Originally seen on kingsroad.co.uk – posted on 20 October. Written by Rachael Grace.

Battersea Park will be the location of the Grey Goose Winter Ball, hosted by Sir Elton John and David Furnish. Buy tickets to this event to enjoy an extravagant evening. The entire cost of the ticket will go to Elton John AIDs Foundation.

Here’s an excerpt:



GREY GOOSE® will be partnering with the Elton John AIDS Foundation for the fifth consecutive year, to host The GREY GOOSE Winter Ball, an event which annually promises to be one of the most prestigious highlights of the international social calendar.

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Versace For H&M Hitting The Shops – November 17th

Following in the footsteps of Sonia Rykiel and Jimmy Choo. Versace becomes the latest label to design a range for high street store H&M. The collection is full of wild and vibrant fabrics. Iconic dresses are the focus of the women’s collection, while menswear is centred on sharp tailoring. This collection is bound to sell out the day it hits the shops.  If you want a chance to own one of these pieces, there is a need for speed! Below are some of the pieces Lanky Girl is keen on.

The Versace for H&M collection lands in stores on November 17th 2011.

Versace For H&M Collection 2011
Pink Dress - 129.99, Shoes - 69.99, Earrings - 19.99, Dresses - 79.99

Going out look Versace for HM

For more information please visit http://www.hm.com

Buy My Wardrobe – An Evening Of Frocks

Those of you who read my blog will remember my blog post about finding a bargain pair of Louboutins at Buymywardrobe, a pre-owned designer fashion event.

This thursday 27th October 2011 I will be going again for an exciting off shoot event that will be all about designer frocks. An Evening Of Frocks is just in time for the party season and since it is my birthday soon I will be hoping to find something nice to treat myself. Will Lanky Girl be lucky enough to find another pair of Louboutins? You will just have to wait and see!

To see some of the items that will be on sale click here.


  • Date: Thursday 27 October 2011
  • Location: Home House, 21 Portman Square, London, W1H 6LW
  • VIP Tickets: £20, 6pm-7pm
  • Standard Tickets: £5, 7pm-9pm

Buy Tickets Now!

The Affordable Art Fair – Battersea – 2011

Mychael Barratt. Damien Hirst’s Dog. Etching. Edition of 150. 22 x 22 cm. Artists in Residence
Mychael Barratt. Damien Hirst’s Dog. Etching. Edition of 150. 22 x 22 cm. Artists in Residence

It’s finally here! The Affordable Art Fair Battersea is on this week (Thursday 20 – Sunday 23) 110 galleries are exhibiting artwork by over a thousand artists. And when you need a break from looking, there are plenty of workshops, talks and demonstrations to enjoy – alternatively you can pause for thought over a glass of wine or a spot of lunch!

The Affordable Art Fair is great place to discover new artists! “When Will Ramsay founded the fair in 1999 his aim was to make contemporary art accessible to everyone, and to show you don’t need to be an art expert or a millionaire to enjoy and buy art. Ten years on The Affordable Art Fair is the leading showcase in the UK for contemporary art under £4,000 having welcomed over 430,000 visitors who have bought £73 million of art”.

Adult day tickets cost £10 pounds in advance.

For more information please visit http://www.affordableartfair.com/battersea/

Ping Pong Dim Sum – London Restaurant Festival – £10

The London Restaurant Festival is in full swing and Lanky Girl has just discovered that her favourite Dim Sum Restaurant is running a very nice offer indeed. Until the 17th October Ping Pong Dim Sum will be running an exclusive menu allowing you to have 2 courses and drink for 10 pounds. As a dim-sum-oholic I think this is a complete bargain 🙂 Click here to download the voucher.

Frieze Art Fair 2011

For every contemporary art lover the Frieze Art Fair evnt is something to look forward to. Starting today the event at Regents Park will feature over 170 of the most exciting contemporary art galleries in the world. The fair also includes specially commissioned artists’ projects, a prestigious talks programme and an artist-led education schedule.

Lanky Girl Recommends Visiting:

The Sculpture Park

Frieze Art Fair 2011 Stand Prize Winner: Gavin Brown

Spa Relaunch Night At Citypoint Club

To celebrate the relaunch of their spa, Citypoint Club in Liverpool street is hosting an open spa night. (My sister is a therapist there). It’s a chance to get a taster of the fantastic luxury treatment they are offering at the spa. Check out the leaflet below. All the money will be going to Breast Cancer Care. To book your place please call 020 7920 6200. If you can’t view the Picture see here spaLaunchHTML_Prospects (6).

