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January 2012

Art, Things to do in london

Vaudeville Hootennany and Future Map at Zabludowicz Collection

January 24, 2012

January is the month that everyone is always broke (well I know I am Hehe) so meeting up with my good friend Kirsty for day of cultural activities needed to be free and interesting. luckily I stumbled across The Vaudeville Hootenanny a lovely little creative event with a vintage twist being put on at the Zabludowicz Collection in Chalk farm. Also currently exhibiting at the Zabludowicz Collection is Future Map;

“Future Map is an annual survey show exhibiting the best cutting edge talent from the graduating year at University of the Arts London. Reviewing all the graduate and postgraduate courses in art, design, fashion and communications, an illustrious panel of industry experts chose works they feel best represent the next generation of creativity”.

Zabludowicz Collection - Future Map

Future Map at Zabludowicz Collection.

We had a fun time having a little wonder around the gallery and we were particularly taken with work by Oliver Ruuger  a London College of Fashion graduate. I pleasantly was surprised to spot some more of his work being displayed in the windows of Selfridges when I headed to Oxford Street later on that day.

Oliver Ruuger - "One"

The Vaudeville Hootenanny was a fairly small event but we made some very interesting discoveries.

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We also met fledgling accessories designers Anastasia Fairs and Ugonna Heston.

Anastasia Fairs have not been around very long but the lady (I forget her name) makes the most exquisite and delicate floral accessories. We were particularly impressed with some of her hand painted clutches. If you want to check her out visit facebook.com/anastasia.fairs or her shop on Etsy.

Anastasia Fairs - lovely handpainted clutches

Now those of you who read my post on New African Fashion will know that I am mad about Ankara wax prints. Ugonna Hosten makes the most delightful Ankara oilskin bags that are both chic and practical. The prices are reasonable and the collection displays a lot of attention to detail. If you want to find out about Ugo and her bags check out www.ugosboutique.com 

Ugo - lovely oilskin Ankara bags

If you have an interest in deisgn then the Future Map exhibit is worth a visit.

Visit http://www.zabludowiczcollection.com/ for more information.

Food, restaurants

Novikov Asian Restaurant – Review

January 19, 2012

If you follow me on Twitter you have probably seen me going on about Novikov a new Asian and Italian restaurant in Mayfair, London. To celebrate my new job Mr WP, The London Perspective’s resident love doctor and I went along to Novikov on Wednesday last week. There has been a lot of buzz surrounding Novikov since it opened a few months ago and being a fan of Asian food I just had to check it out. When we arrived at the restaurant we were greeted by some friendly and attractive front of house staff who took our coats and showed us to our table. The Asian restaurant is on the first level and its Italian counterpart is on the lower level. On this particular Wednesday it was obvious we were lucky to get a table.

The low lighting and club like music  gives Novikov an edgy and glamorous feel.  The restaurant is utilitarian in style with wooden benches and simple paper menus. I found the menu to be fairly diverse and had similar offerings that you would find at places like Hakkasan and Nobu. For my starter I opted for Har Gau dim sum and WP went for the warm crispy duck with peking dressing. While we were waiting for our starters we were served a sort of cabbage in chilli sauce which was very tasty. When our starters came I was a little disappointed as the size of the har gau dumplings were small compared to what I have had in other restaurants. Although this was remedied as the har gau tasted delicious easily on the level of what I have eaten at Yauatcha. Being still hungry I pinched some of WP’s duck salad. The salad was also commendable and I enjoyed the sweetness of the pomegranate contrasted with the duck. For the main course I ordered steamed seabass with ginger, spring onion and soy and special char sui fried rice. I have to say that even though the texture of the fish was good I found the taste bland and boring. The rice wasn’t much better as it was overcooked and unexciting. Considering the prices of the dishes on the menu you do expect the dishes to pack some punch. We also had a long wait between the first and second courses. The wine list was at least fairly reasonable for Mayfair and we washed our food down with a nice glass of Sauvignon blanc.

