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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

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

Lanky Girl’s Advent calendar 12 th Dec 2012, Instagrammers iconic london Exhibition

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Outside Barnardos Barkingside
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The guerkin from the heron tower
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Royal albert hall

I’ve recently become an instagrammer and I have to say it is rather addictive. Some of photos produced are amazing and you would never believe they were taken on a camera phone. I was pretty excited to learn about a new exhibition in London opening this week.
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The Iconic London 2012 Exhibition is showcasing the works of 30 leading London Instagramers plus a special display of the finalists and winners of Instagramers London year-long Iconic London 12.12.12 contest. All the contest images will be available for sale and the proceeds will go to the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. 

Where: Shop 14, 15 Hanbury Street, The Old Truman Brewery, London.
When: Wednesday 12th-16th  December 2012 6-9pm.
Price: admission is free.

For more info please visit http://iconiclondon2012.com

Upcoming Event – Cityzenkane Exhibition, Rich Mix 3rd – 15th May 2012

http://www.flickr.com/photos/pgasston/5037475200/in/photosof-cityzenkane888/

If you’ve ever been down Brick Lane you may have noticed interesting alien like sculptures spinkled around on the walls. These creatures are the work of street artist  Cityzenkane. Lanky Girl was recently lucky enough to get an exclusive invite to his studio in East london and interview him about his work. Keep your eyes peeled for the video interview that I will be posting on the blog in coming week. Meet the man behind the mask….

He is also hosting his first public show of his work at Rich Mix from 3-15th  May 2012. See details of his exhibit here: http://www.richmix.org.uk/whats-on/event/cityzenkane-exhibition/

Cityzenkane Richmix May Third Final Flyer A5