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Time To Renew Your Gin Membership! London Cocktail Week Is Coming…

Whilst we could insert various puns here about cocktail making, shaking things up and drinking, we know that all you care about are cocktails and so we’ll leave you in peace to peruse this coveted cocktail guide that we’ve put together in homage of the terrifically wonderful London...

Openings & Launches

Go Balls Deep As Our Favourite Ball-Pit Heads To Soho

I don’t know about you but I’ve found myself barely adulting my way through my twenties. I mean, seriously, what happened to the wondrous days where it was acceptable to throw yourself headfirst into a ball pit without a care in the world? Actually, hold that thought. While we can’t quite promise we’ve found a way to ditch your impending bills or skyrocketing rent prices, we can promise that you’ll certainly be able to channel your inner child and go balls deep at Ballie Ballerson’s latest whacky ball pit opening! That’s right, the crazy cats over at Ballie Ballerson have just announced they’ll […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

A View To Dine For: The World’s Most Incredible Restaurant Views

It's not all about the view, but sometimes it nearly is. These are some of our favourite restaurant views on the planet...

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

A Gin Martini Townhouse Filled With Pygmy Goats Is Coming, We Kid You Not!

Things are getting weirder by the day here in London. From restaurants where cats can lap at milk whilst you sip your tea, to Michelin-starred chefs rustling up meals for pooches, it’s now best to just expect the weird and wonderful whichever corner of the big smoke you saunter to. Now, to add to the endearing list, a martini-filled townhouse in Shoreditch is arriving with gin to boot. But, if it were that simple, we’d likely not be writing about it… so, what’s the catch? Ah, well it’s filled with pygmy goats of course, what else? And whilst this might […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Pasta-It On: There’s An All Day Italian Arrived In Hampstead And You’re Gonna Want A Pizza It…

If there’s one thing better than Italian food, it’s more Italian food. How about all day Italian food? Pass the olives… Terra Terra is the new Italian restaurant from the folks that brought us the Mondrian, Manhattan Loft Project and Dreamland in Margate, and so the bar’s set high. And it looks like this North London Finchley eatery is going to take that bar and down every drink in it because the restaurant will, of course, be serving all day bar snacks and Italian cocktails – an Italian Mary (vodka, tomato juice, balsamic, Mediterranean herbs and pickles, in case you were […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Where To Eat Out In… Brixton

A previous version of this article featured an opening paragraph that caused distress to many Brixtonites. Our article was in no way intended to be racist, but we acknowledge that drawing attention to (and appearing to welcome) Brixton’s process of gentrification, however tongue-in-cheek...

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This New Street Food Market Is Bringing Oodles Of Fun

Oh street food, how we love you! Oodles of noodles? Piles of salt beef and pastrami sarnies? The world’s first cheese conveyor? Um, yes please! Well food lovers, you’re in luck because all of this and a whole lot more foodie goodness has crafted its way to Seven Dials thanks to the guys at KERB. That’s right, this weekend saw the opening of Seven Dials Market and its gourmet antics has already been filling up our Insta feeds! Nestled in the heart of Seven Dials – perfectly situated opposite Neals Yard Dairy, The Barbary and the new St John Bakery – […]

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The World’s First Champagne Vomiting Unicorn Arrives In London…

London is brimming with the weird, the whacky and the wonderful, so it honestly comes as no surprise to find out that there’s a Champagne puking unicorn galloping its way to Chelsea this October… Yep, you read that correct. A unicorn that vomits champagne when your stroke it. So you can forget your misconceptions about unicorns throwing up rainbows (or even existing) because there’s a new trendy unicorn in town and it’s puking up Champagne. This enchanting feature is part of a new three-storey venue called Chelsea Funhouse, opening in October, that’ll be bringing a magical pop of entertainment to […]

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They’re ‘Waffly Good! 6 Waffle Restaurants You’d Batter Not Miss

Wondering where to scoff your woff? Check out The Handbook's pick of London waffle joints...

Openings & Launches

Baking News! Meghan’s Favourite Wedding Cake Baker Is Opening A Wine Bar

Fancy a royal slice of cake? Well we can’t quite promise you’ll be chomping your way through Meghan and Harry’s ol’ wedding cake (it’d probably be a little stale by now anyway…) but the Hackney bakery behind the royal’s cake is set to open a larger site, and they’re bringing the wine! Having first sprung into the limelight in the spring of 2018 after Kensington Palace revealed owner Claire Ptak would be curating the wedding cake for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the east London bakery-café, Violet Cakes, has recently announced it’ll be embarking on its latest endeavour in […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Sparkling Wine, Michelin-Star Food And A Vineyard Under The Stars? Sign Us Up!

As the sun begins to set on summer, and leaves wash from bright greens to deep reds and oranges there’s no better time to say sláinte, prohst, a votre santé and cheers to memories made in warmer climes. And, where better to whet the whistle than at the Gusbourne vineyard experience? Whisking you away into a culinary nirvana just an hour outside of London, English sparkling winemakers Gusbourne will be joined by two Michelin-starred restaurants, The Pony & Trap and Carters of Moseley, immersing guests in sumptuous seasonal menus, of which each course will be paired with a Gusbourne wine. […]

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The Raw Food Restaurant That Should Be On Your Radar

On a balmy summer night I made my way to Victoria to try a menu that wouldn’t normally be my bag. Yet, after once trying a tarantula cocktail at Sea Container’s Dandelion bar, it’s fair to say I’m typically forthright when it comes to food and drink. That’s not to say this menu was of a nature as eccentric and otherworldly as my cocktail escapade, but rather it was a 100% vegetarian menu, of which I’m not used to trying. If you’ve never heard of the M Restaurant family then I’ll eat my hat (if I have room post-meal). The […]

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