Openings & Launches

Welcome To The Jungle: Rainforest Chic Hits Kensington

After a dicey football moment with Colombia that nearly saw England knocked out of the world cup last night, South America is back on our Christmas card list. Which is good because it’s just in time for Zuaya, a Latin American opening on Kensington High Street. And what’s more, the Amazonian restaurant are offering 50% off, so it’s win, win and win! (unlike England, who will undoubtedly crash out at some point soon). Founded by Spanish twins Alberto and Arian Zandi, the restaurant will bring Latin American dishes to West London thanks to their not-so-secret weapon, Head Chef Francisco Lafee. Lafee has experience […]

Openings & Launches

Camillo Benso Proves Milan Isn’t All About Fashion

There’s a new kid on the Mayfair block, and we’re intrigued. Milan: best known as a fast-paced metropolis that champions a frilled frock, bold boot, and over-all some very coveted fashion. However, the food is also worth a sample and this is something restaurant Camillo Benso sure does recognise as it brings Milan’s dining style to Mayfair. Everything’s that bit more exciting with a bit of sibling rivalry thrown in though, which is why we’re interested to see how this new Milanese hot-spot will compare to big sister in Milan. If you haven’t tried Amaro yet, Camillo Benso will give […]

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 […]

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Openings & Launches

The World’s Largest Collection of Tea is Coming to Covent Garden

There’s no doubt about it, a cup of tea really does make everything better. It sits on our work desks pushing us through e-mails, lands in the hands of strangers as we meet for the first time, perches on the lips of friends as we catch up, goes hand-in-hand with our morning cereal bowls and rests on our bed side table with a good book. With all this tea drinking, it’s no surprise we’re super excited for purveyor of tea, Mariage Frères – and also France’s oldest tea house – to bring tea savoir-faire to the capital and open its first […]

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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 […]


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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Pesto, Ports and Palaces: 10 Reasons to Visit Genoa

Genoa’s line is ‘More Than This’ and there certainly is more to Genoa than you think. It’s home to pesto, to 42 palaces that are part of the UNESCO World Heritage, they produce 1674 tonnes of focaccia a year, their historic centre spreads over 113 hectares, they have Italy’s major seaport and their borders are dotted with picturesque fishing villages. Genoa is a city you need to add to your Italy bucket list pronto. Spianata Castelletto Take in all of Genoa with a trip to the Spianata Castelletto, where you can take in the rooftops of the city, view the […]

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Seasonal & Celebrations

Connaught Village Summer Street Party

Connaught Village is celebrating its 150 year anniversary with a street party. Enjoy traffic-free streets, an immersive walk through time, live music and entertainment and more. The main attraction is Horrible Histories performing twice, but there is so much more to enjoy. Bompas and Parr will be bringing their world-renowned jelly food art to the festivities, with flavours ranging from traditional to radically unheard of. Decade-spanning entertainment will include prosthetic make-up from London College of Fashion, 1960s flower crowns, 1970s tie-die workshop, 1920s Charleston dance classes and Victorian street games. If you want to shop or learn, there will be […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Nightclub of the Summer: Night Tales

July is said to be the hottest month of the year, I’m sure everyone has been enduring the heat for a while now, but it’s time to forget the heat and embrace it. Clear your weekend plans of staying indoors, grab your friends and get ready to go out. You may be familiar with Night Tales pop ups all around London since 2013, but now Founders Lottie Campbell, Jamie Rule and Louis Hyams are launching a permanent location at Bohemia Place, I repeat, permanent! Opening in the heart of Hackney this July, they’re transforming two railway arches and a 4,000 […]

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Health & Wellness

Rooftop Yoga Comes to Waterloo

Rooftop yoga, we wanted to call it roga, you know like doga is dog yoga, but apparently roga is running yoga, so we’re settling for rotoga… Whilst we’re waiting for the yogis to adopt that phrase, we’ll tell you about Park Plaza London Waterloo who, a year after they launched, are hosting free rooftop yoga classes on its rooftop terrace this summer. Taking place on Saturday 11th August and Saturday 1st September, the classes will take place at 8am so you can start your weekend feeling rebalanced, revitalised and maybe a tad sleepy. After you can head to the hotel’s […]

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Openings & Launches

Biggest Lunch Market in East London by KERB

As a developing professional adult, it’s difficult to find a good place to eat for lunch, because you don’t ever want to stick with the same shmuck every. single. day. Especially when repeating orders so often, that the server knows it by heart too! There’s no rest for the heat that is drastically increasing our appetites, to be accompanied with a cold drink, but here’s a solution to the people who can’t make their minds as to where they want to eat for lunch. KERB is launching a new site at St. Katherine’s Docks, East London – their sixth and […]

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