A Sharing Economy

It only takes a small observation to notice that we are becoming more and more reliant on services that allow us to share amongst ourselves. If we think about some of today’s fastest growing apps and services, many of them seem to be dependant upon sharing.

The app Uber came out of nowhere and is gaining popularity and headlines across the globe. The app provides a taxi service for people who need a lift. If you have a car and a driving licence and are in the area then you can become one of their drivers. The service has caused a lot of commotion across the globe. Last year taxi drivers in France were slating the service in the news because it is stealing their fares and they are not paying any taxi licensing fees.

Another service that seems to have grown in leaps and bounds over the past couple of years is Airbnb. This service let’s you rent out a house, a flat or a room in someone’s home rather than staying at a hotel. The service is usually cheaper than b&bs and hotels and offers the guest some company if they are travelling alone.

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The group-funding site Shareagift is also seeing users flood their site looking to collect money for all sorts of things from charitable causes to birthday parties and wedding gifts. Group-funding is becoming more and more popular with people being able to achieve goals together that they wouldn’t necessarily be able to reach on their own.

Shared workspaces in offices are also becoming more popular, especially within companies who offer part time contracts. These shared workspaces mean that companies save money because they don’t have to have a computer and a desk for each person working there.

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The popularity of these services confirms the move towards collaborative consumption with people wanting to share rather than having individual ownership. We are already beginning to see shifts away from owning our own means of transport. Boris bikes in London are a perfect example of people no longer needing to own a bicycle.

In certain areas of France you can hire keys, which allow you to drive a number of electric cars. You just drive to your destination and when you are done someone else can hop in and drive off. Last year Paris launched an electric scooter rental scheme for those who don’t wish to use rental bikes to get around the capital. This is part of a plan to try and reduce the number of cars in the city and if it succeeds it could be rolled out in other major cities across the world including London.

If this trend carries on, eventually the majority of products and services that we use will become shared and we will no longer see the need to own bikes, cars or even homes. The world is changing so get ready to become a lot more generous!

Fantastic Father’s Day Gifts

We have father’s day coming up here in the UK on June the 19th and we have already seen a number of Shareagift pages spring up where families have been coming together to ensure that this father’s day is extra special! In celebration of the upcoming event we have found some fantastic ideas for you to make this father’s day one to remember.

Experiences are always memorable and offer that something a bit extra special, this year Not On The Highstreet are offering up an East London canal boat overnight stay experience. With a huge double bed, wood burning stove and waterway views this unique experience offers something truly special in the heart of the capital.

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The Whiskey Exchange offers up some great luxury gift packs in the form of a number of different alcoholic drinks. These range from luxury whiskey, gins, vodkas and even champagne! Some of our favourites gift packs include the Jonnie Walker cube collection, the gin blending kit, and the Jim Bean signature craft pack.

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Handpicked Collection have a number of luxury mens grooming kits which could make the perfect present on father’s day. Whether it is beard trimming, moustache shaping or a clean shave, they have a kit for every father! We especially liked the gentlemen’s tonic shave gift set which comes with pre-Shave Oil (50 ml), Traditional Shave Cream (125 g), Soothing After-Shave Balm (100 ml) and a genuine Badger Brush!

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Vinyl record sales have skyrocketed over the past couple of years and a lot of artists are now releasing their latest albums on vinyl. Amazon have written a great buying guide on turntables to help ensure that you chose the perfect model. A number of them even have the ability to play cassette tapes, CDs and vinyls, a must for any music loving father!

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Shareagift makes it easy to bring friends and family together and collect money for amazing gifts, experiences and events. Just head over to Shareagift.com, create a page, invite friends and family and get collecting!

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Top 5 Weirdest Things To Do In London

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Think you know all there is to know about London? Or maybe you are planning on travelling to the capital and are looking for something a bit different to do. If that’s the case then check out our pick of 5 of the weirdest things that you can do in the capital right now!

