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Wine Down at Bordeaux Butterfly Bar

Famed for its wine growing region, Bordeaux is rich in rolling vineyards, an abundance of bars and, let’s face it, has over-all wine superiority (did I mention it’s also now labelled the Cité du Vin, to boot?). So, it’s hardly a surprise we’re wanting to have a slice, or glass if you will, of the action. Introducing the Bordeaux Butterfly Bar, the vino haven popping up in Finsbury Avenue Square, set to spread the wine wings of its guests with its selection of over 26 wines. Whilst we can’t promise the sunny climes of Bordeaux, the warmth on your back whilst […]

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Is This London’s Most Opulent Restaurant? We Check Out Park Chinois

What: Park Chinois is Mayfair’s decadent party den opened by Alan Yau (founder of the likes of Wagamama, Hakkasan, Yauatcha, Duck and Rice). Made up of the Salon de Chine and Club Chinois, Park Chinois is the sort of venue where you leave your 9-5 at the door and enter into a realm of Champagne, dancing and hedonism. New? No, it’s been partying since 2015, however they have just launched a cheeky, new dinner show which brings together cabaret, comedy and singing. We particularly enjoyed a moody performance of Back to Black, a Carry On esque sketch based on Buckingham […]

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Moonshine Saloon: The Wild West Themed Immersive Bar You Need to Visit

What: If you’re into your immersive experiences then chances are you’ve heard of Alcotraz, the Shoreditch bar that will see you donning an orange jumpsuit and trying to smuggle spirits past the prison guard. Well now Inventive Productions is back and this time they are transporting guests to the Wild West, to a time of moonshining, where sheriffs like to think they rule the roost but it’s those with the illegal liquor that has everyone under their thumb. New: Yes, the Moonshine Saloon has just opened. The Setting: Moonshine Saloon couldn’t be in a more different location to Alcotraz. Whilst […]

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Open until 25th October 2019

London’s Natural History Museum Ice Rink will return for the 2019 festive season and to celebrate The Handbook will be offering one lucky family of 4 an overnight stay in one family room at Radisson Blu Edwardian, Vanderbilt with breakfast plus an extended skate session at National History Museum which includes a 30 minute exclusive skate followed by a 50 minute public skate session thereafter.

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Late Night Dining at MNKY HSE

What? MNKY HSE (pronounced Monkey House, not “M-N-K-Y, h’seee” as I heard someone call it the other day) is a bar and restaurant serving up Latin American cuisine alongside live music and DJ sets, so once you’ve eaten you can stay and party. New? Nope, it’s been open since October of 2016. The Setting: Once the site of the iconic Dover Street Wine Bar, MNKY HSE, is part of the Park Chinois, Mahiki and Novikov pack, the Mayfair restaurants which slide into party mode once the cocktails have been sunk. This is where the Zone 1-ers go to party, the […]

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Culture

The Boxsets That Got Us Through May

Given we’re all going to spend June glued to Love Island it’s hard to think how you’ll find time to watch any boxsets, let alone the six we’ve suggested here. But when the Majorcan dust clears, then you’ll need something to replace all that time with, you could learn a language or do a nightclass, but most likely you’ll be looking for the perfect boxset, so here’s everything we’ve been watching the last month… Amidst a bunch of colleagues watching murder, rape and suicide boxsets, Deputy Editor Phil‘s been trying to keep it light and cheerful with a couple of comedies. […]

Health & Wellness

The HIIT Class Taking Place 135m Off the Ground

Everyone knows that anything is made better when you have a great view, brunch, great, brunch on a rooftop = the best, taxes, not fun, doing your taxes on the beach, bearable. It’s the same for exercising, pounding the treadmill in a sweaty gym staring at a blank wall, dull, but doing a HIIT class in a London Eye pod, now we’re talking. Back for the third year, Barry’s Bootcamp will be hosting their HIIT classes with an exclusive takeover of the Coca-Cola London Eye on Saturday 9th June. The first pod will leave at 7:30am for a high intensity […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Say Cheese: Jarlsberg Introduces its Gin and Cheese Evening

Here’s something sure to put a cheesy grin on your face – an evening of gin and cheese. I could probably just leave that sentence there, whack a date, time and place on the end and you’d be sold, as two of the nation’s yummiest indulgencies are sure to entice. However, I must go on, and probably make your tummies rumble even more. Jarlsberg are introducing their gin and cheese evening to celebrate the cheesiest day of the year. Yep, its National Cheese Day. It seems there’s a “national __ day” for just about everything nowadays, but we’re certainly not […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Swingers Celebrate Second Birthday with Free Crazy Golf

Crazy golf – the sport that sees you holding up a queue of people as you attempt put number twelve, making up rules that definitely aren’t applicable, and being faced with absolutely impossible holes over water features. Yet, there’s something about the crazy, loveable little sport that drags us back for more each time. This said, Swingers City has got a hole in one with their idea to offer free crazy golf all day long to celebrate their second birthday on 4th June. As if crazy golf wasn’t hard enough, Swingers birthday event also includes half price champers and discounted […]

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What to do This Weekend

It’s The Weekend Already! Things To Do: 1st – 3rd June

Well it’s been another four-day week, meaning that the weekend is rushing up towards us faster than we can handle right now. But fear not, the short week doesn’t mean that we’ve forgotten to prepare our weekend guide; so, just for you, here are the fun things we’re going to be up to this weekend. Come and join us! Dirty Bones Shoreditch What: It’s Not Meat… Why: Launching this weekend burger joint Dirty Bones is launching something, well, a little different. Welcome to the UK’s first meatless ‘bleeding’ burger. Yes, it might sound a little unappetising, but this is history. Of […]

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The Low Key Plant-Based Place You Need to Try: Plates

What: Plates is an innovative plant-based restaurant, influenced by art and inspired by nature, from Executive Chef and Plates co-founder, Kirk Haworth, and his sister, Creative Director, Keeley. New? Plates was previously a weekend pop up in Dalston before it moved to its new permanent home in Hoxton on the 12th May 2018, it’s only open to the public Saturday evenings. The Setting: Plates was a tad hard to find, luckily front of house was standing by the front door and saw us wandering around lost and ushered us in. Even when pointed out it’s hard to see, with only a […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Posh Chippies: London’s Finest Fish ‘n’ Chip Shops

The words 'posh' and 'chip shop' aren't usually put together. Until now

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Yogis Assemble as Sweatlife Festival Returns

One for those who carry out their everyday tasks in their active-wear, Sweatlife has returned for another year and we’re pumped. Canadian apparel brand Lululemon will host the sweaty shenanigans next month, and whilst most might associate festival with copious amounts of glitter, the inability to shower and the occasional mosh-pit, Sweatlife introduces a whole different, and much healthier, meaning. After last year’s success, the event has moved from one day to two, taking place this year on 23rd-24thJune. A day at Sweatlife festival will see you witness a sea of down-ward dog positioned, Lululemon wearing yogis, attempting to master […]

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