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Are you planning a short get-away before Christmas arrives? Why not fly across the pond to the UK for some last minute Christmas shopping?

thortful.com have compiled a list of the most Instagram-worthy Christmas hotspots in the UK and you definitely need to check them out if you’re visiting over the next few weeks.

Manchester Christmas Market has been crowned the top Christmas market in the UK, followed by Edinburgh, Bath and London’s Winter Wonderland.

Birmingham and York also made the top ten list.

Manchester hosts UK’s most Instagrammable Christmas market in the UK, with the hashtag #manchesterchristmasmarkets being used a staggering 41,507 times. With more than 300 wooden chalets spread across 10 locations in the city, be sure to grab a picture on Albert Square with a backdrop of the huge light up Santa.

If you’ve completed your Christmas shopping (we’re very jealous) then you need to head to one of the UK’s top ice-rinks for a festive evening.

The Natural History Museum hosts UK’s most Instagrammable Ice Skating Rink, with the hashtag #nhmicerink being used over 2,600 times. With the charming architecture of the museum as your backdrop, this outdoor ice rink is too beautiful.

Competing with the top spot are Somerset house Ice Rink, London, Bath on Ice, Winter Wonderland Ice Rink, Cardiff and the Christmas Village Ice Rink, Aberdeen.

We’ll certainly be squeezing in a trip to the UK before December is over.

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In possibly the strangest move the swimming gods have ever made, plans for the world's first 360-degree infinity pool have been released and everyone is majorly confused.

The landmark 600,000-litre pool will be built atop a 55-storey building called Infinity London by Compass Pools. People are obviously freaking out over it, because it's so damn strange.

The structure is apparently, “the only building in the world to incorporate a 360-degree infinity pool”. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The pool will feature transparent sides and floors, and will be made from cast acrylic, so people can peek at the those swimming above them.

The building is set to be a five-star hotel, no surprises there, but it's prompted a LOT of questions. Mainly, how do get in and out of it? Seems like an important thing to know, don't you think?

One angry Twitter user wrote; “I don’t know why this enrages me, but it does. How do you get in? How do you get out?

"If the water level gets too high does it just roll down the building like a giant goddamn ice cream cone? There’s no shade and no slide. This is flexing for the sake of flexing. Worst pool ever." 

Some people had quite the creativity session while brainstorming ideas of how to get access to the pool…

Others pointed out that London doesn't exactly get scorching hot infinity pool outdoor weather many days of the year.

“I cannot stand looking at it, but I keep looking at it. It makes me feel like my knees have disconnected,” added another Twitter user.

One concept that was suggested was the idea that you must swim in the pool until the end of time:

Many people even compared the pool to the setting of a disaster movie, with tidal waves oncoming to ensure an even bigger challenge:

Sharknado would be perfect for this type of atmosphere, according to another Twitter user. A storm plus high winds plus a tornado with a shark inside is possibly the greatest plot premise of all time.

Thank God, the designers have shared some needed answers.

According to Compass Pool’s technical director Alex Kemsley, there will be a spiral staircase that rotates and rises through the water to allow the swimmers to enter.

He explained in more detail to HuffPost UK, saying that the solution is basically the same as that of a submarine.

“Imagine it like a tube inside a tube,” he said. “A tube will rise from the floor in order to make an airlock. The water will then drain from it and the staircase will then rise up through that to allow you to get in and out.”

Image: Compass Pools

He said there will also be built-in anemometer to monitor wind speed in London's sky, while the water will be heated using waste energy from the building’s air conditioning system.

It does sound pretty cool, we must say, but highly over-the-top. One might even call it 'boujée'. However, one man online pointed out that if the staircase fails, pretty much everyone swimming is doomed:

"If the staircase fails for whatever reason, people will be stuck in the pool with no way to get out." Sounds grim to us.

Construction of the pool would begin in 2020 if partners and contractors are confirmed for the job, so it'll be a while before we see anyone actually swimming inside the infinity pool.

They're braver souls than us, that's for sure.

Feature image: Compass Pools

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We've finally found the perfect outdoor cinema trend that is DESPERATELY needed on Irish land: Hot tub theatres.

