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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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Culture

A Scandalous History

Illegitimate children, inventories and haunted photographs will be on the cards at The Wallace Collection’s new exhibition: Collecting History. The exhibition, which centres around the ways in which the Wallace family shaped the collection from the first Marquess to Sir Richard Wallace, may not have quite the drama of an episode of Eastenders, but there is some pretty scandalous history going on there that we simply cannot wait to find out more about. The exhibition which runs until 15th February, will feature archival material and works of art from the Hertford House Historical Collection. Expect to see prints, engravings, photographs […]

Openings & Launches

Our Guide to… The Best Designer Christmas Trees

It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the capital, the Christmas lights are up, Michael Bublé can be heard everywhere you go and there is the sweet smell of mulled wine in the air. With the Norwegian fir taking pride of place in Trafalgar Square last week, we decided to get into the Christmas spirit by rounding up some of the most beautiful Christmas trees that are gracing the city this year. From gingerbread tree’s to winter wonderlands you will certainly find some tree-nspiration from these picks, leaving you feeling ready to tackle your own! For the […]

Openings & Launches

Our Guide to… The Best Designer Christmas Trees

It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the capital, the Christmas lights are up, Michael Bublé can be heard everywhere you go and there is the sweet smell of mulled wine in the air. With the Norwegian fir taking pride of place in Trafalgar Square last week, we decided to get into the Christmas spirit by rounding up some of the most beautiful Christmas trees that are gracing the city this year. From gingerbread tree’s to winter wonderlands you will certainly find some tree-nspiration from these picks, leaving you feeling ready to tackle your own! For the […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Putting the Port in Portobello

If you find yourself in Notting Hill this Christmas and need to rest your weary feet in between the search for that last present for the person you really don’t want to buy for but have to (most likely the neighbours/office secret santa) , then we have the perfect remedy – starting today until Christmas Eve, The Red Lemon pub is hosting its Port and Portobello Bar upstairs in the Blue Room. Decked out in decorations and with a crackling fire it will be open noon -8pm daily and will offer a cosy respite from said shopping/grim weather with port, […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Let The Christmas Shopping Commence

We don’t want to alarm anyone but Christmas is only four shopping weekends away. We know- it’s a shock! But don’t worry, we are here to help you get ahead of the game this year, by heading to the Winter Fashion Event at Canary Wharf where there are bargains to be had and inspiration to be found. The event, which takes place today in Cabot Place and Jubilee Mall, will see famous retailers open their fashion stores, dropping their prices for some pre-Christmas indulgence. With a background of live music and buck fizz, shoppers will be treated to a 25% discount […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Hunting Without the Gathering with York & Albany

Grab your shooting jacket and head to York & Albany’s winter cabin this week, where you will be treated to a hunting lodge complete with wild game and plenty of fun. Set in the cosy courtyard of the restaurant and inspired by the age of hunting grounds of the surrounding Regent’s Park, you will be in for a rural retreat with the added bonus of not having to leave the confines of London. Combine this with outdoor heaters, scented candles and live music and this whole hunting thing suddenly became a whole load more enticing. Tweed, tartan and taxidermy will […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Festive Treats at Winterville

After weeks of speculation, the first inklings of the food on offer at Winterville has been released and here at The Handbook, we are not disappointed. For those that haven’t already heard Winterville, which is taking place in Victoria Park, seeks to re-boot the festive format combining outdoor ice rinks, huge ferris wheels and horse drawn carriages with spiegeltents (Dutch travelling dance halls), roller discos and craft beers. No Christmas fair is complete without a mandatory food market going on at the side and Winterville’s will certainly not leave you wanting for more. With Voodoo Ray’s famous pizza slices and […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Movies under The Moonlight at Bentley’s

No Christmas is complete without a movie marathon of festive films, particularly the classics. Think Breakfast at Tiffany’s, It’s a Wonderful Life and Elf and you are in festive heaven. However, the one film that mostly epitomises Christmas to us is Miracle on 34th Street which in our opinion has just the right combination of laughter and cries to keep us going for the year. With this in mind, make sure you head straight to Bentley’s where on the 4th December, there will be a private screening of the film complete with popcorn and nibbles. This is no ordinary cinema […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

An Arty Sleepover

If you are looking for an art exhibition with a difference, then make sure you head to Gallery Different on 25th November for the Ibis Sleep Exhibition; an artistic slumber party celebrating our favourite past time – sleep. Now we know that art exhibitions can sometimes bring on snoring, but we promise there won’t be any snoozing going on at this event. Well…we can promise you won’t be snoozing. However, we can’t say the same for the artists themselves, who will each spend a night resting their creative heads on the ibis Sweet Bed at The Gallery Different, using their night’s […]

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Openings & Launches

Get Piste at Archer Street

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the launch of Piste, a ski- themed chalet based in the basement of Archer Street in the heart of the West End. The basement bar which has a makeover every six months has taken on many guises over the years. From a chukka themed polo party to a Brazillian themed mecca, there is no look the bar does not suit- think of it as the Cara Delevigne of the bar world. However, everyone likes a throwback and with the ski season just around the corner, The Handbook were delighted to see the […]

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