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101 London Date Ideas: The Ultimate Guide to Dating in the City

That time of year is fast approaching. By that time of year, I am alluding to V Day, the big Valentines. The one day of the year when everyone is expected to be on a date. If you’re not in a relationship / marriage / convent and haven’t started cuffing then you need to get on that ASAP in order to find the one (or someone) for V Day. Once they are well and truly cuffed, you then need to work out where you’re going to go. That’s where we come in. We have devised the ultimate guide of date […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

A taste of Brazil in Stoke Newington

Think Brazil and you probably think Olympics, nuts, football, beauty treatments (sorry but it’s true) and the carnival, what you probably don’t think about is Stoke Newington. Stoke Newington…Brazil…Brazil…Stoke Newington, the two don’t really go together. Or so you think – because you are actually wrong. How? Because this month Stoke Newington restaurant Victory Mansion is launching their new Chef Vs Food monthly pop ups where a world class chef takes on a different cuisine, cooking up a four course feast for a rather tasty £35. Kicking things off will be Ramael Scully, co-author and executive chef of Ottolenghi’s best-selling […]

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Award-Winning Pizza Comes to Sheperd’s Bush

From a kiosk in Brixton and a truck around town – until now that’s how you got your hands on Made of Dough’s award-winning Neapolitan pizza. Whilst the most mouthwatering and gloriously photogenic food does often start on the street, it’s always reassuring to hear that they’ve hit the big time (so to speak) and secured a permanent site. Although Made of Dough won’t be trading their kiosk for bricks and mortar till summer, we are having a slightly longer term fix of them when they start a 6 week residency at Market Yard Kitchen from today. We’ve written about Market […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

Watch Romeo and Juliet in a Candlelit Church with Live Choir

With the dawn of spring, it makes the anticipation of summer all too great. Long, warm evenings, picnics, outdoor festivals and live screenings… Here at The Handbook, we have the perfect event for you to look forward to, and we do mean really forward – it’s in July. Back by popular demand, Backyard Cinema is returning to W1 to screen Shakespeare’s world-famous, Romeo and Juliet complete with sofas, deckchairs, popcorn, ice cream and a fully licensed bar. Marking the film’s 20th anniversary, Baz Luhrmann’s avant-garde interpretation of Shakespeare’s tragic romance set in a modern Verona is certain to bring tears to a glass […]

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The Blues Kitchen’s Rib Fest

Made your plans for the Bank Holiday weekend yet? Decided what you’re going to do for that wonderful extra day on Monday? If you haven’t we have something for you, if you have, it’s time to cancel them. Starting on 28th March and running until the 31st March The Blues Kitchen on Acre Lane is going to become your one stop shop and holy grail for all things ribs related as they launch Rib Fest 2016.  Pitmasters from London’s street food scene and award-winning chefs from the US will be taking up residency outside the Brixton Blues and firing up […]

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What to do This Weekend

How to Live Like a Local in: Camden

Ah Camden, home of the late, great Amy Winehouse, the lock and the market, where you’re as likely to find a punky studded tartan miniskirt as you are deep fried Oreos. Cultures collide and the result? Mouthwatering street food, quirky bars and artisanal coffee shops, all in a few square miles. We’ve tried to avoid the obvious hangouts (Koko, Proud, Barfly) but don’t think that means we’re not fans. Let us know your favourites!

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Slow-Cooked Dinner and Desserts by Fraise Sauvage

Think of the most beautiful dessert you’ve seen on Instagram and that’s the type of wonder that Fraise Sauvage create. Formerly the product of serious food envy but always seeming just a little bit out of reach for us mere mortals, now you can get your mitts on chocolate saucy pudding and tres leche cake when they pop up at recently renovated Eat 17 in Hackney. If you’re thinking Eat 17 is ringing bells but you’re not sure why, they’re the people behind the heroic barbeque relish that is Bacon Jam. For 8 weeks, Fraise Sauvage will sit on the […]

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Live DJs, Fried Chicken and Cocktails

Creme Eggs are in the shops which means one thing and one thing only: it’s nearly Easter. Chocolate replaces anything remotely healthy for our 4pm pick-me-up and plans for our 4-day weekend are firmly in place. Well, almost – getting 6 free spirited Londoners to commit to hiring a cottage in deepest darkest Somerset is no easy feat. Something slightly easier to commit to is this Wednesday evening – Hip Hop and RnB at Billy and the Chicks, Soho. If the name Billy and the Chicks isn’t Easter-y enough, we can now hip hop over to their chicken restaurant in […]

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‘The Raw Chef’ Hosts Supper Club at Tiny Leaf

Food with the word ‘tiny’ associated to it wouldn’t normally sound that appealing but when the tiny in question is Tiny Leaf, the new organic, zero waste restaurant in Notting Hill, we’re all ears. Formerly associated with hippies in hot countries and people whose ovens have broken, raw food is now widely noted for it’s health benefits, not to mention one hell of a jaw workout. Although Tiny Leaf isn’t exclusively raw, it is vegetarian. Enter Russell James, the UK’s leading ‘raw chef’ as he hosts a series of raw, plant-based supper clubs at Tiny Leaf, beginning this Friday. For […]

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12 Classic Pies to Eat This British Pie Week

Who ate all the pies? Us, actually, but it’s British Pie Week this week so we think it’s completely acceptable. Crusty pasty has never been more enjoyable and it comes at the perfect time – January diets are forgotten and the concept of beach bodies still seems far enough away to be able to indulge, so dig into your paper bag, bite into that wonderful buttery crust and savour every mouthful.

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Number 90’s 4 Day Birthday Party

If we could have a 4-day birthday celebration we absolutely would. Day one would be an all-day warm-up; we’re envisaging friends, family, drinks, live music and ice cream. A dry-ice ice cream van to be precise… Although that’s the only thing that would be dry – lots of cocktails are a necessity. OK, OK, this all sounds amazing but it isn’t completely a figment of our imagination, it’s Hackney Wick bar and restaurant, Number 90’s 2nd birthday extravaganza. Turning 2 is something to celebrate, so why not go all out with four days of partying? Each day has a slightly […]

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