Right now, if we could choose where we could be, the Zen Colour Therapy Relaxation Area sounds like our sort of happy place, but like with most things in life, we’ll have to wait to be there. It’s part of the extensive renovation taking place at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London which includes a new spa opening at the end of May. The next-generation Spa at Mandarin Oriental, London has been redesigned by Adam D. Tihany and he’s taken his inspiration from traditional Chinese fashion and symbolism, to create a contemporary space that reflects nature, precious metals and harmony found […]
Have you always fancied owning a bar? Maybe not standing in front of the optics, changing the barrel and totting up the books at the end of the week, but rather as a silent partner, nodding to acknowledge the bar staff while someone pours your ‘usual’? Well, now you could. And for less than you’re thinking. The investment opportunity before you: Redemption Bar, the world’s healthiest bar restaurant serving vegan, sugar free and wheat free food with an alcohol-free bar. Yes, we know that an alcohol-free bar does sound somewhat miserable, but that’s because you’ve not been to Redemption; its […]
If you thought that Nandos was cheeky, that’s nothing, if you believed that KFC stood for anything other than Korean Fried Chicken then think again. Welcome to Wing Wing, the company giving away free chicken wings on the proviso that you unfriend Nandos and KFC on your social media. The Korean ‘Chimaek’ Korean Fried Chicken specialist has launched a campaign for today only to celebrate the launch of their Hammersmith restaurant and are offering to give half a dozen krispy Korean double fried wings when customers hold out their phones and unfollow KFC and Nandos on social media. Chimaek, a […]
Omar’s Place: where is it? What is it? Why are we talking about it? The very name makes us think we already know and love it. It sounds like a familiar establishment that we frequent only too often. Or at least it will be. Omar’s Place is bringing a slice of the Mediterranean spice to Pimlico. Unsurprisingly it is the creation of the restaurateur Omar Shabaan. Though he was born in Egypt and into a family that runs a very well-established Andrea Mariouteya hospitality group, London has always been Omar’s city of choice, and now his dreams are about to […]
Battersea Power Station is rapidly transforming; not only into an iconic development of one of the capital’s best-loved buildings, but also into a foodie destination. With Battersea Power Station already proving a draw for locals, the calibre of eateries in the area is likely to be high, so here’s a quick glance at what’s already opened in this former wasteland between Vauxhall and Battersea.
Life in London is never dull: it’s fun, fast-paced and full of distractions. But it can also be chaotic, wearing and challenging, and it takes more than a yoga class on the Northcote Road to find your inner peace. If you need to hit the reset button hard, a retreat abroad beckons, and whether you’re into strict fitness programmes or your wellness derives from sunshine and spa treatments, we have a guide to some of the best around the world.
In the UK we might have HS2, mini-roundabouts and Piers Morgan, but in Japan they have have an elegant word for these: chindogu. Chindogu, the art of useless inventions, is highly revered in the Land of the Rising Sun, with famous examples including the babygrow that’s also a mop, the hat-mounted loo-roll dispenser for hay-fever sufferers and the tie that’s also an umbrella. Some chindogu have even become household items, the selfie stick, for example, may have been developed as chindogu in 1995, but twenty years later it has became the ubiquitous weapon of choice for swarms of Trafalgar Square […]
What: Arthur Hooper’s is a European restaurant in London Bridge that takes the hustle and bustle and history of Borough Market and brings it cleanly into the 21st century. No wandering through the stalls and queuing in the cold, Arthur Hooper’s will have you seated in comfortable black leather seats and feasting on deliciously put together dishes. New? While Arthur Hooper’s opened in May last year, its namesake, fruit salesman Arthur Hooper, has a slightly richer history as he occupied 8 Stoney Street back in the days when Queen Victoria ruled. Where? 8 Stoney Street, London Bridge, SE1 9AA www.arthurhoopers.co.uk […]
They may have missed out on affordable house prices, free education, gold-plated pension pots and names like Alan, Barbara and Nigel, but the millennials do have one thing: avocados. And now Virgin Trains has made sure that these app-downloading, pre-30-year-old hipsters can have another thing; cheap travel, as long as they bring their weird green, scoopy fruit with them. If you’d been in The Handbook office yesterday morning you’d have probably wondered why everyone under the age of 30 was furiously refreshing their browsers and thumbing their phones and tablets. Not Glastonbury tickets or a new super-hip clothing line being released, […]
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