London Paradise Gardens Opening, Saturday 30th June, The Docklands

This Saturday don’t miss what will be a spectacular event. The London Pleasure Gardens Paradise Gardens in the Docklands will be finally opening. Visitors can expect o be entertained by a pyrotechnic theatre, live music & DJs, epic visual arts, pop-up performances, sideshows, the Silly Olympics, a village fete, a Ballroom, a vintage funfair, a craft market, cocktail bar and specialist food from around the world… Phew! It all kicks off at 1pm.

A great day out for all the family and best of all it is FREE!

The Days Events:

  • The World Famous present Silo D: A spectacular theatrical pyrotechnics performance part of the London 2012 Festival.
  • The Ballroom Tea Dance with London Swingdance Society with DJs, Club and Cabaret Events.
  • Solution Sound System in session with Manasseh, Fatman Sound & Ital Horns.
  • Cabaret legend Ida Barr – Guinness World Record attempt for the largest ever Hokey Cokey.

On stage singing will be:

Alabama 3 / The Correspondants / BADBADNOTGOOD / Ragga Twins

Ska Cubano / Musical Youth / Hypnotic Brass Ensemble / Sam and the Womp

The Boxettes / Disreali and the Small Gods / The Soothsayers + much more

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Dates For your Diary – Opera Di Peroni – This July

Opera Di Peroni, Artist - Kwes

 Next week a very special event will be taking place in London. Beginning  on the  5th July  Peroni Nastro Azzurro has collaborated with renowned Warp Records artist Kwes, and innovative opera producers GO Opera to create contemporary productions of authentic Italian operas to appeal to a new generation of opera fans.

Opera Di Peroni launches on the 5th of July and British singer Kwes will be performing a completely reworked version of the aria from La Rondine, Puccini’s 1917 opera – a dramatic story of love and betrayal that is rarely performed.

This production will be staged in a bespoke contemporary structure in an outdoor setting in Triton Square, London. For anyone who is unfamiliar with opera this exclusive event will be a great introduction.Tickets are available now for only £7.50 for a limited time and  attendees will enjoy complimentary Peroni and platters.

To buy tickets visit the Opera Di Peroni Facebook page.

An event not to be missed!

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Things to see in London this week – 26th June 2012

London’s summer of events and happenings are in full swing and there are plenty of things to keep you eye out for around town.

Skoda – Citihenge – Car Stonehenge replica -near Tower Bridge

Some of you may have been lucky enough to see it already, but for those who haven’t, take yourself down to the Southbank close to Tower Bridge were you will see SKODA’s unique installation.  The stunning piece was commissioned to celebrate the summer solstice which was on the 20th June and to launch Skoda’s new car Citigo.

Citihenge as it being called  was  led by sculptor Tommy Gun, took a design team three months to create.

The ambitious piece of art, built using 18 scrap cars, stands at over five metres tall. Each henge is five metres wide and the commanding structure weighs a remarkable 36 tonnes.

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BT ArtBox project celebrating 25 years of Childline

To celebrate the 25th Anniverary of Childline, BT has invited leading artists, designers and creatives from around to apply their individual talents to re-style that much-loved icon of British design, the traditional red telephone box. Giles Deacon and Zandra Rhodes are said to be a few of the high-profile names who have taken part. The BT ArtBoxes will be on display in high-profile locations around the capital between June 18 and July 16 before being auctioned off at a VIP Gala Auction at the National Portrait Gallery on July 18 to raise funds for BT’s long-time partner ChildLine. Lanky Girl has already spotted three on the South Bank!

BT Artbox London

BT Artbox London

Love BT Artbox Childline

As usual check back for more updates throughout the week!

Where To Find Traditional English Food – During London 2012 Olympics

Go for Gold with Quality British Food!

I’ve got a number of friends coming from various countries overseas to London in July to see the Olympics. They’ve asked me where they can find traditional English food, that is hearty, tasty, not too expensive,and relatively near to the Olympic Park venue of East London. Although to be honest the transport is so good- particularly the buses and tubes (underground) that you won’t have any difficulty getting from A to tasty B!