Some absolute genius had the idea to combine hot tubs and watching movies, and we owe them so much for that wonderful conception. God bless them.

Organisers Tub Life have created an event where Londoners can test out the Hot Tub Cinema for real this August, but Dublin is normally about 20 years behind the England capital.

The cinema event of the century is scheduled to take place on August 31 from 6pm to 9pm, and we're contemplating booking our flights now, before Brexit goes and ruins everything for us.

Film fanatics will be able to strip and dip into relaxing hot water while enjoying whatever classic is playing on the big screen, with a cheeky bevvy. No skippy dipping allowed, sorry to disappoint you.

Tub Life wrote on the event page on Facebook: "Tub Life is coming to London and we’re bringing our hot tubs with us! Expect performers, hosts, BBQs, round-the-clock tub service and the biggest portable screen in the UK."

"Note: the scheduled date is preliminary as we’re currently finalising the few remaining details to this event. Click ‘Interested’ to be notified with more information," they concluded.

They'll confirm the exact location for London at a later date, and will also be visiting Maidstone, Liverpool, Chester, Brimingham, Manchester, Leeds, Bristol and Newcastle.

Who knows, they might even pop up in Dublin this summer if the demand is high enough, which it totally will be. Start the petition today lads, shall we?

Feature image: hottubcinema.com

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Valentine's Day can put a LOT of pressure on our shoulders (or those of our boyfriends/husbands) when it comes to gifts.

Whether it's the classic present of roses, chocolates or more elaborate ideas like a hotel getaway; you're going to need some good offers because the holiday brings some expenses alongside it.

We've created a list of our top Valentine's Day gifts you can find at the moment, get them before they're gone.

1. Jo Malone London Valentine's Day Floral Box

What better treat to give than the iconic Jo Malone glamorous glass bottle, containing a scent inspired by "seven of the world's finest roses", with a hint of lemon and crushed violet leaves.

Positively dreamy, a little bit like everlasting love. The special floral box is available exclusively from February 7 until Valentine's Day, and we advise pre-ordering because these will absolutely fly out the door.

Buy: Appassionata Flowers
Price: €155

2. Absolut Vodka: A Drop of Love

Some of us need something stronger for Valentine's Day, and Absolut really is the perfect choice. They've created the Drop of Love bottle; an ink message fed from signs of hatred around the world and turned into a message of love. Pretty inspiring.

The action has been used by the company to show the ability to recycle hatred and create something better from it; for example some UNREAL vodka with natural ingredients and no added sugar.

The Swedish vodka brand love coming up with campaigns with artists, designers and aid organisations, and this Valentine's Day bottle is the best one yet.

Buy: www.urban-drinks.de
Price: €18.90

3. Jo Malone London Irresistible Pairs

Jo Malone have partnered up their most loved scents to curate the Jo Malone London Power Couples; layer the fragrant duos to create an irresistible pairing on your skin.

Trust us when we say…they smell AMAZING. The New Romantics feature peony and blush suede and wild bluebell for a softly sensual scent, The Sweethearts combine the English pear and freesia with nectarine blossom and honey for a golden pair.

Seaside Soulmates bring together zesty citrus nots with lime basil and mandarin and wood sage and sea salt for a dynamic duo. Lastly, Star-Crossed Lovers pair jasmine sambac and marigold with wood sage and sea salt for a heavenly experience.

We can't gush enough about these, what a beautiful Valentine's treat these would be.

Buy: Jo Malone London
Price: From €54

4. Weir & Sons Valentine's Day jewellery collection

This Fabergé Palais Tsarskoye Selo turquoise heart locket pendant is exclusive to Weir & Sons of Grafton Street, Ireland.

It's absolutely stunning, and would certainly attract attention if your lover chose it for around your neck. 

We'll be dropping hints left. right and centre for this one. Whoever picks it out for us would truly have our heart in a box.

Buy: Weirs & Sons, Grafton Street
Price: €8,875

 5. Limited Edition Red Caps & Keepsake Heart-Shaped Box from Jo Malone London

Limited edition red caps are only €5 each along with a free heart-shaped box when you make a purchase between February 1 and February 14, and you can even add a free embossed message, date or initials to the box as an added extra.

