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Free Charity Fitness Class at Psycle London

There are some ‘national’ days and months that we could do without, purely created for the sake of sales, (cynical but true), but there’s one cause that is taking place in March that we are fully on board with: Brain Tumour Awareness Month. You probably didn’t know that 11,000 people a year will be diagnosed with a brain tumour, that’s 30 people a day. Or that brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40. Yet The Brain Tumour Charity knows that less than 2% of cancer research funding in the UK is spent researching into […]

What to do This Weekend

What To Do This Weekend: 23rd – 25th March

Coming round so soon that you might believe it was a weekly event, it’s almost the weekend again! Hurrah! Yay! Crack open some bubbles. So as you contemplate what to do with your two days of freedom, here are some ideas from The Handbook. We hope they help.

Openings & Launches

Think You Know About Burma? Have You Tried The Food?

We know so much about the changing political situations in Burma that it comes as a bit of a surprise to realise that we understand so little about the culture, if someone asked you who Aung San Sui Kui is, you’d (hopefully) have no difficulty in identifying her. If someone asked you what food they eat in Burma, you’d likely struggle. Which is one of the reasons Lahpet is important, a Burmese restaurant opening in Shoreditch next month. The other is the brilliant food. Lahpet has proven itself over the last year with its year-long Hackney popup, and now they’ve […]

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Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks, and for those who will not get the chance to return home to USA for 28th November and celebrate with family and friends, Gillray’s Steakhouse has prepared a special Thanksgiving offering for you to enjoy in London.

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The Prince Returns For Summer

Before last year, Fulham and West Brompton didn’t really have much in the way of the food scene. Having lived there for six years and counting, I watched as my sister’s neighbourhood of Tooting grew into an exciting foodie hub, whilst I made do with another overly expensive pub, because anywhere that charges £3.50 for a soda and lime is expensive, even for London. That was, until The Prince came along at the end of last year – the food saviour of West London. The former pub was transformed to house three bars, four restaurants and an incredible huge woodland […]

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Culture

Write a Poem, Get Free Coffee

Why is it, that we love music and we love reading, but poetry which is the stepping stone between the two just doesn’t seem to appeal so much? Maybe because it conjures up memories of rote learning Wordsworth in the class room, the whole room monotonously wandering lonely as a cloud. And even now we can’t remember the whole verse yet play us a song we last heard in 1996 we’ll know it perfectly. We bet then, that you didn’t know that today (21st March) is World Poetry Day and that if you write a poem today you can get […]

Health & Wellness

London’s New 5* Spa

Right now, if we could choose where we could be, the Zen Colour Therapy Relaxation Area sounds like our sort of happy place, but like with most things in life, we’ll have to wait to be there. It’s part of the extensive renovation taking place at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London which includes a new spa opening at the end of May. The next-generation Spa at Mandarin Oriental, London has been redesigned by Adam D. Tihany and he’s taken his inspiration from traditional Chinese fashion and symbolism, to create a contemporary space that reflects nature, precious metals and harmony found […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Spilt Secrets At Café de Paris

At the mention of Café de Paris, heads turn and eyes glitter. A magical place full of dreams, a place that teases on the boundary of fantasy, and plays in the fine lines between naughty and nice. Café de Paris has been this way since its outrageous beginnings back in the 1920’s and people have flocked there, or perhaps we should say skulked there, in the dark hours of the evening ever since; tiptoeing with excitement between the curtains to experience the spectacular show. There are tales and myths and many stories surrounding the establishment, its performers and of course […]

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The Handbook Meets

Top 5 East London Bars

In a world of Instagrammers and so-called influencers it’s easy to start to miss real writing and journalism, after all there’s only so much you can get from 167 characters. A perfect antidote to that is Nicola King a.k.a’d as East London Girl. As well as a popular Insta account, Nicola continues her analysis of the ever-changing London food and drink scene in her long-form web posts on her website. Here she shares her top five East London bars with The Handbook. Nightjar What: A speakeasy with live jazz Why: Tucked away in an unassuming location is the hidden gem, Nightjar. […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Is This Going To Be The Healthiest Restaurant In London?

Block out your weekends and lock up your yucca trees, Plates London is coming! The plant based restaurant is set to open in Dalston and will be offering their creations to the general public, initially just one day a week. Plates is the brainchild of brother-sister team Kirk and Keeley Haworth, the children of Michelin starred chef Nigel Haworth of Northcote Manor fame. Kirk has trained with his father as well as at The Square, The French Laundry and Aussie top-dog (top dingo?) Quay. So he’s pretty much poised to hoover up accolades and, who knows, maybe even a star […]

Business & Careers

Invest In A Bar For The Price Of A Round

Have you always fancied owning a bar? Maybe not standing in front of the optics, changing the barrel and totting up the books at the end of the week, but rather as a silent partner, nodding to acknowledge the bar staff while someone pours your ‘usual’? Well, now you could. And for less than you’re thinking. The investment opportunity before you: Redemption Bar, the world’s healthiest bar restaurant serving vegan, sugar free and wheat free food with an alcohol-free bar. Yes, we know that an alcohol-free bar does sound somewhat miserable, but that’s because you’ve not been to Redemption; its […]

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The Handbook Meets

The Handbook Meets: Marylebone’s King of Cocktails

The Handbook caught up with Daniele Bresciani, the Head Barman at The Churchill Bar at the Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill to find out his favourite cocktail, the drink he creates when he wants to impress someone and where he goes on his night off. What was your first encounter with alcohol? I was fortunate enough to grow up in a small village close to Lake Garda, where making wine and distilling grappa was an annual ritual for my family at the end of every summer. I still remember waiting for my father to leave the cellar so I […]

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What to do This Weekend

What To Do This Weekend: 16th – 18th March

This weekend there are plenty of events and deliciously naughty treats to entice you out and about. From new Spring pudding menus, to live music, and bottomless brunches. There is no excuse for you not to be a social butterfly and make the most of your days off.

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