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Victory House
Openings & Launches

Victory House: Leicester Square’s Boutique Hotel

Leicester Square: that most iconic of London locations, its pavements have been graced by everyone from Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn to Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lawrence. Normally we get to watch from afar, communicated via the glow of the telly or the pages of the glossies. But now you can watch in-person, perched above the action oggling Colin Firth walking up the red carpet as you order room service and run a bath. Welcome to  Victory House London Leicester Square MGallery by Sofitel. Victory House is a new 86 room boutique hotel right on the square (fear not, it’s […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

There’s a Ferrero Rocher Pop-Up Opening

It turns out there is higher power, because next month there is going to be a whole pop-up dedicated to Ferrero Rocher. Taking place of two floors, this isn’t just a pop-up where you go and stuff your face (although we’d be happy with that too), no, at this pop-up you’ll be immersd in the world of the most luxurious chocolate. Start in the golden bar, with drinks created by mixology maestros, Liquid Chefs, before sitting down to an immersive, multi-sensory performance where you’ll try five mini puddings each made in front of your eyes and each one inspired by […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

Choose Love This Christmas

There’s a new sort of Christmas pop-up shop coming to Soho this year. Created by creative collective Glimpse who is on a mission to use creativity for good, the pop-up, Choose Love, is asking to you buy as much as you want and leave with absolutely nothing. Why? Because all funds raised will go directly to UK charity, Help Refugees, who is supporting vital work across Europe and the Middle East. The products are split into three categories: arrival, shelter and the future. In arrival, you might find first aid kits and life jackets; in shelter, it will be the […]

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Out Of The BlueOut Of The Blue
Openings & Launches

Enter The Matrix At The Blue Bar

Anyone who’s been caught naked in Sainsbury’s freezer asile cluctching a fire extinguisher and a flamingo will tell it to you plain: context is everything. Never more so than at The Blue Bar at The Berkeley where their exclusive cocktail tasting experience harnessses cutting edge technology makes sure that you’re drinking in exactly the right drink in the right surroundings to get the most out of your cocktail. Context is everything. Out Of The Blue gives up to four guests the chance to go on an ‘explorative journey of taste’ by stimulating the senses through exquisite ingredients, but also using […]

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Seasonal & Celebrations

7 Magical London Ice Rinks

There is no Christmas without ice; whether it’s in your G & T at your office party, or turning your drive way into a lethal boobie-trap, there is no escape. Therefore to truly get in the spirit we have comprised a shortlist of the best London ice rinks so buckle up your booties and don your hats a scarves.   WINTERVILLE Why: This years Winterville has returned south of the river to Clapham Common. For the first time Winterville has included an Ice Rink on its list of endless entertainment. No matter who you are, or what your pleasure you’re […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Pure Filth At The Tate Modern

We were thrilled to hear about the popup coming to Tate Modern, it’s Pure Filth. Get your minds out of the gutter, Pure Filth isn’t what you’re thinking, it’s a new food concept combining decadent cuisine with truly nutritious ingredients, healthy junk food if you will. Timed to coincide with the upcoming Amedeo Modigliani exhibition at the museum, nutritionist Rosemary Ferguson and chef Gizzi Erskine will be launching the popup over 3 weekends at the end of November and start of December and we’re genuinely excited about it. After all, junk food that’s actually good for you is the holy […]

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Reviews

The Handbook Reviews Batty Langley’s

What? Batty Langley’s appears in a moment as you turn onto the cobbled stones of Folgate Street, leaving noisy Bishopsgate behind. Immediately on the left of the street, there’s the Londoner’s favourite, The Water Poet pub; adjacent to it is the entrance to Batty Langley’s hotel. Walk in and be immersed within the design world of the eponymous Batty Langley, an eminent 18th century architect of the area. The building tells his story, which is well worth immersing yourself in for the day and night, although if you are escaping, Spitalfields Market, the sensible luxury of the City and the […]

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Seasonal & Celebrations

14 of the Best Christmas Adverts

The big corporations might be trying to persuade us to buy from them and tugging on our heartstrings to do so, but Christmas adverts (whether we like it or not) are a now a part of the build up to Christmas. Here at The Handbook, we’re not ashamed to say they are one of our guilty (or in some cases, not so guilty) pleasures. With the arrival of John Lewis’ 2017 offering, Moz the Monster,  and after much deliberation in The Handbook HQ here are 14 of our favourite: Forget Father Christmas, last year Marks & Spencer showed us the […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

The Popup Worth Making A Pilgrimage To

It’s time to make a pilgramage. Not to Rome, Mecca or Canterbury but to Dalston. Pilgrim, the four-date six-course popup was a total sell-out of a success when it originally popped up earlier this year, and so not only is it now returning for another run (and a new menu) across six dates this month, but Pigrim will popup on a permanament basis from April, which is great news for any fans of Spanish food. The inspiration for Pilgrim comes from Camino de Santiago, a pilgramage dating back to the 9th century and involving travelling to Santiago de Compostela in […]

What to do This Weekend

What To Do This Weekend: 10th – 12th November

The countdown has begun and we’re yearning for six o’clock on Friday to come as fast as it possibly can. This weekend, as ever, we’re spoilt for choice and can choose to be good (Be:Fit East by West health and wellness festival) or bad (Coq d’Argent bottomless brunch with free-flowing Moet springs to mind). Or why not race your favourite dip recipe against stiff competition at Torshi at Five Miles? Either way, it’ll be over way too soon and before you know it we’ll be back on Monday and wondering how on earth it sped by so fast! Coq d’Argent […]

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