It's the first time that the veteran brand are offering a romantic take on Jo Malone London’s signature cream and black packaging; you can acquire the gorgeous heart-shaped box when you buy two or more products in select boutiques in Ireland.

We're heading straight to the shop, we can't let this offer go.

Buy: Jo Malone London
Price: €5

6. L'Occitane Romantic Rose collection

For Valentine's Day, it's only too important to smell and feel your best. We've found the ideal scent for the eve: ROSE. French powerhouse brand L'Occitane have gifted us with a set, that we all both need and deserve.

The gorgeous and elegant fragrance set includes: Rose Eau de Toilette, Rose Shower Gel, Rose Body Lotion and Rose Hand Cream. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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L'Occitane 'Romantic Rose' collection is priced at €69 from the L'Occitane website.

7. Bia Beauty facial oil

We are LUSTING after Bia Beauty at the moment; the emerging Irish brand use Mother Nature to deliver 100 percent natural, highly effective, ethically sourced and excellently-packaged products.

Owner Tracey Ryan is a herbal scientist based in Cork, so she has an abundance of fresh ingredients on her doorstep to use, which helped her to create their facial oil.

The nutritious skin product contains rose hip seed oil which is full of anti-oxidants, vitamins and essential fatty acids. Wear it at night to repair and soothe the skin or during the day to boost hydration and plump the skin.

Give it as a gift this Valentine's Day for a woman who desires reduced scarring and increased cell rejuvenation. Gorgeous, Irish and cruelty free: Award-winning Bia Beauty products are definitely made with love. 

Buy: Bia Beauty
Price: €32.95

8. Solid Fragrance Combining Palette by Jo Malone London

A sleek, travel-ready palette is absolutely genius from Jo Malone; it effortlessly encases two solid perfumes for on-the-go scents.

Customers can fill their palette with their choice of two Jo Malone London scents from a selection of ten of the brand’s most-loved, to curate their own pair.

Choose from; Lime Basil & Mandarin, Basil & Neroli, Pomegranate Noir, English Pear & Freesia, Blackberry & Bay, Nectarine Blossom & Honey, Peony & Blush Suede, Mimosa & Cardamom, Wood Sage & Sea Salt and Oud & Bergamot. 

The Palette and Refills are available now at Brown Thomas Dublin, get your hands on a pair ASAP before they sell out for Valentine's Day. The cologne's are basically unisex, so they can be bought for man or woman.

Buy: Jo Malone London
Price: Palette: €27
Perfume/Cologne: €16
Perfume/Cologne Intense: €18

9. The Clean Beauty Edit haircare essentials gift-set

Time to go clean and green in 2019; the Clean Beauty Edit are bringing cult, clean beauty brands to Ireland through their gorgeous online boutique.

Olio E Osso, Ilia Beauty, Evolve Organic Beauty, Warpaint, Lily Lolo, Ere Perez and Sun Potion are the brands which Clean Beauty Edit are importing to Ireland,

All products are natural, cruelty-free, toxin-free and sustainably produced and packaged, and their haircare gift-set is GORGEOUS for Valentine's Day. The set includes luxury travel sizes of their Superfood Shine Shampoo, Superfood Shine Conditioner, and Nourishing Hair Elixir.

Their luscious shampoo is formulated with natural cleansers from sugar and coconut which gently cleanse scalp and hair without stripping natural oils. The Baobab proteins boost the shine and organic pomegranate extract rehydrates and protect the hair; what a stunning, thoughtful gift.

Buy: The Clean Beauty Edit
Price: €15

10. CraicPack Valentine's Day box for Irish Expats

CraicPack bring some chocolate Irish goodness to everyone at home and abroad. This year they're making a new Valentine's Day box with up to 50 sweets that Irish people living far away miss the most; such nostalgia.

Items included in the adorable box are 10 different types of Dairy Milk, 15 other Cadbury items, Butlers and Love Hearts. Oh, and they even add a box of tea to every pack, because what else would you pair with a chocolate bar? Nothing, that's what.

