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.
Check out this immersive theatre event this Valentine’s Day!
Award-winning interactive theatre company ONEOHONE is reviving its dating event – a modernised interactive version of Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’. Suitable for couples and singles, this event will be hosted by Emma herself, who will lead audience members through games, riddles, and even a ceilidh in an attempt to ensure them their perfect match. However, other characters from the novel have turned up to play, and for Emma, the path to true love never did run smooth.
The show will perform at Drink, Shop & Do on 12th February at 7.15pm, followed by the Leicester Square Theatre at 9pm on 13th February.
It will be a light-hearted alternative to Valentine’s Day’s traditional chocolates and hearts – or for anyone, single or in a relationship looking for some lighthearted fun.
For more information, visit www.oneohone.org
Calling all carnivores, Flat Iron Steak House are running a pretty cool promo tomorrow to promote their Chuck Steak cuts. After 5.30pm diners will get the chance to sample their steak for free only paying for sides and drinks.
Want more info? Check out : https://www.facebook.com/FlatIronSteak
When: Tuesday 13th August from 5.30pm
Where: Flat Iron, 17 Beak St
What: Free Chuck Steak, only pay for any drinks / sides you would like
Why: To spread the good news of Chuck Steak to London’s beef lovers
I’ve found as a blogger who goes to a lot of events that I am often asked for my business card. Recently I was asked by the lovely people at Instant print if I would like to trial their services and create my own business card. It is just as well as I have started to run out. (I received 1000!) You can see the finished product above, i’m quite impressed how my design turned out and the quality of the card was good. I opted for a glossy finish which I think looks lovely.
With prices starting at £3.00 for a set of 100 I think they are pretty reasonable and the delivery of the cards was pretty quick. Apparently they offer a 24 hour turnaround which is handy for those lastminute events.
4 x 1000 sets of Instant Print business cards to give away!
Instant Print are offering 4 lucky readers of The London Perspective the chance to win 1000 business cards of their own design.
All you have to do is send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org saying “I want instant print business cards!”
The four winners will be sent picked at random by feb 15th!
Last Friday, I got a chance to try out a new addition to London’s food scene. Dinnr is concept by ex Googler Michal Bohanes which aims to take the hassle out of preparing your meals by providing a variety of recipes and ingredients in the right quantities. Their unique selling point I suppose is that the food can be ordered online on the day and delivered to your office or home (central London) before it’s time for tea!
Now, I have to be honest I hate following recipes as I find the whole process of checking the measurements, timings etc stressful! Not that I can’t cook just most of my knowledge comes from watching my mother in the kitchen when I was younger. However, I was willing to give Dinnr a try. There is a variety of dishes on the site to order and the prices are pretty reasonable. I decided to opt for the Herb-roasted Salmon with Smashed Potatoes and Truffled Fennel Salad which serves 2 for 22 pounds. It arrived promptly two hours after I ordered to my workplace in a lovely brown bag.
Inside all the ingredients where nicely wrapped up in little brown packages and the food was fresh when I opened it up.
Also included was a step by step guide to preparing my meal with nutritional information.
Fairly easy start to recipe, I washed and boiled the potatoes with sea salt till they were soft.
While this was on the fire I started to prepare the salmon. Have to say I was pretty impressed with the quality, it arrived fresh and cool, organic from Waitrose.
This went into the oven for 20 mins on the middle shelf.
Next step the fennel salad:
Two ingredients I have never used to cook before; Fennel and Pecorino cheese, I thought the cheese was so delicious I had to stop myself nibbling on it before I had finished cooking. I will definitely buy this again when I go shopping.
The finished meal tasted lovely and the fennel salad had a lovely sweet and sharp flavour. Another great selling point for Dinnr is the fact that with your meal they include suggestions for wine and music which is very handy if you’re trying to impress a date.
Overall I was very impressed with the Dinnr service, for time pressed Londoners it is a god send and if you want to cook a meal for a loved one you will find the variety of recipes helpful. You do have to have some cooking ability for some of the recipes though. Also all the recipes are currently for servings of two so not so helpful if you have family of mouths to feed. A Lanky Girl rating:
For more information about Dinnr please visit https://www.dinnr.co.uk/
Brrr…it’s been a cold week. Its been a bit of a crazy week for me at work and home so apologies for lack of posts, sometimes its easy to fall off the band wagon. However I am back and ready to give you quick rundown on what you should be doing with your weekend (yes I know its tempting to say it’s too cold).
So here is a list of events happening in this city:
All weekend – 12th – 14th October 2012
Today (12th October 2012) Chanel’s photographic exhibition dedicated to Karl Lagerfeld’s latest book, ‘The Little Black Jacket: Chanel’s classic revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld’, will open at the Saatchi Gallery in London.
