Things To do This Bank Holiday Weekend

It’s Friday baby! Yes Sir me bob, time to relax, kick back and enjoy the long weekend. Okay so it is raining but don’t let that dampen your fun. Plenty of things on this weekend and here are Lanky Girl’s top picks!


Swedish Fika Parlor Pop Up, 12.30 – 2.30pm, Soho Square

In Sweden Fika means “coffee break” and the Swedish love them! Get down to Soho Square for the last day of this pop up parlour where you can enjoy free coffee and Cake. Something nice and sweet to perk up your lunch break.

To book a table at the Fika pop-up parlour, email


SW4 Electronic Festival, Saturday and Sunday, Clapham Common

With an amazing line up of all your favourite Electronic musicians Sw4 returns with a Bang! Catch Underworld on Saturday or Pendulum on Sunday. A festival not to be  missed!

Buy your tickets and see the line up at  

London Fields Brewery Launch party, 27th to Monday 29th August from 11am to 11pm, 374 Helmsley Place, E8 3SB

A new brewery opening in London Fields! Woohoo! For all you ale lovers here is a chance to try one of their five distinct ales as well as enjoy live jazz and folk and blues music. As well as sample their food offerings: bbq chicken, halloumi, sausages, lovely salads, a wood fired pizza oven and a Hog Roast on the Sunday. Phew! it’s going to jam packed!

For more information visit

Notting Hill Carnival, 28th and 29th, Notting Hill

There were fears this year the Carnival would be cancelled but it seems to be going ahead yay! For those who don’t know about the carnival…
“Held each August Bank Holiday since 1966, the Notting Hill Carnival is the largest festival celebration of its kind in Europe. Every year the streets of West London come alive, with the sounds and smells of Europe’s biggest street festival. Twenty miles of vibrant colourful costumes surround over 40 static sound systems, hundreds of Caribbean food stalls,(make sure you visit Mama’s Jerk Station, on the corner of Portobello Rd and Oxford Gardens) over 40,000 volunteers and over 1 million Notting Hill carnival revellers.”

For more information visit

Wrangler Notting Hill After Party, Notting Hill

Ssh… if you can get into this exclusive after party then do! Its bound to be lots off fun!

The Alternative Village Fete 2011, 28th Aug 1pm – 5.30pm & 29th Aug 1pm – 4pm, National Theatre Southbank

The Fete returns to the National Theatre’s Watch this Space Festival for the fourth consecutive year as part of the all-new It’s Great Outdoors! event put together byhome live art and Clare Patey. A riotous bank holiday weekend promises radical craft makers, quirky produce stalls and innovative performances offering a modern, urban twist on tradition within the South Bank’s concrete jungle.

For more information please visit–alternative-village-fete


Slow Food Bring Your Own Picnic, 12:00pm, Parliament Hill

Slow Food are hosting a bring your own picnic in Parliament hill. it’s a chance to find out about what Slow Food is about and to meet new people. Hopefully the weather will be nice!

For more information visit


Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair, Old Spitalfields Market

“Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair offers a selection of vintage, re-worked and hand made stalls all hand-picked by fashion experts and price checked to ensure shoppers are paying up to 75% less than high street prices for their vintage”.

For more information visit

Daily Distraction – Silk Blazers

As summer is coming to an end (did it ever really get going?).It is time to start covering up a little bit more. I am on a hunt for a new stylish blazer to smarten up my look in the Autumn months ahead. Here are some of the offerings from the high street that have caught my eye.

Very Gwyneth Paltrow Looks great team with short shorts – Mango 
Looks Expensive and it a bargain at £25.00 Very Autumn - Warehouse
Snake Print jacket For those of you brave fashionistas - Zara

Patrick Hughes and Ultravie

Yesterday I was lucky enough to get an invite from Ultravie to a private viewing of a talk by Surrealist painter Patrick Hughes.

For those of you who have never heard of him,” Patrick Hughes (born 20 October 1939) is a British artist working in London. He is the creator of “reverspective“, an optical illusion on a 3-dimensional surface where the parts of the picture which seem farthest away are actually physically the nearest”.

His new exhibition is entitled “Fifty Years In Showbusiness”  and is a collection of his works spanning fifty years. It is
being held at the Flowers Gallery, 82 Kingsland Road, London E2 8DP.  The show opened on Thursday 14 July and runs until 3 September 2011.

There is no doubt that Patrick Hughes is a genius and during his talk we were helped to understand the concepts for his work which include references to psychology, culture and everyday life. He will be doing another talk on Saturday 3 September 2011 4 – 6pm. So for all art lovers please go and have a visit I guarantee you will be blow away.

Ultravie is a new and (still quite secret) free service offering Londoners a hand-picked selection of the very best in fine dining, shopping events, sophisticated spas, insider access and lifestyle services at member prices. Sign up now before everyone else finds out!

For more information please visit




Good Hair And Vidal Sassoon – Two films for the price of one!

For many their hair and the way they style it is an extension of their personality. Do you relax, dye, texturize, curl, straighten or perm your hair? In Good Hair, Chris Rock lifts the lid on the black hair care industry in America, with black celebrities revealing their hair secrets (Did you know Beyonce wears wigs?). Good hair has lots of funny and thought provoking moments. Missed your chance to see it last year? This weekend get down to the Phoenix Cinema in East Finchley where they are having a hair-raising Double bill. Also showing is a documentary about the legendary hairdresser Vidal Sassoon from his childhood in a Jewish orphanage in London through to the absolute pinnacle of his craft. Just Wash & Go!

Double Bill: Vidal Sassoon + Good Hair
Sunday 14 Aug 2011, 14:00 – ends at 17:36
Tickets: Adult (£9.00 each)/ Concessions (£6.00 each)
More info/buy tickets here:

Phoenix Cinema
52 High Road
East Finchley N2 9PJ
Tube Stop: East Finchley (Northern Line)

Don’t Let Them Break The London Spirit

Many of us could not have begun to imagine the kind of chaos that has unfolded in London the past few days. I for one as someone who loves and celebrates the beautiful city that we live in, have been deeply saddened by the events that have unfolded in London and across the country. Now I’ve heard many viewpoints on why it is happening, and I am not going to rehash them here. What I can say is that we can come together to defeat it. London is a beautiful, cosmopolitan city enriched by the differences in the people who inhabit it. We CANNOT let the actions of a small minority drive wedges in our communities. We CANNOT allow our city to be engulfed by a climate of fear and paranoia. We need to reclaim our sense of pride to be Londoners. Today I was proud to see Londoners coming together to help clean up the mess from yesterdays carnage. I urge people to show a united front. People like the brave woman in the video below show that the actions of these people are abhorred and will not be tolerated. If you are parent, this is the time to take the time to talk to your children and KNOW where they are! Look out for your neighbours and be vigilant to anti-social behaviour you see unfolding. My sympathies for everyone who has been touched by the rioting. They may break down our doors, burn down our homes but don’t let them break our spirits.

Stay safe everyone.

Lanky Girl.