International House: The Best Curry

A special guest post by Gurpareet Bains

Gurpareet Bains, chef to A-listers and royalty, author of Indian Superfood and most recently winner of the 2011 Chef of the Year ‘Curry Gong’ at the English Curry Awards, takes a breather from his book tour to share a select handful of his personal favorite Indian restaurants dotted around the world.


New York, USA

Average $60 per head

Only in the last few years have dapper Indian restaurants started popping up in New York. And although it is most definitely the pioneering days of curry in the US, New York just had to deliver in style…

Devi is America’s only Michelin star Indian restaurant, and accordingly worth a visit. Chefs Suvir Saran and Hemant Mathur are sure to whip your taste buds into a frenzy with traditional Indian home cooking fused with the bold flavours of the new world.

I’m salivating just musing over fond memories of the grilled scallops with roasted pepper chutney and bitter orange marmalade, and the signature Tandoori lamb chops with pear chutney. Or for something a little more traditional, how about Phool Makhanee Kee Sabzee (lotus seeds and cashews in a creamy sauce) or the all-time-favourite, and must have Indian street food, Bombay Bhel-Puri?

With an ambience akin to an old worldly Rajasthani boathouse palace, this is the place to entertain and astonish. Be sure to invite your Indian business clients to a dinner at Devi. Deal done and dusted!


Cinnamon Kitchen

London, England

Average $60 per head

With London widely recognised as the curry capital of the world, restaurants on this side of the pond have a mighty high bar to aspire their standards upon – and the Cinnamon Kitchen doesn’t fail to astound. Right in the heart of London’s financial district, the Cinnamon Kitchen is located in a courtyard abuzz with activity. Start with a Cinnamon Spiced Martini in the Anise Bar, sipping it just to the left of the main dining room.

When you’re ready, the main dining room is a converted warehouse with 20 foot ceilings that reverberates a debonair ‘007’ style.  With an exceptional wine-list, a flawless brigade of staff and most importantly, award-winning chefs Vivek Singh and Abdul Yaseen on-hand, you’re really in for a spectacular night.

The menu is short; instead, it focuses on a select few dishes that they get right every single time. Although the meals are presented in an aptly contemporary fashion, with subtle hints of fusion, the food is truly Indian at heart. To start, I’d recommend the Fat Chillies with Spiced Paneer or Hyderabadi Lamb Mince.  As an entree, try Scottish Angus Fillet with Masala Chips or Seared Sea Bass with Kokum Curry and Rice (kokum is slightly sour, although less so than tamarind). The dessert menu is as equally as spectacular – so remember to leave room.


Claridges Hotel, New Delhi, India

Average $30 per head

Dhaba specializes in Punjabi Highway Fare. In the Indian state of the Punjab, locals consider highway eateries – better known as Dhabas – to serve up the best food…and they are absolutely right. It’s rather a kind of street food for people on wheels, who miss home cooking.

Dhaba’s menu is comprised of many traditional family recipes handed down generations. Try something suitably rustic, and typically Punjabi, such as Baingan Ka Bharta (spicy barbecued eggplant), Dahl Makhini (lentils slow cooked overnight, until rich and silky), and accompany this with flaky Tandoori Rotis and some of the more familiar suspects such as meat kebabs and  balti curry dishes – and you will be eating just as heartily as any Punjabi farmer. If you’re not sure what to order, or if you want to try a bit of everything, go for the Thali, which is the chef’s taster menu, and is very much the avant-garde thing to do.

But at Dhaba, it’s not only about the food. The ambience is also of the classic rural highway eatery, complete with a truck fresco, rustic interiors and waiters dressed in traditional Punjabi dress. There is even a thatched ceiling and walls replicating the irregular mud painted texture of a village hut. An old wireless belts out golden oldies from the silver era of Indian cinema, putting the final touches on a perfect evening.


Ravi’s Restaurant

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Average $10 per head

Ravi’s on Satwa Road (near Satwa Roundabout) is an institution, and arguably Dubai’s number one curry house. Set amidst the hustle and bustle of old Dubai, and bounded by spiraling minarets and the haunting sound of muezzins’ calls, this is the place to eat curry.

It’s very much a rough-and-ready diner style restaurant with Formica tables; fortunately, the tacky decor only enhances the experience of Dubai before it became an international tourist destination.

Ravi’s is frequented by the legions of Indian and Pakistani expats living in Dubai – which is always a good sign of authentic food. If you can imagine classic dishes, such as Butter Chicken, Tarka Dahl, Biryani and Naans, all served up in monumental portions, and for just a few dollars – this is Ravi’s!

For more information about Gurpareet Bains and his no.1 bestselling debut cookery book, Indian Superfood (Absolute Press/Bloomsbury Publishing), visit www.indiansuperfood.com

Orginal article: http://www.execdigital.com/food_travel/food/international-house-the-best-curry