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Take a ride on Husky with Kopparberg Cider



Fancy a free ride on a husky to work and a case of spiced apple cider? Then read on..

Swedish fruit cider brand, Kopparberg, is warming up the winter commute during the festive period by offering husky rides and warm Spiced Apple Kopparberg to workers on their way to and from the office. Dubbed ‘The Kopparberg Line’, the huskies will first provide a shortcut for commuters through London, offering journeys across Kennington Park.

In order to book a journey on the Kopparberg line, fans of the cider brand simply need to request a slot on Twitter or Facebook, messaging the Kopparberg UK official accounts using the #KopparbergMushHour hashtag.

Those lucky enough to win a trip will also be sent a case of Kopparberg Spiced Apple cider to warm up at home.

Send a festive message by displaying it on the BT Tower – #TweetsOnTheTower

BT_Tower -tweets on the tower

Christmas cards are so last century, if you want to send your friends or loved one’s a festive message send them a message via the BT Tower. This Christmas  BT will be giving  people the opportunity to display personal Christmas messages from the top of the BT Tower – in front of millions of Londoners across the capital.

So how can you get your message across? All you have to do is  tweet your Christmas message to @BT_UK with the #TweetsOnTheTower hashtag between 19th-21st December. 

Tweets should ideally be between 70 and 100 characters long. The best Tweets (in terms of content, humour, charm and relevance) will then be selected with the display going live from 4pm, each day.

12 Tweets will be displayed every 2 hours, with each Tweet having between 10 and 12 minutes of air time (Over 100 Tweets will be shown over the three day period).

If your tweet is selected you will be sent a  return tweet featuring a Vine video clip with their tweet on the Tower, which you can share with all your friends via social media.

DAY 7 – Visit the Vintage Christmas Fair At Queen Elizabeth Park this weekend


This weekend get into the Christmas spirit by going to the Vintage Christmas Fair and Real Ale festival set up on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Happening on Saturday and Sunday you will be able to enjoy a fun fair, roller disco, live music, food and drink and craft workshops.

Its Free entry so just turn up. Starts Friday 4-9pm then Saturday and Sunday from noon

For more info: http://queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk/events/2013/9/vintage-christmas-market-and-real-ale-festival

Day 6 – Download this Christmas Shopping Guide App

In a panic about where to start with your Christmas shopping? This handy app could be of help, just select the shops you want to visit and the app will tell you where to head to find all your favourite shops.

Click image to open interactive version (via TheTrainline.com).

Day 5 – Shutterbug Bizarre Xmas Pop Up – Thursday 5th December – Friday 20th December – FREE


Shoreditch’s creperie and cocktail bar Shutterbug will be launching a festive pop up today called Shutterbug Bizarre. The event space will celebrate the weird and wonderful of East London with festive food, specially made cocktails, performances and kid’s days on Saturdays. Available for group bookings and private hire during the evenings. There will also be live performances, film screenings and weekend children’s activities.

 Shutterbug will be making their famous signature crepes, with a special festive twist as well as jars of tasty mulled wine and bespoke Christmas cocktails to get everyone into the party spirit.The theme is East London, arty, eclectic and fun. Materials used are recycled, industrial and eccentric. Winter wonderland but without the chintz, slightly tongue-in-cheek look at xmas.
There will be also an opportunity to view work by artist and illustrator Cristina Guitian http://www.cristinaguitian.com/

Christmas in the shop windows of the West End

It seems that Christmas is in town and some of the shops in the West End have started to share the cheer. I always look forward to seeing what they come up with each year. Last wednesday walking back from the NowTV event I decided to make a little detour on the way home and see what was around.
The first thing I noticed was the giant snowglobe in the middle of Piccadilly Circus.
Walking down Piccadilly I stopped by Fortnum and Mason to see their Christmas windows. It looks like they have gone for quite a traditional feel this year.



Next, I decided to take a walk down Bond Street, I expected more shops to have made an effort but maybe it’s still quite early.
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Turning back onto Regent Street which has gone big this year.
Oxford Street seems to have taken a modern approach.

I’ll be heading out again towards the beginning of December so stay tuned for more Christmas window pics!

Check out the Lauren Baker Multimedia Show – Hang Up Gallery 7 Dec – 24 Jan 2013

Lauren Baker Show

I love discovering new artists so I was really pleased when I received information about Lauren Baker’s upcoming show at the Hang Up Gallery.  Just in time for the festive season, the exhibition promises an intoxicating combination of neon lightning bolts, gold plated fingers, a 6ft infinity coffin and a pumping heart sculpture to name a few.

The show will take you on a journey through Lauren’s Enchanted Afterlife series of beautifully hand painted, embellished human skulls and animal skulls and then onto The Storm, an appreciation of science in the form of an incredible sound and light installation set up in room two of the gallery. The production will incorporate lightning bolts, smoke and crackling thunder.

