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Egg-Nog Yourself Out At 13 of London’s Best Winter Markets

It’s that time of year where we put on scarves and bobble hats and head to the nearest Christmas market to browse Christmassy trinkets, sip hot chocolate and down mulled wine (and pretty much anything with cinnamon in it). From Greenwich to Hyde Park, The Handbook has selected a smattering of the best London Christmas markets where you can get your jolly-on, and keep your eyes peeled for Saint Nick.   Christmas By the River What: Christmas Markets and Iconic Views Back for its fifth year, Christmas by the River will host stalls and workshops galore against a backdrop of […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

The World’s Greatest Snowman

Chew, chew! Did someone say all aboard the fun train? How about choo-chooing your way through a four-course meal by BBC MasterChef finalist Louisa Ellis? Yep, we thought that’d get you on the right tracks to reading more… By way of introduction, and for those who don’t know but totally should, Funicular are a collective of award-winning theatre professionals whose last show-stopping projects you may be familiar with. That’s right, Funicular saw attendees ready to board the elegant dining car on The Murdér Express as well as descending into the dangerous depths of the underworld with a sultry gatekeeper as they Journeyed To The […]

Culture

We’re Starry Eyed As Ellie Goulding Announces Huge Charity Gig

Ellie Goulding, we’re still falling for you; even more so after we received the news that she’s hosting a concert in aid of Streets of London, for a fifth year in a row! The line-up includes Dua Lipa and Bastille as just two of the noteworthy acts joining the antics. For those not so in-the-know, this is actually a gig that’s been kicking about for a while, the incentive being to raise money for Streets of London, which “funds specialist support for people who are homeless in London, and raises awareness about homelessness.” Burn, burn, burning up on the dance floor […]

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Hotels

Oompa Loompa! The Willy Wonka Themed Hotel

Oompsa-oompa, loopma! You may have clicked on the chocolate week article (our mistake), but now you’re in the right place! “Oompa Loompa doompadee doo, I’ve got another puzzle for you, Oompa Loompa doompadee-pon, if you are wise you’ll head to the Sanderson!”. Willy Wonka is issuing gold tickets this festive season, not for his chocolate factory but a side project he’s had on for a while in the form of The Sanderson’s Christmas theme. Welcome to a takeover that deserves to be as massive as Augustus Gloop, the bizarre, imaginative and downright crazy world of Willy Wonka. The Long Bar will be […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

There’s Nothing Grimm About The Ivy’s Gingerbread House

OK, The Ivy, we’ve got to give it to you…this is pretty darn sweet (like, literally)! The Chelsea Garden restaurant will transform into a  life-sized Hansel and Gretel-esque gingerbread house for the festive period. Can you eat it? Well yes actually! And whilst this could be deceived as a tad unhygienic, fear not; you won’t actually be taking bites into the walls of a resto next to other gingerbread fiends, but will instead have the opportunity to munch on edible sweet treats from the windows. Sure to be one for the gram, there will be rock candy, sweets and candy canes […]

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Mary’s Popping Into Harvey Nicks

Fizz Bang Poppins! If you’re any sort of Mary Poppins fan then, love or hate the idea, you’ll know there’s a new movie on the scene. The 2018 version featuring a star studded cast including Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer and Julie Walters along with Colin Firth and Meryl Streep (to name a few) will be flying onto our screens on the 21st of December. Excited? Well, close your mouths kids… one is not a codfish! Anyway, on to the important stuff! To celebrate, Harvey Nichols is doing what they do best and dazzling Knightsbridge shoppers with a […]

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The Immersive Pirate Experience That’ll Get You Peg-Legless

AHOY, me hearties. How about walking the boards of The Hidden Spirit; a pirate ship docking up in London to get you peg-legless with its treasure trove of tipples? This November, Jack Sparrow will be replaced with a new man of the seas – a Captain Jack Cassidy – who’ll bring a real pirate ship alongside St Mary Overie Dock for an immersive and theatrical cocktail experience. The ship is sailing in courtesy of Inventive Productions (the group behind Alcotraz and Moonshine Saloon) and will see guests taken on a mischievous journey through treasured-laden rooms, drinking cocktails along the way. […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Winterville Is Coming…

Regardless of whether you’ve been naughty or nice, Winterville is coming to town. Clapham Old Town. London’s relentless appetite for artisanal foodie pop-up street markets knows no bounds, which is why Clapham Common is about to get a makeover in the form of at least 25 traders, plus live music and general festivities, all behind a big metal barrier that’ll spoil your sunset Instas but presumably keeps the riff-raff out. As will the £2 entry fee (£5 on Friday and Saturday evenings but, Brucie Bonus, it’s free on Tuesdays – so that’s when I’ll be going then). And what’ll I […]

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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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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 […]

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