Date for diary – A Wild Meats Safari Lunch Pop Up – 6th April 2014


Are you an adventurous eater? Then don’t miss this pop up! After his sell-out debut Safari Lunch in March, London-based Congolese chef Mick Élysée, will be sharing his love of exotic African meats at his next pop-up on Sunday April 6th at 1.00 pm.

Mick will be hosting his Safari Lunch at Marsden’s Bistro at 483 Hackney Road, E2 9ED for diners who are prepared to take a walk on the wild side.

Originally from Congo, Central Africa, but trained in France and London under leading chefs including Michel Roux and Michel Toulousi, Chef Mick Élysée has developed a unique style of cooking which sees his Congolese heritage and classical French training blended together.

Tickets are £35 per head and if you want to come along, you’ll need to book your spot fast by contacting Marsden’s Bistro on 020 7739 1505 or through Mick Élysée’s Facebook page.


Lanky Girl’s 5 best events to check out this Spring and Summer


Are you planning to visit London in the next few months? Well if you are anything like me when I am planning on visiting somewhere new, you have probably already been checking out which hotels to stay in and what to do when you arrive. London events season is just starting to take off and with so many events happening this spring and summer it may be hard to choose what do. However don’t panic, Lanky Girl is here to help! In this post I will be giving you the low down on what events you should be checking out should you find yourself in London this season.

Places to stay

Start your search for a place to stay by narrowing down which part of London you want to stay in. Try to pick somewhere that isn’t more than 45 mins from Central London. My favourite sites for looking for accommodation are lastminute and Hotel Direct.

Vikings life and legend at The British Museum


Friends who have already been to this exhibition have raved about how good it is. Vikings life and legend is the first major exhibition on Vikings at the British Museum for over 30 years. Visitors are in for a treat as the exhibition features many new archaeological discoveries and objects never seen before in the UK and focuses on the core period of the Viking Age from the late 8th century to the early 11th century. For history buffs it is an exhibition not to be missed as it will probably not take place again for a long time.

Vikings, Life legend is on at the British Museum until the 22nd of June and due to the amount of interest it has already generated booking is advised!

Regents Park Open Air Theatre

Regent’s Park Open theatre is a firm fixture of the summer season in London and is your chance to experience English theatre performed in an open auditorium. Pack yourself a picnic and watch everything from Shakespeare to musicals in one of London’s prettiest green spaces, Regent Park.

Theatre season begins in May and continues onto September.

Film 4 Summer Screen at Somerset House

Imagine yourself itting out in the open air and enjoying a film under the sky. Film 4 at Somerset house is a real treat and tickets always sell out quickly so if you’re looking for something unique and fun to do in London start booking your tickets asap! The films are brought to you as vividly as if you were in a state of the art cinema, and the line up is always pretty impressive.

Open Garden Squares Weekend

Coming to London in June? Well if you find yourself in London on the 14/15th of June then make sure book yourself a ticket to open garden squares Weekend. It’s your ticket to some of London’s best and beautiful gardens and some of which are not available to the general public.

World Street Food Festival 2014, 18th – 21st April

In April take a trip along London’s Southbank and visit The World Street Festival. The festival will showcase the very best and most creative street food in London. On offer there will also be a craft Beer, Wine and Cocktail Bar as well as Live Music. It’s the best way to taste the variety of food from around the world that’s available in London and its all in one place.


So there you have it my pick of events in London this spring and summer.


Hidden gems in London – Spitalfields City Farm

spitalfields city farm
The Boyfriend is relocating to East London and with the nice sunny spell we are having at the moment I took the opportunity to introduce him to one of my favourite hidden gems in East London, Spitalfield’s City Farm.

After stopping for Brunch at Patisserie Valerie in Spitalfield’s Market I took him along the back streets of Brick Lave to show him the farm.

I first came across the farm by accident when I was cycling towards Columbia Road Market and I took a wrong turn.

Spitalfield’s City Farm was originally set up by volunteers in 1978, and relies mostly on volunteers to keep it going. For me part of its charm is that fact that it’s not every day that you see a farm in the middle of the city,  it’s like a quiet oasis.

The farm shop is open Tuesdays – Thursdays to buy fresh eggs, bread and vegetables and there are lots of beautiful flower beds to stop and look at. Children and adults will also enjoy the experience of getting up and close to the farm animals, you can see some of them below.

If you find yourself in the area you must pay the farm a visit. its a lovely way to spend a sunny day.

