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Dine 100ft In The Sky

Ever get tired of spending hours on end looking online for a great place to eat, with a menu and stunning scenery to match? So do we – sometimes it seems impossible to find a restaurant that ticks all three boxes when it comes to dining out in London. Well, good news; London’s most exhilarating dining experience, a pop-up suspended 100 feet from the ground offering breakfast, lunch, dinner and (Champagne Taittinger flights), has returned – and we’re feeling all sorts of vertigo! As the name suggests, guests who dare take up a seat at the infamous London In The Sky table will […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Super Superbowl Spots: Where To Watch The 53rd Super Bowl In London

It’s that time of year when people become irrationally obsessed by a sport which is utterly inpenetrable, and not least to them. If you thought learning the offside rule of proper football, which is somehow a way for us non-sporty types to prove that we at least have a modicum of insight, was...

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

9 Restaurants You Can Bank On: The Square Mile’s Best Dining

The Square Mile, the bedrock of the British economy, a monument to mammon, a system so complex at only machines understand it and a interconnected web of commerce that both sustains all of our lifestyles while simultaneously holding the power to obliterate them. Oh, and there’s food. Lots of...

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Culture

Read All About It: 11 of London’s Best Bookshops

Reading is one of the simplest but most loved pastimes, especially in our busy world where we just need an escape, a detox from our digital lives. From rare and first editions to book prescriptions and author events, these are ten of the best bookshops in London, all without a Kindle in sight.

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Travel

10 Reasons Why It’s All About Barbados This Winter

Every job has its drawbacks, I once worked on a garlic farm and wafted a 20 yard garlicky exclusion-zone everywhere I went, putting off girls and vampires in equal measure. Another student job saw me hand-wrapping chocolates for an upmarket chocolatier, a role that saw me outgrow every pair of trousers I owned and very nearly gave me diabetes. As Travel Editor at The Handbook I now find myself lumped with the unenviable task of having to jump on a plane to the Caribbean island of Barbados to review 5 star hotels and some of the most luxurious restaurants on […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Wok Could Be Better Than Chinese New Year In London?

Oink Oink! It’s the year of the pig! Chinese New Year is almost upon us, starting on 5th February, and of course all our favourite Chinese restaurants are gearing up. So here are the best places to stuff your snout this Chinese New Year.

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Travel

7 Reasons To Visit Australia’s Sunshine Coast

Straya! The land of kangaroos, unwavering sunshine, beaches made of gold, shrimps being thrown on barbies, and accents like ours but just slightly cooler. To escape the humdrum of a cold and wet England over the Christmas period I jetted off to Australia’s Sunshine Coast; a place that resembles what we think of when we conjure up pictures of Paradise. December saw temperatures soaring up to 30°C and saw me donning the sunnies, an itsy-bitsy yellow polka dot number and posting photos in their bucketloads to make all my shivering Engish pals “well jel.” It also saw me uncovering a […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

7 Of The Most Sustainable Restaurants

My diet may not be sustainable (I had thirds of pudding yesterday!), but it sure as well can be sustainable. Sustainability flies in the face of much of the food industry’s direction of travel; seasonability is merely a notion where all food stuff is a short flight or a refrigerated container away. Provenance is hardly important if your only goal is to waffle down a dopamine hit. But for those of us who care about the planet, about what we’re putting into our bodies and the environment it comes from, then sustainable restaurants are suddenly very attractive. So here are […]

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Features

UPDATED: These Are Our Fears About Stockpiling

My mother-in-law’s started stockpiling Say what? Beans, tuna, long-life-milk, stock cubes, pasta, teabags basically anything that expires after 2020 Wow, she must be a real Olympics fan No, not that. She’s preparing for Brexit Okaaay… Because everything could run out, If there’s no deal, I mean Bizarrely, she could actually be onto something, with news reports yesterday suggesting that Sainsbury’s is expecting bare shelves in the case of no deal So should I be bulk-buying Haribo? Well, let’s see. Firstly it depends on the Prime Minister’s deal… Deal Or No Deal! Aw, poor Noel… We’ve hit Crinkly Bottom. So the PM’s […]

Travel

11 Of The Best Treehouses For A Summer Getaway

If you’ve tested London’s finest hotels, exhausted the supply of best hotels outside of London and stayed at the most stylish boutiques, then why not try a treehouse? It might sound a little Countryfile, but bear in mind that the modern ones have all the requisite home comforts of a luxury hotel. And they’re mightily romantic too. Whether you’d like to stay in amongst the tigers at a nature reserve, or would rather opt for something a little more straightforward, we’ve rifled through Britain’s treehouses to bring you the absolute best treehouse escapes in the UK.  

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

The Gingerline’s Back!

Gingerline is back with a bang, a whizz and a choo-choo! The dining trailblazers, known for immersive events such as Juniper Manor and The Faculty of Eatucation, are giving us the gift of The Great Expedition, a rather mysterious sounding adventure which – in true immersive experience fashion – will be taking place in a top, TOP, secret location on the Victoria line. Not ones to do things in half measures, Gingerline has jumped aboard the technology bandwagon and will send texts to revellers with directions to the address on the day of the adventure. So, if you hate spontaneity than maybe […]

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Culture

London’s Best Comedy Clubs

London is the world’s capital for all sorts, from insane property prices and drizzly weather to muggings. All things we hold close to our hearts. But perhaps mostly as the home of comedy; we really are a bloody amusing nation. At the risk of totally undermining this guide, you don’t...

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