Things to do in London This Weekend

Why are the British so obsessed with weather? Maybe because of its unpredictability? 28 degrees in Autumn…strange. Anyway who cares?! Lets enjoy this freakish weather while it lasts 🙂

Black History Month, 1st October – 31st October 2011

Beginning tomorrow, black history Month is a celebration of black culture and aims to promote knowledge of black History, culture and heritage. It also aims to disseminate information on positive black contributions to British Society and heighten the confidence and awareness of black people to their cultural heritage. There will be lots of interesting events happening up and down the country.

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See Drive, Various Cinema’s Across London

Drive featuring the very handsome Ryan Gosling is already garnering praise for it fantastic cinematography, soundtrack and performances from its cast. Having seen this last week I recommend it! You won’t be disappointed.

East Pops West, 29 Sept – 1st Oct, 2011, W6 0BE


East Pops West is a event bringing art from the East end of London to the West during a three-day event at the 20,000 sq ft former Innocent Smoothies HQ. It is set to be a rare chance for West London to engage directly with East London’s artists and designers.

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Any Excuse for An Ice cream

Read Lanky Girl’s guide to the best places to go for an Ice Cream.

Celebrating Mr Benn and Danger Mouse at The Illustration Cupboard

If you are a child born in the eighties then you will no doubt remember childhood cartoons Mr Ben and Danger Mouse. The Illustration Cupboard are celebrating Forty Years of Mr Benn and Thirty Years of Danger Mouse by holding an exhibition. “Re-discovered original Mr Benn film cells have been carefully restored and will be shown alongside rare original Benn book illustrations from the late 1960’s. Other film-based artwork will also be on show, such as Charlie and Lola by Lauren Child, Wallace and Gromit by Nick Park and The Lost Thing by 2011 Oscar Winner Shaun Tan”. Revisit your childhood by going to this exhibit!

Showing from 1st – 15th October 2011

Lanky Girl at London Fashion Weekend

Courtesy of Chambord, who make the most delicious raspberry liqueur Lanky Girl was invited to London Fashion Weekend. Now for those of you who do not know what London Fashion Weekend is, it is the consumer event that follows London Fashion Week and is held at Somerset House.

Chambord Platinum Lounge

Lanky Girl was lucky enough to be experiencing it VIP style in the Chambord Platinum Lounge. So much happened on the day but here are some of the fabulous things that I was lucky enough to experience.

On arrival to the Platinum Lounge we were greeted with two glasses of Chambord flavoured Champagne and some lovely cupcakes. We also had a masseuse who was on hand to give us lovely hand massages.

A lovely hand massage

We had a style consultation with the celebrity stylist Natalie Robinson who each gave us a rundown of what she thought suited our body shapes. Being a natural hourglass I was happy to find out that the power shoulder jacket I was wearing was a good choice for balancing out my hips. Gold star for me!

London Fashion Weekend is a great place to find independent fashion at bargain prices. If I wasn’t careful I would have seriously maxed out my credit card. There is simply too much to include in terms of all the amazing fashions that were on sale. Special mention for a lovely little vintage shop called Nariva Boutique which sells the loveliest bags. They had lots of croc skinned bags which are bang on trend for SS2012.

Nariva Boutique Vintage bags
Vintage Bags from Nariva Boutique

In the Chambord Lounge Elizabeth Arden demonstrated how to achieve the signature red lip for that classy forties look. This was popular on the catwalks at London Fashion Week.

Watch the video here.

In the vintage area Salon de OohLaLa where on hand to give vintage style  makeovers. Lanky Girl was brave enough to allow herself  to be made over. Going for a 1960s style beehive, Kohl eye and red lip. Not sure about the result but it was pretty fun.

Beehive hairstyle
Beehive baby!

After that it was back to the Chambord Lounge for a fashion shoot with photographer Fabian. It was time to get my “fashion face” on! Okay so I am never going to be a supermodel, but for someone who hates the camera it came out pretty well.

One of the highlights of the whole day for me was the Catwalk show. I felt just like a true fashion editor with front row seats.

The catwalk show was hosted by Britain’s Next Top Model presenter Grace Woodward. Osman Yousefzada showcased his SS2012 collection which was full of vibrant colours and silk fabrics. Osman’s designs have been worn by Thandie Newton, Dannii Minogue, and Anna Friel.

Watch highlights from the show below.

You can see more from the day on my facebook page.

Things to do in London This Weekend

Another weekend is upon us. Does anyone else feel like the weeks are just flying by? Must be something to do with getting older..Argh! Anyway this weekend all you fashion folk are in for a treat, lots of events carrying on from London Fashion Week.

