Openings & Launches

Full Bread Ahead, The Bakery’s Opening A Restaurant

If you haven’t heard of Bread Ahead then do you even bread?! The bread giants, like the name suggests, will be opening a humungous 220 cover restaurant in Autumn and we’re encouraging you to stop loafing around and go! Wembley will be the new home to the extravaganza that will include a resto, bakery and baking school so, prospective Paul Hollywood’s, this could be your calling! Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served up with highlights including brand new sourdough pizzas, a new house special and new desserts. You’ll still clasp your jaws around Bread Ahead classics such as warm […]


The Royals Give Us Access To Their House For One Day Only

We all watched as Meghan and Harry swept past on her carriage, beaming away. As the extraordinary bishop droned on and as the couple stepped out as husband and wife. Then they slipped away, along with a coterie of high profile A-list guests, for the reception. Want to have a gander inside? You can’t. This wasn’t some golf club with a cash bar, but one of the queen’s actual homes. Normally closed to the public, the reception was held at Frogmore House, the royal residence on the Windsor Castle estate. And now YOU can be a guest at Harry and […]

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Mauritius: 9 Reasons It’s More Than Just Honeymoons

When I told my friends that I was off to Mauritius, they queried why I was going to a honeymoon destination when I quite clearly hadn’t been saying any vows, apart from vowing to avoid all dating apps. But to class the whole island as just a place for canoodling couples, would be doing it a disservice. Sitting in the Indian Ocean to the east of Madagascar, the volcanic island (once home to the ill-fated dodo) isn’t all just white sandy beaches, luxury resorts and picture-perfect sunsets. Sure it’s flanked by palm trees and the waters are a sparkling turquoise, […]

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45 Jermyn St.: The Restaurant That Oozes Old School Glamour

An injection of old school glamour is never something to shy away from, especially when it’s at 45 Jermyn St.; a St. James staple that oozes allure. Just off the main drag, you’ll swirl in past the doorman and position yourself on plush tangerine-coloured chairs and booths which are charmingly trapped between herb green wood and a sociable, marble-topped bar. There’s a real sense of nostalgia inside the space; small lamps sit proudly upon each table – making for marvellous light when snapping pics of the food, eek. The restaurant is sophisticated and stylish without being overbearingly pretentious and la di […]


Soft Play For Grown Ups: The Monster Returns

Everyone loves a monster: Loch Ness, Godzilla, The Yeti, Stalin, all the usual names. And now Alexandra Palace. The Monster is a 300m inflatable obstacle course that includes over 40 obstacles, an 18 metre ‘mega slide’, something called the ‘exterminator’ and the jolly sounding ‘house of hell’. This is the bouncy castle of your dreams (if that’s the sort of vanilla stuff you you do dream about). It even bears a passing resemblance to Boris Johnson. As if that wasn’t enough to get your blood flowing, away from the main bouncy drag there’s Drag Queen Karaoke and boozy bingo and […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Where To Eat Out In…Notting Hill

Whether you’re drinking tea with Hugh Grant, telling someone you’re “just a girl, standing in front of boy, asking him to love her,” or styling it out at Europe’s biggest street festival, there’s always something going on down in little ol’ Notting Hill. As...

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Awesome Afternoon Teas

5 Reasons To Try This New Royal Afternoon Tea at The Shard

The Handbook is a sucker for afternoon teas, at least one of us will be feasting on scones at some point on during the week and don’t get us started on the cream/jam debate. I just started it and as I’ve just been told ‘the Queen puts jam first and so we win’. This time queenie I disagree. Anyway, what we can agree on is that the Shangri-La Hotel, at The Shard, London’s new Royal afternoon tea is excellent, jam or cream first and here are five reasons you should go. The Theme The rumours are circulating about the imminent […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

My London: ByRuby’s Top 5 Delis

Ruby Bell, Founder of frozen food delivery service byRuby, is on a mission to make our busy lives that little bit less hectic. Her homemade frozen meals are the answer to those evenings when you don’t want to cook from scratch because you’re just.too.tired but you know you...

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

8 Hot Cross Bunneries To Visit This Easter

If you like buns, hun then you’ve come to right place because we’ve rounded up all of the best places to get your hands on buns this Easter… and we mean the edible kind, get your minds out of the gutter. Thank us later:...

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

London’s Craziest Bingo Nights

Grab a dabber, eyes down and watch out for two fat ladies, it’s BINGO TIME! Bingo halls are full of old ladies who smell of TCP and wee, right? No, not any more. Bingo has undergone a revolution lately, and suddenly it’s attractive to a whole new audience: millennials. And they only...

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What to do This Weekend

13 Wonderful Ways To While Away The Weekend

Hands up if you’re excited for the weekend? Yep, everyone! Here’s some wonderful ways to spend it; from jumping on your broomstick and visiting Gringott’s Bank to losing your veganity at some epic vegan hangouts. Have a good’un:

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