English food hasn’t always got great press, especially with Europeans, but I enthused about some places that I know, and so we’re going to have some culinary visits during the events. I thought I’d share some of these with you. Forget McDonalds which is building a massive 1500 seater in the Olympic Park- get out into the real streets of east London and explore the city during the London Olympic Games!

I explained that one of the great traditional English lunches, dinners and suppers, is Fish and Chips. While you can eat it “in” inside a Fish Bar, you can also have it take away, when it is wrapped in paper (sometimes old Newspaper) and liberally sprinkled with vinegar and salt, for you to munch away while walking down the street, or sitting in the evening London Summer sun (I can hope can’t I?).

Try Poppies of Spitalfields- a place with great food and a real sense of history. It’s reckoned to serve the freshest and the best fish n chips in all London, and it’s been doing that since the last year of the war- 1945! It has an amusing and informative website which tells you all you want to know about its history, the menu and the prices. It’s at 6-8 Hanbury Street, London E1 6QR. Shoreditch High Street and Aldgate East are the nearest stations.

Team GB Olympian Gemma Bennett visits Poppies fish and chips, Spitalfields



Next up, if you’re up for a meal on a Sunday is the good old traditional English Sunday roast. That consists of roast lamb, pork, chicken or beef, accompanied by Yorkshire pudding (made from batter and roasted) horseradish, mint sauce, roast potatoes and parsnips, and vegetables- usually peas, carrots and cauliflower. There are restaurants which provide this, but to my mind the best place as a carvery attached to a pub, or a decent roast menu served in a pub. There’s something great about British Beer and roast. Many pubs will advertise with blackboards outside on the Sunday- watch out for them.

Try the Chiswell Street Dining Rooms if you want to go slightly up market (still less than £15 for a roast) Nearest stations- Moorgate, Barbican or Old Street.

The East End of London is famous for its Indian Restaurants as parts of it have a high ethnic Indian population, which means that I will often go out for a quality Indian meal in Brick Lane. There are too many great places to pick one out, but the “curry” is really a staple diet of many Londoners, particularly the ubiquitous Chicken Tikka Masala, or for me the hotter Lamb Madras.

Here’s my favourite vegetarian Indian restaurant, a little way away in NE London, Stamford Hill, Stoke Newington. Set meals for about £15, and you’ll be taking some home in a doggy bag, because the portions are very generous!

55 Stoke Newington Church Street N16 0AR, a walk from Stoke Newington station.

Finally, Jellied eels. I’m sorry, I can’t tell you anything about them, except that they look disgusting. I’ve never been able to pluck up enough courage to try them. Yes it is traditional East End food, but you’re on your own with this one!

You will find more information on the Olympics in general here.


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Date for your Diary – Pop Up Festival of Stories – Saturday 30th June/Sunday 1st July 2012

The Pop Up Festival of stories is a  two-day extravaganza of completely free sensational events, magical experiences and creative activities celebrating books and stories for children, teenagers and families.

Pop Up Experiences

Kids and parents alike can enjoy awesome authors and amazing artists created  experiences especially for Pop Up. Dance yourself dizzy in a Roald Dahl Disco, be very afraid in the terrifying vampire experience, and see paintings come to life in the Pop Up Picture Pavilion!

Pop Up Stories

Magical moments from a whole host of Pop Up’s friends including Discover Children’s Story Centre, Curzon Cinekids and Ministry of Stories.

Pop Up Guardian Bookshop and Events

Festival goers will get to meet famous names and much-loved characters, learn to make Manga, perform their poems, and write brilliant stories.

Pop Festival of Stories is bound to be a fabulous event, great for inspiring kids and adults alike to take pen to paper.

For more information please visit

Sticky Chicken Stir Fry Recipe – From Junior’s Pantry’s founder, Kate Finch,

This version of a Chinese take away dinner is great for the kids as it’s not full of salt and other nasties, and half the price!  It’s deliciously sticky and lots of fun to try with chopsticks (perhaps with a fork on the side!)

