Date for your diary – West End Film Club presents The Conjuring – Tuesday 29 October 2013


To celebrate Halloween the West End Film club will be hosting two screenings of THE CONJURING on Tuesday 29 October, it’s sure to be spooktacular!

Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. Based on the true life story, THE CONJURING tells the tale of how world renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help a family terrorised by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse.

For one night only, Century will be converted into a creepy cinema! With it’s own bar serving food and drinks.

Tickets also include VIP entry to Century for the whole evening, access to their private rooftop bar, with amazing views across London!
What:  West End Film Club presents The Conjuring
When: Tuesday 29 October 2013
Where: Century Club, 61-63 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6LQ
Doors: 6.30pm / Film: 7.30pm
Doors: 9.45pm / Film: 10.45pm
 For more information please visit:

Argh! Warehouse Werewolves – Immersive Halloween Event – Hackney Wick 2nd Nov 2013

If you enjoy being pee your pants scared then this is your event. This November the team behind Ginglik, one of London’s best loved venues, are back to lead you through the eerie streets, canals and warehouses of creative epicentre Hackney Wick for an immersive multimedia night of thrills and kills. In the shadow of the Olympic Stadium, this post-industrial area provides the ideal backdrop for things that howl in the night. Expect chases down the maze- like streets, projected news bulletins, narrow escapes, safehouses and one of the best immersive experiences the capital has to offer. Survivors, after strict decontamination procedures, will be invited to the Wolf’s Den warehouse to celebrate their lucky escape with DJs and live acts until the early hours.

Saturday 2nd November. 7pm-6am

Tickets and info:

Location: The Streets, Canals and Warehouses of Hackney Wick, London.


Ffionas British Restaurant – Kensington -a review


Ffionas is a quaint and homely little British restaurant in Kensington run by a formidable lady named Fiona. Recently I was to invited to try their brunch menu.

Situated on Kensington Church Street (we almost missed it! ) the restaurant is small and perfectly formed. I loved the homely look and feel – the musical notes on the ceiling, blue print wallpaper and fresh flowers made it easy to relax here. I suspect it is one of the reasons why the restaurant appeals to customers – it will be celebrating its 20th birthday this year.


Ordering from the brunch menu my date who was nursing a hangover chose the all day breakfast. When it arrived I was slightly jealous having gone for pancakes, bacon and egg.



Both of us attacked our food with great gusto and finished it all. Happily full cured of his hangover we both agreed that the food was good and simple, just like your mum may have made at home.
If you find yourself in the area give them a try.

Up until December you can get 25% off Brunch at Ffiona’s which is a nice incentive.

A night out with Whitenighter in London

Lanky Girl and Friends at the Paramount

You’re a time poor Londoner and you’ve been asked to organise a night out.  You want to try somewhere new but have no idea where to start. Solution – hire a Whitenighter to show you the way. So what is a Whitenighter you ask? Whitenighter is an innovative new service that pairs you with your perfect host for a night out in London, bespoke to your individual nightlife tastes. Recently I was given the chance to try it out.

For my night I selected Elena, a gregarious and well connected Russian Londoner who know’s  London club scene well. We started the night off in East London. Elena impressively managed to get us a table at Nightjar an underground speakeasy with old school glamour  in Shoreditch – (apparently you usually have to book a month in advance to get a table there).


There we enjoyed a couple of smoking rum based cocktails served out of an iron teapot. Nightjar itself was quite small and intimate – a perfect secret hideaway for a date. Now that I know where it is I will be trying to book it for my birthday.

Nightjar - Old Streeet
Nightjar – Old Street
Nightjar cocktail
Nightjar cocktail
nightjar cocktails
Smoking cocktails at Nightjar

After that we jumped into a cab to head over to Central London to visit our next venue, Paramount. Paramount is a glamorous restaurant, bar and club on top of the Centre Point building. First stop was the Paramount bar which had amazing views of the city. Here we enjoyed more cocktails (my liver thanks you Elena) before enjoying some bar snacks of fried squid and chips.

Barman at The Paramount bar
Barman at The Paramount bar
Paramount club
Paramount club

paramount bar

After we managed to get past a scary doorwoman (Elena sweet talked the manager) we gained entrance to the Paramount club, which when we arrived was pretty quiet but by 11 had slowly filled up. The music wasn’t my style  if I’m honest but the friendly bar men and the views made up for that ;). Here it was more cocktails and bit of seat dancing. There was an option of going to celeb members club Annabel’s but unfortunately a pesky Russian booked it for the night… Next time!

views of london from The Paramount
views of London from The Paramount

We left the club around 12 to catch the last tube home. (I don’t do night buses haha)

Overall, I really enjoyed my Whitenighter experience, Elena was a perfect host and I got to discover some new places in London that I didn’t know about.

