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Mister Fitz’s: Doughnut Time Launch Ice Cream Pop-Up

They’re known for their outrageous doughnuts, but now Doughnut Time are turning their hand to ice-cream as they launch their own pop-up parlour Mister Fitz’s Finest Ice Cream. Opening today, they’ll be serving up ice cream sandwiches, because why eat your ice cream out of a cone when you can have it held together by two cookies? Each of the eight sandwiches will have their own distinctive character. Perhaps you’ll want to nibble on John Lemon, aka two lemon scoops served between vanilla cookies and topped with meringue or if you’re into chocolate then get stuck into Choc-ella Deville made […]

Best Brunches

The New Decadent, Bottomless-Brunch You Need to Try

What: Brunch, everyone Londoner’s favourite time of the week, the meal that can cure a hangover, start a hangover and means you can technically eat twice as much as it’s two meals in one, although, not actually advisable of course. When we heard that Sea Containers had just introduced new dishes to their brunch menu, we knew of course that we had to check it out. New? Whilst Sea Containers isn’t the brunch has just relaunched last month, bringing in new brunch dishes and on a Sunday a live band. The Setting: Sitting on London’s Southbank, Sea Containers can be […]

Travel

Bathrooms Of Instagram

Is your loo Instagram ready? Probably not (the bathroom here at The Handbook is currently being plagued by ‘the phantom sh**tter’, so count us out), but unlike us thankfully the restaurants, bars and hotels of London not only have their loo brush game sorted, but they’ve got a phenomeonal backdrop for it too. Welcome to the Loos Of Instagram (the various working titles for this piece have included Bogs On Blogs, Must-Have-Lavs and Perfect Pissers, so believe me it could’ve been worse…). COMO Metropolitan London Hyde Park Corner (0.3 miles) What: No Hyde-ing The View Why: Scrub in style as […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Doga and Brunch at Pomona’s

Doga: dog yoga. Yes, you read that right. Pomona’s restaurant in Notting Hill is hosting a brunch event where guests get to enjoy a morning of dog-inspired yoga side by side with their favourite furry pal and then indulge in an outdoor brunch. Of course, there will also be special dog treats to satisfy the canine craving for breakfast! There will be a 90-minute yoga class for dog owners and their companions to enjoy. Doing downward dog with your dog? Count us in. Afterwards, enjoy Pomona’s gorgeous outdoor terrace while feasting on their brunch options. There are savory and sweet […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Borough Wines and Beers Celebrate Their Birthday With Free Cocktails

When I read fortnight of free cocktails, I stopped everything I was doing and just stared at the sentence for a little bit. Free…cocktails… in what alternate-universe do such things exist? And where can I go to get my on my hands on such an alien concoction? Well, turns out not far away! Borough Wines and Beers Battersea shop is turning one, and whilst most one-year olds birthdays don’t involve a barrage of free booze, we’re glad this one does. Visitors can enjoy a glass of the Birthday Bakewell cocktail on the house during a 6-7pm cocktail hour. What’s in the […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Taco Tuesdays are the Taco of The Town at The Spread Eagle

You may have heard of Taco Tuesdays, a global phenomenon for taco fans everywhere, the love for the crunch and the flavour that has you wanting more. But have you ever tasted vegan tacos? Bend and spread, the Eagle has landed! The Spread Eagle is a vegan pub in Hackney that is starting this summer by launching Taco Tuesdays once a month for taco-lovers to enjoy three 100% vegan courses – a starter, three different handmade corn tacos and a dessert. Partnering with Club Mexicana, three line-up guests will take over and humbly showcase their take on the vegan taco, including vegetarian […]

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Rooftops and Terraces

Summer Nights at Sky Garden’s Summer Bar

What’s better than having cocktails on a hot summer night looking over a view of the city surrounded by a beautiful garden? I can’t think of an alternative idea, because that sounds like something everyone needs. The fresh flower scent, sipping on your type of cocktail, and the beautiful sun that sets on the skyline, sounds like the best way to enjoy the summer. Inspired by the botanical garden in the sky, Sky Garden is launching a summer pop up bar at Fenchurch Terrace, which is 37 floors up in the sky. It’s a celebration of the botanical essence of […]

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Reviews

Tantalising Top Floor Flavours: We Review Soho’s Viet Lounge

What: I am so fond of Soho and equally as fond of Chinatown. This whole segment of London has got such a great vibe, and I really feel like I’m slap bang in the centre of the London buzz whenever I’m there. It’s also a food-well-travelled foodie haven for the “do-it-for-the-grammers”, with a whole host of eateries favouring specific cuisines. This time, our visit to Soho took us to Viet Lounge, which can be found a couple of floors up in Viet Food. As the name suggests, it’s an oasis of all things Vietnamese, which is actually – and this […]

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Best Brunches

7 Fabulous Drag Events for Pride

Is there anything more fabulous than a fierce drag queen? No, they know how to sashay away better than the rest of us, they have the moves, the looks and the next level extra AF eyelashes. The art of drag is becoming more mainstream and as it does they are throwing more wild events in celebration, so to celebrate Pride month, here are 5 drag events that you know are going to be a whole lot of fun. The Karaoke Hole What: Drag Karaoke Why: Fancy yourself as a performer? The recently opened Karaoke Hole, from the founders of East […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

A Chef Series Of Shakespearian Proportions

If we learn one thing from Romeo and Juliet, besides maybe checking the other person’s dead before poisoning yourself, it’s ‘Tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers’; which at Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe won’t be a problem at all. Allan Pickett’s new chef series will have everyone from the cooks down licking their fingers like they’re Soleros, and possibly their plates too, given the talent that’s headed their way. The bankside restaurant, by Shakespeare’s Globe and sat on the edge of the Thames, will see three chefs collaborating with Pickett, each creating two courses of a four-course menu. The menus, designed to […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Claridge’s Masterclass For Home Cooks

I’m not the best cook out there, but I can still survive on my cooking… I think. I doubt I’ll be hosting dinner parties any time soon. And when I’m too lazy to cook, I go to a restaurant. Relatable enough? Well if you’re interested in improving your cooking skills, so you don’t end up wasting money on restaurant dishes, why not learn to be able to make them at home? Following the success of Claridge’s cookbook, they are launching a series of masterclasses to teach home cooks that are eager to discover the secrets behind their menu. Guests will […]

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Travel

10 reasons to visit Parma, Italy’s foodie city

If you’ve visited Rome and checked out Venice and are now looking for your next Italian city to explore or you are a sucker for a food (so that’s all of us then), the Parma needs to be next on your list. Less touristy than the other major cities but with just as much history, culture and even more food and produce, here are ten reasons to visit the city: Culatello di Zibello DOP Like salumi? Then you have to try Culatello. The salty, garlicky, cold meat made from the hind legs of adult pork is recognisable from its signature […]

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