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We’re Going Underground: Cool Subterranean Hotels

With the summer heat starting to really notch up, you’re probably wanting to bury your head in the sand. Which is handy, because you can do exactly that at this selection of hotels; they’re all under the ground. Unless you happen to be on the Piccadilly Line at eight thirty in the morning, descending into the bowels of the earth is a sure-fire way to remain temperate and escape the ravages of summer. Les Hautes Roches, France What: Un chambre luxe troglodytique sil vous plais Why: The chambre luxe troglodytique offers luxury like no caveman ever experienced. Okay, so there’s […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Rhythm Kitchen: Must-Try Caribbean Restaurant

What: It’s been blazing for weeks, and this sunshine won’t let up! But we’re not the only ones burning – Rhythm Kitchen in Walthamstow (you’ll also find them at Westfield, Stratford) is cooking up a fiery Caribbean menu. The Setting: You’ll find Rhythm Kitchen just two minutes from Walthamstow Central station. Fortunately, they came into the space of a previous Caribbean restaurant and gained its predecessors’ following with their authentic cooking that’s modern and marinated with very special seasonings experimented by founder and Walthamstow-local Delroy ‘The Jerkfather’ Dixon. Entering the suburbs, it’s family orientated and the restaurant adds to this bringing the […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

The World’s First Augmented Reality Zipwire Comes to London

For the thrill seekers amongst us, who are look for a bigger hit of adrenaline than the one you get when the tube doors open directly in front of you, there is Zip Now London – the world’s longest and fastest urban zipline. But now the zip line, based in Waterloo, is going next level by adding in virtual reality. Teaming up with Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, The Jebel Jais Flight London will give you the physical experience of whizzing through the air at 100mph, whilst experiencing the views from the Guinness World Record setting Jebel Jais Flight […]

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What to do This Weekend

Things To Do This Weekend: 20th – 22nd July

We’ve just gotten air-con in The Handbook office, which means we’ve gone from sweltering to donning woollens. So I write this now wearing full-on winter clothes and gazing longingly at the blue sky. Which means that the weekend simply can’t come soon enough. Fifth Floor Bar, Harvey Nichols What: Harvey Nick’s New Bar Why: Hot New Bar Alert! Change your weekend plans and make time to visit the new Fifth Floor Bar at Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge. It has been entirely re-designed, with a makeover that’s brought in a new colour scheme and a new drinks list. Bar Manager Sophie Bratt […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Hoxton’s First On-Site Brewery Opens Today

Hoxton has a new onsite brewery and we’re all ears. Brewhouse & Kitchen has launched its brewpub today of all days, with craft beer galore ready to grace many a lip. A bit of a triple threat, the architecturally ace location is easy on the eye, boasts bountiful amounts of beer and is a place perfect for a chill-out. Mid-Summer in the capital and the streets are paved with passers-by, suitcase pullers, school trip stragglers, wistful window-shoppers and then us, the locals, who really want to get lost in a pub paradise for a while. You’ll therefore be pleased to […]

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Awesome Afternoon Teas

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Afternoon Tea at Swan

Wondering how to spend your afternoons this summer? You might be interested in experiencing an enchanting Midsummer Night’s Dream pop-up at Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe. And rightfully so, because where else would you celebrate Shakespeare? The theme splits between Titania’s Tea Garden for Afternoon Tea and Puck’s Gin Emporium for an evening gin bar. The midsummer’s garden will be decorated with tumbling wisteria, trailing ivy and overflowing florals for a Fairyland in the Balcony Room, right on the river with stunning views to St Paul’s Cathedral. Titania’s Tea Garden will be in service for afternoon tea serving sandwiches, cakes and scones […]

Best Brunches

The West End Musical Brunch Coming to Covent Garden

Brunch so good you could sing about it! Joe Allen, the ultimate American brasserie in the theatre district, is teaming up with the West End’s most beloved shows for a series of one-off brunch experiences this summer. Cast members from the top musicals will be performing live acoustically at the restaurant, starting with Bat Out Of Hell. Don’t expect just one song interrupting your omelette. Each performance with be an eclectic mix of tunes from both the shows and the Great American songbook, so settle in for quite the musical experience. While the music is sure to impress, the food […]

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Shakespeare, Architecture and Opera: 10 Reasons to Visit Verona

Verona might be best known as the setting of Romeo & Juliet, but there is so much more to the city. From its Roman architecture to it’s 5 star hotels and romantic opera festival here are ten reasons to visit Verona.   Due Torri Hotel When it comes to choosing somewhere to stay, it has to be the five-star Due Torri Hotel. Sitting in the historic centre making it perfect for sight seeing, the hotel marries luxury, modern touches and authentic period furniture. If you’re going to go all out, then go for the new and exclusive Presidential Suite Sant […]

Awesome Afternoon Teas

Experience The Golden Age of Steam with this Incredible Afternoon Tea

The golden age of steam travel, from Roberta waving her scarlet pants in Railway Children to everyone lining up to stab Ratchett in Murder On The Orient Express, it’s imprinted of our collective national psyche. That and tea, a British obsession since, like, forever. So the savvy people over at luxury train company Belmond British Pullman have only gone and put together a luxury afternoon tea. The tea, to celebrate August’s Afternoon Tea Week, will involve a round-trip aboard the Belmond British Pullman as it chuffs its way through the British countryside for a three hour adventure that will see each couple dining at […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The TERRAZZA MARTINI We’re Excited About

MARTINI is bringing a certain ‘gioia di vivere’ not to Milan, but to London with its Terrazza in Covent Garden Piazza. The snug spot is ideal for a lazy catch up with friends or for a date-night drink, with cosy lounging areas and mood-setting festoon light. MARTINI will be available in its truck loads, with guests able to enjoy the latest serve of the tipple the Riserva and tonic. The aim? To bring you busy London bees a bit of respite before the 9am e-mail onslaught. To add to the super cool nature of this whole affair, guests can book a Vespa […]

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