Attend An Early Morning Rave

Rave your way into the day! This is the slogan for the new craze that is spreading across the world. Morning Gloryville holds morning raves across 3 different areas of London. They throw immersive morning dance parties to get you live and kicking for the day ahead. Starting at 6.30 they last for 4 hours and offer a smoothie bar, an organic coffee kiosk and a wake up massage station. They throw the ultimate party to get you energised for the day and have even had acts including Fatboy Slim and Basement Jaxx get involved.

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Stuff Animals

Ever fancied your hand at some taxidermy? The Last Tuesday Society offer a range of classes depending on your skill and you get to stuff a number of different animals as you progress through the course. Prices are around £50 per person and they even allow you to take your artwork home and show it off to everyone.

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Drink Coffee In A Toilet

Formerly a Victorian toilet, the Attendant has transformed this space into a cosy café. The urinals have become a seating area and a café bar has been put in. Apart from this much of the interior has been preserved and just updated to give the café a Victorian feel. Having won best London coffee shop in 2013 this place is well worth a look.

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Listen To Naked Boys Read

If you fancy spending your evening doing something truly different then look no further than the naked boys reading events that happen in different venues across London. It’s all in the name, at these events people sit around and listen as one by one naked men take it in turns to read sections from different books to the audience. Each evening has a different literary theme and tickets are usually around £5 in advance. Head over to their Facebook page for a list of upcoming events.

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Cage Dive With Sharks

Yes that’s right, you can actually cage dive with sharks in London! If you don’t fancy travelling to do this experience then head over to the London Sealife Aquarium where for £25 you will be lowered into a tank of 15 sharks for 15 minutes. If you think that’s a bit steep then why not save some money with the family package and give the kids a truly terrifying experience that they will never forget!

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Know someone who has a birthday coming up? Or are you looking to do something a bit different this year for your own birthday celebration? Shareagift provides an easy way to collect money online with friends for the ultimate day out, evening meal or birthday surprise. Show someone you really care by saving for a group gift that they will always remember or do something wacky to raise money for a worthy cause and use Shareagift to keep on top of all your donations.

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Top 5 Cheap Veg-e Eats in London

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Being a vegetarian can often be tough, especially when it comes to finding a reasonable, half decent, meat free meal in the capital. With people across the world celebrating world vegetarian day today, we set about finding our top five cheap vegetarian eats, all of which are sure to turn meat lovers into veg heads!

Ethos

This restaurant, located just by Oxford Circus, specialises in different vegetarian dishes from around the world. Ethos offers a self-serve buffet with dishes from places including Japan, Italy, Korea and Mexico. If you are looking to expand your knowledge on vegetarian meals then this is the place to come. Price wise Ethos is very reasonable and you pay for your food by weight.

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Rasa

This restaurant in Stoke Newington offers a wide range of vegetarian dishes from India. Inspired by home cooking, all their chefs are trained in the Indian state of Kerala to ensure an authentic cooking experience. The menu holds a number of well-known and unusual dishes and with many of the meals being priced under £10 it’s very reasonable.

Punjab

Punjab is another Indian restaurant, which is located near Covent Garden. They offer a great selection of Punjabi vegetarian dishes including a renown mixed vegetable curry and the Delhi delicacy, Paneer Makhani which is cottage cheese cooked in rich gravy with tomatoes, butter and cream. Boasting to be the UK’s oldest North Indian restaurant and serving many dishes for under £10 it’s no wonder that it is often found packed during dinner hours. Be sure to make a reservation if you are planning on heading there.

Maoz

Maoz are a global vegetarian fast food chain and have a small restaurant by Leicester Square. They are renowned for their falafel pittas, which you can buy on their own or as part of a meal deal with Belgium fries and a drink. Once you have your pitta you can head on over to their salad bar and fill it with whatever takes your fancy from pickles to shredded red cabbage or a combination of their huge selection of sauces. With main courses costing between 5 and 9 pounds it’s a great place to grab a cheap bite when you’re on the move.

