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OpenTable IS offering East Londoners a free breakfast with a #FridayFreebie

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NO such thing as free lunch? Well on Friday morning get yourself down to Old Street Station this Friday (11th July) from 07:00-09:30am for just that a free lunch!

All you need to do is flash the OpenTable app (free to download) on your smartphone and you will be rewarded with a breakfast treat of your choice from one of four shops located in the station.

The OpenTable team will be on hand to greet commuters and hand out tokens which can be exchanged for an orange juice, a coffee, a bacon roll or a coconut mylk drink.

Date for your tastebuds – Feast Food Festival – Sat 17th May

feastAttention tastebuds the Feast is back! Feast In The Fields all dayer returns to London Fields on Saturday 17th May for it’s first summer outting – ‘Handcrafted In Hackney’.

The festival will feature some of  London’s favourite street food offerings including; Thank Cluck, Polish Deli London, Better Health Bakery, Tacu Tacu, 7 Bridges Deli, and Square Pie.

In addition to the great food & drink on offer, there will be something for the whole family to enjoy with; street performers, cookery demonstrations, eating competitions and games for the kids (of all ages).

WHAT: Feast In The Fields all dayer

WHEN: Saturday 17th May

TIMES: 12pm-4am

WHERE: London Fields Brewhouse, Railway Arches 369-370, Helmsley Place, E8 3SB

PRICE: Entry £4

WEBSITE: http://www.feastinthefields.co.uk

 

London food discovery – The Biscuiteers Bakery and Icing Cafe, Notting Hill

The Biscuiteers - Notting Hill
The Biscuiteers – Notting Hill

I first discovered The Biscuiteers Icing Cafe and shop when I was looking for gourmet biscuits to give a friend for her birthday. The Biscuiteers is a boutique icing cafe and bakery on Kensington Park Road. The Biscuiteers Icing Cafe first opened their doors in 2012 and as well as selling bespoke biscuits they also host drop in icing sessions, children’s icing parties and teach icing courses if you want to recreate your own bespoke biscuits.

After telling a friend from work about my discovery we both decided to make our way down to Notting Hill one  Sunday afternoon to check out the cafe.

The cafe itself is quite small and is filled with delicious biscuits of all shapes and sizes. We sat down towards the back and started by ordering some hot chocolate to warm up from the cold. We were greeted with the sounds of a children’s icing party that was taking place below. For 15 pounds we were allowed to choose 3 already baked biscuit shapes each and were presented with an array of coloured icing and sweets to decorate. You can see our efforts below and I must say that we both had a really good time. My attempt at icing the dog didn’t go very well but I was quite proud of my iced man.

Once we we finished icing our biscuits they were taken away to be baked before we they were presented back to us to take home in a cutest little box (I gave my boyfriend mine as a present). If you are looking for something to do in London on a rainy afternoon I recommend you pay them a visit!

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Our biscuit shapes

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Icing classes at the Biscuiteers Cafe

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Inside the Biscuiteers cafe

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Lobster shaped biscuits

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A biscuit man called Lars

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Iced biscuits by lanky girl

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Iced cup and fish

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Biscuiteers rocket iced biscuits

The Biscuiteers,

194 Kensington Park Road
London
W11 2ES

London food discovery – Cafe Phillies, Kensington

It’s March already! This month is going scarily fast, February was a fantastic month for making some awesome discoveries in London. Early in February I met a friend for brunch in Kensington. The last time I was in Kensington was to reviewFFionas Restaurant so it was nice to come back and see what else the area had to offer.

Cafe Phillies is a small all day cafe/bistro situated off Kensington High Street and with a decidedly neighbourhood feel and a bit of a European twist. We arrived just before lunchtime and found it buzzing with locals catching up with friends and others working on their laptops in a corner.

We both ordered from the breakfast menu. My friend chose the benedict which is two soft poached eggs on top of a toasted muffin & hollandaise sauce and spinach. Whilst I chose scrambled eggs, thickly cut bacon on toast – both dishes were simple but well prepared and very tasty.