To help the local community, CraicPack donate up to €5 from every box sold to Focus Ireland to aid the on-going homeless crisis in Ireland. Hon the lads.

Buy: CraicPack
Price: CraicPack (13 sweets + tea): €45
Mighty CraicPack (25 sweets + tea and crisps): €66
The Craic is 90 (50 sweets + tea, crisps, Butlers and Oatfields): €99

11. Éminence Chocolate Mousse Hydration Masque, Apricot Body Oil and Firm Skin Acai Exfoliating Peel.

Éminence organic skincare is a luxury spa brand that you NEED to hear about, especially for the romance of Valentine's Day. They plant a tree for every product sold; over 10 MILLION to date, and use wind and solar energy for production.

Their peanut inner packing is even made from cornstarch, so it can be composted and is water dissolvable; they really do care about the environment, and their skincare range reflects that.

Not only are they ethical, their newest Valentine's Day products are the perfect present to treat a loved one with.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Chocolate Mousse Hydration Masque fights the visible signs of ageing. Containing a healthy dose of antioxidant-rich cocoa, which is great for your skin, it's macadamia, almond and jojoba oils also provide deep hydration.

The luxurious Apricot Body Oil is blended with an assortment of essential oils, such as grape seed and jojoba, to create a luscious massage oil that leaves skin feeling irresistibly soft.

Last but not least, the Éminence Firm Skin Acai Exfoliating Peel is an at-home peel that can easily be done before a romantic meal.

Buy: Éminence
 Price: Chocolate Mousse Hydration Masque: €58
Apricot Body Oil: €41
Firm Skin Acai Exfoliating Peel: €95

12. The Westbury's indulgent romance experience

Valentine's Day always brings an onslaught of great hotel offers, but how can you choose the best one for the most practical price? The Westbury has been voted Ireland's number one hotel by Condé Nast Traveler Readers, and for a good reason.

Enjoy some lavish indulgence in the heart of Dublin by retreating to The Westbury's romance experience. This includes an overnight stay for couples with a romantic rose petal turndown, bottle of chilled champagne, strawberries and delicious chocolates, and a delicious full Irish breakfast in bed in the morning.

‘Romance at the Heart of the Dublin’ with The Westbury is available to book from €450 per room; a great offer considering the prestigious location. Treat yourselves to a trip, you deserve it.

Buy: The Wesbury
Price: From €450

13. Aldi's Valentine's Day alcohol offers: G-in Love

Aldi are offering us something MAJORLY special this Valentine's Day, whether you're waking up to champagne in bed, or heading on a dinner date with gin in mind.

They're giving us the exclusive Boyle’s Alchemy Colour Changing Gin, infused with petals of the Asian butterfly flower, which shifts colour from blue to pale pink with the addition of tonic. Yep, actual. real-life COLOUR-CHANGING GIN.

It’s all to do with the movements in pH, but we can guarantee that this is some magical science.

Buy: Aldi
Price: Boyle’s Alchemy Colour Changing Gin: €24.99

That's not all they've got up their sleeve; Aldi's DV8 Pink Gin Cream Liqueur is BY FAR the perfect gift. Made by the Irish producers of multi-award-winning Brennan’s Old House Gin, this gorgeous liquor will make anyone's day special.

Aldi have some unique sale offers especially for the most loving day of the year; Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut NV, the best-selling and award-winning wine from Philizot and Fils is reduced to only €19.99.

Giotti Spumante Rosé, Sparkling Rosé Blosson, Beaujolais Rosé 2018, Fairtrade Moscato Rosé 2018 have each had their prices cut so that love can blossom with a bit of alcohol to help. Even if it's self-love…

Buy: Aldi
Price: DV8 Pink Gin Cream Liqueur: €14.99
Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut NV*: €19.99
Giotti Spumante Rosé: €11.99
Sparkling Rosé Blosson: €4.49
Beaujolais Rosé 2018: €7.99
Fairtrade Moscato Rosé 2018: €5.99

14. CND nails Valentine's range

CND are changing the GAME when it comes to nails. For Valentine's Day, why not treat yourself or your significant other to some gorgeous new shades from the iconic brand.

Their new range has stunning pinks, dark berry, ravishing reds and blush tones; show off your romantic side.

