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Sanook Spa Facial Review – What We Thought

If you’re anything like me you wince every time you’re slapped in the face by a blast of dirty underground air. Throw in the Autumn chill and dry indoor heating and the idea of a facial was most welcome. And what better time than National Chocolate Week when Sanook Spa were offering a special Chocolate Facial. The spa is in the basement of the 5 star Courthouse Hotel, just down from Liberty. Much smaller than I expected, it was very well equipped and I’d imagine that during the day it would be very peaceful. I arrived at 6pm, flustered and straight from […]

Seasonal & Celebrations

K – West’s Chocolate Spa

This week promises all things chocolatey at The Handbook. In honour of National Chocolate Week hitting the capital there is a huge range of one-off events, pop-ups and special menus on offer, from the more standard chocolate tastings to the more unusual including chocolate sausage rolls. If we didn’t love chocolate so much we’d probably be a bit freaked out. If you really love chocolate, and I mean really love it and eating it just isn’t enough then how about being wrapped in it? Sounds a bit sticky but K Spa are promising a smooth experience with their Chocolate Spa […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Fierce Heels dance class and Plateau Brunch

Ever spent the night dancing away convinced that you’d easily burnt away all the calories you’ve been drinking? Of course have, we all have, but unfortunately a few twirls to Beyonce’s Single Ladies probably didn’t improve your fitness the way thought it did. What will help is a session at Neon Fuel, a London-based street dance and travel company, who is holding monthly Fierce Heels dance brunches. Guests are encouraged to don their favourite pair of high heels during the class while learning a choreographed dance routine, but the best part comes afterwards when you are rewarded with an unlimited […]

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Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks, and for those who will not get the chance to return home to USA for 28th November and celebrate with family and friends, Gillray’s Steakhouse has prepared a special Thanksgiving offering for you to enjoy in London.

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Raw Supper Club

Whoever discovered that courgettes could be substituted for spaghetti, cauliflower for rice and cashews for cream has a lot to answer for. No longer associated with dreadlocked hippies, raw and vegan food is now hugely popular and even if you don’t need to eat this way for dietary purposes, many of us have enjoyed quinoa in our salads and kale in our smoothies to boost our green intake and dust off our imaginary halos. Lorena Loriato, chef behind London’s hottest raw (oxymoron, much?!) cafés Nama and Tanya’s Chelsea, MightyBee and Transition Zone (Fulham’s hippest fitness studio), is hosting a supper-club […]

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Hotels

8 of the Best Hotel Spas

We’re half way through August, so we’re sorry to say that unfortunately most of us will have skin that’s slightly frazzled from the sun, pedicures in need of a serious update and sad, fading tans… And that’s just the physical damage – our emotional well-being is a sorry state of affairs too; stressed that it’ll be Christmas before we know it and downtrodden that we’ll soon be waking up and leaving the office in darkness. Which is why we need to book in that much-needed trip to the spa – whether we’re after a top up on the tan, a […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Super food Ice Lollies at Ethos

The sun might not be shining, but is that going to stop us eating ice lollies? No it is not. If anything we need to eat more to encourage the sun to shine (clearly this is how the weather works) especially when they’re the new ice-lollies from vegan and vegetarian restaurant Ethos, because they’re healthy and we all know the importance of health. The vegan lollies are made from coconut or almond milk and use fruit, seeds and natural sweetners. Flavours include mango and chia which is full of anti-oxidants and vitamin C, plus if you eat one whilst listening […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

6 Of The Best Healthy Restaurants

While we are normally perfectly content gorging on ice creams and burgers, in order to get those #summerbods it’s important to eat healthy. Also, it just feels good to leave a restaurant knowing you haven’t eaten triple your daily calorie allowance. The Handbook has got you covered with a guide to 6 Of The Best Healthy Restaurants in London – check it out below!

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Top 6 Fitness Events

5 fitness and food clubs in London 2015 is the year of eating clean, getting fit and thinking about our health in general. From Deliciously Ella and Madeleine Shaw to Honestly Healthy and Hemsley & Hemsley, it’s not just clean eating cookbooks and blogs that are a focus, but fun fitness as well – think disco-inspired spinning classes, rooftop yoga with a view and fashionable running clubs. And a few savvy restaurants have noticed the trend, teaming up with different gyms and studios to offer exclusive healthy brunches, lunches and supper clubs. We’ve rounded-up our pick of the best below: […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

5 Of The Best Delis In London

Everyone loves a picnic, but in recent years, the standard of picnic-ing appears to have dropped. If, like us, you get fed up of your friend Instagramming ‘picnic in the park’ with their supermarket meal deal and have to resist the urge to scream ‘that’s not a real picnic!’, then you need our guide to ‘5 Of The Best Delis In London’, to make the perfect picnic. We’re talking wicker hamper baskets, soft blankets and plenty of cheeses and meats from the best delis in London. Check out our guide to them below and step up your picnic game!

Hotels

St Pancras Spa Launches New Treatment Range

We all need some rest and relaxation every once in a while, but sometimes it can be tough convincing your employer/other half that you’re in real need of a spa day. So what better excuse to head on down for massages and bathing in strange liquids than the St Pancras Spa’s launch of their new treatment and product range in collaboration with Aromatherapy Associates. Located in King’s Cross, a bustling and exciting London neighbourhood, St Pancras Spa offers a welcome retreat from urban life. With the emphasis firmly on the rejuvenation of mind and body, spa facilities include a relaxation […]

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PUSH Mind and Body Review

Spring is almost upon us and the layers are coming off and with them the realisation that the Christmas paunch, heard-earned over the festive period, has now turned into Easter paunch. But help is at hand, PUSH Mind and Body is a wellness camp based in New Forest that offers to arm you with the tools to live a better life. Don’t worry, it is not some sort of hippy commune or cult, they just use simple steps to do the obvious, giving guests a kick start in the right direction with an intense week of working out and getting […]

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Reviews

PUSH Mind and Body Review

Spring is almost upon us and the layers are coming off and with them the realisation that the Christmas paunch, heard-earned over the festive period, has now turned into Easter paunch. But help is at hand, PUSH Mind and Body is a wellness camp based in New Forest that offers to arm you with the tools to live a better life. Don’t worry, it is not some sort of hippy commune or cult, they just use simple steps to do the obvious, giving guests a kick start in the right direction with an intense week of working out and getting […]

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