The Handbook
The Handbook

This weekend sees the restaurant scene rev up their engine and begin reopening their doors for the first time in over three months. It’s been one hell of a rocky road to get to where we are now but we couldn’t be more excited to sample some of our favourite dishes and explore the best of London once more.

Of course safety is needed to be taken so if you are venturing a little more further afield this weekend, make sure you’re following the government guidelines and staying safe.

Here’s our guide on what to do this weekend.

Enjoy Summer Cocktails At The Enchanting Dalloway Terrace

Our favourite floral hideout, Dalloway Terrace, will be remerging this Saturday following a whimsical facelift courtesy of McQueens Flowers. 

Nuzzled in the heart of Bloomsbury, Dalloway Terrace is our go-to stop for delicious summer dishes and refreshing cocktails, all set against a backdrop of cascading roses, sweet peas and tulips. As well as their normal summer menu, their infamous afternoon tea will also be available, from 3-5pm every day, drawing inspiration from the typical British classics. 

This weekend you’ll find us sipping on floral inspired cocktails here too. Our favourite being the ‘full bloomer’, a mix of Absolut Elyx Vodka, Banana, Diplomático Planas Rum, Crème De Banane, Caramel Cream, Tonka Bean Bitters and Rainbow Dust.

Reopening Saturday 4th July

www.dallowayterrace.com

Enjoy A Front Row Seat At Haim’s Virtual Performance

Haim are back and they’re bigger, bolder and ready to shake up your expectations.

Following the release of their third studio album, Women in Music Part III, the three sisters will be joining Banquet Records on Friday for a virtual live performance and Q&A. 

Enjoy a night in with Haim. Expect a wild live performance and an in-depth discussion with co-producers Rostam Batmanglij and Ariel Rechtshaid.

Friday 3rd July, 7pm

Get Your Tickets Here

Book In For Dinner At The Berkeley’s New Whimsical Garden Restaurant

We’re hoping the British weather holds out this weekend because we’re looking to reserve a seat at The Berkeley’s brand new garden restaurant, The Garden at The Berkeley. 

Earlier this week, The Berkeley dropped that they would be returning in style with their brand new alfresco dining spot, bringing with it an informal Mediterranean menu. Tuck into everything from giant charred prawns; T-bone steak with smoked shallot butter and chimichurri; grilled sardines with lemon and rock salt; and roast cauliflower with smoked almond puree. Plus they’re also putting their own spin on the traditional Pimm’s pitcher with their own ‘The Berkeley Cup’, a lovely mix of rum, Pimm’s, cassis and ginger beer, topped with cucumber and strawberries of course.

Opening Saturday 4th July

www.the-berkeley.co.uk

Party It Up At Fulham Beach’s Summer Reopening 

Every year we wait in anticipation for the return of Fulham Beach. And, while the pandemic did its best at tearing away every ounce of fun, Neverland London isn’t letting it tear away the oh-so-familiar sandy shore that lies in Fulham. London’s best city beach is preparing to return this Saturday and it’s set to be bigger, better and sandier than ever.

Their booking site is now open and there seems to be a whole lot of beach hut action, exclusive cabanas, feasting tables and even a jungle covered pergola like last year. With traveling aboard almost certainly off the cards this year, Fulham Beach might just be our only chance to relax in the sun, lie back and think of anywhere but England.

Reopening Saturday 4th July

www.neverlandlondon.com

Try Out Kindred’s Delicious Bottomless Brunch

If you’ve been missing your brunches with a side Prosecco, Kindred’s restaurant, The Cellar, is reopening this Saturday allowing you to tuck into a delicious bottomless brunch with your friends.

The West London favourite has reinvented their tantalising bottomless brunch for their opening day. Choose your booze of choice (Prosecco, mimosa or Bloody Mary) before filling up on your brunch favourite. We love their vegan rancheros, a mix of tomato, squash, mushroom and avocado packed inside a tortilla, and you can’t go wrong with a stack of buttermilk pancakes topped with bacon, blueberries and maple syrup.

Brunch the right way this weekend with this trendy members’ club.

Reopening Saturday 4th July

www.wearekindred.com

Serve Up Your Own Wimbledon At Home

Watching Wimbledon 2020 may be off the cards this summer but you can still celebrate in style by serving up your own Pimm’s jugs, playing a round at your local tennis court and munching through punnet upon punnet of strawberries, here’s how to celebrate at home.

