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17 of the Best Pre-Theatre Menus

With over 40 theatres in London’s West End alone, it’s not hard to see why London is one of the cultural capitals of the world. And where there is a theatre you can guarantee there is going to be a restaurant nearby serving up a pre- or post-theatre menu; they’ll have you in and out in time for the performance and they’re a wonderful way to eat at some of London’s best restaurants at a much more bank balance friendly price – take note if you’re on a date! So forget going to a chain or grabbing a rushed sandwich […]

Seasonal & Celebrations

Delicious Dishes To Down This Diwali

It goes without saying that the Hindu festival of lights, more commonly known as Diwali, brings beauty in so many forms. From the mesmeric colours to the abundance of food enjoyed by families around circular tables, it’s a time where life is celebrated, against all odds. The festival...

Things to do With Kids

The Schools Show Parents Need To Know About

Whether we’re finding you the perfect place to grab dinner (hello, the new SUSHISAMBA), the optimum holiday destinations (looking at you, Maldives) or just letting you in on what’s hot, new or interesting (it’s all about winter terraces and igloos right now), The Handbook is there for all the big and small decisions in life. And probably one of your biggest is how and where to educate your child. If you want an Oscar-nominated child prodigy actor, like Eddie Redmayne or Benedict Cumberbatch, maybe plump for Eton or Harrow, if you want a social climbing princess-to-be, Marlborough seems to be […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

The Immersive Pirate Experience That’ll Get You Peg-Legless

AHOY, me hearties. How about walking the boards of The Hidden Spirit; a pirate ship docking up in London to get you peg-legless with its treasure trove of tipples? This November, Jack Sparrow will be replaced with a new man of the seas – a Captain Jack Cassidy – who’ll bring a real pirate ship alongside St Mary Overie Dock for an immersive and theatrical cocktail experience. The ship is sailing in courtesy of Inventive Productions (the group behind Alcotraz and Moonshine Saloon) and will see guests taken on a mischievous journey through treasured-laden rooms, drinking cocktails along the way. […]

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Culture

Stop Right Now: The Spice Girls Tour You Wannabe a Part of (Unless You’re Victoria Beckham)

Never mind 2 Become 1, it seems five are becoming four as The Spice Girls reunite for a much, much anticipated tour… without Posh! The news was announced in a playful, Spice Girls-esque video, that sees the iconic 90s girl band squabbling, with faces that look as though they haven’t aged a day over Viva Forever. Proving nothing ain’t stopping them now, Emma Bunton, Gerri Halliwell, Mel B and Melanie C will be returning next summer for their tour. But why no Victoria? Well the songstress turned fashion designer posted on Instagram proclaiming her love for her fellow band-mates, but […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

Winterville Is Coming…

Regardless of whether you’ve been naughty or nice, Winterville is coming to town. Clapham Old Town. London’s relentless appetite for artisanal foodie pop-up street markets knows no bounds, which is why Clapham Common is about to get a makeover in the form of at least 25 traders, plus live music and general festivities, all behind a big metal barrier that’ll spoil your sunset Instas but presumably keeps the riff-raff out. As will the £2 entry fee (£5 on Friday and Saturday evenings but, Brucie Bonus, it’s free on Tuesdays – so that’s when I’ll be going then). And what’ll I […]

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Openings & Launches

B&H’s New Rooftop Garden Room Promises A Good Thyme

In the age of social media, the opportunity to grab a photo of anything iconic is sure to boost the ‘ol likes, and give us that physiological high – yep, you actually get a squirt of dopamine when you get a positive response on social! Suffice to say, if you love a view, and snapping a photo of one, you’ll love B&H Garden Room (Bourne & Hollingsworth, not Benson & Hedges, as one nameless Handbook employee thought!); a space that combines coveted interiors with seasonal food (and outrageously must-see views of the city). We’re eager to visit, as should you […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

The 18 Best Pop-Ups Happening This November

What’s poppin’ this November? Well, aside from a range of ground spinners, sparklers and firecrackers, quite a lot! Yes, Bonfire Night isn’t the only must-do in this slightly chillier month. From Champagne supper clubs, Narnia themed wonderlands and more, Christmas most certainly...

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Features

What Are The US Mid-Terms And Why Do They Matter?

You’ve probably heard about the up-coming ‘Mid-term’ elections in America, but unless you’re watching back-to-back seasons of West Wing then you’re likely a little sketchy on what they are, and why they’re important. Remember back when politics wasn’t crazy? When the word Brexit didn’t exist and Donald Trump was just an American version of Alan Sugar? That’s when we had the last set of Mid Term elections and they were pretty brutal for the Obama government, with the Republicans making sweeping gains that unwittingly helped set up the 2016 general election for Donald Trump. So what are they? In Britain, […]

Reviews

5 Reasons You Need To Visit Hakkasan This Weekend

Sunday doesn’t have to be the day that you spend recovering from the party, curled up in front of Netflix; Sunday can be the party! #SundayFunday. And one restaurant that has the Sunday vibes spot-on is Hakkasan. The Michelin-starred restaurant is already known for its Dim Sum Sundays, a feast of cocktails, Champagne and dim sum and now they are taking things up a notch with the introduction of a new ‘luxe version’, featuring a bottle of 2008 Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne. Here are five reasons you need to check it out… The Champagne and Cocktails Dim Sum Sunday embodies […]

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Openings and News

Step Aside Mister! Mrs Fogg’s Opens

Although it wasn’t ‘ladies first’, intrepid maritime explorer Mrs Fogg (Mr Fogg’s better half), today arrives on the London scene…fashionably late, might we add to set things right! Welcome to Mrs Fogg’s Maritime Club and Distillery. Pleasurably inspired by Aouda, the explorer Phileas Fogg’s wife in the Jules Verne novel, the new venue from Inception Group will continue its journey of kooky cocktail inventions and downright different dishes, with a nod to Auoda’s nautical heritage. Co-founder Charlie Gilkes says “we are delighted that Mr Fogg has found his perfect partner,” and to that we say as are we, Charlie! Now we can feast […]

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Hotels

5 Suite Reasons You Should Stay at The Arch Hotel

What: It’s a rarity to review a hotel in your own city, but that’s exactly what I did at The Arch, in Marylebone, and after a brief tour of a suite with a TV made of glass implemented into the bathtub, boy – I was glad I’d gone along. Upon arrival, the captivating artwork nestled inside is the first point of contact when arriving off icy, “it’s nearly Christmas” streets, and the warmth emanating from the fireplace of this boutique and classy from the outset hotel envelops you. Taking a wander through neat, marble corridors, the hotels’ artwork highlights various London staples. There’s a […]

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