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Things To Do this Bank Holiday Weekend In London – May 3rd – 5th 2013

Pinch, punch first few days of a new month! We have lots to look forward to this weekend apart from not having to go to work on Monday Woop! We’ve been very lucky with the weather this week and apart from a small rainy spell on Sunday it looks like it will continue. I know many of you are planning Bank holiday getaways but for those of us who have decided to stay in town this weekend here is a list of things to do this bank holiday weekend. Feel free to Tweet, and share on facebook!

Check out No.3 Cromwell Road Bistro and Club opening this weekend

From the people behind Public is a new addition to the West London Club and dining scene. 3 Cromwell Road is a new bar, restaurant and club situated in a three storey Georgian townhouse overlooking South Kensington’s Natural History Museum. Steeped in history, 3 Cromwell Road was the first London venue in which Jimi Hendrix played a live performance, and has been a regular hangout for numerous A list celebrities over the past six decades having been a restaurant, casino and a private members’ club.

For more information please visit: http://www.3cromwell.com/

Head to Little Venice for the Canalway Cavalcade 2013


The Canalway Cavalcade is a unique waterways and community festival arranged by IWA at Little Venice since 1983. Sure to be fun for all the family, there will be  a boaters’ gathering, a pageant of boats, trade shows and stalls, bands, kids’ activities, competitions, Morris Dancers, a real ale bar, a wide variety of snacks and food and admission is Free.

For more information please visit: https://www.waterways.org.uk/events_festivals/canalway_cavalcade_2013/canalway_cavalcade_2013

See the David Bowie exhibition at The V&A


Apparently online advance tickets for this have already sold out, however you will still be able to buy tickets on the day if you arrive by the museum’s opening at 10am. Visitors to the exhibition will be able see over 300 objects from Bowie’s  career including spectacular stage costumes, handwritten lyrics, fashion, photography, film, music videos, set designs, Bowie’s own instruments and album artwork.

For more information please visit: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/david-bowie-is/

Check out Spin Ldn – London’s first ever urban bicycle event in Brick Lane

Bike nut? Well don’t miss out on your chance to attend Spin Ldn, an event showcasing the best of the world of urban cycling at the Old Truman Brewery in London this weekend.

Spin Ldn Bike Event

Attend East Dulwich’s Real Ale & Cider Festival

This weekend Dulwich Hamlet FC will play host to a beer festival organised by South East London CAMRA, with over 50 beers from brewers like By The Horns, Dark Star, Hackney, Skinners, & Windsor & Eton, plus ciders and perrys, and hot and cold food.

For more information please visit: http://www.camra.org.uk/event_detail.php?id=4

London’s Brewing Beer Festival in London Fields – 4th – 5th May


If you love a good pint then London’s Brewing is a brand new festival just for you. Organised  by the Brewers Alliance (LBA) it will celebrate London’s thriving and vibrant brewing scene. The festival will feature over 100 beers from over 40 breweries that make up the LBA.

For more information please visit: http://londonsbrewing.co.uk/about/

Have some cake at The May Balham Craft Fair

For all of you arty and crafty folk, Balham home of the yummy mummy is hosting a craft fair in the ballroom of the fabulous Bedford pub in Balham. There will be a chance to meet a talented group of local designer makers while browsing the craft tables, and take some time for a well-earned slice of cake! On sale will be textiles, clothing, jewellery, bunting, skin care products, toys, stationery, bags, cards and  much more!

For more information please visit: http://www.emmabarrettdesigns.co.uk/balham-craft-fair

Learn something new by visiting the Imperial Festival


Fancy yourself as a bit of a geek? Or  just love Science?  Then you must attend the Imperial Festival this weekend. Organised by Imperial College the event springs to life this May Bank Holiday weekend with hands-on science demonstrations, music, comedy, dance and art for all ages. Events and activities run from 16:00-22:00 on Friday 3 May and from 12:00-18:00 on Saturday 4 May

For more information please visit: http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/festival

Go and see Sleeping Arrangements at The Landor Theatre, Clapham

Last week I had the pleasure of previewing a new musical based on Sophie Kinsella’s novel Sleeping arrangements. Summer holiday romance with twist, two ex-lovers holidaying with their families  find themselves double booked into the same holiday apartment. This musical was funny and the actor amazing in a cozy little theatre above a pub in Clapham it is definitely worth taking a chance to see before it goes away.

