Friday Night In With Dinnr: A Review

Last Friday, I got a chance to try out a new addition to London’s food scene. Dinnr is  concept by ex Googler Michal Bohanes which aims to take the hassle out of preparing your meals by providing a variety of recipes and  ingredients in the right quantities. Their unique selling point I suppose is that the food can be ordered online on the day and delivered to your office or home (central London) before it’s time for tea!

Now, I have to be honest I hate following recipes as I find the whole process of checking the measurements, timings etc stressful! Not that I can’t cook just most of my knowledge comes from watching my mother in the kitchen when I was younger. However, I was willing to give Dinnr a try. There is a variety of dishes on the site to order and the prices are pretty reasonable. I decided to opt for the Herb-roasted Salmon with Smashed Potatoes and Truffled Fennel Salad which serves 2 for 22 pounds. It arrived promptly two hours after I ordered to my workplace in a lovely brown bag.

Inside all the ingredients where nicely wrapped up in little brown packages and the food was fresh when I opened it up.

Also included was a step by step guide to preparing my meal with nutritional information.

Fairly easy start to recipe, I washed and boiled the potatoes with sea salt till they were soft.

While this was on the fire I started to prepare the salmon. Have to say I was pretty impressed with the quality, it arrived fresh and cool, organic from Waitrose.

500g Salmon fillet, 20g fresh rosemary, 7g fresh thyme, score the salmon brush with olive oil and sprinkle salt and pepper. End with a sprinkling of parsley.

This went into the oven for 20 mins on the middle shelf.

Next step the fennel salad:

Fennel Salad: Lemon infused Olive oil, Chop 1 fennel bulb, 1 can artichoke hearts (240g drained), 5g flat leaf parsley, a drizzle of truffle-infused olive oil, 85g Pecorino Romano cheese

Two ingredients I have never used to cook before; Fennel and Pecorino cheese, I thought the cheese was so delicious I had to stop myself nibbling on it before I had finished cooking. I will definitely buy this again when I go shopping.

My Herb-roasted Salmon with Smashed Potatoes and Truffled Fennel Salad, excuse the presentation skills.

The finished meal tasted lovely and the fennel salad had a lovely sweet and sharp flavour. Another great selling point for Dinnr is the fact that with your meal they include suggestions for wine and music which is very handy if you’re trying to impress a date.

Overall I was very impressed with  the Dinnr service, for time pressed Londoners it is a god send and if you want to cook a meal for a loved one you will find the variety of recipes helpful. You do have to have some cooking ability for some of the recipes though. Also all the recipes are currently for servings of two so not so helpful if you have family of mouths to feed. A Lanky Girl rating:

For more information about Dinnr please visit

Cinemas: Why They Remain Our Most Popular Hobby

If there’s one family activity that never gets boring, it’s a trip to the cinema. The movies have been a family favourite since the late 19th century, when the earliest silent pictures played to fascinated crowds in Hyde Park. While it has come a long way since then, cinema still holds an affectionate place in all British hearts and here’s a brief look at why.

The numbers

While there have been highs and lows in cinema attendance over the years, there’s always another blockbuster just around the corner to inspire the public’s interest. Many thought the recession would see families stay at home, however in the last decade a very different phenomenon occurred. With the huge popularity of 3D glasses, British crowds have flocked to try out the new cinematic experience that brings films to life in a whole new way.

In 2008 and 2009, 3D films like Avatar and Up, inspired a whole new generation of cinemagoers to return to the big screen. This was supported by the range of hugely popular kids films like Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince and Ice Age II, resulting in the highest cinema attendance in close to three decades.

Today there are approximately 770 Cinemas in the UK, with a total of 3,569 screens, including the popular ODEON Cinemas.

 The cinema today

 The last decade has seen a huge revival in film production, with an emphasis on flicks produced here on home soil. The James Bond franchise has had a massive revival under the first ‘blond Bond’ Daniel Craig who brought a much sleeker, sexier feel to the series than his predecessors. Other big productions have included The King’s Speech and The Iron Lady.

The cinema: a great night out for everyone

Without a doubt, one of the reasons the cinema continues to remain an enduring favourite, is its ability to appeal to people of all ages. There aren’t many activities that work as both a first date idea and a family outing with your parents. Yet British cinema continues to appeal to both.

The cinema is also considerably more affordable than taking an entire family out to dinner. The other big reason that the cinema continues to appeal to everyone are the exciting new experiences it has offers.

