Love it or Hate it? The 6am Airport Dash

The pre-dawn airport rush, a right of passage for any holiday-maker, a rude awakening ensuring you can be on the beach by lunchtime. There are two schools of thought here, and it divides The Handbook’s office. The great debate is on… Early-bird Lottie: It hits 11pm, you’re laying in bed staring at the ceiling… and, if you’re me, you’re fully clothed, sombrero on (not sure why), bikini clad and flip-flops at the ready, because in a few hours my, oh my it’s airport time. Now it’s fair to say early flights and airport ventures at silly o’clock are, for some, […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The Bar Where Honesty’s The Best Policy

Fancy frequenting a bar with no fixed price list? Well enter London’s first ever honesty bar, courtesy of The Glenrothes. Let’s be honest, most of the time once we’ve had a tipple or two, the truth comes flying out – drunk hearts speak sober minds, and all that. So, surely a visit to the Honesty Bar won’t be too far removed from your typical escapades. Opening up in TT Liquor, Shoreditch, Honesty Bar is the perfect stool-grabbing, whisky swigging experience for those who love the Scottish-born beverage. Whilst there’s no fixed price on any of the listed drinks there is […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Mezcal Week Is Here! Where To Go And What To Drink…

Mezcal, it might not have the same profile as Tequila, but boy should it have! The Mexican drink, a smokier version of its more glamorous sister, is also agave based and it’s nevertheless taking London by storm. So much so that they’ve now dedicated an entire week to the drink. So grab a sombrero, we’re off to celebrate. Leicester Square Kitchen Why: Leicester Square Kitchen have outed themselves as Mezcal lovers by throwing together a limited edition cocktail menu specially for the week. So head down to the bar and restaurant (no prizes for guessing the address) to try out their […]

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The Handbook Meets

Owner Of The Smart-Set’s Favourite Bar Spills His Secrets

In Sloane Square, the epicentre of ‘smart’ London, lives a club that’s a little bit special. While the entrance is set in cosmopolitan West London, head downstairs and you’ve arrived at Day of the Dead themed Mexican jungle hideaway Tonteria. A firm favourite of Prince William, Pippa Middleton and the rest of them, at the helm sits partner Alain Dona. So I caught up with him to find out what makes Tonteria tick. In a city where clubs are declining, and nightlife is changing what makes Tonteria stand out from the rest and remain so popular? We always wanted to improve the […]

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What to do This Weekend

Yearning For The Weekend? Here’s What To Do With It

If you’ve just packed your kids at school you’re possibly dreading the fact they’re going to boomerang back into your daytime this weekend. But fear not, there’s plenty to be doing. Arepa & Co What: Arepa arepa! Why: Guys, guys! It’s world World Arepa Day! World what day? Arepa! What are arepas? Guys, you’re not getting into this… So arepas are basically somewhere between sandwiches and tacos from South America (I’m so going to be getting emails correcting me here) and this Saturday it’s going to be World Arepa Day! And where better (other than actual South America) to celebrate […]

Seasonal & Celebrations

Too Early For Christmas Cinema? Think Again

This is a public service announcement, it may be sunny, and we may be in for an Indian summer, but it is now 109 days until Christmas or if you’re one of those who can’t grow up and still speak like you’re at primary school, 110 sleeps. Why are we talking about this now? Because to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Raymond Briggs’ beloved book, The Snowman, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland has teamed up with Backyard Cinema to create an exclusive, immersive adventure and tickets are on sale now. Set to be Backyard Cinema’s biggest and most festive experience yet, […]

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Openings & Launches

Hotel Café Royal Open a David Bowie Inspired Bar

When David Bowie came to throw a retirement party for his alter ego, Ziggy Stardust, in the 1970 he chose the notorious Café Royal, the central London haunt of celebrities and creatives and now in honour of both Bowie and Ziggy Stardust, Hotel Café Royal is opening a new bar, Ziggy’s. Opening on the 20th September, the new bar will be a playful tribute to the singer with cocktails inspired by both Bowie’s life and his famous album ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’ with each drink named after a lyric from the record. […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Relive The Summer Of Love Island (In Fulham)

We’re not that sad to see the end of summer, the searing heat that kept us up into the small hours, made the tube unbearable and an un-airconditioned office a work environment something like being receptionist in Hades. But there’s one aspect of summer we are already missing terribly. Yes, it’s Love Island. The ITV2 hit reality show dominated our summer, our thoughts and certainly our office chat. So whether you’re pining for Jack and Dani or you’re longing for 10pm sunsets and the smell of suncream Fulham Beach Club has the ultimate party to send off the hottest summer […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

The West End Will Play Host to a Secret Alfresco Cinema

When there’s a cinema showing in the West End, normally you either have to have a ticket, or you have to be on the red carpet, not for the next couple of days though, because there’s a new open-air cinema just two minutes from Piccadilly and anyone can go. For the 6th, 7th and 8th September, St James’s Market will be transformed into an open-air cinema complete with giant screen, a red carpet, proper cinema seats and of course a popcorn machine. The free event (yup, no need to get a ticket) will be showing the classic films, E.T, Singing […]


There’s A Giant Ball Pool Filled Lido Coming To London

If there is one thing we can all agree on as Londoners, it’s that swimming the Thames is a bad idea, even if it is the cleanest river in a major city, no one wants to get sick (cast your mind back to David Walliams charity swim in 2011 and how ill he got). So, we have a better alternative, a Thameside ball filled lido, which not only is going to look excellent on your Instagram (because that’s what we all live for obviously) but also you have the chance to win a holiday. Brought to you by Virgin Holidays, […]

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