Licence To Netflix And Chill: Our Picks For The Next Bond

Idris Elba is once again being talked up as the next James Bond. In the course of some deep-research into the dashing wannabe MI6 officer’s abs from the girls in the office, we got wondering: who should the next Bond be? Here are our runners and riders, from Danny Dyer to Tan off of Queer Eye; ‘The name’s Bond, James Bond, licensed to [delete as appropriate] a. beat your nut to a pulp, you slag’ or b. ‘select this fabulous patterned collared shirt’. Account Manager Charlotte honed in on the bookie’s favourite Bond, then the bookie’s favourite Love Islander’s dad. I’d […]

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

Things to do With Kids

9 Theatre Shows You Need To Go To

Let’s face it, many if not most of us would desire nothing more than to be a fly on the wall in someone’s home, (mainly to see if they’re as weird as we are). Which is why theatre and film provide marvellous ways to people watch and to escape from your own reality, if only for a while. And, seeing as London is an absolute hub of creativity and gumption when it comes to theatre, we thought we’d share with you some of our top picks this month. You know, I actually did a theatrical performance about puns once. Really […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Get Festival Body Ready… With Burgers

It’s August, it’s been raining (finally) which means it’s muddy, so it must be festival season. At least, it certainly is at STK who have embraced the festival spirit, not by replacing their bathrooms with overflowing Portaloos, but with their ultimate ‘pre-festival sharing board’. So slap on some body paint, order some meat and enjoy the in-house DJs. Available only over August, the FEASTival Board (see what they did?) is ideal for four people and, like the best festival acts, includes all the classics, with something new thrown in. So get in the mood for a New York Strip cut of USDA […]

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Is this Covent Garden’s Cosiest Coffee Haunt?

What: Imagine the homeliest of café’s and Abuelo, meaning ‘grandfather’ in Spanish is at the forefront of the mind. The coffee house and kitchen, is a haven of calm and tranquillity in a tourist-trap laden Covent Garden in the height of summer. It’s a café that makes you wish it was winter to nestle up amongst the billowing foliage and wooden interiors with a hot-chocolate and knitted jumper, and it’s a place that makes you thankful for the summer, to lap up the spontaneity of boozy BYOB nights. Abuelo is the brainchild of two hospitality in-the-knowers, who, after designing other […]

The Handbook Meets

The Handbook Meets…Mary Berry

It’s safe to say that Britain is obsessed with baking, a couple of years ago we could barely work out quite how to pronounce frangipane and now we’re whipping them up like nobody’s business (well, we maybe we attempted it once) afternoons are spent perfecting piping skills and Sundays aren’t Sundays without homemade cake and at the centre of it all is Britain’s most loved baker, Mary Berry who published her latest book this year Fast Cakes, so, The Handbook caught up for a chat: If you were only allowed to bake one thing and nothing else what would it […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Celebrate National Rum Day at This Cocktail Carnival

Golf isn’t all fashionable question choices, business deals and players getting technical with terminology. If you’re at Puttshack in White City then it’s innovative, interactive and all about the rum. Yep the team at the hi-tech mini golf experience are so into rum that they have a whole rum bar dedicated to the stuff with over 100 of the rarest rums available in London and now with National Rum Day and Notting Hill Carnival both taking place in August they’re going to be hosting their first ever cocktail carnival. Taking place from 6pm on Saturday 18th August there’ll be serving […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Is This The Most Extreme Hotel Yet?

The other day we told you about some of the most extreme hotels in the world, well now I’m going to up travel editor, Phil’s recommendations with this: spend the night dangling from a zip wire in a tent 35 metres above Archbishop’s Park. It’s so extreme it’s not even a hotel, it really is just a tent. If your Friday night adrenalin rush normally comes from waiting to see how much your bill comes to or whether you’ll make the last train home then it’s time to up your game (unless of course you hate heights, in which case […]

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What to do This Weekend

Roll On The Weekend: What To Do 10th – 12th August

Wow this week has totally dragged, am I right? So you’re probably as ready for the weekend as I am right now. Thankfully the weather’s going to still be a thing and there’s plenty out there to do. Here are some ideas to get you going…   Nobu Hotel Shoreditch What: Go Pinko Why: The Nobu magic is very much in action over at Nobu Shoreditch. For August only they’ve teamed up with Champagne experts Veuve Clicquot to create a brunch to remember. To celebrate Veuve Clicquot Rosé Champagne the limited and exclusive edition of Nobu’s unlimited weekend brunch offering bottomless Rosé […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

East London’s New 24-Hour Nightclub

Upon first reading about this next electronic music venue, I thought when it said wasteland it was nodding to a land populated by people who’d had one drink too many. However, a closer scroll led me to the understanding that it’s actually a studio above a print factory on an industrial estate. There’s definitely something about electronic music that goes hand in hand with slightly eerie looking, derelict buildings. Sorry, I’m not really painting FOLD to you in the most appetising light, but it does actually look seriously cool (not as cool as me though, using the phrase “seriously cool”). […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

The Cookery Classes Helping Those With Cancer

As if battling with cancer wasn’t tough enough, it is thought that 80% of those undergoing chemotherapy will lose their ability to taste, taking away one of life’s smallest but best pleasures. London is a city dominated by food and now of its most iconic restaurants, the 24/7 sky-high, Duck & Waffle has teamed up with charity, Life Kitchen to host free cookery classes across the UK for those living with cancer. Founder Ryan Riley set up Life Kitchen in memory of his mother, Krista, who lost her battle against cancer at just 47 and now with the help of […]

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Bottomless Crab Mac n Cheese at Claw

What: I rather like Mondays, I think they get a rough deal, sure we can complain about Mondays saying they are reason we are tired and down, actually it’s more likely that the reason you’re tired is because of Saturday and Sunday. Mondays are the start of a new week, the day we all say we’re going to not procrastinate at work, we will bring our lunch in and we will make it to the gym, a day of new possibilities. It’s also the day that many restaurants lure as in with wonderful deals, to cheer up our days and […]

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