Mambo Beat, Rose Bud, Hot Pop Pink, Tinted Love, Wildfire and Dark Lava are ideal for a hot date, or pretty much anything the night has in store. There's a colour for every kind of date.

All of these romantic shades are available in both CND SHELLAC and CND VINYLUX, for longer-lasting looks.

Buy: CND 
Price: €11.95 (Shellac and Vinylux)

15. 'Hex Your Ex' Galentines book from ASOS

We couldn't forget to include a present for that gal-pal of yours who really needs a humorous Valentine's pick-me-up.

The Hex Your Ex book contains over 100 spells,potions and rituals for getting some petty revenge on that douchebag ex of theirs.

Treat yourself or your BFF, it looks pure gas.

Buy: ASOS
Price: €12.43

16. PrettyLittleThing Valentines body in red striped lace

This jaw-dropping body from PLT is the perfect treat to yourself or your girlfriend this Valentine's Day.

The red lace and plunge neck will have you feeling sexier than ever, why not give yourself the romantic day you deserve? Spicy AF.

Buy: ASOS
Price: €27.65

There you have it, our top picks for Valentine's Day gifts this year.

Between perfume, flower arrangements, lavish hotel getaways, skincare and lingerie; it's set to be a GREAT day.

We'd appreciate if someone who adores us can buy us each and every one of these, pretty please?

Let the love rain down this year, if you're single or taken. Like this adorable teddy bear here: 

sing it snuggle i love you GIF by Snuggle Serenades

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January is really a month for the winter blues. Christmas is a hazy memory, you can't quite shake that cold that's been bothering you, and summer seems like an eternity away.

Why not escape for a weekend to see some of Europe's most incredible sights, and stay in the best Airbnb's you can find. Treat yo'self, gowan.

Luckily for you, we've curated a list of some of the continent's best apartment finds.

We've already booked our flights straight out of Dublin airport, ASAP….

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1. Zagreb, Croatia

This new stylish apartment is in the perfect location in the centre of the beautiful Zagreb, on Križanićeva street.

For a quiet and safe space which is still central, this is one of the best areas to stay in. Close to the main city square, central bus and train station, everything is easily within walking distance.

A modern, contemporary apartment with a monochromatic décor theme, yet still so comfortable, this apartment is perfect. It can host three guests, and has two beds and a bath. 

New stylish central apartment
Price: €37 per night

2. Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is an incredible city to visit, the Old Town is stunning and has a huge amount of history, and most of the town is within walking distance.

It also is home to some of the best pub crawls in the world, just sayin'. This gorgeous boutique apartment has us DROOLING.

The spacious design, the window panels allowing light to stream in, we just need to stay here ASAP.

The boutique apartment is located in the Bohemian Zizkov district, packed with unreal cafés, bars, restaurants and bars with some amazing views of Prague.

3. Paris, France

We have found a sunny, cosy studio apartment LITERALLY just down the road from the Eiffel Tower. What more would you need?

The charming apartment is ideal for an escape to the Parisian life; it's both residential and family-oriented.

There are windows throughout the apartment to let in the French sun, and the location is absolutely perfect; the seventh district of Les Invalides

Just picture yourself having a coffee and croissant downstairs, looking out the window at the Parisian aesthetic. We can.

4. Berlin, Germany

A 'superhost' owns this GORGEOUS Berlin apartment, which can house four guests and his also an absolute bargain of an offer for what you're getting.

The apartment is a short walking distance away from some of Berlin's top spots, with restaurants, shops and bars surrounding the area.

The subway station is only a seven minute walk away, and the location is both safe and central. You'll be prancing around Alexanderplatz in no time…

Design apartment
Price: €34 per night

5. Barcelona, Spain

This spacious loft is on Airbnb Plus, and for a good reason.

The stunning studio apartment has an actual JETTED TUB. Be still my beating travel heart. The location is extremely central; with the city's main sights within walking distance.

The New York-style space has exposed brick walls, high ceilings of rustic Catalan wood and bold modern art.

Catch some rays on the balcony and make use of the space's incredible amenities.