You can keep up to date with the latest recommendations for London hotspots on Whitenighter’s  Facebook and twitter pages.

Dating advice for the busy Londoner

A guest post by  dateinadash


For a busy professional, time is the ultimate demon.

When schedules are full and life overflows with pressures and other commitments, you want to ensure that dating equates to fun not stress.

Let’s face it, you have better things to do than to sit through hours of blind dates and trawling through websites to find others – so we have listed 3 easy steps to make the process easier for you.

Don’t waste time going to places you don’t enjoy with people you don’t like!

Sort ‘your stuff’ out

Dating needs to work in your favour – which is ultimately, finding someone YOU want to pursue a relationship with in the shortest amount of time. Most of the drama comes when we project our ‘own stuff’ of negative experiences. The way to avoid this is to work through your own dating prejudices first.

When we think that relationships will be successful without any work from us, is it any wonder we continue to attract on-going disappointment? Not only are you wasting valuable time you are slowly chipping away at your own confidence and self worth. When you have low morale, you are susceptible to staying in bad relationships simply because you ‘can’t be bothered’ or don’t have the energy to leave. Every now and then, it’s good to check in and question your motives.

Rather than continue with your usual predictable dating strategies, use any spare time you do have to concentrate… on yourself! When you know yourself, it is much easier to become the best person you can be – and attract equally a well deserving opposite sex. Not only will self-awareness help you assess your relationships, it will also be a major boost to your self esteem.

Ask yourself:
– Have you been single for a long time with no good reason?
– Do you always find fault or an excuse to get out of a new relationship?
– Does your love life feel like a bad car crash?

Take Action:
– Get some honest feedback – from a friend / ex/ coach
– Make some changes around said feedback
– Consult the experts where necessary

Play to a higher standard

Keep your standards in dating as high as you keep them at work. That means asking for what you deserve without being unreasonable. Do not undersell yourself to make someone like you more. That means refrain from saying yes to everything in ways that lower your personal value. Do not be the booty call, the bank loan or the constant shoulder to cry on. There are plenty of good, attractive and successful people out there who will love you just as you are so be willing to walk away when someone is taking you for granted. Trust that you still have plenty ahead of you and that you are worth waiting for.

Ask yourself:
– Do friends tell you you’re ‘too nice’?
– Do you feel a new partner’s early interest always fades away?
–  Are you the one always giving in relationships?

Take Action:
– Pull back from a situation and see what happens
– Have a mental checklist for how you want to be treated and stick to it
– Walk away if someone disrespects you

Chill out

Some people treat dating like a second job – with weekly targets, monthly timelines and annual projections. When you try too hard, you’ll only create more disappointments. The reason why you can’t force love is because it’s very much synced with the flow of nature. And as we know, nature can be complicated and slow! If you’re dating like a monster – you’re signed up to every dating website going, you’re friends are setting you up, you’re going for drinks after work with colleagues and clients alike you are going to feel exhausted! Take time out and come back again when you’re feeling ready. And when you are feeling ready, keep it simple and stick to one method. The modern dater will know speed dating is a practical and fun way to meet a whole group of singletons in one night.

Date In A Dash – a London speed dating company have a whole host of events happening around the capital, everything from bowling parties, cocktail making classes, comedy nights and lock and key parties to take your fancy.

At £20 a ticket you can expect atleast 10 dates, a good venue and friendly staff to help guide you.

So when YOU’RE ready, check it out 

Lanky Girl goes to Vanity Fair, Christie’s and Saatchi Thinking Big Frieze Party

Yesterday evening, I quickly ran home after work to get glammed up to attend my first Frieze Art Fair Party courtesy of sponsors beluga Vodka. Vanity Fair in conjunction with the Saatchi Gallery and Christie’s auction house threw a party at The Sorting Office building to celebrate Thinking Big. Thinking Big is a major exhibition of contemporary sculptures and installation which will be sold to benefit the Saatchi Gallery’s Foundation.

During the night we were entertained by Dj Isaac Ferry, plied with copious amounts of champagne and Beluga Vodka and enjoyed some good old fish and chips. London’s most beautiful, stylish and rich were out in mass, we even spotted a few celebrities. Made in Chelsea’s Mark Francis Vandelli, Nancy Dell’Olio, Sugababe – Jade Ewen and Rap Superstar Eve! The art on show definitely encapsulated the slogan thinking big.

