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.
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.
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.
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