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In a world where we’ve gone from plugging ethernet cables into modems to fire up computers the size of rooms, to the news that the iPhone XR is now ready to pre-order, it’s often difficult to remain on top of this ever-spinning world. What’s more, we love to offload all of the foodie news we can find onto you, our fond following of Handbookers, so we’re not surprised if the news we share ends up at the bottom of a very large restaurant-related pile. So here are some of the things you might’ve missed along the way, from halloumi brunching to […]


The World’s Most Extreme Hotels

I recently stayed in a hotel with shared bathrooms down the hall and I thought that was an extreme hotel. Turns out I haven’t seen anything. Here are a selection of genuinely extreme hotels for your thrills and enjoyment.   Skylodge Adventure Suites, Peru What: Don’t Look Down Why: Precariously balancing on the edge of a cliff all night may be the stuff of nightmares, but at Skylodge Adventure Suites it’s more like sweet dreams. After a 1,200 ft climb the pods, which are made of aerospace grade aluminium and weather resistant polycarbonate, provide an evening’s luxury before you figure […]


Shop Like A Proper Vegan This Veganuary At These London Stores

So you’re doing Veganuary. You’ve been to a bunch of nice restaurants and guzzled more cauliflower steaks than you can shake a turnip at, but the food you’re eating at home? It’s basically leaves and daal. Before your bowels turn on you, you’d better get shopping in...

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Openings & Launches

The Café That’s About To Break Your Insta Feed

Élan: it means style, flair and exuberance. It also means smashing it on your socials, because Élan Café (confusingly rebranded as EL&N last week) is arguably the most Instagrammable place in town. Remember the loos at Sketch? Course not! These guys are the only kids in town right now. And that looks unlikely to stop, because they’re opening yet another branch next month. View this post on Instagram Christmas Eve Eve vibes with @ellenextdoor 💖 A post shared by EL&N London (@elan_cafe) on Dec 23, 2018 at 3:15am PST Élan started out on Park Lane and quickly became the influencers’ […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Michelin Stars Of Veganuary

If the thought of a diet of rabbit food and vegetables makes you feel that Veganuary is insurmountable, then think again. Here’s a selection of restaurants where you can expect only the best vegan food, guaranteed to be tasty and certified by the people over at French tyre manufacturer...

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Going Cold Turkey After Christmas? These Places Will Make Dry January Bearable

If Christmas is ‘the most wonderful time of the year’, then Dry January must be the least. There’s nothing in the diary to look forward to (unless you count Valentine’s Day, which I don’t), the weather’s dreadful, everyone’s in a foul mood and the last...

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Zela: The Celebrity Owned Restaurant On Our A-List

Off the back of Usain Bolt-ing to open up a restaurant, David Beckham and Guy Ritchie buying a pub and Idris Elba squashing 007 rumours by instead opening a bar, it’s safe to say it has been quite the celebs-turn-hospitality led few months. So, why not throw Enrique Iglesias, Cristiano Ronaldo and Rafael Nadal into the mix, eh?! Yes, we scoffed at the random prospect but the news is true. The threesome, whose looks don’t stray far from triplet-dom, have financially backed Zela, a restaurant residing in the ground floor of the ME hotel in Aldywch, London. It’s a destination which, I’m sure, people are going to flock to for more than […]

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Doing It For The Gram: The 21 Best London Accounts To Follow

London is a huge place, but with this overwhelming size comes an abundance of areas to tick off the visit list. So, if you’ve been left feeling a little perplexed by where to head, what to do and, perhaps most importantly, where to eat, then fire up your Instagram app (if it isn’t fired up already that is), and follow everyone on the listicle below. From London’s own spider woman who spends her time hanging off nail-bitingly tall buildings, to food accounts that’ll have you unembarrassed to stuff your face. There’s a heap going on, so witness it in all […]

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Openings & Launches

Could This Be The Most Instagrammable Opening Of The Year?

Tonight Josephine, we’re going to be wow-ed by how insatiably Instagrammable this pretty in pink venue is. Phwoar! Tonight Josephine, snug in Waterloo, is already well known on the gram as being one of the most Instagrammed venues in the UK, emanating serious mum from Mean Girls and Legally Blonde vibes. And next week, venue number two sashays into our city as the second site opens in Hoxton Square, Shoreditch. We’re imagining queues of Instagrammers squabbling and falling over each in frenzy, Black Friday like, to grab the first snap of the neon paradise. The basement venue would perhaps receive […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Veganuary’s BACK! Check Out These Restaurants Going Vegan

Everyone’s least favourite portmanteau after Brexit is back again! The word may grate like fingernails on a blackboard, but otherwise there’s not much to dislike about Veganuary. Whether you’ve dedicated your January to telling people that you’ve ‘gone vegan’ or...

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