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101 London Date Ideas: The Ultimate Guide to Dating in the City

That time of year is fast approaching. By that time of year, I am alluding to V Day, the big Valentines. The one day of the year when everyone is expected to be on a date. If you’re not in a relationship / marriage / convent and haven’t started cuffing then you need to get on that ASAP in order to find the one (or someone) for V Day. Once they are well and truly cuffed, you then need to work out where you’re going to go. That’s where we come in. We have devised the ultimate guide of date […]

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Start (Chinese) New Year on a High at The Shard

Chinese New Year. Hmm. What to do, what to do? You want an authentic experience but that doesn’t mean you want to be rattling around Chinatown eating cold dim sum and getting squished by snap happy tourists. Good thing that the Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard is putting on an authentic but indulgent experience then, isn’t it? The festivities will take place between 18th and 22nd February and will include an awesome combination of Asian heritage, food and, of course, breathtaking views from the TING Lounge. Tuck into a veritable Chinese feast, with traditional dumplings and sweetened lotus nuts symbolic […]

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Our Guide To… Burns Night in London

This Sunday is Burns Night, a day of haggis, piping and poetry. For those of you who don’t know the history of Burns Night, let us tell you. Scotland’s National Poet, Robert Burns (or Rabbie, as he was known), may have only lived until he was 37 but in that time he wrote some pretty epic poems, including Auld Lang Syne and an Address to Haggis. After his death on the 25th January 1796, his friends started to celebrate his life, and so Burns Night was born and London well and truly adopted it. Celebrating with haggis, tatties, neeps and whisky, […]

Openings & Launches

London Art Studies launches ‘spas for the mind’

So we’re all busy refining our waistlines, but how about refining your mind too? New Year, New You after all. On 20th January, London Art Studies is launching ‘spas for the mind’, an exclusive partnership with the Bulgari Hotel which brings art to you in an accessible and fun format. Whether you’re a complete novice or fancy yourself as a bit of an art whizz, the new art ‘power hours’ and ‘In Focus’ mornings will keep you up to speed on what’s hot in the art world and provide welcome respite from the daily grind. Over coffee or a cocktail, […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Hair Looking a Bit Sketch-y?

In anticipation of London Fashion Week the thoughtful lot at sketch have set up a specialist hair-braiding-salon-cum-breakfast bar, just for you. Yep, for one week only the professionals at Braid Bar will be on hand to transform your tired January locks into a style reminiscent of an Elfin princess. With 12 styles to choose from, from French to fishtail, crowns, multi-braids and side plaits, there’s something for everyone.  And if you’re feeling particularly audacious, why not ask them to add streak of colour, some well-placed beads or perhaps a feather or three… Quick, cool and affordable, it’s the perfect style […]

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Openings & Launches

Trader Vic’s Tiki Cinema

So the sun might be a distant memory as you wonder if you will ever be warm again, but the guys down at Trader Vic’s are doing their best to keep spirits up by bringing a taste of the tropics to London with the launch of a Tiki cinema. Tiki cinema, you ask? Yep. This Hawaiian film experience will take place at their newly refurbished bar in the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane, kicking off with all-time favourite Jurassic Park on 12th January. Tickets include a complimentary cocktail and cinema-goers can sip on a tropical tipple (we suggest a Mai […]

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Culture

The 72nd Annual Golden Globes

Comedy duo and celebrity best friends, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey returned to host the 72nd Annual Golden Globes last night, with famed famous from both sides of the pond turning up in their droves to see if they had won an enviable Globe award. British actor Eddie Redmayne beat off fellow Brit actors, Benedict Cumberbatch (for The Imitation Game) and David Oyelowo (for Selma) to win best actor in a drama for his role as physicist Professor Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. His co-star Felicity Jones unfortunately missed out on the best drama actress award which went […]

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Our Guide to… Top Celebrity Entrepreneurs

When it comes to picking out rising stars, we often look for those described as having “the triple threat”: all singing, all dancing and really rather beautiful. However, in recent years, in a bid to secure longevity, we have noticed that a lot of these stars have added another threat to their list: intelligence. Who says you can’t have it all. Yes, it would seem that increasingly celebrities are using their fortunes for good, taking on an Apprentice-like air and starting up some oddly successful businesses. With that in mind, we have put together a list of our favourite celebrity […]

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Dirty Detoxing

January is the time of the detox, or so we tell ourselves as we rootle around for the last of the chocolate money, it’s the time for a fresh start a new you and all that, but if that all sounds a bit too tedious then ease yourself into detoxing with a few cocktails. But don’t worry Christabel’s Dirty Detox Cocktails taking place on the 22nd January has been created to bring the best out in you – and who can say no to that? The evening will take place in a secret location only announced a few days beforehand […]

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The Handbook’s Guide to New Year’s Eve

They say the way you spend New Year’s Eve is a sign of what is to come for the rest of the year, so with that in mind if you want a year of partying, drinking, good food and general all round fabulousness head to one of these amazing events. New Year’s Eve at The Ritz London We might be celebrating the New Year but over at The Palm Court guests will be doing a time warp back to the 1920’s for a themed evening complete with a four-course dinner, marching band, live music and dancing. Alternatively, if you are […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Handbook’s Guide to New Year’s Eve

They say the way you spend New Year’s Eve is a sign of what is to come for the rest of the year, so with that in mind if you want a year of partying, drinking, good food and general all round fabulousness head to one of these amazing events. New Year’s Eve at The Ritz London We might be celebrating the New Year but over at The Palm Court guests will be doing a time warp back to the 1920’s for a themed evening complete with a four-course dinner, marching band, live music and dancing. Alternatively, if you are […]

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