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Killing Eve Returns… But Not To The UK (Yet)

It’s the series that had us all laughing, crying and hiding behind our seats in utter disgust. Yep, you may have heard on the good ol’ internet grapevine that the insatiably popular Killing Eve has returned for a second season but not to the UK just yet. Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh were back to their sadistic tricks this week as season two premiered on BBC America, with critics praising its “twisted, darkly-comic notes.” Season one, which was nominated for five Bafta TV Awards captured our hearts as Jodie played charismatic assassin Villanelle who we kinda didn’t know whether to love or […]


Xier Marks The Spot: Marylebone’s New Restaurant

Take a step back from the hell that is Oxford Street and you find yourself in pure foodie territory: Marylebone. Street food turned bricks-and-mortar restaurants sit alongside fine-dining and Michelin-star offerings. Big names like Hoppers, Fischer’s and Chiltern Firehouse all jostle for attention, whilst smaller restaurants tentatively open ready to make their name. The latest chef to throw his toque into the ring is Carlo Scotto (ex-Babbo) as he opened Xier last month. Scotto’s first solo project Xier, which has made Thayer Street its home, is a modern European fine dining restaurant divided between the more formal first floor dining […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

More Than IKEA Meatballs: 16 Of London’s Best Scandi Restos

If you thought Scandinavia was all about vikings and flat pack, you’d be wrong. There’s Volvos, rotting herring and Scandi-noir boxsets too. There’s also an increasingly popular cuisine that’s taking London by storm. So load up your long boat, grab a handful of whatever...

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Scandi-Chic Meets Hygge at Børealis

2018 was a busy year for Danish-born Soren Jessen. He started the year with the opening of Ekte Nordic Kitchen in the Bloomberg Arcade in April; his restaurant, 1 Lombard Street celebrated its 20th birthday in August and in the same month he opened his third venture Børealis. Opening in Borough in partnership with the workplace innovators Fora (their Clerkenwell space is home to Stevie Parle’s Palatino), the restaurant, combines Scandi minimalism with industrial chic. It’s a smorgasbord of greys, blacks, steel, brass and stone. Decorative, statement light comes from Vilhelm Lauritzen and sleek chairs are by Hans Wegner and […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Kew Gardens Gets Some Incredible Glass Sculptures

Spring is a’springing and with it a range of glass exhibitions, courtesy of American glass sculptor extraordinaire Dale Chihuly. Kew Gardens will see its flora and fauna take on a blooming marvellous glass form, scattered across flower beds, lakes and glasshouses. Dale Chihuly is renowned for his sensational, show stopping displays, having scattered his influence across the world in places such as New Orleans Botanical Garden and the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. He work has lit up Kew before in 2005 and you may have caught a glimpse of his magic hanging in the V&A rotunda. Taking up residency in Kew this month with […]

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Health & Wellness

And Relax: 10 Of The World’s Best Wellness Retreats

Life can be hella hectic, especially when you live in a city and the resounding noise in your head is that of tube announcements and beeping horns. Knowing this, we’ve mentally whisked ourselves away to worlds unknown, where social media is forbidden and days are spent laying amongst flora and fauna in hot tubs. If you’re yet to go on holiday this year and in desperate need of a bit of me-time, with an “ahhhh” murmuring on your lips just ready to be released then take a look at these ten sensational wellness retreats and thank us later…


10 Of London’s Best Chocolate Shops

Chocoholics be warned- this guide will entice a relapse. These chocolateries are known for serving up the most decadent and delicious chocolate treats in the city. We can only hope that life would be like a box of chocolates: rich and engulfed in luxury, though we would probably need to consult a...

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Where To Watch The Boat Race

Are you light blue or dark blue? Are you Oxford or Cambridge? It’s time to pick a side and cross fingers it’s the winning one. This weekend the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race takes place, and assuming you’ve not got academic skin in the game, you’ve got to choose which colour you’ll be wearing in support you’ll also have to think about the best spots for you and your mates to cheer on your favourite boat. Don’t be daunted The Handbook has comprised a list of the best riverside pubs for you to take in the race, drink, eat and […]


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Want a job where you get to pet fluffy animals all day long, while lying on a hammock on a desert island, with topless waiters bringing you a never ending stream of pina coladas and George Clooney gently fanning you as you snooze? No, us neither, which is why we’ve opted for second best and landed up at The Handbook. The Handbook is a fast growing online luxury magazine, and we’re looking for someone to join our expanding and dynamic team to sell, sell, sell. Officially rated 65% better looking, 20% more charming and 5-6% funnier than our competitors, you’ll […]

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Openings & Launches

The New Claridge’s Restaurant Opening Soon

We’re a few steps, and months, closer to Chef Daniel Humm and the team behind acclaimed New York restaurant Eleven Madison Park opening up a brand spanking new restaurant inside Claridge’s – eek! For those of you wondering why Eleven Madison has such celeb status, know that in 2017 it was voted #1 in the world by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. That’s a pretty big deal, like, pretty darn big! Suffice to say we’ve got high hopes for Chef Daniel Humm and Restaurateur Will Guidara – go get ’em guys! Claridge’s in Mayfair, the restaurant famed for its snazzy Christmas trees, has always […]

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