Review – All Barre Yoga – City Academy

I have a confession, as a young child I had dreams of being a ballet dancer. I even used to stuff the tips of my socks in order to make my own DIY ballet shoes. Of course I grew out of that and being someone who was constantly being told whilst growing up, “stand up straight” “stop slouching” I’ve always been conscious that my posture isn’t great.

I recently started thinking of taking adult ballet classes, but the fear of the leotard and looking like a tit put me off. However, I recently got an email from the nice people at City-Academy asking if I would like to try one of a series of new fitness classes they had launched involving a creative combination of dance and fitness. I chose the All-barre Yoga class which combines the softness and strength of ballet, mixed with the controlled flexibility and toning of yoga and best of all requires no leotard!

So on a Wednesday evening I turned up to class ready to get in shape. Our teacher, Adrian Arroyo is a graduate of the National Conservatory of Ballet in Spain and has 10 years working in the fitness industry. The class started off slowly with some stretching before moving to the barre to perform ballet type exercises. In later part we moved back to the floor to perform some yoga before turning it into a dance routine. Every part of our bodies was stretched to its limits! Now, i’m not going to fib I found some of the moves hard work but trying to get them right helped me focus and de-stress. having no coordination I kept performing moves wrong but  our tutor was patient and encouraging and by the end of the class I had worked up a sweat! Obviously I don’t expect one class to turn me into a prima yoga-ballerina but after a few more classes I hope to be walking straighter and feeling less flabby.

To find more about All Barre Yoga and City Academy classes please visit:

FREE Macs-Salon Event – Pampered in Paradise, Kensal Rise

MACS are hosting a FREE beauty event in Paradise By Way of Kensal Green pub on Friday 28th September. Pampered in Paradise will be an evening of free cocktails, canapés and above all, beauty.

Macs will be offering For FREE manicures, pedicures, eyebrow and eyelash grooming as well as hair and colour advice  and once you have got ourself all dolled up by the Mac team you make your way to the dance floor for a bit of a boogie to the tunes of DJ Lou & Nova.

Time 6.30pm
Date: 28th September 2012
To get in RSVP to

Special K opens World’s First Tweet Shop, Meard Street, Soho

The world’s first tweet shop opened today on Meard Street in Soho, London. The concept by Special K will see customer’s paying for one of Special K Cracker Crisps, which come in the flavours  sea salt and balsamic vinegar, sweet chilli or sour cream and onion by tweeting a message about the product. 

 The Tweet Shop is a standalone retail outlet from Special K and is being used to highlight the cereal maker’s move into the savoury crisps market.

It opened today until 28th September, between the 9am -5pm.

So put away your pennies and pay with a “tweet”! 


Date For Your Diary – Big Draw, Big Make Event at The V&A Museum, Sunday 30th September 2012


On Sunday 30th September 2012 from 11.00am the V&A will be launching Big Draw 2012. Enjoy talks and demonstrations by top designers Sir Nicholas Grimshaw and Richard Seymour, illustrator Quentin Blake and cartoonist Gerald Scarfe.

Visit pop-up studios to invent products for the future, design new buildings, illustrate fashion or books. Play collaborative digital drawing games, get portfolio advice from experts, and watch seven teams of top cartoonists cross pencils in the Battle of the Cartoonists and meet CBeebies star Mister Maker.

Big Draw 2012 is a festival of over 1000 events taking place across the UK and in 20 other countries throughout October. For more information about Big Draw 2012 visit

You can download the programme here.

All activities are free, but some require advance booking.

For more information please visit

Date for your Diary – Teenage Cancer Trust night hosted by Après London


One of London’s trendiest bars, Aprés, nestled between Oxford Street and London’s coolest neighbourhood Marylebone, will be hosting an invite-only, charity event this September 27th with all proceeds going to Teenage Cancer Trust. Promising to be a memorable evening, Kiss FM’s Justin Wilkes will heat up the night with a set on the decks, as well as auction led by one of London’s leading auctioneers. Sensational items on offer will come from Alexander McQueen, the Halcyon Gallery, and experiences from the Marbella Club, among others.

Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival for the 6 young people aged between 13 and 24 diagnosed with cancer every day. They build specialist units within NHS hospitals, bringing young people together to be treated by teenage cancer experts in a place designed just for them.