I woke up this morning a little worse for wear but with some nice memories of the night. See below to see some of the art that is part of Thinking Big.

You can see the exhibition for FREE until tomorrow 18th October at The Sorting Office, New Oxford Street.

Christie’s – Thinking Big Party


Tragic Anataomies Chapman Brothers 1996
Tragic Anataomies Chapman Brothers 1996
Tragic Anataomies Chapman Brothers 1996
Tragic Anataomies Chapman Brothers 1996






Untitled (Spiral Staircase)' by Peter Coffin
Untitled (Spiral Staircase)’ by Peter Coffin
Untitled by Anselm Reyle
Untitled by Anselm Reyle
Donkey' by Zhang Huan
Donkey’ by Zhang Huan
Communication by Cang Xin
Communication by Cang Xin
A Tracey Emin bed entitled 'To Meet my Past'
A Tracey Emin bed entitled ‘To Meet my Past’
Beluga Vodka
Lanky Girl at the Vanity Fair and Saatchi party - dress - Topshop
Lanky Girl at the Vanity Fair and Saatchi party – dress – Topshop



Kader Attia. Ghost. Shaped aluminium foil, in two hundred and sixty-four parts
Kader Attia. Ghost. Shaped aluminium foil, in two hundred and sixty-four parts


Liu Wei’s sculpture of world famous buildings made from edible dog chews entitled ‘Love it! Bite it
Suburban Dream by Huma Mulji
Suburban Dream by Huma Mulji
Public Notice 2 by Jitish Kallat
Public Notice 2 by Jitish Kallat
#belugafrieze photo wall
#belugafrieze photo wall
Me and Rapstar Eve
Me and Rapstar Eve

An Exclusive preview of Gaucho’s Chocolate Week Menu

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The Gaucho Picaddilly

It’s Chocolate week! Around the UK tastings and events from the UK’s best chocolatiers are underway. To celebrate Gaucho restaurants have launched an chocolate inspired menu and recently I was lucky enough to attend an exclusive preview at the Gaucho Piccadilly.

Gaucho’s Chocolate Week will see the British love of chocolate combined with Argentina’s renowned beef and Malbec to create a memorable dining experience.

The first part of the evening entailed us being introduced to Malbec family of wines by Gaucho sommelier Ian O’Reilly before going on to taste them with different flavoured chocolates.

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Malbec Wines
Othe guests at Gaucho
Cavas de Gaucho wine room

The first chocolate we tasted was a 70% dark chocolate chosen to highlight the classic match between Malbec and chocolate. The bitterness of the chocolate was countered by the sweetness of the tannins that Malbec is so famous for. The second chocolate was coffee and vanilla flavoured  and was chosen to extract the oak influence of the Vina Patricia Malbec. The final and most controversial choice of the evening was the violet flavoured chocolate. Malbec is extremely well known for its floral characteristics with violets always present. The violet chocolate was chosen due to its strong character. It highlighted the Malbec’s ability to tone down the strength of the chocolate whilst the chocolate lifted the floral side of the wine.  I have to say out of all the chocolates I enjoyed the Coffee and Vanilla most for its silky feel on the pallet.

After this it was time to eat and boy we were in for a treat! The first course of braised beef cheeks with lamb sweetbread popcorn in almonds and breadcrumbs, humita and chocolate jus was delicious, for me there was just the hint of the chocolate which worked well with humita.

Braised beef cheeks with lamb sweetbread
Braised beef cheeks with lamb sweetbread popcorn in almonds and breadcrumbs, humita and chocolate jus

The next course was slow cooked pork belly, white chocolate and vanilla mashed potato and chocolate chilli pork. I was worried the chocolate would be overpowering but it complemented the pork beautifully and chilli gave the dish a nice kick.

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Slow cooked pork belly, white chocolate and vanilla mashed potato and chocolate chilli pork matambre

The menu ended on a high with a gorgeous desert of white chocolate mousse with milk chocolate crumble, fresh and frozen fruits and almond praline served with a glass of Zuccardi Port Malbec. I polished off every bit of the desert and the zucardi provided a perfect blend of sweetness to compliment the white chocolate moose.

White chocolate mousse with milk chocolate crumble
White chocolate mousse with milk chocolate crumble, fresh and frozen fruits and almond praline
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Gaucho Chef

The Gaucho’s Chocolate Week Menu costs £65pp and is available at all 14 Gaucho until Saturday 20th October so hurry!

