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Things to do this Bank holiday Weekend in London – 23rd – 25th August 2013

Woop! let the count down begin…. four day weekend – yes baby! Are you ready? What are your plans? None? Well let me help. Here is a list of things you could be getting your teeth stuck into this bank holiday weekend in London.


Friday 23rd Aug – Eat! Eat! Eat! At Street Feast’s Friday and Saturdays in Dalston:


Saturday 24th Aug 2013 – Fieldtrip – East London tour

For one day only arm yourself with your smartphone and the field trip app and explore East London finding fun surprises on the way. http://www.fieldtripper.com/fieldtripday/london/

Sat 24th/25th Aug – Attend a Ghanaian – inspired pop up festival on Dalston Roof top



Urban Shakespeare: Watch Hamlet in car park in Brixton:



Saturday 24th Aug – Segaaaa! Battle other gamers at Phillips retro gaming event in Broadway Market:


Saturday 24th Aug – Buy some lovely handmade goods at the Hush House Creative Super Market at The Bussey Building in Peckham


Sunday 25th Aug – Go alcohol free at Redemption Alcohol-Free Sunday Pop up Bar at Netil House in Hackney:


Sunday 25th Aug celebrate Sunday in style with live music, cocktail classes and a special summer menu at The Gilbert Scott Gala


Check back here tomorrow for things to do on Bank Holiday Monday! 

Fashion in Motion: Fyodor Golan at the V&A

When this dropped into my inbox I just had to share it with my followers. On Friday 7 December 2012 , fashion design duo Fyodor Golan are coming to the Victoria & Albert Museum for a series of fashion shows as part of Fashion In Motion.  In 2010, Fyodor Podgorny and Golan Frydman debuted with their A/W 12 collection Pagan Poetry and in 2011 they won the Fashion Fringe award with their collection Flowers of Evil.

Fyodor Golan – Catwalking.com

If you’ve always wanted to experience the excitement of fashion show then you must attend one of these FREE Events.

Tickets will be  available from Monday 26 November at 09.00. To book, call 020 7942 2820

For more information visit: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/f/fashion-in-motion-fyodor-golan/

Surviving in London As A Student, Ten Cheap and Free Things To Do and Save Money


Having just graduated, I know a thing or two about trying to survive on a limited budget as a student in London. With the cost of living going up its getting tougher and I remember times when I had to choose between going out and paying my council tax. Having less money meant I became very good at sussing out a freebie and getting more bang for my buck and so can you!  Here are my top 10 free and cheap things to do in London as a student. If your not a student there are still some tips that you can use.

  1.  Okay so most of us like to look nice, but did you know apart from going to Primark there are other ways that you can save a pound or two on your shopping splurges. Now most of us are aware of  Secret Sales, Brandalley, Cocosa which are all great discount shopping websites (if not take note) but have you heard about  Unidays? Its just for students and allows you to get a 10-20% discount at many shops from Office to Paul’s Boutique.
  2. Eating out? and want to do it cheaply but don’t want to eat rubbish. You don’t have to only eat at Nando’s, Strada  and Pizza Express! Invest in a tastecard which gives you gives 50% off or 2 for 1 meals at 6600+ restaurants across the UK. Now if your too broke to fork out for a card then sign up for 30 day trial card which is free and then when that expires get another friend to do the same. Ermm …didn’t hear that from me.
  3. Like doing reviews? Have you heard of Qype or Yelp? Well you should definitely check these review sites out for free socials that they put on for members which could involve getting to try a new restaurant or learning a new craft.  Check out my post on visiting Kerbisher and Malt fish n chip shop.
  4. Mastercard Priceless London events are free and exclusive (lots of complimentary  booze and wine) and  they tend to range from after hour openings at Museums like the V&A to the odd intimate concert.
  5. Industry events. If fancy yourself as a future banker or IT professional then these are good for a bit of networking  then you should join a Meetup. Talks put on by companies can prove inciteful about the industry and they usually provide free food and nibbles. Those wanting to work in the City should check out Squaremile Magazine  as they often have free champagne soirees and launch events.
  6. Art buff? then sign up to mailing lists of all the galleries whose art you admire and look out for their opening night receptions. These are often the day before an exhibit opens to the public and there is usually free wine 🙂
  7. Twitter searches. Not a full proof way to find free things to do in London but you can often strike it lucky by searching for terms such as “free London” “event” “invite”.
  8. Cheap theatre tickets? Most theatres have a standby rate selling unsold seats for about 70% discount an hour before the show to personal callers at the box-office with valid student ID. Also the National theatre Entry Pass scheme allows  members to buy tickets to workshops and productions for just £5 pounds.
  9. For those hidden designer gems, try charity shops in upmarket areas as they often have the best cast offs. Try Pimlico, Highgate and Oxford CircusThe Salvation Army store at 9 Princes Street, W1, is one of  my favourites. It’s located just around the corner from the office of Vogue on Hanover Square – Go figure.
  10. Follow me on twitter to keep up with all the freebies I’ll be re-tweeting!


