Kayaking London’s canals by night with Secret Adventures – a perfect winter escape

It is a cold, mid-November evening. Twenty-two people stand squeezed into lifejackets and brightly-coloured waterproofs; 11 kayaks float silently, waiting for us like a pod of whales upon the glassy surface of Limehouse Basin. The cloudy night sky shows no stars, but the rain, at least, stopped sometime earlier. Excitement fills the air - whatever the weather, I don't think…

Cycling in London vs. New York: two cities on two wheels

London and New York, New York and London: two global capitals bursting with wealth, prestige and cultural dynamism, they’re unquestionably twinned at the top of any list of the world’s most marvellous cities. London is a richly diverse, open-doored metropolis, the throbbing heart of England and beyond which owes its thriving existence to no particular…

How our morning habits reveal where we’re from

A cross-European study has found that our morning habits correspond strongly to which part of the world we're from. The study was commissioned by consumer electronics brand Pure, and analysed the early-hours habits of those living in the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Norway and Denmark. Respondents were asked what their favourite part of their morning routine was, whether that…

Ted Baker & Quella launch beautiful racer bikes

Bike envy has been taken to a new level, with the launch of made-to-order model by Ted Baker and small artisan bicycle firm Quella. The two British companies have teamed up to create the Italian-inspired racer, which is available in "Redfinn, Bluetail or Greengill". The stylishly retro bicycles feature a unique copper-plated design over a fine steel frame, as well…

8 Reasons why #Sense8 is your new favourite TV show

Sense8 is a new Netflix TV show that’s really left critics and viewers divided. From what we can tell so far it’s a real Marmite show – you either love it’s fantasy ridiculousness and heartfelt performances or you, well, you really don’t. We’re in the LOVE IT camp here at ShinyShiny, so we’ve collected together our 8 reasons why it could be your favourite show of the summer.

Games with a female protagonist.

Top 5 new games with a female protagonist

Some game designers are bucking the trend and bringing us kick-ass games led by women, for women (and men, if they know what’s good for them) to enjoy. Here are five of our favourite new games with a female protagonist for you to play with pride…

Interesting apps for when you're bored: Happify.

10 entertaining apps for when you’re bored: part two

Scrabble It’s a classic for a reason: because it’s fun! (Geeky fun, yes, but isn’t that the best kind?) You can play against strangers or your friends, but we reckon it’s more fun to try to beat the computer – which also means you can take as long as you like between turns with no…
10 Interesting apps for when you're bored.

10 entertaining apps for when you’re bored

Remember when you were younger and got SO bored sometimes but your parents didn’t seem to care and you didn’t even have the internet? Yeah, those days are over. These days we can always find something to entertain us, the challenge is choosing the right thing. That’s where our list comes in.