For bookings for the Chocolate Week Menu, please contact your local Gaucho restaurant

Date for your diary – Baketopia – Friday 11th to Saturday 12th of October 2013

credit: @tattooedbakers
credit: @tattooedbakers

Calling all cake lover’s! To celebrate National Baking Week 14th – 20th October, the infamous Miss Cakehead is curating a team of the UK’s finest food artists to create a 100% edible pop-up—in the form of a magical meadow—in London’s Kingly Court, just off Carnaby Street.The pop-up, entitled ‘Baketopia’, will be open to the sweet-toothed public on Friday 11th and Saturday the 12th of October. The Wonka-esque landscape will feature over 3000 portions of baked goods for guests to devour over two days—everything is edible and everything must go!

The Tattooed Bakers, Nevie Pie Cakes, Caking It and Conjurer’s Kitchen are just some of the contributors to the project, which is also supported by John Whaite, National Baking Week’s ambassador and the winner of the 2012 Great British Bake Off.

Guests will be able to dip frog-shaped cookies into a milk fountain; harvest meringue mushrooms; break honeycomb pieces from a bee hive; catch pastry butterflies and even pull hyper realistic looking carrot cakes from chocolate cookie earth. Sounds heavenly!

The centrepiece of the tasty tableau will be a giant unicorn, created by the Tattooed Bakers, made from rainbow cake and complete with edible gold leaf embossed hooves and horn.

To show their appreciation, guests will be encouraged to make a £2 donation to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. All donations will go towards a ward kitchen for the hospital’s brand new respiratory unit.

Baketopia will be open from 12pm – 7pm on October 11th and 12th at unit 1.16, next to Sutra Cookery School in Kingly Court. Guests can book priority entry at or simply turn up on the day to enter the edible wonderland.

For more details about National Baking Week please visit

5 Things Every Renter Should Know

ImageStabilised, if not dropping, rents mean it is a fantastic time to rent in Britain. The ‘quintessential renters’ i.e. young professionals and young families, are choosing to get on the property ladder instead of rent meaning there is huge availability of properties to lease. Renting has been a common lifestyle choice throughout Europe for generations but it is a relatively new phenomenon on UK shores meaning there is still confusion within the ranks of ‘generation rent’ about how to get the best renting experience and stay protected.

If you’re getting ready to rent your first property it is important to arm yourself with as much information as possible so there are no nasty surprises waiting for you at the end of your lease.

It’s All In The Research

UK rental rates aren’t one size fits all. Research the average rates in your desired location so you can find the area which gives you the best deal for your money, a local lettings agent should be able advise you on what you should expect to pay for your preferred property type in your desired location so you can plan your monthly budget accordingly. The fluctuations in rental rates don’t just differ city by city, there can be a surprising difference in price a mile down the road or even around the corner! Look through the area thoroughly so you’re not paying more per month than you need to.

Larger more valuable properties typically have a lower than average yield making them increasingly popular for tenants. In many affluent areas tenants can find themselves paying around 3% of the purchase price in rent, lower than average mortgage rates, making renting a perfect choice for individuals in the market for homes exceeding the £500,000 mark.

Know Your Deposit Rights

Deposits are a big investment; usually they amount to 6 – 8 weeks rent upfront.  Your landlord or lettings agent has a legal responsibility to secure your money through a tenancy deposit scheme which means your money can’t be touched without your say so. For money to come out of your deposit both parties (the tenant and the lettings agent) have to agree the amount or the money stays safe and untouched so know your rights and check through your contract before you sign on the dotted line. There are official government approved deposit protection schemes designed to ensure you get your money back if you meet the requirements of your lease.

Protect Yourself With An Inventory

If there is no concrete record of the condition and contents of the property upon your moving in you could find yourself paying for property damage or loss that occurred before your tenancy. A detailed, professional inventory can protect you, go through the property with a third party and take note of any damage, compile a thorough inventory of every item and back up your list with dated photographs so have proof of the standards upon your arrival. The evidence you compile should be agreed with your landlord prior to your moving in and ensure you both sign documentation. Some items/property damage may seem trivial, a stain on a carpet here and a tiny crack in the glass there, but if things are heated at the end of a tenancy agreement anything overlooked can come back to haunt you so it is important to agree and have evidence to protect both sides from arguments and possible legal action.

Choose A Licensed Agent

When choosing an estate agent the first thing to do is make sure they’re licensed by a body like the NAEA, this ensures that your agent has completed a qualification in estate agency and therefor works to strict rules . With a licensed agent you know you will be treated with fairness and integrity and will be working with an expert who understands the housing market and will help you find the best property for you.