FREE Macs-Salon Event – Pampered in Paradise, Kensal Rise

MACS are hosting a FREE beauty event in Paradise By Way of Kensal Green pub on Friday 28th September. Pampered in Paradise will be an evening of free cocktails, canapés and above all, beauty.

Macs will be offering For FREE manicures, pedicures, eyebrow and eyelash grooming as well as hair and colour advice  and once you have got ourself all dolled up by the Mac team you make your way to the dance floor for a bit of a boogie to the tunes of DJ Lou & Nova.

Time 6.30pm
Date: 28th September 2012
To get in RSVP to info@macs-salon.co.uk

Date For Your Diary – Big Draw, Big Make Event at The V&A Museum, Sunday 30th September 2012


On Sunday 30th September 2012 from 11.00am the V&A will be launching Big Draw 2012. Enjoy talks and demonstrations by top designers Sir Nicholas Grimshaw and Richard Seymour, illustrator Quentin Blake and cartoonist Gerald Scarfe.

Visit pop-up studios to invent products for the future, design new buildings, illustrate fashion or books. Play collaborative digital drawing games, get portfolio advice from experts, and watch seven teams of top cartoonists cross pencils in the Battle of the Cartoonists and meet CBeebies star Mister Maker.

Big Draw 2012 is a festival of over 1000 events taking place across the UK and in 20 other countries throughout October. For more information about Big Draw 2012 visit www.campaignfordrawing.org

You can download the programme here.

All activities are free, but some require advance booking.

For more information please visit http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/1868/big-draw-big-make-3044/

Things To Do In London This Weekend, 20th – 23rd September 2012

People always say to me that they don’t know what to do with their weekend, well this weekend you have no excuse, there is so much going on in London that it would be a CRIME to stay inside. So here is lanky girls handpicked not to miss events this weekend! I also post new things to do in London daily so make sure you are following me on twitter and facebook.

Thursday 20th September, 2012

Designersblock 2012, 20th- 23rd Sept 2012, 10am-7pm , Southbank Centre. Launches tonight! Expect to see various international designers including graduates from Kingston, Goldsmiths and Central Saint Martins showcasing their work in the great Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall on the Southbank. You’ll see many types of modern design including constructed paper lighting, lace etched mirrors, macs that measure rainfall and much more. Entry is free with pre-registration.


Starting today and until Monday 23rd September, Vodafone London Fashion Weekend is the consumer event that follows directly on from London Fashion Week, using the same exhibition and catwalk venue. Vodafone London Fashion Weekend is essentially a designer shopping event, where members of the public can shop from designers of London Fashion Week calibre, from the high-profile to the emerging, at reduced prices.

Friday 21st September 2012

The East Ender Festival, @ Village Underground & Holywell Carpark, Shoreditch
The East Ender Festival is kicking off on Friday 21st September and runs until Sunday 23rd September, gates open at 1pm until 4am, except on Sunday when the gates close at 1am. The line-up is a stonker! Including JJ Doom (Featuring Mf Doom), Doc Daneeka, Mad Professor & Ariwa Posse, Prince Fatty, Norman Jay, Arp 101/Darling Farah and Cooly G!

