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.
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.
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.
With just two taps on your iPhone, Hailo sends the nearest black cab to wherever you are. It's the future, people.
Addison Lee is probably the most efficient car service in London. Simply text or call when you want a car and it'll be at your door within minutes. Though you can pay by cash or card, if you have an account you never even have to open your wallet.
Cadogan House, 239 Acton Lane
Thanks to its excellent service, Cadogan Tate is the most trusted of London's moving companies. They handle business shipments and art shipping so if you have special collections, you know they'll be well taken care of.
You're never far from a docking station for a 'Boris bike' in central London. To use, simply pay for 24 hours or a week's access, get your release code, and you're off. The first half hour is free, then any extra time you've used is taken from your credit card. Best for short journeys and not for the faint-hearted!
Crumbs & Doilies
These cupcakes, of which there are 39 flavors to choose from, are truly delicious. You can find them on Thursdays at market in Covent Garden and on Saturdays along the King's Road. On any day, you can order cupcakes in literally any form you could dream of and they'll deliver. Cupcakes that look like sushi in a bento box? Sure. Cupcakes that look like vintage radios? No problem. The same goes for custom cakes and other desserts.
The Flower Appreciation Society
While Ellie Jauncey and Anna Day don't have a flower shop, their Hackney studio is a great way to get acquainted with their freestyle approach to arranging, whether it's the basics of a wedding bouquet or the head-dresses that are so popular at summer festivals. They deliver across London too, though you'll need to get in touch a few days in advance.
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