Zipcar_The Grove Spa_The Spa Pool_credit The Grove
Voted one of the finest spas in the UK, The Grove (Chandler’s Cross, Hertfordshire, WD3 4TG, +44 01923 807807, http://www.thegrove.co.uk/spa/) is set within the tranquil surrounds of the Hertfordshire countryside. Perfectly accessible for Londoners seeking a relaxing day trip, The Grove is a great place to while away a quiet February afternoon. 
 
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When coffee is fresh, it tastes better. A lot better. That’s the whole reason that the folks over at Pact Coffee do what they do. They’re a small bunch but, when it comes to getting coffee right, they really mean business.

Did you know that supermarket coffee spends about 40 days sitting around, just twiddling its thumbs, before it gets to you? By contrast, Pact Coffee is sent out to customers within a week of being roasted, which makes all the difference. The team at Pact (and their customers) think it’s a difference you can taste.

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The hustle and bustle of the city is what we’re all about here at Zipcar. But sometimes even the most motor-obsessed Londoners need to stretch their legs. When the circuits of Hyde Park and the gardens of Kew simply won’t do, venture out to the Oxfordshire parish of Henley-on-Thames, from where you can enjoy innumerable rambling opportunities.
 
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Sure Zipcar does a smashing job of getting you from A to B, but did you know you can get more out of Zipcar than just cars and vans near you by the hour?

For example, that Zipcard in your wallet also unlocks discounts on products and places you love. From fresh coffee at your door from Pact to award-winning skincare from Bulldog, and the offers are constantly being updated. Plus if you’re visiting another Zipcar city you can access discounts there too (not just their Zipcars!). Check them all out here.

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Compare & Share

Zipcar members are well aware of the benefits of sharing rather than owning, at least when it comes to convenient on-street access to cars and vans. Now Compare & Share, the world’s first marketplace for sharing lets you search for sharing services near you. I spoke to Benita Matofska, Founder of Compare and Share to tell us a little more about what they do:
 

Zipcar: So who are you guys and what do you do?

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Kings Road Gourmet Popcorn packaging

When one of our Zipcar for Business members tweeted us asking whether they could fill a Zipcar with popcorn we had to decline the kind offer on the off chance they weren't planning on bagging it all beforehand.

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Hubbub #40daychallenge

Living and working in a big city like London, it’s easy to forget about the importance of your local community – especially when choosing the convenience of supermarkets over local food stores. That’s why at Zipcar we’re supporting Hubbub.co.uk’s #40daychallenge: shake off the supermarket and support your local high street for 40 days. And to make the challenge even more rewarding Hubbub.co.uk are offering shoppers a free 40 day delivery pass!

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spring with zipcar

The days are lighter and warmer, and the trees are speckled pink and white with blossom – spring is officially here! From baby animals to brightly coloured bulbs, we’ve picked some of our favourite places to enjoy the season in and around London. If you have any suggestions of your own, feel free to add them below.

 

Kew Gardens

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AB, Adults £16

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It’s already March – but whatever happened to the beginning of the year? Fervent resolutions to de-clutter and live a cleaner, more organised lifestyle have gone out the window. Time for a spring clear-out at one of London’s famous car boot sales, where you can easily offload your unwanted possessions in exchange for cash. Win-win. 
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Schloss Esterhazy Castle © Flickr user Dierk Schaefer
As an on-the-go Londoner who’s keen on exploring, you likely know your way around Zipcar’s local offerings. But did you also know you can zip around just as conveniently when abroad? With outposts across Europe, including in sunny, paradisiacal Barcelona and cultured, romantic Vienna, it’s just as simple to jump in a Zipcar and motor around the city’s top landmarks as it is here at home. 
 
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