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Whats on in London this week..

In Events, In London on January 2, 2011 at 5:59 pm

It’s nice to be back on the old blogging wagon. So what does Lanky girl advise you get up to this week…

Sales, Sales Sales!

Dover Street Market sale:

With 40% off many of top end designers, this sale shouldn’t be missed by any fashionista.

Until Tue Jan 11 Dover Street Market, 17-18 Dover St, W1S 4LT

Liberty winter sale

The place to go for all your special items, with 30 -60% of selected womenswear at the momment you have every excuse to splash out on something for the new year.

Until Jan 30 2011, Liberty Carnaby Street W1

Last Chance for Ice Skating

This week is your last chance to try you hand at ice skating in one of London’s many places of interest.

Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink until 9th Jan 2011

Set in the home of tyrant monarch Henry VIII,  Hampton Court Palace is a majestical place to visit.

Tickets cost:

Adult £10.00 £11.50
Children (under 16) £7.50 £8.00

London Eye Ice Rink Until Jan 5 2011, London Eye

Take a ride on the eye with a loved one and then end it hand in hand with some ice skating close to the Southbank. A lovely treat for you and your family.

Adult (16 Plus) £28.45 £26.65
Child (4-15 years) £17.00 £16.05
Family of Four* £90.90 £85.40

Natural History Museum Ice Rink Until Jan 9 2011, Natural History Museum

Lanky girl had a lovely time skating under the stars with friends for my birthday in November, ending with some lovely mulled wine. Definately recommended.


Children (12 and under): £8.50 peak / £8 off-peak

Adults: £13 peak / £11.50 off-peak

Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children): £36 peak / £31 off-peak

Tower of London Ice Rink Until Jan 9 2011, Tower of London




Adults : £12.00 £10.00
Child (under 16) £8.00 £7.50

Winter Wonderland Ice Rink Until Jan 4 2011, Hyde Park

Winter wonderland in Hyde Park is London’s biggest open air ice rink. It is also one of the prettiest places to skate. Only 2 days left to enjoy it though!


Adult tickets from £10
Child tickets from £8
Family tickets from £28
Ice Guides from £30

Fancy a bit of culture?

First Wednesday’s 5th Jan 2011, Various locations in West London

For all you culture vultures,” join West London’s cultural spaces with a series of art and design launches, exclusive collaborations and one-off events on the first Wednesday of each month, when Notting Hill’s creative spaces get together to promote greater cultural communication and exchanges. With many of the area’s galleries and design studios keeping their doors open until 9pm, you won’t be stuck for ways to spend your evening”.

See for more information.


Happy New Year Everyone!

In In London on January 1, 2011 at 3:29 am

First I would like to apologise for the lack of posts on this blog. I almost decided to scrap the whole thing before Christmas but I thought a new year would be a great time to relaunch the lankybutnotmanky blog. I’ve also chosen to start a new blog which is my take (what am I saying its MY LIFE) as a twenty-something living in the big smog.

This Blog will be updated once a week. So add it your RSS Feed to keep yourself posted. Also this year I want to actually hear from some of my visitors so folks comments good and bad are WELCOME.



Football Free Weekend!

In Events, Festival, food, In London on June 18, 2010 at 11:58 am

Don’t fancy watching the football…well this weekend you are spoilt for choice for things to do. This weekend there are festivals, street parties and even a carnival… FUN!

For foodies

Taste of London – 17th – 20th June 2010 – Regents Park.

You can still buy tickets for Saturday and sunday! Taste of London is your chance to sample culinary delights from London’s best restaurants. Now in its seventh year, look out for demonstrations from great chefs like Heston Blumenthal and Giorgio Locatelli at the Taste Theatre, and an extraordinary range of quality food and drink from around the world.

For more information please visit – Standard tickets cost £22.00

For Music Lovers

Spitalfields Summer Festival – 19th-26th June 2010

Spitalfields festival is the East end version of the proms and is bound to have something that everybody will want to hear. “Music from old and new contemporaries – from Monteverdi to Xenakis, Allegri to Clementi”


Royal Academy of Music Baroque Orchestra & Chorus performance of Handel’s Saul.