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La Gelatiera

This gelato and coffee house is located in Covent Garden and serves a wide and unusual selection of gelato flavours which change on a daily basis. Some of their most popular flavours include Basil and chilli, Honey, rosemary and orange zests and Cornish blue and walnuts! Having won a number of food awards for their original taste and flavours this is a great place to head if you are looking for a sweet treat, and with prices ranging from 1 to 5 pounds depending on size it’s also very reasonable.

So there you have it, there’s no longer an excuse for you to not be able to afford to try something different the next time you’re in LondonShareagift can help you plan the perfect meal, night out or dinner party. You can use Shareagift to collect money online so that before you go out you have all the money together which makes it easier to pay the bill at the end of the night, avoiding confusion or awkwardness. You can also use Shareagift to collect funds online for a group gift which could be a trip up to London with food and drinks.

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TOP 5 MOST FORBIDDEN PLACES AROUND THE WORLD!

These forbidden places are sure to impress you and set you off with some surprise. Find out why they are off-limits for everyone!

1. Whites Gentleman’s club, London

Built in 1674, this is the most exclusive gentleman’s club in the world. The club’s members include the most elite like Prince William, Prince Charles and a few former Prime Ministers. The club is used to host private events that the public is not privy to. To join the club, you need to have an invitation from the members of the club or have access to the password.

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2. Area 51, USA

A place that is growing popular because of the level of secretiveness and mystery associated with it, the primary purpose of Area 51 is unknown as the government has never disclosed it. Believed to be a site for aerial surveillance programmes, conspiracy theorists believe that Area 51 hosts communication with the aliens.

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3. Jiangsu National Security Education Museum, China

The museum is strictly restricted to Chinese citizens only and thus foreigners are not permitted. However, no photography is allowed and anyone who visits the museum is permitted from speaking about it, as per Chinese policy. The museum consists of all the documents and gadgets that date back to the 19th century.

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4. Metro – 2, Russia

Metro-2 is the secret underground system codenamed as D6, and is believed to be operated by the Ministry of Defence. It lies 200 metres underground and is believed to be larger than the public underground system. This was first found by urban explorers and was later confirmed by American Intelligence officers.

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5. Javari Reserve, Brazil

The Javari Reserve has the largest concentration of uncontacted tribes in the world. Satellite imagery shows at least 14 tribes still existing because of why the Brazil and Peruvian government strictly regulate who can visit. The Javari Reserve is a part of the Amazon jungle and is nearly half the size of Florida.

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Travelling around the world is one of the best experiences anyone could have. Get a chance to be a part of that experience by starting a page on Shareagift to raise money. Collect money online and gift an unexpected surprise with Shareagift.

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Top 5 Breathtaking Pools From Around The World!

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It was announced this week that the Irish developer Ballymore plans to build an all glass swimming pool in the sky in Nine Elms, London. It will be completely structure free and rest between two apartment buildings. Many have slated the idea saying that there is a reason it has never been done before. We think it’s a great idea and it has inspired us to scour the Internet and bring you our top 5 most breath taking pools from around the world.

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The Cambrian, Switzerland

This infinity pool in the Cambrian hotel is part of their luxury spa. This heated outdoor pool is surrounded by magnificent views of the Swiss Alps and trails off into a nearby stream. The hotel is open throughout the year giving skiers and walkers alike somewhere to relax after a long day up in the mountains.

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Sanctuary Swala, Tanzania

This pool in Sanctuary Swala resort in Tanzania overlooks a water hole in a secluded area of Tarangire National Park. Elephants, antelopes and all sorts of wildlife run free and this is the perfect spot to catch a glimpse of them. The pool is a favourite amongst holidaymakers who need somewhere to cool down and escape from the baking heat.

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Golden Nugget, Las Vegas

The Tank in the Golden Nugget complex in Las Vegas boasts a 3 story waterslide, a shark tank, hot tubs, bar service and 15 private cabanas. You can swim right up to the shark tank and even book a guided tour by a marine biologist who will talk you through all the sea creatures that live within the pool complex. Whether you want to bask out in the desert sun or take shade and relax in the indoor pool, this complex is any water lovers ultimate dream!

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Giola Lagoon, Greece

This natural natural pool is situated near the village of Astris on Thasson in the Greek Islands. It looks and feels like a swimming pool however the natural phenomenon was created by water eroding the nearby rocks to create the pool. The rocks are terraced like and so are easy to walk on and the sun-rays mixed with the colour from the water and rocks give this pool its green tint

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Hanging Gardens Ubud, Bali

This tiered infinity pool at hanging gardens Ubud in Bali is set on top of a cliff and is surrounded by the rainforest. Each room in the hotel has its own private infinity edge pool and they are all joined by a small flowing stream.

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Have you ever thought about owning your own swimming pool or hot tub in your garden or know someone that desperately wants one? Or perhaps you and your friends love to swim and you long to visit somewhere that offers an exotic pool. Or maybe you know someone that deserves a relaxing spa day. Shareagift is one of the easiest ways to collect money online, you can collect money from friends towards an amazing group trip, experience or a group gift like a spa day for that friend who deserves a relaxing break.

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Top 5 Cheap Eats In London

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It is not often easy to find somewhere cheap to grab a bite to eat in the capital that isn’t a McDonalds or a Wetherspoons. We have chosen our top 5 cheap eats across London for when you are low on cash and want to grab something cheap to eat or for if you are planning on going out for a birthday or office lunch and want to head somewhere everyone can afford.

Yalla Yalla

Area: Soho, Winsley Street, Greenwich

This Lebanese hub serves a wide range of top quality Lebanese dishes, which are very reasonable. The café serves as a popular lunch spot for local workers offering sit in and takeaway foods including falafels, grilled skewers and all day meze. The café is also open in the evenings and is a great place to meet and eat if you don’t want to spend loads on eating out.

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Silk Road

Area: Camberwell

This family run Chinese restaurant serves a number of cheap dishes including noodles, stuffed dumplings and stews. It has built up quite the reputation for being a hotspot for Chinese foodies who want to grab a cheap and quick bite. Bear in mind that the food is from the muslim region of Xingjiang, in the west of China and so many of the dishes are very spicy!

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Herman Ze German

Area: Charing Cross, Soho, Fitzrovia

This small chain serves a number of German themed dishes and is renowned for their hotdogs. Their sausages are imported from the Schwarzwald and are high quality pork! Their top sellers include the minced beef and veal sausage, the smoked pork sausage and the chilli beef sausage. This is definitely one to check out if you are a hot dog lover and the best part is that the majority of their meals are under a tenner!

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Pizza Union

Area: Kings Cross, Spitalfields

This Pizza bar offers great pizzas at amazing prices and is a great place to stop and grab a bite if you are in a rush as the service is second to none. Pizzas are often cooked and out within ten minutes and the majority of their pizzas are under £6! If your looking for a cheap fast food pizza joint this is a must if you are in the area!

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Bonnington Café

Area: Vauxhall

This Café in the heart of Vauxhall offers cheap vegetarian meals cooked by a collection of member cooks. Chefs take it in turns to run the kitchen and the menu changes on a daily basis depending on which chef is in. If you are looking to try out a few different vegetarian options then this place is worth checking out and even coming back to as the food served can be anything from Japanese, Medieval, Italian or French.

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So there you have it, there’s no longer an excuse for you to not be able to afford to try something different the next time you’re in London. Shareagift can help you plan the perfect meal, night out or dinner party. You can use Shareagift to collect money online so that before you go out you have all the money together so it makes it easier to pay the bill at the end of the night, avoiding confusion or awkwardness. You can also use Shareagift to collect funds online for a group gift which could be a trip up to London with food and drinks.

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