London Fashion Weekend, 23-24 September 2011, Somerset House

Calling all fashionistas! Vodafone London Fashion Weekend is the consumer event that follows directly on from London Fashion Week, using the same exhibition and catwalk venue. Vodafone London Fashion Weekend is essentially a designer shopping event, where members of the public can shop from designers of London Fashion Week calibre, from the high-profile to the emerging, at reduced prices. Look out for lanky Girl out and about on Saturday. Tweet me if you are there.

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Sweat Shop pop up at Selfridges London at Womenswear on Level 2, from 23 -25 September

Sweatshop is a pop up from Paris to coincide with London Fashion Week. Designers will be on hand to help you customise your garments using rented Singer machines. Perfect if you have always wanted to learn how to sew or you like the idea of recycling your clothes.

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Bermondsey Street Festival, 24th September 2011, Bermondsey Area

“The Bermondsey Street Festival is an annual event, now in its 5th year. It’s a celebration of place. Traditional village fete, but with a heavy dose of contemporary Bermondsey thrown in”. Look out for an outdoor screening of Cabaret, a  beer tent with a hog roast, BBQ, music and a proper bar. With the Village lounge and the Garrison Cinema both making an appearance.

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Anita’s Vintage Fashion Fair, 25 September 2011, 9.30am – 4.30pm, Battersea Arts Centre

If you are looking for something unique and different head down to Anita’s Vintage Fashion Fair where you can  can browse through around 65 stands full of fashion, textiles and accessories from the 1800’s right through to the 1970’s. Keep a keen look out for vintage pieces from Vivienne Westwood and Biba.

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The Phoenix Cinema, The Local & Fifth Column presents Way of the Morris Special DVD Launch Event, September 25, 2011

My friends from the Phoenix Cinema are putting on a DVD Release Party for the film Way of The Morris hosted by comedian and broadcaster Phill Jupitus of BBC Two’s Never Mind the Buzzcock. There will be live performances by American folk musician Sam Amidon, Phil Winter of British folktronica band Tunng manning the turntables alongside DJs from The Local.

The Way of the Morris Special DVD Screening will take place on September 25, 2011 at the Phoenix Cinema in East Finchley, located at 52 High Road, East Finchley, N2 9PJ. The film starts at 2pm.

Tickets are available in advance for £12 online at:

Competition Time! Win The Ultimate Fashionista Day Out! – London Fashion Weekend

The London Perspective has joined forces with Chambord to offer you the chance to win a pair of tickets to London Fashion Weekend! Lanky Girl went last year and managed to bag a pair of designer J brand Jeans for only ten pounds! So designer bargains are to be had!

Chambord, the ‘spirit of fashion’ will be making a welcome return to VODAFONE London Fashion Weekend in September 2011 for its tenth consecutive season, bringing with it an added touch of French chic to London’s fashion scene as well as hosting the exclusive Chambord Platinum Club Lounge.

Chambord black raspberry liqueur is the spirit of fashion and has been enjoyed by the style elite at some of the most exclusive designer parties.

Do you and your friends live and breathe fashion? Chambord is giving you the chance to follow in the footsteps of the fashion crowd and win the ultimate fashionista day out.  You could win a pair of tickets to London Fashion Weekend on Saturday 24th September and to make sure you are looking your most glamorous, Chambord has also teamed up with jewellery designer Lola Rose to create a limited edition, sumptuous raspberry earring and bracelet set which will part of your fabulous fashionista prize.

 For your chance to win answer this question:

 What kind of drink is Chambord?

a) Whisky

b) Liqueur

c) An Ale

You can enter two ways: 1) Send your answer to lanky girl on twitter @arigato23 and use the hash tag #chambord or by leaving a comment on the blog.

I have three pairs of tickets to give away! Winners will be chosen at random and will be notified on the 22nd of September. On your marks Go!

This competition is only  open to UK residents over the age of 18. The tickets are valid for the London Fashion Weekend event on the Saturday only. No cash alternative will be offered and one entry per person. 


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Things to do in London This Weekend

It was really difficult  to narrow down things to do in London. It is one hell of a JAM PACKED weekend. From Fashion week to festivals you have no excuse not to get out there and see what London has to offer.

London Fashion Week, September 16 – 21, Various Venues

Image for London fashion WeekLondon Fashion Week needs no introduction. It is the highlight of the Fashion industry’s calendar and where the new trends for the coming year are revealed.

However, you don’t have to be a fashion editor to take part. Time Out has a great calendar showing events that are open to all.

