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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?

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

Things to do this Diamond Jubilee Bank holiday

Finally the Diamond Jubilee Bank holiday is here! (Thanks Queenie) London and the rest of the UK looks set to be transformed with street parties, festivals and bunting galore! Take this four-day weekend as an excuse to enjoy the lovely and vibrant city we live in. Here are my handpicked recommendations for things to do this weekend. Remember I’m always posting new things to do on my social media pages so make  sure you follow me on facebook and twitter to keep up to date.

Friday 1st of June

Musical Bingo with Jess Indeedy in Balham. Musical bingo is kind of like normal bingo, except instead of calling out numbers they play songs! http://www.musical-bingo.com/page3.htm

Electrolux – The Cube – Booking opens: if you haven’t heard about it yet The Cube is a concept where from the 1st of June – 3rd September you will be able to eat at the most exclusive restaurant in town. Catering to only 18 diners,  six chefs have been handpicked from around the British Isles. With eight Michelin stars between them, each will present a unique menu inspired by the season and setting, demonstrating the crafting of every delicious dish. See Tom Kitchin, Claude Bosi, and Daniel Clifford in action. For more info http://www.electrolux.co.uk/cube/london

Saturday 2nd June 2012

Cake, Rattle and Roll at the Newburgh Quarter Jubilee Street Party: The  Newburgh Quarter in Carnaby comes alive on Saturday 2nd June, 12pm until 4pm, for a shopping and eating extravaganza. Things to look forward to: Enjoy a piece of  Choccywoccydoodahs spectacular diamond jubilee cake at 3pm outside their shop. Live music from Carmen Ghia and her Hotrods, jive dancing from 12 noon and  complimentary strawberries and cream from the outdoor tricycles. For more info visit: http://www.carnaby.co.uk/events/events_item.cfm?id=374

The King’s Speech – Free Outdoor Screening 9.30pm : As part of the festivities happening in Queen’s Park the Nomad cinema will be having a sunset screening of THE KING’S SPEECH. http://thelexicinema.co.uk/2012/05/27/kings-speech-free-outdoor-screening/

Henry Moore – Large forms at The Gagosian Gallery 

Thursday, 31 May–Saturday, 18 August 2012

A major exhibition of the late artist’s  large-scale works housed inside. Some of his work is available to the public for the first time.


Jewels in the Crown competition at the Exchange Shopping Centre in Putney.  The Exchange pays homage to Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee by offering visitors the chance to win their very own diamond ring – simply by guessing the amount of Jewels in the Crown situated in the shopping centre to be in with a chance of winning. For more info visit: (https://www.facebook.com/TheExchangeSW15).

Sunday 3rd June 2012

Street party Galore! 

The Book Club – Jubilee Street Party: The Book Club will takeover Leonard Street and the Leonard Street Car Park to celebrate The Diamond Jubilee, marking 60 years of The Queen’s reign. Bunting, beer, baking, bowler hats and brass bands. Fore more info: http://www.wearetbc.com/the-royal-jubilee-street-party/

Duke of York Diamond Jubilee Tea party: “this is sure to be London’s most extravagant tea party in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Replicated on the infamous Buckingham Palace Garden Parties, the festivities kick off at 11.30am until 6pm with live coverage of the Thames River Pageant on our enormous LCD screen. With over 300 seats, pull up a chair on the day at the Royal Table and be served by the ‘Royal Footmen’”. For more info: http://www.dukeofyorksquare.com/events/diamond-jubilee-3rd-june/

Art of Dining Pop up“Fit For a Queen” – a royal, culinary knees up to celebrate 60 years of Her Majesty’s reign. The Art of Dining’s next pop-up dining experience will be a jubilant celebration of all things HRH. Hosted at the Sugarhouse Studios, E15, on June the 3rd, 4th and 5th “Fit For a Queen” promises to be yet another tantalising mix of set design and food, and an added bonus for a special occasion; a royal film screening.

Tickets cost 25 pounds and the bar will be open till 1am.

For more info: http://theartofdining.co.uk/AOD/popup/

 Callooh Callay Kings and Queen’s Knees Up: You can be the Queen of Hearts, the King of Rock and Roll or even the King of the Jungle… whatever takes your fancy. There’ll be Free Punch for those who dress to impress opening from 6pm – 1am with DJ’s from 8pm. There will also a Royal themed photo booth live streaming to Facebook. Entry is free and lucky party goers will receive a free cut and blow dry from Tommy guns if they RSVP in advance. For more info: http://www.calloohcallaybar.com/events/diamond-jubilee-kings-queens-knees-up/

For more events to celebrate the queen’s Diamond Jubilee Visit http://pinterest.com/lankygirl/diamond-jubilee-events-in-london/

Things to do in London This Weekend

It was really difficult  to narrow down things to do in London. It is one hell of a JAM PACKED weekend. From Fashion week to festivals you have no excuse not to get out there and see what London has to offer.