Westfield Stratford City 1st Birthday celebrations kick off today and will be on all weekend! Freebies Galore! There will be Circus entertainers including jugglers, magicians, mime artists and more, Candy floss & popcorn machines, Cake pops, Photo booths, and shop discounts. Take the kids a long for a bit of fun. #sponsored by Westfield




London Design Festival, 14-23 September 2012. Looking for inspiration? With hundreds of events taking place across London over the weekend you will be spoilt for choice. The festival, running in its 10th year will be a vast array of creative events, exhibitions, and installations taking place across the city.

Saturday & Sunday 21st -22nd September 2012

Pop Up Screens is entering it’s final weekend… the season of Pop Up love ends with the brilliant ‘Toy Story 3’ on Saturday evening and the almighty ‘Dark Knight‘ on Sunday.
Both films will be screened in South Park, near Parsons Green. Doors open at 7pm and the films will start at 8.30pm. Tickets cost 8 pounds in advance.


Open House London is back! Hundreds of London’s most beautiful and interesting buildings will be throwing open their doors to the public for free. The vast majority of buildings are on a turn-up-on-the day basis. However, due to limited capacity or the nature of the site, certain buildings require pre-booking. Free copies of the programme will be available from libraries in participating London boroughs. Look through the directory here.

Bowl Of Chalk do guided walks in London, and best of all … you can ‘pay what you want’. Whether you’ve just stepped off the plane, or lived in London your whole life, a Bowl Of Chalk ‘pay what you want’ walking tour is a great way to discover, uncover, unlock and experience London.

The British are embracing baking like never before, it’s become one of our biggest growing trends and to celebrate this, the UK’s first baking exhibition, The Cake and Bake Show launches at Earls Court on the 22nd -23rd September 2012.  The Cake and Bake Show offers something for everyone with an array of features that will appeal to home bakers and professionals alike.



The Merge Festival runs from now until 21 Oct. Music, art & 6 drawing robots! Head to London’s Bankside.

Saturday 21st September 2012

The Bermondsey Street Festival is an annual event, now in its 6th year. It’s a traditional village fete, but with a heavy dose of contemporary Bermondsey thrown in. This year it will have maypole dancing, fashion and dog shows plus an outdoor cinema at from 11am till late.

Stockwell Festival is in Larkhall Park with live music, comedy and cabaret plus market stalls, art activities, an inflatable village, fun fair, food and more from 11.45am-6pm .

Sunday, 22nd September 2012

WHO loves them some scallops! check out Scallop Sunday this weekend! Scallop Sunday is a Hackney feast presented by Maltby Street’s Cornish Grill and Burnt Enz featuring 1.5k hand-dived scallops, all to be caught that morning in Dorset, then whisked to you in the quickest sea-to-plate time “the capital has ever seen”. http://me.lt/3Fvic


VERY exciting! To launch Borderlands Game you can have a free bungee jump from a Brick Lane Crane this Sunday?

This weekend… Final Season of Pop Up Screens


This weekend is your last chance to catch a film put on by Pop Up Screens, A nice end to the summer don’t you think!

On the 22nd of September in Parsons Green/ Fulham the family favourite Toy Story 3 will be screened, and on the 23rd of September get set to watch Heath Ledgers stunning and sadly penultimate performance in The Dark Knight.

Doors open at 7pm with the film kicking off at 8.30pm. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.popupscreens.co.uk for £8, or a weekender pass to see all three films at any one location will set you back £20.

 Also cinema goers will be treated to pre-film en­tertainment with stand up comedian Helen Arney, poet Dan Simpson and digital art from the Live Project. There are also rumours that a couple of acoustic singers will be putting in an appearance.

Date For Your Diary – St Martin’s Courtyard Global Food Festival – Saturday 14th July

Cantina Laredo guacamole demonstration

This weekend  St Martin’s Courtyard in Covent Garden, London will pay tribute to the cultural diversity of London with a free Global Food Festival on Saturday 14th July 12-5pm.

