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6 Reasons We Think This Is The Best Hotel In The Cotswolds

Steeped in history, with rave reviews, a picture-perfect setting, an A-lister guest book and having recently undergone a multi-million-pound refurbishment, The Lygon Arms needs to be on your mini-break bucket list. The Setting When you think of the Cotswolds you probably think of sandy-coloured chocolate box houses, winding lanes and fields filled with sheep; a slower pace of life. Women in tweed walking Labradors and tractors rumbling by. While that might be an idealised view (having grown up there I can confirm it isn’t all like that), when it comes to Broadway, where The Lygon Arms takes centre stage, it […]

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The Madrid Hotel Giving Us Interior Envy

A sucker for jetsetting to a place that hasn’t yet been scratched off the world map hanging on my wall, I was delighted to hola, gracias and Dóndemy way to Madrid upon being asked. One Iberia plane ride later (which I kept calling Iberico by mistake, much to my embarrassment), I hopped into a taxi and Arriba, Arriba! Ándale, Ándale-ed! My way into the capital. First Impressions: It’s often hard to formulate an opinion of a city from the outset, and most, until you really get under their skin, have the tendency to appear similar in the ways of hustle […]

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Vineyard Vacations

Does it really get much better than staying in a location surrounded by wine? Likely not! And there are some exquisite locations positioned around our globe, from Cali to Tasmania, ideal for lifting a glass to the lips and whiling away the hours amongst grapevines and overlooking sunsets. Vineyards, you had us at merlot… Moorilla Estate, Tasmania, Australia Moorilla definitely isn’t your stereotypical vineyard, nor is it what you’d imagine when thinking of a traditional vineyard clad in old stone and grapevines. Located on the southeast corner of Tasmania – an island off the southern coast of mainland Australia, most […]

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Are These The Best Spas In The World?

Lie back and think of not being in England. The spa break is the perfect getaway, a bit of ‘me time’, some pampering and attention. And like anything, you can take it to the nth degree, by doing it in serious style. Sure, you could pop down your local Virgin Active and jump in the sauna, but it’s not the same. Many five star hotels don’t actually have particularly fancy spas, often a couple of expensive treatment rooms and a mangey basement pool. But, by contrast, there are a number of incredible spas to be found around the globe. Spas […]

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Save Yourself Holiday Hassle and Pack the Perfect Suitcase

Without doubt, one of the (many) highlights of our job is the ability to jet off to lands far-and-wide in order to experience the culture, do the occasional bit of wining and dining, and take enough Instas to keep our accounts ticking over for about a year. Whether we’re off to sun ourselves silly in Ibiza or trek across mountainous terrains in Canada, we can ensure at least one insanely jealous friend among our friendship groups weekly. However, one thing not to be jealous of is the constant battle to pack a suitcase that, for once, doesn’t actually involve the […]

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Is This East London’s Coolest Hotel?

What: Bringing together the warehouses of New York with East London edge, New Road Hotel is the work of three brothers who built the hotel on the former site of a textile factory where their father once worked.  Having  been a major part of Whitechapel’s booming textile trade in the sixties, the factory closed in 2000 and was left empty until the brothers took it over in 2011 to turn it its current incarnation, complete with a restaurant from Marco Pierre White. The hotel sits just a few minutes from Whitechapel station, an area that is on the rise (partly due […]

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How To Do Oktoberfest Best – The Handbook Heads To Munich

It’s leather trousers time! We’re planning our yearly Oktoberfest outing and it’s all about the lederhosen, the crowds, Bavarian hospitality and, of course, the beer. Oktoberfest, confusingly celebrated mainly in September, is an annual festival like no other. Founded in 1810 to celebrate the marriage of King Ludwig I and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen (now that must’ve been annoying name to put into a form), the celebration just sort of caught on. By the mid 1800s it was an annual affair and has soldiered on, sometimes literally (the Nazis were big fans), and continued to get bigger and better. Today over […]

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Non-Stop Party Islands: When Summer’s Over But The Party Isn’t

If you’re still wearing shorts on the tube and lamenting the passing of summer like someone died, all while your tan fades as fast as your paper festival bracelets then don’t worry; this doesn’t have to be where the party ends… Why not head to one of these islands where the party doesn’t stop… Ibiza, Spain Why: Tried and tested, the White Isle is quite literally the home of the party. And with regular pool parties running into October there’s no let up on the party vibe yet. Ibiza wouldn’t be Ibiza without super-star DJs, and private jets will be […]

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Rooftop Restaurants With The Most Incredible Views Of Rome

Rome, famously a city of seven hills all of which offer iconic views across one of the world’s most recognisable and historic capitals. Views which are best enjoyed with a glass of Prosecco and a romantic meal for two. So here’s where to head for some of the most unforgettable meals of your life, only helped by the knock-out views. Aroma Restaurant Why: With the coliseum practically within touching distance, Aroma has one of the most memorable views. The restaurant has just 28 tables and is the definition of intimate. It’s not just the view that’s incredible, the Michelin Star restaurant, […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Top Michelin-Starred Restaurants Outside London

With London eternally stealing the gastronomic spotlight, it’s easy to miss the array of foodie gems that are scattered across the UK. So just in case you’re lucky enough to escape the capital and taste the clean air of the provinces, we have compiled a list of our top ten Michelin-starred restaurants outside of London. Whether you’re as far south as Cornwall’s Port Isaac, or as northerly as Perth and Kinross, there’s no need to lower your fine-dining standards – The Handbook has found the best of Britain’s culinary offerings, nationwide. The Waterside Inn What: The Top Pick Why: As […]

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