Openings & Launches

Boxcar’s Back with a Bakery in Marylebone

Boxcar is like that friendly neighbour that takes your parcels when you’re out and invites you round for a cuppa. Reliable, part of the neighbourhood and not going anywhere fast. That’s why we’re so glad Boxcar Butcher and Grill was a success, because it means we now get to experience the goods of their new baker and deli opening in Marylebone. Tomorrow, Boxcar’s Baker Store and Deli will throw its doors open to reveal goodies galore. Again, playing to that cosy neighbourhood vibe there will be homemade goods that you’ll not only know, but love (we’re sure). As well as […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

Exclusive: Get 50% off Tickets to Secret Cinema

Secret Cinema, the ultimate cinema immersive experience returns next month with a film that needs no introduction: Romeo + Juliet. The outdoor celebration will bring Verona Beach to London for five hours of music, food, film, fashion and theatre for what is set to be their biggest experience yet and if you’ve already been to a Secret Cinema before then you know just how big this is going to be. It’s not just any outdoor cinema screening, you will become part of the film, chilling with the Montague boys, hanging out with Father Lawrence and his choir and getting dolled […]

The Handbook Meets

The Handbook Meets…Tatiana Petrakova the Vodka Connoisseur

When it comes to jobs, Tatiana Petrakova has a pretty enviable job, brand ambassador for Russian Standard Vodka, and this year the vodka supergroup has launched a new campaign, ‘Raise Your Standards’. We caught up with Tatiana to talk all things vodka, how to pair it with food and where to catch Russian Standard Vodka this summer! How did you become a brand ambassador for Russian Standard Vodka? It happened over 8 years ago, when I was looking for a new move in my career having already worked in alcohol industry for a few years looking after central London on-trade. A […]

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What to do This Weekend

Things To Do This Weekend: 20th – 22nd July

We’ve just gotten air-con in The Handbook office, which means we’ve gone from sweltering to donning woollens. So I write this now wearing full-on winter clothes and gazing longingly at the blue sky. Which means that the weekend simply can’t come soon enough. Fifth Floor Bar, Harvey Nichols What: Harvey Nick’s New Bar Why: Hot New Bar Alert! Change your weekend plans and make time to visit the new Fifth Floor Bar at Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge. It has been entirely re-designed, with a makeover that’s brought in a new colour scheme and a new drinks list. Bar Manager Sophie Bratt […]

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Best Brunches

The West End Musical Brunch Coming to Covent Garden

Brunch so good you could sing about it! Joe Allen, the ultimate American brasserie in the theatre district, is teaming up with the West End’s most beloved shows for a series of one-off brunch experiences this summer. Cast members from the top musicals will be performing live acoustically at the restaurant, starting with Bat Out Of Hell. Don’t expect just one song interrupting your omelette. Each performance with be an eclectic mix of tunes from both the shows and the Great American songbook, so settle in for quite the musical experience. While the music is sure to impress, the food […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

Ready, Set, Golf: Swingers 2018 Crazy Golf Tournament

U.S. Open, PGA Tour, PGA Championships, Masters Tournament, Ryder Cup and now… Swingers Open! That’s right, the time has come to get golf clubs at the ready for the Swingers Open 2018. Swingers City and Swingers West End have “putt” a smile on our faces, if you will, by coming together to forge this fabulous event that will see a crazy golf tournament on the go. The tournament will be held across two locations, Swingers City and newly opened Swingers West End, and those who aren’t under par will progress to the semi’s! Yep, it’s serious stuff this crazy golf business. […]

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We Review: ROBINSON Club Camyuva

What: Sun, sea, sand and partying – all in one resort. ROBINSON Club Camyuva, in Turkey’s Anatolia, combines everything you could want in a holiday into one neat location. The 5-star all-inclusive resort boasts a private beach, heated swimming pool, tennis/volleyball/basketball courts, several bars and restaurants, a spa and its own nightclub. First Impression: For a 5-star resort I was a little underwhelmed with the room; a simple double room with a small balcony, the only toiletries available were hand soap and a body wash/shampoo dispenser in the shower that I thought had a slightly masculine smell rather than being […]

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Things to do Outdoors

How To Have The Perfect London Staycation

There’s never been a summer better suited to the staycation. Like ever. Forget Greece, back-in-your-box Spain, it’s all about London-town this July and August. No Ryanair fine for not printing your ticket, no death-wish taxi ride to your hotel, no getting mugged in Barcelona, no we’re staycating right here in London. And there’s plenty going on to make it half-decent. Slip n Slide Fest What: It’s slippery, it’s wet Why: The Slip and Slide phenomenon is rushing in waves to the UK, drenching everything in its path. Welcome to the UK’s first, and biggest, 1,000 ft Slip and Slide festival, […]

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Escape The Heat: Places You Could Go That Are Colder Than Here Right Now

With the mercury hitting the late 20s and early 30s consistently perhaps, and I never thought I’d say this, just perhaps we should be thinking of taking a holiday somewhere a little cooler than England? In the days of The Raj the Brits would up-sticks and move to the mountains for the summer, maybe we should be taking a leaf out of their book… (I mean, just that particular leaf, let’s not go on another colonisation spree). Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia What: Yes You Ghengis Khan Why: In Mongolia right now it’s around 20 degrees, so admittedly not a huge difference, but […]


Shakespeare, Architecture and Opera: 10 Reasons to Visit Verona

Verona might be best known as the setting of Romeo & Juliet, but there is so much more to the city. From its Roman architecture to it’s 5 star hotels and romantic opera festival here are ten reasons to visit Verona.   Due Torri Hotel When it comes to choosing somewhere to stay, it has to be the five-star Due Torri Hotel. Sitting in the historic centre making it perfect for sight seeing, the hotel marries luxury, modern touches and authentic period furniture. If you’re going to go all out, then go for the new and exclusive Presidential Suite Sant […]

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Rakia, Relationships and Ramblings: 8 Reasons to Visit Zagreb

Zagreb is (hopefully) known to all as Croatia’s buzzy capital, a city famed for its colour festivals and deemed by the sequin wearing, painted faced amongst us as “festival city”. However, despite being the capital, Zagreb is definitely not the first place that pops into mind when planning a trip to Croatia, perhaps overshadowed by more popular choices Split and Dubrovnik. I’m here to wave my hands in your face and shout about Zagreb, because after visiting, it’s definitely a culture-filled capital I’d be willing to revisit time and time again. The Botanical Gardens Why: The Botanical Gardens are definitely […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Keep Your Gin Up at Nicholson’s Gin Fest

Here at The Handbook, we’re the first to sniff out the scent of a gin fest, especially one as heavy-loaded as Nicholson’s, featuring 40 gins across 77 historic pubs. Running from 16th July to 2nd September, it’s an excuse to renew your gin membership – that’s right, gin, not gym. A special shout-out goes to Tarquin’s Gin who have created a limited-edition dry Cornish gin, infused with strawberries and lemon verbena. A peruse down the windy landscapes of Cornwall sees many a blue umbrella adorning the land. Yep, that’s the doing of Tarquin’s, who seem to have monopolised Cornish gin […]

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