It’s been rather a good year for The Handbook if we say so ourselves (always have to back yourself), we’ve launched our travel section, branched out into lifestyle and you lot seem to be enjoying it. As 2018 comes to a close, we look back at the most popular content of the year.
There are more spies in London than you can shake a poison-tipped umbrella at, with a recent report suggesting that Russia, alone, has over 200 intelligence officers handling an estimated 500 agents here. In the words of Watergate’s ‘Deep Throat’, “Follow the money”...
Say Ava Cadavra to boring meals spent discussing Brexit or lamenting your lack of love life (hint, maybe it’s because you’re spending your meals discussing Brxit?). No, like ketchup, what most meals really need is a magician… So here’s a list we just magic-ed up, in case...
Look outside. Winter isn’t just coming – it’s well and truly here. If you’re going to leave the house (and, let’s face it, it’s a big ‘if’), then you’re going to need to find somewhere cosy. Somewhere warm and comfortable. And, if possible, with a drinking license. Fortunately, beneath the icy exterior, London has a wonderful selection of pubs with the only thing that can make winter enjoyable – a roaring fireplace. After you’ve spent hours trudging around in the cold, a stiff drink beside a proper fire will make you feel human again. Check out our guide to the […]
You go to restaurants and hotels for the food, the atmosphere, the company and the loos… That’s right, London’s bathrooms have upped their design game and now are appearing on our Instagram feeds – it’s not just photos of food anymore. From neon lights to spaceship egg pods, gold swans and more marble then you can handle, here are 15 bathrooms that you need to Instagram. Aviary Moorgate (Great Northern) (0.2 miles) What: Loo With a View Why: London’s latest rooftop restaurant and terrace bar, Aviary, doesn’t skimp on the views from the loos. Way up on the 10th […]
What: It’s safe to say the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park has had quite the year, it was meant to be the year they celebrated the end of their major 18-month refurbishment project. However, disaster struck in the form of the fire at the start of June. Six months later the hotel has picked itself back up, dusted itself off and kept going, after all it is the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park. Set to fully open in Spring 2019, the spa, event spaces and restaurants have now reopened just in time for Christmas. We went to toast the iconic hotel and […]
Smoke and mirrors isn’t always a good thing when it comes to food but in these 10 cases it certainly is. When you want your meal to be an experience complete with dry ice, bubbles and even inject-your-own fillings, you need to check out these cocktail bars, nitrogen ice-cream parlours and even a science-themed afternoon tea. Who said science was boring? Chin Chin Labs What: Nitro Ice Cream Why: You pretty much know that when goggles are required to make ice cream there’s a bit more going on than just whipping up some cream and whacking it in the […]
Is London the food capital of the world? Or is it Paris? Or maybe somewhere in the far east, Tokyo perhaps? No, the food capital of the world is, in fact, inside the V&A. Because there’s an entire city made of actual food. If you’ve ever spent a an afternoon making Gingerbread houses, hours spent arduously trying to get the icing to stick that pitched roof together without collapsing the entire property, then spare a thought for the guys who came up with this; the The Museum of Architecture’s Gingerbread City. The annual exhibition brings together architects, designers and engineers […]
If there’s one thing that’s more Camden than a squat, inhabited by long-haired hippies, then it’s a squat, inhabited by long-haired hippies that’s now become an up-market café-cum-bar-cum-nightclub. 40 Zero occupies a former dumping ground inhabited by squatters, but London property being what it is is was only a matter of time before developers swooped, turfed them out and created a swish new hangout. As they put it, “retaining the best bits of its previous squat life” (though presumably not the breadline existence, political views or attitude to personal hygiene), the venue looks like it’ll have a lot of character […]
Saying something is the ‘best in the world’ is a huge claim in any case, but we feel like the one made about these delicious looking dumplings from Din Tai Fung may well be true. On the 5th of December, as Christmas mingling began to crowd the city, a restaurant extravaganza that began in Taiwan in 1958 as a cooking oil retail shop, threw its doors open in London’s Covent Garden. And thus the world’s best dumplings landed on our shores. The pork dumplings – also known as pork xiao long bao – have been raucously raved about across the globe, receiving […]
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