For more information please visit: http://www.landortheatre.co.uk/index.php/booking-office/musicals/sleeping-arrangements-56/

Mastercard Priceless London Night at The Natural History Museum

av_mg_0130_big_nat_lon_2013-MIf you have read any of my previous posts on Mastercard’s Priceless London events you will know that I am quite the fan. Who said owning a credit card was that bad. A couple of weeks ago I was invited to Mastercard Priceless London’s Natural History Museum Cockney themed event. The theme for the night was the Natural History of London. Lead by four of the museum’s specialists we were treated to interesting facts about London and were able to get up close and personal with prehistoric fossils and bones.

When we arrived we were treated to a lovely glass of gin and tonic as well as some mini canapes before being split into teams to start our journey of learning.

On the first stop of tour of the Museum we were given a talk by one of the specialists who explained how the Natural History Museum prepared for WWII. It seems that The NAtural History Museum played a very inmportant role during the war and many of the Museums specialists were employed by the government in the war effort. One interesting fact that we learned was that there used to be a statue of Adam (the first man) on the front of the Museum pre-war but in 1940 a bomb blew off the upper part of the nude statue smashing on to the front steps below. The remainder of the statue was then removed and stored somewhere at the back of the museum for the rest of the war. The crates holding the statue later mysteriously disappeared. However, there is a rumour that the most intimate part of Adam’s anatomy was used as a paperweight by a member of staff at the museum!

A map of where the Natural History Museum's collections where sent to during WWII
A map of where the Natural History Museum’s collections where sent to during WWII

The next part of the tour involved looking at bones from the dinosaur era. Did you know that mammoths used to roam free on trafalgar square?

Prehistoric bones - natural History Museum
Prehistoric bones – natural History Museum

After looking at this we were treated to some lovely small bowls of food and glasses of wine. My favourite was the Mini fish and chips and mushy peas.  Delicious!

Fish and chips
mini Fish and chips – yummy

The third part of the tour we went to visit The Natural History Museum’s Treasure’s Collection. It was here that we were introduced to Guy the Gorilla. London Zoo’s best-loved resident Guy the gorilla has been preserved.  Scientists have learned by studying Guy the effects of keeping endangered animals in captivity. Learning that Guy suffered from arthritis and was unable to interact with the female species made me a little weepy.

Guy the Gorilla
Guy the Gorilla
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Natural History Museum

To finish the evening we were also treated to entertainment from a funky cockney band and were given kazoo’s to sing along. “Oh my old china!”

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To find out more information about Mastercard Priceless London Events visit: https://www.priceless.com/priceless/london/Home

Things To Do This Weekend In London 12-14 October 2012

Brrr…it’s been a cold week. Its been a bit of a crazy week for me at work and home so apologies for lack of posts, sometimes its easy to fall off the band wagon. However I am back and ready to give you quick rundown on what you should be doing with your weekend (yes I know its tempting to say it’s too cold).

So here is a list of events happening in this city:

All weekend – 12th – 14th October 2012

Today (12th October 2012) Chanel’s photographic exhibition dedicated to Karl Lagerfeld’s latest book, ‘The Little Black Jacket: Chanel’s classic revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld’, will open at the Saatchi Gallery in London.

For more information please visit: http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/current/the_little_black_jacket.php

Cheese and Wine Festival on the South Bank

Today and all weekend there will be a Cheese and Wine Festival on the South Bank. There will be lots of tutored cheese and wine tastings, cooking demonstrations  producers exhibiting various cheeses available to buy. So if you are a connoisseur of wine or a bit of cheese fiend or both don’t miss out because it is FREE.

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

Swan Lake Opens  at the Royal Opera House

Swan Lake is undoubtably a timeless ballet and all the greats have performed it. After the The Nutcracker this is one my favourites. The Royal Opera House is beautiful venue and everyone should get a chance to go. Tickets tend to sell out quickly so I recommend if you fancy going to book it soon!

For more information please visit: https://www.roh.org.uk/swanlake

Multiplied Art Fair begins today at Christie’s South Kensington – Free, 9am-7pm

Art buff? This weekend if you are  are spoiled for choice. Running until the 15th October the Multiplied Art fair will focus on contemporary art in Christies in South Kensington. Now having never been to Christies in a way I am curious to go just to see what it will be like. They will have 42 exhibitors from 3D art to print works from new and established artists.

For more information please visit: http://www.multipliedartfair.com/visit.aspx

Fair and Festival Galore! Across London

It would have too much to tell you about all the fairs + festivals happening this weekend, but as you can see from the list below the amount going on is ridiculous… that’s what I love about London, Spoiled for choice!

