The Handbook
The Handbook

On the 10th January 1863, the world’s first underground railway opened in our fair city. 19th August 2016 will see the launch of the Night Tube. It’s almost here. No more excuses for not going out, because you can’t afford the taxi home. No more having to rush your last drink because you might miss the connection. To celebrate this weekend will see late night parties and inspired cocktails! If it doesn’t bother you because you live on one of the lines that isn’t opened then fear not we have day time parties, brunches, pop-ups and a whole lot of BBQ! 

Ben Spalding at The Common

Small Plate Sessions

Saturday isn’t meant to be great weather wise, sorry if you’re planning something outside… So what should you do instead? You should eat good food from chef Ben Spalding, dance to DJ sets by the likes of Jack C and Giles Smith and drink beer and wine. Sounds like a good day to us. The party will be taking place in Willesden in the newly launched world’s largest co-living building, The Collective Old Oak and tickets include sticky piggy ribs seasoned with bonfire salt, mango and creme fraiche and smoked mackerel tortillas with teriyaki broccoli and soured cream.

Where: The Common Old Oak, Old Oak Lane, Willesden Junction, NW10 6FF
Website: Buy Tickets Here

The Happenstance

Drake and Morgan Night Tube cocktails

Having another way to get home now, which won’t give you a crazy surcharge just because it’s a Saturday night, is definitely cause for celebration. So we say celebrate with cocktails at The Happenstance or any of the other Drake and Morgan venues as they have two special cocktails to mark the opening of the night tube. The Victoria Vittoria mixes bitter Limoncello with sweet prosecco or if you want a herbal hit then grab On Thyme, made with green bell peppers, lemon juice and sugar syrup.

Where: 10 Paternoster Sq., London EC4M 7DX, UK
Nearest station: City Thameslink (0.1 miles)

Pimm's Cider Cup and Croquet Experience

Sky High Croquet

Take your summer sporting to new heights at The Shard’s pop-up croquet lawn, whose run is coming to a close as summer does too. The pop-up is in association with Pimm’s and celebrates 165 years of both Pimm’s and the quintessential British game. Ticket holders get a bottle of Pimm’s Cider Cup as well as entry to The View from The Shard and a game of croquet, 800ft above the streets of London.
Ends 21st August

Where: View from The Shard, Joiner Street, London Bridge, SE1 9QU

Library x Urban Food Fest

Street Food and Cinema

Launching this weekend and running every Saturday and Sunday until 11th September, member’s club Library have teamed up with Urban Food Fest for a series of street food, games and al fresco cinema. Kicking it all off will be the 1996 classic, Romeo and Juliet whilst food offerings come from Chick & Fish Shop and Bad Brownie. See you in the front row.

Where: 112 St. Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, WC2N 4BD

Rhythm and Brews Camden

BBQ and Vinyl Pop-Up

Forget your Sunday afternoon boxset session, instead head to the T.E Dingwall Building in Camden for a pop-up which is all about DJs, BBQ, craft beers and vinyl. Rhythm and Brews celebrates the arrival of Chicago Rib Shack in Camden, so you can feast on baby back ribs, burgers and Cajun chicken, grab a beer or two and listen to DJ playing sets of Chicago-inspired rhythm and blues. It’s takes place 12pm -6pm so if you must watch the next episode you can in the evening.

Where: T.E. Dingwall Building, 11 East Yard, Camden, NW1 8AB

Gin Bop 2016

Celebration of Gin

With a name like Gin Bop you probably won’t need much persuading but let us tell you more. Rivington Greenwich is hosting a celebration of gin in the form of cocktails, food and live jazz this Friday night. Participating gin brands which include Hendricks, Sipsmith and Plymouth are each tasked with creating their own perfect G&T as well as two more cocktails to let their gin shine. Food from Rivington and games including a tombola and gin bottle hoopla complete the party.
Friday 19th August from 6pm

Where: Rivington Greenwich

London Wing Fest


You might have heard of the National Buffalo Wing Festival in Buffalo, upstate New York, where a staggering 2.4 million chicken wings are consumed in two days. Well here in London we have our own event, Wing Fest taking place this weekend in Dalston. A day filled with live music, beer and chicken wings, competitors will battle it out to win Best Buffalo Wings and Best Wild Wings where they can go freestyle in their toppings, sauces and cooking techniques. Ticket holders get to choose the winners, which means you get to eat lots of wings!

Where: Gillett Square, Dalston, E8 2NB

SW4 Festival

Two day Clapham festival

So we are getting a little ahead of ourselves as SW4 doesn’t kick off until next weekend (27th August) but we felt you guys needed a reminder not to miss the annual electronic music festival. This year has two of the world’s most in-demand dance acts, Rudimental Live and The Chemical Brothers, headlining on Saturday and Sunday respectively plus a host of other exciting DJs and live electronic acts. If a whole day of partying doesn’t satisfy you then head over to South West More, the official after parties, taking place at Electric Brixton with performances from Eric Prydz and Alan Fitzpatrick to name a few.

Where: Clapham Common, London

The Discount Suit Company and The Sun Tavern

Two Parties: One Tube

Central the night tube’s maiden voyage with not one but two parties. Yep that’s right, why celebrate once when you can celebrate twice and get money off if you do? East London bar collective, The Umbrella Project are hosting two parties one at The Sun Tavern and the other at the Discount Suit Company. Start off at the east end of the Central line in Bethnal Green for complimentary oysters between 6pm and 8pm from Oyster Boy, and signature house Bán Poitín Boiler Makers will be flowing from the bar at a discounted price of just £5 each. Then head to Liverpool Street Station to the Discount Suit Company for more Boiler Makers and dancing. Both are open until 2am and if you go to both then get 50% off your tab by showing your receipt from the first bar.

Where: Various


Re-Turnmills: Boozy Brunch

If you suffer from the Sunday Blues then here is something to cheer you up and make you forget about setting that Monday alarm – a boozy brunch. Clerkenwell restaurant, Albion have teamed up with the likes of Our/London vodka, Goodbeans, Seedlip, ChariTea and the Pickle House for a brunch with old skool vibes, plenty of cocktails and a great soundtrack! Parties aren’t just for Friday and Saturday after all.

Where: Unit 1, The Turnmill, 63 Clerkenwell Road, Clerkenwell, EC1M 5NP

The Manor

The Manor Launches Brunch

Big news, are you ready? Clapham favourite, in fact London favourite, The Manor are launching a weekend brunch! Served both days between 11am and 3pm the brunch will feature British dishes using local and seasonal produce. Small plates include Hereford beef tartare, bone marrow, wild garlic and black radish; whilst larger dishes include poached Tilley’s farm eggs, smoked potatoes and sorrel and fried duck egg with crispy pig cheeks, nduja, borlotti beans and San Marzano tomatoes. Drinks will include fresh juices, brunch cocktails with highlights including Bloody Marys and Bloody Marias made with 1800 tequila!

Where: 148 Clapham Manor Street, Clapham, SW4 6BX

Going to be getting the Night Tube?  Check out our guide to late night drinking spots.