Category Archives: Things to do in london

Portman Village is having a Bake off and Street Festival! – 23rd July 2014

Portman Village Photos

Calling all cake lovers, Portman Village, Marylebone is celebrating summer and the nation’s love of baking with the PV Bake-Off and Street Festival! Not to be missed this is going to be a fun-filled day for all the family. The event will take place in Portman Square Gardens on Wednesday 23rd July from 4pm and the event will see the head chefs at some of the London’s best restaurants compete to be named Best Baker.

Reigning champion of the Great British Bake Off, Frances Quinn, will be judging to determine the winner in categories including Tastiest Cake, Best Biscuit and Best Decorative Cake. A showcase of the areas array of international cuisine, competitors are also required to submit a dessert from their native country.

Also joining the competition will be head chefs from Home House, Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill Hotel, Lanes of London, The Thistle Marble Arch and Radisson Blu Portman Hotel, as well as Portman Village’s designers, beauty therapists and shop owners. Sweet-toothed guests can then decide whether they agree with the judges’ decisions, with free samples of all entries available for tasting.

Raising awareness for West London Day Centre, a local charity for the homeless, the Portman Square Gardens will open its gates free of charge from 4pm – 7pm. In addition to cake tasting, visitors can enjoy a host of themed games and entertainment, such as ‘Pin the Beard on Paul Hollywood’.

The celebrations then continue around the corner in Portman Village, with an array of exclusive discounts, freebies and prizes, as well as late night shopping and beauty treatments. Happy hours, and live music by the reputable London GIGs on New Quebec Street and Seymour Place will ensure the party continues until late.

Follow a trail of specially designed, limited edition cocktails at the local bars and restaurants, all inspired by sweet-treats, and visit the boutiques for a glass of bubbly and some nibbles. With offers on food and drink, experience one of the competition winner’s full menus at their Portman Village restaurant for an exclusive rate.

For more information visit www.PortmanVillage.com 

A trip to London Zoo

 

I have fond memories of my last trip London Zoo, (over 20 years ago!) Finding myself with a few days to spare in my holiday the boyfriend and I decided that it was time to make a visit. After a rather packed day of shopping we made our way to Regents Park to wonder around the Zoo for 2 hours. We arrived at the Zoo two hours from closing time and (maybe not the best idea as a lot of the animals appeared to be asleep or not in their pens).

 

In two hours we did manage to cover quite a lot of the Zoo, seeing lots of rare species of animals and birds. London Zoo is a must for the those with time to burn this summer holiday – check out some of the animals you will see if you go below

image

Some very cute Llamas

image

The sweetest looking prairie dogs

image

Hello Mr Armadillo!
image

A very cool toucan

image

Beautiful red bird ( can  anyone tell me what this is?)
image

A mean looking locust

image

Jellyfish image

image

A very shy Cheetah image

Some parrotswpid-20140626_170344.jpg

A gorgeous transparent butterflywpid-20140626_170200.jpg

wpid-20140626_165902.jpg

Pelicans

image

wpid-20140626_170500.jpg

Penguins trying to cool themselves down in the heat.

image

A Trip to Lady Dinah’s Cat Cafe, London

image

May was a bit of a quiet month for me, and so it went a bit quiet on the blog front. However my little hiatus is over and i’m back! Missed me? Well I thought i’d kick off a new month with a short account of my trip to London’s first and only cat cafe.

I first heard about Lady Dinah’s on Timeout, after a successful kickstarter campaign Lauren Pears was able to realise her dream of opening a cat cafe in London. Lady Dinah’s opened its doors in February and is already fully booked until October. It seems there are a lot of cat lovers on London.

I visited Lady Dinah’s for the first time last week and was not dissappointed with the experience. The cafe had a lovely lovely vintage feel and we enjoyed playing with the cats. There was a five pounds cover charge per person which i guess goes to the upkeep of the cats.

image

The cafe  was decked out in white chairs and tables and decorated with cat inspired furnishings. I had expected the place to be overrun but there werent more than 4/5 cats around at a time and they had lots of places to lie, scratch and play.

image

After we sat down one of waiters came to take our order. I opted for the guinness chocolate cake and Ewa went for a slice of red velvet. Tea was served in the prettiest china cups.

image
A lot of people I told about the cat cafe worried about hygiene but that was never a problem, we were asked to wash our hands before entering and antibacterial wash was provided on all tables.

image

image

image

image

Overall I really enjoyed my visit, if you are a cat lover then this is the ultimate experience.