So what is my verdict? Well WP and I both agreed that for the prices you are buying more the atmosphere than the food. My experience of Novikov was mixed, although we enjoyed our starters we were disappointed by the mains so we probably won’t be returning anytime soon. There are just too many other better restaurant offerings in the same price bracket for our tastes.

A meal for two plus one bottle of wine came to £140 pounds.

Har Gau

Har Gau Dim Sum

Warm duck salad

Warm Duck and Peking salad

Steamed seabass in soy

Fashion

Daily Distraction – New Job equals New Clothes!

January 16, 2012

One of my new years resolutions last year was to get a new job and I am happy to say that I have been successful in obtaining one. At my current job there isn’t really a dress code and as a result I have become a little bit scruffy. However the new company I will be working for is a little bit corporate. Which gives me a great excuse to revamp my look! I love that this season there is emphasis on strong  colours. Work wear traditionally can be quite boring  but choosing to add a bit of colour will instantly liven up your look whilst still looking smart. With the sales still on there is bargain to be had. Below is some of the items that have caught my eye.

Red leather bag from Etsy - £134.06

Unique Leather Shoulder Bag Brown - from Etsy - £80.43

Page Jacket from Hobbs - £45.00

ASOS Sexy Origami Ponti Pencil Skirt - £12.00

Patent Double Bow Ballerina Shoes - Next - £34

 

L.E. Empire Star Jacket Hobbs - £149.00

Fashion, London, Things to do in london

Things to do this weekend in London – 13-15th January 2012

January 13, 2012

The first one of the year! There are lots of fun things to do in London this weekend and here are my recommendations:

The London Bike Show 12 – 15 January 2012, Excel London

Being a bit of a bike nutt I have been looking forward to this show for a while. The London Bike Show is one of the largest and most exciting cycling events within the UK. It’s a great place to go and have look at the latest in bicycle design, buy some new gear and watch some amazing cycling demos. Also The London Bike Show runs alongside The Outdoors Show, The Active Travel Show and the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show, and tickets are valid for entry to all four shows meaning that you can have four experiences rolled into one.

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

Royal College of Art:  Students’ Work In Progress Show – 12 – 18 January 2012 – FREE

See some great art from up and coming artists from the The Royal College of Art in Kensington. The college will be exhibiting work from  its best students studying Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork & Jewellery, Fashion, Textiles, Painting and Sculpture. Who know’s who you might discover?

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

London Ice Sculpting Festival – 13-14 January 2012 – FREE

A free festival spread across three spaces – Montgomery Square, Canada Square Park and Jubilee Place Shopping Mall. Sculptors from 8 teams will be competing against each other in order to produce some amazing ice creations.

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

The London Vintage Fashion, Textiles & Accessories Fair, Hammersmith Town Hall –  15th January 2012

Calling all vintage vixens in West London.  100 exhibitors will be offering for sale vintage fashion, textiles and accessories from 1880 to 1980.

Early entry 8am: £10, 10am-5pm: £4.

Damien Hirst: The Complete Spot Paintings 1986-2011

Damien Hirst’s much talked about exhibition of Spot Paintings opened at the Gagosian Gallery in London yesterday. The Gagosian Gallery is showing 300 of Damien Hirst’s spot paintings, taking over all eleven of its galleries around the world in New York, Los Angeles, Rome, Athens, Geneva, Hong Kong and both spaces in London. If you are Hirst Fan it is not be missed.

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

War Horse (2011) – Across Cinemas in London – 13th January 2012

Sure to be a fantastic movie following the sell out Theatre version, about a young boy named Albert who enlists to service in WWI after his beloved horse, Joey, is sold to the cavalry. Albert’s hopeful journey takes him out of England and across Europe as the war rages on.

Food, restaurants

A date at Koffman’s At The Berkeley – Review

January 9, 2012

Koffman's

What better way to end my period of self-imposed hibernation then going to Koffman’s At The Berkeley for dinner. This was my first time going out to dinner on a Sunday night but I have to say that it is something I would do again. The restaurant wasn’t very busy and because of this we had very attentive service and it was easy to maintain a conversation. Koffman’s (after the legendary chef Pierre Koffmann) is an informal French bistro-style restaurant based at the Berkeley hotel. Here is what I ate:

Hand dived scallops, ink sauce & broccoli purée

Hand dived scallops, ink sauce & broccoli purée

Starter: The scallops were cooked to perfection, the brocoli was sweet and fluffy combined with the ink sauce I found myself  wanting more. A simple dish that I would definitely give 10/10.

