It turns out afternoon tea is best enjoyed by sports car

Afternoon tea, that daintiest of snacks, eaten by people too weak to peel their own crusts from a cucumber sandwich; the types who argue over whether to put the jam on a ‘scone’ first or second and pour Lady Gray tea from nothing that isn’t sterling silver. Afternoon tea needs to be super charged. And how better to do that than in a 0-60mph in 3.8 seconds sports car? If you want to do afternoon tea properly, do so in a Caterham. The Caterham Seven is a classic, with a design harking back to a golden age of motoring, yet […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

A, b, c, d, eeek! The re-launch of Alphabet bar

Opening up a restaurant in our bustling city must be a bit of a mean feat, what with nearly every idea being eaten up. However, it also pushes those in the culinary industry to turn to innovation far and wide, in a bid to conjure up new ideas. Introducing the re-vamp of Alphabet, a restaurant not only with a super cool name, but an extra cool idea at its helm. The restaurant, formerly found on Soho’s Beak Street, has recently re-opened on Upper Street, Islington just a stroll from the underground. And for those who know their alphabet well, you’ll […]

Business & Careers

Boss any interview with these 8 tips

As the latest member of The Handbook team, I thought it apt for me to take this one on. Interviews are daunting, we all know that clammy palm feeling as you sit in a coffee shop or office space, drinking your 7th coffee of the day in sweaty anticipation. However, interviews for your dream job can actually (and probably should be) quite fun, and perhaps the best advice I ever received was to treat it more as a conversation as opposed to a grilling. So, to help others jump into their desired job, here are some tips to help you […]

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Why this Michelin starred Indian restaurant probably beats your local

What? J-K-S: Three letters that may not mean much to you, JKS Restaurants is the sibling-run group behind Gymkhana, Hoppers, and most recently, Brigadiers. Not only that, but Jyotin, Karam and Sunaina also back the likes of Bao, Lyle’s and Sabor so you know you’re in for a good feed at any one of the eateries they put their name to – this time, it’s Trishna’s turn in the limelight. Head away from Brick Lane and give Tooting Broadway a miss; Trishna really is in a league of its own. Well, a Michelin star doesn’t lie… New? Karam Sethi opened […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Forget popcorn! Welcome to Ginema, it’s a cinema… with gin

As summer draws to a close, so too does this sweaty, sticky and “where on earth did this come from?” heatwave we seem to be immersed in. The good news about a heatwave however? We need to stay refreshed with, say, a cool tipple most preferably in the form of a see-through liquid that tastes a whole lot like gin. In fact yes, I am talking about gin, and so is Hayman’s of London. They’re talking about gin so much even, that they’ve reintroduce their fabulous “Ginema” concept, due to popular demand (surprise, surprise). So, if a mouthful of mother’s […]


Germany’s party city has gone on tour and it’s coming here

The best night out in the world? Apparently it’s not New York, nor Berlin, it’s not Dublin and not even London (which we find hard to believe) but it is in fact Hamburg. Yep the second largest city in Germany known for its port not its hamburgers, is said to have the best night out due to its music scene. Thanks to over 100 lively festivals hosted by Hamburg’s Metropolitan Region each year and the opening of the iconic Elbphilharmonie Hamburg concert hall, the Hanseatic City is now a thriving music capital. So, what do you do when you’re on […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Astley “Rickrolls” into town with a pub you’re never gonna want to give up

What does the 80s superstar who has everything buy next? Private jet? Tropical island? No: East End boozer. Rick Astley made his name first as one of the 80s most prominent crooners, with hits like Never Gonna Give You Up and Whenever You Need Somebody, and then second as the face of the internet sensation ‘Rickrolling’. He has collaborated with the likes of Elton John, Peter Kay and now Mikkel Borg Bjergsø. Bjergsø isn’t the latest hot DJ sensation out of Copenhagen but rather a Danish brewer and an Astley fan. When he approached the popstar about the possibility of […]

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Live For The Weekend: Things To Do 17th-19th August

As I write it’s just started to rain, which bodes not too well for the weekend. But let’s not focus on that and instead cast our minds forward a day or two to the weekend (forecast as ‘sunny intervals and a gentle breeze’) when we can be indulging in jazz, cider or a margarita masterclass. Strongbow Dark Fruit What: Your Mum’ll Be Thrilled Why: If you drink enough Strongbow then this is exactly the sort of thing you might think is a good idea: a free tattoo. Of Strongbow. Make a lifetime decision you 100% won’t regret this weekend by […]

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8 Things to Pack for a Festival

Bum bags, welly boots and brollies. UK festival weather is on par with dating apps: you never quite know what you’re going to get, but you take the risk anyway. And whilst we might be slightly late to the party given it’s now mid-August, we know all too well that you bunch of party animals will drag out fezzy season as long as possible, and so we thought we’d throw out this checklist now with a round-up of must-brings (beside the obvious). Party on…

Experiences & Pop-Ups

There’s Only A French Bulldog Café Coming

Fancy a Frenchie? No, not the word for snogging you used when you were 11 (see also: ‘snogging’) but the adorable dog that looks like someone accidentally opened the fridge door into its face. The French Bulldog is getting its own tea and people are going mad for it. The tea is the brainchild of the same folks who brought us Pug Cafe and follows hot on the heels all sorts of doggie themed teas and brunches across the capital, from daschund dinners to border collie brunches, it seems our appetite for dogs (not literally) shows no sign of dying away. […]

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Get Paid To Look After Cats: Take This Dream Job In Greece

Calling all cat people! If you like the sun and you like cats, then this might be the job for you. There’s a cat sanctuary on the Greek island of Syros, in the Cyclades, looking for a live-in cat person. The role, which might ideally suit the perennial spinster, the recently dumped or the sort of person that randomly shouts at traffic, will see you relocate to a semi-detached tiny house overlooking the Aegean sea and put in charge of 50 cats. Purrrfect. The stunning island is off the beaten tourist trail, meaning it’s one of the best places to experience […]

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Awesome Afternoon Teas

The Afternoon Teas You Need To Know About

After stiff upper lips and colonisation it’s the most British thing imaginable: the afternoon tea. Everyone likes their tea that certain way, with a squeeze of this and a dash of that, while what goes with the tea is even more important; scones (pronounced nothing like ‘stones’), cucumber sandwiches and so on. Well this week is all about celebrating all the variety of a three-tiered tea as it’s National Afternoon Tea Week. So here are some places you can enjoy this most British of traditions. Want More Afternoon Teas? Check Out Our Guide to the Best New Afternoon Teas

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