Awesome Afternoon Teas

The New 5* Afternoon Tea You Just Have To Go To

The Game Bird at The Stafford London knows how to do an afternoon tea properly. Their latest afternoon tea looks to their home of St James for inspiration. Partnering with some of the highest-quality independent boutiques and delis in the area they’ve created an afternoon tea that takes you on an edible journey of the hotel’s surroundings. When did I decide to go and stuff myself silly on sandwiches? On the day of the London marathon of course, so as weary runners much more deserved of carbs than me hobbled from the Mall up to the tube at Green Park […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

Floral Frenzy: Chelsea In Bloom 2019

If you’ve been reading The Handbook over the last few weeks, you’ll know how floral mad we’ve gone – from floral rooftops to wisteria hysteria, we’ve covered it all. We aren’t the only ones who have gone mad over this floral frenzy either, it’s splattered left, right and centre across social media, especially on the ‘gram. And trust us, from what we can see, it’s only just the beginning. Later this month, Chelsea in Bloom, returns to Chelsea’s most iconic streets with stunning floral displays, extending the Chelsea Flower Show to the the local neighbourhood for free. Produced by Cadogan, in […]


Have You Ever Dreamt Of Having Your Own Food Business?

Do you fancy yourself as a bit of a Michael Roux Jr? Do you think Alain Ducasse is old news? Are you certain you can pan-sear salmon better than Rick Stein? You’ve come to the right place! Le Cordon Bleu London, founded in Paris all the way back in 1895, is a stickler for culinary prowess, as the largest network of hospitality schools in the world. Willing you to pursue your foodie dreams, the institution calls for cooks and bakers, beginners through to advanced, to build their careers with the help of various culinary courses. If you’re desperate for that […]

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The Best Of Art, Theatre And Exhibitions This May 😱

Despite living in a city as vibrant and ever-changing as London, it’s easy to fall into the same ol’ routine. It’s so easy to forget the endless opportunities only a stones throw away from your backdoor, especially when it comes to galleries and theatres. Granted, they can be...

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Rooftops and Terraces

This Year’s Brand New Summer Rooftops

Like pigeons, chimneys and cyclone victims, we can always be found up on a rooftop. And unlike the all above, we’re normally to be found clutching a glass of Champagne and enjoying one of the best views in the world as London stretches away beneath us. Here’s a link to a fuller guide...


Lettuce Show You How To Do National Veggie Week Right

What was once thought a hippy-style craze is certainly no longer – vegetarianism and veganism is taking the whole world by storm, endorsed by A-list celebrities including Ariana Grande, Liam Hemsworth and even Kim Kardashian has said she eats plant-based at home. Finding a balance between...

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Prince Brian? Harry And Meghan Have A Baby, But We Don’t Know The Name Yet!

The Brexit talks are back on in Whitehall, global stock-markets are tumbling after Donald did a tweet and North Korea’s testing missiles again, but there’s only one story in town: Harry and Meghan have had a baby! And, spoiler alert for anyone holding out for series 8 of The Crown: it’s a boy! But we don’t yet know what the 7lbz 3oz babe is going to be called. So, in the least ‘evergreen’ article ever written (they’ll be announcing the answer tomorrow), here’s our thoughts on the only question on everyone’s lips. Well, that and ‘did you see Line of Duty?’. […]

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Health & Wellness

12 Seriously Lush London Spas

There is nothing quite so relaxing or indulgent than a relaxing afternoon spent being pampered in a spa. And London certainly does a great line in amazing spas. Here are the ones we especially rate…  

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Best Festival In London? My Asparag-Arse!

Festival season is properly on, and so is this years’s asparagus season, so what could be better than combining the two? Unless you’re visiting the Portaloos, that is. So think the folks at the West Hampstead Asparagus Festival, at least, who will head to the genteel surroundings of the London’s Farmer’s Market where the spikey veg will play centre stage, being included in all manner of foodstuffs including asparagus pizza, freshly baked asparagus tarts, asparagus pesto, and asparagus ravioli. As if that wasn’t enough, local joint Ham Restaurant will be joining the asparagussy madness thanks to Head Chef Matt Osborne. The […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Search For Young Chef Of The Year Is On

Just when you thought that chefs were getting ever younger and younger (the UK’s youngest Michelin Starred chefs were born in the late ’90s, there’s probably yoghurt in my fridge that’s older than that), they go and remind you of your advancing years by running the Young Chef of the Year Award. And if that wasn’t galling enough, this year they’ve named it a Brexit special! Young is loosely translated as ‘under 30’, pleasing at least half The Handbook office, at least, and the nominations are now open to any of them to submit a four-course menu that costs under £45 per […]

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Health & Wellness

In Conversation With Melissa Hemsley For Mental Health Mates

Maintaining good mental health is so incredibly important for everyone, no matter who you are and your circumstances, and striving to raise awareness surrounding mental health is just as important. In support of the remarkable work of Mental Health Mates, Francesco Mazzei’s Islington trattoria, Radici, will host a dinner on May 16th with Melissa Hemsley and Mika Simmons.  Mental Health Mates was set up by Bryony Gordan in 2016, who set up a regular meet up for people struggling with mental issues to get out and talk without the fear of judgment. Bryony believes one of the key ways mental illness […]

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5 Ibiza Pool Parties To Make A Splash At

As poet and renowned crackhead William Wordsworth once proclaimed while looking out across a sea of daffodils “Whoah! We’re going to Ibiza, diddle-diddle-de-dah”. Yeah, baby, we’re off to The White Isle, to the party capital of the world where the best way to mix pools and...

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