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Scrambled egg, bacon on toast

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The Benedict at Cafe Philles

If you do find yourself in Kensington anytime soon do stop there for a bite to eat.

Café Phillies 
2A Phillimore Gardens
London W8 7QB
020 7938 1890

Better Bankside Annual Pancake Race, Tuesday, March 4 – 12noon – 2pm

Here’s another pancake event to add to your diaries…

The capital’s largest Pancake Day race is set to return this Shrove Tuesday as Better Bankside once again hosts its annual Pancake Flipping Charity Relay Race on behalf of Paintings in Hospitals.

Following the success of last year’s Pancake Day race  members of the Bankside community will once again show their pancake-tossing skills in Borough Market’s Jubilee Market in a bid to be crowned the best pancake tosser London!

The event will be taking place  between 12pm and 2pm, with races taking place at 12.30pm, the Bankside event will celebrate all things pancakes, with many of Borough Market’s traders offering a variety of the traditional treats – from classic lemon and sugar to modern-day savoury twists. In addition, local buskers Ste and Lew will be joining the festivities with their eclectic sound, providing entertainment to onlookers, shoppers and participants.

Money raised during the event will be donated to local charity ‘Paintings in Hospitals’, which lends original works of art to hospitals, hospices and other healthcare facilities throughout the UK.

For further information or to enter a team into the annual Pancake Day race, please visit http://www.betterbankside.co.uk/events/4th-march-better-bankside-annual-charity-pancake-day-race

Free Pancake Festival – 4th March 2014

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Its time to get flipping those Pancakes because next Tuesday(4th March) is Pancake day! Yay! To ensure you have a flipping good Pancake Day Lyle’s Golden Syrup® will be treating Londoners to a free pancake festival on Phipp Street in East London.

The pancake festival will feature a number of food stalls and trucks serving up hundreds of complimentary pancakes drizzled with a variety of tasty toppings, including the much loved Lyle’s Golden Syrup! Festival goers will also be treated to expert cookery demonstrations and other delicious goodies to take away.

The Lyle’s Golden Syrup Pancake Day Festival will be located a short walk from Old Street Station and will be open from 11.00am to 3.00pm. For more details about the Lyle’s Golden Syrup® pancake festival visit www.facebook.com/welovebaking or www.lylesgoldensyrup.com.

 

WHEN?

Tuesday 4th March from 11.00am – 3.00pm

 

WHERE?

Phipp Street, London, EC2A

A review of Bistrotheque Restaurant, Bethnal Green

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I am not quite sure how Bistrotheque managed to escape my radar for so long. When my date told me he was taking me to a nice restaurant in Bethnal Green my first thought was er….Bethnal Green..seriously? Oh dear.

Bistrotheque is a French style restaurant housed in an old warehouse hidden down the back streets of Bethnal Green. It is popular with the East End fashion pack and in true fashionista style there are no signs on the front to tell you its there (probably why it had escaped my radar for so long).

We dined early on a Monday evening and found the restaurant quiet. Bistrotheque is decked out in utilitarian chic with a painted concrete floor and brick walls, Crittall windows, industrial drop lighting, marble-topped tables and black bentwood chairs. It also has an open kitchen which is nice for those of us who like to see how our food is prepared.

Now for the food, for my starter I chose the charcuterie while my date went for the steak tartare. Both nice enough to start with. Next the main courses. I was torn between going for the longhorn rib of beef with portobello mushrooms and the whole wild sea bass and salsa verde. As it turns out I made the wrong choice. I didn’t end up enjoying much of the fish as it was filled with the tiniest bones, after almost choking a few too many times I abandoned my sea bass and joined my date tucking into his beef haha! The longhorn beef was adequate but for 32 pounds I would have expected to be blown away. Still it’s not all negative, we both chose creme brulee for desert which was delicious.

The best part of the night was the entertainment. It turns out that Bistrotheque has its own choir! Not many restaurants can say they have that. The choir performed two songs one of which was Nirvana’s ‘Entertainer’! We certainly were entertained and it did kind of make up for some of the disappointment on the food front.

Overall l, I enjoyed my visit to Bistrotheque, it definitely is a unique dining experience, however I’m not sure the food lives up to the hype.

