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Are You Rich Enough For Harrod’s Father Christmas?

Father Christmas famously only wants to know one thing: have you been naughty or have you been nice? He will then make a value judgment as to whether your child warrants a new Nintendo or a sack of coal. And the way that particularly dysfunctional section of our legal system works is such that would leave kiddie Hitler, Stalin and Chairman Mao playing multiplayer Mario Kart well into Boxing Day. In the season of goodwill to all men, children are the most generously accommodated. But not at Harrod’s. The Santa at Harrods’s has added a new criteria to the ‘naughty […]

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Win Tickets To The Unmissable ELLE Magazine Weekend

As we ricochet onto the Christmas run-up, what better time for an ELLE Weekender? The coveted place-to-be-seen event that will have you added to an already extensive Christmas wish list, and with The Handbook you can win yourself some tickets! The weekend, which falls on the 30th of November until the 2nd of December, will see guests joining ELLE magazine and get subsequently wow-ed by various big celebs as they share their stories. The event focuses primarily on fashion, culture and beauty, brought to life through a series of inspiring, immersive and interactive events. The stellar line-up will have your […]

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We’re Starry Eyed As Ellie Goulding Announces Huge Charity Gig

Ellie Goulding, we’re still falling for you; even more so after we received the news that she’s hosting a concert in aid of Streets of London, for a fifth year in a row! The line-up includes Dua Lipa and Bastille as just two of the noteworthy acts joining the antics. For those not so in-the-know, this is actually a gig that’s been kicking about for a while, the incentive being to raise money for Streets of London, which “funds specialist support for people who are homeless in London, and raises awareness about homelessness.” Burn, burn, burning up on the dance floor […]

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6 Reasons Why This Dating App Will Make You Delete Tinder… Forever

It’s getting to that time again where singletons feel somewhat like Mark in Love Actually’s Mark, desperately holding up declarations of love on a young Keira Knightley’s doorstep. Christmas. A time where those without a better half wretch at the sight of mistletoe and matching Santa onesies. This year however, naughty or nice, there’s a gift that keeps on giving in the form of dating app The Inner Circle. The miracle dating app makes connecting super easy by skilfully selecting from the dating pond those most likely to be your Prince (or Princess) Charming. Plus, it’s more than just dating, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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Book Now: Sher-Lock Yourself In This Escape Room

We reconnected with our love for Sherlock Holmes as the remake took to our screens. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch – a man famed for the ability to make an unfathomable number of puns out of his name, oh and for Sherlock. Well, good news for fans of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle classic: it’s time to don the trench coat, grow a Watson tash and dust off the old magnifying glass, as Sherlock: The Games is Now, a Sherlock live game, gets ready to open in December, and there’s new availability to book. If you’ve ever experienced the escape room craze, […]

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Fashion & Beauty

If You’ve Got It, Haunt It: 6 Millennial Halloween Costume Ideas

It’s fair to say that Halloween has gone from being scary to being downright peculiar, with 2018 promising to reveal some pretty bizarre costume choices. We’ve seen Frida Kahlo, black and white cows, and even replicating Meghan Markle’s best looks. What happened to witch and vampire costumes you ask?! Oh, well they still exist, but they’re more typically donned by people who have little-to-no time to put something together. So as Pinterest release their most popular costumes for 2018, it’s safe to say they’re are some absolute howlers surfacing. People are putting a whole lotta thought into their outlandish outfits […]

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The Inspirational Women Whose Autobiographies Moved Us In 2018

Lacking in inspo? Pinterest just not doing it for you? Feeling you need something more than your kale super juice to get you motivated in the morning? This is what you need: a sumptuous list of the very best inspirational women, and the autobiographies they have written this year, to give you some top-knotch bibliotheraphy for these dreary autumn days. Whether it’s passion, anger or wisdom, the experiences of these women will light your fire, spark your flame and give you the pa-zing to hop up off of your backside and get going. Dolly Alderton – Everything I know about […]

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The World’s Creepiest Exhibition Comes To London

Is it Groundhog Day? It seems like just yesterday that, back in 2008, Dr Gunther von Hagens brought his controversial Body Worlds travelling display to this country. The exhibition, which showcases the preserved dissected bodies of hundreds of donors, now has a permanent home here. The flayed corpses will find their final home at Piccadilly Circus in what was the vastly overpriced Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, so on that count at least it’s an improvement. But there will no doubt remain a cloud of doubt over whether this is an educational and worthy endeavour, or the worst type of voyeurism […]

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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 […]

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