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There’s An Aperol Splash Pool Coming To London

Yes, the orange tinged rumours are indeed true. There’s an Aperol Lido coming to London in celebration of the punchy favourite, Aperol Spritz, reaching a whopping 100 years old. Despite “getting on a bit” the Aperol Spritz still tastes flipping good, but what’s even better is a whole lido of the stuff. Orange you glad you clicked on this article? For just eight days only, Londoners can quench their thirsts by splashing about in an Aperol pool. The orange-hued extravaganza arrives in Shoreditch in May for eight nights only – so think fast! The initiative comes as part of Aperol Spritz Big […]

Culture

How About A Jump Back In Time To The Roaring 20s?

It’s dating season, which means it’s time to get off the sofa where you’ve been complaining about being single. Instead, it’s time to get out your finest flirting outfit and go meet some attractive singles, which leads us nicely to The Inner Circle’s next London event, and this one is big. You’ve probably seen the posters around for the Immersive Great Gatsby that’s been running for a while now. Imagine going to that, being completely immersed in an insanely cool theatrical experience, but also with a cocktail in your hand and surrounded by singles to flirt with. This is the […]

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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Travel

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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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Pier Pressure: 8 Reasons To Visit Brighton During The Fringe

Jolting up each morning as your alarm blares out the haunting sound screeching out of your iPhone is something which happens to the majority of us. I’m sure plenty of you have the luxury of working close to your home so you haven’t got to endure a long ol’ commute each day, twice over – for me, and many others I must add, my morning starts at 6am with my alarm and my commute ends at 8pm each night. These incredibly long days often leaves me wondering whether I need to give up my dream of living in my favourite city.  […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

London’s Whackiest Race Returns

London has a lot of crazy events going on, from the mental monster obstacle course, to weirdo museums to Brexit. But the top etchelon has to include Ally Pally’s Red Bull Soapbox race, so nutty that it’s become an national institution, equally bizarre and thrilling. It’s Cool Runnings meets Felix Baumgartner meets flying paper maché Boris Johnson. The concept is simple. Using only gravity competitors must get themselves and their homemade contraptions from the top of the course to the end. Oh, and over any obstacles en route. The soapbox cars themselves come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from the […]

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The Heartbreaking Story Of The Toddler Abducted In Kenya

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. Londoner Daisy, a friend of The Handbook, lives with her husband Matt and their son, three-year-old Kiano, in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. They’re a close and loving family. Just before dinner a couple of Fridays ago a mob stormed the couple’s house and abducted their child. Now they’re appealing to anyone at all in a position to help to bring back their baby. Daisy and Matt Mazzoncini weren’t able to have children, but moved their lives to Kenya in 2016 after meeting baby Kiano while on holiday. Found abandoned by a gardener in a […]

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Culture

Food For Thought: 10 Fab Foodie Podcasts

Looking for something to listen to on your commute, want to learn something about the food we eat or are you after some recipe inspiration? We’ve rounded up ten of our favourite foodie podcasts that will satisfy all those cravings. We don’t recommend you listen to them when your hungry though, snacks will be required. Cook The Perfect… Cook The Perfect is a podcast hosted by Woman’s Hour Jenni Murray and Jane Garvey. They’re joined by food writers and chefs to discuss how to make the perfect home-cooked dishes. Guests include Nigel Slater and his dark chocolate spiced cake, Rick […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Land’s End: The Super Yacht That Floats Our Boat

When it comes to London we’re oh so accustomed to eclectic eateries in far-flung spaces, and Sunborn London certainly nuzzled into the latter. The Land’s End restaurant, housed on a dazzling moored ship located in Royal Victoria Dock, comes equipped with romantic city views, with Emirates Air Line cable car, Canary Wharf and the O2 Arena etched into the sultry skyline. Entry into the venue itself is somewhat spy-like; journeying into an elevator from an unsuspecting doorway takes you up to a reception area that boasts a centrepiece chandelier and curling carpeted stairways. The floating sanctuary, despite being spellbinding, was […]

Where To Eat In

Where To Eat Out In… Mayfair

The swanky suburb that is Mayfair is absolutely brimming with decadent and moreish eateries, making our job a tricky one when it came to handpicking some of the best. Alas, we’ve put our taste buds to the test and listed down the following… bon appétit!   Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill This British delight sees guests dining amongst red leather seats, marble topped bars and oysters, oysters, oysters! Oysters, as one of, if not the, aphrodisiac of the moment are rich in attendance at this marvellous eatery and sit as the main food to be enjoyed once inside. However, equally as […]

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Culture

Everything You Need To Know About The Ted Bundy Movie

It’s the movie we’ve all been waiting for after morbidly binging on the The Ted Bundy tapes on Netflix released earlier this year. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile has been dominating the news cycle as of late, and we’re pretty terrified about Zac Efron’s uncanny similarities to the serial killer in the film. If you live in London and have an Instagram then you’ll probably have seen Efron’s been zipping about the city, with his peroxide blond locks rocking up on red carpets, in the back of taxis and even at the Tottenham v Brighton match. Yep, random, we know. […]

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Reviews

Fatt Pundit: The Soho Restaurant Taking Over Insta Feeds

Soho’s Berwick Street is a treasure trove of creative and eclectic eateries, positioned just a wander away from the main drag of Oxford Circus, paved with a sea of shopping bag swingers making their way to their first G&T of the day. I, on the other, was fending through the masses to grab a seat at Fatt Pundit, a restaurant that has overwhelmed my social channels with its success since its March opening. The restaurant, which intertwines the flavours of India and China in its dishes (named Hakka), is positioned amongst others, fairly inconspicuously, and entry sees you whirled straight […]

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