Open House London – 17 – 18 September, Various Venues

Open House London Picture Open House London is back!  This weekend 700+ of London’s most beautiful and interesting buildings will be throwing open their doors to the public for free. The vast majority of buildings are on a turn-up-on-the day basis. However, due to limited capacity or the nature of the site, certain buildings require pre-booking. Free copies of the programme will be available from libraries in participating London boroughs.

You can download a copy of the listings  here.

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London Design Festival, 17th – 25th September, across London

London Design Festival Picture Looking for inspiration? With hundreds of events taking place across London over a packed nine days you will be spoilt for choice. The festival, running in its ninth year will be a vast array of creative events, exhibitions, and installations taking place across London.

Lanky girl recommends visiting “The Dock, hosted by Tom Dixon and sponsored by Derwent London, which will be an epicentre for design innovation. During the London Design Festival 2011 visitors can expect indoor, outdoor, food and water-based installations, exhibitions and on-the-spot workshops and demonstrations. With over twenty-five exhibitors including, Aston Martin, Moooi, Lladro, The Floating Cinema, Print Club London, Designers in Residence, Piet Hein Eek and Innocent Drinks”.

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Brick Lane Music Festival, Saturday 17th-18th September, 14.00-23.00, The Old Truman Brewery

Brick Lane Poster from facebook The Brick Lane Music Festival is five years old! For two whole days you can listen to some of the UK’s best independent bands and DJs. Taking place across five venues; Big Chill Bar, Vibe Bar, Café 1001, Rhythm Factory and All Star Lanes. Best of all it is FREE! (Charitable donations will be collected.)

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Free Gelato from La Gelatiera, 18th September, Covent Garden.

La Gelataria Picture of Gelato

To celebrate the opening of their new ice cream parlour in Covent Garden, La Gelatiera will be giving away free samples of their ice cream. Roll up! Roll up! And get there early before they sell out!

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Degas and the Ballet: Picturing Movement, 17th September, Royal Academy Of Arts

Degas and the Ballet: Picturing Movement

Opening tomorrow is a landmark exhibition focusing on Degas love of the ballet and movement which was the inspiration of many of his works throughout his career. If you are a fan of his work this exhibition should not be missed!

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Hackney Wick Festival, 17-18 September, Hackney Wick

“Hackney Wick Festival is a free community event, celebrating London’s most creative district. Discover music, dance, theatre, art & design, food and more”.

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Stockwell Festival, 17th September, 1-6pm, Larkhall Park

Great for the kids, the theme of the festival this year is peace, cohesion and Inclusion. Larkhall Park & Playground, Oasis Nature Garden, Go Kart track and Adventure Playground will be filled with an array of accessible activities to keep the whole family entertained.

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Poplar Festival, 17th September, Bartlett Park

“The Poplar Festival is a community event run by Poplar HARCA celebrating the best of Poplar and its residents. This year is also the 60th anniversary of the Festival of Britain.

The festival starts with a Parade at Chrisp Street Market at midday, which makes its way to Bartlett Park for 1pm.

There’s fantastic Live music, Vintage area with the Lady Luck tent with Jive Classes, Free 50’s make over, 50’s tombola, Vibrant community parade, Musical Bingo, advice and information from local community groups, Free massages and health and well being advice, Dr Bike, traditional fun fair rides”!

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My Daily Distraction – Pandemonia

On my way to work this morning I picked up a copy of Stylist Magazine in it they mentioned Pandemonia. A living piece of art, Pandemonia is a parody of everything celebrity, of advertising, branding and western idealization of what is a perfect beauty.

On her website she describes herself as “7ft tall personality often seen at exclusive premiers,events and exhibitions.  Post pop, conceptual artist, written about in iD, The Independent and Vogue publications”.

The identity of Pandemonia remains a mystery, where did she come from? Who is she? And why does she carry around that inflatable dog lol.. Still she caught my attention.

If you are lucky enough to be attending LFW look out for her, I think we will be hearing more and more about this mysterious creature.

Have a look at her blog to find out more.

@Siam Restaurant Soho Review

Recently Lanky Girl and Co was invited to try out Soho’s recent addition to the Thai dining scene @Siam. This contemporary mid-market eatery aims to provide authentic Thai food that doesn’t break the bank. Now I have to say that @Siam has its charm, it isn’t very big but the warm reception by the staff generally made me feel relaxed and at home. Talking to the owner Tip it was clear that customer service was very important. Also (Sshh.. but if you want to have a more intimate dinner Tip can organise for you to have one of the rooms to yourself). So what about the food? Well the restaurant’s best dishes are their seafood dishes. On our visit for starters, we were served soft shell crab salad with light chilli jam and mixed veg and an old favourite of mine chicken satay. Not being a fan of crab it is hard for me to judge the salad however it did taste very fresh and I liked the addition of pomegranate as it sweetened the flavour of the dish. The chicken satay had a light citrus flavour, wasn’t over cooked and peanut sauce yum! I would say the soft shell crab salad would be very good for summer due to its refreshing nature.

