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The Boutique Hotel Inspired by Gin

Love gin? Love gin so much you want to dream in gin? The Princess Victoria one of the earliest and notable gin palaces dating back to 1829 opened five luxury boutique bedrooms Back in the 19th century, too much gin and you’d be crawling out to some questionable lodging house. Too much gin in the 21st century and you can head upstairs to one of the bespoke bedrooms, each named after a famous gin cocktail: the Negroni, Bramble, Vesper, Gibson and Bronx. Inspired by gin botanicals and the beauty of the original 1820s gin palaces, each rom will feature artwork […]

Travel

Forget Love Island, Here’s Where To Stay In Majorca

The more academically minded among our readers will no doubt be aware that we’re on the edge of an important cultural moment, just as 1565 is noted as the year Shakespeare was born and 1802 the spring that Wordsworth admired his daffodils, 2018 is the year of Love Island Season 4. Say what you like about who mugged off who and who was pied by who, we’d all fancy a few weeks off, lying back on a Majorcan sun lounger give or take the TOWIE wannabes strutting their stuff around you. Well, maybe you can? Majorca is one of the […]

Hotels

Sweet suites: the best hotel suites in London

I’m going to let you into a secret… there’s a clandestine world beyond the revolving doors of London’s grandest hotels. A universe inhabited by sheiks and tech billionaires, where money is no object and even the smartest hotels hold something back for the big rollers. You think that junior suite you scrimped and saved to afford for your anniversary was special? Unless you were dropping £25k a night, you ain’t seen nothing. Step aside and feast your senses on London’s sweetest suites.   Hotel Cafe Royal What: The Dome Penthouse Suite, Hotel Café Royal Why: Literally overlooking Piccadilly Circus and […]

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London’s Natural History Museum Ice Rink will return for the 2019 festive season and to celebrate The Handbook will be offering one lucky family of 4 an overnight stay in one family room at Radisson Blu Edwardian, Vanderbilt with breakfast plus an extended skate session at National History Museum which includes a 30 minute exclusive skate followed by a 50 minute public skate session thereafter.

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Reviews

A Tea Without Any Gimmicks: Corinthia’s New Afternoon Tea

What: Thinking of a theme? Chances are there is a tea for that. London’s restaurants have taken afternoon tea and have been running with it for years. ‘It’s summer? We’ll make a summer tea’; ‘Guy Fawkes night? Stick a firework in a scone’; ‘Let’s add in alcohol, let’s serve it at midnight, let’s make it historical, let’s make it breakfast themed.’ Yep you’ve got to hand it to them, they’re taking the idea and running with it. Anyway, Corinthia’s new afternoon tea is stripping it all back to offer a traditional afternoon tea with no gimmicks. New? Relatively it only […]

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Health & Wellness

The Spa Day That’s Strictly For Men

This one is for all the men out there. Ever noticed that spa days are, well, a little bit girly? Fluffy packages aimed at girls who’ve just broken up with their boyfriends or girls celebrating a birthday, or girls celebrating an anniversary or girls being treated by their new boyfriend. What us men need is girthy, not girly. Which is where Four Seasons Trinity Square come in. The city-based hotel has just launched a their Men’s Urban Retreat package aimed at ‘men on the go’ and it looks like the days of gossiping to therapists about divorce proceedings are over. […]

Reviews

We Review: The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square

What? Formerly The Roxburghe Hotel, The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square overlooks one of the prettiest private gardens in the city and is in the ideal location for exploring the city being just a few minutes’ walk from Edinburgh Castle. New? Yes and no. The building has been a hotel since 1881  but it only opened as a Principal hotel in September of 2017, it was the newest in the Principal hotel collection until the Principal in London came along, which is currently still in its soft launch. Where? As the name suggests you’ll find The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square at: […]

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Travel

We Review: Iberostar Sábila, Tenerife

Charlotte checks out the hotel dedicated to aloe vera on the beautiful island of Tenerife

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Travel

Where To Stay In… The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds stretches over 800 square miles and runs through five counties: Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire. It’s also arguably one of the prettiest parts of the country, with rolling hills and that golden stone that gives itself to picture postcard villages. It’s home to the Cotswold Way, cheese rolling, Badminton Horse Trials, Prince Charles, woolsack racing and Handbook Editor, Emily (not that she is in anyway bias…)  and is a favourite amongst celebrities. Easy to get to from London, it makes for the ideal weekend getaway. If you’re planning a visit and are after a little luxury then […]

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Reviews

We Review: Flemings Mayfair

What? One of the last remaining privately owned hotels in London and the hotel thought to be the inspiration for Agatha Christie’s novel At Betram’s Hotel, Flemings Mayfair is also home to restaurant, Ormer Mayfair by Shaun Rankin and the Manetta’s bar. New? Nope, Flemings is actually one of London’s oldest established hotels having opened in 1851 with parts of the building (it’s made up of thirteen Georgian townhouses) dating back to 1731, so no, it isn’t new. That said it has had a recent multi-million-pound refurbishment, which not only gave the hotel a new lease of life, but also […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

Catch This Three Michelin Star Chef As He Visits London

It’s not often that you get to taste the creations of a three Michelin star chef, and even if you’re lucky enough to be a regular in the three London restaurants to have achieved this accolade then surely the chance to sup at the table of Thomas Bühner from Germany’s ‘La Vie’ is a chance to jump at? Thankfully you won’t have to traipse to Osnabrück, but just to Greenwich and the InterContinental London – The O2 where he has teamed up with the very talented Tomas Lidakevicius, Head Chef at Peninsula Restaurant for a collaboration spanning three days only. The menu sounds suitably incredible, […]

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Tooting, The ‘World’s Coolest Neighbourhood’, Gets A Hotel

Tooting has a problem. As anyone who lives there will tell you, ad nauseum, the South London hangout was voted Lonely Planet’s ‘coolest place to live’ (yep, for real), while the foodie scene in the area has exploded, filling two undercover markets and with countless openings throughout the area. But despite all this attention and a slew of new visitors Tooting doesn’t have a hotel. Well, there’s a plan afoot to change all that with a new £40m complex opening in 2020. Set over 40,000 square feet this is no b&b, the plans reveal a huge 221 room hotel on […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Taste A Cocktail Inspired By David Bowie

There are few places that positively ooze class (and the phrase ‘ooze class’ certainly doesn’t), but The American Bar at The Savoy is one of them. This art deco masterpiece of a bar is matryoshka dolled inside an even greater art deco masterpiece, The Savoy Hotel, itself one of London’s grandest hotels and history is in the hotel’s very DNA. So when we hear they’re launching a new cocktail menu we take notice.  Even more importantly, it’s Head Bartender Erik Lorincz’s final menu at the American Bar as he’ll be leaving next month; all of which points to this being something very […]

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