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Mai Tai Masterclasses

Here at The Handbook, we all love a good cocktail, so when we found out about this Mai Tai Masterclass gracing the London scene, we just knew we had to tell you about it! London’s first Polynesian inspired restaurant and bar, Trader Vic’s, is launching a series of ‘Rum Cocktail Master Classes’ for the summer. Trader Vic’s is known worldwide for its famous 1944 Mai Tai cocktail, which boasts rum as a main ingredient and so is the perfect venue for those wishing to learn from the experts! The master class will begin with an introduction to the world of rum. […]

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6 Of The Best Healthy Restaurants

While we are normally perfectly content gorging on ice creams and burgers, in order to get those #summerbods it’s important to eat healthy. Also, it just feels good to leave a restaurant knowing you haven’t eaten triple your daily calorie allowance. The Handbook has got you covered with a guide to 6 Of The Best Healthy Restaurants in London – check it out below!

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The Handbook Meets….Tom Aikens

At 26 Tom Aikens was the youngest British chef to be awarded two Michelin Stars, he’s written three books, made several appearances on television including reaching the final banquet of 2013’s Great British Menu in aid of Comic Relief. He’s cooked for the likes of David Cavalier’s in Battersea, Pierre Koffman’s La Tante Claire, Pied-à-Terre and Joel Robuchon in Paris and now has four of his own restaurants. We caught up with him to talk cooking inspirations, obscure London restaurants and food crazes. Did you feel a sense of pressure or relief at being the youngest person to receive 2 Michelin stars? […]

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Win Tickets To The Ultimate Friends Experience: FriendsFestive

Open until 11th October 2019

Following the success of their annual, sell-out summer event, FriendsFest, Comedy Central UK is returning, in partnership with The Luna Cinema, to launch FriendsFestive, an event celebrating all the best seasonal moments from the world’s favourite TV show, Friends.

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Yeah! Burger opens in Shoreditch

Everyone loves burgers right? It’s common knowledge that when there’s a new burger residency in town, everyone’s going to be talking about it and this week sees the launch of Yeah! Burger’s third residency. Following on from serving up burgers in Kings Cross and Hackney owners Adam Creissen and Scott Hopkins be heading over to Shoreditch’s Strongroom Bar and Kitchen for a year-long residency. They’re launching a new menu which will focus on fresh seasonal produce, side dishes , a dedicated salad menu and of course burgers. These aren’t just any burgers though, they aren’t just your standard bacon and […]

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Cuban Garden Terrace At Boisdale!

If you weren’t satisfied with your weekend city break in Europe, or you didn’t manage to go on holiday this summer (we really hope not!) then why not escape to a beautiful foreign land, without all the hassle of packing and passport control. This summer, you can experience a taste of Cuba without actually having to leave the country, thanks to the new Cuban garden terrace at Boisdale! Based in Canary Wharf, the terrace promises a night of flowing mojitos and daiquiris, the smell of Cuban street food (and cigar smoke) lots of salsa and mambo dancing. Guests are likely […]

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Storeys Rooftop Pop Up

If you haven’t noticed from some of our previous blogs and guides, The Handbook loves rooftop parties and hangouts. This is because escaping the madness of the city and taking in stunning views of London in the sunshine is just a whole lot of fun. The latest one to come about for summer is Storeys Rooftop pop up – a food experience from event production company Afternoon Delight LDN. Storeys will be located on top of the iconic former BBC Car Park at Television Centre in White City. A summer terrace hotspot, Storeys will be a cultural hub, featuring striking artwork, tasty […]

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Maggie’s At Bluebird: An 80’s Summer In Chelsea

Everybody loves the 80’s, the decade of WTF fashion – yes, we mean giant shoulder pads, big hair and neon leg warmers. However, there’s something secretly great about all those fashion faux-pas and the music of the moment. This month, Bluebird is helping you fulfil all your 80’s cravings teaming up with the 1980’s-inspired nightclub Maggie’s, to create an 80’s summer in Chelsea. The collaborating duo will be hosting the ultimate retro pop-up bar, complete with Rubick’s cube tables, bean bag chairs, ‘80’s arcade games and a line-up of DJ’s from Wednesday to Saturday playing hit ’80’s tunes! So start practising […]

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Nine Adam Street Reopens

Some people strongly believe that being in places where significant stuff has happened can have an effect on your own fortune. So for example, living in the former house of a murderer could turn you psycho or going to the same clubs as the TOWIE cast could turn you into a Z lister. Here at The Handbook, we’re not entirely sure what to make of such beliefs, but we do love a venue with a colourful history – and Nine Adam Street, the latest innovative venue space to be launched by Blank Canvas – has that in spades. Once one […]

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Street Food Masterclasses at L’atelier des Chefs

Just like afternoon tea and drinks after work, Londoner’s love of street food looks like it is set to stay. There are festivals, awards and numerous articles all dedicated to it, and many of London’s top restaurants now start off as street food vendors. So it only seems fitting that we get a chance to dabble in it ourselves.  Cookery school, L’atelier des Chefs is now giving diners the chance to learn how to create their own street food, with some street food masterclasses this summer. Every day at 1pm you can master a classic street food dish in a […]

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Paradise Garage Opening In Bethnal Green

There are a lot of different ideas about what ‘paradise’ is…some will tell you it’s a religious haven, others will say it’s lying on a sunny beach, but here at The Handbook, paradise equals tasty food, good drinks and a great atmosphere. Lucky for us then, that Robin Gill and his team (who are the people behind The Dairy & The Manor in Clapham) are launching a new restaurant venture on Paradise Row, appropriately named Paradise Garage. The venue will be built inside an old railway arch, giving it a cool retro vibe and the service promises to be relaxed […]

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Oyster Socials at Shuck London!

It is common knowledge that oysters are supposedly an aphrodisiac, and in the case of Shuck and their fun socials, it can definitely be said that this particular brand of sexy seafood is getting The Handbook hot under the collar. Shuck is an oyster vendor that serves the foodstuff in a variety of ways. Located in Borough Market, Shuck oysters come naked, dressed or blown. They include dressed oysters (the shuck shuck) with a classic som tam dressing and a Turkish inspired (the Moor Shuck) oyster with pomegranate, sumac, chilli and red wine vinegar as well as a range of […]

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Dirty Martini Opens in Islington

Not so long ago we were telling you that Dirty Martini was moving down south and over to Clapham, well now they’re heading north to open their seventh venue. Transforming a former XOXO on Islington’s Upper Street the new Dirty Martini, will be the first in the north and will follow the design of the other venues but with its own individual quirks; turquoise banquettes will sit alongside smaller tables with high bar stools, large mirrors will adorn the walls, it’ll be glamourous, sophisticated a mix of colours, textures and all of which makes it the perfect after work pit-stop […]

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