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We Review: Sheraton Grand Hat Tea

What: Not quite a Mad Hatters tea party but there are certainly hats. New: The Sheraton Grand has teamed up with the world’s oldest hat shop, (Locke & Co) to create a one of a kind afternoon tea. New to the menu, it was our privilege to go and check it out. Where: The Sheraton Grand Park lane. Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1J 7BX, www.sheratonparklane.com On the menu: An afternoon tea inspired by hats. A fabulous selection of sandwiches catering for meat eaters as well as those of the vegetarian persuasion. A choice of plain, and warm chocolate and orange scones. Then came […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

London in the Sky Returns

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a 22-seater table floating 100ft in the sky. Oh right, London in the Sky must be back. The pop-up (emphasis on the up) is returning 5th to 15th July above South Bank meaning daring diners will enjoy beautiful and unique views of iconic London landmarks like St Paul’s Cathedral, OXO Tower, the Shard and the Millennium Bridge. There will be 3 tables in total, each serving an exclusive menu designed by either Pascal Aussignac of Michelin-starred Club Gascon; Robin Gill from critically acclaimed Sorello and The Dairy; or Lee Westcott […]

Openings & Launches

Dabbous Legends Set Up New Restaurant

Dabbous is one of the restaurant success stories of the past few years, and right now all eyes are on Ollie Dabbous as he launches his new project. But there’s another Dabbous launch happening. The powerhouse behind the unstoppable Dabbous train was always Ross Gibbens and Michael Kennedy, the Head Chef and his Sous Chef at the Michelin Starred restaurant, and so it’s significant that the pair have teamed up to open Wellbourne Brasserie in White City. Arriving in White City Place, the central hub to the former Television Centre site, the brasserie will serve an all-day dining menu the menu will include […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

5 Riverside Pubs: Where to Watch the Boat Race

Are you light blue or dark blue? Are you Oxford or Cambridge? It’s time to pick a side and cross fingers it’s the winning one. This weekend the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race takes place, and assuming you’ve not got academic skin in the game, you’ve got to choose which colour you’ll be wearing in support you’ll also have to think about the best spots for you and your mates to cheer on your favourite boat. Don’t be daunted The Handbook has comprised a list of the best riverside pubs for you to take in the race, drink, eat and […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The Prince Returns For Summer

Before last year, Fulham and West Brompton didn’t really have much in the way of the food scene. Having lived there for six years and counting, I watched as my sister’s neighbourhood of Tooting grew into an exciting foodie hub, whilst I made do with another overly expensive pub, because anywhere that charges £3.50 for a soda and lime is expensive, even for London. That was, until The Prince came along at the end of last year – the food saviour of West London. The former pub was transformed to house three bars, four restaurants and an incredible huge woodland […]

Things to do Outdoors

Skylight at Tobacco Dock Returns for Summer

Amidst talks of the Beast of the East Part 3 and yellow snow ice warnings, we have some news which is a little sunnier, at least we hope by the time it opens it’s sunnier, if not we will be moving The Handbook HQ somewhere hotter (yeah, we’re threatening you weather). On the 3rd May, Skylight at Tobacco Dock will be reopening for another summer season, following it being home to the only rooftop ice rink last winter. The three floors will be filled with bars, street food, croquet, pétanque, DJs, live entertainment and big screens which will be showing […]

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Health & Wellness

London’s New 5* Spa

Right now, if we could choose where we could be, the Zen Colour Therapy Relaxation Area sounds like our sort of happy place, but like with most things in life, we’ll have to wait to be there. It’s part of the extensive renovation taking place at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London which includes a new spa opening at the end of May. The next-generation Spa at Mandarin Oriental, London has been redesigned by Adam D. Tihany and he’s taken his inspiration from traditional Chinese fashion and symbolism, to create a contemporary space that reflects nature, precious metals and harmony found […]

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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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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Is This Going To Be The Healthiest Restaurant In London?

Block out your weekends and lock up your yucca trees, Plates London is coming! The plant based restaurant is set to open in Dalston and will be offering their creations to the general public, initially just one day a week. Plates is the brainchild of brother-sister team Kirk and Keeley Haworth, the children of Michelin starred chef Nigel Haworth of Northcote Manor fame. Kirk has trained with his father as well as at The Square, The French Laundry and Aussie top-dog (top dingo?) Quay. So he’s pretty much poised to hoover up accolades and, who knows, maybe even a star […]

Business & Careers

Invest In A Bar For The Price Of A Round

Have you always fancied owning a bar? Maybe not standing in front of the optics, changing the barrel and totting up the books at the end of the week, but rather as a silent partner, nodding to acknowledge the bar staff while someone pours your ‘usual’? Well, now you could. And for less than you’re thinking. The investment opportunity before you: Redemption Bar, the world’s healthiest bar restaurant serving vegan, sugar free and wheat free food with an alcohol-free bar. Yes, we know that an alcohol-free bar does sound somewhat miserable, but that’s because you’ve not been to Redemption; its […]

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Reviews

We Review: Arthur Hooper’s Vegan Menu

What: Arthur Hooper’s is a European restaurant in London Bridge that takes the hustle and bustle and history of Borough Market and brings it cleanly into the 21st century. No wandering through the stalls and queuing in the cold, Arthur Hooper’s will have you seated in comfortable black leather seats and feasting on deliciously put together dishes. New? While Arthur Hooper’s opened in May last year, its namesake, fruit salesman Arthur Hooper, has a slightly richer history as he occupied 8 Stoney Street back in the days when Queen Victoria ruled. Where? 8 Stoney Street, London Bridge, SE1 9AA www.arthurhoopers.co.uk […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Caramel London Launches In Knightsbridge

The contemporary American restaurant heading to Knightsbridge

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