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Health & Wellness

Are You Looking After Your Skin Right? The Handbook Meets Skin Experts Dermacare Direct

Let’s face it, looking after your skin correctly is super important, which is something Skin Experts Dermacare Direct know a thing or two about, so we reached out to co-founder Andrea to find out exactly what we should be doing. Dermacare Direct was launched to inform, educate and advise clients about a wealth of skincare concerns, and offer a range of advanced skin care products and devices to address these in order to obtain, maintain and enhance optimal skin health at home. So if the onset of winter is making your skin so dry it’s hard to crack a smile, […]

Openings & Launches

B&H’s New Rooftop Garden Room Promises A Good Thyme

In the age of social media, the opportunity to grab a photo of anything iconic is sure to boost the ‘ol likes, and give us that physiological high – yep, you actually get a squirt of dopamine when you get a positive response on social! Suffice to say, if you love a view, and snapping a photo of one, you’ll love B&H Garden Room (Bourne & Hollingsworth, not Benson & Hedges, as one nameless Handbook employee thought!); a space that combines coveted interiors with seasonal food (and outrageously must-see views of the city). We’re eager to visit, as should you […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

The 18 Best Pop-Ups Happening This November

What’s poppin’ this November? Well, aside from a range of ground spinners, sparklers and firecrackers, quite a lot! Yes, Bonfire Night isn’t the only must-do in this slightly chillier month. From Champagne supper clubs, Narnia themed wonderlands and more, Christmas most certainly...

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Reviews

All The Places We Ate At Last Month: Reviewed

It’s not an easy job, this. When you’re not travelling overseas to try out incredible holiday destinations (I’m just back from Vegas, more to follow), then you’re off to some of London’s best restaurants to sample their delicious wares. It gets a bit gruelling...

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Guides

48 Great Christmas Party Venues

Sorry to break it to you but it’s time to face the truth… Christmas is on the way. Yes we haven’t had Halloween or Bonfire night yet, but venues are booking up fast. And you don’t want to be that one who has to let your friends/office/family down when you tell them you’ve booked the Christmas party on a great date…in 2019. So The Handbook’s put together some suggestions to get you started.   The Lighterman London St Pancras (0.2 miles) Whether it’s an intimate Christmas lunch with friends and family or an all-out dinner for the whole office, The […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Paradise Freezes Over: The Beach Club Showing Festive Classics

Climate change deniers, cop a load of this for evidence: Tropicana Beach Club, the tropical island paradise located somewhere between the South Seas and Covent Garden (Parker Street, to be precise), has just frozen over. Welcome Frozen Island, the takeover from Neighbourhood Cinema. Swapping the usual palm-tree-cum-Hawaiian-shirt-cum-piña-colada (ew!) vibe of Tropicana Beach Club for a frozen wasteland (we’re not sure if this is a harbinger of large-scale climate change or if they’ve just swapped in some blue light bulbs), the stage is set for some seriously seasonal smashers. Bring in the projector. Fancy watching Polar Express, Elf or Willy Wonka and The […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

For Fawkes Sake, Try These Smokin’ Bonfire Night Cocktails!

Remember, remember, the fifth of November, long drink, cocktail or shot. Or something like that. Because today is not only a time to celebrate the fact that parliament wasn’t blown to smithereens in an audacious terrorist plot, but also a chance for bars to flog loosely Guy Fawkes night...

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

The King Of Pop-Ups Returns With A Riverside Alpine Lodge

It’s not long to go now until Jimmy’s Lodge on the River is back at the Southbank Centre, and yes, before you ask, there are igloos involved. Opening on the 9th November, the pop-up consists of four elements. Of course everyone will be heading straight to the headline-grabbing ‘snow-globe style igloos’ which, this year, have been decorated by furniture floggers MADE.COM, to give them a really cosy winter-cabin feel. Each can one host up to ten people for a private dining experience with great views across the river. You can even plug in your own playlist so if you want, […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

45 Restaurants That Have Just Won A Michelin Star

Yesterday was one of the most important days in the restaurant industry, the day that the results of the UK and Ireland Michelin Guide were announced, a day that Gordon Ramsay labelled “the Oscars of the food industry,” and a very exciting one for us at The Handbook. The term Michelin Guides comes from  a series of guide books published by the French tyre company Michelin , the first Michelin star came to London in 1977. The term normally refers to the annually published Michelin Red Guide which is one of the oldest European hotel and restaurant reference guides, which awards up […]

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Seasonal & Celebrations

Instagram This! These Loos Will Scare The Crap Out Of You

If you’ve read our piece on London’s Most Instagrammable Loos, or if you’ve ever typed in #bathroom on insta, the likelihood is you’ve got an eyeful of Sketch’s renowned egg laden loos. Awash with vibrant multi-colour, and pod-shaped futuristic crappers make this the ultimate bathroom-selfie spot. They’re almost as worth a visit as the dining rooms below. And now, as the spookiest time of year is now upon us, Sketch have jumped ahead of the game with a ravishing Halloween makeover of their bogs. The Mayfair restaurant has stylishly installed a pumpkin patch, clad with pumpkins galore and matching up […]

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