Experiences & Pop-Ups

The World’s Greatest Snowman

Chew, chew! Did someone say all aboard the fun train? How about choo-chooing your way through a four-course meal by BBC MasterChef finalist Louisa Ellis? Yep, we thought that’d get you on the right tracks to reading more… By way of introduction, and for those who don’t know but totally should, Funicular are a collective of award-winning theatre professionals whose last show-stopping projects you may be familiar with. That’s right, Funicular saw attendees ready to board the elegant dining car on The Murdér Express as well as descending into the dangerous depths of the underworld with a sultry gatekeeper as they Journeyed To The […]


10 Luxury Desert Island Escapes

Summer is on it's way and here are The Handbook's top 9 picks of the most unbelievable luxury island escapes to get you daydreaming this Spring.


Oompa Loompa! The Willy Wonka Themed Hotel

Oompsa-oompa, loopma! You may have clicked on the chocolate week article (our mistake), but now you’re in the right place! “Oompa Loompa doompadee doo, I’ve got another puzzle for you, Oompa Loompa doompadee-pon, if you are wise you’ll head to the Sanderson!”. Willy Wonka is issuing gold tickets this festive season, not for his chocolate factory but a side project he’s had on for a while in the form of The Sanderson’s Christmas theme. Welcome to a takeover that deserves to be as massive as Augustus Gloop, the bizarre, imaginative and downright crazy world of Willy Wonka. The Long Bar will be […]

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5 New Fitness Studios Worth Getting Sweaty Over

This might be the season for indulgence, but that doesn’t mean that we have to forget about the gym as tempting as it might be. As the nights draw in, the mornings get colder and we start breakfasting on mince pies, now is just the time we should be getting more exercise in to combat both the...

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What to do This Weekend

There’s A New Mecca For Bingo Fans: Welcome To Posh Bingo

Eyes down! Think of bingo and you’re probably picturing a carpet of blue rinses, gently bobbing as Joan and Vera furiously dab away down at Mecca Bingo. Well not any more. Put away the false teeth, forget the zimmer, bingo just got millennial. Posh bingo is just that; brought to you by Bing Academy and held in the salubrious confines of Finsbury Square’s Kitty Hawk; there’s nothing end-of-the-pier about it. If you’ve ever been to your local bingo hall then you’ll have noticed the food’s not upto much (although, top-tip, it is generally very cheap). Cold food and a cuppa […]


Donate A Coat, Change A Life This Christmas

Look forward to snuggling up by a warm fire this Christmas, opening stockings with children and sipping Champagne or eggnog (yuk!). Bing Crosby on the radio and surrounded by family and loved ones. It really is the most wonderful time of the year. Unless you’re homeless, that is. Christmas is all sorts of miserable for society’s most vulnerable, not only emotionally – how pathetic it must feel to wander the streets on Christmas day, gazing into rooms lit by the fairy-light and filled with love. Add to that the biting cold and you have a recipe for despair. From the […]

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6 Reasons Why This Dating App Will Make You Delete Tinder… Forever

It’s getting to that time again where singletons feel somewhat like Mark in Love Actually’s Mark, desperately holding up declarations of love on a young Keira Knightley’s doorstep. Christmas. A time where those without a better half wretch at the sight of mistletoe and matching Santa onesies. This year however, naughty or nice, there’s a gift that keeps on giving in the form of dating app The Inner Circle. The miracle dating app makes connecting super easy by skilfully selecting from the dating pond those most likely to be your Prince (or Princess) Charming. Plus, it’s more than just dating, […]

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Stick It To The Man: Where To Get Your Freakshake On

Exactly how responsible are you? Can you cross a road unaided? Walk across the room holding a pair of scissors? Well a campaign group called Action on Sugar have decided that you probably shouldn’t be trusted to enjoy the occasional ‘freakshake’. We’re just going to ignore...

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

The Disney Exhibition That Doesn’t Take The Mickey

No we’re not taking the mick, there really is an art exhibition en route dedicated solely to Mickey Mouse. More good news? It’s free, so Disney fans can go along in their truck loads. The Shoreditch-based exhibition named Mickey’s UK Art Collective comes as a result of 90, (yes 90) years of Mickey Mouse which, we’re sure, is enough to make anyone feel old. The work on show will feature 12-UK based artists who have ruffled up Mickey’s appearance somewhat to match the contrasting periods of his lifetime, including one of our favourite pesky mouse blowing out his 90th birthday candle! […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

17 Michelin Restaurants You Need To Check Out Within Three Hours Of London

A few weeks ago we published our list of the London restaurants that have just won Michelin stars and you foodies lapped it up. So now we’ve put our wellies on and braved the wilderness outside of the M25, to bring you an up-to-date list of the restaurants outside of London that have been awarded...

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