Spacious loft
€70 per night

6. Rome, Italy

This 'superhost' certified apartment in the centre of one of Europe's most renowned cities is GOALS.

The apartment can house up to four guests, and is located on the first floor of a beautiful palatial residence just minutes from the Piazza Della Repubblica.

The studio home is freshly renovated, filled with light and more luxurious than our future. We LOVE.

7. Edinburgh, United Kingdom

This stunning Georgian apartment in Edinburgh's New Town is one of the best Airbnb's on the market.

The loft is a ground floor flat in the famous area, with absolutely every part of the city within walking distance. The apartment is spacious, has fantastic amenities such as a bath, and even an indoor fireplace for those cold January months.

The beautiful home as Wi-Fi, free parking down the road and houses two guests easily, with comfort being the essential promise. 

New Town apartment 
€54 per night

8. Vienna, Austria

This sunny apartment is extremely sought after, for it's dedication to space and light.

It can house four guests, and they can each experience the unique, warm decor of the apartment while being close to the most famous parts of Vienna.

The metro station at Ober-St. Veit is only a seven minute walk away, with the home featuring a spacious living room with a kitchen, one bedroom and a bathroom.

The terrace can be used in summer to soak in that European sun that we Irish can never seem to get.

Sunny apartment in Vienna
Price: €69 per night

9. Krakow, Poland

Poland is a great country to escape to, especially because of how affordable it is.

This chic loft apartment in central Krakow is only €18 PER NIGHT, we cannot believe how great it is.

Beautiful, modern studio for one or two people has air conditioning for the hot summer months, and is located on Bonerowska Street in Krakow city centre. 

The space is less than five minutes walking distance away from Krakow's main historical sights including main square, Wawel Castle, the Jewish Quarter and more.

Loft apartment
Price: €18 per night

10. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The hosts don't call it the 'stairway to heaven' for no reason. Amsterdam is one of Europe's most interesting cities, with a huge amount to do and some immensely picturesque locations to visit.

Little loft apartments near the canals and boats are such a dream come true, and this luxury apartment with warm, modern décor is perfect for a weekend away with someone special.

The private trendy studio is built in the attic of an authentic 1880 Amsterdam house, and is located in the cool neighbourhood near the food hall and outdoor markets. I wouldn't book this if stairs aren't suitable for you, however, it's a steep climb up.

Stairway to Heaven
Price: €80

You all deserve a holiday, and January is the perfect time to escape the winter blues and catch the travel bug.

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This week, we got smacked with the grim reality that the average rent in Dublin is now €1,968 per month.

That's 10.9 percent higher than this time last year and a staggering 30 percent higher than the 2008 peak – so it's pretty depressing all around.

To make matters worse, the massive amounts of money we are forking out for accommodation is usually for sub-standard dwellings.

So we are gonna rub salt into the wound and show you what you can rent in Europe for the same price – and all the places featured are furnished. 

1. Neuilly-Sur-Seine, Paris, France

 Picture credit: Lodgis

You can rent a two-bedroom furnished apartment for €1,985 a month in the most expensive part of Paris.

To gauge how pricey this neighbourhood is, former president Francois Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy were raised in the Parisian suburb.

You'll be living amongst some of the most famous French faces and living the Parisian dream.

2. Mitte, Berlin

This stunning two-bed penthouse in the heart of Berlin is serious home goals.

The spacious, modern home is a steal at  €1,700 a month and that INCLUDES bills.

All you have to do is brush up on some German and you're set – FYI, it has a foosball table and an electric keyboard. 

3. Prati, Rome, Italy

The land of carbs have some savage apartments for prices that would make you weep in comparison to our capital city.

This two-bedroom apartment is a walk away from the Vatican city and looks like a dream.

It's a cool €1850 a month and comes with some massive looking beds – and the best part is, it's mould free.

4. Buckingham Terrace, Edinburgh, UK. 

Picture credit: rightmove

After doing some quick maths, our €1,968 converts into a modest £1713.

Edinburgh is ripe with prime property for a bargain price and we could get a lot for our money.

For a breath-taking ground floor two bedroom flat, it was £1,595 per month.

5. Westminster, London

Picture credit: rightmove

We all know how outrageously expensive central London has been branded.

