Awesome Afternoon Teas

Shangri-La Launches a Sky High Royal-Tea

Chances are you don’t have a spare £150,000 to splash out on your baby shower like Meghan Markle’s pals, you probably don’t have the maternity wardrobe to match either, just saying. But before you throw your toys out of the pram, we have some good news. Sky high, Shangri-La Hotel, at The Shard, London is launching a new Royal High Tea celebrating the upcoming arrival of the royal baby and motherhood, making it the new place to host your baby shower. Meghan missed out. Much to the horror of Jamie Oliver, no doubt, I grew up on a diet that […]


Is This The World’s Most Extreme Art Performance?

As we all know, art can take many forms – oil painting masterpieces, unmade beds, preserved bodies, messages sprayed on the sides of buildings and of course art performances. Not one to be confined by boundaries, The Waldorf Project is back with its fourth chapter BARZAKH and it’s been described as the ‘world’s most extreme art performance’, but what’s it all really about? What is The Waldorf Project? Since its inception back in 2012 as a multi-sensory dining experience, The Waldorf Project has been a revolutionary voice in performance art, putting on radical immersive experiences and experiments in consciousness in […]


8 Reasons To Visit Heckfield Place

Heckfield Place is cushioned amongst 400 acres of rolling greenery, and a wander around its vast perimeter plays out somewhat like a Jane Austen novel; Emma Woodhouse clothed in white expected any minute to wander, book in hand, out of the towering front doors. We travelled, hastily, to Heckfield Place to enjoy the magical surroundings and we weren’t disappointed. Here are eight reasons to visit… The Location The country house resides just an hour outside of London amongst secluded Hampshire landscape, as a Georgian property owned by billionaire Gerald Chan. The distance makes for an idyllic getaway from the hustle, bustle and tube […]

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Kalifornia Kitchen: The Instagrammable Restaurant You Need On Your Radar

Instagrammable? Tick. CBD craze locked down? Tick. Food goals? Tick. Blimey, sounds like Kalifornia Kitchen has got it all, plus the name is darn sexy too. Emanating whizz, bangs and wops of millennial vibes inside, this groovy pink restaurant is a real go-to for a CBD latte, tacos of dreams and a setting fresh out of an influencer’s Insta feed, and we adore it! Opened by influencer Loui Blake, the new Bloomsbury venue delves into the mantra of ‘healthy is sexy,’ using the power of plants, sustainability and innovative dishes to make up their vibrant menu that consists of an abundance […]

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Rooftops and Terraces

Once Up-On A Rooftop: 25 Rooftop Bars That’ll Make Your Summer

There’s a heat wave coming! No, really! A year on from Beast From The East and we’re now talking about a hot spell that will take us into May. So how are you going to spend it? Stock-piling Magnum Classics and working on an epic tan? Working in the garden on the mother of all topiaries?  No, like the rest of us you’ll be making a bee-line for the closest rooftop bar. So here’s where we’ll be hanging out this summer. SUSHISAMBA You asked for rooftop, SUSHISAMBA gives you rooftop. A rooftop that’s 37 storeys high and has a massive […]


10 Ted Talks To Inspire Your 2019

Let’s talk about TED, baby! Every year we say to ourselves, this is our year, as we fumble over New Year’s resolutions that we know we likely won’t keep. Well, to make sure your 2019 gets off to the best possible start, The Handbook is giving you all a little homework in...

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Check Out This Incredible Cherry Blossom Pop-Up

Surely one of the prettiest seasons, cherry blossom celebrations or Sakura will soon be taking place in Japan, blooming in the last week of March and the first two weeks of April in Kyoto (roughly between 20 March and 14 April). If you can’t make it to Japan to see the blossoms (you’d need to be quick, their beauty is fleeting) then check out this incredible pop-up we simply can’t get enough of… ROKA Charlotte Street, has once again transformed its underground bar, Shochu, into a spectacular cherry blossom-filled hideaway. The instalment encourages guests to take part in the Japanese tradition of […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Have We Hit Peak Speak Easy? Here’s 15 Of The Best

A few years ago, going for a drink in London meant stumbling into an old-man boozer or an outdated wine bar. But now the speakeasy; a different breed of bar based around the atmospheric drinking dens of Prohibition America, have swept the city by storm, bringing formidable cocktails and an...

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Health & Wellness

How To Use Meditation For A Better Sleep

Making meditation a regular feature in your life is a fantastic way to increase your awareness of your own thoughts, as well as to find balance and enhance feelings of peace and well-being. In addition to this, it is also known that meditation can be an amazing tool for improving your quality of...

Openings & Launches

OMG: A 2nd Press For Champagne Restaurant Has Opened

Russian restaurateur Leonid Shutov is at it again, creating miracles and sprinkling them across London. You may be familiar with Bob Bob Ricard the restaurant so nice they named it twice, with a press for Champagne button that takes a lot of trumping. And today sees the opening of its little sister Bob Bob Cité, ( we’re all saying “finally” as Shutov’s last opening was 18 months behind schedule and this one was delayed by fourteen months!) Alas, perfection doesn’t come easily so we’re happy to let Shutov off!  The restaurant resides inside the Leadenhall Building or, for those who love […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

7 Brilliant Beer Gardens

Monty Don get in the sea! We are always on the lookout for a quality beer garden, so leave your green fingers at the door and grab a pint. Here are some of our favourite beer gardens in town, places where you can sit in the great outdoors enjoy a pint and the sun and maybe a bite to eat into the...

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

The Incredible Intimate Theatre Experience At The Shard

An evening well spent is typically one where you’re elevated above London’s bustling streets and positioned sky-high, Champagne in hand. The Shard, one of London’s most iconic offerings, provides just that level of relaxation, with its plethora of foodie offerings, intimate dining spaces and creative cocktails – but how about immersive theatre? Often not the first thing that comes to mind when conjuring up images of The Shard, I was in awe of the latest revelation that the stalwart London staple had produced a Theatre In The Clouds experience in Shangri-La Hotel. The intimate extravaganza comes as a result of […]

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