Celebrity ambassadors Noel and Liam Gallagher, Caroline Flack, Eddie Redmayne, Joe McElderry, Kasabian and Jameela Jamil are just some of the media personalities who support the charity highlighting its prominence in society.

Here is the Link for the Invite :

If you cant make it please consider making a donation directly :

Things To Do In London This Weekend, 20th – 23rd September 2012

People always say to me that they don’t know what to do with their weekend, well this weekend you have no excuse, there is so much going on in London that it would be a CRIME to stay inside. So here is lanky girls handpicked not to miss events this weekend! I also post new things to do in London daily so make sure you are following me on twitter and facebook.

Thursday 20th September, 2012

Designersblock 2012, 20th- 23rd Sept 2012, 10am-7pm , Southbank Centre. Launches tonight! Expect to see various international designers including graduates from Kingston, Goldsmiths and Central Saint Martins showcasing their work in the great Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall on the Southbank. You’ll see many types of modern design including constructed paper lighting, lace etched mirrors, macs that measure rainfall and much more. Entry is free with pre-registration.


Starting today and until Monday 23rd September, 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.

Friday 21st September 2012

The East Ender Festival, @ Village Underground & Holywell Carpark, Shoreditch
The East Ender Festival is kicking off on Friday 21st September and runs until Sunday 23rd September, gates open at 1pm until 4am, except on Sunday when the gates close at 1am. The line-up is a stonker! Including JJ Doom (Featuring Mf Doom), Doc Daneeka, Mad Professor & Ariwa Posse, Prince Fatty, Norman Jay, Arp 101/Darling Farah and Cooly G!

Westfield Stratford City 1st Birthday celebrations kick off today and will be on all weekend! Freebies Galore! There will be Circus entertainers including jugglers, magicians, mime artists and more, Candy floss & popcorn machines, Cake pops, Photo booths, and shop discounts. Take the kids a long for a bit of fun. #sponsored by Westfield




London Design Festival, 14-23 September 2012. Looking for inspiration? With hundreds of events taking place across London over the weekend you will be spoilt for choice. The festival, running in its 10th year will be a vast array of creative events, exhibitions, and installations taking place across the city.

Saturday & Sunday 21st -22nd September 2012

Pop Up Screens is entering it’s final weekend… the season of Pop Up love ends with the brilliant ‘Toy Story 3’ on Saturday evening and the almighty ‘Dark Knight‘ on Sunday.
Both films will be screened in South Park, near Parsons Green. Doors open at 7pm and the films will start at 8.30pm. Tickets cost 8 pounds in advance.


Open House London is back! Hundreds 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. Look through the directory here.

Bowl Of Chalk do guided walks in London, and best of all … you can ‘pay what you want’. Whether you’ve just stepped off the plane, or lived in London your whole life, a Bowl Of Chalk ‘pay what you want’ walking tour is a great way to discover, uncover, unlock and experience London.

The British are embracing baking like never before, it’s become one of our biggest growing trends and to celebrate this, the UK’s first baking exhibition, The Cake and Bake Show launches at Earls Court on the 22nd -23rd September 2012.  The Cake and Bake Show offers something for everyone with an array of features that will appeal to home bakers and professionals alike.



The Merge Festival runs from now until 21 Oct. Music, art & 6 drawing robots! Head to London’s Bankside.

Saturday 21st September 2012

The Bermondsey Street Festival is an annual event, now in its 6th year. It’s a traditional village fete, but with a heavy dose of contemporary Bermondsey thrown in. This year it will have maypole dancing, fashion and dog shows plus an outdoor cinema at from 11am till late.

Stockwell Festival is in Larkhall Park with live music, comedy and cabaret plus market stalls, art activities, an inflatable village, fun fair, food and more from 11.45am-6pm .

Sunday, 22nd September 2012

WHO loves them some scallops! check out Scallop Sunday this weekend! Scallop Sunday is a Hackney feast presented by Maltby Street’s Cornish Grill and Burnt Enz featuring 1.5k hand-dived scallops, all to be caught that morning in Dorset, then whisked to you in the quickest sea-to-plate time “the capital has ever seen”.


VERY exciting! To launch Borderlands Game you can have a free bungee jump from a Brick Lane Crane this Sunday?