Beautiful daffodils
Beautiful daffodils
Pigs at Spitalfield city farm
Pigs at Spitalfield city farm
guinea pigs
guinea pigs

sheep having a rest

sleeping pigs
sleeping pigs
Mr L decided to take a phonecall at the bug hotel
Mr L decided to take a phone call at the bug hotel

Date for your diary – Wall to Wall, Street Art Exhibition – 22 March – 26 April 2014


When I  received the press release about this I was so excited. All my favourite street artists in one exhibition! Wall to Wall’ is Hang-Up Gallery’s upcoming exhibition and it will feature work from some of the world’s leading street artists, including: Banksy, KAWS, Faile, Swoon, Futura, Matt Small, Shepard Fairey, David Choe and Ben Eine.  It will also feature an exciting installation by italian artist RUN.

ben-eine-excitingThe main gallery space will recreate the organised chaos of a street artist’s studio to intensify the viewing experience. Expect to see paint splattered walls, empty spray paint cans, collage material cuttings and tools of the craft transporting the viewer deep into the creative process of how and where art is made.

For more information please visit:

Date for your diary – Flock Jewellery Exhibition – 6th March 2014


If you like unique and beautiful jewellery then you must mark this event in your diary. On the 6th of March Flock Jewellery is holding a free exhibition from 7pm onwards in Dreambags JaguarShoes to launch the collections of four jewellers.

Flock are a collective of four jewellers, who met during the final year of their jewellery and silversmithing degree. They make each piece of jewllery by hand  and the exhibition will consist of five collections of jewellery; the first a collaborative project based on experience and images collected on a recent trip to Belgium. Each member of Flock has  created a contemporary jewellery piece inspired primarily by Belgian architecture.

For more information please vivit: and check out some of their handmade jewellery on etsy.

London food discovery – The Biscuiteers Bakery and Icing Cafe, Notting Hill

The Biscuiteers - Notting Hill
The Biscuiteers – Notting Hill

I first discovered The Biscuiteers Icing Cafe and shop when I was looking for gourmet biscuits to give a friend for her birthday. The Biscuiteers is a boutique icing cafe and bakery on Kensington Park Road. The Biscuiteers Icing Cafe first opened their doors in 2012 and as well as selling bespoke biscuits they also host drop in icing sessions, children’s icing parties and teach icing courses if you want to recreate your own bespoke biscuits.

After telling a friend from work about my discovery we both decided to make our way down to Notting Hill one  Sunday afternoon to check out the cafe.

The cafe itself is quite small and is filled with delicious biscuits of all shapes and sizes. We sat down towards the back and started by ordering some hot chocolate to warm up from the cold. We were greeted with the sounds of a children’s icing party that was taking place below. For 15 pounds we were allowed to choose 3 already baked biscuit shapes each and were presented with an array of coloured icing and sweets to decorate. You can see our efforts below and I must say that we both had a really good time. My attempt at icing the dog didn’t go very well but I was quite proud of my iced man.

Once we we finished icing our biscuits they were taken away to be baked before we they were presented back to us to take home in a cutest little box (I gave my boyfriend mine as a present). If you are looking for something to do in London on a rainy afternoon I recommend you pay them a visit!

Our biscuit shapes
Icing classes at the Biscuiteers Cafe
Inside the Biscuiteers cafe
Lobster shaped biscuits
A biscuit man called Lars
Iced biscuits by lanky girl
Iced cup and fish
Biscuiteers rocket iced biscuits

The Biscuiteers,

194 Kensington Park Road
W11 2ES

London food discovery – Cafe Phillies, Kensington

It’s March already! This month is going scarily fast, February was a fantastic month for making some awesome discoveries in London. Early in February I met a friend for brunch in Kensington. The last time I was in Kensington was to reviewFFionas Restaurant so it was nice to come back and see what else the area had to offer.

Cafe Phillies is a small all day cafe/bistro situated off Kensington High Street and with a decidedly neighbourhood feel and a bit of a European twist. We arrived just before lunchtime and found it buzzing with locals catching up with friends and others working on their laptops in a corner.

We both ordered from the breakfast menu. My friend chose the benedict which is two soft poached eggs on top of a toasted muffin & hollandaise sauce and spinach. Whilst I chose scrambled eggs, thickly cut bacon on toast – both dishes were simple but well prepared and very tasty.

Scrambled egg, bacon on toast
The Benedict at Cafe Philles

If you do find yourself in Kensington anytime soon do stop there for a bite to eat.

Café Phillies 
2A Phillimore Gardens
London W8 7QB
020 7938 1890