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8 of the Best Festive Cinema Pop-Ups

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Elf, Love Actually and The Holiday. It’s a fact. And whilst it’s all too tempting to hibernate in your home, wrapped up in a duvet and chain eating mince pies whilst you watch Christmas film reruns, what you should actually be doing is meeting up with your nearest and dearest and heading to one of these winter cinemas. Sip Champagne, have your own private cinema or get lost in an enchanted forest…here are five of the best winter cinemas. St Katherine Dock What: Floating Cinema Why: St Katherine Docks’ floating cinema is back for Christmas […]

Victory House
Openings & Launches

Victory House: Leicester Square’s Boutique Hotel

Leicester Square: that most iconic of London locations, its pavements have been graced by everyone from Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn to Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lawrence. Normally we get to watch from afar, communicated via the glow of the telly or the pages of the glossies. But now you can watch in-person, perched above the action oggling Colin Firth walking up the red carpet as you order room service and run a bath. Welcome to  Victory House London Leicester Square MGallery by Sofitel. Victory House is a new 86 room boutique hotel right on the square (fear not, it’s […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

Taste Of London: The Festive Edition

Lick the pavement on Picadilly if you want to know what London tastes of, but head to Tobacco Dock if you want a taste of Taste Of London. And specifically it’s Taste of London: The Festive Edition, with a Christmassy version of the 3 day extravaganza is returns as the finest culinary celebration in the capital. As ever it’ll be filled to the brim with master-classes, free food and drink, popups and stalls bringing the best of food and drink to East London. Live on stage leading cooks like Ollie Dabbous from Henrietta, Jackson Boxer from Brunswick House, The Typing […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Choose Love This Christmas

There’s a new sort of Christmas pop-up shop coming to Soho this year. Created by creative collective Glimpse who is on a mission to use creativity for good, the pop-up, Choose Love, is asking to you buy as much as you want and leave with absolutely nothing. Why? Because all funds raised will go directly to UK charity, Help Refugees, who is supporting vital work across Europe and the Middle East. The products are split into three categories: arrival, shelter and the future. In arrival, you might find first aid kits and life jackets; in shelter, it will be the […]

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Out Of The Blue
Openings & Launches

Enter The Matrix At The Blue Bar

Anyone who’s been caught naked in Sainsbury’s freezer asile cluctching a fire extinguisher and a flamingo will tell it to you plain: context is everything. Never more so than at The Blue Bar at The Berkeley where their exclusive cocktail tasting experience harnessses cutting edge technology makes sure that you’re drinking in exactly the right drink in the right surroundings to get the most out of your cocktail. Context is everything. Out Of The Blue gives up to four guests the chance to go on an ‘explorative journey of taste’ by stimulating the senses through exquisite ingredients, but also using […]

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We Review: The Connaught Hotel

What: I’ve had the privilege of visiting and reviewing a number of incredible hotels since founding The Handbook twelve years ago, but even I shrieked a squeal of genuine delight (yes literally) when invited to review the Connaught Hotel. Because while it’s underdoubtedly ‘up there’ as one of the most old school of London’s hotels, it’s also one of the most superbly slick five star hotels ever to recieve a seal of royal approval (not only was it renamed after one of Queen Victoria’s sons, but the Queen Mother and Prince Charles are both fans) and, arguably a little less importantly, […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Brown’s Gets An Italian Makeover

Forget Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Titian, the real Italian Masters are coming, in the form of chef Heinz Beck and drinks maestro Salvatore Calabrese. And they’re heading straight toward Mayfair’s Brown’s Hotel restaurant and neighbouring Donovan Bar. So put your paint brushes and palate down, and get your palate ready. Brown’s founder Sir Rocco Forte is celebrating his love of everything Italian this month and next with a special six-week take-over during which time Beck, who has been awarded 3 Michelin stars for his hugely successful La Pergola, will create Ora, the Italian themed pop-up in the restaurant. Dishes will include La […]

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Seasonal & Celebrations

14 of the Best Christmas Adverts

The big corporations might be trying to persuade us to buy from them and tugging on our heartstrings to do so, but Christmas adverts (whether we like it or not) are a now a part of the build up to Christmas. Here at The Handbook, we’re not ashamed to say they are one of our guilty (or in some cases, not so guilty) pleasures. With the arrival of John Lewis’ 2017 offering, Moz the Monster,  and after much deliberation in The Handbook HQ here are 14 of our favourite: Forget Father Christmas, last year Marks & Spencer showed us the […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

The Popup Worth Making A Pilgrimage To

It’s time to make a pilgramage. Not to Rome, Mecca or Canterbury but to Dalston. Pilgrim, the four-date six-course popup was a total sell-out of a success when it originally popped up earlier this year, and so not only is it now returning for another run (and a new menu) across six dates this month, but Pigrim will popup on a permanament basis from April, which is great news for any fans of Spanish food. The inspiration for Pilgrim comes from Camino de Santiago, a pilgramage dating back to the 9th century and involving travelling to Santiago de Compostela in […]

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What to do This Weekend

What To Do This Weekend: 10th – 12th November

The countdown has begun and we’re yearning for six o’clock on Friday to come as fast as it possibly can. This weekend, as ever, we’re spoilt for choice and can choose to be good (Be:Fit East by West health and wellness festival) or bad (Coq d’Argent bottomless brunch with free-flowing Moet springs to mind). Or why not race your favourite dip recipe against stiff competition at Torshi at Five Miles? Either way, it’ll be over way too soon and before you know it we’ll be back on Monday and wondering how on earth it sped by so fast! Coq d’Argent […]

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