Modern life is full of complications and demands. But thankfully, modern technology is here to help solve them. Here, we recommend some of the best apps, subscriptions and services designed to make your life easier.
Doing the laundry is one of life’s most banal tasks ever. While our mothers warned us never to wash our dirty laundry in public, we’ll pay the price to never have to spin another load. Laundrapp is the convenient clothes cleaning service that you can access from your phone. Book a collection, they come to your door for your dirty garments and return them freshly laundered and dry-cleaned within 48 hours.
Suddenly the stars align and you’ve arranged a date, but then the panic sets in when trying to decide where to go and making a last minute booking at a top restaurant is near-impossible. OpenTable solves that problem. It’s an online restaurant reservation service, that you can access through the app, which allows you to make a booking in exclusive restaurants, just hours before you want to sit down to dinner.
‘Dapped’ is a hybrid of the words ‘dapper’ and ‘pad’, for the man who wants to look the first without leaving the second. It’s a bespoke online personal styling service. Clients talk through their wardrobe needs with an assigned stylist, who works closely with designers and brands to pull together a selection of pieces that can be mixed and matched with your existing wardrobe. It’s for the man who values quality and style as well as his own time.
If you’re constantly losing your stuff, Tile has created the perfect gadget to save your belongings and your time. The small square tool can be attached to keys, slipped inside a wallet or stuck to an object. From the app, you can ring your lost item and if it’s within a 100-foot Bluetooth range, it plays a loud tune. And if you lose your phone, double press the button on any of your tiles and it will make your phone ring – even on silent.
You know that feeling when you want to do something but you don’t know what to do? Dice provides the answer. The app lists all the best events, from gigs to club nights to festivals to one off shows, and the offering is curated by a dedicated team of nightlife experts. The idea is to find out what’s cool, what’s unknown and who your new favourite new artist is. The in-app Activity Feed introduces users to a world of ground-breaking new music.
Highball makes you an expert barman in just a few clicks. The free app collects and shares cocktail recipes so you can build your repertoire of drinks. Featuring all the classics, the new favourites and the experimental concoctions, this is a way to learn from others and to share your own recipes. The recipe cards are simple, the community is global and the drinks are delicious.
Dining out is one of life’s greatest pleasures, but sometimes you just want to stay in and cook in your own kitchen. For the busy foodie, SimplyCook helps you eat restaurant-quality cuisine at home. Each box includes four recipes, easy enough for the amateur chef to follow, and four ingredients that work together to create the most amazing flavours. Each recipe is designed to feed 2-3 people.