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Fashion & Beauty

The Coveted Comfort Swap Shop In Partnership With ELLE And Cosmopolitan

Does your wardrobe look like a bomb went off in a bring-and-buy sale? Is your bedroom reminiscent of a changing room floor? If finding an outfit to wear on a night out involves sifting through five-year-old denims and Halloween costumes from circa 2005, then there’s a solution made specially for you. ELLE and Cosmopolitan are urging you to ditch your the clutter and the never-worn-it-never-wills, and replace them with something new and unique – welcome to the Comfort Swap Shop! In partnership with The Prince’s Trust, the dreamy swap shop will take away the drama of stealing your flat-mate’s clothes and allow you to feast […]

Culture

Real Life Dating Events That You’d Actually Want To Go To

It’s another year, you’re still single, and you’re sick of dating apps. You’ve got this romantic idea where you’ll meet someone in real life, say at a bar, or by making prolonged eye contact with that attractive stranger on the same train you take to work. But you’ve had this hope for a while now and nothing is happening, and before you know it you’re re-downloading tinder and swiping through profiles like popcorn. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Dating events have come a long way since that one couple that are friends with your parents met at […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

Let The Good Times Roller Skate At This Time Travel Event

They see me rolling… Look, we know times can be tough when we have to wait a whole year until the ice rinks re-open and we can get our Torvil and Dean on. But, how about a roller disco alternative? Roller Nation has skated back into our lives at serious speed and we’re totally ready to break some Austin Powers inspired moves on the slippery surface. So if you’re interested then whack on your leg warmers, grab a neon headband and the hand of your lover and let’s skate! The 80s-inspired fun is popping up in Tottenham, having previously existed […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Under The Sea With Chelsea In Bloom

If you’ve been reading The Handbook over the last few weeks, you’ll know how floral mad we’ve gone – from floral rooftops to wisteria hysteria, we’ve covered it all. We aren’t the only ones who have gone mad over this floral frenzy either, it’s splattered left, right and centre across social media, especially on the ‘gram. And trust us, from what we can see, it’s only just the beginning. Just look at Chelsea! It’s utterly submerged in outlandishly awesome floral displays that have people stopping to grab photos. Produced by Cadogan, in association with the Royal Horticultural Society, Chelsea in […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Annabel’s Raises The Roof

The ultimate pin up girl of a private members’ club, Annabel’s, has wowed many a star-studded being with its sensational elegance and vibrancy. For a certain strata, the £65m refurb at the hand of restaurateur Richard Caring and Martin Brudnizki Design Studio (The Ivy, Sexy Fish, 34 Mayfair) was hotly-anticpated, and rightly so. Exuding glamour across its many rooms including a powder room billed as the most beautiful in town, Annabel’s is the outrageously gorgeous spot frequented by all, from Mick Jagger to Madonna. A real eye-catcher and apt point of conversation as Chelsea Flower Show booms across London is the […]

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Rooftops and Terraces

The Tree-Mendous Jungle Terrace You Need To Visit

As sunnier climes creep up to finally drench London in a bit of well-deserved sunshine, we’re all hands on deck when it comes to the idea of a terrific terrace and a tantalising tipple. And, pandering to our post-work aperitif and glass-clinking dreams is the much-adored Dalloway Terrace; a venue that has really decided to play upon the theme of Leonard Woolf’s book, village in the jungle this summer. Offering up a ‘Jungle Lunch’ menu set amongst the flora and fauna of a re-imagined Sri Lanka, the terrace is steeped in gorgeous embellishments of giant banana leaves, tropical ferns and palm […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

There’s An Aperol Splash Pool Coming To London

Yes, the orange tinged rumours are indeed true. There’s an Aperol Lido coming to London in celebration of the punchy favourite, Aperol Spritz, reaching a whopping 100 years old. Despite “getting on a bit” the Aperol Spritz still tastes flipping good, but what’s even better is a whole lido of the stuff. Orange you glad you clicked on this article? For just eight days only, Londoners can quench their thirsts by splashing about in an Aperol pool. The orange-hued extravaganza arrives in Shoreditch in May for eight nights only – so think fast! The initiative comes as part of Aperol Spritz Big […]

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Culture

We’ve Found A Dating App With An Actual Waiting List… This Is Why

The Inner Circle is a dating app we covered a while ago and which received some ‘creative’ feedback, so we decided to give it a go and test it out for ourselves. The results? It actually sort of works! The Inner Circle is taking the opposite approach to regular dating apps and trying to get you off your phone as soon as possible by using IRL tips like hotspots and travel features, and hosting events that people actively recommended to us. It is just a solidly good app with fewer random people. The Inner Circle is taking advantage of a screening process that […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Surprise, Surprise! Kinder Just Launched An Ice Cream

Picture this: the sun has finally risen on a rain washed London and, as lunch break arrives, you muster up the courage to head to the freezer section at your local convenience store. Your taste buds are tantalised by the sound of ice-cream but it’s only 23 degrees outside which, as a Brit, seems sweltering hot. But you worry – what will your colleagues think of you eating a Calippo at the desk? Horrified at the prospect you turn away but as you do KINDER ice-cream catches your eye. KINDER? Surely not, you think, sure that the scorching heat has […]

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Culture

The Spellbinding Tea Shop And Museum All In One

There’s no doubt about it, a cup of tea really does make everything better. It sits on our work desks pushing us through e-mails, lands in the hands of strangers as we meet for the first time, perches on the lips of friends as we catch up, goes hand-in-hand with our morning cereal bowls and rests on our bed side table with a good book. If you think tea is simply tea-rrific then you may have caught wind of Mariage Frères’ opening; France’s oldest tea house and tea house, sitting snug inside a five-storey Georgian townhouse on King Street. The incredible spot brings tea savoir-faire […]

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