Things to do in London

Take your weekend to new heights and book yourself into one of these events taking London by storm, from Now Gallery’s new photographic commission to free cocktails exclusively for The Handbook readers. 

Looking for other things to keep you entertained this month? Check out our pop-up guide.


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Enjoy a free Pisco Sour on us

We’re always on the hunt for a cheeky freebie and when cocktails are involved, you can count us in. Chelsea’s seafood specialists, Chicama, are offering The Handbook readers an exclusive offer you won’t be able to resist. Order the seafood platter and get a free Pisco Sour! All you need to do is quote ‘The Handbook’ when ordering, max 4 guests.

Their seafood platter is utterly moreish, made up of grilled prawns, octopus, squid, scallops, sea bass fillet, roasted lemon, caper butter and sourdough to mop up all of the delicious juices. 

When: Offer valid until 30.11.2022

Where: 383 King’s Road, Chelsea, SW10 0LP 


Explore NOW Gallery’s new photographic commission, Human Stories: The Satirists

NOW Gallery has unveiled its autumn photographic commission. Titled Human Stories: The Satirists, this new collection comes from an emerging photographic group exploring the concept of satire through photography, and how it’s used to develop and nurture interconnected, diverse identities, gender, race and class. 

The collection brings together six talented photographers, including Bubi Canal, Leonard Suryakaya, Nyugen Smith, Thandiwe Muriu, Stephen Tayo and Thy Tran.

When: Until 13.11.2022

Where: NOW Gallery, The Gateway Pavilions, Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula, SE10 0SQ



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Catch a book reading at London Literature Festival

The London Literature Festival has returned. Now in its 15th year, the city’s longest-running literary festival will be bringing a wealth of big names to the table, from up-and-coming and established authors to activists, experts and a host of child-friendly activities too. 

Running until Sunday 30th October, the headlining event is Greta Thunberg’s The Climate Event. The young climate activist will be joining journalist, writer and broadcaster Samria Ahmed for an in conversation discussion for the global launch of The Climate Book. This new work brings together a collective of over 100 experts and witnesses to tell the biggest story in the world: how and why our planet is changing.

When: 20.10.2022 – 30.10.2022

Where: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX 


Know Your Place directed by Zia Mohajerjasbi
Know Your Place directed by Zia Mohajerjasbi
Sick of Myself directed by Kristoffer Borgli
Sick of Myself directed by Kristoffer Borgli

Stay in & watch all of the BFI Festival highlights

The in-person screenings at the BFI London Film Festival 2022 may have taken place, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still soak up the cinematic action at home. Running until this Sunday 23rd, film lovers can discover the world’s best films, series and immersive storytelling from the comfort of their home.

Catch the next big films before they get cinematic releases, from the striking debut from Zia Mohajerjasbi to Sick of Myself, the bizarre comedy centred around a Insta-perfect couple gone wrong.

When: Until 23.10.2022


Take part in Tate Britain’s Story Space Family Day

This Autumn’s Story Space Family Day is inspired by the sights and sounds of Tate’s new publication, Fadya and the Song of the River by Laura Nsafou and Amélie-Anne Calmo. 

The event will be packed with exciting activities, from reading and draw-along sessions with Laura and Amélie-Anne to creative adventures in Play Studio and the galleries. Let your little ones’ imaginations run wild at this arty play session. 

Looking for other half term activities? Read our guide here.

WHEN: 22.10.2022




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Stop by this Iranian plant-based pop-up

Always wanted to try Iranian cuisine? Mana’s is a brand new pop-up kitchen in King’s Cross, serving up recipes and dishes inspired by Iran’s vibrant food scene. 

Set up by foodie influencer Mana, the pop-up has taken over the Jamboree Jazz Venue until December, offering a selection of traditional sharing mezze, stews, clay-oven baked bread and desserts. 

Expect dishes such as peppery spinach and fresh garlic strained yoghurt dip; shirazi style salad with diced tomato, red onions and cucumbers with a zingy lime and olive oil dressing; plant-based Persian-style cheese topped with fried dates, date syrup and walnuts; split pea and baby mushroom stew in cinnamon and tomato sauce garnished with matchstick fries; and saffron and pistachio ice cream.

When: Until 12.2022

Where: Jamboree Venue, 6 St Chad’s Place, King’s Cross, WC1X 9HH


Book ahead: Allbright x Lillet Presents Soirée & Spritz – The Fashion Edition

Feel like you’ve lost your fashion mojo? Get inspired at this intimate panel event. Lillet – The French Spritz and AllBright, the women’s members’ club in Mayfair, have joined forces to launch an exclusive two-part panel series featuring six influential women from the fashion and wellness world. 

On Thursday 27th October, they’ll be hosting the second instalment, centred around ‘How can we dress more consciously?’. Driven by sustainable shopping stories, the event will be hosted by sustainable style icon Bay Garnett, founder of sustainable brand We are KIN, Ngoni Chikwenengere, and influencer and founder of plus-size community The Confidence Corner, Callie Thorpe.

Book ahead and look forward to an evening packed with networking, drinks and Q&As.

When: 27.10.2022

Where: AllBright Mayfair, 24-26 Maddox Street, Mayfair, W1S 1PP 

Book here

Get your talons ready for Halloween

Costume? Check. Wig? Check. Vampire teeth? Check. The final touch to your Halloween outfit? Spooky nails complete with oozy blood designs and evil eyes. 

That’s where Young LDN comes in. Their talented team have your ideas down to a fine art – think glittery witches nails or skeletons sketched on your fingertips. If festive nails aren’t your thing, they’ve also got a huge range of facials and skincare experts on hand to help you. More treats, less tricks.

Where: 228 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, London, W11 2RH


Check out this new underground dining spot

Hidden underneath The Royal Exchange lies a brand new dining spot you’ll want to be the first to try.

The Libertine is a brand new 400 capacity venue, made up of a large destination bar, lively drinking and dining corners, main restaurant and two private dining rooms with a secret whiskey vault.

The menu will focus on wholesome seasonal fare, serving from lunch till late – think seafood dishes, dry-aged steaks and snacks for sharing. Don’t miss your chance to sample their drinks Manu, created in partnership with some of the city’s best distilleries, breweries and wine merchants.

Where: 1A the royal exchange, corneal, ec3v 3LL


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