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The Boxsets We’ve Been Watching This Month

I know we spend most of our evenings out tasting and drinking for your enjoyment, but somehow we also seem to find enough moments to binge watch entire seasons of mediocre to good telly. Here’s what we’ve been watching this month… Editor Emily‘s Watching: Ordeal by Innocence Sarah Philips’ take on Agatha Christie’s Ordeal by Innocence was already surrounded by drama before it even aired, with the team having to reshoot all the scenes including Ed Westwick following allegations of sexual assault. So, when it did hit our screens this Easter rather than the usual Christmas slot, there was even more […]

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The Pop-Up Dedicated to Reading…and Baileys

Reading, it’s one of life’s simplest pleasures. And whether you’re a Kindle user or paperback purist, there’s nothing better than a good book. Which is why we’re rather excited that this month the Baileys Book Bar is back, it’s five days of celebrating reading and women’s voices. Taking place at Waterstones Gower Street, the Book Bar will host a series of events dedicated women’s writing and to the six novels on the 2018 Women’s Prize shortlist (which will be announced on the 23rd April). There’ll be lunch time readings hosted by bestselling author Kate Mosse and performed by actors Tori […]

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Toffee.Dating: The App The Poshos Have Been Waiting For

What do we want? Overly specific dating apps! When do we want it? Now! Well hot on the heels of dating apps that bring together people from similar backgrounds, think JDate and Christian Mingle, is a whole new wave of apps that are specific beyond necessity. Some of my favourites include Hula where you can check your potential date’s medical records, Bristlr connecting fans of bearded men and the self-explanatory SaladMatch. If you’ve been dying to bring a suitably educated date back to meet the parents in what is surely a middle class high, they now have a dating app […]

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The Biggest Spice Girls Exhibition Ever Comes to London

The defining band of the 90s, girl power and platform shoes, the Spice Girls, will be celebrated this July and August at #SpiceUpLondon – The Spice Girls Exhibition. The biggest exhibition of its kind, it’s a chance to fan girl over the iconic costumes, thousands of items of memorabilia and the Spice Bus, yep the bus that managed to jump over Tower Bridge in Spice World: The Movie. Sadly, the bus didn’t go onto have any more success and washed up on the Isle of Wight, dreaming of its former days, rather like many 90s pop stars, (the washed-up part, […]

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The Boxsets We’re Obsessed With This Month

You all enjoyed last month’s Boxsets article so much that we selflessly spent the last four weeks binge-watching even more TV so that we could report back. All in the name of ‘work’. So here are the series that had us thrilled, romanced and comedied this last month. Our Editor Emily started us of by getting stuck in with with crime and Miranda… Ozark If you sometimes worry about the choices you make then fear not, you’re bound to be better than Marty and Wendy Byrde, they’re attempting to wash $8millon for a Mexican drug cartel whilst duping small businesses, […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

Let’s Acca Do This! Acapella In The City

Are you tired of being told to be quiet, of neighbours angrily slamming doors and housemates making a point of shoving on their headphones every time you open your mouth to sing? Well, I have just the thing for you. Calling all soul singers, divas, shower warblers, and casual hummers, your time has come. A place where you will be accepted, embraced, and encouraged to make as much noise as you can, hopefully in tune, but don’t worry, we can’t all be perfect. It’s a fact that singing makes you happy. Probably because depending on how good you are, singing […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

London’s Unexpected Foodie Spot

In comparison to next door Oxford Street (also known as the closest thing to hell in London during rush hour), Regent Street is a dream filled with a whole host of impressive restaurants, from big names like Gordon Ramsay to less well-known chefs who are creating lots of noise for all the right reasons. It’s becoming quite the unexpected central foodie spot, unfortunately that prize is never going to go to Leicester Square. With four days off this weekend there is plenty of time to work your way down the street. Swap chocolate eggs for steak tartare with truffle crisps […]

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The Great Fruitcake Debate: Is It Okay For Harry And Meghan To Have A Lemon Wedding Cake?

Stop the presses! This is seriously important news. Like, properly important. Stand aside Brexit, pipe-down Putin, this is important shizz. Harry and Meghan have chosen their wedding cake… and it’s not fruitcake. The lemon and elderflower number they’ve gone with is courtesy of East London’s Violet Bakery, owned by Meghan Markle’s Californian pal Claire Ptak. Covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers, the cake is a serious break with royal tradition, where fruitcakes has reigned since Queen Victoria’s wedding. Which sparked a high-brow and serious argument in The Handbook office. Is it alright to ditch traditional fruitcake for a wedding? […]

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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 […]

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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