Letter from the editor

Happy New Year

January 3, 2018

It’s been a while since I’ve felt like blogging, last year was pretty tough. After a trip to India I spent the first six months recovering from a nasty illness I picked up. Then when it all seemed to be getting better I suffered a bereavement in the family. That’s not to say that I spent the year as a hermit – (i’ll be doing a quick recap in my next post) but I spent a lot of time re-discovering the joys of taking time to relax. Now that I’ve had some time away from the blog, I’ve come to realise that I don’t want to let it go to dust yet. My aim is to blog 1 -2 times a week and try to be consistent. If you don’t want to miss a post then make sure you are signed up to my mailing list.

Stay tuned.

Lanky Girl 🙂



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Basquiat: Boom for Real – Barbican Art Gallery, London

October 2, 2017

Basquiat: Boom for Real 

Wow. October already eh, we’ll don’t despair Lanky Girl is here! I’M BAACK! Ready and willing to share with you all the best things that London has to offer this autumn and since it’s Frieze Week I’m going to kick off with telling you about one exhibition that needs to be on your radar Basquiat: Boom for Real. This is the first large-scale exhibition in the UK of the work of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960—1988). Jean-Michel Basquiat was the pioneering prodigy of the 1980s downtown New York art scene. Engage in the explosive creativity of Basquiat who worked with Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Blondie, among others.

Featuring rare film, photography and archive material, the show captures the spirit of this self-taught artist, poet, DJ and musician whose influence, since his death at 27 in 1988, has been enormous.  This unprecedented exhibition brings together an outstanding selection of more than 100 works from international museums and private collections.

This must see exhibition runs from 21 Sep 2017—28 Jan 2018 at the Barbican Art Gallery.

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Field Day at Dinerama – Bank Holiday Sunday, 27th August 2017

August 21, 2017

Field Day at Dinerama

With Bank Holiday fast approaching here is the first of many events that you should add to your diary this week!

field day at dinerama

Clear the diary as Field Day festival returns to Dinerama on Sunday 27 August for a BIG Bank Holiday bash. Following Easter Sunday’s sell out success and the incredible 11th edition of the festival, Field Day have curated another unmissable event running from Noon ‘til Midnight with 12 hours of music, food, and booze. Dinerama will be rolling up their shutters to host another huge line-up with DJs including Simian Mobile Disco, Baio, Eclair FiFi, Ewan Pearson, Throwing Shade, Lemmy Ashton, Bugged Out, Eat Your Own Ears, Snap Crackle & Pop PLUS special guests to be announced.

Tickets are £10 and include a cold beer on entry, available via www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/OUP3004.

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See Natalie Dormer in Venus in Fur – This October

August 21, 2017

If you’re a Natalie Dormer fan then you will be excited to hear that she will be the West End premiere of David Ives’ hit Broadway play Venus in Fur which will run for a strictly limited nine week engagement at the Theatre Royal Haymarket run from 6 October to 9 December.

Directed by Patrick Marber, designed by Rob Howell with lighting by Hugh Vanstone and casting by Executive Producer Ilene StargerVenus In Fur is an intoxicating dark comedy of desire, fantasy and the innate love of fur.

Natalie Dormer is to play actress Vanda Jordan and enigmatic actress who appears unannounced for an audition with director Thomas Novachek. She’s determined to land the leading role in his new production – despite seeming wrong for the part. Over one evening in downtown Manhattan their charged meeting becomes a seductive dance to the end.

First performance on 6 October

Performances Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm Thursday and Saturday at 3pm

Prices from £15
200 seats at £15 for every performance

For full details either visit www.trh.co.uk or call 020 7930 8800

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Ben Eine Pop-Up Shop opens 6th September

August 17, 2017

Ben eine pop up shop

Ben Eine pop up shop

All you street art fans get this this date in your diary Here’s a date that you need to get in your diary. Renowned street artist Ben Eine has created limited edition artwork in his famous lettering style that will be going on sale at a two-day pop-up shop. Located in Old Street station, East London, keen fans will be able to purchase his exclusive merchandise at the Data Dollar store created by cybersecurity giant Kaspersky Lab.

The bespoke merchandise is exclusive to the two-day event. Artwork fans and followers of Eine’s work can purchase merchandise and – on the first day – meet the artist himself. Eine’s work has a reputation for selling out prior to general gallery opening so the Data Dollar store represents a unique opportunity to purchase a piece of his famed art and style for a bargain – but with a twist.

An East London local, Eine’s work is littered across the streets of Old Street and Shoreditch and has caught the attention of locals and visitors alike. Street tours have been setup to allow avid fans the chance to enjoy Eine’s vibrant creations.

The Data Dollar Store will be open in Old Street station on Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th September, 2017, from 8.30am-7pm.