What you need (serves a family of 4):

250g long grain/basmati/brown rice

400g of diced pork or chicken

150g of broccoli florets

150g of carrots cut into matchsticks

1 red pepper, sliced

1 tablespoon of soya sauce

2 tablespoons of runny honey

Juice of 1 orange

1 tablespoon of rapeseed oil/olive oil

4 spring onions chopped finely

What you do:

Put the rice on to cook, according to instructions on the packet.

Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan or a wok, and then add the diced pork or chicken.  After around 10 minutes and just as the meat starts to turn a golden brown, add the broccoli, carrots and red pepper, and fry together with the pork or chicken for another 5 minutes.

Once all the meat and vegetables have cooked through, add the Soya sauce, honey and orange juice to the pan.  Toss all the ingredients well in the sauces.

Once the rice is cooked, tip that into your pan, and stir everything together so the meat, veggies and rice all get a good coating of the sticky sauce.  Let it cook for around 5 minutes or until the sauce has reduced a little.

Serve steaming in bowls, with a little sprinkling of spring onions on top.

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Tiki Chris


I’m just back from an al fresco lunch at Islington Green where I made my own pizza and had a free small beer. The freebie treat came compliments of Birra Moretti. Helping me out with the small group who’d assembled for this “Pizza in the Piazza” masterclass, was Italian chef and restauranteur GianCarlo Caldessi (Caffe Caldessi, La Cuchina Caldessi, Caldessi in Campagna). It was a fun, entertaining and even a little educational way to spend a bit of time. And getting to enjoy my own handmade fresh from the oven pizza was well worth … oh wait, yeah, it was free … and came with a beer. Attendees were given some Birra Morettie vouchers, a bottle opener and a guide to “hosting an authentic Italian meal.”


Cool thing is Moretti’s doing all this freebie pizza stuff again tomorrow at Islington Green and then next week at Tavistock Square and…

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Play Carnabingo – meet, eat and tweet to win prizes in Carnaby restaurants

Need an excuse to eat out? Then make sure you take part in Carnabingo. This month Carnaby’s independent restaurants will be taking part giving players a chance to win some serious prizes! The diversity of restaurants around Carnaby Street means you can choose from the wide choice of international cuisines. There’s everything from fine English fare, fragrant and spicy Thai, Chinese and Malaysian, Spanish, French, Italian and excellent burger joints too. These are alongside plenty of traditional pubs, wine and cocktail bars to let your hair down in, with a choice to suit every budget.

So How to play… People can pick up the promotional Carnabingo card in one of the 16 participating Carnaby bars, restaurants and cafés, or download a copy at and get snap happy with their smartphone.

  • Order one of the recommendations on the Carnabingo card such as pie and mash at Mother Mash or a glass of wine at Antidote.
  • Take a snap of the dish or drink on their smart phone
  • Tweet it to @CarnabyLondon using the hashtag #carnabingo
  • Once they have tweeted four venues in a row (downwards, upwards or diagonal on the card), tweet @CarnabyLondon #carnabingo #4inarow to win a prize.  Prizes include a Carnaby £50 goodie bag, lunch for 2, or a coffee school lesson at Speakeasy.

Complete the WHOLE card, and tweet @CarnabyLondon #carnabingo #fullhouse to be entered into a prize draw to win a luxury prize including a night in the Soho Sanctum Hotel and dinner for two.

Cha Cha Moon Noodles dish

Participating venues:

Carnaby Burger Co – Posh fries – @CarnabyBurgerCo

The Diner – Diablo burger – @DinerSoho

Sacred – A flat white

Antidote – A glass of wine

Speakeasy – A milk coffee – @SpeakeasyW1

Aint Nothing But – A pint of beer – @AintNothinBut1

Zebrano – A mojito – @ZebranoBars

Kua Aina – ½ pound bacon avocado burger – @KuaAinaUK

Fornata – Pasta Casereccia – @Fornata

The White Horse – Fish and chips – @Whitehorsesoho

Cinnamon Soho – Bangla scotch egg – @cinnamonsoho

Tapas Brindisa Soho – Tortilla – @Brindisa

Flat Planet – El Diablo flatbread – @flatplanetHQ

Mother Mash – Pie and mash – @MotherMash (an old favourite of mine, mash is to die for!)

