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Hoxton’s First On-Site Brewery Opens Today

Hoxton has a new onsite brewery and we’re all ears. Brewhouse & Kitchen has launched its brewpub today of all days, with craft beer galore ready to grace many a lip. A bit of a triple threat, the architecturally ace location is easy on the eye, boasts bountiful amounts of beer and is a place perfect for a chill-out. Mid-Summer in the capital and the streets are paved with passers-by, suitcase pullers, school trip stragglers, wistful window-shoppers and then us, the locals, who really want to get lost in a pub paradise for a while. You’ll therefore be pleased to […]

Awesome Afternoon Teas

Experience The Golden Age of Steam with this Incredible Afternoon Tea

The golden age of steam travel, from Roberta waving her scarlet pants in Railway Children to everyone lining up to stab Ratchett in Murder On The Orient Express, it’s imprinted of our collective national psyche. That and tea, a British obsession since, like, forever. So the savvy people over at luxury train company Belmond British Pullman have only gone and put together a luxury afternoon tea. The tea, to celebrate August’s Afternoon Tea Week, will involve a round-trip aboard the Belmond British Pullman as it chuffs its way through the British countryside for a three hour adventure that will see each couple dining at […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The TERRAZZA MARTINI We’re Excited About

MARTINI is bringing a certain ‘gioia di vivere’ not to Milan, but to London with its Terrazza in Covent Garden Piazza. The snug spot is ideal for a lazy catch up with friends or for a date-night drink, with cosy lounging areas and mood-setting festoon light. MARTINI will be available in its truck loads, with guests able to enjoy the latest serve of the tipple the Riserva and tonic. The aim? To bring you busy London bees a bit of respite before the 9am e-mail onslaught. To add to the super cool nature of this whole affair, guests can book a Vespa […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Cure Your Ale-ments at London’s Craft Beer Festival

It would be un-beer-able to know this here festival was happening and you weren’t attending this craft(y) little beer event. We say little, but actually it looks like London Craft Beer Festival has got it all going on, with 65 breweries from across our beer-filled globe getting in on the action. Tobacco Dock will be the place to be, come the first weekend of August as beer favourites bring their latest creations for your perusing pleasure. Just some of the brewers showcasing their goods include Brewdog, Affinity Brew Co, Gypsy Hill, Howling Hops, Kinnegar and Weird Beard. As all good […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The Best Bars in London Come Together For a 2 Day Festival

It’s that age-old problem, you want to go to a bar south of the river, your friend wants to go out in central and the other just wants to zig zag around Zone 2. However, there is a solution and it’s not pulling straws to decide. Cocktails in the City is returning this summer, two days, 25 bars and a whole lot of cocktails. Taking place in the Bedford Square Gardens on the 3rd and 4th August, the two-day festival will see the 25 bars, team up with premium brands such as Mount Gay Black Barrel, Chandon Brut NV Argentina […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Enjoy Aperitivos on The Charlotte Street Hotel Terrace

Celebrate European café culture at Charlotte Street Hotel this summer with their Aperitivo Terrace. The hotel is partnering up with Regal Rogue Vermouth to transform their Oscar Bar terrace into an Italian getaway. Enjoy the classic low-alcohol apertitif while basking in the lovely London summer sun. The minds behind the new terrace experience have created a menu of vermouth-led cocktails and light bites to give day drinkers a treat without getting them obliterated. Eoin Kenny, Firmdale’s Group Mixologist, has dreamed up aperitif-twists on classic drinks, as well as vermouth-led takes on the standard gin and tonic. Options include the citrus […]

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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 special shout-out goes to Tarquin’s Gin who have created a limited-edition dry Cornish gin, infused with strawberries and lemon verbena. A peruse down the windy landscapes of Cornwall sees many a blue umbrella adorning the land. Yep, that’s the doing of Tarquin’s, who seem to have monopolised Cornish gin […]

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Travel

The Ultimate Glamping Experience

When it comes to camping it seems as if there are two camps, the people who can’t get enough of it, who can put up a tent in a mere flourish of the hand and aren’t fazed by waking up slightly sweaty to have a wet wipe bath whilst they sit around waiting for a lack lustre kettle to boil. Then there are those who do hotels. What if there was a third way? What if you could combine hotel life and camping? Glamping but super luxe? Well there is and it’s from the award-winning tourism company, Arena Hospitality Group […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

BBC Two Is Looking For Million Pound Menu Contestants

Are you a bit of back seat driver that’s never made it behind the wheel? Are you still peeling carrots when you know you could be plating up? Well Million Pound Menu is back for a second run on BBC Two, giving you always one step ahead-ers the chance to open your own pop-up restaurant. The search is on for kings of the kitchen and queens of the culinary to come forward with foodie business ideas, from restaurants to cafés to something completely outside of the box. If you think you’re on track to rival the fiery feuds of Gordon […]

Best Brunches

13 of the Best Brand New Brunches

Imagine if you loved breakfast, but you also loved lunch and well, imagine if they put both together and just combined the names. Oh wait, they did? Fantastic. Well in that case, it’s only fair for us to keep you on top of all the smashed-avo, poached egg and pumpkin seed happenings across the capital. We guarantee you’ll be saying thanks a brunch to us after having a scroll. Tom’s Kitchen Chelsea South Kensington (0.6 miles) What: Bottoms Up – Tom’s Kitchen Brunch Why: He’s a well known name and therefore a very safe option when it comes to quality […]

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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 Club London. Stints on television followed with Judy starring in Iron Chef UK and Iron Chef America. In 2014 she opened the doors to her first restaurant as chef patron, the modern Korean restaurant Jinjuu. We caught up to talk about following your dreams, Korean food […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

MasterChef Finalists Host The Jam Shed Supper Club

MasterChef, the pinnacle of amateur cheffing! The intense high-pressure show has contestants and viewers sweating as they battle it out. And now it’s your chance to watch them in action, front of you. Six MasterChef finalists will be showcasing their signature summer menus as The Jam Shed Supper Club hits a new rooftop venue. Offering the perfect summer’s dining experience with a spectacular view of the River Thames, the MasterChef finalists include: London-based DJ Steve Kielty, duo Alexandra Jorge and George Kallias, Nawamin Pinpathomrat, David Crichton, and food writer Emma Spitzer. It’s an opportunity to taste the culinary creations by some of Britain’s […]

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