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A Guide To Christmas Markets: London Style

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If you are looking for somewhere different to do your Christmas shopping or just for a day out, then why not have a wander round some of the interesting Christmas markets in London. These can act as mini Christmas breaks to get you in the festive spirit nice and early. London’s diversity is reflected in the varied Christmas markets available in the UK capital.

The Southbank Centre will be hosting a German style Christmas market from 16th November to Christmas Eve. The wooden chalets offer German charm and there will be a wide selection of gifts on sale, as well as traditional German refreshments such as Gluhwein to warm the cockles. Other German culinary treats on offer include gingerbread hearts, Bratwurst sausages and roasted almonds. The market stretches from the Southbank centre and the London Eye right down to Waterloo bridge.

There is also a Real Food Christmas Market in the Southbank Centre Square on December 14th-16th, where you can treat yourself to any number of tasty morsels to augment your Christmas menus.

Hyde Park offers a beautiful setting for a winter’s stroll. From November 23rd to January 6th, there will also be an opportunity to visit a Winter Wonderland here. Alongside the Christmas Market, there is entertainment for all the family: an ice rink, magical Ice Kingdom, circus, Cirque Berzerk and Giant Observation Wheel mean that you could spend your entire holiday here without running out of fun things to do. The popular Angels Market is joined this year by a second market selling all the Christmas decorations that your heart could desire. If your Christmas tree is looking a little bare, then make a beeline for this area to smother it with all manner of tinsel and baubles.

For a traditional British start to the festive season, why not take a trip to Greenwich market, where they will switch on the lights on November 28th. School children will join in a lantern procession and everyone can join in singing Christmas carols before visiting the wide selection of stalls in the covered market. There will be Christmas themed stalls alongside the many local arts and crafts sellers. Visit Santa’s grotto and maybe let him know what you would love to find in your stocking, only if you’ve been a good boy or girl though.

Cabbages and Frocks’ Christmas market

If you are looking for a more alternative shopping experience, then Cabbages and Frocks’ Christmas market could be for you. The market was originally created by organisers of the popular London Fashion Designer Sales. Fashion is therefore well represented, alongside other designer ware for your home. The market takes place in the grounds of St Marylebone Parish Church and will offer festive food alongside the top quality Christmas designer gifts on sale.

Mastercard Priceless Night – Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton at the V&A


I’ve have always been a fan of Cecil Beaton’s work after finding out he designed some of the gowns from my favourite films Gigi and My Fair Lady. However I was quite interested to learn that Cecil Beaton was equally as famous as a photographer. Last Thursday I was lucky enough to have been able to get tickets to Mastercard’s Priceless London Night at the V&A focusing on the Cecil Beaton’s photographs of  Queen Elizabeth II and The Royal Family.

If you haven’t been to a Mastercard Priceless London event then you should you check it out, they are free and offer little tasters of unique and exclusive things to do in London.

We started off the event with a lovely champagne reception which was held in the great lobby of the V&A I must say that it was very beautiful indeed! We then were introduced to the exhibition by the curator Susanna Brown who proceeded to welcome us to take a look. The exhibition itself was quite small and made up around 100 photographs. It was interesting to see pictures of the Queen and her sister Margaret from when she was young teenager right up until she was married and when she gave birth to each of her for children. The intimate nature of the photographs made it seem like you were looking at an old family album. It was also interesting to learn how Cecil Beaton’s style changed over the years and how he became the Queen’s  favorite photographer.  

After looking around the exhibition we were served small bowls of the loveliest food. We gorged on bowls of sausage and mash, root vegetables and fish and chips. A nice touch was the chance to have fun dressing up in vintage clothes and have to our photos taken. Ever the peacock I couldn’t resist and the results are on the left.

Lanky Girl would definitely recommend you go and visit the exhibition if you get the chance.

Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration will be running until to 22 April at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

For more information please visit http://www.vam.ac.uk/

Lanky Girl at London Fashion Weekend

Courtesy of Chambord, who make the most delicious raspberry liqueur Lanky Girl was invited to London Fashion Weekend. Now for those of you who do not know what London Fashion Weekend is, it is the consumer event that follows London Fashion Week and is held at Somerset House.

Chambord Platinum Lounge

Lanky Girl was lucky enough to be experiencing it VIP style in the Chambord Platinum Lounge. So much happened on the day but here are some of the fabulous things that I was lucky enough to experience.

On arrival to the Platinum Lounge we were greeted with two glasses of Chambord flavoured Champagne and some lovely cupcakes. We also had a masseuse who was on hand to give us lovely hand massages.

A lovely hand massage

We had a style consultation with the celebrity stylist Natalie Robinson who each gave us a rundown of what she thought suited our body shapes. Being a natural hourglass I was happy to find out that the power shoulder jacket I was wearing was a good choice for balancing out my hips. Gold star for me!

