Spear’s Black Book
Company Size
Phone number
020 3021 0899
Email address

Founded by Elly Stancliffe when she was just 23, The Handbook’s mission is clear: ‘to offer the best of London, from exclusive events to the coolest new openings. For those truly wanting to get the low down on the best London has to offer, there is no better place. Guides of the best rooftop terraces, West End plays, summer festivals — we have it all.’ In her previous role as an events manager, Stancliffe saw the gap in the market: though there was much happening in the venues and events world, it was very difficult to market online to the public and get the right people to show up, she says. ‘We were also always inviting celebrities to the restaurant, and again there was very much a need for a resource that allowed users to get the low down on the best of London and also a directory of useful contacts such as celebrities managers and the best events in town.’ The firm recently launched ‘The Handbook PRO’, connecting celebrities to brands, venues, allowing people to grow their brand via endorsement. It also provides full contacts details, connecting clients to A-listers of their choosing. ‘Most recently someone rang wanting us to help get Johnny Depp along to their daughter’s 16th birthday party,’ she says. ‘We get crazy requests every day.’ Business has hardly been better: ‘The venues industry is still thriving despite Brexit — every day we feature new openings, and amazing things happening within the industry.’

Elly Stancliffe