The Handbook
The Handbook

We’re on the home stretch! Soon we’ll be able to visit our favourite restaurants, bars and stores once more, but until then, there are several virtual activities and foodie pop-ups you can explore at home or while out on your daily walk. Here we’ve handpicked eight of our favourite activities going on this weekend. 

Become a cocktail making pro with this masterclass 

Miss exploring London’s speakeasy scene? Let the speakeasy come to you with Opium’s incredible mixology masterclass. 

Led by their lead mixologist, the Friday’s session will see you mixing up three of Opium’s signature cocktails: an upgraded Paloma, the Ultimate Lychee Martini and a Coffee Colada. 

The hour long session will see you whipping up delicious, flavourful cocktails in no time. Prior to the masterclass, you’ll receive a cocktail kit with everything you need from ingredients to spirits, garnishes to mixers. It’s a super fun way to stay connected with friends virtually while bars remain closed for a few more weeks.

When? Friday 26th March & Friday 9th April
Book your spot here

Take part in a Hot Cross Bun making workshop 

With Easter just days away, we’re almost certain you’ll be wanting to add a little indulgence to your dining. To help you rustle up your sweet Easter treats at home is Bread Ahead, London’s favourite bakery, who are hosting virtual workshops helping you master how to make hot cross buns and moreish carrot cake. 

Running on various dates in the lead up to Easter, the classes will see you making Bread Ahead hot cross buns that are packed with mixed peel, fruits and spices, as well as a classic carrot cake bursting with cream cheese frosting and walnuts. While Easter might be a little different, you can still enjoy the simple pleasures of special time through food.

When? Saturday 27th March, Friday 2nd April & Saturday 3rd April
Book your spot here

Catch a theatre show online with the National Theatre at Home 

Here’s a date night idea for you. Switch out of your loungewear and dress up smart for a theatre night at home. The National Theatre at Home is constantly releasing new theatre shows you can enjoy at home. This week’s pick from their new releases is Julie, starring Vanessa Kirby.

Polly Stenham’s adaptation of August Strindberg’s play Miss Julie, follows Julie (Kirby) as she throws a lavish party in her London townhouse. It’s not too long before it descends into a fight for her own survival… 

All you need to do is order in some snacks and it’ll almost feel as though you’re in the audience at the National Theatre. Almost.

Cure your Saturday hangover with this eggy pop-up 

Enjoyed one too many quarantinis on the Zoom call last night? Or, just craving an eggy bap that you don’t have to rustle up yourself? Look to Eggs ‘n’ Stuff as they’ve just launched a brand new foodie pop-up on Holloway Road. 

The team have just secured a three month residency on Holloway Road serving up their signature baps to the hungry Londoners passing by on their daily walks. Choose from their tempting options, including the sausage, egg and cheese roll, hash brown, egg and cheese bap or the Micky Mountain – it’s a British sausage patty, crispy bacon, free range egg, homemade house sauce and American cheese served in a warm brioche bun and crispy fried hash brown.

Where? 102 Holloway Road, Highbury East, N7 8JE
Keep up to date on their Instagram, @eggsnstuffco

Put your gaming head to the test with this online games festival 

Wondering what to do with yourself for yet another weekend stuck inside? Take part in London’s leading festival of experimental games, Now Play This. Hosted over four days, the online gaming festival is set to be jam-packed with interactive games, workshops and conversations that you can enjoy and take part in at home. 

Set to explore the relationship between play, games and the climate crisis, the programme will boast live play events, including the opening game ‘Flying to the Festival’, where you’ll become an active passenger virtually ‘flying’ to the festival to reduce the carbon footprint of joining in at home, and talks, such as the Cards against the Climate Change, a fun streamed play and talk session with the designers of the games Ecologic and Carbon City Zero.

When? Thursday 25th – Sunday 28th March
Join in at: nowplaythis.net

Try out the coolest ramen collab 

Shoryu Ramen’s diy meal kits have been selling like hot cakes since the pandemic first hit, allowing ramen lovers to slurp up their favourite restaurant’s noodle broths at home. If that’s been you for the past year, you’ll be excited to find out that Shoryu has just launched a brand new, limited-edition kit in collaboration with Hatsune Miku, the first Japanese virtual singer to be distributed by Crypton Future Media Inc. 

The diy kit for two, available until 4th April, includes a choice of Shoryu’s signature Ganso Tonkotsu Ramen or vegetarian White Natural Ramen, alongside matcha detox mocktails and some white chocolate turquoise cookies – yum. Alongside the ramen kits, are Hatsune Miku x Shoryu skewer decorations, placemats and tote bags too.

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Check out Netflix’s latest book-to-series adaptation, The Irregulars

For fans of Sherlock Holmes and Netflix’s Enola Holmes, you’re going to want to grab a bag of popcorn for this vital series viewing based on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. 

Netflix’s The Irregulars launches this Friday, bringing with it a group of misfits who set out to investigate a series of strange, supernatural crimes in Victorian London. The eight part series, created by Tom Bidwell, sees the group uncover these unusual happenings for Dr. Watson and his skeptical associate, Sherlock Holmes. 

Release Date: Friday 26th March
Watch it on Netflix

Listen to our album of the week, First Aid Kit – Who by Fire: Live Tribute to Leonard Cohen

This Friday, Swedish folk duo, First Aid Kit will release a brand new album which pays tribute to the Canadian singer-songwriter and musical legend, Leonard Cohen.

Who by Fire, the tribute album titled after one of Cohen’s songs, sees sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg perform covers of some of Cohen’s much-loved hits. Released this Friday 26th, the album was recorded back in 2017 over two nights when the duo performed live singing songs from the famed writer. 

Throughout the performances, the sisters were joined by a live band and 20-piece choir, which makes for a sensational listening experience.

Release Date: Friday 26th March
Listen on Spotify

Celebrate the spring with an exotic take on Haig Club whisky…

Haig Club, the David Beckham backed Scottish whisky maker, just launched a brand new curveball product, Haig Club Orange.

Made with single grain Scotch whisky and other natural orange flavours, it’s a taste of the Mediterranean.

Buy a bottle and enjoy the (almost) Med-style weather with a Clubman Orange and Pineapple Spritz.

INGREDIENTS
50ml Haig Club Mediterranean Orange
50ml Pineapple juice
50ml Lemonade
50ml Prosecco
Garnish: Orange slice & Pineapple wedge (optional)

METHOD
STEP 1 – Add all the ingredients to a wineglass full with ice
STEP 2 – Stir gently to mix
STEP 3 – Garnish and serve


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