For more information please visit:

For the family

Covent Garden Market 180th Birthday weekend Celebrations. 18th -20th june

Covent Garden is hosting a three-day party this weekend for the Market Building’s 180th anniversary. The celebration kicks off today with the cutting of a giant birthday cake big enough for 2000 people. Children and adults will be able to take part in workshops throughout the weekend to learn singing, juggling, acrobatics and more. And there will be entertainment from street performers.

For more information please visit

The event is free!

More to follow……

Sunshine My lovely Sunshine

In food, In London, picnic on June 3, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Spring/summer is here (well for the next few days) so it is time to dust off your flip-flops and head to the beach or the park for us Londoners.

I don’t know but a bit of sun always makes me want to have a picnic. Now creating the perfect picnic I would have to say is a bit of an art as well as EFFORT. Well London being the wonderful place it is, there are plenty of restaurants and cafes who will create a perfect picnic for you to take away and I have listed the creme de la creme here just for you… Happy sunning 🙂

Mr and Mrs 4×4 Luxury

For those of you with a bit of money to line your pockets, London’s many Michelin starred restaurants have many culinary delights on offer:


87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL

Food from Harrod’s is the height of  luxury picnic dining, head to the food court where staff will pack you a lovely array of goodies to delight your taste buds to take away in a lovely branded Harrod’s cooler bag.

For more info please visit or please telephone the Food Orders desk on 020 7893 8041 or email

Fortnum and Mason

Want to impress a special someone or give yourself a treat, then you should opt for one of F&T’s luxury three course picnics.

The three courses are made up of Smoked Salmon parcels with crab and lemon mayonnaise filling, Ballotine of barn reared chicken wrapped in air dried ham and ceps and served with 2 salads – jersey potato with walnuts and blue cheese, cucumber and baby spinach tossed with sunflower seeds. To finish there are individual poached pear tarts with a spiced red wine glaze, served with vanilla mascarpone. And to wash that down a lovely bottle of chardonnay. Unfortunately this kind of decadence doesn’t come cheap this picnic will set you back £100 pounds.

For more info please to order please contact their customer relations department on  0845 300 1707.

Quintessential English delights

Looking for that quintessential english picnic but don’t want to go for broke?

Betty Blythe – Fine Food Pantry

73 Blythe Road, Brook Green, London, W14 0HP
Betty’s lovely traditional hampers capture the essence of an english picnic. Packed with tasty treats like fresh sandwiches and even champagne. Each hamper is tailored to each customer’s tastes and budget. Choose from a variety of mouth-watering dishes English cakes, finger sandwiches and grilled meats, to couscous, salad, home-made relish and mouth-watering squidgy triple chocolate brownies.

Also if you pre-order then hampers can be hand-delivered to any of the nearby parks. Also for that totally vintage experience; vintage rugs, lawn games, glasses, cutlery can be also provided.  Prices start from £10.00 – £300.

For more information and to order your hamper please visit contact the Pantry on 0207 602 11 77 or email your contact details to

Looking for a  Mediterranean inspired picnic?


Head down to Carluccios’s for the authentic italian picnic. You have a choice of five picnics going for £45 pounds or £60 pounds for two. On offer is a selection of antipasti including chilli stuffed olives, sun-blush tomatoes, balsamic onions and Napoli salami.
Oven roasted chicken legs stuffed with herbs, breadcrumbs and mortadella wrapped in pancetta, as well as many other treats. For kids there is a £10 pound menu containing little pizzas and meat balls.

For more information visit or go to your nearest Carluccio store.

Other great places to pick up a picnic:

Luigi’s – Fulham

Clarke’s Restaurant and Bakery

Scandinavian Kitchen – Soho

Let the summer fun begin!

In In London on May 15, 2010 at 6:42 pm

So first i’d like to apologise for the lack of posts, these last few months of university have been tough! Talk about having no life!

But now I am FREEEEEEEEEE! It’s time to get back on the blogging train and all this time has given me plenty of ideas to get the Lanky machine cranking! After a friend ( you may remain nameless “ahem Kirsty” ) expressed the wish for me to blog more about dating I have decided to add this repertoire of things to post about.

The theme of my blog is still London, but I will also be covering, dating, fashion and slightly geeky web stuff. SO keep watching!

Circus-London Review

In food, In London, reviews on February 15, 2010 at 12:19 pm


Following in the footsteps of entertainment lead restaurants like Supper Club and Proud Cabaret is Covent Garden’s newest restaurant Circus. With a discreet entrance of Endell Street, Circus is still a bit of a secret.

