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10 Ted Talks To Inspire Your 2019

Let’s talk about TED, baby! Every year we say to ourselves, this is our year, as we fumble over New Year’s resolutions that we know we likely won’t keep. Well, to make sure your 2019 gets off to the best possible start, The Handbook is giving you all a little homework in...

Openings & Launches

OMG: A 2nd Press For Champagne Restaurant Has Opened

Russian restaurateur Leonid Shutov is at it again, creating miracles and sprinkling them across London. You may be familiar with Bob Bob Ricard the restaurant so nice they named it twice, with a press for Champagne button that takes a lot of trumping. And today sees the opening of its little sister Bob Bob Cité, ( we’re all saying “finally” as Shutov’s last opening was 18 months behind schedule and this one was delayed by fourteen months!) Alas, perfection doesn’t come easily so we’re happy to let Shutov off!  The restaurant resides inside the Leadenhall Building or, for those who love […]

Openings & Launches

15 Magnificent March Restaurant Openings

The end of the month rolls around again and with it a conglomerate of tasty eateries throwing their doors open. From a brand new Balans Soho Society to the Instagrammable refurb of Momo, here’s what March had to offer…...

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10 Things You Need To Know About The Royal Baby

No doubt you’re in a constant state of hyperventilation given that the birth of Meghan and Harry’s baby is apparently vaguely imminent. Well take the paper bag away from your mouth, we have some answers, truths and half-truths to satisfy your fundamental need for royal baby news. The one thing that is certain, though, is that former Suits star and current lead actor in the original version of The Crown (think about it), Meghan Markle, will give birth at some point to something. So here is all the information we skimmed off everyone else’s coverage, nearly all articles themselves regurgitating the work […]

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Best Brunches

Where to Party Like It’s 1929

Since its opening in 1929, Quaglino’s has always been the place to see and be seen. It’s been London’s watering hole for A-listers, the arts set and royalty. Princess Diana snuck through the kitchens, a table was permanently reserved for Princess Margaret and it was the first public restaurant ever visited by a reigning monarch when the Queen and Prince Philip dined in 1956. Having survived both the recession of the early 1990s and 2000s it has continued to be the go-to place for partying, entertainment and no doubt side of scandalous behaviour. When smoking was in, everyone turned into […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

The Wine Tasting Event You Won’t Want To Miss

Is it just us or do the many labels given to wine get a bit lost in translation. Biodynamic? Low-intervention? Our heads are already spinning and that’s not even from the wine! The good news is that Berry Bros. & Rudd have got your back; appreciating the confusion that surrounds wine they’re hosing their first wine tasting which will celebrate sustainability in the wine making process (and hopefully shed some light on what the heck all these words mean!) For the lesser informed amongst you, Berry Bros. & Rudd is in fact Britain’s oldest family-owned wine and spirits merchant, so we’re pretty sure they’ve been […]

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Tom Odell On Coffee, Poetry And The Importance Of Disconnecting

Today is World Poetry Day a time where we reflect on some of the marvellous poets that shaped our understanding of the world, from Blake to Barrett Browning, and yet it turns out it’s also a day to grab yourselves a free coffee at a number of cafes in over 40 countries. We’re en...

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Best Brunches

There’s a Brand New Beauty and Beast Bottomless Brunch

When reviewing restaurants you always hope that the chef will read the article, and if they take onboard the feedback you gave about the chips not needing to be served in a mini deep fat fryer (whoever thought that was a good idea needs to have a word with themselves) then even better. What you don’t expect is for the restaurant to take your words and use them to create a whole new brunch… but M Restaurants has gone there.  They’ve taken Bill Knott of the Financial Times words “Stylish and ambitious…Michael Reid’s menu matches beauty with the beast” and […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Where To Get Wood: Restaurants With Trees In Them

Proving there really is a listicle for everything, here’s a guide to where to find restaurants that have trees inside them. From acorns grow mighty oaks, unless you had them shipped in ready-grown as part of a refurb. But nevertheless, there’s something undeniably magical about a living...

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All Aboard The Murdér Express At This Immersive Event

Guess who’s back with another whopping immersive event? Yep, Funicular. The fun makers of the 21st century who have us doing all sorts of silly things like willing attendees to board an elegant dining car on The Murdér Express as well as descending into the dangerous depths of the underworld with a sultry gatekeeper as they Journeyed To The Underworld. In fact at Christmas they choo, choo-ed us around a luxury train for an evening of festivities, food and fandango-ing for their World’s Greatest Snowman extravaganza. And so it’s safe to say that when immersion is concerned, we fold Funicular in high esteem… don’t […]

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Big News: Jason And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Returns

Any Jason won’t do for the return of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, because we want Jason Donavan only, and turns out our wishes have been granted. The colourful classic will see Jason return as popular role the Pharaoh, a part he played as a younger, blonder lad back in the 1990s. Taking place in the London Palladium, the dreamy show will play a limited 11-week season that begins in June, seeing everyone up on their feet boogying to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice favourites. View this post on Instagram The rumours are true: @jdonofficial is set to return @josephmusical […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

All The Game Of Thrones Stuff Going On Right Now

Winter is so nearly here, guys. I mean, is it just us or has winter been coming for, like, ever?! Well, not to fear, your lives are about to get well and truly taken over by Game of Thrones hype. Fan or not, you’ll be inundated with paraphernalia, quotes, spoiler alerts in the office and, it...

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