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15 Of The Best November Pop-Ups

As soon as the 1st of November hit, we knew we were on the countdown to Christmas! So here's to a month of festive wreath making, Christmassy cocktails, sensational wine dinners and a sprinkling of pop-up Champagne bars. 

Seasonal & Celebrations

All The Best Christmas Markets In London (Oh, And Winter Wonderland)

Nothing's quite so Christmassy as browsing baubles in a Christmas market. Which is handy, because here's a selection of the very best London Christmas markets...

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We Try Out London’s First Houseplant Hotel

First came a hotel for houseplants and now, in a bid to out-hipster the most hipster of hotels, East London has opened the first houseplant hotel for humans. Confused? Bear with us… Aldgate’s Leman Locke hotel and apartments have teamed up with the experts in all things botany, Thejoyofplants.co.uk, to give guests the chance to sleep amongst a bounty of plants. Open to the public until 10th November, three of the hotel’s suites have been transformed into lush, indoor living jungles. From the walls to the coffee table, the headboard to the bathroom and even the windows, every inch of […]

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Culture

See St Paul’s In A Whole New Light

This weekend make sure you catch the moving light display projected onto St Pauls telling the story of the cathedral's survival during the Blitz...

Experiences & Pop-Ups

Your Last Chance To Board The Gingerline

The London dining experience that’s harder to get tickets for than a Brexit deal has been running full pelt since July and readers of the Handbook are in for a treat. We’ve got our hands on last minute tickets for Gingerline’s Chambers – if you’ve not heard about it a. where have you been for the past few years? And b. more on that later. And, to celebrate, Gingerline are giving The Handbook readers an extra drink on them when you book your last minute place for the experience on 1st November, simply enter promo code GLHANDBOOK when promoted on […]

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Crumbs! The Gingerbread City Is Returning To London

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 Somerset House. Because there’s an entire city made of actual food, gingerbread to be precise. If you’ve ever spent 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 Museum of Architecture’s Gingerbread City. The annual exhibition brings together architects, designers […]

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Fashion & Beauty

Nailed It: London’s Coolest Nail Bars

Getting your nails done is one of life’s little luxuries, so we’ve rounded London’s top nail bars that offer impeccable service and interiors that look like a masterclass in Pinterest pinning. Whether you’re after a quick-fix on your lunch break, glam gels or a grown-up...

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Going Undercover: The Food Markets You Can Enjoy All Year Round

From eating lobster on the side of the road to bao buns on the street, London’s street food scene has never been so good. If you thought it was just a summer trend, think again. Us Londoners go mad for a dish served on a paper plate and thankfully there’s now a whole new breed of indoor...

Things to do Outdoors

Get Your Skates On: London’s Best Ice Rinks

Can there be any more quintessential winter activity than skating in the open air? Yes, probably, you could go reindeer sledding in Lapland for instance, but otherwise there really isn’t any more quintessential winter activity than skating in the open air. Which is great because we have the perfect selection of open air rinks for you.   Natural History Museum The Natural History Museum is the natural place to start any guide to London’s outdoor skating rinks. Whizz round and round under the gaze of this, one of London’s most majestic buildings, and afterwards grab a warming drink at the Café […]

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You’d Be Bjarking Mad To Miss This Immersive Björk Experience

Something very Artificial Intelligence has arrived and it’s got all sorts of Black Mirror meets the year 3000 written all over it. Intrigued? Listen up! Basically, Björk has updated her 2015 release ‘Vulnicura‘ with an immersive Virtual Reality element, courtesy of OTHERWORLD, and it looks pretty epic. If you’re one for an immersive experience like being strapped into a jet plane with ten minutes to solve a puzzle, or riding the Murder Express whilst obtaining clues to a fatality in a very the Colonel in the library kinda way, then this is definitely your bag. The otherworldly experience is available […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Behind Bars: There’s A New Prison Cell In The City And It’s Bringing Cocktails

When you think of heading out for a cheeky cocktail, your first thought isn’t usually being thrown into a prison cell with a bunch of strangers (unless the night suddenly takes a turn for the worse). And yet, there’s an immersive cocktail experience hitting the city championing just that… Well, it is London after all, so what do we really expect? That’s right, the famous prison-themed immersive cocktail experience Alcotraz is plummeting into the heart of Covent Garden for a three month pop-up next week, and it’s playing homage to everyone’s favourite cult TV shows like Orange is the New […]

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