The venue for Circus originally housed elephants for the Royal Opera House in Victorian times and this has served as inspiration for its wild theme.

Circus is owned by Adam Davies who previously worked for The Light Group who runs clubs in Las Vegas. The two million pound venture is being funded by his father a seasoned restaurateur and himself.

When you walk into Circus you are greeted with a dark, club like entrance. The reservation desk doubles as the free cloakroom and20732_266624046801_542996801_4424263_7921245_n friendly staff hand you silver bracelets instead of tickets stubs. On entering Circus you are greeted by a sophisticated and contemporary decor. The restaurant was designed by avant-garde design supremo Tom Dixon. Metallic bulbs hang down from ceiling and a long quartz table runs the length of the restaurant also doubling as a stage for the cabaret acts.

The bar is at the back of the restaurant with a small intimate seating area. Even though the interior is obviously very cool, the atmosphere is very informal. The South American cocktail menu is extensive and prices range from 7 to 8 pounds.

The Pan-Asian menu has plenty of interesting choices. Our waitress was very attentive and able to give recommendations on the menu. Highlights are the Seafood Jambalaya and Empanadas which were very succulent and sweet. Starters are small so it is recommended to order three or four to share.

Entertainment was a sexy trapeze artist with a bit of exhibitionist streak.


Circus is a great place to go for groups looking for a different night out and with it’s intimate seating areas it is equally suitable for couples. Dinner (4 starters and 2 mains), two cocktails and bottle of wine came to 52 pounds per head.

To find out more visit

Lanky is Back! Check out what is on this week!

In Events, Film, In London, Music on January 21, 2010 at 10:21 am

As we enter the third week of the new year many of us are counting the pennies until payday. There are many of events taking place this week and most of them are under 10 pounds.

Rich Mix – Jan 18th – 23rd – Voice Of Freedom Festival

Voices Of Freedom is a five day festival celebrating the birthday of Martin Luther King jr and the inaugaration Barak Obama through film, music and performances. The festival will begin with a screening of Director Spike Lee’s Film Malcom X starring Denzel Washington on 18th January. Next in the lineup is a reading from critcally accliamed novelist Ben Okri from his book Tales of Freedom. On the 19th January Elizabeth Mansfields play Univited will be performed, a touching play telling the stories of refugees from all over the world. The festival ends with music from Deny Baptiste a Mobo award winning saxophonist who will perform a piece inspired by Martin Luther King’s speech “I have a Dream”.

For more information visit tickets cost 10 pounds.

Olympia – 23rd to 24th Jan – The Diet & Fitness Show

A new year often heralds the beginnings of a new diet or fitness regime. Olympia conference and event centre will be hosting this years Diet and Fitness Show where you can go for advice on all things healthy. The show will include cookery demonstrations and seminars and information on the latest diet and exercises to hit the market.

For more information please visit tickets cost £10 pound in advance.

Things to do a plenty!

In Events, Film, In London on October 23, 2009 at 4:10 pm

This week has gone by so fast, I still can’t believe that it is friday! This week you will be spoilt for choice for things to do in London.

Here are my suggestions for the next week:

The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival – 14th -29th October 2009

Still five days left to a take part in events, workshops and screenings showing the best in film from around the world.

Lanky’s recommendations are :-

An Education

an_education_02Starring Carey Mulligan and Peter Saarsgard, An Education is a coming of age tale based on the Memoirs of Lynn Barber. Set in Post war London, An Education tells the story of a young girl who becomes seduced by the lifestyle of a sophisticated older man.

Fantastic Mr Fox
Fantastic_Mr_Fox_2Sure to appeal to adults and children alike, George Clooney voices the character of Mr Fox in this animated version of Road Dahl’s much loved tale.


Click here to download the Festival Programme.

For information please visit

The Original London Ghost Festival 23rd-31st October 2009

frontposterLondon paranormal is putting on a week long of spooky events leading up to Halloween. Check out the haunted history walk on Oct 26th and take part in Cabinet War Rooms ghost watch on Oct 31st. Muahoohhaahhaaha!

