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Gardening’s finest spectacle The Chelsea Flower Show is marking it’s 100th anniversary this year. The horticultural show, synonymous with pensioners, is the most famous flower show in the UK attracting visitors from all corners of the globe. The show, visited by over 150,000 people, highlights the trends in the horticultural show much like a catwalk show does for fashion. Often new plants are revealed and older varieties revived.

 

The first two days of the show are exclusively for members of the Royal Horticultural although, if you are not already member, signing up is worth it simply to gain priority access to see the displays at their freshest.

 

Booking is the only way to gain admission to the show as no tickets are sold on the door. Although fear not if your timetables clashes as the BBC cover the show extensively

 

When? 21st-25th May

 

Where? Royal Hospital Rd, SW3 4SR

 

How Much? £22-£55 (depending when you book, NO tickets on the door)

 

Nearest Tube? Sloane Square

We know our customers are busy London commuters. So we’ve compiled a list of the best Android Apps for travelling. Take a look and comment below if you have any you think have to be added or shouldn’t be on the list.

1. You have Google Maps so check out Google Earth. Beautiful, clean crisp images of wherever you are, or wherever you’re going. With the “tour guide” option you can see anywhere in the world with your phone.

 

2. Red Spotted Hanky is essential for train travellers. You can pre-book tickets or check times, for anywhere in the UK, at home for a hassle-free journey. The only let down is not being able to apply loyalty discounts you have earned when purchasing from a phone.

 

3. The London Underground Map, comes with time-saving features such as journey mapper, live departure boards and lists of nearby places which make this Tube app stand out.

 

4. Convenient holiday comparison app Kayak collates all your details are in one place. Search and book through Kayak for one easy fluid transaction. You can find even out baggage fees and airport contact number through Kayak.

 

5. A final fun recommendation. Flow Free is an addictive puzzle game sweeping the nation. Connect the coloured dots sounds simple enough, but with sequel Flow Free: Bridges there’s hours of frustrating fun just waiting for you.

 

Are there any Apps you’ve used and hated? Or ones you think need to be on this list?  Comment you views below.

 

You’ve handed over your dry cleaning and ironing to us and now have a free evening. What to do? We recommend activities that take the same amount of time your laundry chores used to. This week it’s…

The Cirque Du Soleil at the Royal Albert Hall

The Cirque Du Soleil is in town from now until Valentines Day and I advise you to catch it while you can. As reported in recent news it was announced that 400 jobs will be cut from the Cirque after a “disastrous 18 month period”.

 

The Cirque is a spectacle and a basic rite for any culture vulture, especially as the troupe’s future hangs in the air. So to those to haven’t, or even have, it’s time to marvel in Cirque’s wonderment. Perhaps, for one last time.

 

Cirque Du Soleil perfromance in London

Cirque Du Soleil in action

Click here for a link to tickets

 

The Chelsea and Kensington area of London has seen the biggest increase, 16% in house prices in the whole of the UK and London, compared to last year. The figures, from the Land Registry, show that London house price increases outstrip anywhere else in the country.

 

The findings show that on average Britain’s house prices have increase by 1.1% with the average house price at £161,000. The capital’s average house price was £365,000 and the average house price in Chelsea and Kensington is £1.1m.

 

Westminster has seen a similar increase, with house prices up 15% compared to last year. Areas such as Yorkshire and the East Midlands have seen house prices fall.

 

“The statistics don’t surprise me as Chelsea has always been affluent. Although with house prices here already extremely high I dread to think what they might be in 10 years time” said Chelsea resident Recruitment Consultant Cameron Weir.

 

The high house price increase in wealthier parts of London is thought to be driven by an influx of foreigners seeking safe investment for their money.

 

It’s that time of year. For Christmas pudding (does anyone actually eat it?) and nan falling asleep on the sofa after a glass or three of Sherry. So here are some last minute gift ideas for the Londoner in your life.

Touch Screen Gloves

Perfect for commuting when the winter chill sets in. A stretchy fit and plain design means they’re suitable for men and women and they’re a perfect stocking filler.

Red Bus Cufflinks

These quirky cufflinks add a stamp of personality to your two-piece suit and let clients know where your from strait off and M and S also offer free next day store collection when ordered by 12pm. 

(13” Laptop case)

Practical, hard-wearing and fashionable aren’t often words used in the same sentence. However 19twenty8 have brought a laptop envelope which surpasses it predeccessors with a timeless caramel leather design perfect on it’s own or for slotting into a briefcase.

Ihateironing.com gift vouchers 

What every busy Londoner needs is someone to do their dry cleaning. Give the gift of free time to your nearest and dearest  this Christmas.