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Things to see in London this week – 26th June 2012

London’s summer of events and happenings are in full swing and there are plenty of things to keep you eye out for around town.

Skoda – Citihenge – Car Stonehenge replica -near Tower Bridge

Some of you may have been lucky enough to see it already, but for those who haven’t, take yourself down to the Southbank close to Tower Bridge were you will see SKODA’s unique installation.  The stunning piece was commissioned to celebrate the summer solstice which was on the 20th June and to launch Skoda’s new car Citigo.

Citihenge as it being called  was  led by sculptor Tommy Gun, took a design team three months to create.

The ambitious piece of art, built using 18 scrap cars, stands at over five metres tall. Each henge is five metres wide and the commanding structure weighs a remarkable 36 tonnes.

For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/Skoda.uk

BT ArtBox project celebrating 25 years of Childline

To celebrate the 25th Anniverary of Childline, BT has invited leading artists, designers and creatives from around to apply their individual talents to re-style that much-loved icon of British design, the traditional red telephone box. Giles Deacon and Zandra Rhodes are said to be a few of the high-profile names who have taken part. The BT ArtBoxes will be on display in high-profile locations around the capital between June 18 and July 16 before being auctioned off at a VIP Gala Auction at the National Portrait Gallery on July 18 to raise funds for BT’s long-time partner ChildLine. Lanky Girl has already spotted three on the South Bank!

BT Artbox London
BT Artbox London
Love BT Artbox Childline

As usual check back for more updates throughout the week!

Free things to do in London this week 6th June 2012

Hope everyone had a lovely extended break, shame about the weather but how nice it was to see the country united together in celebration. Now, for those of you who are already feeling the strain on their pockets from all that partying. Here are a list of things happening in London that won’t cost you a penny.

Free Outdoor Film Screenings at Broadgate Circus

For the next three days Broadgate circus will becoming an outdoor cinema. Put on my Rich Mix you will have a choice of five different films. The event is free, so just hitch up and enjoy! P.S Might be wise to bring an umbrella 🙂

Wednesday 6th June 2012


Wallace and Gromit in the Curse of the Ware-Rabbit


Sherlock Holmes – A Game of Shadows

Thursday 7th June 2012 


The Italian Job’

Friday 8th June 2012


‘Nanny McPhee’

First Thursdays – private gallery views in East London

Every first Thursday of each month, galleries of East London throw open their doors for a free evening of art, discussion, free wine and nibbles. check out http://www.firstthursdays.co.uk/ for  more info.

Much Ado About Nothing at The Scoop

Wednesday 6 June 2012 to Friday 8 June 2012 

“This young company is fast becoming recognised for their theatrical frivolity, clarity and ‘pop-up-like-delivery’. Grassroots Shakespeare explores all aspects of the Elizabethan theatre, and strives to recreate the work of the period.

“This highly enjoyable interactive experience promises to immerse its audience straight into the 16th Century. With full respect to the Bard, and with as much heart as the original, the script will be suitably abridged to help deliver a well-rounded and coherent version of the play for all theatregoers to understand and enjoy”.

6.30pm at The Scoop, More London Riverside, London,SE1 2DB


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 happening this weekend in London

This week has really sped by! How can it be nearly the weekend already. Well don’t despair there are plenty of things to keep you occupied this weekend. Lanky Girl recommends:

Real Food Market – Friday 4th Feb – Southbank

Southbank’s Real Food Market is back again this week giving you a chance to sample and buy delicious offerings from 40 handpicked independent producers. The food is fresh, tasty and best of all affordable. There will also be live demonstrations from gourmet chefs and Canteen will be putting on a mouth-watering hog roast. The Real Food Market is a great place to find new ingredients to inspire you in the kitchen.

For more information visit http://www.realfoodfestival.co.uk/content/view/493/147/

Swishing event – Sat 5 Feb – Old Spitalfields Market

Bought that lovely item in the sale, but it no longer fits you? Bring it down to Old Spitalfields Market this Saturday and swap it for something new! Swishing is a new trend inspired by these austere times. The way it works is that you pay a small fee, drop off your items (up to 5), get a stamp for each item and hey presto swap them for a new wardrobe.

Tickets cost 8 pound.

For more information please visit http://www.oldspitalfieldsmarket.com/events/swishing-clothes-swapping.html

Chinese New Year Festival – Sun Feb 6 -Trafalgar Square

This is the year of the rabbit. Expect to see traditional Chinese dances, cultural stalls, light displays and fantastic live performances. A great day out for the whole family and is bound to draw crowds from near and far.

From 12pm – 6pm

Kinectica Art Fair – 3rd – 6th Feb – Marylebone

“Kinetica Art Fair is produced by Kinetica Museum and is the first of its kind in the UK. It brings together galleries, art organisations and curatorial groups from around the world who focus on universal concepts and evolutionary processes though the convergence of kinetic, electronic, robotic, sound, light, time-based and multi-disciplinary new media art, science and technology”.

Tickets cost 10-15 pounds and can be bought from ticketweb

For more information please visit http://www.kinetica-museum.org/new_site/home.php

Well that is it for this week but make sure you follow me on twitter to keep up with any other events I may discover.