The Handbook
The Handbook

It’s been twenty five years since we were high-kicking in Kappa trousers and trying to figure out what the hell a zig-a-zig-aaah is. Tamagotchis ruled the world, and Tony Blair (Cool Britannia, guitar playing, Tony Blair, not Middle East bombing, American lapdog Tony Blair) wasn’t yet ruling the country. Looking back it’s another world, but one that’s making a come back. The Spice Bus is rolling into town.

The Spice Girls reunion (except Posh, which is no real loss) is big news and as the tour comes to London the action’s not only at Wembley Stadium. So here’s some Spice Girls stuff happening in the capital this week and beyond…

Bounce Shoreditch

What could be more Spice Girls than a game of table tennis? Well Sporty would be all over it, at least. And so will you be, over at Bounce on Old Street. That’s because London’s best ping pong venue are putting on a bottomless brunch devoted to the Girls of Spice and their reunion tour. Expect unlimited Prosecco, pizza and, of course, ping pong, all to tracks from Shoreditch’s Hoxton Radio DJs (we’re going out on a limb here, but we’re guessing they’ll be playing Spice Girls…). The brunches will continue, once a month, until October.
Saturday 8th June, Saturday 13th July, Saturday 10th August, Saturday 14th September and Saturday 12th October

Where: 241 Old Street, London EC1V 9EY, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Old Street (0.2 miles)

Boxpark Wembley

With the Spice Girls reforming at Wembley Stadium, you’d hardly expect neighbours Boxpark Wembley to let an opportunity to Spice Up Your Life, welcome to the Spice Girls fan zone. Regardless of whether you’re going to the official show, the fan zone will feature Spice Girls themed cocktails, glitter art and face painting (ideal if you are heading on to the live show) and actual dance choreographers who will teach you all the oh-so iconic 90s dance moves you practiced in your bedroom. Of course, there’ll be a banging Spice Girls soundtrack for the event.
Thursday 13th to Saturday 15th June

Where: 18 Olympic Way, Wembley, HA9 0JT

Maxwell's Bar & Grill

The home of the London freakshake has decided to honour the Spice Girls’ reunion by getting freaky with them. Introducing some of the best puddings since Victoria Beckham got her just desserts for not joining the tour.
The Sporty Freak Shake combines (and if you’re actually sporty/healthy, then look away now) a thick white chocolate shake with whipped cream, bubble-gum sweets, candy floss and football sweets to make it as sporty as possible. Meanwhile the Ginger Freak Shake is a combo of salted caramel thick shake, whipped cream, caramel sauce and a ‘2 become 1 topping’ of a ginger bread biscuit and salted caramel donut. The Baby Freak Shake consists of pink bubble gum thick shake, mini marshmallows, whipped cream, pink candy floss, heart marshmallows, love hearts, pink party rings and sprinkles. It’s like she’s in the room, isn’t it? Finally the Scary Freak Shake (bet she regrets choosing that name) is a mix of leopard print inspired Oreo thick shake, whipped cream, Oreo biscuits, homemade Oreo cookie sandwich and leopard print accessories.

Where: 34 King Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 8JD

St Pancras Renaissance Hotel

The most Spice Girls place in London has to be St Pancras Rennaisance Hotel thanks to the fact that it’s the filming location for the Wannabe video. The hotel staircase was already one of our faves but now they’re making the most of their moment in history by launching cocktails to celebrate and coincide with the tour.

The cocktails include ‘Bloody Scary,’ ‘Posh On The Rocks,’ ‘Baby Colada,’ ‘Ginger Kick,’ and ‘Good Sport’.

Where: Euston Road, London, NW1 2QR, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London St Pancras International (0 miles)

Spice Up Your Brunch

Brunch isn’t brunch unless you’ve got a Spice Girls drag act in. Thank goodness Acton’s Aeronaut got one in just in time. The Spice Girls tour will be celebrated by Impossible Things Entertainment who have combined Spice Girls and brunch with prizes, lip sync battles plus games, plus dancing and three hours of bottomless drinks for 3 hours, brunch and a whole lot of entertainment.
Saturday 15th June, Saturday 20th July and Saturday 31st August

Where: The Aeronaut, 264 Acton High Street, Acton, W3 9BH
Website: Get tickets here...

Slice Girls, Ridley Road Market Bar

Slice Girls (geddit? As in Spice Girls, but Slice Girls. Slice. It’s a pun!) is a pizza by the slice, but like you’re never experienced it, because the pizzas from Ridley Road Market Bar in Dalston are all Spice Girl themed. The 10″ pizzas include the Wannabe (cheese and tomato, which nobody wannabe having on their plate), the Mama, mozzarella, rosemary and lemon (my mother-in-law is called Rosemary, so that kind of works, I suppose), the Viva Forever (basically salami, ironic given it’s processed meat, am I right?), the Baby Slice, which is ham and pineapple (why’s this not called the Scary?), the Holler (ham and mushroom), the Mel V (it’s vegan. Unlike either of the Mels) and 2 Become 1 which is half of one and half of another.

Where: 49 Ridley Road, Dalston, Hackney, E8 2NP