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7 Of The Best Ski Festivals To Get Piste At

Let’s face it, most of us go skiing for the après-ski… don’t shake your head, you’re just in denial! So, how about heading out on the piste for something far, far superior? Something which, in fact, will make après seem boring! Ski festivals are the answer; music-laden luxuries that will have you on a slippery slope to ski-hols debauchery. Not only that, they’ve got banging line-ups and if you don’t like the act, you can throw snowballs – so everyone’s a winner?! Luckily, you’re not treading on thin ice when it comes to festival options, and we’ve rounded up some of the […]

Culture

The Woman Changing The Face Of The London Art Scene

Tina Ziegler is the director of the Moniker Art Fair, the genre-defining London art fair

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Best Spots For Coffee And Cake

Not much beats a hot cup of Joe and a slice o’sugar on a rainy day… Thankfully, London’s coffee scene is packed full of artisanal roasters and beans from afar that’ll kick you into next week, plus couple it with moreish, melt-in-the-mouth cake and you’re onto a real...

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The Gherkin Proves It Still Has A Whole Load Of Sex Appeal…

If panoramic views are your bag, then enter The Gherkin. A force to be reckoned with, London’s very own Empire State building and the subject of much debate – does it really look like a gherkin, or is it more of a rocket, cucumber or perhaps phallic-like… anyway, whatever your interpretation, The Gherkin is a sexy, stalwart London pin-up girl and visiting it is always a restaurant bucketlister. Journey up the iconic landmark to floor 39 and you’ll at once become enveloped in city skyline, stars and the blinks and flashes of lights near and afar. The Searcys restaurant itself, […]

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Culture

9 Feminist Films That Have Defined 2019

It's without a doubt that 2019 has been the year for putting women at cinematic centre stage. And so it should be. Against the #MeToo backdrop of fourth wave feminism, it is glorious (and essential) to see so many kickass female thespians rising up the ranks. Hurrah!

News

London’s Most Enchanted Woodland Returns

The nights are drawing in, soon we’ll be leaving the office in the dark, but rather than head straight for our duvets or the pub, we’re going to be making the most of these dark nights and heading to Syon Park, as their magical enchanted woodland returns. Those making the most of cuffing season, listen up, this is going to be one of your go to date places. Starting on Friday 15th November and running for three weeks, the 600 year old gardens will be illuminated by a spectacular light show leading you on a trail that takes you around […]

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London’s Raunchiest Immersive Show Has Arrived

Meow! Theatre company, House of Kittens, has returned with a whole host of raunchiness and erotic storytelling with new venture Amatory Asylum. Intrigued? Well, let Dr Lili La Fleur, head of the Asylum and presiding physician of sexual psychological studies, stir you in the right direction… The theatre company seeks to dazzle with its exploration of performance art, with shows designed to examine and interpret the endless expression of pleasure. As The Telegraph so knowingly puts it: “The time could well be ripe for sexing up British theatre.And for those who are curious, a whole menagerie awaits.” If you’re still […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

The UK’s First Vegan Butcher Has Arrived And It’s Clucking Crazy

People say you should be worried about aliens taking over the world but you know the real risk to the planet? Vegans. Okay, okay, I’m just kidding. After all, I am the resident vegan at The Handbook so I can joke about these things. Seriously though, I never thought I’d see one of the city’s best-known butcher is becoming the UK’s first vegan butchers, and yet here we are! Even if it’s just for one day… Yup, you read it right. The UK’s first vegan butchers is landing and it’s heading for East London. Today, butcher-cum-restaurant Hill & Szrok will be […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Unleash Your Inner Hellboy This Halloween At Kraken’s New Immersive Experience

With a month still to go until Halloween, it comes as no surprise that ghouls, monsters and spook shows are already filling the city. And, here adding another blood-drenched, spine-chilling layer to the city is the eeriest booze of all, Kraken, back with another creepy Halloween experience… And the best (or worse) part? The monster behind it all is the legendary horror directer, Neil Marshall, known for directing pivotal Game of Thrones episodes, the gruesome Hellboy movie and the thrilling Doomsday… Details, as of yet, are slim and far between but we’ve managed to rummage up a few of the finer […]

Openings & Launches

There’s A New Café And Salon Flor-al Your Wellness Needs

You’ve probably noticed by now but the city has gone brunch bloomin’ bananas, and quite frankly, we’re all for it! But finding one that doesn’t let you fall off the health bandwagon is excruciatingly hard, seriously how am I meant to resist waffles trickling with syrup if they’re staring me right in the face… But, lucky for us, there’s a new healthy brunch spot arriving in Embassy Gardens and it’s serving up all the Insta feels… After just one glance at their Insta-worthy interiors, we’ve gone into a floral frenzy, already Ubering our way over to Embassy Gardens right now because London’s hip […]

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Features

Things To Do In London When It Rains

Rain, rain, go away, come again another day (or never, we’d much rather sun). Thinking of checking out Hyde Park? Don’t bother, it’s raining. Wandering down St James’s hand-in-hand with a loved one? Won’t work, you’ll both be clutching brollies. As much as we...

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

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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