Between 2008 and 2016 the number of freelancers in the UK increased by 43% to around 2 million workers. It’s probably no surprise that London is home to a good many of these entrepreneurial souls (21%, according to the good people at IPSE) and if you’re one of this number, you’ll know that while it’s a great way to work, it can also have its pitfalls. It’s no coincidence that the rise in the number of freelancers has a great deal to do with the increasingly higher tech world we inhabit and so, even when it all gets a bit stressful, there are some brilliant apps, companies and services that can make life that little bit easier for London’s freelancers.
London’s a great city. It’s bustling, cosmopolitan, full of unfound corners and secret spaces, but if you’re newly arrived it can also be really, really intimidating. There’s the issue of where to live, who to live with, how on earth to even begin to find your way about.
Mercifully, long gone are the days where looking for a place to rent in London meant poring over ads in the paper. Naturally these days we have a plethora of apps at our disposal to make the process of finding your new London pad that little bit more straightforward. Not sure where to start? Well, it’s your lucky day. We’ve rounded up our pick of the most useful. Happy housemate hunting!
Being a new parent brings with it seismic changes, and being one in London can add extra shakes to the situation. Between trying to navigate public transport, finding places to meet that will tolerate pushchairs and simply locating other parents to socialise with, things can seem tiring even before the sleepless nights. Thankfully there are apps to make everything from nursing to getting around a little less cumbersome.
Moving house wherever you live is stressful, but doing it in London can be a nightmare. We’ve heard tales of people trying to take futons on the bus, kitchenware on bicycles, not to mention making countless journeys with heavy boxes and bags on foot. We help an increasing number of Londoners move house each month and the house-moves among the Boxman team alone have been racking up over the last year, so all that shared knowledge means we’ve got it down to a fine art.
Picture a lush green highway circling London that’s entirely navigable on foot. Nope, it’s not just a flight of fancy. What you’re imaging is perfectly real. It goes under the name of the London LOOP.
It’s no surprise that running is a popular keep fit activity, especially for Londoners. It’s essentially free, you’re not constrained by opening times, you get a bit of fresh air in the process (well, fresh-ish, anyway), and your running habit can – once you’ve moved past the wheezing phase – give you a great excuse to see parts of the capital and beyond with parkruns, marathons, 5Ks and the like offering up a huge range of environs. Yup, it’s a pretty good way to get some exercise especially if you live somewhere without much inside space.
Feature image via www.travelandleisure.com. Britain is, quite unashamedly, a nation of animal lovers. Nearly one in two households have a pet of some description, bringing the estimated number of dogs to around 8.5 million and cats to 7.4 million. Sure, pets are a responsibility, but there are significant upsides to adding a member of the animal kingdom to your family: pet owners reportedly are less stressed, enjoy better health and – certainly for dog owners – are motivated to get more exercise as well.
London’s well known as being one of the world’s great Design Cities, and while it’s synonymous with the kinds of brands and labels that are truly international in scope, increasingly it’s also a great place to find up and coming designers, many of whom create incredibly innovative and unique things, often quite literally from their bedrooms. Hannah Bass is an interior designer-turned needlepoint designer who designs and runs her eponymous company selling needlepoint kits featuring stylized city maps on cushion covers from her home. We were obviously intrigued to chat about being your own boss, working from home and keeping a good work/ life balance.
It’s easy to view air pollution as something that happens somewhere else, but it’s a genuine issue for us Londoners. As recently as last year, The Guardian published a story claiming that nearly 9,500 premature deaths each year are caused by the pollution in the London air, reported to be the dirtiest in Europe. We don’t mean to be alarmist, but that certainly gave us pause for thought. But, you may be asking, surely the air indoors is better? Um, wishful thinking, we’re afraid. Indoor air pollution is a mixed bag of threatening air particles and pollutants that have either drifted in from outside or been invited in with new furniture or household cleaners and then recirculated in our air conditioning. It’s easy to hang your head and try to dismiss these things on the basis that there’s nothing much we can do individually, but amazingly there is a very simple…
‘I got so many clothes I keep some in my aunt’s house,’ said Tinie Tempah in one of his lyrical musings. We’re not sure how our aunts would feel about us showing up on their doorstep with armfuls of off-season clothing, but we get what he was talking about. Knowing how to store clothing is something most of us have had to deal with at some time or another, so we were delighted to sit down for a chat with stylist and fashion writer (as well as Boxman customer), Tyler Kenny, about fashion, moving house and storing clothing in London flats (and we even managed to pick up a few hints and tips as well).