5 Suite Reasons You Should Stay at The Arch Hotel

What: It’s a rarity to review a hotel in your own city, but that’s exactly what I did at The Arch, in Marylebone, and after a brief tour of a suite with a TV made of glass implemented into the bathtub, boy – I was glad I’d gone along. Upon arrival, the captivating artwork nestled inside is the first point of contact when arriving off icy, “it’s nearly Christmas” streets, and the warmth emanating from the fireplace of this boutique and classy from the outset hotel envelops you. Taking a wander through neat, marble corridors, the hotels’ artwork highlights various London staples. There’s a […]


6 Reasons We Think This Is The Best Hotel In The Cotswolds

Steeped in history, with rave reviews, a picture-perfect setting, an A-lister guest book and having recently undergone a multi-million-pound refurbishment, The Lygon Arms needs to be on your mini-break bucket list. The Setting When you think of the Cotswolds you probably think of sandy-coloured chocolate box houses, winding lanes and fields filled with sheep; a slower pace of life. Women in tweed walking Labradors and tractors rumbling by. While that might be an idealised view (having grown up there I can confirm it isn’t all like that), when it comes to Broadway, where The Lygon Arms takes centre stage, it […]

Things to do With Kids

Book Now: Sher-Lock Yourself In This Escape Room

We reconnected with our love for Sherlock Holmes as the remake took to our screens. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch – a man famed for the ability to make an unfathomable number of puns out of his name, oh and for Sherlock. Well, good news for fans of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle classic: it’s time to don the trench coat, grow a Watson tash and dust off the old magnifying glass, as Sherlock: The Games is Now, a Sherlock live game, gets ready to open in December, and there’s new availability to book. If you’ve ever experienced the escape room craze, […]

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Fashion & Beauty

If You’ve Got It, Haunt It: 6 Millennial Halloween Costume Ideas

It’s fair to say that Halloween has gone from being scary to being downright peculiar, with 2018 promising to reveal some pretty bizarre costume choices. We’ve seen Frida Kahlo, black and white cows, and even replicating Meghan Markle’s best looks. What happened to witch and vampire costumes you ask?! Oh, well they still exist, but they’re more typically donned by people who have little-to-no time to put something together. So as Pinterest release their most popular costumes for 2018, it’s safe to say they’re are some absolute howlers surfacing. People are putting a whole lotta thought into their outlandish outfits […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

The World’s Top Magicians Set to Perform in a Secret Underground Speakeasy

He’s the magician that walked on water and levitated off the side of the bus, but now Dynamo is getting ready to perform a set of intimate shows as he swaps arenas for a brand new speakeasy, developed and curated by himself, The Abandoned Room. The secret (or not so secret, now we’ve written about it) theatre has been purposefully built beneath the opulent Mandrake Hotel and will seat just ninety guests. The setting makes it a space for a host of top magicians to push the boundaries of close-up magic. Dynamo will be first to take to the stage, […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

The Pop-Up Giving Out 500 Free Espresso Martinis

This November, Ketel One vodka, Drake & Morgan and KeepCup are coming together to launch a month-long residency at The Refinery Regent’s Place to inspire mindful living and give out 500 free Espresso Martinis… Now that we have your attention, we’ll explain. You know the drill by now, takeaway coffee cups = bad, reusable = good. Good for you as you’ll get money off your coffee in most places and obviously good for the environment. If the stats are right then over 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups are used every year which means every minute a million cups go to […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Narnia Comes To Chelsea

It’s looking like it’ll be a real Turkish delight over at Bluebird Chelsea this winter as they announce their theme for the festive season. Welcome to Narnia. Step through a wardrobe in the Bluebird Restaurant and you’ll be transported to another world as the King’s Road restaurant courtyard is transformed into a winter scene reminiscent of the CS Lewis classic, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, next month. And it looks like even the White Witch’s heart might be melted; not least because there’ll be three new heated wooden chalets taking pride of place, perfect for relaxing in with […]

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What to do This Weekend

The Weekend Cometh, What To Do 26th – 28th October

Yes, dear friends, we once again approach an impending weekend and need to find fun activities with which to fill it. So, as ever, we’ve been scurrying around to find suitable suggestions. Here are some ideas… Londrino London Bridge (0.2 miles) There’s something fishy going on at Handbook fave Londrino. The Southwark restaurant are putting on a their Sunday lunch which promises to be a seafood delight. Marisco’s Sunday (marisco is Portuguese for ‘shellfish’) will focus on dishes from and around the sea from noon until 3pm every Sunday between now and Christmas. As well as a fish-focused a la […]

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Health & Wellness

No More Namast’ay-ing in Bed: I-Guru Announce New Yoga Sessions

Here’s one for those who carry out their everyday tasks in their active-wear… It’s 7am, you’re scrolling through insta and a bombardment of sunrise yoga images and downward dogs left, right and centre flood your feed. You? Well, you’re duvet covered, rubbing weary eyes and a resounding “I’ll go next week…” chimes in your head. Long story short, sometimes it’s the actual getting up and going that stops us when it comes to exercise, and I-Guru has the solution… The bespoke yoga and wellbeing service is renowned for bringing yoga teachers to your door (quite literally), coming to homes, meeting […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Is This Mayfair’s Best Kept Secret?

We’re sharers here at The Handbook, sharing is, after all, caring and whilst we might not share our food with you, we will share our latest find: 27 Restaurant & Bar which we think is quite possibly the best kept secret in Mayfair. Sitting behind a heavy townhouse door on Curzon Street, the fine-dining restaurant and bar serves a menu of over 100 different dishes spanning five distinct cuisines; Modern European, Chinese, Japanese, Indian and Middle Eastern. That said, they aren’t a jack of all trades and master of none, Executive Chef, Nicola Ducceschi heads up a team of specialist […]

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