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The best online shops for flower delivery in London

The best online shops for flower delivery in London

It doesn't matter if you're shopping for date night blooms, looking for something sculptural, artistic and cool to fill up your home, or just in need of a little pick-me-up, we’ve found the best online florists in London to help you find exactly what you want. And don’t worry if you’ve left it to the last minute - many of these places offer next day or even same day delivery (phew!).  This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

Play with the latest Samsung tech at these Time Out-curated events

Play with the latest Samsung tech at these Time Out-curated events

Now that spring is here (well, almost) and the weather is brightening up a bit, it’s a great time to get out there and do more. If there’s a skill you’ve always wanted to take up, now’s your chance. We’re back curating events with Samsung KX again with fun experiences ranging from sunrise yoga to a Y2K dance cardio class that will have you feeling like Britney. Plus, to add to the fun you get to try out some of the latest Samsung innovations, using a piece of tech with each event – from Samsung watches to tablets to hobs and microwaves. So, read on for the upcoming workshops you don’t want to miss out on, and the tech you'll be able to try!

Bike tours in London

Bike tours in London

On yer bike, sunshine. The city awaits and there are few better ways of exploring than pedalling your way around. Whether you’re looking to get busy on a Santander Cycle or just wanting to find an expert guide able to whizz you around on an informative tour, London’s got plenty of fab bike tours for you. Below we’ve rounded up some of the finest tours on two wheels. Whether you're wanting to experience London culture or just have some organised fun for a few hours, take a look at the tours below and get your pins pumping. RECOMMENDED: Try a London bus tour instead This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

The best attractions in Atlanta

The best attractions in Atlanta

Atlanta conjures up images of Southern charm, hot nights, great food, hip hop, history and more. With all the things to do in this sprawling city, it’s no wonder Atlanta is one of the best cities in America to visit. The nickname “Hotlanta” doesn’t just refer to sweltering summer days and nights, it also reflects the cutting-edge restaurants, acclaimed bars and hotspots that keep people coming back (and staying permanently). Whether you’re a local or a visitor, be sure to check out the best Atlanta attractions — we’ve got them all right here for you. On the cultural side of things, Atlanta has amazing museums that cover everything from Jimmy Carter to Civil Rights to Coca-Cola to Trap music. Don’t miss visiting these museums to learn about the unique culture of the South (and more). The city also has plenty of attractions focused on entertainment and other pursuits. Atlanta has famous fast food joints that draw visitors for more than just a bite to eat, a great zoo and aquarium, beautiful parks and outdoor recreational opportunities, and a state-of-the-art stadium. These Atlanta attractions are worth revisiting again and again. After you’ve had your fill of Southern fare — you can’t visit Atlanta without eating your way through the best BBQ joints or diving into hearty plates of biscuits or fried chicken at a breakfast spot — work it all off by touring these parks, museums and other great attractions that the city has to offer. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do

The 21 best art galleries in Paris

The 21 best art galleries in Paris

For centuries, Paris was the undisputed art capital of the Western world. Many pioneering, properly perspective-altering artists lived in Paris over the years – van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, Dalí and countless others – and much of their work can be found within the city’s immense number of museums, galleries, attractions, salons and other arts spaces. We say look beyond the mammoth classical institutions and check out some up-and-comers at one of several established contemporary art galleries in Paris. Be that Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac or Galerie Daniel Templon, you’re bound to catch something eye-catching (and perhaps even buyable). But whether you prefer big-name or unheard-of, old-school or contemporary, our pick of the best places to see art in Paris has you covered. Some of them are big and you should spend most of the day around them – others are actually pretty small. Many are clustered near each other too, so when you've picked out your few favoruties, have a look at where they are – you might be able to see more art than you'd think!  RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in Paris This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

Nine alternatives to the most touristy Chicago attractions

Nine alternatives to the most touristy Chicago attractions

To really get to know Chicago, you need to forget about the most popular tourist attractions and go off the beaten path. Check out some of these alternative things to do, like public parks with gorgeous views of the skyline and under-the-radar spots serving some of the best pizza in Chicago. Don’t worry: You’ll still hit many of the best Chicago attractions, including renowned museums and historic architecture, but you’ll skip the crowded thoroughfares that just aren’t worth your time. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

Eight fabulous Airbnbs with hot tubs in New York

Eight fabulous Airbnbs with hot tubs in New York

Forget the best luxury hotels in NYC: You can get an equally fancy experience for a far better price at these Airbnbs with hot tubs. Sure, hotels might have high-end toiletries, some of the best spas in NYC and concierges to cater to your every whim, but they don’t give you that authentic New York experience. Pretend you actually live in one of the coolest Airbnbs in New York City for a few days: Having a Jacuzzi or hot tub at your pad feels pretty sweet. Are you sure we can’t move in permanently? For more, check out these NYC hotels with hot tubs in rooms and on roofs. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best hotels in NYC and the best Airbnbs in New York City. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

The best hotels on the beach in LA

The best hotels on the beach in LA

Yearning for an escape to L.A.’s sandy shores? One of the best things about the county it is miles of sunny coastline, stretching from Malibu all the way down past Manhattan Beach and Palos Verdes toward Long Beach. Each beach town boasts a different vibe to suit your fancy: the ’Bu for an A-list-style retreat; Venice for an eclectic, no-frills getaway; a trendy, commercial setting in Santa Monica; Rancho Palos Verdes for a luxury resort feel with a golf course to boot; and a laid-back, surf- and beach volleyball- vibe in Manhattan Beach. No matter what kind of vacation you’re seeking—whether with family, friends or a significant other—you can’t go wrong with the best hotels on the beach in Los Angeles. These little spots of paradise all sprout from the waterfront, where you can enjoy ocean breezes, crashing waves, amazing restaurants and bars, luxurious rooms and suites, and breathtaking views. Be sure to check out the array of hotel features before booking your stay, which span swanky rooftop bars, spas, private balconies, fitness centers, in-room fireplaces, kitchenettes and bicycles on loan for hotel guests. Not to mention, nearby attractions like picturesque piers, famous boardwalks, popular dining spots and walking trails (the beach walk from Venice to Santa Monica is a must). From secluded spots along L.A.’s best beaches to swanky suites in Santa Monica, these are the best hotels on the beach in the City of Angels.  This article includes affiliate links. These links h

Five fabulous London places to go for afternoon tea on Mother's Day

Five fabulous London places to go for afternoon tea on Mother's Day

The old-age tradition of afternoon tea is one of those life experiences you just have to have. Fun fact: It wasn’t popularised in England until the year 1840 when Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford would get peckish around 4pm between lunch and dinner and gather her friends round for tea and cake. Now, afternoon tea continues to be one of those popular quintessential British things, and there are a few places in London renowned for serving the best dainty sandwiches, scones with clotted cream, cakes, pastries and of course tea.  To help you experience the best of the tradition, we’ve put together a list of must-visits in London in time for Mother's Day. Happy afternoon tea-ing! This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

Three amazing experiences to book at Twickenham Stadium

Three amazing experiences to book at Twickenham Stadium

Twickenham Stadium might be known as the official home of England rugby, and if you’re a rugby fan, your memories at the stadium might just consist of seeing your fave players in the flesh or your team beating its rivals. But believe it or not, it has so much more to offer. From the World Rugby Museum full of thought-provoking memorabilia to stadium tours for behind-the-scenes insight into what goes on pre-match. 

Calling all pet parents: Here are the best pet accessories and gadgets to buy right now

Calling all pet parents: Here are the best pet accessories and gadgets to buy right now

Pet accessories, gadgets and toys have come a long way. From smart dog bones to cat water fountains, we’ve put together a list to suit you and your furry friend’s needs. They’ll increase your pet’s overall wellbeing and health levels so they can live the fun life they deserve.  This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

Five products you can buy to conserve energy in your home (and help the environment)

Five products you can buy to conserve energy in your home (and help the environment)

The news of soaring energy prices was an unwelcome surprise. It can be heard to keep your house insulated and make sure everyone’s warm, but there are small fixes and tweaks you can make to make sure the energy you’re using isn’t wasted. By making your home warmer, you’ll also be reducing the amount of energy you need to use which will in turn, help the environment. From door seal tape, to heated slippers and thermal leggings, we’ve put together a list of products that will help you out if you’re trying to keep your heating bills on the lower side.  This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

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Dippy Returns: The nation's favourite dinosaur

Dippy Returns: The nation's favourite dinosaur

Your fave dinosaur is back, only for a short while though. Dippy was the first Diplodocus (pronounced DIP-low-DOCK-us) to go on display back in 1905. Now, you can see Dippy live in the flesh. Or the bones, at least. The new installation will feature visitors’ reflections from when they met the Jurassic giant, exploring how these meetings inspired them to re-connect with nature right on their doorsteps. 

Sundance London

Sundance London

At Sundance, 12 feature films will be presented specially selected for London by the Sundance Institute programming team in collaboration with Picturehouse. The festival will start with a bang, premiering with Good Luck To You, Leo Grande. Other highlights from this year’s programme include Sharp Stick directed by Lena Dunham; Resurrection starring Rebecca Hall and Tim Roth; and Honk For Jesus, Save Your Soul starring Regina Hall and Sterling K. Brown. 

London Festival of Architecture 2022

London Festival of Architecture 2022

Organised by the RIBA, the British Council and New London Architecture, this month-long festival features ​​specially commissioned installations, talks and debates, performances and tours, workshops, and family events. There's a focus on different areas over the month: 2022 Destinations include the London Borough of Camden; the City of London; the Royal Docks; and South Westminster. As well as Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which is celebrates its 10 year-anniversary since the London 2012 Olympic Games this year. The London Festival of Architecture’s overall mission is to democratise discussions around architecture and test new ideas, as well as amplify new talent. Festival highlights across the month include a series of short films by the British Sauna Society and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park: 10 Years On. 