Know Exactly What You’re Paying For

Have a clear understanding of what is included in your rent and the terms and conditions of your lease before you sign on the dotted line. For peace of mind it is a god idea to have a third party that you trust check the document as well so you are completely aware of all relevant information.

Before you sign a contact on a property you need to know the facts, make sure you are fully comfortable with your new home and establish a good relationship with your landlord/letting agent to ensure happy times ahead.

If you’re looking to rent in the London area then do what Emma Smith did and choose Martyn Gerrard Estate Agents, one of the leading estate agents in the London area for over 40 years, to help you find your perfect property.


Things to do in London this October 2013 – Art Events

It’s a new month guys! Argh! One month left until my birthday and only a couple months left to the end of the year. So if you haven’t been getting out and seeing what the city has to offer drop what you are doing now! Okay slightly melodramatic but you catch my drift. I have to apologise for the slackness in blog posts last month between travelling and working life got busy. However this month I am going to make up to you. I am also looking to recruit writers, so if you think you would be able to contribute some interesting London based content on a semi regular basis – email me at

This post is the first in a number of posts on things to do in London each with a theme. Today it will be ART!

Check out the Tom Lewis exhibition at the Megan and the Burobbu Boutique

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Following two hugely successful solo shows in recent years, Megan and the Burobbu Boutique will see Tom taking over a space in BOXPARK, Shoreditch from 4th October to 24th December (with more that a little help from those mysterious pink blobs, The Burobbu).This mini show is a playful sneaky peak into the future wandering of Tom’s mind, as the colourful small scale sketches hint at themes which will appear in his upcoming 2014 show.

Exhibition: 4th October – 24th December 2013

Opening times: Mon–Sat 11–7pm, Thurs 11– 8pm / Sun 12– 6pm

Private View: Thursday 3rd October 6.00 – 9.00 pm

Address: Box 30, Boxpark, 2-4 Bethnal Green Rd, London, E1 6GY

Entrance: Free

Sip Wine at Rezi van Lankveld Private View – The Approach – 17th October Rezi-van-Lankveld-2013-0e0f4b504c5f7aafdcfc716648117110

Buy art at Moniker Art fair from Oct 17 – Oct 20 at East London’s Old Truman Brewery.

Moniker Art Fair returns for its fourth year, having firmly established itself as London’s premiere event for contemporary art with its roots embedded in urban culture. This year sees the fair take another ground-breaking step by venue-sharing with London’s leading artist-led fair – The Other Art Fair – in what will be a showcase of independent and established talent all under one roof in East London’s iconic Old Truman Brewery.

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Be sure to visit the Hang Up gallery when you visit the fair and check biro artist Mark Powell who will be pushing the boundaries with his latest body of work created specially for Moniker.

Visit  Atomica’s pop-up gallery and shop – Berwick Street – Until 25th October

Dedicated to showcasing the highest quality under-exposed art, the space will include pieces of Pop Surrealism, illustration, and tattoo artistry, and will also host the ‘Bromance’ collection, an exhibition by contemporary artist Jack Pearce.

‘Bromance’, the first solo exhibition from British artist and illustrator Jack Pearce, combines traditional ideas of brotherhood within a modern context. Jack explores male relationships and rituals through his unique tribal-influenced style, and visitors can also enjoy a special Soho installation, painted live by Jack between 28 September and 3 October.

Atomica gallery and shop: 75 Berwick Street, W1F 8TG. Runs  until – 25 October 2013

Opening times: Monday – Saturday 10am – 8pm; Sunday 12pm – 6pm

You must visit the Frieze Art Fair – 17–20 October 2013

For every contemporary art lover the Frieze Art Fair event is something to look forward to. The event at Regents Park will feature many works from some 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.

Go and see Art Wars at The Saatchi Gallery 

When I first heard about this show, I thought er..”random”. Art Wars sees the biggest names in art form an alliance with Andrew Ainsworth, the creator of the Stormtrooper. The exhibition features a regiment of Stormtrooper helmets that have been left at the mercy of some of the best the art world has to offer, including Damien Hirst, David Bailey, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Mr Brainwash, Paul Fryer and Joana Vasconcelos. It’s well worth seeing if your a Star wars fan.

Take part in The Big Draw –  October to 3 November

drawing by lankygirl
drawing by lankygirl

The Big Draw is back! If you want to express more of your creative side then get involved with one of hundreds of events that will be happening across the country.

Search for an event here: