Fresh - September 26th

Hot Tub Cinema
If there's one thing the modern cinema experience is missing, it's the potential for absorbing waterborne bacteria from one's co-viewers. But fear not, you can put these concerns behind you now thanks to Hot Tub Cinema. As the name suggests, you're basically watching a film whilst sitting in a hot tub - sounds relaxing, doesn't it? Presumably the audience is largely populated by groups of friends who've come along to enjoy the experience together, although if it's anything like a regular cinema there will undoubtedly be the odd person who turns up alone ten minutes after the movie's started, shuffles into an inconvenient position and spends half the film rustling around in a carrier bag for snacks. Picture that.

Hot Tub

This is quite an unusual idea. The basic principle is to make the whole goods delivery process simpler for both consumers and courier firms by allowing the latter to leave goods in the boots of the formers' cars.
Delivery companies waste a lot of man-hours going to empty houses and back and forth to the depot, while customers who miss their deliveries waste time with rescheduling, as well as having to wait for their goods. So Cardrops is a subscription service to make the process more efficient: you either pay a one-off EUR99.00 or subscribe at a monthly cost of EUR24.95, and a piece of equipment is fitted to your car comprising a GPS tracker and a boot-release. The courier firms can track your car, open the boot and leave your stuff inside.
Obviously you'd have to be ordering a fair amount of stuff to make it worthwhile and you'd probably be concerned about the weirdness & potential risks of allowing strangers free access to the inside of your car, but it's certainly an interesting idea. Odd, but interesting.

Blue Badge Style
Being cultured in London in a wheelchair must be a right faff. Out of 270 Tube stations, just 45 have step-free access, while getting a bus in rush hour is often a logistical impossibility. So even getting about can be a nightmare, let alone finding decent places to go.
To address the destination concern, at least, is Blue Badge Style - a service for the 'discerning less able' whose ethos is that 'style and disability should not be mutually exclusive'. It's a site and app that highlights the stylish, the cool and the elegant across London that is all pleasantly accommodating to wheelchair users. The likes of Gordon Ramsay at Claridges, 40 WiNKS B&B, Chelsea Arts Club and the Savoy Grill are all rated according to accessibility and attitude, so wheelchair users needn't miss out on the finer side of London living. (But they'll still probably have to get taxis everywhere.)

Daniel Bevis

26th September 2012