Lifestyle

Fashion & Beauty

Real Hair

Josh Wood and Belle Cannan have been running Real hair for ten years now and have mounted up the longest list of high profile clients imaginable. Specialising in transforming clients’ manes into any shade they desire, there are endless miracles that go underway in the Real Salon, and their latest is the new Brazilian Keratin permanent blow dry. Although salons all over London are tuning in to this new phenomenon, Real seem to have stolen the prize for the highest quality treatment. Layered onto freshly washed hair, the keratin treatment, which comes in a variety of fragrances, is spread over […]

Openings & Launches

Barter Economy

Bartering has long been a mechanism on which the art world spins – from Picasso exchanging sketches for meals and London’s YBAs running tabs at The Ivy in exchange for pieces of their work to adorn the venues walls. Even Manhattan’s Chelsea Hotel, home to a slew of famous residents including Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg, Dylan Thomas and William Burroughs would once accept art in lieu of rent from its cash strapped incumbents. Now, however, curators Lauren Jones and Alix Janta are organizing a show that takes things to the next level. It is to feature work from 50 London […]

News

“GILTy” Pleasures

    GILT, the five-star Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel’s sophisticated champagne lounge, is fast becoming our guilty pleasure.  It’s the perfect place for whiling away an afternoon or evening following a spot of retail therapy on Sloane Street.  Get back to the simple pleasures of yester-year playing beautiful wooden board games such as Marcala, Labyrinth, Chess, Backgammon, Draughts and Puzzle Box – bought from Harrods, natch – or gadget addicts may prefer the ultimate test of a steady hand, the classic Buzz Wire Game where players must move their wand from one end of the wire to the other without buzzing […]

Read more

WIN!

It's free to enter our competitions + you can win amazing prizes!

Win A Lorna Jane Activewear Outfit

Open until 29th October 2019

The Handbook has teamed up with Lorna Jane to offer you the ultimate back-to-school kit: a sports bra to support you, a pair of leggings to move with you and Lorna’s Eat Good Food book to find inspiring healthy recipes.

Click to read for answer

Which Australian brand coined the term Activewear in the 80s’, is celebrating their 30 years anniversary this year and are credited as creating the activewear category as we know it today?

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
By entering your email you agree that you are happy for us to email you with other competitions, offers and Handbook news
News

In A Barbie World

The story leaked almost a year ago, but we are finally seeing the fruits of Christian Louboutin’s labours, now that his own customised Barbie has hit the online shopping mecca net-a-porter. Well, it’s only a sign-up list for now, but December will see the launch of the series of three dolls, all given the glam treatment by the man of the ubiquitous red soles. One of the infamous dolls is dressed in very on-trend black pleather, wearing a pair of killer heels that can be interchanged with the whopping 4 pairs that come with each doll. Each perfectly crafted show […]

Read more

Culture

Dr. Martens

For the past few years Dr. Martens have been trawling the streets of London again. From teenagers to adults, there seems to be a revival since their popular birth in 1960. The reason behind their success lies in their effortless unisex style, which combines contemporary and heritage. Created by Klaus Marten, when he was nursing a broken foot, Dr Martens has had such a deep association with youth culture that even books have been written about them. The historical weight attached is an incomprehensible mix of Victorian and punk former times, transforming us from the skinhead and Goth subcultures of […]

Openings & Launches

The Kensington Hotel

This year, international hotel group, The Doyle Collection, welcomed into the fold its newest member, The Kensington Hotel. And the massive £24 million restoration that preceded the launch was certainly one big old facelift – even by Chelsea standards! Now although Trafalgar Square boasts the capital's official Christmas tree, there's something about the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea that lends itself perfectly to the season. It might be the Royal Albert Hall, The Natural History Museum with its festive ice rink, midnight mass at the Brompton Oratory or even the great big alternative tree that is Harrods department store […]

Read more

Become An Insider

Want free instant access to secret locations, exclusive parties, the latest openings and much more!

News

Mooli Magic

    Forget the tikka touts of Brick Lane, the newly opened Mooli’s in Soho is serving its eponymous fresh take on Indian street food positioned somewhere between Old Dehli and Tokyo.  Each mooli is packed full of warm flavoursome fillings such as Keralan Beef, Goan Pork, Chicken & Apple, Asparagus & Cumin Potatoes or Scrambled Paneer and combined with zesty salsa, vibrant chutneys and crunchy salad, all rolled in a fresh homemade roti. Brains behind the brand is Sam Singh, a former management consultant and Mathew Chandy a former city lawyer. They have teamed up with head chef Raju […]

Read more

News

Prada Book

Today November 18, 2009, Prada unveils a new book documenting the company’s experimental, often ground-breaking work in fashion, architecture, film and art over the last three decades. The book launch will take place at a special party at Prada’s store in Old Bond Street followed by events staged at selected Prada flagship stores worldwide as well as the three unique Epicenters in New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo. At once a chronology, documentary and catalogue raisonné, the book charts a creative endeavor that defies the narrow definition of a fashion house. The partnership between designer Miuccia Prada and entrepreneur Patrizio Bertelli has generated […]

Read more

Culture

Disney Couture Pixie Collection

It seems the world has fallen in love with Disney again.  What with the popular heart-wrenching animation ‘Up’ and the hysteria surrounding Zefron’s performance in ‘High School Musical,’ it’s no surprise that fashionable jewellery brand Disney Couture have clocked onto this and are running with it.  Their new Pixie Collection has just been launched in stores this Autumn and as you can imagine the stars of tinsel town have leapt on it.  However, it hasn’t taken long for this side of the ocean to fall for it too. Combining both the youth and enchantment of Disney with quality associated with […]

Fashion & Beauty

Philosophy Christmas Collection

Universally loved skin product Philosophy, used by practically everyone from celebrities to doctors, has this year shone above other beauty brands by embracing the Christmas spirit.  Founder and creator, Cristina Carlino, has playfully used festive recipes to inspire fragrances for her shower gels and shampoos, resulting in scents that are almost edible. The Christmas collection varies from humorous cookie flavoured shower gels coming in four different recipes including chocolate chip and coconut macaroon, to perfumes and moisturisers such as their popular line Pure Grace, which has a light, fresh and youthful air to it.  As always, Philosophy, have given huge […]

Read more

View in full-screen
  • * a company email is required to download this file
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.