The Handbook
The Handbook

The weekend is almost here! The weather is looking great, there are picnics to attend, Champagne to drink and films to watch. So, starting making plans and check out some of the best events taking place in London this weekend.

Gelato Festival

Gelato Tasting

Ice cream and sorbet, easy to tell the difference between them, but how does gelato differ? Well it’s made with a higher proportion of milk to cream than ice cream, is churned more slowly so it has less air whipped into it making it denser and it’s also served at a higher temperature than ice cream. The reason we’re telling you this? Because this weekend the Gelato Festival is making its way to Old Spitalfields Market and it’s London’s turn try out the best new flavours and vote for their favourite artisan gelato. You of course don’t need to know the difference between gelato and ice cream, you just need to eat but you will look like you’re in the know when you reel off the facts…

Where: Old Spitalfields Market, Horner Square, E1 6EW

Charlotte Street Hotel

Friday Film Club

Charlotte Street Hotel is celebrating the arrival of wedding season by showing the best wedding films in their Friday film club. This week they are showing Bridesmaids, with other films including Runaway Bridge, Wedding Crashers and My Best Friend’s Wedding. Afterwards (or before, they’re not going to judge) head to the Oscar Bar & Restaurant for a two or three course dinner – this isn’t your usual cinema experience.
16th June and then every Friday until 7th July

Where: 15-17 Charlotte Street, London, W1T 1RJ, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Goodge Street (0.3 miles)

108 Brasserie

Daddy Cool Afternoon Tea

In case you forgot it’s Father’s Day on Sunday. Panicking? It’s fine, here’s the solution: Mother’s Day is all about afternoon teas and the team over at 108 Pantry at The Marylebone, thought, what if Dads want to get involved with the afternoon tea too? So they’ve come up with the Daddy Cool Afternoon Tea, a tea made of grilled rib eye steak sandwiches, pork and truffle sausage rolls, Welsh rarebit and plenty of cakes. Wash it down with a pint of Guinness or a dram of Macallan Gold Whisky. Before (or afterwards) Dads can head to the Truefitt & Hill pop-up for a complimentary hot towel wet shave or beard trim – so he’ll look dapper too. Father’s Day sorted.
Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June 



Where: 108 Brasserie, Marylebone Lane, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Bond Street (0.4 miles)

RA: Summer Lates

London's Electric Forest

Maypole dancing, floral installations, secret bars, pagan cinema, glitter, body painting, 70s disco, Wicker Man sculptures, neon UV life drawing and ritualistic performance art, this is what’s going down in the magnificent courtyard of the RA as it transforms into an electric forest to celebrate summer solstice. Cocktails by Christabel will be served from Ruby, a 1980s Ambulance converted botanical cocktail bar and there’ll be plenty of music. As for the dress code, think rustic romantics, nymphs and woodland spirits. *Heads to Pinterest”.
17th June 

Where: Burlington House, Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1J 0BD

Bluebird Chelsea

Moët Party Day

This Saturday is great for many reasons, 1) it’s a Saturday, so naturally better than most days 2) it’s meant to be sunny and 3) it’s Moët Party Day, a whole day dedicated to Moët et Chandon (and let’s all remember you pronounce the T). Over at Bluebird they’ll be celebrating with an all day BBQ, DJs and a Champagne truck that will be serving up Moët Ice Imperial all day. Yep, a Champagne truck – suddenly the ice cream van, our usual summer hero, pales into insignificance…
Saturday 17th June (the truck will be sticking around all summer) 

Where: 350 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5UU, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Imperial Wharf (0.8 miles)

Tapas Brindisa Shoreditch

World Tapas Day

The third Thursday in June, which just so happens to be this Thursday, is World Tapas Day. So we need to go and eat tapas and where better than Brindisa who are will be offering all their classic tapas for just £5. That’s dishes such as croquetas de jamón, tortilla and Gambas al Ajillo alongside Brindisa’s modern take on the Spanish staple such as Monte Enebro; artisan goat’s cheese, orange blossom, honey and beetroot. All just for £5 each, handy mid-month when we start to reach the bottom of our bank accounts.
Thursday 15th and Friday 16th June – Available at all the Brindisa restaurants across London. 

Where: 152 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, EC2A 3AT

The Lacy Nook

Macedonian Inspired Brunch

Inspired by the owners’ home country of Macedonia, The Lacy Nook in Stoke Newington is launching a new Sunday brunch – yes the new brunch alarm is sounding. Dishes include beets with goats’ cheese, pistachios and orange dressing; stuffed tomato with eff, Wooky Cheddar, spinach and basil and potato salad, eggs, spring onion and mayo -mustard. There’ll also be barbecued meats including pork ribs, chicken and beef cevapi.
Sunday 18th June and then every Sunday


Where: 8 Cazenove Road, Stoke Newington, N16 6BD