Awesome Afternoon Teas

Posh Tea: Victoria Beckham’s Afternoon Tea

It’s that time of year again where The Berkeley introduce their coveted Prêt-à-Portea afternoon tea menu, inspired by all of the fashion happenings of the year and trust us, it’s a good’un! Posh Spice might not be going all aboard the tour train as her ex band mates announce the news of their re-grouping, but she does feature rather spectacularly in the afternoon tea. The banquet features a Victoria Beckham based offering in the form of a Victoria sponge (Berkeley, we see what you did there) inspired by Victoria Beckham’s legs-out-of-a-shopping-bag 10th anniversary campaign. View this post on Instagram Putting Victoria into Victoria […]


London’s Historic-est Hotels – Stay Where History Was Made

London must vie with Rome as one of the most historic capitals in the word. And with much of our history living, it makes strolling the streets a joy to anyone with even an inkling of historic appreciation. The medieval streets of Soho, still purveying much of the same trade that made them infamous...

Seasonal & Celebrations

Booked Your Christmas Party? Camden Has All The Answers!

Are you starting to panic about arranging your work (or ‘Friendsmas’) Christmas party? Well, may all your Christmases be Camden! Dingwalls and FEST, stalwarts of Camden Market and harbingers of seasonal enjoyment are promising a Christmas entertainment extravaganza that will ensure you’re responsible for a party to remember. When it comes to party planning, FEST have the greatest idea, in the form of The Greatest Show. This spectacular Christmas showdown includes a festive set menu (of course), drinks and an immersive evening of live entertainment that will blow you away as West End actors combine with acrobats, contortionists, not to […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Mary’s Popping Into Harvey Nicks

Fizz Bang Poppins! If you’re any sort of Mary Poppins fan then, love or hate the idea, you’ll know there’s a new movie on the scene. The 2018 version featuring a star studded cast including Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer and Julie Walters along with Colin Firth and Meryl Streep (to name a few) will be flying onto our screens on the 21st of December. Excited? Well, close your mouths kids… one is not a codfish! Anyway, on to the important stuff! To celebrate, Harvey Nichols is doing what they do best and dazzling Knightsbridge shoppers with a […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

17 of the Best Pre-Theatre Menus

With over 40 theatres in London’s West End alone, it’s not hard to see why London is one of the cultural capitals of the world. And where there is a theatre you can guarantee there is going to be a restaurant nearby serving up a pre- or post-theatre menu; they’ll have you in and out in time for the performance and they’re a wonderful way to eat at some of London’s best restaurants at a much more bank balance friendly price – take note if you’re on a date! So forget going to a chain or grabbing a rushed sandwich […]

What to do This Weekend

Your Weekend Plans Sorted

The weather’s not giving into winter without a fight, so it looks like the temperatures this coming weekend won’t be too arctic (this is according to BBC’s weather app, which I’m always a little sceptical of, so beware). Assuming this prediction to be true, you should...

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Seasonal & Celebrations

Santa’s Sarnies: We Eat ALL The Christmas Sandwiches

You may be destined to have a waistband as large as Santa’s after delving into the following Christmas sarnie’s but let’s face it, Christmas ’tis the season for eating way, way more than you typically would and lazing about in an ugly jumper knitted by your gran. Really...

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Openings & Launches

Right Back Matcha: There’s A New Matcha Joint Coming To Chelsea

Does your daily routine include popping into a high street coffee store to grab a corporate-branded cup of brown liquid? If so, then think again, because there’s a new matcha coffee bar opening and it’s going to beat any Costa Coffee skinny latte hands down. Matcha And Beyond has just opened on The King’s Road and is one of only a small handful of matcha bars in London. Situated next to Chelsea Town Hall this is the place for all your matcha needs. Matcha, which is made from a finely ground powder made from green tea leaves, is a Japanese delicacy […]

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Seasonal & Celebrations

Delicious Dishes To Down This Diwali

It goes without saying that the Hindu festival of lights, more commonly known as Diwali, brings beauty in so many forms. From the mesmeric colours to the abundance of food enjoyed by families around circular tables, it’s a time where life is celebrated, against all odds. The festival...

Things to do With Kids

The Schools Show Parents Need To Know About

Whether we’re finding you the perfect place to grab dinner (hello, the new SUSHISAMBA), the optimum holiday destinations (looking at you, Maldives) or just letting you in on what’s hot, new or interesting (it’s all about winter terraces and igloos right now), The Handbook is there for all the big and small decisions in life. And probably one of your biggest is how and where to educate your child. If you want an Oscar-nominated child prodigy actor, like Eddie Redmayne or Benedict Cumberbatch, maybe plump for Eton or Harrow, if you want a social climbing princess-to-be, Marlborough seems to be […]

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48 Great Christmas Party Venues

Sorry to break it to you but it’s time to face the truth… Christmas is on the way. Yes we haven’t had Halloween or Bonfire night yet, but venues are booking up fast. And you don’t want to be that one who has to let your friends/office/family down when you tell them you’ve booked the Christmas party on a great date…in 2019. So The Handbook’s put together some suggestions to get you started.   The Lighterman London St Pancras (0.2 miles) Whether it’s an intimate Christmas lunch with friends and family or an all-out dinner for the whole office, The […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Paradise Freezes Over: The Beach Club Showing Festive Classics

Climate change deniers, cop a load of this for evidence: Tropicana Beach Club, the tropical island paradise located somewhere between the South Seas and Covent Garden (Parker Street, to be precise), has just frozen over. Welcome Frozen Island, the takeover from Neighbourhood Cinema. Swapping the usual palm-tree-cum-Hawaiian-shirt-cum-piña-colada (ew!) vibe of Tropicana Beach Club for a frozen wasteland (we’re not sure if this is a harbinger of large-scale climate change or if they’ve just swapped in some blue light bulbs), the stage is set for some seriously seasonal smashers. Bring in the projector. Fancy watching Polar Express, Elf or Willy Wonka and The […]

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