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Things to do Outdoors

Sun’s Out, (Burger) Buns Out: 8 Places To Picnic In London

Living in the UK comes with the expectation of very limited sunny climes, so it’s hardly surprising we flock to beaches or the nearest green space to make the most of the sporadic British sunshine when it comes our way. But, in the concrete jungle that is London, it can be hard trying to find a safe haven away from the hustle and bustle of the busy streets, shrieking toddlers and frisbee throwers. Alas, we’ve put our thinking caps on and come up with some of London’s best picnic spots, and boy are they a bunch of beauties… Patch and Picnic […]

Guides

It’s London Marath-ON! Freebies For London Marathon Runners

As someone who won’t run for a London bus, I am in awe of anyone willing to put themselves through the torture and misery of training to run the London marathon. You guys deserve all the free stuff you can get your sweaty hands onto. Which is why we’ve helpfully compiled them all into a quick listicle. Tom’s Kitchen Chelsea South Kensington (0.6 miles) Tom’s Kitchen Canary Wharf may be pretty much on the marathon route, but it’s the Chelsea joint that’s offering runners a great giveaway in the form of a free breakfast the day AFTER the marathon. Anyone […]

What to do This Weekend

Hurrah For The Weekend: Here Are 10 Ways To Spend It

As the weekend rolls around once more, we’re here to help banish those bank holiday blues and show you that there’s still an abundance of awesome things to do. From whole festivals of food to ravishing rooftops, there’s something for one and all… Mrs & Mr Bateman: Art, Fashion & Interior Design Launch The brainchild of vintage dealer Clemmie Myers and artist Selena Beaudry, this immersive installation allows shoppers to become part of the story at the art, fashion and interior design installation, Mrs and Mr Bateman. Immerse yourself in the unique world, meeting the Bateman relatives along the way […]

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Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks, and for those who will not get the chance to return home to USA for 28th November and celebrate with family and friends, Gillray’s Steakhouse has prepared a special Thanksgiving offering for you to enjoy in London.

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Openings & Launches

All Of The Amazing April Openings

Lettuce celebrate, it’s April and there are loads of new kid on the block restaurants to have a gander at! The abundance of new spots are making our hearts beet faster because we’re just so eggcited. From Dougy Robertson’s uber green Embr Kitchen, to a cafe opened by fashion house Prada, there’s a restaurant matcha made in heaven for everyone. And, if you donut understand anything we’ve just said then gouda luck reading the rest… Embr Kitchen Embr Kitchen, the brainchild of chef Dougy Robertson, who champions sustainability and ethically sourced dishes, brought his farms to fork concept to London this […]

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Rooftops and Terraces

BIG News: Pergola Paddington Returns This May

Disguising the city of London with ribbons of floral decor, palm trees and strings of lanterns, Pergola Paddington is arriving to show  that the summer months are most definitely en route. The hugely popular rooftop sees many of you raising glasses, donning sunnies and littering insta feeds with #summer snaps, and now we’ve heard the news that it’s coming back to add a tick to your summer bucketlist. Opening this May, we’re sure we’re not the only ones itching to get back up there to soak in the so-called British sun while pretending to be somewhere along the Mediterranean coastline. […]

Travel

Native Bankside: The Uber Cosy Aparthotel You Need To Try

Last August Native Bankside threw open its doors to the public; another superb addition to the UK aparthotel operator Native, which has more than 25 properties across the UK. A sun-drenched Friday evening saw one of The Handbook team heading to sample its central London existence and it’s safe to say the brand didn’t disappoint with its cosy offering. Here, you’re amidst the bustling vibrancy of South Bank. London shines in full splendour across the River Thames, whilst tourists crowed the exterior of Shakespeare’s Globe marvelling at the history that engulfs it. Restaurants are rife, with post-work drinkers raising pints in […]

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Steak Out: The National Day Dedicated to Meat

If you have no intention of losing your veganity any time soon then it can feel like you’re in the minority. Everyone around you seems to be doing it and raving about the benefits. You’re part of #meatfreemondays but there’s no way you’re giving up that bacon sandwich at the weekend. Sound familiar? Well you’re in luck, because tomorrow is the first National Steak Day and it’s already proving to be wildly popular. No, this isn’t a day to gorge yourself senseless on as much meat as you can, but to appreciate the fact that if we all need to […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

We’re Getting Wisteria Hysteria For This Floral Courtyard Pop-Up

Bringing the countryside to your London doorstep can be tricky. Let’s face it, I’m sure we aren’t the only ones cooped up in shoebox-sized ‘studio’ apartments where the only sight of greenery is weeds forlornly growing by the side of a curb. Luckily, Nyetimber has done the hard work for us all, bringing the luxurious surroundings of the Nyetimber Estate, in the depths of the English countryside, to Rosewood London in Holborn.  Nestled away in the idyllic Rosewood London’s Edwardian courtyard, floral archways carve the pathways into this new magical secret garden. Opening this May,  guests will enter through an […]

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Rooftops and Terraces

The Rooftop Bar That Comes With ‘Mexican Lady Wrestlers’

The Queen of Hoxton has chosen a theme for their summer rooftop, and it’s Mexican lady wrestlers. Too niche? Not at all, lucha libra, the incredibly colourful Mexican version of wrestling, is seriously hot right now, and with a summer promising to be equally warm it’s a smart choice. The Queen of Hoxton’s rooftop will become the den of the Luchadores (or lady wrestlers) and the whole space will be taking its inspiration from the frenetic fiestas and vividly coloured back-streets of Mexico’s San Christabel. We’re always a sucker for a rooftop, especially one with a theme. Add in ‘the baddest bitches in Mexican […]

Travel

7 Pretty In Pink Sand Beaches

Up there in the realms of unicorns, rainbows and all things magical are pink sand beaches; pastel-hued eye-catchers that make waters look bluer and sands whiter… and make us reach for our phones almost instantaneously to snap a pic. Pink sand beaches are created when thousands of broken coral pieces, shells, and calcium carbonate materials left behind by foraminifera (tiny marine creatures with red and pink shells) collect – as if by magic! And, because pink is always pretty, we’ve searched for some of the best in the world. They’re pretty rare but here are the ones to pop on your […]

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Culture

Critical Mass: London’s Best Easter Church Services

In case you hadn’t realised, there’s more to Easter than a bank holiday double whammy and copious amounts of chocolate. There’s also the small matter of Jesus’ death and resurrection. So why not take a bit of time out of your super-sized weekend and attend an Easter service at one of these churches. St Paul’s Cathedral It’s the grand-daddy of London churches, Christopher Wren’s masterpiece on the Thames and a national symbol. The enormous cathedral will be playing host to more Easter services than you could shake a thurible at. 18th April: Maundy Thursday Liturgy of the Day and Watch until […]

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Reviews

We Floated Down The Thames In A Giant Glass Restaurant, So Should You

Ratty had it spot on when he said there is nothing half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. I’ve always loved just being on the water, whether it’s jumping off the back of a catamaran into turquoise seas (who wouldn’t?), building makeshift vessels as a child and seeing if we could make it down a river or braving the Thames at 6am on a winter morning when I dabbled in rowing. I also love eating. So when Bateaux announced that they were launching a new floating restaurant, Glass Room, I knew I had to go. It’s […]

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