Not to hate on food delivery, but the sevices we really want on demand lean more to the mani, pedi, waxing, and spray tanning side of things. This is where the Salonettes come in. They’re a team of beauty therapists spread out all over London. And setting up an appointment couldn’t be easier: Create an account online, select your service (or services? Nice!), pick a date and time, and give LeSalon the address for your home, hotel, or office. (Fun fact: goop’s VIP guru Kelly fell in love with LeSalon after one of the Salonettes rushed to goop Lab London to fix her failing manicure just in time for an event). Founder Natasha Pilbrow empowers the team to manage their own hours and work when it works for them, so LeSalon’s hours of operation stretch from early morning to late-late. Another reason we love the company and concept: Among Pilbrow’s priorities is making sure the Salonettes enjoy the high commission rates, regular training, and financial stability that are not easy to come by in the freelance beauty therapist industry. If you’re waiting for the catch, it’s not coming—treatments use…
Bloom & Wild
In London, it seems like there's always a new flower delivery service popping up, but Bloom & Wild is a standout. For one, both their gift service and their monthly subscription actually fits in the post box, so you don't have to be there to receive it. And then there's the fact that the seasonal arrangements you can choose from take about a minute to assemble—and they instantly look great. This year, they're also doing Christmas tree deliveries for the Holidays. They deliver citywide.
Vault Couture pretty much handles it all when it comes to long, or short-term wardrobe storage. Everything is picked up, cleaned and repaired if necessary, photographed, barcoded, and then stored in breathable garment bags in a climate-controlled space. The best part is that you can see the contents of your closet through their iPad app, and quickly arrange for the delivery of anything you might need.
The School of Life
70 Marchmont St., Kings Cross
The School of Life help you to live wisely and well with their publications and program of advice and motivation. It's basically the smart man's self-help center. Check their website for current classes, sermons, and events.
Personal assistant, executive assistant, 'fixers', house managers, chefs, gardeners, nannies, lifesavers, whatever it is that you need, Sorted can hook you up. Whether it's for a short term project, a quick fix, or a longer term hire, they have a great network of reliable, honest, multilingual, and resourceful people.
Sharky & George
3-11 Imperial Rd., Chelsea
Chocolate Factory, Treasure Hunts & Quests, Cooking, Mini Disco, Survival, you name it. Their team will show up and transform the house into party central for a few hours and then leave your place intact and your kids very happy.
25a Pitfield St., Shoreditch
From simple alterations to tailor-made bespoke clothing for every day and special occasions, Orhan is known as one of London's best. No project is too large or difficult. One very unique service if your wardrobe is in need of a rehaul is a home-visit alterations service where a tailor will come and spiff up and nip and tuck your entire closet.
Mustard does high-end, elegant parties very well and they can handle large volumes of people. If you're putting together a formal event of any size, you can definitely count on them.
John Jones Framing
4 Morris Pl., Finsbury Park
John Jones frames much of the contemporary art you'll find in London—always delivering on the preferences and proclivities of the client. He's worked with London's best artists, galleries, and auctions: Christies, Sotheby's, David Hockney, and Lucien Freud just to name a few.
James Taylor & Son
4 Paddington St., Marylebone
James Taylor & Son use 3D scanning and CAD technology to create perfect bespoke shoes from any material you desire (they're also expert at repairs and alterations). Your beechwood lasts will be kept in the downstairs workshop for every time you return. Creating shoes and insoles to comfort tricky orthopedics are their specialty, and they can advise on the most suitable shoes for your feet.
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