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Happy New Year Everyone From The London Perspective

Happy New Year Everyone! Wow, it really is hard to believe that this blog is already a year old. It’s funny looking back at my resolutions for 2011, trying to blog everyday (which didn’t really happen), doing more exercise ha! However, I am glad that it did start this blog because the  last year was such a blast! I’ve met some amazing and interesting people, attended some fantastic events and tasted some very nice food indeed! I hope that 2012 will be a year full of many wonderful moments for you and your families and I want to thank all the lovely people who have helped contribute to making this blog worthwhile. So 2012? Well, I hope to continue to provide inspiration to get people out and about enjoying the wonderful city that is London. So stay tuned for updates.

Lanky Girl

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

Things to do this weekend in London

Wow its been a while since I’ve done one these posts. This weekend is looking lovely weather wise so time to get out there and enjoy all the fantastic things London has to offer. So far this is what Miss lanky has discovered.

Foodie Extravaganza

Foodies Festival, Battersea Park, 29, 30, 31st July.

Starting today,  get down to Battersea Park for The Foodies festival. Watch award winning chefs demonstrate their favourite meals and sample dishes from London’s top restaurants.

Visit http://www.foodiesfestival.com/london/ to buy tickets.

Pizza in the Piazza

Work near Canary Wharf? Or looking for something to do during your lunch break? All week  beer brand Birra Moretti have been turning London squares into Italian Piazzas. Head down there to  learn to make authentic gourmet pizzas under the instruction of an Italian food guru and grab a few free beers.

From 11am to 4pm today.

Gino Italian Ice Cream Pop up at Top shop Knightsbridge

If you find yourself shopping in Knightsbridge (I wish!) pop into Gino’s pop ice cream stall to cool down from the sun. Ooh Gelato… yum!

For more info visit www.ginogelato.com/

Calling all you Vintage Vixens!

Vintage By Hemmingway Festival, Southbank Centre, 29th 31st July

Whether your thing is swing, rockabilly, mod, soul, funk, disco, ska, electro, cabaret, film, art or design, or if you just want to dress up and get an authentic make-over for a day, Vintage at Southbank Centre is a sensual delight, a big dressing-up box, a collector’s dream and a joyous creative feast for all ages. For one glamorous weekend we celebrate the music, fashion, film, art, design, and dance from the 1920s to the 1980s (and maybe even a peek at the early ‘90s) that has made Britain the world’s creative and cultural hotbed…

To buy tickets visit http://www.vintagebyhemingway.co.uk/about/vintage-at-southbank-centre

Click, Click, Flash

London Street Photography Festival, 29th – 31st July

In it’s first year the festival is a celebration of the world’s best street photography through a series of  exhibitions and events at venues including the National Portrait Gallery, the V&A, the British Library, the German Gymnasium and St Pancras International.

Download the map here and for more information visit http://londonstreetphotographyfestival.org/

This weekend in London

Summer is here!

If the weather forecast is to be believed we are expecting a scorching weekend here in London. Perfect for getting out there and seeing all the wonderful things we can do in this city.

Here is Lanky Girl’s picks of what you should do this weekend.

Sales, Sales, Sales!

Looking for an excuse to buy something new for yourself. Well you can now! With sale prices up to 60% off in some shops you are bound to find a bargain. Here is a list of some of the best sales this weekend.

Selfridges summer sale

Until Sun Jul 10, 400 Oxford St, W1A 1AB

Harrods summer sale

Until Sun Jul 10, 87-135 Brompton Rd, SW1X 7XL

Start summer sale

Until Fri Jul 15, 42-44 Rivington St, EC2A 3QP

Cath Kidston summer sale

Until Fri Jul 15, 28-32 Shelton St, WC2H 9JE


Portobello Fine Foods Market 

I love markets. I love the smell of fresh bread wafting around, tasting new treats and discovering weird and wonderful culinary delights to share with my friends. This weekend get down to the Portobello Fine Foods Market and check out lovely organic and free range produce from home grown traders.

Portobello Fine Foods Market – Every Fri & Sat,  10 am-5 pm Sun, 10 am-4 pm

Address: 4-8 Acklam Road W10 5TY

Nearest tube: Notting Hill Gate


Soho Food Feast

A foodie fundraiser to raise funds for Soho Parish primary school.

“This event will bring West End restaurants, clubs and bars together to enjoy a day in one of Soho’s precious green spaces and to raise money for the children”.

Some of London’s top chefs will be offering visitors the chance to taste high quality, delicious food from around the world. Look out for chefs from HIX, Michelin starred St John and Polpetto.

The Soho Food Feast will be held at St. Anne’s Church Garden, Wardour Street, Soho, London, W1D 6AF, Saturday 25th June 2011, 1pm till 6pm. Tickets are available online for £6.50 or at the Soho Parish School for £4. Children under 12 go free. More information at their website.


Weekend Festival Fun

Greenwich And Docklands International Festival 

Calling all East londoners! This free arts festival will be returning to your doorstep. The G & D festival covers Greenwich to Woolwich and Canary Wharf to Mile End. It is your chance to experience  outdoor street theatre, dance and will be great fun for the whole family.

From 24th june – 6th July

For more information download the plan here