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).
It would seem that the process of getting your house looking nice for sale now has a catchy buzz phrase. Yes indeed, ‘home staging’ is big business now – we’ve spoken about it many times on The Box Room before, most notably with Sarah Beeny – but we’re always up for learning new vocabulary, and we’ve always go room for more declutter chatter.
Moving abroad affects different people in different ways. As someone who has lived in five different countries, this writer can honestly say that upping sticks and heading overseas feels very natural indeed – something that everybody should try at least once in their life, if they have the opportunity. But it’s not the same for everyone, and the first time is rarely easy, no matter what your disposition may be.
What to pack, what to store and how to not regret packing things you don’t need (and storing things you don’t want) Preparing for expat life. You’re never quite so aware of how much stuff you have as when you’re trying to squeeze a flat’s worth of accumulated nonsense into a single, meagre baggage allowance. Are we right?
Hurrah! You’ve made it to London! Now it’s time to get with the living. With the world seemingly at your doorstep, the hardest part is figuring out how to make the most of it. These websites and apps are great if you’re feeling at a loss. So sit back, take it all in, let someone else take care of the chores, and get exploring this wonderful city.