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 […]
We’re into the second week of tennis! By now you should have definitely seen at least one game, if you haven’t get to it! If you haven’t got tickets for the courts or even Murray Mound then you can still join in with the Wimbledon fever that takes over in London – without being stuck in the teeming hordes. From afternoon teas, to big screens here are 10 ways to celebrate Wimbledon without going: Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill What: Wimbledon picnics Where: 30 Portman Square, London, W1H 7BHWhy: The Churchill is transforming their bar and terrace into a picnic area with rambling roses, […]
Everyone enjoys a relaxing bubble bath (don’t worry guys, it’s ok to admit it) and it’s always nice to have something to read while you soak up the various scents of Lush. In fact, there are few things better than lying in some bubbles and reading some classic literature (ok, tabloid magazines). One thing we don’t tend to do in the tub though, is eat. However, some London innovators are offering up an aquatic dining experience by giving you the chance to dine in a hot tub…yes, you are reading this and no, we are not kidding. Launching in July […]
LIBRARY’s new pop-up to celebrate their first birthday is indeed a unique experience. Located in the heart of theatre land, expect far more than a run-of-the-mill dining feast. St Martin’s Lane most elite private members club aims to attract tastemakers, entertainers and those who have an interest in education, cultural and humanitarian advancements in order to make this a sophisticated and inspiring event. Food on offer will come from Chloe Morris, famous for her Edible Stories that brought fairy tales to life with food, somewhat fitting for the culinary adventure that entails. Food includes pig and pepper, a white rabbit […]
There’s nothing better than al fresco dining and, now that summer has arrived, it’s time to make the most of the glorious sunshine by packing a cool bag and heading to your nearest park. However, with more and more London restaurants now offering take-away picnic hampers, you no longer have to suffer squashed sandwiches and crushed crisps. Have a gander at our guide to 5 of our city’s best summer picnics: The Arch London What: Champagne and macaroonsWhy: The Arch London – a 5* hotel just a hop, skip and a jump from Hyde Park – has recently launched a […]
A chance to air your confessions, wash away your dirty secrets and still enjoy a booze-filled night of cocktails? London’s new and most exciting night can offer this guilt free. Pop-up legend Meredith O’Shaughnessy has created ‘A Dirty Laundry Night’ in Fitzrovia for five nights only. She has partnered with Whirlpool for an innovative and exciting night out in London at ‘The Laundrette’. Guests will be offered a chance to spill their sins and have their deepest-darkest secrets printed on a one-of-a-kind Dirty Laundry T-Shirt. Enter the Polaroid photo booth to make memories of the evening. Other treats include pizza and other Italian-American […]
Although the weather hasn’t quite been living up to it, we’re half way through June and the English summer is here… sort of. And one of The Handbook’s favourite places to enjoy the sunshine (when it peeks through the cloud) is East London hot spot, London Fields. So to tempt you to venture down there yourselves, we thought we’d give you a guide to the best places to eat and drink by the fields. Best for Dining: Cat & Mutton What: Local pub and dining room by Broadway MarketWhy: Throughout June, the Cat & Mutton plays host to a gastro […]
Our animal obsessed nation has taken a step further into total mania. In keeping with the rise of animal-themed restaurants including Owl Café, Fox Restaurant and Pig-Nic, M Restaurants are opening their doors to canine lovers all over London. Already a monthly instalment in many dog’s diaries, June’s #poochparty will be ramped up a further level offering food and activities for pet owners and their furry friends. A brunch offering two courses will be available for the humans with mini treats and homemade biscuits for their canine companions. A Doggy Disco will also take place in the M Bar with […]
Want to take advantage of London’s sunny weather before the inevitable rain brings us all back to reality? Of course you do, well if you want something a little more than parks then the solution lies in the centre of town, just metres from Piccadilly, where cocktails and picnic-style food awaits. London distillers, Sipsmith Gin, have partnered with the famed Le Méridien to offer guests a quaint garden oasis overlooking of the most iconic streets in the city. A relaxing environment to enjoy the sun and escape the city on the outdoor roof terrace of the hotel adorned with picnic […]
As a cosmopolitan tourist destination, London is blessed with a variety of world class hotels and restaurants. Some bright sparks have managed to combine the two, creating some of London’s finest culinary delights! Here are The Handbook’s Top 8 Hotel Restaurants.
Fish and chips is a classic English dish that is loved by pretty much everyone and is also weirdly versatile – seriously, this staple food can be enjoyed at almost every occasion. Fish and chips on the pier at the seaside, at family dinner, or at your friend’s wedding served in tiny metallic buckets and wrapped in faux newspaper (not cliché at all). Let’s be honest though, battered cod isn’t exactly the height of sophistication and class. However, Maison Krug and Tom Sellers are hoping to change this, through their new culinary collaboration, a temporary gourmet chip shop. Krug & […]
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