Alongside 3D technology, innovative new screens like the ODEON IMAX London cinema are continuing to create cutting edge viewing experiences for a huge range of audiences – cementing cinemas position as our favourite form of entertainment.

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Singin’ In The Rain The Musical at Palace Theatre – Review

Last week Lanky girl  had the pleasure of being invited to watch a performance of Singin’ In The Rain The Musical at the Palace Theatre. This year is the 60th anniversary of the release of the 1952 MGM movie which starred Gene Kelly,  Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor. Singin’ In The Rain has to be one of my favourite Hollywood screen classics, so I was slightly nervous that the stage adaptation would not live up to the hype. However, I am glad to say that the performance was fantastic! Featuring songs by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed, including Make ‘em Laugh, Good Morning, Moses Supposes and Singin’ in the Rain we found ourselves clapping , dancing and cheering all the way through.  Film and television star Robert Powell excels as studio boss RF Simpson (you may know him as Mark Williams in the BBC’s Holby City) and Adam Cooper was particularly remarkable in his portrayal of the role of Don Lockwood. Fantastic choreography, spectacular costumes and an amazing light display made us feel like were transported back in time. Apparently each performance of Singin’ In The Rain uses 14 tonnes (14,000 litres) of water, pumped from, recycled and pumped back into a 10 ton water tank in the orchestra pit. Little hint if you sitting in the front row prepare to get a little wet.

Singin’ in the Rain will be running until  1 September 2013 at the Palace Theatre. So do yourself a favour and book tickets to see it. You won’t be disappointed!

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Win Tickets to Le Grand Wine Tasting Paris by Bettane+Desseauve: First London edition, Saatchi Gallery

Held at the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 October, this wine tasting is a unique opportunity to taste 100 of the best European wine producers, all gathered in one place and presented by the producers.
These include 50 great names from France and 9 leading estates from Italy, as well as 41 Rising Stars, which have been personally selected by Michel Bettane and Thierry Desseauve. It is open to both trade and consumers.

Michel Bettane and Thierry Desseauve are two wine journalists but also two of the best read and most respected critics in France.

This first London Experience focuses on ‘The Genius of European Wines’.

The London Perspective has five pairs of tickets to giveaway for Saturday! All you have to do is send me an email at with the subject “wine tasting” to enter.

The prize includes entry for 2 to the event (worth 60 pounds)

Competition closes and Winners will be announced tomorrow 25th September at 4pm. So get entering!  

NB: Participants must be 18+ years-old to enter the competition.

For further information about the event please visit:


Shoreditch Street Art London Tour With Koppaberg Unestablishment

Koppaberg Unestablishment is a week-long event celebrating the best of creative industries in Manchester and London. On Saturday I was lucky enough to go on a tour with local Shoredtich street art gallery owner and artist Pure Evil. If you’re a fan of street art Shoreditch is the best place to go. We spent two glorious hours having a wonder around looking at all the interesting pieces. If you would like to go on tour yourself, sign up to my newsletter and I will email you a copy of the map.

To find out about Koppaberg Unestablishment  head to the events page

Not sure who is responsible for this piece of Graffiti, but its political message is obviously aligned with the Occupy movement.


Street Ar to publicise a street art exhibition
A piece by Street Artist David Walker
Some street art is not very obvious which makes spotting them much more fun, take this cardboard cut out of trainers.
PRO PRO by Eine
A piece by Californian Street Artist Shepard Fairey


Olympic inspired piece by Pure Evil
Statement piece By Mobstr:
Clourful piece by a Brazilian Street Artist


Christiaan Nagels Mushroom Sculptures have popped up in the most obscure places.
One of the best Street Artists alive today is Belgian Artist Roa
Turtle Power!


Cowboy by El Mac





Fantastic piece by Street Artist Insa




Things To Do In London This Weekend 19th – 21st October 2012

This weekend like many others in London, is packed with fun-filled activities to keep you entertained. With only 9 weeks to Christmas (I know …gulp!) It’s time to get out there and make the most of the great city we live in. Here are a list of handpicked things to do in London this weekend.

Bloomsbury Festival, 19th – 21st October 2012, Various Venues

This weekend the Bloomsbury Festival kicks off with a very special outdoor performance of The Collectors in Russell Square today (Friday 19th) a spectacular performance of sound, light, dance and puppetry (in the dark) which will see magical dancing fireflies and other wonderful and whimsical beasts transform the park from 6pm. The Bloomsbury festival aims to give a taster of the amazing cultural life of this beautiful area of central London. Take a look at the festival timetable to see all the great events going on.