WHAT: Prolific Shoreditch street artist Ben Eine is opening a pop-up shop, the Data Dollar store.

WHEN: Wednesday 6th & Thursday 7th September

WHERE: Old Street Station, London

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St Germain immersive Pop up hits London Thursday 27th July – Saturday 29th July

July 25, 2017

Maison St Germain

Maison St.Germain

ST.GERMAIN is bringing a splash of joyful decadence to the heart of London with the opening of its first ever London residency, “MAISON ST.GERMAIN”, in celebration of the thousands of elderflowers harvested to create the unique elderflower liqueur. MAISON ST.GERMAIN will welcome guests through its doors at 2 Soho Square, London from Thursday 27th July – Saturday 29th July.

Brought to life in collaboration with ‘June in March’ floral designer, Emily Baylis, consumers will be taken on a romantic-yet-whimsical journey that celebrates the joyful decadence of summer indulgence in the spirit of Les Années Folles.

Guests will be able to begin the MAISON ST.GERMAIN experience by visiting the brands’s resident florist, following which they’ll be led through a floral corridor to the pièce principale, a stunning ST.GERMAIN green room made of fresh blossom. The pièce principale will feature the Maison’s bar, where guests will be able to enjoy the ST.GERMAIN Cocktail while listening to a live band filling the room with jazz manouche.

The immersive experience will then lead guests up a floral staircase to the ST.GERMAIN speakeasy. Here, guests will be able to sample an exclusive collection of ST.GERMAIN Cocktails, artfully crafted by Global Brand Ambassador, Camille Ralph Vidal. They’ll also be able to learn how to make their favourite cocktail.

Those looking to get more involved, will be able to take part in a bespoke series of workshops happening daily.

ST.GERMAIN Elderflower Liqueur is the world’s first French liqueur made from delicate elderflower blossoms, handpicked at the height of their beauty during a maddeningly ephemeral growing season once a year.

For more information, visit www.maisonstgermain.co.uk.

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GREY GOOSE vodka Launches The Le Grand Fizz Brunch Club

July 25, 2017

Grey Goose Le Grand Fizz Brunch Club 3For fans of a boozy lunch check out this event. On Saturday 12th August, 12pm – 2pm, Grey Goose vodka will launch The Le Grand Fizz Brunch Club. GREY GOOSE have also partnered with well-known foodie Anna Barnett and Head of Bars at The Ned, Dan Berger; for the event who will be preparing the food and cocktails respectively.

Get ready for the ultimate brunch as GREY GOOSE helps you live your best summer. Next month, GREY GOOSE vodka launches the Le Grand Fizz Brunch Club which promises unique dining and cocktail experience completely personalised to your own taste profile; made with the world’s best tasting, naturally rich and full bodied vodka.

Great taste is the essence of a summer well lived. Bringing together the expertise of well-known foodie Anna Barnett and Head of Bars at The Ned, Dan Berger; guests will be taken on a journey of exploration inspired by the five key taste profiles: sweet, sour, salty, umami and bitter.

Upon arrival, guests will enjoy a brunch style canape reception, where they will be invited to explore and identify their preferred taste profile. They can then personalise their own dish with Anna Barnett on hand to share her expertise. The ingredients behind each dish has been carefully crafted to pair with Grey Goose’s refreshing summer serve, Le Grand Fizz.

Tickets are available for £30 + booking fee via the  link below.

Where: Carousel, 71 Blandford St, Marylebone, London W1U 8AB
When: Saturday 12th August 12pm – 2pm
For Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/grey-goose-le-grand-fizz-brunch-club-tickets-36351281662

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Things to do in London: The Portman Marylebone Summer Street Party 6th July

June 30, 2017

The Portman Marylebone Summer Street Party

The Portman Marylebone Summer Street Party

The Portman Marylebone Summer Street Party is coming to New Quebec Street and Seymour Place for an event with live music, food, drinks and entertainment for all ages, on Thursday 6 July, from 5pm to 10pm.

Both streets will be pedestrianised for the duration of the event and transformed in line with this year’s theme, ‘urban garden’.

Entry to the event is free and there is a jam-packed schedule of things to see, eat and do.

The London Perspective recommends:

  •  The make your own terrarium workshop by renowned florist James Bernard Floristry
  • Sampling a host of cocktails and dishes (pintxos, pizza) from local restaurants Bernardi’s, Lurra and The Mae Deli – The first concept deli from blogging sensation Deliciously Ella.
  • Taking advantage of promotions in a host of boutiques, including beachwear designer Paolita and interiors design shop, Eliska
  •  Attending GAIL’s Artisan Bakery garden party.
  • New Quebec Street, butcher and grill Boxcar – the latest arrival to the street – will be serving up a summer BBQ, whilst fine wine purveyor Philglas and Swiggot will host wine tasting competitions.