London Fashion Week, September 16 – 21, Various Venues

Image for London fashion WeekLondon Fashion Week needs no introduction. It is the highlight of the Fashion industry’s calendar and where the new trends for the coming year are revealed.

However, you don’t have to be a fashion editor to take part. Time Out has a great calendar showing events that are open to all.

Open House London – 17 – 18 September, Various Venues

Open House London Picture Open House London is back!  This weekend 700+ 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.

You can download a copy of the listings  here.

For more information please visit http://www.londonopenhouse.org/index.html

London Design Festival, 17th – 25th September, across London

London Design Festival Picture Looking for inspiration? With hundreds of events taking place across London over a packed nine days you will be spoilt for choice. The festival, running in its ninth year will be a vast array of creative events, exhibitions, and installations taking place across London.

Lanky girl recommends visiting “The Dock, hosted by Tom Dixon and sponsored by Derwent London, which will be an epicentre for design innovation. During the London Design Festival 2011 visitors can expect indoor, outdoor, food and water-based installations, exhibitions and on-the-spot workshops and demonstrations. With over twenty-five exhibitors including, Aston Martin, Moooi, Lladro, The Floating Cinema, Print Club London, Designers in Residence, Piet Hein Eek and Innocent Drinks”.

For more information please visit http://www.londondesignfestival.com/

Brick Lane Music Festival, Saturday 17th-18th September, 14.00-23.00, The Old Truman Brewery

Brick Lane Poster from facebook The Brick Lane Music Festival is five years old! For two whole days you can listen to some of the UK’s best independent bands and DJs. Taking place across five venues; Big Chill Bar, Vibe Bar, Café 1001, Rhythm Factory and All Star Lanes. Best of all it is FREE! (Charitable donations will be collected.)

For more information please visit http://www.facebook.com/BLMusicFestival?ref=mf

Free Gelato from La Gelatiera, 18th September, Covent Garden.

La Gelataria Picture of Gelato

To celebrate the opening of their new ice cream parlour in Covent Garden, La Gelatiera will be giving away free samples of their ice cream. Roll up! Roll up! And get there early before they sell out!

For more information visit http://www.lagelatiera.co.uk/


Degas and the Ballet: Picturing Movement, 17th September, Royal Academy Of Arts

Degas and the Ballet: Picturing Movement

Opening tomorrow is a landmark exhibition focusing on Degas love of the ballet and movement which was the inspiration of many of his works throughout his career. If you are a fan of his work this exhibition should not be missed!

For more information please visit http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibitions/degas/

Hackney Wick Festival, 17-18 September, Hackney Wick

“Hackney Wick Festival is a free community event, celebrating London’s most creative district. Discover music, dance, theatre, art & design, food and more”.

For more information please visit http://www.hackneywickfestival.org.uk/

Stockwell Festival, 17th September, 1-6pm, Larkhall Park

Great for the kids, the theme of the festival this year is peace, cohesion and Inclusion. Larkhall Park & Playground, Oasis Nature Garden, Go Kart track and Adventure Playground will be filled with an array of accessible activities to keep the whole family entertained.

For more information please visit http://www.stockwell.org.uk/pages/festival10.html

Poplar Festival, 17th September, Bartlett Park

“The Poplar Festival is a community event run by Poplar HARCA celebrating the best of Poplar and its residents. This year is also the 60th anniversary of the Festival of Britain.

The festival starts with a Parade at Chrisp Street Market at midday, which makes its way to Bartlett Park for 1pm.

There’s fantastic Live music, Vintage area with the Lady Luck tent with Jive Classes, Free 50’s make over, 50’s tombola, Vibrant community parade, Musical Bingo, advice and information from local community groups, Free massages and health and well being advice, Dr Bike, traditional fun fair rides”!

For more information please visit http://www.dlrlondon.co.uk/ThingsToDoDetails.aspx?id=8916

Things To do This Bank Holiday Weekend

It’s Friday baby! Yes Sir me bob, time to relax, kick back and enjoy the long weekend. Okay so it is raining but don’t let that dampen your fun. Plenty of things on this weekend and here are Lanky Girl’s top picks!


Swedish Fika Parlor Pop Up, 12.30 – 2.30pm, Soho Square

In Sweden Fika means “coffee break” and the Swedish love them! Get down to Soho Square for the last day of this pop up parlour where you can enjoy free coffee and Cake. Something nice and sweet to perk up your lunch break.

To book a table at the Fika pop-up parlour, email reservations@fikasquare.co.uk.


SW4 Electronic Festival, Saturday and Sunday, Clapham Common

With an amazing line up of all your favourite Electronic musicians Sw4 returns with a Bang! Catch Underworld on Saturday or Pendulum on Sunday. A festival not to be  missed!

Buy your tickets and see the line up at http://www.southwestfour.com  

London Fields Brewery Launch party, 27th to Monday 29th August from 11am to 11pm, 374 Helmsley Place, E8 3SB

A new brewery opening in London Fields! Woohoo! For all you ale lovers here is a chance to try one of their five distinct ales as well as enjoy live jazz and folk and blues music. As well as sample their food offerings: bbq chicken, halloumi, sausages, lovely salads, a wood fired pizza oven and a Hog Roast on the Sunday. Phew! it’s going to jam packed!