For more information please visit: http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/current/the_little_black_jacket.php
Cheese and Wine Festival on the South Bank
Today and all weekend there will be a Cheese and Wine Festival on the South Bank. There will be lots of tutored cheese and wine tastings, cooking demonstrations producers exhibiting various cheeses available to buy. So if you are a connoisseur of wine or a bit of cheese fiend or both don’t miss out because it is FREE.
For more information please visit: http://www.cheesewinefestival.com
Swan Lake Opens at the Royal Opera House
Swan Lake is undoubtably a timeless ballet and all the greats have performed it. After the The Nutcracker this is one my favourites. The Royal Opera House is beautiful venue and everyone should get a chance to go. Tickets tend to sell out quickly so I recommend if you fancy going to book it soon!
For more information please visit: https://www.roh.org.uk/swanlake
Multiplied Art Fair begins today at Christie’s South Kensington – Free, 9am-7pm
Art buff? This weekend if you are are spoiled for choice. Running until the 15th October the Multiplied Art fair will focus on contemporary art in Christies in South Kensington. Now having never been to Christies in a way I am curious to go just to see what it will be like. They will have 42 exhibitors from 3D art to print works from new and established artists.
For more information please visit: http://www.multipliedartfair.com/visit.aspx
Fair and Festival Galore! Across London
It would have too much to tell you about all the fairs + festivals happening this weekend, but as you can see from the list below the amount going on is ridiculous… that’s what I love about London, Spoiled for choice!
- Frieze Art Fair 2012: busier than ever before
- Moniker Art Fair 2012:
- PAD Art Fair: PAD is London’s leading fair for 20th Century art, design and decorative arts
- Moving Image London 2012: Contemporary video art fair
- Islington Contemporary Art & Design Fair at Candid Arts
- Cutting Edge Design Fair at Orleans House Gallery
- London Film Festival
- Surf Film Festival
- Native Spirit Festival
- British Horror Film Festival
Saturday 13th October 2012
Westminster Guides, Free Heroes and Villans Walks
Westminster Guides will be leading free hour-long walks on Saturday 13 October 2012 as part of Local London Guiding Day. ARCH VILLAINS is an arch to arch walk. Including James Bond, Hedge Funds, Bomber Command and the Duke of Wellington. Meet by the Marble Arch – exit 3 from Marble Arch tube station (Central Line). Walks depart every hour from 10.00 to 16.00. No need to book. Just turn up.
For more information please visit: http://www.westminsterguides.org.uk/news/index.html?id=237
Healthy Ride with Southwark Cyclists
Fancy a bit of exercise? If you live or near Southwark on Saturday at 10am join Southwark Cyclists for a guided, easy ride, perfect for relatively inexperienced cyclists who want to learn local routes. All free, no booking, just turn up with your bike.
For more information visit: http://www.se16.com/event/healthy-ride-with-southwark-cyclists/2012-10-13
Africa Rocks Expo: Saturday 13 October as part of Black History month celebrations
“Is a one-day event that uses a unique blend of seminars, activities and entertainment to encourage people to see Africa differently! This year’s expo will showcase the best that Africa has to offer including its cultures and traditions, inspirational people, foods, films, fashion, music, arts and investment opportunities”.
For more information please visit: http://www.africarocksexpo.co.uk/
Sunday 14th october
Family Day 2012 This Sunday – Design Museum
Kids driving you mad? Then take them along to the The Design Museum this sunday for family day for a day of fun activities like the Colour Chaser sound machine, the Zombie Collective lasering bits of paper, making a Shadow Puppet Theatre, storytelling with Vanessa Woolf and hopefully some family tours. The day runs from 11am to 4pm, with storytelling at 11.30am and 12.30am. Fun times for all!
For more information please visit: http://designmuseum.org/family-day
I’m just back from an al fresco lunch at Islington Green where I made my own pizza and had a free small beer. The freebie treat came compliments of Birra Moretti. Helping me out with the small group who’d assembled for this “Pizza in the Piazza” masterclass, was Italian chef and restauranteur GianCarlo Caldessi (Caffe Caldessi, La Cuchina Caldessi, Caldessi in Campagna). It was a fun, entertaining and even a little educational way to spend a bit of time. And getting to enjoy my own handmade fresh from the oven pizza was well worth … oh wait, yeah, it was free … and came with a beer. Attendees were given some Birra Morettie vouchers, a bottle opener and a guide to “hosting an authentic Italian meal.”
