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Awesome Afternoon Teas

The Sweetest Afternoon Tea at The Chesterfield

We’re assuming if you’re indulging in an afternoon tea that you already have a bit of a sweet tooth in the first place? How about then, an Original Sweet Shop Afternoon Tea at The Chesterfield, Mayfair? In true stripy red and white sweet shop style, the afternoon tea will feature homemade...

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

17 Smokin’ BBQ Restaurants

With the sun looking like it’s here to stay for the foreseeable future, we’re living on the a very balanced diet of lettuce leaves because we need something refreshing and meat because sun = BBQ. We’ve rounded up 17 of our favourite BBQ joints in London, where you can feast on...

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Keep Your Gin Up at Nicholson’s Gin Fest

Here at The Handbook, we’re the first to sniff out the scent of a gin fest, especially one as heavy-loaded as Nicholson’s, featuring 40 gins across 77 historic pubs. Running from 16th July to 2nd September, it’s an excuse to renew your gin membership – that’s right, gin, not gym. A...

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Travel

More Than Just Hot Pot: Fine Dining In Lancashire

Lancashire, the home of culinary classics like Lancashire hot pot, Eccles cakes and Blackpool Rock. But the county that lives off meat pies and blood pudding may surprise you with some of the best fine dining in the country. Grab a flat cap and fork, we’re going oop’ North…...

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

It’s Cray Cray At Aster This Summer

This summer things at Aster are going to be seriously CRAY. Crayfish, that is. The Nordic-cum-French restaurant is going full on Scandi un-noir with a season of Scandinavian classics from the land where the sun never sets (until winter, when it really sets). Already a mainstay of Victoria’s...

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Best Brunches

There’s a Drake Brunch Coming to a Secret London Location

If you’ve been too caught up in Love Island, the World Cup and Wimbledon, then you might have missed that Drake has released his fifth studio album and it’s a hefty 25 tracks long. So, what do we do when the master of questionable dance moves brings us new music? We brunch, of course. We are...

Experiences & Pop-Ups

All Aboard, All Aboard: The Champagne Train Ride

You know what they say, no Champagne, no gain. Well OK that’s not exactly a commonly heard phrase but we think it reigns true, because Champagne is important and KRUG Champagne especially has caught our attention. As F. Scott Fitzgerald said: “too much of anything is bad, but too much champagne...

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Travel

Where to Stay in Falmouth: Merchants Manor

What: I always find flying within in the UK rather strange, you get off the plane expecting a different time zone, odd loos and supermarkets which always look a bit knockoff, but then you see a Tesco and find out your taxi driver use to live on the same road as you. With England revelling in a...

Openings & Launches

The First Restaurant ‘Supergroup’

‘Oh, who can ever be tired of Bath?’ exclaimed Jane Austen, and that was presumably after she’d spent two hours in an M4 tailback. Well now, Jane, you’ve got even less reason to tire of England’s most beautiful city, chefs Pierre Koffmann and Marco Pierre White have...

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The Handbook Meets

The Handbook Meets Judy Joo

Judy Joo had already had a career on Wall Street before she decided to swap to doing something she was really passionate about – cooking. Having received her Grand Diplome in pastry arts she moved to London in 2007 and worked for the likes of Restaurant Gordon Ramsey, The Fat Duck and The Playboy...

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