The Handbook
The Handbook

The weekend is fast approaching, two days to make the most of this fair city of ours. Join in the Pride parade, have brunch on the lawn at the Tate, do yoga by the Thames and watch home made go carts whizz around Alexandra Palace…welcome to the weekend.

Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill

A Chocolate Afternoon Tea with Free Champagne

This Friday is World Chocolate Day, it’s pretty much the law to eat chocolate. We recommend the Green & Black’s ChocolaTEA at The Montagu. There’s so much chocolate it’s even the sandwiches, yep you’ll find a smoking salmon sushi sandwich garnished with chocolate flakes and a Churchill burger with a dark 70% chocolate infused BBQ sauce. Not that you need another reason to book it, but if you do, then the ChocolaTEA this weekend (7th -9th July) and quote World Chocolate Day to receive a free glass of Champagne. Cheers to that.
Free Champagne Friday 7th – Sunday 9th July

Where: 30 Portman Square, London, W1H 7BH, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Marble Arch (0.2 miles)

Tate Britain

Jazz Brunch

Tate Britain probably doesn’t spring to mind when you think about places for brunch, but everywhere in London is actually a place for brunch. This weekend sees the launch of their Saturday Jazz brunches which will take place on the terrace lawn. The Rex Whistler restaurant will be serving up shucked oysters, eggs benedict, Bloody Mary cocktails, steak tartare and British seafood which you can feast on whilst listening to different jazz bands – they’re kicking off with Booth Street West. There are different options too, you can just buy tickets for the jazz or for jazz and cocktails – you don’t have to have brunch, but we wouldn’t suggest that.
Saturday 8th July and then 15th and 22nd July 

Where: Tate Britain, Millbank, SW1P 4RG


Summer Sundays

Bernardi’s are celebrating the longer days, the balmier temperatures and summer in London with their Summer Sundays and we’re getting right on board. Each week Head Chef Sabrina Gidda will serve her new weekend menu which has both twists on classic brunch dishes like scrambled egg, Cornish crab and parsley and Italian Sunday lunch dishes with the likes of grilled racks of lamb served with peach and burrata salad and Sicilian caponata and pine nuts. Of course, there’ll be plenty of cocktails and each week a guest DJ will be playing chilled out tracks.
Sunday 9th July and then every Sunday.

Where: 62 Seymour Street, Marylebone, W1H 5BN

Chutney Mary

Indian Brunch

The brunch alarm is going again and this time it’s letting you know that Chutney Mary have just launched their offering. They’re going to be spicing up British classics like eggs benedict and also serving Indian breakfast dishes like Bombay Kejriwal – fried egg and cheese on toast with green chilli. Other dishes include a salmon kedgeree Mangalore prawn curry with coconut and red chilli and a goat’s cheese kebab salad. And the drinks, one for the Instagram, as watermelon martinis are served on tap from fresh watermelon, pineapple juice served straight from pineapple and coconut juice from you’ve got it – a coconut.
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July and then every weekend

Where: 73 St James’s Street, Mayfair, SW1A 1PH

The Bussey Beer Garden

Beers on the Roof

Put your hands in the air like you just don’t care…not really this isn’t some cheesy club, put your hands up if you like craft beer. Excellent that’s pretty much everyone. Well from this Friday you’ll find 15 different beers on tap from The London Brewery as they host The Bussey Beer Garden – a rooftop craft beer popup opening on the roof of the Bussey Building. Obviously, beer’s pal, the kebab will be there, brought to you by the BABEK Brothers – the best kebabs this side of Istanbul. Kebab, beer and rooftop views – what more could you want?
Friday 7th July and then every Friday and Saturday throughout July and August

Where: Bussey Building,133 Rye Lane, SE15 4ST

Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair

Classic Car Boot

This Sunday sees the return of the annual Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair, because if car boot sale doesn’t say weekend plans nothing does. As well as over hundred artists selling exclusive pieces from the boots of new and vintage Vauxhall cars, there’ll be: live music, The Black Cow vodka bar, workshops, marching bands, games and an artists’ picnic. The weather is set to be good to this weekend just to top it all off.
Sunday 9th July 

Where: The Workshop, 26 Lambeth High Street, Vauxhall, SE1 7AG

Participants compete at Red Bull Soap Box in London, United Kingdom, on July the 12th, 2015

Red Bull Soap Box Race

The Wackiest of Races

If the Wacky Races was your thing when you were younger, then we have as close to the real thing as you’re probably going to get – it’s the return of the Red Bull Soapbox Race. Over 70 teams will be tearing down the 450m courses all in homemade soapbox vehicles, this year’s entries include a British red telephone box, a replica castle on wheels and a Game of Gnomes machine!
Sunday 9th July
Images © Olaf Pignataro/Red Bull Content Pool

