Category Archives: things to do in London December 2013

The Lifeboat: Courage On Our Coasts’ exhibition – 29 January at City Hall, Tower Bridge

saving fundas at seaCalling all land lubbers! A new exhibition coming to London will give you some insight into the lives of people who work at sea.

The Lifeboat: Courage On Our Coasts’ exhibition is a  touring exhibition of photographs taken by one of RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew members, Nigel Millard and features striking photographs which capture the important work of the RNLI- the charity that saves lives at sea.

The exhibition features some of the most striking photographs from the collection and runs in London from 27 January until 10 March. The free-of charge, open air exhibition will be available 24/7 in all weather conditions- just like the life-saving service provided by the RNLI. An accompanying book containing more than 400 iconic images taken by Millard over two years, was released on 30 September 2013. The Lifeboat: Courage On Our Coasts book is written and edited by Huw Lewis-Jones, with the foreword by HRH The Duke of Cambridge, with the RNLI receiving royalties from each book sold.

More information about the exhibition

Last blog of the year – a look back at 2013 and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

So the count down has begun, in a few hours we will be celebrating the start of a New Year. 2013 was a busy year for me and this blog, but I did have a lot of fun! It was on New Years Eve in 2010 that I decided to start The London Perspective, so in a few hours the blog will be three years old! Wow, I never expected to keep it going as long as I have. I just wanted to take the time to thank all the lovely people who have stumbled on, commented and followed my blog. I feel truly blessed for all the wonderful experiences I have had and being able to share it with you.  There will be a lot of changes coming to the site in the next few weeks. So keep watching. HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

And now… for some highlights of 2013.

Lanky Girl x

January – I tasted my best ever Kiev at newly opened Primo restaurant.

February – Breakfast at Tiffanys Screening at The MIllienium Hotel 

March – Langmeil Wine Supper at The Gilbert Scott


April – A spot of afternoon tea with my sister at The Sheraton Park Towers

May – I got to attend The Chelsea Flower Show

June – I took a foodie walking tour of the new East Village and Stratford

July – Was pretty jam packed  with events including The Taste of London

August – I discovered an awesome Indian –  Clapham Tandoori Restaurant

September – it was time to leave London and visit Florence 

October – I found myself partying at The Vanity Fair and Christie’s Contemporary Art Party 

November – I spent a girly night in at The W Hotel trying out NOWTV


December – I took a bit of a break from blogging but I did make enough time to take some afternoon tea at The Wellesley. Watch for details of this in 2014!



Day 10 – Dine at new American Restaurant Jackson & Rye, Wardour Street Soho


I’m always excited to hear about new restaurant openings. Jackson & Rye is a New York style restaurant in Soho which opened on Monday

It is open from 8am until midnight, seven days a week and will offer all-day dining and a 10-seat cocktail bar.

The American-themed menus are inspired by US east coast cuisine, as well as the best elements of the West coast and Southern states.

Highlights on the all-day menu include: gruyère cheeseburger; buttermilk chicken two ways; veal, beef and ricotta meatballs; and prime cut steaks with roast shallot and pinot nero sauce. Hmm yummy!

Take a sneak peak of the brunch menu below:



I visited Jackson and Rye yesterday and it seems that word has already got around, so if you want to try their cuisine I suggest you reserve yourself a table! 

Day 8 /9 – Lanky girl’s advent calender, Mandela Art Exhibition

Sorry a bit behind due to illness but here is the next in the series of Christmas treats to look for.

Day 8 – See Mandela’s paintings and sketchings at the Belgravia gallery


Over the weekend I met a friend to go gallery hopping. I’ve always wanted to visit some of the smaller galleries on Albermarle street but in the past have been too intimidated. I don’t why I was so worried, each of the galleries were very welcoming. During our jaunt we discovered The Belgravia Gallery were exhibiting Mandela’s work (who knew he painted?). We felt like we had been given a special privilege of seeing his work considering he has just passed. If you do visit make sure to check out the fantastic work of charcoal artist Charlie Mackesy.

Day 9 – Christmas Gift Idea – Street Artist Eine’s 3D sculptures.


‘E Is The Magic Number’ –  is Ben Eine’s first foray into the 3-D art world.  A run of 50 x super limited edition hand cast resin sculptures available exclusively via Fluorescent Smogg.

Eine is one of London’s most prolific and original street artists who specialises in the central element of all graffiti – the form of letters. Internationally known since Barrack Obama was gifted an Eine piece by the British Prime Minister to mark a state visit.

More info:

Count down to Christmas Lanky Girl’s Advent Calender Days 1-4

So there are less than 21 days left till Christmas, and to be honest it has snuck up on me this year and I have been slow to embrace the cheer. However it is never to late to get in the spirit! For the next 2 days I will be providing you with things to buy, do or eat in London this December! I’m calling Lanky Girl’s Advent calendar. Now let’s just say you are the kind of naughty child who likes to open all the doors at once…. see below for days 1-4 and you can do just that 😉

Day 1 – first day of Christmas – time to get your decorations up!


It’s okay if you haven’t done this yet, if you’re serious about decorations then you have to head down to my favourite shop Liberty. You can find all that you need in their Christmas shop, from racks of the most loveliest baubles to liberty print crackers. You won’t want to leave empty-handed.

If you are feeling thrifty then try making your own! The National Trust has a really cool and easy bauble making how to guide.

Day 2 – Go Ice Skating at the National History Museum Ice Rink

You know it’s Christmas when the ice rinks re-open around London. Every year for the last 3 years I have been skating at the National History Museum. For me it is one of the prettiest since it is surrounded by decorated trees and its never too packed. They also serve the best hot chocolate!

Day 3 – Buy tickets to the Nutcracker – English National Ballet – 11 Dec 13 – 05 Jan 14

It wouldn’t be Christmas without performances of The Nutcracker. Those who are yet to experience the magic of this ballet are in for a treat. The costumes are alwasy spectacular and the ENO house is a beautiful building to in enjoy it in.

Day 4 go and see the Upside Down House on Blackfriars Road

The weird and wonderful Upside Down House is the Grande finale to MERGE 2013, artist Alex Chinneck has created a large-scale site-specific work on a building due for demolition on Blackfriars Road. The currently disused site has had its façade turned upside down with a design that considers and celebrates the history and life of the building. The building, which dates from 1780, is due to be demolished as part of a much-delayed development of 23 and 42-storey towers.