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A New Era in Pet Sitting

New Yorkers led the fashion for professional pet-sitters a decade ago, and it’s now a way of life (and maybe a way to pay for your next holiday) if you try the new, sophisticated apps and websites which cater for you, dogs and cats and other household pets.

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Hampstead Heath ponds by Brett Jordan, Unsplash
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What’s It Like to Swim in Hampstead?

The thrill of swimming outdoors in freezing water in Hampstead is world famous. Open-air swimming with the Ladies’ Pond, the Men’s Pond, the Mixed Pond and the Parliament Hill Lido is not for everybody, but devotees love it.

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London’s Best Outdoor Pubs

If you are looking for free and easy outdoor pub tables in London, two of the best are in Hammersmith, near the famous bridge and guaranteed beautiful sunsets, no matter if it’s Autumn (blankets available) or Summer. The Dove and the Blue Anchor are part of British literary and television history, with patrons including Sylvia Plath and Dylan Thomas – and the two stars of Minder. You can picnic here in the local gardens then watch the sun set, or book for a Sunday Roast with water views.

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Rooftop Astronomy in London

Watch Saturn and Mars in the sky from the rooftop of this Commercial Road building, with a break from stargazing for dinner in the first floor dining room of The Culpeper Kitchen.

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London: Best Secondhand Chanel

A short walk from Victoria London Underground Station in Pimlico, you will find a charity shop with a difference. Retromania sells secondhand at prices better than eBay and has a wonderful bargain basement.

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Retromania Manolo Blahnik
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London: Best Charity Shops for Women

How do we define ‘best’ charity shops in a city as big as London? Well, it’s got to be – the most shops, in the nicest place for cafes/bars, in the least picked-over territory, with the wealthiest and most stylish donors.

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