Saturday 13th October 2012

Westminster Guides, Free Heroes and Villans Walks

Westminster Guides will be leading free hour-long walks on Saturday 13 October 2012 as part of Local London Guiding Day. ARCH VILLAINS is an arch to arch walk. Including James Bond, Hedge Funds, Bomber Command and the Duke of Wellington. Meet by the Marble Arch – exit 3 from Marble Arch tube station (Central Line). Walks depart every hour from 10.00 to 16.00. No need to book. Just turn up.

For more information please visit: http://www.westminsterguides.org.uk/news/index.html?id=237

Healthy Ride with Southwark Cyclists

Fancy a bit of exercise? If you live or near Southwark on Saturday at 10am join Southwark Cyclists for a guided, easy ride, perfect for relatively inexperienced cyclists who want to learn local routes. All free, no booking, just turn up with your bike.

For more information visit: http://www.se16.com/event/healthy-ride-with-southwark-cyclists/2012-10-13

Africa Rocks Expo: Saturday 13 October as part of Black History month celebrations

“Is a one-day event that uses a unique blend of seminars, activities and entertainment to encourage people to see Africa differently! This year’s expo will showcase the best that Africa has to offer including its cultures and traditions, inspirational people, foods, films, fashion, music, arts and investment opportunities”.

For more information please visit: http://www.africarocksexpo.co.uk/

Sunday 14th october

Family Day 2012 This Sunday – Design Museum

Kids driving you mad? Then take them along to the The Design Museum this sunday for family day for a day of fun activities like the Colour Chaser sound machine, the Zombie Collective lasering bits of paper, making a Shadow Puppet Theatre, storytelling with Vanessa Woolf and hopefully some family tours. The day runs from 11am to 4pm, with storytelling at 11.30am and 12.30am.  Fun times for all!

For more information please visit: http://designmuseum.org/family-day


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/

Mastercard Priceless London At The Science Museum

Mastercard Priceless London at The Science Museum

Now if you read this blog then you will know that I am an advocate of MasterCard Priceless London events, after all who doesn’t like a free night out. Last week I was again lucky enough to be invited down to attend a MasterCard Priceless London event at the Science Museum in South Kensington. Being a bit of a geek at heart the Science Museum is one of my favourite museums in London. Although the last time I visited was when I was around 7 years old! In the back of my mind I was a little worried I wouldn’t still be in awe 20 years later. I must say that the night did not disappoint! We arrived at around 7 and were greeted with a glass of fruity prosecco (yes darlings..), given coloured wristbands and were promptly divided into groups.

Champs on tap!

The first 40 mins of the evening we were treated to an open bar with champagne and funky flavoured cocktails on tap. Delicious! Then the real fun was about to begin, we were told that tonight there would be a competition and each of the teams would have to undergo some tasks for which they would be given points. The team with most points would win a prize. Okay..I know what your thinking so “primary school” but actually it really was a lot of fun! To start with our friendly guide took us to the Science Museum’s Imax screen which I have to say was AWESOME! Apparently the screen is big as four double decker buses and I must admit nothing beats watching a film on a screen that size. We watched a spectacular documentary on natural disasters and the scientists of the world whose job is to predict when they will strike next. A very moving and educational experience. Then came quiz time! My team (white) didn’t do too badly at this point and it seemed like we had a chance of winning!

The next part of the evening it was time to get fed! We were seated in the Science Museum’s cafe to enjoy small bowls of the most tastiest food. We were able to feast on poached salmon and Coq au vin and a yummy chocolate moose as well as enjoying more free cocktails. After dinner we were treated to a demo of how rockets work by one of the museum’s presenters which had us in fits of tears.

Demonstration of how a rocket works at the Science Museum

Lastly it was time to hit the Launchpad, now if you have kids I really recommend that you take them there. The Launchpad is the Science Museum’s most popular hands-on gallery. Key themes explored are Light, Materials, Energy Transfer, Forces and Motion, Electricity and Magnetism and Sound. We worked together to do activities such as turning on a tv by pumping water FAST! I have to say that our team wasnt that great but we gave it a go and we ended up having a good giggle. The night culminated in a prize giving for the best team. Our team came 4th boohoo…

All in all I really enjoyed the MasterCard Priceless London night at the Science Museum, it was a nostalgic and interesting experience. I will definitely recommend it to other MasterCard cardholders and the best part of the night was getting home knowing it was all FREE!