She has recently dressed the renowned Christmas windows of Selfridges, Harrods as well as Lily Allen and her sister Sarah Owen’s vintage clothing boutique ‘Lucy in Disguise’.

The show opens to the public the 7th December 2013 – Check out some of the pieces that she will be exhibiting below.

Jungle Lauren Baker Lauren-Baker-Lucius Khaos by Lauren Baker

Looking Back…What Lanky Girl got up to In London in 2012

How time has flown by! Now that another year has passed its time to look back on all the things that I did in London 2012. For me 2012 was a year of many changes! Lots of new experiences and discovering different parts of London I didn’t know about. Here is my year in pictures.

January – a trip to Koffman’s at the Berkerley

Herb Encrusted Lamb
Herb-crusted rump of lamb ( QUASI D’AGNEAU EN CROÛTE D’HERBE )

February – Scoop Fashion Show 2012

Scoop Fashion Show 2012
Scoop Fashion Show 2012

March – A trip to the Aquatic Centre At The Olympic Stadium

Aquatic Centre - Olympic Stadium
Aquatic Centre – Olympic Stadium

April – Lanky Girl takes part in The Big Egg Hunt 

Eggs Hunt
Eggs Hunt

May – Cityzenkane Exhibition at Richmix 2012

Cityzenkane Exhibition at Richmix 2012

June – Gangster Tour Of East London

Gangster tour of East London
Gangster tour of East London

July – Instituo Maragoni Graduate Fashion Show

Instituo Maragoni Graduate Fashion Show
Instituo Maragoni Graduate Fashion Show

August – A tour of Mayfair with The Grosvenor Estate 

Tour of Mayfair
Tour of Mayfair

September – London Fashion Week 2012

London Fashion Week
London Fashion Week

October – Taste By Appointment at Bread Street Kitchen 

Grey Goose - Taste By Appointment
Grey Goose – Taste By Appointment

November – Dinner at Mash Steakhouse Restaurant 

MAshsteak - Brewer Street
Mash steakhouse – Brewer Street

December – Christmas Market on the Southbank

Christmas Market Southbank
Christmas Market Southbank

So there you have it my year in photographs… I can’t wait to see what 2013 will bring!

Lanky Girl’s Advent Calender 21st Dec – Free Orchids Flower Giveaway on the Streets of East London

orchids exhibition

Art of Life, a group of Dutch pot orchid growers have unveiled a new exhibition of orchid inspired art at the Village Underground, Shoreditch, East London, to raise awareness about the versatility of the exotic beauties.

The 3D effect, photo realistic exhibition is available to view on the exterior walls of the cultural space on Great Eastern Street in Shoreditch until  Sunday 23rd December 2012. The exhibition promises to transform the gritty brick façade to showcase and create intrigue about the splendour of the striking floral variety.

From 11 am, Orchids will be given away to passers-by at the site in celebration of the work and the festive season! All you need to do to claim your orchid is share an image of the artwork using the hashtag #FloralFriday with your Twitter followers.

The Art of Life exhibition wall is available to view on the Great Eastern Street side of Village Underground by Holywell Lane, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3PQ.

To find more please visit www.facebook.com/orchidsinfoUK

Lanky Girl’s Advent calender 2012 – 13th-17th December Freebies in London

So it seems I have apologies to make its been a bit of a crazy week so  rather difficult to keep up with this. However, I have finally got a few mins to get you up to date on things to do, see and buy before Christmas is upon us. Argh! These events are not time sensitive by the way 🙂

13th December 2012  – Check new burger restaurant @BRGRCOSOHO

Originally from Lebanon this restaurant packs a punch in the meat eater stakes.

hmmm burgers

14th December 2012 – Mastercard Holder?  Free ice skating with Priceless London on the South Bank

Priceless London is offering MasterCard cardholders up to 4 tickets to Eyeskate at the EDF Energy London Eye – absolutely free! This offer is valid from Monday to Friday at two sessions, 10am and 11am, from Tuesday 11th December until Sunday 6th January excluding 25th December.

London Eye Skating

15th December 2012 – Book FREE tickets to Kew Gardens this Christmas!  

From the the 22nd December & 4th January Entry is free to Kew Gardens, just book your ticket here!


16th December 2012 – Check out Southbank Centre’s Winter Festival Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre Christmas Market
Southbank Centre Christmas Market

 (16 November – 7 January) sees Southbank Centre’s 21-acre site transformed with blue neon lights and festive art installations, providing a picturesque backdrop to a range of events for everyone to delight in. Highlights include Meow Meow’s Little Match Girl, the UK premiere of award-winning international cabaret sensation Meow Meow’s dark twist on the classic winter tale; the much-anticipated return of Slava’s Snowshow, a Chaplinesque show by Cirque du Soleil star Julien Cottereau and Wayne Hemingway’s A Vintage New Year’s Eve Party.

17th December 2012 – Customize your clothes @boxpark during a 5 day pop-up shop by @WakeupCampaign