Tate Modern Lates: Mindfulness

Tate Modern Lates: Mindfulness

This event from the Tate’s long running late programme will get you experiencing extreme zenness. There are tons of talks happening, including one with Lee Mingwei. Other events include a slow sketching workshop, art charts by ESEA sisters all against a backdrop of music from DJ ASJ all night. If that’s not enough to tempt you, there will also be plenty of craft beers, cocktails, soft drinks and food.

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This £1.50 Primark accessory is sending ’90s and ’00s kids down a nostalgia hole

This £1.50 Primark accessory is sending ’90s and ’00s kids down a nostalgia hole

We know that Y2K fashion is back: it’s cargo pants, low-rise jeans, velour tracksuits. But it’s not just clothes that Y2K is revisiting: it’s creeping into our hairstyles and accessories. If you grew up in the ’90s, you’ll remember the butterfly clip. Well, thanks to Primark, you can now buy a set of butterfly clips for £1.50. Be honest, you thought you were the coolest person if you had a few of these in your hair back in the day, waltzing into the school disco like Britney. All the celebs were wearing them, Tyra Banks at the 3rd annual GQ Men of the Year Awards in 1998, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Hilary Duff, and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.   The 2022 hairclip buzz started when a savvy shopper spotted the retro accessory in their Primark and shared an image of them to the Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK Group on Facebook, captioned: ‘I remember loving these when I was a kid, picked some up for my little one today.’ The image immediately racked up a huge 7.3k likes and 3.9k comments, with people gushing their nostalgia for the clips, the era and the price, which is no surprise as Londoners are nostalgia obsessed and also love a bargain. ‘Remember separating the front of the hair into six sections with butterfly clips and the rest left down,’ reminisced one user.  But where does this harking back come from? It’s something that this city does so well, ‘Ah, don’t you remember the good old days? When Shoreditch wasn’t gentrified? When Primark was still actually cheap?’ It probably

This ridiculously tiny parking space is for sale, for, wait for it… £85,000

This ridiculously tiny parking space is for sale, for, wait for it… £85,000

As if the London renting market wasn’t depressing enough, we bring you the news that a tiny parking space next to luxury Knightsbridge department store Harrods has gone on the market for £85,000. Yes, you did read that correctly: for just £85,000, you can get your hands on a parking space so small that you probably can’t get out of your car of it once it’s in it.  The parking space is only two metres wide, and while there are many great things that are two metres: a king-size bed, a standard door and six bottles of wine, there are definitely not many larger cars that can fit into a two metre space without a dent. In fact, the average car is 1.82 metres wide.  You’ll find the space in ​​a garage in Rutland Gate, Knightsbridge, only 250 metres from Harrods. The listing on Right Move reads: ‘A single allocated parking space with in a small garage which is sandwiched between Rutland Gate and Ennismore Mews.’ ‘The space is approximately two metres wide by 5.5 metres long, with good height.’ ‘With two automated gates operated by fobs, and CCTV the garage is considered to be very secure.’ ‘It also benefits from access to water.’ It’s not the first time that London has been in the news for having small spaces on the market for big money. A miniature Notting Hill flat with a dining area that almost touches the toilet was recently on the market for an eye-watering £2,170 a month.  In fact, it’s no secret that the London rental market is getting crazy out of hand everywhere. Believe it

Tottenham star Harry Kane is getting his own Museum of London exhibition

Tottenham star Harry Kane is getting his own Museum of London exhibition

Nowadays, there are exhibitions popping up everywhere in London. There was an exhibition full of jars of moles and even a naked Noël Edmonds one. And now England and Tottenham striker Harry Kane is getting his very own exhibition at the Museum of London. The museum has, in the past, held exhibitions for Black Lives Matter and World Polio Day. But this show, ‘Harry Kane: I Want to Play Football’, is dedicated solely to the England star, who has been described as just a ‘normal bloke’, who grew up in Chingford in east London. The display will feature personal memorabilia, including the shirt he wore in the first England game he scored in, as well as shirts he wore playing for London clubs Millwall, ​​Leyton Orient and Spurs. Kane says the exhibition means a lot to him: ‘The Museum of London got in touch and wanted a Londoner to inspire young children to be their best so I am delighted to have all my memorabilia on show, with trophies, shirts, Golden Boots and some personal pieces that haven’t been seen publicly before. ‘I’ve got three kids now so I know how important it is to inspire the younger generation and help them understand how far you can go with hard work, dedication and self-belief.’ Exhibition curator Zeynep Kuşsan says: ‘Harry Kane grew up in London, and worked his way through grassroots football. It’s important to highlight this story and how important work is at grassroots. ‘With the Women’s Euros and World Cup coming up, this is a fantastic opportunity to learn m