Where: Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY

Community Spirit for Grenfell

Community Spirit and Cocktails

This Sunday some of London’s best bars such as Callooh Callay, City Social, Trailer Happiness and Barrion Bars are coming together to shake up cocktails and raise funds for those affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy. There’ll also be music from Portobello locals Jazz Re:freshed, DJs, food and a charity auction. It’s community spirits through alcoholic spirits – nice.
Sunday 9th July 

Where: Westbank Arts and Music, 3-5 Thorpe Close, W10 5XL


Brunch and Prosecco

What’s better news than a new brunch? A new brunch where you get half price prosecco – that’s what. That’s the deal over in Wandsworth Town at MeatUp. Their new brunch menu includes whipped cream cheese and smoked salmon croissants; pittas with beetroot hummus, toasted seeds and crumbled feta; waffles with bacon, pork belly and chilli maple BBQ; smoothies and that all important half price prosecco…
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July and then every weekend

Where: 350 Old York Road, London, London Borough of Wandsworth SW18 1SS, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Wandsworth Town (0.1 miles)

Boisdale of Canary Wharf

Jamaican Garden Terrace

The Boisdale Jamaican Garden Terrace is bringing a sunny slice of the Caribbean to Canary Wharf. Whilst they don’t have  the blue waters of the Caribbean sea, they do have cocktails, jerk spice barbecue and the sounds of Saxon Sound System who’ll be playing sets filled with reggae, hip-hop, R&B, drum & bass and dance.
Saturday 8th July and then every Saturday throughout July and August

Where: Cabot Place, Canary Wharf, London, E14 4QT, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Canary Wharf DLR Station (0 miles)

Monty's Deli

Shabbat Dinners

This Friday sees the start of Monty’s Deli’s Shabbat Dinners. Served to share, your table will be laden with house baked challah rolls and chopped liver to start, followed by a tureen of chicken soup with kneidlach and lokshen. The main event will be a roasted chicken, with golden roast potatoes, spring greens, gravy and Monty’s house chrain (a horseradish and beetroot condiment) whilst for pudding there is Lokshen pudding – a sweet baked noodle dish. Wash it down with Monty’s house wine and their L’chaim drinks menu.
Friday 7th July and then every Friday

Where: 227-229 Hoxton Street, Hoxton, N1 5LG

The London Edition

Pride Brunch

The London EDITION is going to be starting the Pride Party with a pre-parade brunch. As you enter the hotel you’ll walk through a rainbow arc which is decorated with the official phrase of Pride: Love Happens Here. Once inside you’ll find comedian and drag queen Jonny Woo getting the party going with the help of DJ Amy Philips, get ready for the parade with their Pride No Prejudice Veuve Cliquot cocktail and brunch canapes. £2 from each cocktail will go to the Stonewall charity, whilst the canapes are complimentary. That’s definitely going to help get us in the party mood.
Saturday 8th July 

Where: 10 Berners Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 3NP
Nearest station: Oxford Circus (0.4 miles)


Yoga by the Thames

Whilst we’d all love to start our weekends with some yoga overlooking a crystal blue sea in some tropical paradise, it’s unlikely to happen. We can however offer you yoga by the Thames with sand, then you just have to imagine the paradise part. Happening every Saturday and Sunday the tickets include a 60 minute Hatha flow yoga session, Green Lady Sparkling tea, Ape Snacks and entry into Neverland London – you just need to bring your yoga mats.
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July and then every Saturday and Sunday

Where: Neverland London, Wandsworth Bridge Road, SW6 2TY
Website: Tickets Here

Bun House

Buns of Pride

To celebrate Pride Bun House is serving a limited -edition rainbow bun on Saturday. Definitely a case of #PhoneEatsFirst, the rainbow coloured bun is filled with their signature custard – delicious and a nod to Pride.
Saturday 8th July 

Where: 24 Greek Street, Soho, W1D 4DZ

Ernest Lunch Party

Bringing Locals Together

Ernest is a food solidarity network – it connects restaurants, diners and food charities together and this Sunday it is bringing together some of East London’s best local restaurants and Hackney’s food charities together for an afternoon party. Taking part will be Kitchen Rituals Spitalfields Crypy Trust, The Hackney Migrant Centre, Plan Zheroes and Pete from Tuck Inn Canteen. It’s a chance to meet the locals, listen to some live music and eat a whole lot of food!
Sunday 9th July 2017 

Where: Gillett Square Unit B7, 3 Bradbury Street,Dalston, N16 8JN

We Don’t Just Live For the Weekend…

On Wednesday 12th July, Mint Leaf  City are hosting a unique five course menu paired with beers with special guest Cobra Founder RH Lord Bilimoria. Dishes include roast duck spiced in pickling spice with date tamrind and apricot chutney paired with Wolf Rock Red IPA  and pistachio and saffron rasmalai paired with Doombar Amber Ale.
Book Tickets Here