Date for your tastebuds – Feast Food Festival – Sat 17th May

feastAttention tastebuds the Feast is back! Feast In The Fields all dayer returns to London Fields on Saturday 17th May for it’s first summer outting – ‘Handcrafted In Hackney’.

The festival will feature some of  London’s favourite street food offerings including; Thank Cluck, Polish Deli London, Better Health Bakery, Tacu Tacu, 7 Bridges Deli, and Square Pie.

In addition to the great food & drink on offer, there will be something for the whole family to enjoy with; street performers, cookery demonstrations, eating competitions and games for the kids (of all ages).

WHAT: Feast In The Fields all dayer

WHEN: Saturday 17th May

TIMES: 12pm-4am

WHERE: London Fields Brewhouse, Railway Arches 369-370, Helmsley Place, E8 3SB

PRICE: Entry £4

WEBSITE: http://www.feastinthefields.co.uk

 

Love Fashion? Enter the Pradasphere – 2nd May 2014

Pradasphere_harrods

Calling all fashionistas, it’s time to enter the Pradasphere. Opening on the 2nd of May 2014 Pradasphere will celebrate one of Italy’s most influential fashion houses, with a month long take over of Harrods with a retrospective exhibition, café and exclusive collections. The brand was originally founded by current creative director Miuccia Prada’s grandfather, Mario Prada, and his brother Martino, in 1913, as a leather goods company and has since become one of the world’s most iconic labels.

The exhibitions will feature pieces from past collections; showcase special projects, collaborations and the store’s windows will play host to treasures from the Prada archives as well as a capsule collection of re-issued ready-to-wear, bags, shoes and accessories inspired by iconic Prada collections from the last 100 years – developed exclusively for Harrods.

There will also be a screening room, that will show a selection of the label’s short films (in the past they have teamed up on campaigns with Roman Polanski, Ridley Scott and most recently Wes Anderson), and the brand’s first ever Pradasphere café. Pradasphere opens from 2 May at Harrods, Knightsbridge, London, SW1.

Sign up for Nike’s We Own the Night 10K RUN

we-own-the-night

Looking to get fit this year? Then make sure you don’t miss out on this event in May. Nike is aiming to inspire thousands of women across Europe to challenge their comfort zones like never before with ‘We Own The Night’ the ultimate after-­‐hours 10K run.

For more info an to sign up please visit: http://www.nike.com/events/register/wotn/london/

Portman Village hosts its first spring beauty event 28th-30th April

Calling all of you beauty junkies, here is an event you won’t want to miss. April is beauty season in Portman Village, with a three-day celebration of special events and offers for visitors to Marylebone’s hidden gem. From discounts to free one-to-ones with make-up artist to the stars, Francesca Neill, the PV Beauty Bash is running from 28th – 30th April and has everything you need to get set for summer.

Events to look forward to are:

Bespoke perfumery, Les Senteurs, is offering free thirty-minute consultations with resident perfumist James Craven with a further 20% off fragrance purchases.

Homemade London, is hosting special beauty events for the occasion and offering guests 20% off their beauty workshop on the April 28th and perfume making on April 30th.

Celebrity make-up artist to Alesha Dixon and Cheryl Cole  Francesca Neill, will also be on-hand on Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th April to give free consultations and make-overs to visitors who book any one of these treatments.

All guests will receive a glass of champagne on arrival at their treatment; all you have to do is mention PV Beauty Bash when booking.

Visit www.PortmanVillage.com for more information

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

image

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

image

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
rabbits
rabbits
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

banksy-christ-with-shopping-bags

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: http://hanguppictures.com/exhibition/banksy-faile-wall-to-wall-exhibition