So I went on a hunt and found a furnished one bedroom apartment in the heart of the city.

The property is £1712 a month, so I just stayed in budget but there's a big difference between London and Dublin.

6. East 58th Street, Manhattan, New York

Picture credit: streeteasy

And for the craic, I had a nosey at some places in Manhattan, which is famous for its high rent. 

I found a lovely studio apartment which was $2,100 a month (€1861). 

Is the place tiny with a massive price tag? – Yes, but it's a lot better than the majority of studios you can find in Dublin city.

You can live in the big apple for less than in Dublin…let that just sink in.

If you're thinking of relocating, at least renting in these cities will be a little bit easier than Dublin.

It's fair to say our rental market is a mess.

 

Feature Image credit: discoverdublin/Instagram/Alinaborak28

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Justin Bieber started his career busking on the streets of Ontario, Canada, and despite having made it in the industry, he's back at it again.

This time, he's set up outside Buckingham Palace, London, and a lucky few caught the impromptu concert on camera. 

With his guitar case propped open, Justin sang some love songs to his fiance Hailey Baldwin. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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'I love you babe, I love you so much…it hurts. you’re my favourite, that girl right there is the love of my life,' he proclaimed. 

Bieber and Baldwin announced their engagement earlier this summer, and rumours have been flying that the pair have already tied the knot in secret. 

The couple are currently in the English capital due to Hailey's work commitments. 

Can someone book Hailey for a gig in Ireland so we might get a random Justin Bieber gig on Grafton Street, please?  

Feature image:  michael_kmlg / Instagram

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Just last week, Vogue Williams welcomed a baby boy into the world.

The new mum and her partner, Spencer Matthews, were over the moon to have their first child together.

Vogue said that she felt “truly blessed” to have a happy and healthy baby in her arms.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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We have been following the model’s journey into motherhood along the way as she kept us updated with progressive pregnancy snaps.

And now, the young mum has shared the next stage of her life in a gorgeous photo on Instagram.

Vogue is taking her newborn son out for a sunny walk in the park. She is all smiles as she relishes the intimate moment with her little one.

The model is fashionable as ever, slaying the hot mum look with her high ponytail and black workout wear.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Her army green jacket is soooo cute and looks fab on the happy 32-year-old.

She can’t tear her eyes away from precious Baby Williams, who is snug as a bug in his matching, all-black buggy.

“Currently living in a bubble of love”, the new mum gushed.

We are glad to be a part of her family’s journey, and congratulate her and her husband on their newest arrival.

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There are few things more dread-inducing than the prospect of staring down a packed tube platform full of stressed out and aggressive commuters at eight in the morning or, even worse, getting gridlocked in that notorious London traffic.

The intense crowds, frequent breakdowns and that wonderful quirk of the Tube wherein it has zero air conditioning or ventilation can make your morning commute feel like a battle march.

Not to worry, though; with a few simple steps you'll soon be bossing that commute like a pro and the stress will soon feel like a distant memory.

Here's how to survive London in rush hour.

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Know the Rules of the Game

Anyone who has been in London for more than five seconds will know that there is a Byzantine etiquette system comprising of dozens of rules that must be followed in order to avoid the ire of your fellow passengers.

Most of these rules are honestly just a combination of noise, urban myths and personal preferences, so definitely don't spend too much time getting worked up over whether your platform posture in on point.

As long as you know the few simple essentials, your trip will go more smoothly.

These are; keep your Oyster card ready and in-hand the second you enter the station, stick to the right on the escalators, don't talk loudly and, most importantly, never make eye contact with your fellow commuters.

Come Prepared with Distractions

Chances are you'll be dealing with the same commute every day, to the point where you could travel the whole route with your eyes closed.

This kind of commuter autopilot is common, with the positive side being that you should be able to zone out and immerse yourself in less stressful activities during your journey – just remember to keep your wits about you on station platforms and road crossings!

A good online game is always the ideal way to get through the journey, ideally something engaging like a puzzle game or online escapade.

For example, there are now lots of roulette games online, from European to American, that you'll be able to play at any point during your commute when you need to zone out, thanks to that sweet and brand new Tube WiFi.