Places on the terrarium workshop will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis, so guests are encouraged to arrive early to avoid disappointment. For more information, visit  www.portmanmarylebone.com.

Schedule of activities 

New Quebec Street

  • Beauty Rose Hair and Beauty Professionals: Hair accessorising and nibbles for visitors
  • Boxcar: Summer BBQ
  • Eliska (interiors): ‘urban garden’ interiors, PIMM’s and soft drinks, ‘urban garden’ tasters
  • La Petite Poissonnerie: Oysters and champagne, sashimi platters
  • Paolita: Cocktails and drinks and 15% off all current collections
  • Philglas & Swiggot: Wine tasting competitions (rosé, prosecco and champagne)

Seymour Place

  • Bernardi’s: Serving Gigli (white veal ragu & mascarpone) and Casarecce (buffalo ricotta, lemon, mint and courgette), alongside cocktails including the Belsazar and Verdini
  • GAIL’s Artisan Bakery: Garden party for families, and a selection of freshly baked treats
  • The Carpenters Arms: Complimentary tasters of new drinks
  • Lemongrass: Promotion on 15-minute massage at exclusive price of £10, beauty products and Lemongrass tea
  • Lurra: Serving Galician beef pintxo and Txakoli sung cocktails
  • SANDY’s: Serving slices of Corsican pizza
  • The Gate: serving buffalo mozzarella with wild garlic and heritage tomatoes, MediterrAsian salad, vegan burgers, peanut butter millionaire shortbread and homemade lemonade
  • The Mae Deli: Serving a selection of dishes
  • The Portman: Hook-a-duck competitions, summer BBQ, Mamoo ice cream trolley, veggie sticks and dipping sauce and watermelon on sticks. Serving beers and punch
  • Vinoteca: Porchetta (slow cooked pork) sandwich and a glass of cinsaut on tap for £10. Prosecco and wine also available by the glass



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Mayfair Art Weekend 2017 – 30 June – 2 July

June 26, 2017

Mayfair art weekend

Mayfair Art Weekend 2017

If you’re an art lover like myself then you’re in for a treat this week London is going to be  jam packed with art exhibitions and fairs. You will be spoiled for choice. The first event I will be telling you about is Mayfair Art Weekend kicking off on the 30th of June.

The weekend, in partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts, will see over 60 art galleries, fashion brands, restaurants and bars in Mayfair and St. James’s open their doors to the public, inviting culture seekers to explore a unique district where the worlds of art, fashion and luxury converge.

With such a rich programme in store, here are a few highlight events throughout the weekend to whet your appetite

  • Gallery HOP!

To kick off the weekend on Friday evening (6-8pm) take a hop through Mayfair’s thriving gallery scene and enjoy a glass of wine while previewing over 20 exhibitions.

  • Exhibitions, Talks and Tours

A conversation with artist Cristiano Pinaldi ‘On Fake News’ at Partners & Mucciaccia (Friday 30th June, 15:00-16:00)

Guided tours of Wayne Thiebaud’s exhibition at White Cube (Friday-Sunday, 12.30-1:00)

A preview Mayor Gallery’s Tadaaki Kuwayama exhibition, complete with Prosecco and macarons from Ladurée to compliment the brightly coloured artworks (Saturday 1st July; 14:00-18:00)

  • The RA Festival

A festival spirit will take hold of the RA Courtyard, offering a place to eat street food, drink craft beer and listen to music while engaging in creative workshops such as printmaking, discovering site-specific installations and learning more about the open galleries and art activities across Mayfair and St James.

  • Hignell Garden Party

Spend a thoroughly British afternoon at a Garden Party hosted by Hignell Gallery in Shepherd’s Market, complete with bunting and wheelbarrows. The party is in honour of Ben Russell’s cactus-inspired sculpture, currently on display until 3rd July.

You can find our more about Mayfair Art Weekend on the website.

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Date for your diary – Serpentine pavilion 2017 opening 23rd June

June 19, 2017

Serpentine Pavilion 2017

If you love art or architecture then you must include a visit to the Serpentine Pavilion in your list of things to do this summer. Diébédo Francis Kéré, an award-winning architect from Gando, Burkina Faso, has been commissioned to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2017, responding to the brief with a bold, innovative structure that brings his characteristic sense of light and life to the lawns of Kensington Gardens.

serpentine 2017

If you want to hear more about the design, the architect will be in conversation with Mohsen Mostafavi (Dean, Harvard Graduate School of Design), Hans Ulrich Obrist (Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries), and Saskia Sassen (Professor, Columbia University) on the 24th June.

Admission to view the Serpentine Pavilion 2017 is free. For more information please click here.