The Handbook
The Handbook

The weekend is here and it brings with it bottomless brunches, G&Ts, rosé and exhibitions – it’s not always about alcohol you know, that said, let’s still raise a glass to our favourite – the weekend!


Orso's Final Bow

Classic Italian restaurant, Orso will be taking its final bow this weekend as it closes its doors with a cocktail and canape party. Having been part of the theatre scene since 1985, the restaurant will be hosting an auction of the much-loved photos that have adorned its walls, all in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital. They’ll also be serving Orso’s classic dishes in canapé form, so you can try all your favourites again.
Saturday 15th July

Where: Orso 27 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 7DB

Pop Brixton

Final Chance to See Pursuit of the Shot

This weekend is your last chance to check out the Pursuit of the Shot, an exhibition about the trials and tribulations of becoming a Grime artist. Shot by Reuters photojournalist Paul Hackett, the exhibition (which is free by the way) is part of an European-wide initiative from Canon highlighting the importance of photojournalism.
Now – Sunday 16th July 

Where: 49 Brixton Station Road, Brixton, SW9 8PQ

Lucky Voice Islington

Lucky Voice's Bottomless Brunch

When Lucky Voice say bottomless brunch they mean bottomless brunch. Entering into the brunch arena they are doing away with the avocado and eggs and are bringing in the bagels (including a Nutella one), the two hours of bottomless cocktails, the glitter and the boozy games of Twister and Jenga. Then being Lucky Voice, you’ll get an hour of karaoke with over 9000 songs to choose from and fancy dress to get into character. The fun doesn’t even have to stop there because afters you’ll get 2-4-1 cocktails, mocktails, glasses of wine and bottles of beer and 50% sharer cocktails. That’ll get your Saturday going.
Saturday 15th July and then every Saturday 

Where: 173-174 Upper Street, London N1 1RG, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Essex Road (0.3 miles)
Website: Get Tickets Here

STK London

STK London's Summer Menu

Going out to eat this weekend? Then check out STK London’s new summer menu. You might think STK London is all about steak, but nope, the menu includes the likes of kataifi prawns with oriental kimchi coleslaw and spicy mango sauce; roasted octopus with olives, sundried tomatoes and chickpeas and citrus pickled salmon with yuzu, mango, chilli and fennel. There are plenty of salads and light seasonal dishes, which means you should have room for the peanut choco cocktail made from peanut crunch, milk chocolate mousse and chocolate cremeux.
Saturday 15th July and Sunday 16th July and then Monday – Sunday throughout summer

Where: ME London, 336-337 The Strand, London WC2R 1HA, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Temple (0.3 miles)

Vinoteca King's Cross

A Terrace dedicated to Rosé

If there was a drink that said summer it would be rosé and this Sunday sees the launch of Vinoteca King’s Cross’ La Vie En Rosé terrace. Forget you’re in London and imagine yourself in the Riviera as you try the 13 different rosés (obviously not all on one day, that’s too hectic). A limited-edition rosé wine flight will feature the likes of Cotes du Provence Chateau St. Martin, Neiss Pinot Noir Rosé and Fiefs Vandeen Rosé, which you can drink whilst grazing on charcuterie platters and their signature cheese croquettes.
Launches Sunday 16th July

Where: 3 King's Boulevard, Kings Cross, N1C 4BU

Trader Vic's London

Creole Cooking

Trader Vic’s is collaborating with Vanessa Bolosier, author of Creole Kitchen, to create an exotic sunshine-inspired pop-up menu. Working with Executive Chef Shiran Fonseka, Vanessa will be bringing together French Caribbean and Polynesian cuisines to create dishes such as christophine salad with Creole avocado cream and coconut slaw; red mullet Creole court bouillon with plantain and sweet potato, and flambé banana with coconut ice cream.
Friday 14th July until 11th August 

Where: 22 Park Lane, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Hyde Park Corner (0.3 miles)

Park Chinois

Twilight Dim Sum

Rather than stay in on Sunday evening, make the most out of your weekend and head to Park Chinois for their Sunday feast – twilight dim sum. Taking place every Sunday throughout summer, they’ll be serving up  dim sum and classic dishes to a soundtrack of the most infectious tunes from this year’s coolest DJ’s.  Sunday blues = banished.
Sunday 16th July and then throughout the summer 

Where: Park Chinois, 17 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, W1J 8EA
Nearest station: Green Park (0.2 miles)

The Roof Gardens and Babylon

Reverb Returns

As we write this the forecast for Saturday is looking good, good enough for the return of Reverb to The Roof Gardens. Make the most of the dry weather with an afternoon of live music, comedy, garden games and BBQ food, all above the streets of Kensington, in London’s favourite roof garden. Alongside comedians you’ll find Karen Harding performing her top 10 debut single Say Something as well as her other tracks including Good For Me. Martin Luke Brown, who has recently been touring with Jess Glynne and Jack Garratt will also be there, as will London’s own Arlissa. To eat you’ll find Buccleuch steak burgers and chicken burgers with crispy smoked mapble bacon, sliced avocado, shaved parmesan and chilli mayonnaise.
Saturday 15th July

Where: 6th and 7th Floor, 99 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London, W8 5SA, United Kingdom
Nearest station: High Street Kensington (0.1 miles)
Website: Get Tickets Here


St Pancras Renaissance Hotel

Ultimate Gin & Tonic Bar

It’s summer, which means it’s the return of The Ultimate Gin & Tonic Summer Bar at St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in association with Fever Tree tonic water. Popping up every Thursday, Friday and Saturday until 26th August, the bar will be serving up g&ts made from classic gins and more unusual offerings including Sacred Gin from North London’s celebrate micro-distillery, these will be mixed with Fever Tree tonics including the new aromatic tonic and ginger ale. Add in live music and you have your summer evening sorted.
Thursday 13th – Saturday 15th July and then every Thursday -Saturday until 26th August 

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

Heliot Steak House

We Don't Just Live For the Weekend: No Tech Tuesdays

Heliot Steak House are challenging us to forgo Instagramming our meals, checking our Whatsapp and updating our Facebook by offering 20% off the bill for any diners who manage to have  digital detox whilst they eat. All devices will be placed in a sealed parcel which can be opened at any time, but if you do, you lose the discount. If you can’t make it through without Snapchat then you need to reassess your choices. It’s time to get back to the real art of conversation.
Tuesday 18th July 

Where: Heliot Steak House, Cranbourn Street, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Leicester Square (0 miles)