For main we were served  massaman curry with lamb, jasmine rice, king prawn salad and deep-fried sea bass with peppers, onions and fish sauce. For me the wining dish was the sea bass, crispy on the outside soft on the inside and with and the accompanied  fish sauce amazing! sweet, with a chilli kick. I happily polished off my plate. The lamb in the  massaman was succulent however, I think the sauce needed more flavour for my taste. The king prawn was also another tasty dish grilled to perfection without losing its flavour.

For deserts we  had banana fritter and vanilla ice cream and stuffed coconut sticky rice with Thai tea ice cream. Both dishes tasted delicious and the ice cream was good for lining the stomach after the spicy starter and main. All this was washed down with a couple of glasses of floral Gavi di Gavi.

My verdict? @Siam is a good restaurant offering value for money. Having eaten some very good Thai in my time I have to say that if you want to taste authentic Thai without breaking the bank @Siam is the place to go.

Our 3 course meal with drinks was complimentary but a meal  would cost around the 50 pound mark without drinks.

Watch our interview with Tip owner of @Siam.

Ben Turnbull Exhibition At Eleven

Is it a bird? is it a plane? No its Supermen – An Exhibition of Heroes by Ben Turnbull at the Eleven Gallery.

“Turbull constructs modern day heroes from collaged fragments of vintage comic book idols. On the advent of the ten year anniversary of 9/11, Turnbull celebrates the real life heroes, the firemen, and policemen who protect us everyday, in iconic new images meticulously constructed from fragments of fictional superheroes including Captain America, Daredevil, and The Fantastic Four as well as Batman, Spiderman, and the Hulk. The palette of red, white and blue that predominates in the work and gives form to these figures reflects the depth of their patriotism and willingness to serve.” This exhibition is a must for any comic book fan.
Private view: Thursday 15th September 2011, 6 to 8.30pm
Exhibition dates: 16th September to 22nd October 2011

He had no teeth… Internet Dating Story

I’ve been encouraged by my friends to share this internet dating story. For comedy value I am willing to tell my readers about my date with “mr no teeth”. It all started after I mentioned to a work colleague that I had been single for a number of months. He suggested that I sign up to OK Cupid a free dating site that lots of “young and creative people are using”.  So I thought well I have nothing to lose, why not? The first few days I got lots of  messages from the good, the bad and downright fugly. Actually most were fugly. I was about to delete my profile when I received an interesting message from a guy without a picture. That should have rung alarm bells in my head.

However his first message was very witty, he said he was 35, owned his own business and said he didn’t have a picture on his profile because of the sensitive nature of his work. After a few messages he emailed me a pic. It was small, grainy and I could just make out what he looked like (about average looking) even though the picture wasn’t amazing I thought “well he seems nice I will give him a chance”.

What followed after that was a week of back and forth email ping-pong. We arranged finally to meet  for a cocktail after work one evening. Now, I must admit two things that should have made alarm bells ring in my head. Firstly when he jokingly said he was rubbish in bed and secondly when he wouldn’t send me another picture due to not being “techy minded”. How naive I was! LOL.

So came the date, I was all made up and ready knock him dead. We arranged to meet at Liverpool Street. As I came up the stairs I saw him waiting. Ah the disappointment! He was at least 10 years older than he said and not attractive. We greeted each other and I tried to hide my horror when he opened his mouth to say hi. I noticed to my horror that he had no teeth! I was speechless… Now some people would have walked away at this point but I guess I am just too nice. We proceeded to head to Be at one for some cocktails. Thank God we hadn’t agreed on dinner. For an hour a half he witted on about work and I had on repeat “why doesn’t this dude have any teeth?!! Run! I couldn’t bring myself to ask even though I was dying to know. I think to be honest I was just peeved by the fact he lied about his age too 35…my foot! Anyway, eventually unable to take anymore I feigned tiredness and retreated home.  To be fair he was a really nice person and I kind of felt bad for him. However as my friend pointed out if you are as successful as he claimed to be you can afford to get cosmetic dentistry! If I’ve learned anything from this experience it is always ask for pictures and free dating sites attract some weird people!

P.S The only highlight of this date was the amazing ice cream cocktails we had a Be at one.