Herb Encrusted Lamb

Herb-crusted rump of lamb

Main: Now I have a confession, I am one of those annoying people who likes their meat “well-done” and that is why I always worry when I’m eating French food. However on this occasion I was persuaded that the lamb shouldn’t be more than medium. I have to say that I am now a convert. The lamb was succulent and moist and combined with the cheesy mushrooms it blew my socks off.

Pistachio Souffle

Dessert: I chose the Pistachio Soufflé. The dish had a lovely strong nutty aroma, but I found it a bit heavy after eating all the rest of the food.

In between we had a lovely mini burger, a glass of champagne and some lovely French breads.

 This was all washed down with a lovely bottle of Chateau La Coste, Bellugue Rose.
Overall I would definitely recommend Koffman’s if you would like to taste good quality French cooking. Its intimate surroundings are great for a special occasion and it doesn’t have any of the pretentiousness sometimes associated with French restaurants.

A meal for two and wine came to around 160 pounds.

http://www.the-berkeley.co.uk/koffmanns.aspx

Koffman's Pig

Food, restaurants

More food adventures..805 Restaurant and Yauatcha

January 3, 2012

Now I bet your thinking random? Nigerian and Chinese food? Well isn’t London the best place to live 🙂

805 Restaurant – Old Kent Road

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If you’ve always wanted to try authentic Nigerian cuisine then 805 in Old Kent Road is the place to go. The food there is high quality, fresh and tasty. Things to be aware of: Nigerian food is hot and spicy and even though the food is good here it always gets so busy that the service is slow. So you have to go and be willing to wait a bit. Been here many times with my family and the standard is always high.

Yauatcha – Soho

Yauatcha really needs no introduction it is in the top three places to go if you are a bit of dim sum addict. I was lucky enough to go there in October last year. Unfortunately I deleted the pictures of the Dim Sum argh! However, Yauatcha’s desserts are worth noting down for being equally as fabulous, you can even stop by and pick some up for dinner party you are throwing. The service here was quick (they have 2hr turn around), it isn’t cheap either but if you fancy a treat or impressing a date this place won’t fail.

restaurants

Food Adventures 2011, Hakkasan, and Dolada

January 2, 2012

I ate out a lot in 2011. Unfortunately I wasn’t so good at documenting it all. So Instead I have decided to post some of the pictures of things that I ate and where. Enjoy!

Hakkasan – Hanway Place –  November 2011

Verdict: Overall I wasn’t that impressed with the food here. The Dim Sum I think was better at Yauatcha. The Chilean seabass was a bit bland and the service indifferent. Somehow this place was still packed. For a michelin starred restaurant I was expecting to be blown away.

Dolada – October

Dolada was a lovely Italian restaurant in Mayfair. The staff were friendly, service was good and the food tasted authentic. A great place for a date as the lighting and atmosphere is romantic. We had a great time here and will be back!

To be continued tomorrow… Yauatcha and 805 Restaurant.

London, musings

Happy New Year Everyone From The London Perspective

January 1, 2012

Happy New Year Everyone! Wow, it really is hard to believe that this blog is already a year old. It’s funny looking back at my resolutions for 2011, trying to blog everyday (which didn’t really happen), doing more exercise ha! However, I am glad that it did start this blog because the  last year was such a blast! I’ve met some amazing and interesting people, attended some fantastic events and tasted some very nice food indeed! I hope that 2012 will be a year full of many wonderful moments for you and your families and I want to thank all the lovely people who have helped contribute to making this blog worthwhile. So 2012? Well, I hope to continue to provide inspiration to get people out and about enjoying the wonderful city that is London. So stay tuned for updates.

Lanky Girl