For more information visit:

Portobello AND Golbourne Road Markets English Apple Festival 20th – 21st October 2012

This weekend to celebrate the humble English Apple, Portobello and Golborne Road Markets are holding a festival. Over the weekend visitors will be able to be treated to free sample tastings at selected fruit and veg stalls and take part in a  cookery demonstration stall outside the Salvation Army in Portobello Road. Also in Golborne Road, on Saturday there will be a Multicultural Kitchen. Celebrity chef Rowley Leigh will be judging a recipe competition so get scribbling! The festival will run from 10am to 4pm on both days, and is free to attend.

For more information visit

Read for RNIB Day Wonderland, 19th – 21st October 2012

Today is Read for RNIB day and to celebrate they are holding a unique free Wonderland pop-up event, from Friday 19th October to Saturday 20 October near Southwark Cathedral in London to highlight the importance of reading and to celebrate Read for RNIB Day.

For more  information visit :

The Nigerian Carnival this Sat 20th @ Kennington Park, London SE11.12pm CANCELLED!

London is home to over 154,000 Nigerians, notable British Nigerians you may know are John Fashnu, Dame Shirley Bassey, Brian BeloLemar Obika, Kele Okereke of Bloc PartyTinie Tempah, and your very own Lanky Girl! This event will aim to showcase the culture and commercial vibrancy of the country. Taste some great Nigerian dishes, listen to some traditional Music, and dance the afternoon away to the sounds of High life.

For more information visit:

Join @ypldn this SATURDAY for his FREE Holland Park/Kyoto Garden tour! Meet outside Holland Park tube station at 2pm

Artisan Swedish Food at Partridges Food Market, Saturday 20th October

“On 20th October over 15 Swedish producers will be selling their artisan delicacies to local shoppers and the products will be on sale in Partridges store until stocks last”.

2-5 Duke of York Square
London, SW3 4LY

Dorothy Flash Mob at the V&A, Sunday 10-11 am

Fancy yourself as Dorothy? Then head down to the V&A on Sunday to be part of a flash mob. The first 50 Dorothys to arrive will receive an exclusive V&A Hollywood stars tote bag and exhibition ticket.

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Lanky Girl Goes to Grey Goose Taste By Appointment at Bread Street Kitchen

Bread Street Kitchen

Recently I was lucky enough to win a couple of tickets to Grey Goose Vodka’s latest event at Gordon Ramsay’s New Restaurant Bread Street Kitchen. For those who haven’t heard of Taste By appointment it is an intimate event that aims to teach and help us discover our own cocktail tastes.  Here is what we got up to on our visit:

Grey Goose Le Fizz Cocktail
Taste By Appointment Mystery Bottles

Once  seated we were presented in front of a tray containing a range of bottles, pipets, containers and a Q&A card. Also presented was a  glass  of Grey Goose’s signature cocktail, Grey Goose Le Fizz (containing Grey Goose standard, bottle green elderflower, lime juice and soda) which without a doubt is bloody good! We were then taken on what can only be described a taste journey. Helping us navigate was the handsome and charismatic Joe McCanta who is the Brand Ambassador for Grey Goose and Mario Neziri who is Bread Street Kitchen’s resident mixologist.

The first part of the journey was to discover if we were “super tasters” who are people who have a higher concentrations of papillae or  “normal tasters”. Super tasters we were told have the ability to taste more flavours although this is not necessarily a good thing. It turns out I am one which would explain why I dislike coffee and red wine so much!

Then we were asked to taste some of the mystery items and try to guess whether they were salty, sour, bitter, umami or sweet. We were also shown how  smell and colour also inform our taste senses. All very interesting. Next, food! We were served delicious canapes made by the chefs at Bread Street Kitchen which included potatoes and sour cream; salt & pepper cuttlefish with tartare sauce; mini mushroom and parmesan pizza and the most delicious mini burger cooked to perfection. These kept on coming throughout the evening as well as  countless glasses of Grey Goose. I got slightly merry 🙂


Once we had discovered what our tastes each of us was given the chance to prepare some very simple cocktails. Understanding that I liked things that were both sweet and sour I chose to mix Grey Goose Orange, sugar, with lemon juice, which was uber punchy but nice.

At the end of the evening we had the opportunity to have our own custom made cocktails made by Joe McCanta. My penchant for things that are creamy and sweet (I love baileys) means that my cocktail resembled more of a dessert. Yummy!

