Openings and News

Food Galore at Platter Coffee Shop

Platter London believe every meal should be a celebration, and we’re so on board with this way of thinking. The bespoke company that creates the most eye-catching food platters are opening their first coffee shop in Kensington at the end of the month. There will be Allpress artisan coffees, tailor-made food platters, iced drinks and freshly baked pastries to eat in or take away. Trust us, after a stalk on insta that led to us gauging on more food than usual during our lunch break, they are worth a visit. Lately, it seems every day is a national something day, […]

Rooftops and Terraces

Brosé: The Rosé Rooftop Terrace For Men (And Women)

Let the brosémance commence, Brosé is a thing now. Someone clever and marketing-y at Veuve Clicquot has decided that rosé Champagne has a bad rep among men. Clearly blokey blokes are put off sipping pink bubbly drinks from flutes, the whole thing needs to be re-thought through. Their solution: just add football… Brosé On The Roof (bros + rosé, geddit?) launches next week at Selfridges and markets itself as ‘the ultimate terrace for ‘bbros and gals’ alike’. Set on the roof of the iconic Oxford Street store, the luxury experience will include the World Cup on big screens, table football […]


The 10 Best Places to Drink in Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s Bramble Bar has just been named the best in the UK at the recent Top 50 Cocktail Bar awards, a title that follows a long list of other accolades including being amongst the worlds top 50 bars in 2013. So as a nod to this, we thought it only fair to round-up the best bars in Edinburgh to give you a choice of tipples, aside from whisky. Copper Blossom What: Copper Blossom Why: The interior of Copper Blossom is simply stunning, set against exposed brickwork and brimming with artwork by Edinburgh artist Lynsey Jean Henderson. Enjoy a drink, or two, […]

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Things to do Outdoors

Sunrise Workouts with HEX

When the sun is out, everyone acts a little differently. For one, we talk about the weather even more than usual, insist on walking absolutely everywhere, whilst getting our celeb on donning sunglasses indoors, at all times. It’s without a doubt however, that the sun makes it a little easier to pull on the gym gear and do some outdoor exercise of some sort. Knowing this, John Lewis’ Summer of Sound on the Roof has announced the launch of their sunrise HIIT training sessions from fitness experts HEX. If the word sunrise is sending shivers down your spine, wondering at […]

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Critics’ Choices: Where We Went In May

Quite how the team at The Handbook aren’t morbidly obese never ceases to amaze, because during May we did a pretty decent job of eating our way through some of the best restaurants in London. Welcome to our ‘What we ate last month’ roundup, just don’t think of the calories. W New York Times Square What: Great view (of you doing a poo) Why: Emily’s been globetrotting again, this time on a romantic mini-break to New York with her boyf. And it was no Travel lodge affair, but the fancy surroundings of W New York Times Square. The sleek hotel […]


We Have Cocktails at Fulham’s Coolest Flat: The Little Blue Door

What: After the success of Little Yellow Door the (fictional) housemates have moved out and moved on, going on to move into new flats and one housemate pitched up in Fulham, ready to open his house to Fulham revellers in need of a place to drink cocktails, and drink those cocktails until late, because they’re open until 1am. This isn’t Shoreditch, remember we don’t have many places over in SW6 that stay open until then. New: Yes, it only opened in May so really they are still in the housewarming stage. The Setting: Taking over from Fulham Wine Rooms, The […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The Best Places to Drink Gin in London

Gin. Three letters, a single word, and one very powerful meaning. It’s the drink we sip on in Summer, the tipple we taste pre-dinner, and the spirit we always want more of, in all its weird and wonderful forms. So, without further ado ahead of World Gin Day, we’ve rounded up some of the best places to enjoy the drink across the capital.     London Gin Club What: London Gin Club Why: Perhaps an obvious choice given the name – London Gin Club has over 350 gins on offer, and with a selection like that its definitely peruse-worthy. Housed […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Get Into The Spirit Of World Gin Day At The Hoxton, Shoreditch

It’s Ginmas eve, Father Ginmas is loading his sleigh with bottles of our favourite juniper based spirit while Rudolf’s red nose is finally explained. We’re in the final run-up to World Gin Day, this Saturday, and to celebrate The Hoxton, Shoreditch are putting on a G&T pop-up and don’t worry, it doesn’t matter if you’ve been naughty or nice. Drinking toasts to the tenth World Gin Day four gin brands will be landing in the secluded courtyard of The Hoxton for four days, starting today. The gins, Silent Pool Gin, Gin Mare, Colonel Fox, and KI NO BI, will each be accompanied by an […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

House Party at Madame D’s

Who doesn’t love a house party? If last time you went to one it involved a bottle of mixed drink stolen from your parents and S Club Seven booming from the speakers, rest assured this one is a little different. Madame D is hosting her summer party extravaganza. No, she isn’t a French lady who fancies putting on a bash, but a restaurant with food interpretative of that prepared by Chinese-Tibetan immigrants in India. Madame D’s current landlord has secured the restaurant a 4-year extension as they move into their Spitafields site, which is definitely a reason to celebrate. Gate […]


Grab A Plate… At Plate

What: A Friday night post work-week automatically paints a cheesy grin across the face. However, this particular Friday I was in full-on Cheshire cat mode. Off to Shoreditch I went, to Plate restaurant – the latest offering from chef Arnaud Stevens, a man whose resumé would be the envy of quite a few.The restaurant delivers a range of British ingredients, alongside Plate Bake and Bar downstairs – an all-day eatery and artisanal bakery, serving homemade cakes, pastries and breads, New: Very! The official opening date was 1st May. The Setting: Snug inside M by Montcalm, the restaurant is a stone […]

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Now Airbnb Is Doing Concerts

Is London falling silent? Not so much the Big Issue Sellers, the taxi drivers shouting obscenities and drunken hen and stag dos singing but the music that has made the city a global powerhouse of music and culture for decades. The figures would suggest it is, and according to the Music Venue Trust, approximately 35% of music venues in the UK have closed their doors over the past decade while many others are at risk. Hence Sounds Like London. Launched last month by Sadiq Khan, Sounds Like London is a programme taking place across the capital and comprised of gigs and events […]

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Things to do Outdoors

Mayfair’s Live in the Square Turns Theatre Inside Out

There’s something about sunnier climes that sees us take all things traditionally done indoors and do them outside instead, but who’s complaining right? Well, say goodbye to the awkward shuffle past many a frustrated observer as you attempt to go to the toilet mid-Madame Butterfly. Outdoors is the answer as a line-up of ballet, immersive theatre and music, twirls, jiggles and juggles its way into Mayfair’s Grosvenor Square for Live in the Square. The event will be Grosvenor Square’s outdoor festival debut, perfectly timed as we celebrate the 400thyear of the legacy that is Mr William Shakespeare, a man whose musings […]

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