Category Archives: Events

Look to the future

Keeping your financial affairs in order is just part of being an adult in today’s modern world; it’s easy to lose track of incomings and outgoings when we pay for everything by card – and credit cards are all too easy to come by. While thinking about this, I came across a notice for a fun, live event that Experian – those people you might go to if you’re in need of a Experian credit report  – are putting on in the Westfield Shopping Centre, White City this coming weekend 17-19th January.

It’s called the Experian Field of Dreams  and it looks set to go viral. Experian will be setting up a tree in the centre of the Westfield Shopping Centre, White City, and encouraging shoppers and passers-by to write their financial wishes for 2014 onto pieces of paper and attach them to the tree. Wishmakers will be invited to post their pictures of the tree to Twitter with the hashtag #My2014Dream, as well as being entered into a prize draw to win £500. There is also a Facebook app too, where you can plant your dreams to be in for a chance of winning a daily prize of £150, every week day until the 24th January 2014.
It sounds like a bit of fun, but it also made me think about my financial wishes for 2014; while a ‘wish’ might be all too flimsy and fairytale, we can all do things to make our wishes come true in real life. I’m sure most of us would like to save more and spend less, but I wouldn’t want to do that at the cost of living my life to the fullest. The best I can hope for in 2014 is to make wise spending choices and hopefully add to my savings even if just a little.

The Experian Field of Dreams event, which will be running over three days in January, will no doubt get a lot of shoppers thinking about their financial hopes for 2014, too; and what better time of the year to do it than in January? Of course, some of you will already have thought long and hard about your 2014 financial wishes, and you might have even made it your New Year’s Resolution this year. Well, the good news is that a recent survey by Fidelity Investments suggested that New Year’s resolutions about money were easier to keep than most others – or so say 39% of adults.

No doubt this is the time of year that many of us will be checking our credit reports as we make big plans for spending and investment over the coming twelve months; will 2014 be your year for a new bathroom, a new car, or are you planning on saving every penny you can? You can always tell me what your financial wish is for 2014 – or, if you’re going to be in the Westfield Shopping Centre this January, why not tell it to the tree?

Date for your diary: Live By Lake at Kenwood House – 23rd Aug – 1 Sept 2013


After a one year break, Live by Lake is back and will be held once again  in the stunning grounds of Kenwood House in Hampstead heath.  Who says that festivals mean you have to get dirty? 🙂

Concert goers are in for a treat this year with a  line up that will feature indie gods  Suede, an epic Choral Greats concert, established rock giants Keane supported by Laura  Mvula, a stunning outdoor live screening of Singin’ in the Rain featuring the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and Opera Alfresco. It’s sure to be an event that everyone will enjoy. Bring your own picnic or order one before and enjoy the last days of the summer in style.

If you’re lucky to live in one of these postcodes: N6, NW1, NW2, NW3, NW5, NW6, NW8, NW11 you will qualify for a residents discount!  Click here to get yours now.

The line up:

Friday 23 August


With special guests (tba)


Saturday 24 August

Choral Greats Firework Spectaular

With The Royal Choral Society & The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra

Plus Fireworks Spectacular

 25th of August


supported by Laura Mvula

Friday 30 August

Singin’ in the Rain

Live Musical Score and Film Screening

Featuring The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra


Saturday 31 August

Opera Alfresco

Featuring English National Opera Orchestra

With special guests (tba)


Sunday 1st September

Summertime: An evening of Gershwin

Starring Michael Ball Gina Beck, Kerry Ellis and David Shannon


For and more information and to book tickets go to

Lanky Girl goes to Spin Ldn 2013 at Old The Truman Brewery, Brick Lane

Spin Ldn 2013
Spin Ldn 2013

On Friday evening I went down to check out London’s first ever urban bicycle show, Spin Ldn. I thought I knew most brands of bicycle on sale in London but I was really in awe at the amount of different brands that were showcasing their products. I had a fabulous time looking at all the lovely bikes on sale. Here are  some of the highlights from the show.

We were entertained by some funky DJs and there was a bar serving beers and wine.

Spin Ldn dj's
Spin Ldn dj’s

The first brand that I came across was Hood Bikes which are from Barcelona, these distinctive cruiser style bikes come in bold colours and are retailing for around 299 pounds.

hood bikes
hood bikes

This stunning racing bike by Festka Bikes  was turning heads for all the right reasons.

Festka Bikes
Festka Bikes

I also met the guys behind Mango Bikes, who were there to showcase their customized fixies. If you watched the BBC  program Beat the Boss you will remember the boys were seeking funds to start their business. Apparently they didn’t take the funding in the end from Innocent smoothie entrepreneur Richard |Reed and have gone solo with their idea.

Mango Bikes
Mango Bikes

As well as bicycle brands various companies were showcasing their fashionable bicycle accessories. I tried on a chic rain poncho by Otto.

otto ponchos
Otto ponchos

I fell in love with this beautifully crafted bike from bicycle designers Saffron Bikes.

saffron bicycles
saffron bicycles

Tom from Donhou bikes is a frame builder who makes magic happen. His commissions are one of the kind and are visually stunning. If you have an idea for a  bike and the funds he can make it happen. Prices start from 1400 pounds.

Donhou bikes
Donhou bikes

If you like you bicycles big and blinging then avenue bicycles are the brand for you, these fashionable bikes scream luxury!

avenue bicycles
avenue bicycles

At Spin Ldn I also discovered Luv Handles Bicycle boutique, they are currently housed in a warehouse and are available by appointment only. My kind of store, they offer fashionable bicycle accessories and LOVELY dutch style cruisers.  I will be sure to pay them a visit sometime soon.

Luv Handles Bike Boutique
Luv Handles Bike Boutique

Cono Sur was also there  to showcase their Bicycle Pedal powered cinema.

Bicycle Cinema
Bicycle Cinema

Bicycle powered cinema pedlers
Bicycle powered cinema pedlers

Pitango bicycles  make  lightweight cruisers and single speed bikes that you can customize. Ever fancied a dutch style bike with bad-ass racer wheels these guys can make it happen!

Pitango Bikes
Pitango Bikes

Date for Your diary, Saturday, November 24th Knoll International Sample Sale

Redecorating? Or looking for a new item of furniture for Christmas? Then you must check out  Knoll International’s annual one day sample sale!

 Design lovers will have the opportunity to take advantage of exclusive offers and purchase iconic pieces of design history at very low prices. (Ex-display and photo shoot samples will be available at up to 70% off!)

See the invite below!

knoll sample sale invite

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”.

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

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

Date For Your Diary – St Martin’s Courtyard Global Food Festival – Saturday 14th July

Cantina Laredo guacamole demonstration

This weekend  St Martin’s Courtyard in Covent Garden, London will pay tribute to the cultural diversity of London with a free Global Food Festival on Saturday 14th July 12-5pm.

Each of the six restaurants from St Martin’s Courtyard will be representing their country with food, drink and entertainment in the open air courtyard.

Taste your way around the world as part of this celebration of food, drink and culture.  All six restaurants; Bill’s, Cantina Laredo, Dishoom, Dalla Terra, Jamie’s Italian and Suda, will be hosting tastings, demonstrations and activities, transforming St Martin’s Courtyard into a vibrant open air street food market in the heart of London.

Highlights include a pop-up tequila cocktail bar, a hog roast, Thai street food, a big brass band, Italian wine tasting, cream teas and a Mexican mariachi band. 


This is a great event for food lovers everywhere and definitely shouldn’t  be missed!

For more information please visit

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!

For more information visit

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