My finished cocktail, which I have called Lanky Girl’s Strawberry and Cream Dream.

I had a fabulous time a Grey Goose’s Taste By Appointment evening  at Bread Street Kitchen and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for something special or different to do in London. The staff were polite and attentive and we enjoyed ourselves immensely.

For more information about Grey Goose Taste By Appointment events please visit:

If you would like to have a go at making Lanky Girl’s Strawberry and Cream Dream cocktail here is the recipe:

35ml Grey Goose Vodka
20ml White Curacao
35ml Orgeat Syrup
60ml Double Cream
2 Strawberries
Fresh strawberry
Muddle, shake and strain

Things To Do This Weekend In London 12-14 October 2012

Brrr…it’s been a cold week. Its been a bit of a crazy week for me at work and home so apologies for lack of posts, sometimes its easy to fall off the band wagon. However I am back and ready to give you quick rundown on what you should be doing with your weekend (yes I know its tempting to say it’s too cold).

So here is a list of events happening in this city:

All weekend – 12th – 14th October 2012

Today (12th October 2012) Chanel’s photographic exhibition dedicated to Karl Lagerfeld’s latest book, ‘The Little Black Jacket: Chanel’s classic revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld’, will open at the Saatchi Gallery in London.

For more information please visit:

Cheese and Wine Festival on the South Bank

Today and all weekend there will be a Cheese and Wine Festival on the South Bank. There will be lots of tutored cheese and wine tastings, cooking demonstrations  producers exhibiting various cheeses available to buy. So if you are a connoisseur of wine or a bit of cheese fiend or both don’t miss out because it is FREE.

For more information please visit:

Swan Lake Opens  at the Royal Opera House

Swan Lake is undoubtably a timeless ballet and all the greats have performed it. After the The Nutcracker this is one my favourites. The Royal Opera House is beautiful venue and everyone should get a chance to go. Tickets tend to sell out quickly so I recommend if you fancy going to book it soon!

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Multiplied Art Fair begins today at Christie’s South Kensington – Free, 9am-7pm

Art buff? This weekend if you are  are spoiled for choice. Running until the 15th October the Multiplied Art fair will focus on contemporary art in Christies in South Kensington. Now having never been to Christies in a way I am curious to go just to see what it will be like. They will have 42 exhibitors from 3D art to print works from new and established artists.

For more information please visit:

Fair and Festival Galore! Across London

It would have too much to tell you about all the fairs + festivals happening this weekend, but as you can see from the list below the amount going on is ridiculous… that’s what I love about London, Spoiled for choice!

Saturday 13th October 2012

Westminster Guides, Free Heroes and Villans Walks

Westminster Guides will be leading free hour-long walks on Saturday 13 October 2012 as part of Local London Guiding Day. ARCH VILLAINS is an arch to arch walk. Including James Bond, Hedge Funds, Bomber Command and the Duke of Wellington. Meet by the Marble Arch – exit 3 from Marble Arch tube station (Central Line). Walks depart every hour from 10.00 to 16.00. No need to book. Just turn up.

For more information please visit:

Healthy Ride with Southwark Cyclists

Fancy a bit of exercise? If you live or near Southwark on Saturday at 10am join Southwark Cyclists for a guided, easy ride, perfect for relatively inexperienced cyclists who want to learn local routes. All free, no booking, just turn up with your bike.

For more information visit:

Africa Rocks Expo: Saturday 13 October as part of Black History month celebrations

“Is a one-day event that uses a unique blend of seminars, activities and entertainment to encourage people to see Africa differently! This year’s expo will showcase the best that Africa has to offer including its cultures and traditions, inspirational people, foods, films, fashion, music, arts and investment opportunities”.

For more information please visit:

Sunday 14th october

Family Day 2012 This Sunday – Design Museum

Kids driving you mad? Then take them along to the The Design Museum this sunday for family day for a day of fun activities like the Colour Chaser sound machine, the Zombie Collective lasering bits of paper, making a Shadow Puppet Theatre, storytelling with Vanessa Woolf and hopefully some family tours. The day runs from 11am to 4pm, with storytelling at 11.30am and 12.30am.  Fun times for all!

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Things to do this weekend in London, 5th – 7th October 2012

Don’t let a bit of bad weather stop you enjoying the multitude of things happening in the city this weekend. Here is my list of cherry picked evens that you need to check out.

All Weekend – 5th – 7th October 2012

The  Elephant and Castle’s Annual Creative Festival  kicks off today and boy are you in for a treat! Check out the nightly Feast market tonight and tomorrow evening. Watch a bill of vintage musical movies, join in some alfresco art, check out the skate park, and visit the new Hotel Elephant open studio. Something for everyone.

The Real Bread Show comes to the Southbank Centre, with a weekend of talks and demonstrations showing you how to acquire the perfect loaf. Free, just turn up, 1-7.45pm.

The Scandinavia Show, Earls Court: Saturday 6 October 2012: 10am – 6pm & Sunday 7 October 2012: 10am – 5pm, this show will highlight the best of Scandinavian culture. Check out the latest in interior design, taste some delicious cuisine ranging from classic Swedish meatballs to Finnish liquorice, and plan your next Scandinavian getaway.

London Restaurant Festival:  Its back again, with more restaurants taking part than ever, this weekend is the perfect time to eat your way around the city.

 Bicycle Festival at The Barbican: “The upward trend of urban cycling across the globe is highlighted in a festival that captures all things cultural about two wheels, including the best in film, music and art”.

Saturday 6th October 2012

Need to get fit? A New women’s only run group is starting this Saturday at 11am in Battersea Park Millennium Arena its free and ideal for beginners.

Black History Month is Here! Check and get involved with events happening in your area.

Sunday 7th October 2012

Camden welcomes the  London Orchard Festival at Camley Street Natural Park from 10.30am – 7pm. “A free celebration with live music, kids activities, traditional tales, local food and drink, apple juicing, apple identification, and other practical workshops. A brilliant day out for adults and young people in this 2 acre nature reserve with lovely buildings next to the canal and St Pancras station”.

Surviving in London As A Student, Ten Cheap and Free Things To Do and Save Money


Having just graduated, I know a thing or two about trying to survive on a limited budget as a student in London. With the cost of living going up its getting tougher and I remember times when I had to choose between going out and paying my council tax. Having less money meant I became very good at sussing out a freebie and getting more bang for my buck and so can you!  Here are my top 10 free and cheap things to do in London as a student. If your not a student there are still some tips that you can use.

  1.  Okay so most of us like to look nice, but did you know apart from going to Primark there are other ways that you can save a pound or two on your shopping splurges. Now most of us are aware of  Secret Sales, Brandalley, Cocosa which are all great discount shopping websites (if not take note) but have you heard about  Unidays? Its just for students and allows you to get a 10-20% discount at many shops from Office to Paul’s Boutique.
  2. Eating out? and want to do it cheaply but don’t want to eat rubbish. You don’t have to only eat at Nando’s, Strada  and Pizza Express! Invest in a tastecard which gives you gives 50% off or 2 for 1 meals at 6600+ restaurants across the UK. Now if your too broke to fork out for a card then sign up for 30 day trial card which is free and then when that expires get another friend to do the same. Ermm …didn’t hear that from me.
  3. Like doing reviews? Have you heard of Qype or Yelp? Well you should definitely check these review sites out for free socials that they put on for members which could involve getting to try a new restaurant or learning a new craft.  Check out my post on visiting Kerbisher and Malt fish n chip shop.
  4. Mastercard Priceless London events are free and exclusive (lots of complimentary  booze and wine) and  they tend to range from after hour openings at Museums like the V&A to the odd intimate concert.
  5. Industry events. If fancy yourself as a future banker or IT professional then these are good for a bit of networking  then you should join a Meetup. Talks put on by companies can prove inciteful about the industry and they usually provide free food and nibbles. Those wanting to work in the City should check out Squaremile Magazine  as they often have free champagne soirees and launch events.
  6. Art buff? then sign up to mailing lists of all the galleries whose art you admire and look out for their opening night receptions. These are often the day before an exhibit opens to the public and there is usually free wine 🙂
  7. Twitter searches. Not a full proof way to find free things to do in London but you can often strike it lucky by searching for terms such as “free London” “event” “invite”.
  8. Cheap theatre tickets? Most theatres have a standby rate selling unsold seats for about 70% discount an hour before the show to personal callers at the box-office with valid student ID. Also the National theatre Entry Pass scheme allows  members to buy tickets to workshops and productions for just £5 pounds.
  9. For those hidden designer gems, try charity shops in upmarket areas as they often have the best cast offs. Try Pimlico, Highgate and Oxford CircusThe Salvation Army store at 9 Princes Street, W1, is one of  my favourites. It’s located just around the corner from the office of Vogue on Hanover Square – Go figure.
  10. Follow me on twitter to keep up with all the freebies I’ll be re-tweeting!