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It turns out afternoon tea is best enjoyed by sports car

Afternoon tea, that daintiest of snacks, eaten by people too weak to peel their own crusts from a cucumber sandwich; the types who argue over whether to put the jam on a ‘scone’ first or second and pour Lady Gray tea from nothing that isn’t sterling silver. Afternoon tea needs to be super charged. And how better to do that than in a 0-60mph in 3.8 seconds sports car? If you want to do afternoon tea properly, do so in a Caterham. The Caterham Seven is a classic, with a design harking back to a golden age of motoring, yet […]

Travel

Bucket List Travel: The Places We Really Want To Go

It’s not that we’re not all working hard, all of the time, but sometimes office chat does tend to…drift. Rather than alighting on Love Island, Brexit or colleagues’ intricate romantic binds, of which there are many, last week we discussed our travel bucket lists. Where would you, if money were no option, travel to? Would you set sail for the Caribbean? Tie a kangaroo down in Australia or big game spot in Kenya? As Travel Editor I decided to make everyone miserable by writing a paragraph or two and turning it into a handy guide. Here’s what The Handbook team […]

Things to do With Kids

Off With Their Heads: Take Your Kids To One Of These Castles This Summer

An Englishman’s home may be his castle, but you don’t need to travel too far to find some Englishmen for who this is literally true! And the great thing about Britain is that there are no shortage of examples to visit, ideal for any little apprentice knights or princesses you might have in tow. From hauntings to adventures, return to ages past as you explore these monuments, enjoy their grounds and shop in their giftshops. Here are a few to visit this summer. Dover Castle, Dover What: The Key to England Why: Go big or go home clearly applies at […]

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We Review: ROBINSON Club Camyuva

What: Sun, sea, sand and partying – all in one resort. ROBINSON Club Camyuva, in Turkey’s Anatolia, combines everything you could want in a holiday into one neat location. The 5-star all-inclusive resort boasts a private beach, heated swimming pool, tennis/volleyball/basketball courts, several bars and restaurants, a spa and its own nightclub. First Impression: For a 5-star resort I was a little underwhelmed with the room; a simple double room with a small balcony, the only toiletries available were hand soap and a body wash/shampoo dispenser in the shower that I thought had a slightly masculine smell rather than being […]

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Travel

Escape The Heat: Places You Could Go That Are Colder Than Here Right Now

With the mercury hitting the late 20s and early 30s consistently perhaps, and I never thought I’d say this, just perhaps we should be thinking of taking a holiday somewhere a little cooler than England? In the days of The Raj the Brits would up-sticks and move to the mountains for the summer, maybe we should be taking a leaf out of their book… (I mean, just that particular leaf, let’s not go on another colonisation spree). Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia What: Yes You Ghengis Khan Why: In Mongolia right now it’s around 20 degrees, so admittedly not a huge difference, but […]

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Travel

Shakespeare, Architecture and Opera: 10 Reasons to Visit Verona

Verona might be best known as the setting of Romeo & Juliet, but there is so much more to the city. From its Roman architecture to it’s 5 star hotels and romantic opera festival here are ten reasons to visit Verona.   Due Torri Hotel When it comes to choosing somewhere to stay, it has to be the five-star Due Torri Hotel. Sitting in the historic centre making it perfect for sight seeing, the hotel marries luxury, modern touches and authentic period furniture. If you’re going to go all out, then go for the new and exclusive Presidential Suite Sant […]

Awesome Afternoon Teas

Experience The Golden Age of Steam with this Incredible Afternoon Tea

The golden age of steam travel, from Roberta waving her scarlet pants in Railway Children to everyone lining up to stab Ratchett in Murder On The Orient Express, it’s imprinted of our collective national psyche. That and tea, a British obsession since, like, forever. So the savvy people over at luxury train company Belmond British Pullman have only gone and put together a luxury afternoon tea. The tea, to celebrate August’s Afternoon Tea Week, will involve a round-trip aboard the Belmond British Pullman as it chuffs its way through the British countryside for a three hour adventure that will see each couple dining at […]

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Travel

Where to Stay in Falmouth: Merchants Manor

What: I always find flying within in the UK rather strange, you get off the plane expecting a different time zone, odd loos and supermarkets which always look a bit knockoff, but then you see a Tesco and find out your taxi driver use to live on the same road as you. With England revelling in a heatwave I decided to make the most of it, escaping London, getting on a 35-minute plane over to Newquay and heading to the Merchants Manor, a hotel in Falmouth for 36 hours in the Cornish sun. New: Six years ago, Sioned and Nick […]

Travel

The Ultimate Outdoorsy Holiday Destination: Flims

What: If I said Laax to you, you might well think of the popular skiing destination in Switzerland but what happens come summer when there isn’t a snowflake in sight? Well, during the warmer months Laax becomes Flims, a much more approachable terrain by foot, perfect for hiking, biking, swimming, camping and so much more – it’s basically the dream location for outdoorsy types. Hiking You are surrounded by mountains and nature in Flims and therefore a multitude of options on where to hike, the local buses stop at the start of hiking routes as well as chair lifts which […]

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Health & Wellness

If You Only Ever Visit One Wellness Hotel, Make It Forsthofalm

What: Holzhotel Forsthofalm is a bio-hotel 1050 metres above sea level in the mountains of Salzburg and probably my new favourite place on earth. Described as a “wellness hotel”, staying there nourishes the mind, body and even the environment. New? Originally a traditional Austrian restaurant in 1972 with 40 covers, the owners kept slowly increasing the restaurant in size, eventually adding in guest rooms. In 2008 the Widauer family handed over control to their son, Markus Widauer, who transformed Forsthofalm into the seven-storey wooden wonder that it is now. First Impression: From the moment I left Salzburg Airport I felt […]

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