoy a summer evening of fresh, new and original tapas dishes at Opera Tavern in Covent Garden. Specialising in modern Italian and Spanish-influenced tapas since it’s opening in January 2011, this smart and beautiful bar and restaurant will experience a series of chef takeovers this summer, bringing with them new and exciting dishes for customers to test and enjoy. James Cornwall, Head Chef at Covent Garden’s J Sheekey Oyster Bar, will move into Opera Tavern on the 14th July, which is the perfect opportunity for you to plan an evening of theatre and good food, in whichever order you choose. […]

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Get Serene: Rooftop yoga

The glass ceiling is officially a thing of the past! As of next month, the City’s female yoga bunnies can salute the morning sun high above the Square Mile from the stunning roof garden of the Coq d’Argent. Yes, this summer the restaurant has teamed up with international wellness and networking community SERENE Social to offer outdoor yoga classes where you can practise your postures in full view of St Paul’s Cathedral and the Gherkin. It all started in New York where ladies are currently getting their asanas on 18 storeys up by the rooftop pool of Soho’s The James hotel while […]

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The Shisha Parlour at The Lancaster London

Fancy something a bit different to sipping a Cosmo sitting at a bar after work? Lancaster London has launched a Shisha Tent for all to enjoy over the summer, offering a selection of Shisha flavours, from apple and grape, to blueberry, rose and mint.   Sit back and relax in the beautifully patterned sofas, or lounge over the sporadically placed cushions in a variety of exotic colours. The décor of woven rugs and jewelled lanterns encompassed in shisha smoke brings a Moroccan-Arabian atmosphere to what would otherwise be a plain white marquee, and is a very chilled but suave alternative […]

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Exclusive Fitness Retreat at Jumeirah

So it’s summer and for the a millionth time we promise ourselves to get buff and bronze for the months ahead of revealing our untoned winter body but yet again we have fallen at the first hurdle. Boring gym sessions? No thanks. Go for a run in London, are you mad? An exclusive Fitness Retreat that promises to equip guests with ‘take home’ tools to enhance physical and mental performance and support ongoing wellness. I’m listening. Jumeirah Carlton Tower is offering an exclusive weekend of fun activities like Thai yoga, boxing, self-defence classes, massages and nutritional workshops. Attendees will also […]

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Escape To Rum Island

Summer is officially here – and so is the city's hottest new destination.  Floridita opens an island inspired retreat located underneath the restaurant’s iconic sweeping staircase. The late-night Soho hotspot is known for housing the most extensive rum selection in Europe and its new space, suitably named Rum Island, will offer a cocktail menu celebrating the liquor's versatility. Guests can sip on libations like the Watermelon Punch, a concoction created from Brugal Rum, watermelon, Aperol Liquer, cranberry juice, lemon juice with sugar and served in a hollowed watermelon, or the Navy Sangria, a nautical tribute with a Brazilian twist combining Pusser’s Navy Rum, Mandarine Napoleon, sugar and […]

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