London Fashion Weekend is a great place to find independent fashion at bargain prices. If I wasn’t careful I would have seriously maxed out my credit card. There is simply too much to include in terms of all the amazing fashions that were on sale. Special mention for a lovely little vintage shop called Nariva Boutique which sells the loveliest bags. They had lots of croc skinned bags which are bang on trend for SS2012.

Nariva Boutique Vintage bags
Vintage Bags from Nariva Boutique

In the Chambord Lounge Elizabeth Arden demonstrated how to achieve the signature red lip for that classy forties look. This was popular on the catwalks at London Fashion Week.

Watch the video here.

In the vintage area Salon de OohLaLa where on hand to give vintage style  makeovers. Lanky Girl was brave enough to allow herself  to be made over. Going for a 1960s style beehive, Kohl eye and red lip. Not sure about the result but it was pretty fun.

Beehive hairstyle
Beehive baby!

After that it was back to the Chambord Lounge for a fashion shoot with photographer Fabian. It was time to get my “fashion face” on! Okay so I am never going to be a supermodel, but for someone who hates the camera it came out pretty well.

One of the highlights of the whole day for me was the Catwalk show. I felt just like a true fashion editor with front row seats.

The catwalk show was hosted by Britain’s Next Top Model presenter Grace Woodward. Osman Yousefzada showcased his SS2012 collection which was full of vibrant colours and silk fabrics. Osman’s designs have been worn by Thandie Newton, Dannii Minogue, and Anna Friel.

Watch highlights from the show below.

You can see more from the day on my facebook page.

Cake Porn!

This is a bit of a gratuitous post that was inspired by my trip down Upper Street stopping by the bakeries and making me think back to all the lovely cakes i’ve eaten recently. The Marscapone Cheese and raspberry cupcake (eaten today) would have to be my favourite! Shout out to Euphorium Bakery and Ottolenghi if you haven’t eaten there you haven’t lived!

Best Of British Tea Party
Cheese scone anyone?
Waving Queen Cake
hmm chocolate....
Ottolenghi's offerings!
Chocolate cream cupcakes made using Hummingbird Bakery Book
Giraffe chocolate and ice cream pancakes
Marscapone cheese and raspberry cupcakes from Euphorium

My Daily Distraction – Beg Bicycles

Those that know me know of my love of retro Style bicycles and I have just discovered a Cambridge company who are making the most beautiful bespoke bicycles..ahhh I am in love!

They say:

Our bicycles are hand-built exclusively for us in Belgium by a bicycle-building family who have been making high quality frames and bicycles by hand since 1946. Combining gorgeous vintage detailing with highest quality components, an elegant Sit Up and BEG style traditionally brazed and lugged upright frame with a Brooks leather saddle, and a whole host of sophisticated features, the only bump in your ride will be choosing whether to go for delicious Persephone Pink, Flirty 30s Green or Toad.

 Heads will turn, hearts will flutter and you’ll be King (or Queen!) of the road.”

Well I can’t disagree the bicycle  below is absolutely beautiful.

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

Daily distraction – Mini Berets

Apologies for the lack of posts this week, Lanky girl has been feeling rather under the weather. Recently I have become a bit obsessed with the style of the 1940s and today I found myself looking online to see if I could find a retro style hat. On my new favourite website Etsy they had these beautiful mini berets. I’ve always loved berets after watching Lauren Bacall in The Big Sleep. Berets suit most people and they always make the wearer look chic and sophisticated.


A gorgeous hat for the races maybe.


Soft and ethereal stand out at that wedding!
Rockabilly chick!


For that wow factor!

If you are feeling kind of creative you could buy a plain beret and decorate it to your liking. McCulloch and Wallis have a vast range of plain berets. Ebay is a also a good place to find ribbons and bows and other gems to make your beret look unique. A nice simple project that is sure to get you compliments when your done. Something like the picture below is very easy to make.

Add a feather and voila tres chic!


Roll on fashion week!

My Daily distraction.. Nissan Figaro

I’m meant to be reading up on the joys of HTML 5 but it being a saturday night I am finding it very hard to concentrate…. A friend of mine owns a lovely Nissan Figaro which I have had the joy of being given a lift in once and today I found myself pouring over pictures of them on google. So what is a Nissan Figaro? According to wikipedia:

“The Nissan Figaro is a small retro car manufactured by Nissan. The car was originally sold only in Japan. Despite this, the Nissan Figaro has become popular with owners in the UK and Ireland, given the popularity of second-hand Japanese import cars. Its appearance has a resemblance to the 1960s Datsun Fairlady model.”

Manufactured in 1992, apparently there were only 20,000 made so if you are lucky to own one you should feel very individual indeed. One day I hope to own one myself in daring and slightly cheeky pink. Nissan Figaro retails for around £6000 pounds but sometimes bargains can be found on eBay. Take a look for yourself.