Celebrate The Reopening Of Pubs At London’s Largest New Beer Garden

Reign in the weekend in style as we welcome back the hospitality industry at London’s brand new (and biggest) beer garden yet. 

Alexandra Palace has announced they’ll be opening up their terrace for the summer to bring us London’s biggest beer garden yet, an epic 1,500 square metres to be precise. Enjoy your much deserved pint alongside food from their glorious street-food vendors, including Backstreet Diner, Last Night A Vegan Saved My Life and Steak It Easy.

Opening Saturday 4th July

www.alexandrapalace.com

Cook Up Some Italian Fair With Nonna Tonda

Who knew three months ago that we would be so obsessed with home delivery kits? If you’re not ready to give up your lockdown experimentation in the kitchen we have another one for you. 

Nonna Tonda sends easy-to-follow, utterly delicious fresh pasta dishes to your door for you to cook up like any self-respecting Italian grandmama. Made each morning and delivered the same day, their pasta is unbelievably fresh and the sauces pack a real flavour punch. 

Kits range from the likes of meaty beef shin and cabbage ravioli to the summer-appropriate fusilli with rocket pesto and new potatoes. The best bit? Restaurant-quality dishes ready in under 10.

Kits start from £5 per person and can be delivered all over London

Dine High In The Sky This Weekend Courtesy Of Aqua Shard

If you’re like us, you’ve spent the last three months daydreaming about making a trip up the Shard to the luxurious Aqua Shard restaurant and bar. Thank goodness the wait is finally over, with Aqua Shard reopening this Saturday! 

Enjoy breathtaking views over London’s glorious skyline as you wine and dine the night (or day) away at Aqua Shard. Book in for their infamous brunch, or enjoy dinner and a nightcap, overlooking the twinkling lights across London. 

Hutong and Aqua Kyoto will also be reopening from 4th July, and Aqua Nueva will be open from 14th July for dinner on Thursday, Friday and Saturday but will have the terrace and bar open from Monday-Saturday.

Reopening Saturday 4th July

www.aquashard.co.uk

Perfect A Refreshing Summer Tipple With Bird & Blend Tea’s Ice Tea Cocktail Masterclass

Tea mixologist brand, Bird & Blend Co. will be bringing their tea wizarding ways this evening to bring us the perfect summer cocktail with a twist. 

Tune into their virtual masterclass on Instagram Live to learn how to create both refreshing non-alcoholic ice teas and alcoholic iced tea cocktails that you’ll no doubt be sipping on all summer long. The iced tea cocktails feature Bird & Blend favourites, including peach soda margarita, strawberry lemonade ice tea and iced key lime pie. Start off your weekend with a bang with one of these fruity numbers. 

Thursday 2nd July, 5-5:40pm

Join in the Instagram Live here

Tuck Into Robata Style Grills At ROBATA This Weekend

Soho hotspot, ROBATA will be reopening this Saturday, bringing with them grilled charcoal cooked dishes and Japanese delicacies. The restaurant has become city renowned for its robata dishes and with good reason, they’re blooming delicious! 

Favourites of ours are the Iberico pork pluma and Beef fillet, smoked and cooked over burning hay. 

In line with their reopening, they’ve implemented procedures to adhere to the government’s advice, which can all be found here. We’re incredibly excited for your return, ROBATA.

Reopening Saturday 4th July

www.robata.co.uk

Get Glammed Up For The Reopening Of COYA Mayfair

The Mayfair hotspot, known for its Peruvian delicacies, live weekend DJ sets and members’ club, has spent the last three months slightly differently to their competitors and are preparing to remerge on the 4th of July in style, following a spanking new refurb!

The flagship restaurant from the COYA empire, COYA Mayfair’s refurbishment will bring with it a sense of adventure, expressed through the vibrant interiors, bold flavours and second to none cocktails. Join this Saturday and experience it for yourself.

Reopening Saturday 4th July

www.coyarestaurant.com

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEK: Hamilton 

If you don’t fancy venturing out this weekend, enjoy the best seat in your at-home theatre as you stream Hamilton, the film of the original production, on Disney+. 

The award-winning production is set to drop this Friday, bringing with it the theatrics, songs and drama infused narrative of the much-loved musical. The show was filmed over the course of three performances, using ‘live capture’ technology, and will combine elements of tv, theatre and film to create one mega at-home experience. Excited is an understatement.

Release Date: Friday 3rd July

Stream Here