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The Paradise Easter Petting Zoo

The Paradise by way of Kensal Green is getting all warm and fluffy on Easter Sunday with a  pop-up petting zoo. Children and the young at heart can come and meet some new furry friends on the roof terrace, getting up close and cuddly with baby ducklings, just hatched chick-lets and of course, baby Easter bunnies. But if that (or this super cute picture of a baby hedgehog) doesn’t sort your hangover, we’ll raise you the task of mixing your very own Bloody Mary downstairs in the ground floor bar followed by a legendary Paradise Sunday Roast such as Pugh’s […]

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Innocent Inspires

The smoothie brand Innocent are known for their healthy, 100% fruit drinks with special attention to sustainable products. Now they have furthered their campaign in promoting healthy behaviour with a series of inspirational evenings tailor-made by Innocent. The first evening on the 18th April, is based around health, with special appearances from Olympic Gold medalist, rower James Cracknell and TV Dr Pixie McKenna. The other evenings will revolve around the themes of ethics, entrepreneurship, taste and creavity with talks from model Erin O'Connor, Richard Reed and chef Ollie Dabbous. For the theme of health guests are invited to run around […]

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Novikov dance off

Having secured legendary DJ and producer Arthur Baker, Novikov Lounge Bar is delighted to announce an exciting new live music schedule for 2013 with some of the world’s leading talents lined up to host residences at this Mayfair night spot. Playing every evening from 8pm is the purveyor of quality grooves and former resident at Solaris and Kinky Disco, DJ Eren Abdullah. Then on Mondays it’s Lovebrunch DJ Hugo Heathcote mixing it up alongside percussionist Tom Carr and a live session saxophonist; on Wednesdays it’s the turn of DJ Andrew Newcombe who will be joined by Groove Armada percussionist Patrick […]

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Easter Weekend In London

There is boiled, fried, scrambled and poached but everyone knows that the best kind of egg is chocolate and with chocolate being a vital part of Easter, it's pretty much guilt free indulgence! From glow in the dark bunnies to decadent brunches, London has got it right when it comes to great ways to celebrate the Easter weekend. Whether you want to go out and party or laze around, The Handbook has rounded up some of the best events: Maggie's Easter Bunny Blackout Party: Bank holiday Monday means we can all feel a little naughty and go out on Sunday […]

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Christopher’s reopens

Christopher’s, London’s original American restaurant, is to re-open next month following an extensive, three-month refurbishment of its dining rooms and Martini Bar. Originally opened in 1991 in Covent Garden, the venue has long been a stalwart of American cuisine. The Hon Ambar Paul and family, who have been running Covent Garden’s slice of American pie since 2010, are keen to retain its essence and it will relaunch as an all-day operation serving a retooled menu that incorporates innovative Stateside staples alongside Christopher's classics. The three areas, Dining Room, Martini Bar and Club Room will each have its own identity, but […]

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Mint Leaf Restaurant: Celebrity hangout

The Haymarket venue Mint Leaf certainly has been popular with the celebrities lately! The restaurant and bar hosted Shrek The Musical's closing night party on 18th February with special guest Amanda Holden, of Britain's Got Talent fame – but equally talented in the theatre department. The Mint Leaf was also recently visited by legendary poet, lyricist and scriptwriter Javed Akhtar and renowned Bollywood actress and women's rights activist Shabana Azmi. International superstar Justin Bieber also made not one, but three appearances at Mint Leaf Haymarket during his UK tour, so must have loved the food! He celebrated his 19th birthday at the restaurant, […]

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Cocomaya pops up at Heathrow Terminal 5

If you’re jetting off for Easter via Heathrow you don’t need to miss out on the annual chocolate fest that marks the occasion as Cocomaya fine chocolatier and artisan baker is launching to launch a beautiful new pop-up at Terminal 5. Situated on the upper level, the 200 square foot shop will offer Cocomaya’s Vienna-style pastries, cakes, gourmet sandwiches, chocolate bars, boxes of truffles and chocolate covered fruit and nuts as well as a choice of hot and cold drinks. There are even mini cakes because we all know what they say about 'a little of what you fancy' while […]

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Park Theatre

This spring London is getting a brand new £2.2million theatre complex in Finsbury Park. Husband and wife team Jez and Melli Bond have raised revenue through the sale of three commercial properties on the upper floors and private funding. Ian McKellen is one of a host of stars backing this innovative project which promises to break new boundaries for non-subsidised arts provision in the UK. High profile attendees at a gala fundraiser last year for the project’s Education Floor (which will deliver workshops to 500 young people per year in association with the award winning Islington Community Theatre) included Benedict […]

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Surprising combo at Oaka

If you’ve never been to the South London area of Kennington, there’s now a great reason to visit. Adding to the famous Oval cricket ground and a scattering of quirky pubs, brand new Pan-Asian restaurant ‘Oaka’ has just opened, handily just across the road from Kennington tube. Oaka at The Mansion House is part of the fusion concept taking off within the London food scene. However, rather than showcasing a blend of two cuisines, Oaka fuses food and drink, serving up the finest Asian cuisine with a selection of hand-crafted ales from an acclaimed Peterborough brewery. The Handbook had the pleasure […]

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Surprising combo at Oaka

If you’ve never been to the South London area of Kennington, there’s now a great reason to visit. Adding to the famous Oval cricket ground and a scattering of quirky pubs, brand new Pan-Asian restaurant ‘Oaka’ has just opened, handily just across the road from Kennington tube. Oaka at The Mansion House is part of the fusion concept taking off within the London food scene. However, rather than showcasing a blend of two cuisines, Oaka fuses food and drink, serving up the finest Asian cuisine with a selection of hand-crafted ales from an acclaimed Peterborough brewery. The Handbook had the pleasure […]

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Kua ‘Aina: Hawaiian burgers in Soho

The perfect antidote to the rainy weather, Kua ‘Aina is a surprising Hawaiian haven in very central London. Hidden just off Regent Street, this cosy burger restaurant welcomes you with a playful splash of colour (pink, yellow and aquamarine conjure the tropical beach and sea), a rough and ready décor, and the alluring smell of smoky meat. Although the main draw for Kua ‘Aina virgins is probably the unique ‘lava’ method of grilling, we’d wager the restaurant probably guarantees regular custom with its fun, friendly vibe and casual dining appeal. Co-owner Ed Bardos, who worked in a Kua ‘Aina abroad […]

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Kua ‘Aina: Hawaiian burgers in Soho

The perfect antidote to the rainy weather, Kua ‘Aina is a surprising Hawaiian haven in very central London. Hidden just off Regent Street, this cosy burger restaurant welcomes you with a playful splash of colour (pink, yellow and aquamarine conjure the tropical beach and sea), a rough and ready décor, and the alluring smell of smoky meat. Although the main draw for Kua ‘Aina virgins is probably the unique ‘lava’ method of grilling, we’d wager the restaurant probably guarantees regular custom with its fun, friendly vibe and casual dining appeal. Co-owner Ed Bardos, who worked in a Kua ‘Aina abroad […]

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