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Escape The Cold At These 24 Snug Places

Brrrrrrrr, right? Our ancestors were out battling wooly mammoths in worse conditions than this, and yet here we are, cowering under a duvet and clutching a hot water bottle. But taking a leaf out of our caveman predecessors’ book (or thumb painting or whatever the correct analogy would be), what we really crave right now is a place to cosy up and escape this unfair weather and  a huge fireplace wouldn’t go amiss either. All we can say is we’re never complaining again when Britain receives a well deserved heatwave! So unleash your inner neanderthal and head to one of these […]

Annabel and Emily Lui prove to be the ultimate sister dream team as they prepare for the opening of their second dreamy bakery, Cutter & Squidge, at The Royal Exchange. The pair joined forces and succeeded in carrying out their true childhood passion of owning a bakery together.
Openings & Launches

Pretty Sweet! A New Peggy Porschen And Cutter & Squidge To Open

Baked cakes and biskies and brownies oh my! With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, you are going to want to check out the newest sweet treats in town. Whether you are surprising your significant other with a fondue kit for two or splurging on an array of cupcakes to eat at home with the girls, Cutter & Squidge and Peggy Porschen’s little sister venue are two hot spots that are opening just in time for the season of love. Annabel and Emily Lui prove to be the ultimate sister dream team as they prepare for the opening of their […]

Travel

10 Reasons Why It’s All About Barbados This Winter

Every job has its drawbacks, I once worked on a garlic farm and wafted a 20 yard garlicky exclusion-zone everywhere I went, putting off girls and vampires in equal measure. Another student job saw me hand-wrapping chocolates for an upmarket chocolatier, a role that saw me outgrow every pair of trousers I owned and very nearly gave me diabetes. As Travel Editor at The Handbook I now find myself lumped with the unenviable task of having to jump on a plane to the Caribbean island of Barbados to review 5 star hotels and some of the most luxurious restaurants on […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Wok Could Be Better Than Chinese New Year In London?

Oink Oink! It’s the year of the pig! Chinese New Year is almost upon us, starting on 5th February, and of course all our favourite Chinese restaurants are gearing up. So here are the best places to stuff your snout this Chinese New Year.

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

The Secret Game Of Thrones Event You Need To Know About

Winter isn’t coming. Why? Because judging by the baltic climates, sea of red cheeks and promises of (Jon) snow, it’s already darn well here. What is coming however is dinner, and a very special one at that as The Vaults play host to a Game of Thrones parody dinner. So, if you’re sitting comfortably then I shall Brienne… It’s dinner time at the marriage of Jaffery Bearathon and Margarine (the daughter of the noble Trywell family) and you lucky lads and lasses are invited along to delve into a feast that, we hope, won’t be a recreation of the Red […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

The Gingerline’s Back!

Gingerline is back with a bang, a whizz and a choo-choo! The dining trailblazers, known for immersive events such as Juniper Manor and The Faculty of Eatucation, are giving us the gift of The Great Expedition, a rather mysterious sounding adventure which – in true immersive experience fashion – will be taking place in a top, TOP, secret location on the Victoria line. Not ones to do things in half measures, Gingerline has jumped aboard the technology bandwagon and will send texts to revellers with directions to the address on the day of the adventure. So, if you hate spontaneity than maybe […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

10 Of The Best BYOB Restaurants In Town

BYOB: the first rule of barbecues and dinner parties, but a restaurant no-no. Most respectable establishments will slap a whopping corkage fee at the very sniff of a smuggled Jacob’s Creek. And for good reason, restaurants benefit from a pretty sizeable mark-up from their wine lists and, they’d add, you also benefit from the experience of a sommelier and the wine list they’ve carefully assembled without the contamination of  Jacob, or his creek… But once in a while restaurants come along that let you B your own B and suddenly you’ve the chance to either bring along something truly special […]

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Awesome Afternoon Teas

New Year, New Tea: China Tang Launches Its 1st Afternoon Tea

As the new year gets underway it brings with it resolutions, diets (started and given up on) and the whole ‘new year, new me’ optimism. We, however, prefer the line ‘new year, new tea’. One, because it is one of our favourite things and two, the first new afternoon tea of the year has arrived and this time it’s The Dorchester first off the mark with the rolling pin. Yes, Mayfair stalwart, The Dorchester, is launching another afternoon tea to run alongside its tea at The Promenade, except this time they are paying homage to the later owner Sir David […]

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Openings & Launches

86 Of The Best New Restaurants

As Virgina Woolf once rightly said: “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well,” something we here at The Handbook can totally vouch for! And if you are a Handbooker then you’ll know that we love nothing more than food, glorious food. Which is why, each month, we dig deep to bring you a listical of all the brand spanking new openings across the capital. And, as the year comes to a close, it’s time to cast our minds back to all of the locations that have totally wow-ed us, and will continue to […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Cheese Terrace That Comes With A Private Fondue Waiter

If you’re as fond-ue of cheese as we are then this will be a brie-lliant chance to gorge-onzola yourself. In other words, you gouda check it out… Le Pont de la Tour, the French Thames-side restaurant by Tower Bridge (clue’s in le nom), have launched a new cheese room and it comes with its own private fondue waiter. The intimate dining experience takes place throughout January in one of their posh sheds overlooking the Thames and the hut comes with the ultimate fondue feast. Take up to three friends and enjoy a three course menu with Champagne. The menu, starting […]

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