What to do This Weekend

Get The Most From Your Bank Holiday Weekend: 25th – 28th May

I hope you’re across the whole ‘it’s a bank holiday’ thing last bank holiday I turned up to work only to wonder why nobody else was showing up and wondering if the rapture had happened while I was making my cereal. But given how much is going on in this week’s bumper ‘what to do this weekend’ guide it will be impossible to forget. Roll on the long weekend!


We Review: Market Hall Fulham

What: If you read The Handbook a lot you’ll know that I’m forever going on about how my beloved Fulham just isn’t at the top of its game when it comes to the foodie scene. Sure, we have some great pubs and we’re pretty good at Millennial brunches but just as the residents often still dress like the 80s Sloane it seems like we’re stuck with our food and haven’t caught up with the likes of Tooting or Fitzrovia. So, when Market Hall Fulham opened with ten kitchens and a bar, I finally felt like Fulham was about to start […]

Openings & Launches

Hans’ Bar & Grill Opens in Chelsea

Hans Sloane, the man who was credited for bringing cocoa and hot chocolate to the UK will be lending his name to the new restaurant opening on the Pavilion Road, from the team behind Chewton Glen, Lygon Arms, Cliveden House and 11 Cadogan Gardens. A few minutes from both Sloane Square and Hans Place Garden (they really did like using his name, the restaurant will be serving up an all-day seasonal menu making the most of British produce and heading up the kitchen will be Adam England (Le Pont de la Tour). Start the day with the likes of eggs […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Truman’s Returns, A Beer Giant Is Back

Truman’s is back! Again! Truman’s have been making beer from East London since 1666 and their legacy is writ across London, inscribed on pubs throughout the capital. But in 1989 Truman’s closed its doors seemingly for good, the brewery was sold off and is now an events and creative space.  That is, until a couple of beer enthusiasts decided to rescue the dormant brand and set up Truman’s mk 2 in 2010. Going from strength to strength Truman’s beer has been such a success that the brewery is opening its first pub in decades. The Newman Arms in Fitzrovia is an […]

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Openings & Launches

Two’s Company as Jones & Sons Open Second Restaurant

The last day of the week is for Spotify’s sweet soul Sunday playlist and a good old roast, otherwise is it really Sunday? Luckily, for those amongst us who lounge out with a blanket all day before sauntering to our prime Sunday lunch location, you’ll be pleased to hear that Jones & Sons have mastered the Yorkshire pud and all the trimmings dish to a T, and have now opened a second restaurant to boot. Five nail-biting years have gone by with the Jones & Sons lovers amongst us lying in wait for owner Andy Jones to open a second […]

Health & Wellness

The Spa Day That’s Strictly For Men

This one is for all the men out there. Ever noticed that spa days are, well, a little bit girly? Fluffy packages aimed at girls who’ve just broken up with their boyfriends or girls celebrating a birthday, or girls celebrating an anniversary or girls being treated by their new boyfriend. What us men need is girthy, not girly. Which is where Four Seasons Trinity Square come in. The city-based hotel has just launched a their Men’s Urban Retreat package aimed at ‘men on the go’ and it looks like the days of gossiping to therapists about divorce proceedings are over. […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

We Review: Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar

What? Formerly the princely fiefdom of Ken Livingstone, the grand County Hall building was the epicentre of the battle between left and right through the 1970s and 80s. With its cannon raked on the Houses of Parliament opposite, Livingstone was a thorn in the side of the Tory government until Margaret Thatcher dissolved the Greater London Council in 1986. Whereupon the huge building, with its memorable colonnade and oak panelled rooms, fell dormant. Since then it’s gradually filled up, with the London Aquarium, the Millennium Wheel folks, two hotels and various restaurants, and so it’s with just a pinch of irony that […]

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Rooftops and Terraces

The Miami Heights Rooftop Terrace Opening in Kings Cross

London’s next rooftop hangout is almost here and this time we’re all heading to Miami. Opening on Thursday at Big Chill Kings Cross, Miami Heights will be a summer party of South Beach cocktails, Sunday bottomless brunch, DJs and happy hours. The rooftop is decked out with a flamingo feature wall, flower-filled bar front, outdoor disco ball, palm trees and a pink and turquoise scheme. Get the filter right tag the location as Miami and you’ll friends will never know…maybe. To drink it’s all about the frozen cocktails, frozen daiquiris, pina coladas and the Miami Vice, for those who can’t […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Have You Discovered These Hidden Bars Yet?

Londoners love being clued-up. From knowing exactly where to stand on the underground platform for the doors to magically open in front of you, to nifty routes around Soho or just understanding that M&M world simply isn’t worth visiting. But the best hidden secrets are the bars that the tourists don’t know about, often squirrelled away below ground or on rooftops. Here are a few of our favourites…

Experiences & Pop-Ups

Last Chance to Get Exclusive Tickets to the Swan Lake Immersive Party

This is the final 12 hours to sign up for tickets to London’s most spectacular immersive party! The clock is ticking…. That’s 12 hours to secure your ticket to the glittering Great Masked Ball. 12 hours to get your hands on our presale free Champagne exclusive. Sign up here or if you missed the invite, read below: This summer, London’s ultimate immersive adventure is back, and you’re invited. Your presence is requested at The Great Masked Ball, an enchanting Swan Lake masquerade set within a fairytale palace, hidden somewhere in London. The tickets are only being sold through secret drops […]

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