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The 10 Best Places to Drink in Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s Bramble Bar has just been named the best in the UK at the recent Top 50 Cocktail Bar awards, a title that follows a long list of other accolades including being amongst the worlds top 50 bars in 2013. So as a nod to this, we thought it only fair to round-up the best bars in Edinburgh to give you a choice of tipples, aside from whisky. Copper Blossom What: Copper Blossom Why: The interior of Copper Blossom is simply stunning, set against exposed brickwork and brimming with artwork by Edinburgh artist Lynsey Jean Henderson. Enjoy a drink, or two, […]

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We Review: Iberostar Sábila, Tenerife

Charlotte checks out the hotel dedicated to aloe vera on the beautiful island of Tenerife

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Where To Stay In… The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds stretches over 800 square miles and runs through five counties: Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire. It’s also arguably one of the prettiest parts of the country, with rolling hills and that golden stone that gives itself to picture postcard villages. It’s home to the Cotswold Way, cheese rolling, Badminton Horse Trials, Prince Charles, woolsack racing and Handbook Editor, Emily (not that she is in anyway bias…)  and is a favourite amongst celebrities. Easy to get to from London, it makes for the ideal weekend getaway. If you’re planning a visit and are after a little luxury then […]

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We Review: Flemings Mayfair

What? One of the last remaining privately owned hotels in London and the hotel thought to be the inspiration for Agatha Christie’s novel At Betram’s Hotel, Flemings Mayfair is also home to restaurant, Ormer Mayfair by Shaun Rankin and the Manetta’s bar. New? Nope, Flemings is actually one of London’s oldest established hotels having opened in 1851 with parts of the building (it’s made up of thirteen Georgian townhouses) dating back to 1731, so no, it isn’t new. That said it has had a recent multi-million-pound refurbishment, which not only gave the hotel a new lease of life, but also […]

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10 Reasons To Visit Madrid

I spent nearly three years living in Madrid, relentlessly exploring all the city has to offer, and since returning to London I’ve written a novel loosely based on my experiences. When Evie, the main character, moves to Madrid she is initially disappointed by the lack of flamenco guitar players on every corner, bullfighters strutting down the streets and beautiful flowers dangling off every balcony. Madrid may not have the picturesque beauty of Andalucía, or the endless beaches of Barcelona, but Evie soon finds herself falling head over heels in love with the charm of the city. The Spanish like to say […]

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We Review: W New York Times Square

What? New York, The Big Apple, the city that never sleeps. It’s my favourite city (after London of course, my loyalty runs deep) and on my last visit, I wanted to go all out, I wanted to go big, I wanted to stay right in the heart of the city: Times Square. So, I headed to W New York – Times Square, a minute from Times Square? Check. Two seconds from a Starbucks? You betcha. 99 cent pizza so close you can smell it? Yep. It had everything I needed for my all-American stay. New? Nope, it’s been open since […]

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Greece Yourself Up: Which Greek Island To Visit First?

From aquamarine seas to dramatic, awe-inspiring landscapes, the fabulous Greek islands never fail to deliver. We’ve teamed up with Chic Retreats to bring you some of their favourite spots. Whether drinking in the iconic Santorini sunset, exploring the mysterious ruins of Naxos, or watching breeding seals in Kimolos, you’ll find a touch of authentic Hellenic magic at each of these gems. Naxos The greenest island in the Cyclades, Naxos is ideal for hikers and historians alike, with beautiful trails leading you from sleepy villages to ancient ruins. What to do: Wander through the atmospheric alleys and steps of the labyrinthine Kastro, […]

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The Sports Resort You Should Know About: Quinta do Lago

If you think of Quinta do Lago you’ll no doubt think of their award-winning golf courses which have been established over 45 years or the real estate development that dots £20 million mansions around like confetti; if neither rings a bell then let me introduce you to the sports resort you need to know about. The Campus Based in the Algarve, Quinta do Lago is a sports lover’s paradise, besides the prestigious golf facilities they have also recently launched The Campus. Set amongst 2,000 acres of the picturesque Ria Formosa National Park, The Campus at Quinta do Lago, is a multi-sport […]

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The Hotel Launching In Actual Space

For hotels, space is now the final frontier. And there was me thinking it was bidets. A company has launched the first space hotel and everyone’s going mad for it. If you find checking into a hotel a bit of a faff, getting your key, ordering a wake up call and hearing how the minibar works, then you ain’t seen nothing. A hotel just launched where you have to do a three month course before even setting foot inside. Not a fan of elevators? This one’s 200 miles high. Welcome to Aurora Station. The given launch date of 2021 seems […]

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19 of the Best Hotels Near London

Here at The Handbook we spend most of our time focusing on all the best hotels London has to offer (that’s pretty much a full time job in itself) but what if you want to escape London for a weekend? We have rounded up 15 stylish/historical/grand (delete as applicable) hotels all within about 2.5 hours of London, so dig out your car keys, pack your overnight bag and get ready to fill your lungs with fresh air…  

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The Race For Best London Hotel Suite Just Got Interesting

We love a good hotel suite at The Handbook, in fact we pretty much wrote the book when it comes to the things, but even by our exacting standards The Berkeley’s Pavilion Suites have got us pretty excited. The luxury Knightsbridge hotel have turned to their old friend and long-time collaborator Andre Fu. The designer had already worked on The Opus Suite, which looks out over Hyde Park and is a thing of beauty to behold, let alone to stay in, and now his studio AFSO is back with two spectacular suites to complement it. Welcome to The Grand Pavilion […]

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The British are coming! The elite London clubs heading stateside

Who better to school America in exclusivity than the British? The private members’ club is that most British of inventions, luxurious homes-from-home for society’s elite, oases of discrete privacy behind doors normal folk cannot pass. The Americans have all this to look forward to as some of London’s top clubs are set to open US branches over the next couple of years. Here’s a list of some of the British clubs heading stateside… The Groucho Club Leicester Square (0.3 miles) What: Heading to… Manhattan, New York Why: One of London’s most exclusive clubs, only open to media, art and music […]

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