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Elvis On Tour The Exhibition

Elvis is alive! He also loved eating squirrel, was a black belt in Karate and owned the first VCR in America. Some of those statements are true but we’ll leave it up to you to decide on which ones. What is definitely true is that Elvis is touring again! Well the memory of him at least as Elvis On Tour The Exhibition opens at The O2 on 3rd November, marking 40 years since Elvis’ (supposed) death. The O2’s previous Elvis exhibition in 2014 and 2015 was so popular that over 200,000 people visited to see a real glimpse into the […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Restaurant Tech Live Comes to London

If you work in the restaurant and bar industry then you need to check out Restaurant Tech Live. Coming to ExCel, London in September its Europe’s largest exhibition dedicated to the emerging technology and services that are redefining the food and drink world and keeping London at the forefront of this scene. Whilst at The Handbook we tend to tell you just about the fun stuff, the bottomless brunches and the secret parties, it’s easy to forget all the logistics and technology that goes into making these places run. At the show, spread out across six conference halls will be […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

A Gladiator Pop-up Assault Course is Coming to London

You had a strange crush on Cobra, thought Fox was a boss and your mum berated you for turning your sitting room into an obstacle course after every show. We are of course talking about the 90s classic, Gladiators and next month you’ll have the chance to live your best Gladiator life as there’s a Gladiator Extreme Ninja Assault course coming to Merchant Square. Teaming up with Extreme Adventure the course will include the quintuple steps, stepping stones, cargo net, hang tough and balance beam – now is your chance to impress your friends with your skills. If you win, […]

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Flesh & Buns: Covent Garden’s Hidden Bao Den

What:  A secret, Covent Garden den of meat and steamed buns, Flesh & Buns was opened by Ross Shonhan as part of the Bones Daddies Collection, bringing London a taste of the Izakaya – the Japanese pub culture. New: Flesh & Buns originally opened back in 2013, specialising in gua bao – those sticky, fluffy Taiwanese buns we all can’t get enough of, long before the craze really took over us, in comparison, Bao didn’t open their first permanent site until 2015. Now four years later they’ve had a temporary closure this July whilst they update the restaurant. Where:  41 Earlham Street, […]

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Awesome Afternoon Teas

New Bottomless Afternoon Tea

This week is National Afternoon Tea week – aka a chance for the great debate of jam or cream first to be argued ad infinitum and a good excuse to eat as many scones (however you have them) as humanly possible. Amongst the afternoon tea activities is the launch of Timmy Green’s bottomless pop art tea inspired by the legendary artist, Peter Blake. You might not have heard of Peter Blake, but you will recognise his work, he’s the man behind the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover and this year marks its 50th anniversary. Served on […]

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Patty & Bun x Yard Sale: Burger Pizza

When Patty & Bun met with the team over at Yard Sale Pizza, beautiful things happened. They created the Burger Pizza, a collaboration that will see them swap ingredients for a month and turn each other’s favourites into their own. Starting on the 22nd August and running until the 19th September, Yard Sale will be creating the Smokey Robinson pizza made from Yard Sale tomato sauce, crumbled H.G Walter beef patty, caramelised onions, bacon and smokey P&B mayo and topped with Fior Di latte mozzarella. Meanwhile over at Patty & Bun they’ll be cooking up the Holy Pepperoni burger – […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

What to do This Weekend: 11th – 13th August

Whilst the summer might be over, the weekend is just about to begin. Escape the rain with Champagne pairing, vodka brunches, parties on a Sunday and live music – just because it’s grey doesn’t mean we have to start hibernating yet.

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Openings & Launches

Duo Behind 108 Garage Open Southam Street

The story of how one of London’s most acclaimed restaurants, 108 Garage, came about is like the new Netflix series you’ll be binging on. Luca Longobardi, a successful broker, married to Miss Brazil suddenly lost it all as he was falsely accused of money laundering, put on Interpol’s ‘most wanted’ list, arrested and put in a maximum- security prison in Brazil. After being exonerated neither his business or marriage survived. Meanwhile Chris Denney was a struggling artist, spending his evenings as a pot-washer, he then decided to become a chef, eventually landing a job in a Michelin-starred kitchen. The next […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Farmacy’s Plant-Based Afternoon Tea

The vegan and vegetarian take-over is one step closer to victory as Farmacy launches a plant-based afternoon tea to coincide with National Afternoon Tea Week (14-20 August). This unique tea will begin with a pot of hemp leaf tea on arrival (or any other tea infusions that takes your fancy) before enjoying the three -tier tea. Sticking with the classic savoury then sweet layout the tea begins with the likes of raw quiche filled with organic spinach ‘cream’ topped with pickled fig, and jackfruit and pickled chilli tacos. The sweeter section will have Farmacy’s strawberry and cashew mousse, lemon ‘meringue’ […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

Westfields is Getting a Zip Wire

A fantastical Future Forest with a walk-in breathable aromatic Fruit Cloud…no this isn’t a description of a live-action remake of Charlie and Chocolate Factory but the latest mind-boggling installation from Bompas & Parr. Arriving at Westfield London on the 15th August the installation will boast a selection of immersive activities including educational events like a mini exhibition showcasing plants that create electricity, the magic of spider silk, and a historic tree circus alongside artefacts, artworks and anecdotes about forests and nature. Once you’ve blown your mind with all of that wackiness, get your heart pumping with UK’s first shopping centre […]

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What to do This Weekend: 4th -6th August

This weekend it’s all about the bottomless brunches, booze, beers and burgers – love a bit of alliteration. It’s time to check out of the office and check into the weekend..

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Beach Hut Bar Pop-Up in the Sky

If we sultrily whispered the words: rooftop, gin and exclusive, to Londoners, chances are they’d get a little flustered. You can keep your 50 Shades of Grey stuff, in London what gets us really going is the chance to drink gin and get an Instagram of that #ViewOfLondon – don’t judge. It’s why ‘Seaside in the Sky’ at The Gherkin is so popular and it’s why you need to hurry up and book yourself in. Normally only open to members, Searcys at The Gherkin and the bar are now open to the public until the 1st September. Inspired by our […]

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