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Articles You’ve Loved the MOST In 2018

It’s been rather a good year for The Handbook if we say so ourselves (always have to back yourself), we’ve launched our travel section, branched out into lifestyle and you lot seem to be enjoying it. As 2018 comes to a close, we look back at the most popular content of the year.

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

No Mr Bond, I Expect You To Dine! London’s ‘Spystraunts’

There are more spies in London than you can shake a poison-tipped umbrella at, with a recent report suggesting that Russia, alone, has over 200 intelligence officers handling an estimated 500 agents here. In the words of Watergate’s ‘Deep Throat’, “Follow the money”...

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Where The Magic Happens: 5 Spellbinding Restaurants

Say Ava Cadavra to boring meals spent discussing Brexit or lamenting your lack of love life (hint, maybe it’s because you’re spending your meals discussing Brxit?). No, like ketchup, what most meals really need is a magician… So here’s a list we just magic-ed up, in case...

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The 7 Cannabis Joints Giving Us The Munchies

Recently there has been various proliferations where food is concerned; ‘bleeding’ vegan burgers, crossushi and orange wine being just three of many. However now, it seems we’re moving in a new direction with CBD leading the way. But what exactly is it? Well, aside from being a $1...

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

19 Of London’s Cosiest Fireplaces

Look outside. Winter isn’t just coming – it’s well and truly here. If you’re going to leave the house (and, let’s face it, it’s a big ‘if’), then you’re going to need to find somewhere cosy. Somewhere warm and comfortable. And, if possible, with a drinking license. Fortunately, beneath the icy exterior, London has a wonderful selection of pubs with the only thing that can make winter enjoyable – a roaring fireplace. After you’ve spent hours trudging around in the cold, a stiff drink beside a proper fire will make you feel human again. Check out our guide to the […]

Hotels

15 Of The Most Instagrammable Loos In London

You go to restaurants and hotels for the food, the atmosphere, the company and the loos… That’s right, London’s bathrooms have upped their design game and now are appearing on our Instagram feeds – it’s not just photos of food anymore. From neon lights to spaceship egg pods, gold swans and more marble then you can handle, here are 15 bathrooms that you need to Instagram.   Aviary Moorgate (Great Northern) (0.2 miles) What: Loo With a View Why: London’s latest rooftop restaurant and terrace bar, Aviary, doesn’t skimp on the views from the loos. Way up on the 10th […]

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The 5* Christmas Afternoon Tea You Need To Check Out

What: It’s safe to say the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park has had quite the year, it was meant to be the year they celebrated the end of their major 18-month refurbishment project. However, disaster struck in the form of the fire at the start of June. Six months later the hotel has picked itself back up, dusted itself off and kept going, after all it is the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park. Set to fully open in Spring 2019, the spa, event spaces and restaurants have now reopened just in time for Christmas. We went to toast the iconic hotel and […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

10 Restaurants Inspired By Science

Smoke and mirrors isn’t always a good thing when it comes to food but in these 10 cases it certainly is. When you want your meal to be an experience complete with dry ice, bubbles and even inject-your-own fillings, you need to check out these cocktail bars, nitrogen ice-cream parlours and even a science-themed afternoon tea. Who said science was boring?   Chin Chin Labs What: Nitro Ice Cream Why: You pretty much know that when goggles are required to make ice cream there’s a bit more going on than just whipping up some cream and whacking it in the […]

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Fashion & Beauty

Get Your Knit Off: The Best Christmas Jumpers

‘Tis the season to don a Christmas jumper, however silly, however obscure – get it on ya! Whether you’re a sucker for a slogan; “Baby it’s cold outside,” “Jingle My Bells,” and so on. Or, if you just love a bit of the classical with reindeers and...

What to do This Weekend

Ho Ho Ho, Where Are You Gonna Go This Weekend

Is this really the last weekend before the last weekend before Christmas? We’re in the home stretch, the schools are finishing up, the sales are starting and the Christmassy adverts are literally everywhere. But you’ve got to get through another couple weekends, so head down and...

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Keep Them Coming… London’s Best Pornstar Martinis

You filthy lot! The most popular cocktail in the nation isn’t a Pina Colada, or even a Sex On The Beach, no, it’s the Pornstar Martini. An incredible (if unlikely) one in seven cocktails sold in the UK is now of the pornstar variety. Take some passion fruit pureé, Absolut Vanilla, orange...

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Bumper Cars On Ice? Yes Please!

Bumper cars on ice. You and I both know that, in those four words, I’ve already conveyed all the facts you need to know so that you’re 100% sold. Here’s the link for tickets, I’m not paid by the word anyway, so thank me later and read this article complaining about Harrods instead. Or this one about slugs. In case anyone’s still reading, there are a couple of catches (it’s in Elephant and a £6 session lasts about the length of an average YouTube video), but otherwise it really is as good as it sounds. Actual dodgems on actual ice. […]

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