This weekend… Final Season of Pop Up Screens


This weekend is your last chance to catch a film put on by Pop Up Screens, A nice end to the summer don’t you think!

On the 22nd of September in Parsons Green/ Fulham the family favourite Toy Story 3 will be screened, and on the 23rd of September get set to watch Heath Ledgers stunning and sadly penultimate performance in The Dark Knight.

Doors open at 7pm with the film kicking off at 8.30pm. Tickets can be purchased in advance at for £8, or a weekender pass to see all three films at any one location will set you back £20.

 Also cinema goers will be treated to pre-film en­tertainment with stand up comedian Helen Arney, poet Dan Simpson and digital art from the Live Project. There are also rumours that a couple of acoustic singers will be putting in an appearance.

Time Out London Ipad App – Review


Being a bit of a geek and lover of all things London, I was pleased when contacted to check out The Time Out London iPad app. When compiling my list of things to do in London, Time Out is one of the many sources that I can always rely on to provide interesting and unique information. The Time Out London iPad app is no exception and makes finding something to do in London very easy due to its user-friendly interface, large images and easy navigation. It’s simple to use interface means that with a  few swipes through the app you will be shown a whole host of great places to visit.

What I really liked about the app is the fact that you can you can select venues by using What, When and Where and the content written by Time Out’s editors  is clear and concise making it easier to make you decision. Also if you are new to London or just fancy trying a new are out, you can’t go wrong with one of their area guides.

Newer features of the app are being able to book restaurant tables from recommendations and critics choice which is helpful if you fancy trying somewhere new but are nervous about what it will be like.  The only improvement I could see for this app would be to be able to view things offline, but with readily available wi-fi in most places this shouldn’t be too much of a problem.

It is now available from the iTunes app store here.

First Day of London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 – A day in tweets

London Fashion Week 2012

The week all fashionistas have been waiting for is finally here and London Fashion Week 2012 promises to be better than ever! I popped down to Somerset House at lunch time to see what was going on. On the way I passed blogger/Stylist Marian Kihogo looking splendid in Georgia Hardinge and in the courtyard fashion blogger Peony Lim was being papped.  Unfortunately if you’re like me and don’t have any invites for fashion week then don’t despair. Fashion Week is just a click of a button away.  Most shows are now being streamed online and if you keep up on twitter the fashion crowd are constantly tweeting details and pictures to keep to saturated with info. Spotted today was the beautiful Kelly Brook at the Bora Asku show.  Here are some of the ones you may have missed today. Lanky Girl’s favorite show today was definitely Corrie Nielson.

Eudon Choi LFW
credit: @britishvogue first space look from @eudonchoi #lfw

Credit @timesfashion Maria Grachvogel’s signature jumpsuit, this season with wide leg trousers #lfw

credit: @harrods #Congratulations to @CorrieNielson on a great show! #LFW

@somersethouse You can watch all the #LFW action live in the courtyard where people are taking part in their own catwalk shows!

Eudon Choi At London fashion Week@ybdfashion Sixties vibes @EudonChoi

Kelly Brook at Bora Asku
Credit: @masatostudio “Kelly Brook was at Bora Aksu’s show today”

Yellow dress Maria Grachvogel London Fashion Week Credit: @poppyd Maria Grachvogel Yellow dress

credit: @HilaryAlexander “Rainbow colour and modern art print at Antoni+Alison finale”

credit @HilaryAlexander Embroidery and silver face jewellery at Fyodor Golan 

Free Gigs At Aloft London Excel this September and October 2012

Aloft Hotels have teamed up with indie rockers We Are Scientists on a search for the next hottest unsigned band. Over the last couple of months, bands have been submitting demos for the chance to play at one of three London gigs taking place at Aloft London Excel throughout September and October.


The winning band, together with We Are Scientists, will record a brand new track in a specially created hotel room studio. There will be a gig on 1st November with We are Scientists and the winning band.
Come down and check out the talent. Entry is first come first served but you can reserve your name on the guest list at
Aloft London Excel, One Eastern Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1FR, London, UK
Date & time: 
  • 20th September 2012, 8:00pm
  • 11th October 2012, 8:00pm
  • 18th October 2012, 8:00pm
FREE but it’s first come first served. Reserve your name on the guest list by emailing