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Grab Your Nimbus 2000 and Head to This Harry Potter Disco

Right, we’ve decided there’s no better way to slytherin to September than a Harry Potter party on the first day of the month, which is exactly what The Grand in Clapham has in mind. The venue welcomes witches and wizards alike to enjoy a ‘Return to Hogwarts’ event, as we’re starting a new term at the magical school and all that jazz, and we’re Tom Riddled with excitement. So, grab your nimbus 2000, dust off your robe, and tighten up on your quidditch skills, as its time for some serious partying. Fancy dress is absolutely essential… but maybe avoid the […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The organic festival you’ll want to GO! to

If music be the food of love, play on… and if both music and food are involved in one big festival, let’s GO! Yep, it’s festival time again. Who cares if summer is coming to end, doesn’t mean we stop partying does it? Foodies in their thousands will congregate at GO! Organic Festival this September, for a brand-new experience that involves beats whilst you eat. Spread over two organic ogling days, there will be Organic Kitchen demos, a showcase of the biggest selection of organic food and drink of 2018, over 100 exhibitors, music galore and a huge indoor organic […]

Travel

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 […]

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Best Brunches

London’s first ever brunch festival

Brunch has blown up as of late, holding hands with rushes like the gin craze and all things unicorn. Therefore, there’s little surprise that London is getting its first ever brunch festival, running from the 1st-2nd of September. At the end of the day, we love to brunch. Some may prefer the (br) part, others may prefer the (unch), but what we all probably have in common is the desire to indulge in a bloody Mary or mimosa, lazily brunching with friends and dismissing the hangover blues. London’s brunch fest will have you saying goodbye to brunch FOMO, by bringing […]

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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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Reviews

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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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The burger you do-nut want to miss

There’s a new day of the year every day it seems…yes, this might sound obvious, but I mean days like “national save a ladybird” day or “national toothache day”, yep, it does exist sometime in January… Suffice to say, we’re never not celebrating something or other. National Burger Day however? Well that’s head-turner, which is why we’re all super-duper excited for the big ol’event on 23rdof August. Giving all you burger-bandits the chance to scoot to your nearest bun and beef joint to grab one. However, alternatively you could feast your eyes on this: Heliot Steak House are launching their savoury, […]

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Travel

10 Reasons to Visit Manchester this Autumn

Manchester, the North’s answer to London Paris and New York all rolled into one. This vast city can rightly boast being the heart of the industrial revolution, the cradle of successive cultural and music revolutions, a media and fashion hub and, most importantly, the home of Corrie. All of which is why you have to get yourself there to check it out for yourself. A Host Of Hotels First things first, let’s get you to Manchester and put a roof above your head. The reason it’s such a great time to book your trip to the city is because IHG […]

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 […]

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Awesome Afternoon Teas

The Entirely Bonkers Alice in Wonderland Afternoon Tea

As the Mad Hatter once said: “It’s always tea time”, and with this in mind Kew Gardens have created an afternoon tea as mad as a hatter. Yes, that’s right, an Alice in Wonderland-Themed afternoon tea is gracing the gardens until the end of the month, and, as affirmed by our favourite Cheshire Cat, every adventure requires a first step… and we’re here to tell you which steps you should be taking to attend. The tea, which has come about thanks to the delight that is Afternoon Tea Week, will see a bundle of characters from the Lewis Carroll classic […]

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Reviews

A Taste of Summer at Galvin HOP

What: Galvin restaurants have a certain notoriety about them, scattered across metropoli (is that a word?) inclusive of London and decadent Dubai. This time however, it was the turn of Galvin HOP located in Spital Square, to sample their aptly timed Taste of Summer Menu, curated by Executive Head Chef Zac Whittle. The Setting: Galvin restaurants were established by Chris and Jeff Galvin in 2005, and so there’s quite an establishment and warmth surrounding them. We got this sense especially, walking through Spital Square on a warm summer evening, the chatter from the restaurant wafting towards us in ebbs and […]

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