The Handbook
The Handbook

Yes, dear friends, we once again approach an impending weekend and need to find fun activities with which to fill it. So, as ever, we’ve been scurrying around to find suitable suggestions. Here are some ideas…


There’s something fishy going on at Handbook fave Londrino. The Southwark restaurant are putting on a their Sunday lunch which promises to be a seafood delight. Marisco’s Sunday (marisco is Portuguese for ‘shellfish’) will focus on dishes from and around the sea from noon until 3pm every Sunday between now and Christmas. As well as a fish-focused a la carte menu, there’s also the option of a carefully curated three-courser. So don’t be shellfish, head to Londrino.
Sunday 28th October

Where: 36 Snowsfields, Southwark SE1 3SU
Nearest station: London Bridge (0.2 miles)


Happy birthday to Mother at Battersea Power Station! But rather than celebrating with the traditional Colin The Caterpillar cake, they’ve decided to do it with free pizza, beer and wine. Sod Colin, we know which we’d prefer. Their birthday party, this weekend, will throw open the Mother doors at 6pm and let the party roll until late with free beers, pizza and wine and DJs.
Saturday 27th October

Where: Circus West, Sopwith Way, Battersea, SW8 4NN

Wicked At The Apollo Victoria Theatre

Fancy a wicked night out? Well there’s a West End musical that’s right up your street. Broomsticks at the ready as one of London’s longest running musicals, Wicked, has teamed up with Super Break for the ultimate night out. After spending an evening at the theatre, laughing, crying and generally just riding out the emotional rollercoaster that is Wicked, you can use the Super Break package to recover in a London hotel.

Where: 17 Wilton Road, Pimlico, SW1V 1LG

Galvin HOP

To celebrate Halloween weekend Galvin HOP have come up with a special spooky brunch. The ‘deliciously dark’ menu features a starters of frogs’ legs, black pudding with pigs’ ears, followed by a main course of veal brain, pickled tongue and witches fingers, and a pudding of dead velvet vol-au-vent. London’s most harrowing Halloween feast is best washed down with free-flowing Bloody Mary, but also works with Prosecco or Pilsner Urquell. What’s more, come in Halloween fancy dress and run the chance of winning a £50 meal voucher!
27th and 28th October

Where: 35 Spital Square, E1 6DY

Sake no Hana

If you’re all about that autumn life, then head to Sake no Hana who is also celebrating the change in seasons with their autumn leaf installation, a limited-edition menu and warming cocktails. The installation gives you the chance to experience ‘momiji-gari’, the Japanese tradition of viewing the maple leaves and not just view them but also drink them as they have created a maple toddy utilising Hennessy Fine de Cognac, Akashi-Tai Umeshu sake, ginger, maple, chocolate and edible rice paper maple leaves. To eat, you’ll find Kinoko misojitate, wild mushroom and chilli yuzu miso soup; Salmon kurumi miso yaki, pan fried Loch Duart salmon with walnuts and Kyoto miso; Gunma wagyu beef maki, asparagus, caramelised onion and kizami wasabi and for pudding, the Autumn Leaf, is a hazelnut feuilletine and hazelnut chocolate parfait with chocolate and maple syrup soup and a mascarpone mousse.

Where: 23 St James's Street, St. James's, SW1A 1HA

Press Coffee

Brunch lovers listen up, there’s a new brunch in town and you need to check it out. Launched by Press Coffee at Market Hall Fulham the menu includes: pancakes with berries, mascarpone and maple syrup; Bircher muesli and special sourdough topped with creamy burrata, bresaola, tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, tomatoes and Sicilian olives dust (we highly recommend this one). Decorated with edible flowers it’s one of the prettiest brunches we’ve come across and with prices at around £7.50 it’s also one of the best value. Wash it down with one of their coffees and a green juice and pick up one of their pastries to take with you.

Where: 472 Fulham Road, Fulham, SW6 1B

Scarlett Green

You know the Oceans films? There’s loads of them. In fact, they’re now on Oceans 8, and to promo the DVD release (old school) they’re putting on a brunch. Timmy Green in Victoria and Scarlett Green in Soho will host the brunches, inspired by the blagging and clever sleight-of-hand that’s central to the Ocean’s films, brunchers will be tasked to hunt down hidden gems within the venue and exchange them for free gifts, including glasses of fizz, indulgent dessert and of course, a copy of Ocean’s 8 on Blu-ray™ or DVD (clue: check under the table).
Sunday 28th October

Where: 4 Noel Street, Soho, W1F 8GB


Over at Juikoni in Marylebone they’re celebrating their second birthday with a special charity do – The Samosa Sisterhood. The event, by Jikoni’s Chef Patron Ravinder Bhogal, will see her joined by leading female chefs Anna Hansen, from The Modern Pantry, Lily Jones from Lily Vanilli and author Sabrina Ghayour. Each of the chefs will create a special samosa for the occasion. Downstairs, the Jikoni kitchen table will host a sisterhood of friends, relatives and volunteers who will make samosas throughout the day.
Sunday 28th October

Where: 19 - 21 Blandford Street, Marylebone, W1U 3DH

Portr8’s Pop-up Gallery

Imagine what classic paintings would’ve looked like if they’d been taken on an iPhone? Well you don’t have to over atPortr8’s Pop-up Gallery. Three (the phone people) have gotten together with London artist Reuben Dangoor, to recreate classics but through a mobile lens. The gallery will showcase iconic figure profile pictures using most popular poses and tropes from social media. Billed as ‘the world’s most phone-friendly gallery,’ the gallery will pop up this weekend and is worth a glance.
Friday 26th and Saturday 27th October.

Where: 13 Soho Square, Soho, W1D 3QF