Longhorn rib of beef, shallot and red wine butter, portobello mushrooms
Longhorn rib of beef, shallot and red wine butter, portobello mushrooms

Whole wild sea bass, salsa verde
Whole wild sea bass, salsa verde

creme brulee
creme brulee

Bistrotheque house choir
Bistrotheque house choir

Discovering the Secret Salon at Lasso, Maltby Street Market

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Secret Salon at Lassco

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Maltby Street Market

I am always happy when I discover a hidden gem in London. For this discovery I have to thank a dear friend who happens to be mad about swing dancing. Most people have heard of Borough Market but have you heard about Maltby Street Market? Situated off Tanner Street in SE1 it is a small stretch of road where the choices of food are a tad more artisinal. St John’s restaurant also have a pop up bakery there which is worth a visit. Last Saturday afternoon we braved the wind and rain to pay the market a visit. The Secret Saloon is based in Lassco  an antiques and furniture salvage shop where you can find all sorts of curiosities to decorate your home. From 2pm -4pm on Saturdays one of the spaces in Lassco steps back in time with swing dancing and a live band playing hits from singers such as Edith Piaf and Ella Fitzgerald. Swing dancing is not mandatory and lots of people (myself included) were happy enough to sit back and be entertained. It felt like i had discovered a little part of bohemia in London.

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Swing Dancing at Lassco – The Secret Salon

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Fantastic live band at Maltby Street Market

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During a quick break we took the chance to have a look around the rest of the market and enjoyed tucking into some delicious buttermilk waffles from Waffleon.

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Gorgeous pastries at Maltby Street Market

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The guys from Waffleon

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Waffleon Waffles – Maltby Street Market

If you find yourself brave enough to venture out this February then definitely pay the market a visit!

Last blog of the year – a look back at 2013 and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

So the count down has begun, in a few hours we will be celebrating the start of a New Year. 2013 was a busy year for me and this blog, but I did have a lot of fun! It was on New Years Eve in 2010 that I decided to start The London Perspective, so in a few hours the blog will be three years old! Wow, I never expected to keep it going as long as I have. I just wanted to take the time to thank all the lovely people who have stumbled on, commented and followed my blog. I feel truly blessed for all the wonderful experiences I have had and being able to share it with you.  There will be a lot of changes coming to the site in the next few weeks. So keep watching. HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

And now… for some highlights of 2013.

Lanky Girl x

January – I tasted my best ever Kiev at newly opened Primo restaurant.

February – Breakfast at Tiffanys Screening at The MIllienium Hotel 

March – Langmeil Wine Supper at The Gilbert Scott

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April – A spot of afternoon tea with my sister at The Sheraton Park Towers

May – I got to attend The Chelsea Flower Show

June – I took a foodie walking tour of the new East Village and Stratford

July – Was pretty jam packed  with events including The Taste of London

August – I discovered an awesome Indian –  Clapham Tandoori Restaurant

September – it was time to leave London and visit Florence 

October – I found myself partying at The Vanity Fair and Christie’s Contemporary Art Party 

November – I spent a girly night in at The W Hotel trying out NOWTV

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December – I took a bit of a break from blogging but I did make enough time to take some afternoon tea at The Wellesley. Watch for details of this in 2014!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Day 10 – Dine at new American Restaurant Jackson & Rye, Wardour Street Soho

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I’m always excited to hear about new restaurant openings. Jackson & Rye is a New York style restaurant in Soho which opened on Monday

It is open from 8am until midnight, seven days a week and will offer all-day dining and a 10-seat cocktail bar.

The American-themed menus are inspired by US east coast cuisine, as well as the best elements of the West coast and Southern states.

Highlights on the all-day menu include: gruyère cheeseburger; buttermilk chicken two ways; veal, beef and ricotta meatballs; and prime cut steaks with roast shallot and pinot nero sauce. Hmm yummy!

Take a sneak peak of the brunch menu below:

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I visited Jackson and Rye yesterday and it seems that word has already got around, so if you want to try their cuisine I suggest you reserve yourself a table!