Cha Cha Moon – Singapore noodles – @thechachamoon

Soho Sanctum Hotel – Dorset Scallops – @SanctumSoho (Great place to take a date).

Players can share their recommendations and memories on @CarnabyLondon.

The promotion runs until the 30th June 2012. All tweets must be received by 30th June.

For full terms and conditions go to  and keep updated by following @carnabylondon on twitter.

Upcoming Mastercard Priceless London Events – Dates for Your diary!

Lanky Girl has been given the heads up on some MasterCard Priceless London Events coming soon. For those who don’t know these FREE Priceless Nights are part of MasterCard’s Priceless London programme, which offers all MasterCard holders that register on exclusive experiences and privileged access to the very best of the capital’s music, theatres, museums, restaurants, retail, sport and attractions.

Those who are lucky enough to bag a ticket will be greeted with complimentary champagne and canapes on arrival and able to experience the event in a relaxed atmosphere away from the crowds. You can read about one I attended here.

So coming up, make sure you are registered to know when to book!

Monday 18th June – Ballgowns: British Glamour since 1950 – The V&A

The first of these events will take place at the beautiful V&A museum and will focus on the hugely popular exhibition Ballgowns: British Glamour since 1950. As well as seeing some of the most beautiful gowns that have been made in the last 70 years, guests will also be treated to an exclusive introductory curator talk before experiencing the collection in an intimate group of MasterCard guests.

Thursday 5th July – Launchpad – The Science Museum 

This event gives MasterCard holders the chance to learn some amazing facts on science from museum scientists and experience a series of thrilling workshops. Guests will be led through an adventure of science and space with talks on physics and chemistry as well as access to unseen exhibits and exclusive workshops, all in the company of just a few fellow guests.

 Wednesday 18th July – British Design: 1948-2012 – The V&A

The final event returns to the famous V&A museum for a night celebrating the best of British design. Featuring the pinnacle of post-war British design excellence from the 1948 ‘austerity games’ to the summer of 2012, the exhibition reveals how British designers have responded to economic, political and cultural forces that have fundamentally shaped how we live today. With an exclusive curator talk and inspiring entertainment, this is an amazing opportunity to view one of the major exhibitions of 2012 away from the crowds.

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Free things to do in London this week 6th June 2012

Hope everyone had a lovely extended break, shame about the weather but how nice it was to see the country united together in celebration. Now, for those of you who are already feeling the strain on their pockets from all that partying. Here are a list of things happening in London that won’t cost you a penny.

Free Outdoor Film Screenings at Broadgate Circus

For the next three days Broadgate circus will becoming an outdoor cinema. Put on my Rich Mix you will have a choice of five different films. The event is free, so just hitch up and enjoy! P.S Might be wise to bring an umbrella 🙂

Wednesday 6th June 2012


Wallace and Gromit in the Curse of the Ware-Rabbit


Sherlock Holmes – A Game of Shadows

Thursday 7th June 2012 


The Italian Job’

Friday 8th June 2012


‘Nanny McPhee’

First Thursdays – private gallery views in East London

Every first Thursday of each month, galleries of East London throw open their doors for a free evening of art, discussion, free wine and nibbles. check out for  more info.

Much Ado About Nothing at The Scoop

Wednesday 6 June 2012 to Friday 8 June 2012 

“This young company is fast becoming recognised for their theatrical frivolity, clarity and ‘pop-up-like-delivery’. Grassroots Shakespeare explores all aspects of the Elizabethan theatre, and strives to recreate the work of the period.

“This highly enjoyable interactive experience promises to immerse its audience straight into the 16th Century. With full respect to the Bard, and with as much heart as the original, the script will be suitably abridged to help deliver a well-rounded and coherent version of the play for all theatregoers to understand and enjoy”.

6.30pm at The Scoop, More London Riverside, London,SE1 2DB