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In Need of a Weekend Away This Autumn? We Have the Answer

What: After what has been quite a stressful few last weeks, I was in need of a weekend away. A weekend out of London, where I could wake up and breathe in air that wasn’t polluted and I could look out across rolling hills and fields, not my next neighbour’s slightly greying underwear which seems to be perpetually on the washing line. I decided to head over to Tewkesbury Park, a hotel sitting in 163 acres of beautiful parkland overlooking the famous site of the 1471 Battle of Tewkesbury. It’s got an enviable position, on the doorstep of the historic […]

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The Madrid Hotel Giving Us Interior Envy

A sucker for jetsetting to a place that hasn’t yet been scratched off the world map hanging on my wall, I was delighted to hola, gracias and Dóndemy way to Madrid upon being asked. One Iberia plane ride later (which I kept calling Iberico by mistake, much to my embarrassment), I hopped into a taxi and Arriba, Arriba! Ándale, Ándale-ed! My way into the capital. First Impressions: It’s often hard to formulate an opinion of a city from the outset, and most, until you really get under their skin, have the tendency to appear similar in the ways of hustle […]

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Vineyard Vacations

Does it really get much better than staying in a location surrounded by wine? Likely not! And there are some exquisite locations positioned around our globe, from Cali to Tasmania, ideal for lifting a glass to the lips and whiling away the hours amongst grapevines and overlooking sunsets. Vineyards, you had us at merlot… Moorilla Estate, Tasmania, Australia Moorilla definitely isn’t your stereotypical vineyard, nor is it what you’d imagine when thinking of a traditional vineyard clad in old stone and grapevines. Located on the southeast corner of Tasmania – an island off the southern coast of mainland Australia, most […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

London Cocktail Week: The Best Picks

We’re cock-a-hoop for cocktail week. For one week a year we’re inundated with invites and samples, enticing messages and calls to pop down and sample some of London’s best cocktails. Given we live in the epicentre of the world cocktail scene, it’s only right that we spend the week gorging on some of the fabulous creations that London has to offer. Welcome to cocktail week: here’s some of the places we’re going to be hanging out… The Perception at W London Piccadilly Circus (0.2 miles) We love The Perception at W London, the Leicester Square bar that boasts the biggest […]

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Fashion & Beauty

Fanny Steaming And 5 Other Reasons To Hate Gwyneth Paltrow’s Notting Hill Pop-Up

There’s a new pop-up that’s somehow made its way across the Atlantic and onto Westbourne Grove without anyone batting an eyelid. Welcome Goop, Gwyneth Paltrow’s oh-so-nutty shop. If you’re looking for ground-zero of vaginal steaming, 24 karat gold dildos and endless goats milk then here it is. The physical outworking of Gwynnie’s blog ‘Goop’, the pop-up has just opened and we can only hope it’s going to be as dotty as it should be. So before we check out the opening in person, here  are six times that Goop has made us want to slam our fingers in the car door… […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

Get Up Close and Personal With a Porn Star…Martini

Created in 2002 by Douglas Ankrah at Townhouse in Knightsbridge, the Porn Star Martini is the cocktail we order when we know we’re going out out, rather than just out. There’s a big difference. And now there’s going to be a whole house dedicated to the cocktail as part of London Cocktail Week. Running from the 3rd October until the 6th October Absolut will be taking over a townhouse on Greek Street in Soho to create an immersive porn star martini experience filled with games, tastes and sensations across four floors. Your first stop is a mist-filled forest where you’ll […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Is This The Sexiest Chinese Food In Town?

What: So while most of us might be used to eating Chinese food on our laps in front of the telly, high-end Chinese restaurant Park Chinois has a more luxurious idea of dinner and entertainment. Replace Chinese from your local take-away with Mayfair standard Asian cuisine and replace watching Gogglebox with top-quality cabaret. New? Park Chinois is at the forefront of London’s fast-growing cabaret scene, so while they’re dab hands at putting on a show, their latest offering is brand new. First Impression: The opulence at Park Chinois is palpable, as soon as I put my pauper foot through the door […]

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What to do This Weekend

Don’t Miss These Weekend Belters: Friday 28th – Sunday 30th

It’s only the bloody weekend again! Yes, time has elapsed meaning that we’re staring down the barrel of two whole days (and an evening, if you count Friday) of time to fill with fun, food and flights of fancy. Which is where The Handbook comes in. Viva la weekend. Bubblewrap Waffle What: Cat lady It would seem that the appetite for creepy Japanese cat-person Hello Kitty remains unabated. So much so that there’s now a Hello Kitty Pop-up, popping up at Bubblewrap Waffle. We are now mid-way through quite a heated office debate about whether Hello Kitty is actually a […]

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Openings & Launches

These Hot New Restaurants Just Opened

Whilst August was slower on the uptake when it came to restaurant openings, September has been alive with new locations throwing open their swing doors, causing members of the public to shout hey, hey good looking, what’ve you got cooking? So, here are all the places spoiling us rotten when it comes to choosing an away from home eater. From British produce at The Montagu Kitchen to a bar with a sole dedication to David Bowie. There’s been something for everyone to enjoy this month and beyond. Kahani Chelsea got a new restaurant this month, Kahani, from chef Peter Joseph. […]

Travel

Stars In Your Eyes: Best Star Gazing Spots Around The World

We’re in an era of Astro-tourism; a new concept that puts stars in our eyes in the form terrestrial trips and astrological adventures. Yep that’s right, people are now traveling far and wide to experience the beauty of our solar system, from the aurora borealis to sun, moon and star-themed activities. And in this world of ours, there’s no lack of open plains on which to witness the milky way. So, if you’ve ever taken a photo of something so astonishing that even the iPhone X Camera falters under the pressure? Well these starry-eyed places follow suit, with views so magnificent they’ll have […]

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Openings & Launches

The Victoria Street Food Market We’re Pascha-nate About

The mantra being thrown around is ‘from dance hall to market hall,’ as one of the world’s most renowned (and sweaty, Sambuca-shot filled) nightclubs turns its music off  for the sake of food. That’s right, the abandoned arcade that once was Pacha super-club will turn into Market Halls this autumn, becoming a sought-after spot for locals and respite for visitors to the city. When we think hall, we may well think of school… and various plates of food flying across said room. Market Halls takes school to sophistication, with a space as glam as the girls going to Pacha looked […]

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Openings and News

A New Sushisamba Smashes Into Covent Garden

Sushi and samba may seem like the most natural couple now, but when Sushisamba launched, back in 2012, along with Heron Tower roomies Duck & Waffle, we didn’t quite get it. Back then, in the days when the Queen parachuted from helicopters, Obama was more than a memory and the word Brexit didn’t even exist, it seemed a little strange. We might not have known any more about Peruvian food than the fact that Paddington loves marmalade, Brazil was basically nuts, right? While sushi was only just coming of age, but we were willing to give things a try. Six […]

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