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 […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

7 Foodie Experiences You Need to Try Now

We get it, the weather is starting to turn, the nights are drawing in and the televisions is getting rather good and all you want to do is hibernate under your duvet. This is London though and you can’t just say in, you need to get out there and experience everything it has to offer and this winter Mastercard is giving you a little helping hand with more priceless experiences. Embrace Hygge at Inamo Read any hygge guide and they’ll tell you that it’s all about being with your friends, eating and playing board games. This is the London equivalent […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The World’s Best Pastry Chef Arrives With Free Cheesecake & Champagne

Back in August we told you about the launch of Cakes and Bubbles, the new restaurant at Hotel Café Royal and the work of the best pastry chef in the world, Albert Adrià. And (drum-roll) now the time has almost come for the doors to open… When they do, at 12pm on the 8th November, they won’t just be cutting the red ribbon, they’ll also be giving out free cheesecake and Champagne for the first forty guests, and free cheesecake for the next 100 folks through the door. That’s not all though, they will also be giving out an all-expenses-paid […]

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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, […]

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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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Seasonal & Celebrations

The 17 Halloween Food and Drink Spots Creepin’ It Real

If you’ve seen our Halloween party guide, you’ll know there a jeepers and creepers amounts of cloak-donning and fang-wielding venues across London ready to get you ghouling. However, if for you Halloween is more about enjoying cocktails made from fake blood, eating desserts that look like bloodshot eyes or eating burgers with black buns, then greetings! You’ve come to the right place. Here’s our round-up of all the spooky shenanigans going on throughout the city this year. Oh and by the way, Why didn’t the skeleton go to the ball? Because he had no BODY to go with. Bluebird Chelsea Imperial Wharf […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Igloos, Fondues & Skiing: 3 Reasons To Love This Fulham Pop-Up

Fulham’s beach, Neverland, is undergoing a transformation as it says goodbye to the long, hot and no doubt very profitable summer and hello to a ski club inspired by the slopes of Alps in the 80s and 90s. And yes, they will have igloos, so if you missed out on booking your spot at Coppa Club you can still get that Instagram shot. The space which is usually dressed in sand and deck chairs will be filled with fur-lined sofas, heated hunting lodges, retro gondolas, chairlifts, bauble-filled igloos and firepits as well as multiple bars, curling, table tennis, karaoke, boozy […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Igloose Yourself In These 6 Winter Pods

Unless you’ve spent the last month or so hiding under your bed in anticipation of Halloween, you’ll have noticed an influx of icy igloos popping up all over London. One is a novelty, but five and we’re spoilt for choice. So much so that you’re probably spending your lunch breaks figuring out which is the best to go to. So with that in mind we’ve compiled a list explaining the quirks and perks of each of the best.   Jimmy’s Lodge What: Jimmy’s Lodge Though it may be nestled on the bank of the Thames, Jimmy’s Lodge transports its visitors far […]

Awesome Afternoon Teas

The Japanese Afternoon Tea You Need To Try

Ready to try your next afternoon tea? Yes, obviously. In which case let us introduce you to the rather fancy Japanese restaurant, Ginza Onodera because they have partnered with Tsujiri Matcha House to launch Onodera Ochakai, an afternoon tea but different. Gone are the sandwiches with dried edges and the scones and instead you’ll find sushi spider rolls, filled with deep fried soft shell crab and wasabi sauce; mini sliders of premium Wagyu beef and pots of lightly seared salmon tataki. You’ll also find Ginza Onodera’s signature chicken karaage, lightly battered and served with lemon and sundried chillies. Rather than […]

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