Cool thing is Moretti’s doing all this freebie pizza stuff again tomorrow at Islington Green and then next week at Tavistock Square and…
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A guest post By Christina Appleworth
It’s hard to get away from the fact that London is an expensive city. A night out in the West End can set you back a considerable sum of money, while transport and eating out is similarly expensive. However, London does have multiple options for cheaper nights out. The city’s size means that it can be great for finding bargains and discounted tickets on popular attraction. By knowing where to look, and by being prepared to be a bit creative on a night out, it is possible to enjoy the city without breaking the bank. Some ideas for a cheap evening out in London consequently include:
1 – Attending a Free Talk
If going out for drinks and something to eat, it is possible to take in a free talk or lecture in one of the city’s many universities and museums. Particularly recommended is the London School of Economics’ regular series of lectures. It is recommended to book in advance though, as tickets can go quickly. The Royal Society also put on regular lectures, while smaller centers like Gresham College offer talks. Recommended for an early evening outing.
2 – Going to a Free Museum
It is also worth considering a night out at one of London’s free museums, with most offering late night openings. These include the Hunterian and the John Soane’s museums in Holborn, as well as the Victoria and Albert Museum’s regular series of events in South Kensington, and the smaller Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green. Many larger arts centres also offer free performances, and include nights at the Barbican Centre and the Royal Festival Hall.
3 – Cycle Paths and Walking
As the weather gets warmer, the prospect of cycling and walking London’s many parks and canals has become increasingly attractive. Kew Gardens and Richmond are highly recommended, as is a stroll around Regents Park and Hyde Park, both of which feature regular open air performances. Moreover, a walk around Hampstead Heath is an ideal way to get away from things for a few hours.
4 – Budget Restaurants and Drink
Although most places in London remain expensive if you want to eat and drink on a night out, there are some cheaper options. In terms of the West End, Gaby’s Deli in Charing Cross Road has become an institution for those seeking out cheaper and tasty food. The same mix of economy and taste can also be found at Mooli’s in Soho. Those on a night out should also think about visiting London’s many cheap, but excellent chains, which include Wagamama’s and Pizza Express. For drinking, the All Bar One chain in the West End, the cocktail bar Cubana in Waterloo, and the Red Lion in Hoxton are particularly recommended.
5 – Last Minute Tickets
With a bit of planning, it is possible to get discounted seats at theatres in the West End, as well as many of London’s galleries, cinemas, and music venues. Most websites will offer last minute deals and discounted packages, while other companies will provide mailing lists that circulate late tickets for shows.
Lanky Girl and crew recently took part in The Regent Street Food Safari. Basically the concept is this; many of Regent Street’s acclaimed restaurants offered the chance to sample some of their dishes in a kind of ‘graze and go’ experience. A sort of culinary adventure without leaving London.
Lanky Girl’s adventure started in Sartoria, a classic and sophisticated Italian restaurant. Before our starters we were served a little tray of nibbles, which included some delicious shots of gazpacho. The Gazpacho was tangy and smooth, the crisp bread and parmesan was a lovely accompaniment.
From the menu I opted for the fried squid and my dining partner opted for the buffalo mozarella. The squid was delicious, nicely co0ked so that the texture was soft with a slight bite to it. The staff were pleasant and attentive and we especially enjoyed our complimentary champagne Bellini. Sartoria had a nice intimate ambience and is the perfect place for people watching due to its massive glass windows. A nice start to our culinary adventure.
Next up our journey was Tibits, a self service vegetarian bar and restaurant. Now being an all consuming carnivore I wasn’t really sure I was going to enjoy “veggy” food. My fears were put to rest when I realised how tasty the food was. I enjoyed some vegetable samosas, steamed broccoli, and pasta simple but wholesome. Tibits has a very relaxed to feel to it and it is the kind of place that I could envision going to with friends to take a break from shopping.
Now, by this point I was feeling very full (maybe pigged out a bit too much at Tibits) but in the name of food we continued onto Below Zero a chic bar and restaurant which also houses a very cool ice bar. The menu for Below Zero consisted of many small plates. From the menu we chose Salt n Pepper prawns with chill and garlic and Guinea Fowl and liver terrine. The prawns were sweet and succulent and the chilli definitely gave it an added kick. If you want you can pay 15 pounds and go into the ice bar next door, and enjoy some fantastic flavoured vodka.
After all that food I was feeling a little over indulged but as they say there is always room for dessert. It was time for ice cream! Freggo was our final stop and the one I was most looking forward to. Freggo offers Argentinean ice cream as well as lots of lovely little fancy desserts. We enjoyed a row of flavoured cones. Delicious! I would say Freggo is a great place to take a date for an after dinner treat.
The Regent Street Food Safari was like having four different nights rolled into one and I thoroughly enjoyed discovering restaurants that I hadn’t previously know about. I definitely recommend that you try it.
The next Regent Street Food Safari 2012 will take place 1-15 March, 2012.