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Is London Killing You? How To Avoid Deadly Air Pollution

Last year London hit its legal air pollution limit FOR THE YEAR in less than a month, this year it’s looking like the capital might be able to beat it’s personal best. Which is really bad news for us Londoners. We’re less than a month into 2019 and we’ve already breathed in what’s regarded as the maximum safe amount for a whole 12 months. According to researchers, a normal day’s exposure in the capital is equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes, albeit significantly cheaper and without the faff of popping outside to the fire escape every half hour, so it’s clear that […]

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10 Of London’s Healthiest Restaurants

Eating healthily has always been of huge importance, and yet there seems to be a turn in the times that’s seeing people actually abiding by this knowledge, swapping potato smilers and baked beans for avo and quinoa bowls with dustings of pine nuts. And here at The Handbook we’re all aboard the healthy bus, especially as London is a playground when it comes to #healthy food choices. So here’s proof that there’s more to healthy than smoothies with green hues and beetroot positioned neatly on salad leaves. Here are our favourite picks when it comes to London’s healthiest restos… Scarlett Green […]

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Your January Fitness Survival Guide

It’s the phrase murmuring on everyone’s lips, “new year, new me” and yet working off those excess sprouts and Yorkshire puds from the festivities can be a hard state of affairs come January. Alas, we’re making it easier for you by providing sure fire ways to get the...

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Break A Sweat At These 14 London Gyms

Ditching the word ‘gym’ in favour of things like ‘boutique fitness experience’, London has seen a wave of luxury exercise studios pop up over the last few years. Exercise needn’t take place in a bright, soulless room – instead you could be pampering yourself in designer toiletries and working out to live DJs. Take part in epic spin classes, life-affirming yoga sessions and revolutionise the way you sweat. Here is our guide to the best luxury gyms in London…

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The Best Apps For Getting Fit

We’ve all been there; 7am, donning the activewear, desperately trying to conjure up an ounce of motivation to make you actually put on your trainers and head to the gym / park / spinning class / <insert alternative tiring activity here>. There you are, aiming to bring back that beach bod you probably didn’t achieve over summer, and kicking yourself into a productive day but in reality, seven minutes into the jog you’re already walking and on your way to pick up a morning latté. There’s a solution. Fitness apps claim to solve this lethargy; inspiring, motivating and result-achieving, and […]

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Are You Looking After Your Skin Right? The Handbook Meets Skin Experts Dermacare Direct

Let’s face it, looking after your skin correctly is super important, which is something Skin Experts Dermacare Direct know a thing or two about, so we reached out to co-founder Andrea to find out exactly what we should be doing. Dermacare Direct was launched to inform, educate and advise clients about a wealth of skincare concerns, and offer a range of advanced skin care products and devices to address these in order to obtain, maintain and enhance optimal skin health at home. So if the onset of winter is making your skin so dry it’s hard to crack a smile, […]

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No More Namast’ay-ing in Bed: I-Guru Announce New Yoga Sessions

Here’s one for those who carry out their everyday tasks in their active-wear… It’s 7am, you’re scrolling through insta and a bombardment of sunrise yoga images and downward dogs left, right and centre flood your feed. You? Well, you’re duvet covered, rubbing weary eyes and a resounding “I’ll go next week…” chimes in your head. Long story short, sometimes it’s the actual getting up and going that stops us when it comes to exercise, and I-Guru has the solution… The bespoke yoga and wellbeing service is renowned for bringing yoga teachers to your door (quite literally), coming to homes, meeting […]

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The Handbook Meets Steph Burrows, Founder of POPfit, Celeb’s Favourite Dance Workout

We’re always on a mission to find fun ways to work out, we’re not about that treadmill life and we can’t get enough of POPfit, the dance-inspired fitness class created by Stephanie Burrows. Having trained as a professional dancer at the Royal Ballet School, Steph has also trained in the Lagree Method at Brooklyn Bodyburn; in Pilates at Heartcore Fitness in London and became personal trainer to her close friend, A-lister Kate Hudson. This year she opened her first boutique fitness studio and launched her brand new method POPfit. Tell us about the POPfit method? POPfit Method is a full […]

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Help Your Head This World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day, and as a result we’ve found some hacks to help you improve your mental health, if needed. In April of this year, The House of Commons released statistics revealing an estimated 1 in 6 people experience a ‘common mental disorder’ like depression or anxiety. Worldwide, mental health problems are one of the main causes of the overall disease and major depression is thought to be the second leading cause of disability worldwide and a major contributor to the burden of suicide and ischemic heart disease. It’s a huge problem which is taking hold of so many, consequently World […]

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Wade in wellness at Wanderlust festival

Everyone needs a bit of wanderlust in their lives don’t they? I’ve even got the word tattooed on my back – big mistake circa 19-years-old – but I still get excited when I hear the word, which translates to a strong desire to travel. With the world in mind, Wanderlust is the global yoga and wellness festival which includes ground breaking events such as the world’s only mindful triathlon, in partnership with Adidas. The coveted event, which has us yogis doing extra downward dogs in anticipation, arrives in Battersea Park on the 15th September and, as has just been announced, […]

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Paradise Now: There’s a Wellness Playground Coming to London

Health nut who just wants to act like a kid again? Say hello to Paradise Now, London’s very first ‘wellbeing playground.’ The multi-sensory experience is totally free in Grosvenor’s Eccleston Yards, featuring an urban outdoor spa to take guests on a journey towards post-summer detoxification by using the newest scientifically-proven wellness tricks. Created by visionaries Bompas & Parr, the installation includes things like a huge pink mist waterfall with extracts of raspberry leaf, aloe vera, chamomile and citrus and immersive meditation zone filled with aromatherapy scented pebbles coloured in Baker-Miller pink (a shade proven to reduce anxiety). Other highlights include a […]

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We Review St. James’s Hotel and Club ‘Happiness in the City’ Package

What: City life is busy, busy, busy; people are always in a rush with deadlines to meet and social lives to try and keep fulfilled – so it’s no wonder that the wellness movement is on the rise, with Londoners desperate to maintain a sense of harmony. There’s nothing like a touch of luxury to help one feel relaxed so St. James’s Hotel and Club has created a Happiness in the City package which includes an overnight stay in a Deluxe Room, the wellness breakfast for two people and a 90-minute Connock body treatment from Perfect 10 Black Label for […]

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