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Taco It From Me: This Mexican Brunch Is Brilliant

What: If you think bottomless brunches are just groups of us millennials binge drinking and getting rowdy then you’d be wrong, well partially wrong. Some bottomless brunches are much more sophisticated affairs and you’re probably not going to drink any more than our parents’ generation do when they have their dinner parties at the houses they bought when it was easy to get a mortgage (not that I’m bitter). Anyway, we went to one such bottomless brunch, the much more refined margarita brunch at Ella Canta. New? Yes, it launched at the end of the summer and soon the restaurant […]

Culture

The 8 Instagrammers Giving Us Serious Interior Envy

Hands up if you get serious interior envy from a brief scroll on insta? Yup. Us too. Interior instagram accounts are rife nowadays, causing us to quit buying shabby bits ‘n bobs as the result of impulse Primark musings, and instead invest in some stand-out pieces that will make the neighbours jealous (that’s not the only reason we want nice houses we promise…) So, from shabby chic to stripped back, or if a room resembling the jungle Mowgli and Baloo frequented floats your boat, then here are seven insta accounts that have us dusting off the cobwebs and shining up […]

Best Brunches

Could We BE Any More Excited About This Friends Brunch?

If you’ve never watched Friends please, refrain from reading this. You do not deserve to cast your eyes over such divinity having not watched, possibly, the best show ever made. WHOOOPAH! The 90s Brunch is here, from central Perk to central London with a Friends themed brunch, as Janice would say here: Oh…my…God! The event comes as the result of Hip Hop Brunch LDN’s fabulous themes, and will (as is the norm) take place in a secret location. You can sit soft, with Central Perk-style mugs, whilst gossiping about the latest with your pals, hopefully without a Phoebe in the […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Take A Journey To The Underworld This Autumn

‘All aboard! Next stop hell’. No, not the Northern Line at 8am but an immersive banquet with the devil himself coming to London this autumn. Welcome to Journey To The Underworld. The event bills itself as ‘the greatest love story never told’ and promises to immerse guests in a world of fantasy, fear, danger, lust, hope and love… all in the underworld. Climb onto the train to Hades, boarding at Pedley Street Station, as passengers are treated to their last meal, joined by Claude, the train’s shackled conductor and joined by his sidekick Gordy as they lead passengers on a journey questing […]

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Celebrities & Influencers

How To Contact Influencers And Get A Positive Response

People always ask me “What does it take to get an influencer raving about my product or business?” My answer is that it takes a lot of determination, perseverance, a plan of action and making use of The Handbook’s celebrity and influencer resource. I constantly have to remind my members and subscribers that celebrity association should not be merely an option, it should be part of every company’s marketing plan. In today’s world, celebrities and influencers dominate social media, news headlines, TV channels and people’s conversations. Celebrities grace the cover of every magazine and they’re achieving an ever stronger online presence […]

Travel

Love it or Hate it? The 6am Airport Dash

The pre-dawn airport rush, a right of passage for any holiday-maker, a rude awakening ensuring you can be on the beach by lunchtime. There are two schools of thought here, and it divides The Handbook’s office. The great debate is on… Early-bird Lottie: It hits 11pm, you’re laying in bed staring at the ceiling… and, if you’re me, you’re fully clothed, sombrero on (not sure why), bikini clad and flip-flops at the ready, because in a few hours my, oh my it’s airport time. Now it’s fair to say early flights and airport ventures at silly o’clock are, for some, […]

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Non-Stop Party Islands: When Summer’s Over But The Party Isn’t

If you’re still wearing shorts on the tube and lamenting the passing of summer like someone died, all while your tan fades as fast as your paper festival bracelets then don’t worry; this doesn’t have to be where the party ends… Why not head to one of these islands where the party doesn’t stop… Ibiza, Spain Why: Tried and tested, the White Isle is quite literally the home of the party. And with regular pool parties running into October there’s no let up on the party vibe yet. Ibiza wouldn’t be Ibiza without super-star DJs, and private jets will be […]

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Culture

Join the debate: 5 Mind-Improving Events

It’s a cliché I know, but I honestly wish I’d spent more time at school and university taking advantage of the education I had available to me. But in reality it got in the way of all the exiting things in life, the ones that didn’t involve sitting in a lecture theatre and perhaps did involve activities more illicit than learning the finer details of the Sykes-Picot Agreement. But it’s only now, slightly later in life, that I’m realising that there’s a real value in mind-broadening talks and battles of ideas. So I’ve been looking into some options for places […]

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Culture

Going The Distance: 6 Tips To Make A Long Distance Relationship Work

Relationships take work, we all know that. However, where long distance relationships (or LDRs) are concerned, there tends to be scepticism around whether or not they past the love test. Whether you’re keeping the flame flickering from Scotland to Ireland, or maybe it’s a UK to Oz job, there are various ways to maintain the spark, and excitement, in a long distance relationship. Take it from me; I spent a fair few months staying in contact with my boyfriend from a different country, and so proof is in the pudding that it can work if you put the effort in […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The Bar Where Honesty’s The Best Policy

Fancy frequenting a bar with no fixed price list? Well enter London’s first ever honesty bar, courtesy of The Glenrothes. Let’s be honest, most of the time once we’ve had a tipple or two, the truth comes flying out – drunk hearts speak sober minds, and all that. So, surely a visit to the Honesty Bar won’t be too far removed from your typical escapades. Opening up in TT Liquor, Shoreditch, Honesty Bar is the perfect stool-grabbing, whisky swigging experience for those who love the Scottish-born beverage. Whilst there’s no fixed price on any of the listed drinks there is […]

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News

There’s A Giant Ball Pool Filled Lido Coming To London

If there is one thing we can all agree on as Londoners, it’s that swimming the Thames is a bad idea, even if it is the cleanest river in a major city, no one wants to get sick (cast your mind back to David Walliams charity swim in 2011 and how ill he got). So, we have a better alternative, a Thameside ball filled lido, which not only is going to look excellent on your Instagram (because that’s what we all live for obviously) but also you have the chance to win a holiday. Brought to you by Virgin Holidays, […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Top Michelin-Starred Restaurants Outside London

With London eternally stealing the gastronomic spotlight, it’s easy to miss the array of foodie gems that are scattered across the UK. So just in case you’re lucky enough to escape the capital and taste the clean air of the provinces, we have compiled a list of our top ten Michelin-starred restaurants outside of London. Whether you’re as far south as Cornwall’s Port Isaac, or as northerly as Perth and Kinross, there’s no need to lower your fine-dining standards – The Handbook has found the best of Britain’s culinary offerings, nationwide. The Waterside Inn What: The Top Pick Why: As […]

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