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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Float Through London in an Inflatable Hot Tub

Just as we thought we’d seen it all… One thing you do come to realise, quite quickly, is that you’ve never seen it all at The Handbook office. Hot tubs are the coveted summer accessory that we desperately seek out during the season. After all, little beats a bubbling pit of water, champers in hand as the tan tops up a treat. Well, that’s what we thought anyway until we saw something sure to go down even more swimmingly. Drifting in this summer are HotTug UK’s floating hot tubs. Bath tubs and hot tubs aside, these super human tubs will transport […]

The Handbook Meets

The Handbook Meets…Dhruv Mittal

Born in Hyderabad, India, raised in Manchester and trained at Le Cordon Bleu, Dhruv Mittal is the Chef Founder of Dum Biryani House in Soho, an authentic Indian street food restaurant. We caught up with him to discuss teaching cookery classes, where he likes to hang out in London and why Indian restaurants are just so popular. We’re seeing a real increase in Indian fine dining, why do you think it has taken off in London? Indian food in London has always been hugely popular to the point that the Tikka Masala is our national dish! That said, customers are […]

Culture

The Best Art, Theatre and Exhibitions to See This July

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” So wrote the great Henry James. Those words could not be more true than this year, as we continue to be spoon-fed endless days of defiant sunshine. The London culture scene is sending us rays of warmth too. Art is proudly out on the streets this month, courtesy of Grayson Perry and an all-night pop-up festival  by the Thames. And theatre is offering us mistaken identity, romance, the perils of of freezing one’s eggs and a dollop of tragedy too. Here is […]

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Openings & Launches

The Ned Opens Its 17th Bar!

The Ned doesn’t hold back, why have one restaurant when you can have nine? And why have sixteen bars when you can have seventeen? That’s right, today The Ned is going that bit further with the opening of the Library bar, their seventeenth bar. Taking up residence on the ground floor by Cecconi’s, the bar will seat 18 guests in a space that emulates the 1930s with old-world club chairs, a bar clad in oxblood leather panelling and retro cocktail books. To drink you’ll find over 30 Champagnes, a martini trolley that will be wheeled from table to table to […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Going Once, Going Twice… Auction Against Hunger at Market Hall

Instead of a lazy Sunday nursing sore heads on the sofa, how does a whole market hall of food sound? London’s top chefs, bars and street food traders will congregate in Market Hall at Borough for Auction Against Hunger, an event that will take place for its 6th year. To date, there have been over half a million pounds for charity raised, with guests bidding on a range of food and drink experiences in live auction hosted by Tom Best. The event, supported by Tonic, is a feel-good-foodie event that will make you feel slightly less guilty about excessive indulging, […]

Reviews

Gluten Free Brunching at Beyond Bread

What: Nowadays, like insta-stories and slogan T’s, brunch is a “thing-to-do”, consuming our Sunday’s with bloody Mary’s and eggs Florentine. Could we call it a trend? Probably not, as it looks like the tasty alternative to breakfast and lunch – but rather a conglomerate of the two –  is here to stay, and I’m not complaining. A hop on the bustling Saturday morning tube to Islington saw me visit Beyond Bread, a bakery that opened-up-shop in Fitzrovia in 2015, and has since expanded onto a counter in Selfridges and a second branch in Islington, that I had the pleasure of […]

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Health & Wellness

A Movie Watching Money Raiser at Movies with Mind

Little Miss Sunshine is one of those films that paints such a big smile across the face, a breezy film embellished with satire, beauty queens and the consequence of travelling hundreds of miles across the country with your full family, in a clapped-out old VW. So, when we heard that is just one of the feel-good films playing at Movies with Mind we were ready to get our popcorn perched. Movies with Mind is East London’s al fresco experience in aid of mental health charity Mind in Hackney. The outdoor cinema experience will see attendees sunning themselves in London Fields, […]

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Travel

We Stay at Bath’s Best Hotel

What: I grew up near Bath and whenever we visited to go shopping it would inevitably rain. So much so it’s now a running joke. In the midst of my teenage years when I first started reading Austen and was a little obsessed with Jennifer Ehle’s performance in the BBC’s adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, I use to walk up to the Royal Crescent and imagine the parties that took place in the Georgian period and how I would live there one day. It would be raining, and I’d probably be all dramatic and angsty. Now I look at the […]

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Seasonal & Celebrations

Wimble-Done! Where To Watch The Tennis This Summer

It’s that time of year when people start popping up to say ‘it’s Pimms o’clock’ as though they came up with the tagline themselves, we all dust off our tennis whites and wonder why we don’t play all year round and the nation tees itself up for collective disappointment by putting all our championship hopes on some unlikely British wildcard who will, of course, be knocked out in week one. Welcome to Wimbledon 2018. Unless you want to wait in a queue more miserable than Andy Murray’s permafrown, or be trampled to death attempting to reach the bar at an […]

Seasonal & Celebrations

How are you Celebrating the Fourth of July?

Smatterings of red, white and blue adoring the city? It looks as though Independence Day is back with a rib eating, pie faced, sailor jerry infused bang, with a range of events set to wash the city in stars and stripes. Maybe you’ve never celebrated Independence Day before, or maybe you’re at a loss of where to go? Well, without further ado… Big Easy What: A Rib Eating Contest Why: If you’ve ever watched Man Versus Food, convinced you can take on the challenge, then now’s your time to shine as Big Easy holds its 27th annual rib eating contest. […]

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