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Our Punniest Headlines Of 2018

They say that sarcasm’s the lowest form of wit. They’re wrong, it’s got to be the pun. And yet, here at The Handbook, we’ve spent 2018 elevating it to, if not art, then at least half decent graffiti. We’ve deployed more punny headlines in 2018 than in the last ten...

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Rise And Rise Of The Multi-Storey Restaurant

I like my restaurants like I like my carparks. No, not made of poured concrete and smelling like somebody died in the stairwell: but multi-storey. There seem to be a number opening right now that it has to be something of a trend, venues with several restaurants within themselves (normally a cheap and spenny version). Either way, I set out to record their rise for posterity in the only way I know how. In a listicle…

Seasonal & Celebrations

Your Ultimate New Year’s Eve Guide 2018

Before the resolutions kick in, it’s time to have one last bender, a send off for 2018. And we live in THE city for the ultimate New Year’s Eve party. Here are just 40.

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ALL The Christmas Burgers

Carol concerts? Christmas trees laden with baubles? The sodding Coke advert? No, it turns out that nothing says Christmas quite like a burger. Which is why any place that’s any place are falling over themselves to produce Christmas burgers, with some of the tastiest creations hitting...

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Seasonal & Celebrations

Go The Whole Hogmanay: New Year In Edinburgh

Boy can Edinburgh throw a New Year’s Eve party, that’s one thing we know for sure! And it’s a real given that the last hours of every year should be spent full of food, surrounded by fireworks, and a little (if not very) drunk. Hogmanay is believed to reach back to the celebration of the winter solstice among the Norse, as well as incorporating customs from the Gaelic celebration of Samhain. And yet to be honest, when it all comes down to it, we’re not too phased about why we’re celebrating, we just know we want to! So here are a […]

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Turkey For One: Things To Do If You’re Alone This Christmas

Christmas, if alone, can be a very hard time for many. Hindered by upbeat music that talks of mistletoe and meet-ups, Christmas films depicting families gathered around trees with happy endings, and a general atmosphere of it being, as Andy Williams declared, the most wonderful time of the year. And whilst all this is to be celebrated, loneliness walks hand in hand with it too for some. Recently released statistics by Age UK illustrate that half a million elderly people will expect to feel lonely in the UK this Christmas, and yet isolation is not just applicable to people of an […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

This Underground Pirate Ship Sounds Incredible

Ooo, arr! Shiver me timbers! All hands hoay! Hornswaggle! Sailing into 2019 is a nautical adventure like no other, courtesy of Bompas & Parr. To unpathed waters and, undreamed shores, the pirate ship of dreams will drift in on the world’s biggest boating lake. That’s right, world’s biggest! Taking place in Zone 1, (yep, turns out the world’s biggest boating lake is in Zone 1 in London – who knew!) the immersive experience will run for three months, beginning towards the end of January and ending, to our dismay, until the end of March. Bompas & Parr has partnered with […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

There’s A Secret New Immersive Thriller Coming to London

A serial killer has been on the loose. A man is in custody. A notorious, dangerous psychopath has finally been caught. The police think they have their man. The city can now sleep easy. Or can they? Fresh from a sell-out run of Secret Theatre Singapore, the team are back in London for an epic, chilling immersive courtroom thriller. Dubbed as Silence of the Lambs meets Black Mirror, guests will be transported to a time where the audience decide the fate of the accused. Time and technology have eclipsed the need for a jury of fellow people. Taking place in […]

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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.

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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...

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