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Get Summer Ready With the Wellness Experts

Back in deepest, darkest January, Sanderson worked with nutritionist Karen Cummings-Parker for the second year to create a menu to nourish our vitamin D-deprived bodies and, as they run their Wellbeing Package, this time around it’s all about getting ourselves ready for summer. The full package includes a treatment in the spa, an expert health consultation, healthy breakfast and, of course, a hotel stay to ensure you leave a new person – no dull, city skin or stressed frame of mind. Nutritionally turbo-charged foods on the Wellbeing menu include a frothy matcha green tea to boost metabolism, seaweed ‘super salad’ […]

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Royal-Tea at InterContinental Park Lane

The other day we asked people to say the first thing that came into their head when we said ‘quintessentially British’. Answers include rain, fish and chips, festivals, Shakespeare and cricket, but the two answers that people said the most were afternoon tea and the Queen. And since everyone needs cake on their birthday, The InterContinental Park Lane have created a special afternoon to mark The Queen’s 90th birthday. They also happen to be the official Hotel of The Patron’s Lunch which is taking place this Sunday. So they’ve teamed up with fellow event partner and also iconic British brand […]

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Journey Through British Summertime Afternoon Tea

The British summer social calendar is pretty impressive; it’s a season of sport, art, culture, picnics and Champagne – we would add sun but you never can be quite sure. From polo and rowing to opera and racing, the British summer is certainly a busy one and whilst we try to get to many as we can, we’re quite happy with an edible journey. Recently launched, The Four Seasons new afternoon tea is just that: a journey through British summertime. Created by Executive Chef Romuald Feger and Executive Pastry Chef Loic Carbonnet, the tea begins with summer sandwiches made from […]

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8 of Britain’s Best Boutique Hotels

If you have a case of the Bank Holiday Blues then there is only one thing for it – plan you next mini break, your next long weekend and your next escape from the routine of everyday. Which is why we’re bringing you this guide. Boutique hotels are basically the most homely yet luxurious hotels you can imagine – we’re talking impeccable design, roll top baths in the bedrooms and of course Egyptian cotton bedsheets. For the purposes of this guide we are also referring to ’boutique’ as fewer than 30 bedrooms, each individually designed with personal touches throughout the […]

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The Savoy Launches Spring Afternoon Tea

Being young is overrated these days, it’s all about longevity: we have the Queen turning 90, a celebration of 400 years of Shakespeare and The Savoy serving afternoon teas for over 125 years. Their latest tea is their new offering for spring which sees two iconic British greats come together to reflect the ever-so-slightly warmer months. The sandwiches for the new afternoon tea will include options like coronation chicken on olive bread and Scottish smoked salmon with lemon infused crème fresh on malted bread plus of course, scones with jam and clotted cream, because what’s a tea without scones? The Savoy’s […]

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The Best of British: This Week’s Patriotic Celebrations

As you’re well aware by now, this year marks Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday – a seriously impressive milestone even before you consider her action-packed schedule. With St George’s Day on Saturday 23rd April and Queen Elizabeth’s birthday 2 days before (the 21st) we have rounded up the most patriotic offerings in London so you can eat, drink and sleep like royalty.

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Winemaker Dinners at The Covent Garden Hotel

Habitually bluffing your way through restaurant wine menus? That’s OK, most people just make it up as they go along, but here is your chance to get to know your wines; the different grapes, varietals and vintages. Here’s a question for you: What is the difference between a sweet and fruity wine? If you have just answered ‘there is no difference’ (as most people do), then sorry to say it but you’re wrong. We’ll throw you a bone: Dry wine can taste sweet, but it’s not; that’s what winemakers called fruity. Get it? If not, here is the event for […]

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Rockstar Treatment at Jumeirah Carlton Tower

Chances are, if you’re in London you’re after a culture fix. Unless of course you call London home in which case culture is probably just part of your weekly routine – a gig here, exhibition there, you get the idea. Whilst we at The Handbook whole heartedly believe that dining out counts as a form of culture, be it a must-try restaurant or cult street food truck, it fills your cultural appetite as well as the physical, leaving you with something to talk about, share with your friends and post on social media, in much the same way as a […]

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6 of the Best Boutique Hotels

The Handbook loves Europe. A cheeky weekend to Amsterdam, a foodie overnight to Rome, a shopping spree in Paris… But our own capital offers so much in itself that sometimes you have to treat yourself to an overnight in one of the beautiful boutique hotels that London has to offer. By boutique, we mean somewhere with under 100 rooms; somewhere with character, charm and individual style. And there are quite a few scattered between east and west, north and south – here’s a round up of our favourites:

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9 of the Most Stylish Hotels

It’s rare you stay in a hotel and don’t want to steal the perfectly plump pillows, Egyptian cotton bedsheets and designer toiletries (OK maybe we’re guilty of the last one) but with no expense spared access to the best interior designers in town they generally succeed in making hotels places we never want to leave. You are spending hundreds of pounds a night so you would hope it’s the comfiest, most luxurious night’s sleep you’ve ever had – and more than just a one-size-fits-all approach to furnishing. Here is our pick of the most stylishly designed hotels in town. Suite dreams indeed.

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London’s Most Fashionable Hotel Stay

Queen Elizabeth this year will celebrate her 90th birthday, a remarkable feat that will unite the nation with bunting and copious amounts of Coronation chicken. Her Majesty isn’t the only British icon celebrating a grand milestone in 2016; British Vogue is celebrating 100 years since September 15th 1916, when the first issue was published. In honour of this, a major exhibition, Vogue 100: A Century of Style, will run at the National Portrait Gallery from 11th February until 22nd May showcasing over 280 fashion and beauty portraits from Vogue-approved photographers including Cecil Beaton, Nick Knight, Irving Penn and Mario Testino. […]

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Silver Screen Afternoon Tea

Awards season is upon us and whilst we can’t tell you who might win, (although we are all hoping it’s Leo), what we can tell you is that there is a new afternoon tea to celebrate and, well, if you’re going to celebrate or commiserate you might as well do it with some cake. In honour of it becoming the Official Hotel Partner for the BAFTAs, the Savoy is launching the Silver Screen Afternoon Tea. Having seen a fair few stars grace its doors: Katharine Hepburn, Charlie Chaplin and Marilyn Monroe to name but a few, the Savoy will be […]

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