Your commute is also valuable time in your day that you can use to catch up on things you've been neglecting.

So, read that novel that has been gathering dust, finish that podcast, or simply burn through your emails.

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Mix It Up

A morning commute doesn't have to be something to just get through, to be banished to the annals of memory and not thought about until 5 pm. You can actually enjoy it. The best way to do this is by occasionally mixing things up.

Explore your city by walking part of the journey, which might involve having to get out of bed a few minutes earlier but is definitely worthwhile in such a beautiful and varied city as London.

Even just going via a different bus route might feel like a refreshing and pleasant surprise, as seeing your city as new again will remind you why you moved here in the first place.

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Is there anything better then a cheeky little afternoon tea, of a Saturday?

How about a potion themed afternoon tea, in jolly old London? (Harry Potter vibes!)

Yeah, I know, unbelievable.

Starting on May 3, wannabe wizards will be able to don their robes and take part in a potions class with a difference.

The difference being that there will be tiny sandwiches and booze involved. Hurray! 

The event is held in The Potions Room of the Cutter & Squidge bakery in London.

The website gives a bit of detail surrounding these amazing events: 

"You are invited to attend a Potions Class at the Cutter & Squidge secret School of Wizarding Alchemy, where delicious food and magical potions combine in our wonderful and exclusive world of fantasy."

As a wizard-in-the-making, you will be invited to join the Potion Master to learn some of his secrets in an immersive experience, whilst enjoying a feast for all senses.

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During the experience, you will be treated to a delicious sweet and savoury Afternoon Tea inspired by classic British flavours and this, combined with the drinkable and edible potions you will be creating, will ensure that you are bubbling to the brim by the time your class ends! 

MAGICAL! 

The menu also looks delicious, and includes finger sandwiches, Yorkshire pudding, butterscotch biscuits and scones (obviously). 

Tickets cost £49.50 (or £79.50 for a special VIP experience) and can be purchased online

The whole event takes 2.5 hours, and is really something not worth missing! 

Anyone for a weekend trip to London?

 

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Have you ever sat back and genuinely wondered what heaven looks like? 

Well, we have you answer lads. 

Heaven comes in the form of an alcoholic sweet shop, aptly named SugarSin. 

SugarSin is an adult only sweet shop in the heart of London, and we absolutely need to visit! 

 

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The shop is full to the brim with delicious sweet treats, such as Prosecco and white chocolate truffles, G&T jellies and  Cuba Libre candies.

Overwhelmed tbh. 

The main shop is in London's Covent Garden but they also sell their products in Waitrose, John Lewis, Lakeland, Selfridges, and online – so we don't even need to travel! 

Will you get a buzz on from the goodies? Probably not, but hell, it sure is worth a try!

If anyone is planning a trip to London, please visit and bring us back something delicious! 

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If there's one thing we love more than Disney, it's an endless supply of delicious food, so you you can only imagine our delight we learned that someone had the genius idea to combine the two.

The When You Wish Upon A Brunch takes place on Saturday, April 21, at Aeronaut in London, and honestly, it's like all our dreams came true at once.

Ideal for those who want to channel their inner princess, the event will include classic Disney sing-alongs, a bottomless brunch, and of course, a tipple or two.

Lucky attendees can choose one brunch item from the mouth-watering menu (see below), as well as enjoys three hours of unlimited Bloody Marys, Mimosas and Laines Beer.

  • Healthy Breakfast – smashed avocado, chili, poached eggs, sourdough bread

  • Veg Breakfast – eggs, hash browns, beans, mushrooms, tomato, buttered spinach

  • Full English – eggs, bacon, sausage, beans, garlic mushrooms, tomato

  • Eggs Florentine – spinach, eggs, hollandaise sauce

  • Eggs Royale – smoked salmon, eggs, hollandaise

A fabulous theatrical troupe will provide the entertainment for the afternoon, and guests are encouraged to get into the spirit by dressing as their favourite character.

Seeing as it's on in London, you'll of course need a plane ticket to get there – but hey, it's the perfect excuse for an impromptu weekend away.

Tickets are £28 and are available to buy here.

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