For more information visit http://www.londonfieldsbrewery.co.uk/2011/08/launch-party/

Notting Hill Carnival, 28th and 29th, Notting Hill

There were fears this year the Carnival would be cancelled but it seems to be going ahead yay! For those who don’t know about the carnival…
“Held each August Bank Holiday since 1966, the Notting Hill Carnival is the largest festival celebration of its kind in Europe. Every year the streets of West London come alive, with the sounds and smells of Europe’s biggest street festival. Twenty miles of vibrant colourful costumes surround over 40 static sound systems, hundreds of Caribbean food stalls,(make sure you visit Mama’s Jerk Station, on the corner of Portobello Rd and Oxford Gardens) over 40,000 volunteers and over 1 million Notting Hill carnival revellers.”

For more information visit http://www.thenottinghillcarnival.com/

Wrangler Notting Hill After Party, Notting Hill

Ssh… if you can get into this exclusive after party then do! Its bound to be lots off fun!

The Alternative Village Fete 2011, 28th Aug 1pm – 5.30pm & 29th Aug 1pm – 4pm, National Theatre Southbank

The Fete returns to the National Theatre’s Watch this Space Festival for the fourth consecutive year as part of the all-new It’s Great Outdoors! event put together byhome live art and Clare Patey. A riotous bank holiday weekend promises radical craft makers, quirky produce stalls and innovative performances offering a modern, urban twist on tradition within the South Bank’s concrete jungle.

For more information please visit http://homeliveart.com/current-projects/145–alternative-village-fete


Slow Food Bring Your Own Picnic, 12:00pm, Parliament Hill

Slow Food are hosting a bring your own picnic in Parliament hill. it’s a chance to find out about what Slow Food is about and to meet new people. Hopefully the weather will be nice!

For more information visit http://slowfoodlondon.blogs.com/general/


Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair, Old Spitalfields Market

“Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair offers a selection of vintage, re-worked and hand made stalls all hand-picked by fashion experts and price checked to ensure shoppers are paying up to 75% less than high street prices for their vintage”.

For more information visit http://www.oldspitalfieldsmarket.com/events/judys-vintage-fair-29th-aug.html

This weekend in London

So it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts but there is plenty to do this weekend. Hopefully the weather will hold up. By the way if you have any interesting events you would like me mention please email me at thelondonperspective@gmail.com.

For Foodies

Real food festival – 5th – 8th May 2011, Earls Court

The Real Food festival returns to London for the 4th year running. For all discerning foodies this a chance for you to sample treats from over 400 producers. There will be live music, workshops, tastings and debates. Also a chance to dine in pop-up restaurant Mrs Paisley’s Lashings.

For more information visit http://www.realfoodfestival.co.uk/

Brick Lane Curry Festival – This Sunday 8th May  – 15th May 2011

Brick Lane is Mecca for every curry enthusiast. This sunday a myriad of quality curry houses are hosting a day of events, stalls and festive treats to give you anything and everything to get stuck in to if you’re a fan of all things hot. This will be complemented by music and street performances. The event starts at 12pm and carries on till 8pm.

Tea & Coffee Festival – Sun May 8, Southbank Centre Square

Tea and coffee drinkers unite to celebrate their drinking habits. As well as sampling different types of tea and coffee you will able to try tea & coffee based cocktails, tea & coffee flavoured macaroons, churros with mocha sauce, coffee flavoured cheese cakes and more!

For more information visit http://www.teacoffeefestival.com/

For Art Lovers

Collect at Saatchi – Until  May 8, Saatchi Gallery

“COLLECT provides a unique opportunity to view and buy the best contemporary craft from the most prestigious international galleries, all within the stunning setting of the Saatchi Gallery on the King’s Road, London”.

For more information please visit http://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/collect/

For Techie types

Digital Shoreditch

“Digital Shoreditch is voice of everything digital that happens in Shoreditch. The festival opens up the debate on the impact and importance of digital technologies across a wide cross section of industries; nurturing and connecting the digital community; providing a platform to build links and share digital best practice, and positioning Shoreditch firmly at the heart of digital innovation. The activity culminates on 3rd-7th May, 2011, where Shoreditch will be transformed into a digital playground with late-night parties, open studios, eye-catching displays, lighting up buildings, gigs, conferences, workshops, real-world interactive installations, and augmented reality games”.

For more information please visit http://digitalshoreditch.com/

For Home bodies

Grand Designs Live 2011, Until 8th May 2011, Excel Centre

Looking to do some spring changes to your house or Garden then get on down to the excel centre where over 500 exhi exhibitors covering interiors, gardens, home improvements, self-build, renovations, technology and shopping will be showing all the newest ways to spruse up your pad.

For more information please visit http://www.granddesignslive.com/