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Keepin’ Bussey At This Winter Rooftop

“Hello Babes” reads the pink luminous sign at Bussey Rooftop directed at customers as they enter the festive paradise. And yet it seems the biggest babes are the ones behind the re-opening because they’ve given us the gift of food, drinks galore and #viewgoals as the famed Peckham location transforms just for Christmas. That’s right; Bussey Rooftop Bar is set to open for the first time this winter and they’ve gone all seasonal on us! Up until March you can recline under the twinkle of fairy lights whilst taking in views of London. It’s pretty much the ideal spot to […]

Travel

Is This The Most Romantic Hotel In The Med?

Despite the likes of Heidi Klum, George Clooney and Bradley Cooper flocking to take advantage of its many beaches, Sardinia is still something of a well-kept-secret to British holiday makers. Home to expansive white beaches and aquamarine seas, it has, perhaps confusingly, been called the Caribbean...

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The 7 Places To Stick Your Snout This Truffle Season

There’s something oh, so luxurious about truffles. As Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin once said: “In fine, the truffle is the very diamond of gastronomy,” something that we can’t help but agree with here at The Handbook. And, as truffle season runs from October until early...

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Seasonal & Celebrations

These Giant Slugs Are Officially The Least Christmassy Thing Ever

“Christmas slime, mistletoe and wine”… Yes, the least Christmassy thing since flip flops just showed up at Tate Britain. Two giant illuminated slugs (yes, slugs) are now sliming their way up the Tate Britain and, to be totally honest, they’re possibly the coolest Christmas illumination in London right now. The art installation, which has all the hallmarks of a text autocorrect gone very wrong, was created by Monster Chetwynd, the artist previously known as Spartacus Chetwynd, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd and, originally, Alalia Chetwynd. Chetwynd took her festive inspiration from Sir David Attenborough’s 2005 nature series Life in the Undergrowth (The Snowman, presumably, wasn’t available) […]

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Hotels

200 Bottles Sitting On A Wall – The Art-Inspired Champagne Brunch

The sound of corks popping is echoing round InterContinental London – The O2. 200 of them, to be precise, thanks to an artist who has produced a stunning new installation created from the couple hundred bottles in what must have been the most satisfying artwork to create since Warhol gorged himself on Campbell’s Soup. To celebrate, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts is hosting a special art-inspired Champagne Brunch at 11am on Sunday 9th December at InterContinental  London – The O2 to showcase the stunning installation created by contemporary artist Haut de Gamme, which celebrates the leading luxury hotel brand reaching 200 hotels worldwide. The installation is made from champagne bottles individually hand-painted by Alexander […]

Seasonal & Celebrations

The Shard Got A Makeover For Christmas And It Looks Incredible

London is now officially the home of the world’s biggest Christmas decoration. And at 92 storeys high, it’s nothing less than impressive. Yes, The Shard just got a festive makeover and it’s pretty incredible. Shard Lights opened last night and the effect is great. Titled ‘Reflections’, the structure will reflect a dazzling array of colour into the sky over a 30 minute ‘show’, the pinnacle now displays hues from golden sunrises to the pinks and lavenders of the sunset and the dark blue of twilight and darkness. The structure is now Western Europe’s highest display and with the top 20 storeys […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

The Absolutely Bonkers Alice In Wonderland Lantern Festival

We all love Christmas lights don’t we? Whether it’s a smattering of fairy lights here and there, to full blown light displays in cul de sacs. Whichever display lights up your life, there’s no denying they’re awesome. Which is why we think you’re going to love this one… This winter, you can fall down the rabbit hole at a lantern display based around Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, for six weeks only! There’ll be full blown lantern replicas of the famed Wonderland characters, including the Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat, White Rabbit, playing cards and, larger than life, Alice herself. […]

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Travel

7 Best Hotels On Stilts

Even if butler service and a plunge pool is a bit of an ask, as a very basic requirement we tend to expect that a hotel should be able to boast its own foundations. Well not if it’s on stilts. There is something wonderfully playful about a hotel that’s raised from the ground on rickety...

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

A Dino-snore Sleepover At The Natural History Museum

It’s all going down at the Natural History Museum this Christmas – we’re talking sleeping over Night at the Museum style, alongside a wow-worthy NYE bash, and yoga to calm you down afterwards! Clearly not one’s to shy away from adventure, the major London staple may be informative when it comes to the historical, but boy are they party animals once the lights go down. Here’s just some of what’s on offer: Catch a Killer Whilst we really do hope this isn’t in the literal sense, Catch a Killer is presented as a game whereby a killer is on the […]

Culture

Are You Rich Enough For Harrod’s Father Christmas?

Father Christmas famously only wants to know one thing: have you been naughty or have you been nice? He will then make a value judgment as to whether your child warrants a new Nintendo or a sack of coal. And the way that particularly dysfunctional section of our legal system works is such that would leave kiddie Hitler, Stalin and Chairman Mao playing multiplayer Mario Kart well into Boxing Day. In the season of goodwill to all men, children are the most generously accommodated. But not at Harrod’s. The Santa at Harrods’s has added a new criteria to the ‘naughty […]

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