Each of the six restaurants from St Martin’s Courtyard will be representing their country with food, drink and entertainment in the open air courtyard.

Taste your way around the world as part of this celebration of food, drink and culture.  All six restaurants; Bill’s, Cantina Laredo, Dishoom, Dalla Terra, Jamie’s Italian and Suda, will be hosting tastings, demonstrations and activities, transforming St Martin’s Courtyard into a vibrant open air street food market in the heart of London.

Highlights include a pop-up tequila cocktail bar, a hog roast, Thai street food, a big brass band, Italian wine tasting, cream teas and a Mexican mariachi band. 


This is a great event for food lovers everywhere and definitely shouldn’t  be missed!

For more information please visit www.stmartinscourtyard.co.uk

London Paradise Gardens Opening, Saturday 30th June, The Docklands

This Saturday don’t miss what will be a spectacular event. The London Pleasure Gardens Paradise Gardens in the Docklands will be finally opening. Visitors can expect o be entertained by a pyrotechnic theatre, live music & DJs, epic visual arts, pop-up performances, sideshows, the Silly Olympics, a village fete, a Ballroom, a vintage funfair, a craft market, cocktail bar and specialist food from around the world… Phew! It all kicks off at 1pm.

A great day out for all the family and best of all it is FREE!

The Days Events:

  • The World Famous present Silo D: A spectacular theatrical pyrotechnics performance part of the London 2012 Festival.
  • The Ballroom Tea Dance with London Swingdance Society with DJs, Club and Cabaret Events.
  • Solution Sound System in session with Manasseh, Fatman Sound & Ital Horns.
  • Cabaret legend Ida Barr – Guinness World Record attempt for the largest ever Hokey Cokey.

On stage singing will be:

Alabama 3 / The Correspondants / BADBADNOTGOOD / Ragga Twins

Ska Cubano / Musical Youth / Hypnotic Brass Ensemble / Sam and the Womp

The Boxettes / Disreali and the Small Gods / The Soothsayers + much more

For more information please visit http://www.londonpleasuregardens.com/paradisegardens

Upcoming Mastercard Priceless London Events – Dates for Your diary!

Lanky Girl has been given the heads up on some MasterCard Priceless London Events coming soon. For those who don’t know these FREE Priceless Nights are part of MasterCard’s Priceless London programme, which offers all MasterCard holders that register on PricelessLondon.co.uk exclusive experiences and privileged access to the very best of the capital’s music, theatres, museums, restaurants, retail, sport and attractions.

Those who are lucky enough to bag a ticket will be greeted with complimentary champagne and canapes on arrival and able to experience the event in a relaxed atmosphere away from the crowds. You can read about one I attended here.

So coming up, make sure you are registered to know when to book!

Monday 18th June – Ballgowns: British Glamour since 1950 – The V&A


The first of these events will take place at the beautiful V&A museum and will focus on the hugely popular exhibition Ballgowns: British Glamour since 1950. As well as seeing some of the most beautiful gowns that have been made in the last 70 years, guests will also be treated to an exclusive introductory curator talk before experiencing the collection in an intimate group of MasterCard guests.

Thursday 5th July – Launchpad – The Science Museum 

This event gives MasterCard holders the chance to learn some amazing facts on science from museum scientists and experience a series of thrilling workshops. Guests will be led through an adventure of science and space with talks on physics and chemistry as well as access to unseen exhibits and exclusive workshops, all in the company of just a few fellow guests.

 Wednesday 18th July – British Design: 1948-2012 – The V&A


The final event returns to the famous V&A museum for a night celebrating the best of British design. Featuring the pinnacle of post-war British design excellence from the 1948 ‘austerity games’ to the summer of 2012, the exhibition reveals how British designers have responded to economic, political and cultural forces that have fundamentally shaped how we live today. With an exclusive curator talk and inspiring entertainment, this is an amazing opportunity to view one of the major exhibitions of 2012 away from the crowds.

Please visit http://www.mastercard.co.uk/priceless-cities/london/ for more information.