For more information check out


The Affordable Art Fair – Battersea Park – 22nd -25th October 2009

EdgarModern415x425This year is the 10th Anniversary of the Affordable Art Fair and promises to be better than ever. If you think that buying art is only for the rich then think again. Artwork at the fair can be bought for as little as 50 pounds. There is also an education programme running with a chance to take part in printmaking and sculpture.


Tickets cost 12 pounds and can be bought at the door. Under 16’s go free.
For more information visit

The Metro Ski & Snowboard Show 21–25 October 2009

29The Metro Ski & Snowboard Show celebrates the alpine experience and hosts a range of new features along with some returning favourites. Whether you’re an experienced rider or a first timer the show has a range of interactive features to entertain, inspire and amaze. Indulge in the mountain experience and rediscover your passion for snow.

Tickets vary from 9 to 13 pounds. For more information please visit

The Wine Show, Islington Design Centre, 21st-25th October 2009

wineglassFancy yourself as a wine connoisseur? Or maybe you don’t know your Merlot from your Chablis? Either way don’t miss out the UK’s biggest wine show this weekend. Highlights are wine tasting in the Coutts Private Cellar, a talk by renown wine expert Oz Clarke and relaxing in the East Room Bar & Lounge.

For more information please visit

After a long Hiatus Lanky is back!

In Events, In London on October 12, 2009 at 3:51 pm

Firstly I should apologise for the lack of posts. Since starting University I have been rushed off my feet, and have been suffering blog procrastination! So apologies if you’ve been checking back and have been disappointed by lack of activity.

Anyway here are a few things to keep you busy in the next week:

Frieze Art Fair Oct 15th- 18th Regents Park

frieze_2008_homeFeaturing over 150 contemporary art galleries from across the globe, the Frieze Art Fair is back again! Housed in the lovely Regent’s Park, Frieze is the only place to view work by the most exciting and emerging names in art.


Check out for more information and ticket prices.

Zoo Art Fair Oct 16th- 18th Shoreditch

Zoo2009_venueFancy youself as part of the in crowd? Then head down to the Zoo Art fair in Shoreditch. Housed in the former Nicholls and Clarke Building on Shoreditch High Street. Zoo is the younger and hip alternative to the Frieze fair showcasing the work of 50 commercial and non-commercial arts organisations all under six years old. Who knows? You may spot the next Damian Hirst.

Tickets cost ten pounds. Check out more information.

The Learning Revolution Festival – throughout October – Various places in UK

fol_logoIf you’ve always fancied trying something new, don’t miss out on all the fabulous events that will be happening across the UK as part of The Learning Revolution Festival. From Alternative therapies to painting to dry stone walling, there is something for everyone to try.

To check out what is happening in your area visit

Bored continued…

In Events, In London on September 17, 2009 at 11:23 am

Next week:

Placeholder-image_0The London Design festival – 19th September – 27th September
Looking for inspiration? The festival running in its seventh year will be a vast array of creative events exhibitions, and installations taking place across London. “Essentially it is an annual event established to celebrate and promote London as the creative capital of the world”.

For more information visit

 ldwLondon Digital Week – 21st -27th September
“A week of conferences, workshops, meet-ups, presentations, networking, parties and exhibitions bringing together the digital-orientated industries in and around London under one umbrella event”.

For more information visit

Must attend events are:

D&AD Annual Launch Party – 22th September- 7-10pm
A chance to party, take advantage of the free food and drink and see the launch of the best in design, advertising and creative communication 2009.
Tickets are free but space is limited, add your name to the guest list by contacting
For more information visit
Shesays –  23rd September, 7-10pm
Why aren’t there more women working in the digital industry? Shesays are a bunch of industry professionals putting on events to help change this. In this free event they will be discussing ways to get into the industry. It is also a chance to network and ask any questions you have whilst having a bit of a drink and nibble.
For more information visit

 Regent Street Festival – 27th September 12-8pm

This year’s festival theme is birthdays and will see Regent Street and rgnfestAbsolute Radio celebrate by hosting a joint birthday party.The traffic free event will see the Madness perform an exclusive special gig which will be broadcast live from Absolute Radio at 6pm. The event will be in aid of Cancer Research UK.
Thousands of cupcakes will be served at 3pm to celebrate and outside Hamley’s there will be plenty to keep the kids occupied from face painting to a birthday tea party. For adults there will be a fashion show, street performances and a chance to sample a cocktail or two.
For more information visit