For more information on MasterCard Priceless London Experiences please visit http://www.mastercard.co.uk/priceless-cities/london/

The Collection – Review

Watch our interview with Head Chef Alex Fanzola of The Collection.

Lanky Girl has been eating out a lot lately and one of the few places to really blow me away is a new restaurant in South Kensington, The Collection. It’s interior has been designed under the direction of design genius Tom Dixon. The result is a cutting edge and modern interior with plush velvet chairs and  intimate lighting making it very inviting. Lanky Girl and Co headed down to The Collection on a Wednesday evening to sample the food and interview chef Alex Fanzola.

Upon entering the restaurant (I have to add that the walkway lighting display is magical) we were greeted by friendly staff who took our coats and showed us to our table. The layout of the restaurant is on two levels the top-level being the dining area (great for people watching on a busy night out) and the bottom being a spacious bar and lounge area.

The Collection has an extensive cocktail and wine list and we were given the chance to try two of their signature cocktails. The first being the Prince Charming cocktail which was vodka based, very fruity and zesty. The other being the Luciana Martinez  cocktail named after the model, made from slow gin, maraschino liqueur and aperol. Very strong, but delicious.

One of The Collection’s selling points is their homemade breads served with their cold pressed infused flavoured olive oils. I have to say I was blown away by the foccacio bread so moist and soft we couldn’t stop eating it and I would have finished the basket if our waiter hadn’t warned us about leaving room for the first course! We had three different olive oil dips, truffle, lemon, and basil. I have to say that my favourite was the truffle. With a focus on healthy eating all the dishes at The Collection are cooked with olive oil and no butter is used.  The Collection has a great sharing concept which means you can order 3 or 4 small plates to share with friends and family.

For starters we ordered:

Now I am always afraid of raw seafood but I was impressed by this dish, it tasted very light, fresh and zesty.

Spiced chicken, carrot puree and orange.

Chicken was soft and succulent, carrot puree had a kick to it and the orange was like finding a little sweet surprise in the sauce.

Baked prawn, basil and roast garlic.

Really lovely smoky taste to the prawn, I will order this on my next visit.

Seared veal cutlet, watercress and salsa verde.

One word. Yummy!

For main:

Hay roasted lamb shank, pistachio sauce and artichoke puree.

The lamb was cooked to perfection with lovely combination of flavours. Easily our  favourite dish of the night.

Barbecue grouper, samphire and spiced sweetcorn.

Grouper as a fish was new to me, it is quite meaty in texture. Additional flavour came from the samphire (which is like baby asparagus) and the tomato sauce.

For dessert:

Warm pistachio tartlet, white chocolate moose, and macerated cherries.

The caramelized top was sweet and crunchy, moose was fluffy and the cherries had sharp alcoholic taste. Only wasn’t so sure about the tart case would have preferred it without it.

Greek yoghurt panna cotta, preserved summer berries and lemon verbena.

A naughty treat!

Wines: Malbeck, red wine and Sauvignon Blanc Sancerre. 

Apart from the food, one reason that I would recommend trying The Collection is the staff. All the staff were obviously well-trained in the food and our friendly waiter gave us lots of good recommendations. It was obvious that the staff at this restaurant really care about the food and providing the best experience which made our experience very positive.

The Collection is a great place to try Mediterranean style cooking with a twist and should appeal to everyone from families to friends and those looking for healthy alternative for dinner. If you find yourself in South Kensington do go and check it out.

For more information visit http://www.the-collection.co.uk/

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Pierre’s Bar at La Brasserie – Review

Last Friday Miss Mint and I went along to South Kensington to review a new addition to the bar scene in South Kensington, Pierre’s Bar. Pierre’s bar is housed inside the already popular restaurant La Brasserie on Brompton road. When we arrived on friday evening we were welcomed by friendly and amiable staff who showed us to our seats around the bar. The bar itself is shaped liked a square perfect for the staff to serve everyone easily and also for us girls to have a look at any man candy ;). For the next few hours we were entertained by our friendly and cheeky barman Alex who constantly kept our champagne flutes topped up and provided wasabi peas to munch on. Being situated in South Kensington the clientele are undoubtedly the well-heeled but with their extensive wine and cocktail list Pierre’s Bar should be on every party girls list to visit before they hit Boujis or Mahiki. If your planning to eat there as well it can get pretty busy so make sure you book in advance.

For more information visit http://www.labrasserielondon.com/pierres-bar/