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August 2012

London, Things to do in london

Visit the Midori’s Chi Garden at The Phene Today, 30th August 2012

August 30, 2012

Today is your last chance to visit Midori’s Chi garden at The Phene in Chelsea. (The Phene was featured in the reality TV series Made in Chelsea). Midori’s Chi Garden provides a haven of calm and sophistication in the midst of the capital where you can escape from the crowds and restore your Chi.  

The Chi Garden, brought to you by the iconic Midori melon liqueur, sees the outdoor area at Chelsea hotspot The Phene transformed into a stylish cocktail garden themed around Midori’s Japanese provenance.

The Phene, is set in the heart of Chelsea, a short walk from the famous Kings Road – 9 Phene Street, London SW3 5NY.

The Phene’s piece de resistance is its stunning garden which will be styled to complement an authentic Japanese garden, complete with glowing lanterns, beautiful hand-cut screens and vibrant orchids. Complete with comfortable sofas and bamboo chairs, visitors can enjoy drinks from the Midori bar in this striking outdoor retreat, thoroughly warmed and protected by state-of-the-art infrared heated parasols and real outdoor fireplaces.

On arrival visitors will receive one free Midori Sour – the liqueur’s signature cocktail, and can enjoy a range of Midori serves throughout the evening, including the Midori Iced Chi which has been specially created by The Phene for the garden bar.

So get down there this evening for an after work drink, and restore your chi…ahhhh.

For more information please visit: www.midorigarden.co.uk

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London, Things to do in london

Things To Do This Bank Holiday Weekend in London – 24th August 2012

August 24, 2012

Well it’s finally here bank holiday weekend! Woop! 4 days of sun….er actually lets not talk weather, well 4 days of relaxation and no work! So what can you look forward to this weekend? Here is Lanky Girl’s picks of what you should be doing this weekend.

Fridays – The Comedy Bin – T-Bird, 132 Blackstock Road, Finsbury Park, London N4 2DX –  8pm – FREE

The T-Bird Comedy Bin is a weekly stand-up comedy show every Friday from 8pm – 10:30pm showcasing 10 – 12 acts per show. A night of funny surprises, sometimes a bit odd and sometimes simply hilarious. It is a great night to see new comics on the circuit as well as more established comics with their latest material. You never know, you might bump into the next big comedy star.

For more information please visit: http://www.comedybin.org/t_bird.htm

Last chance! Photo exhibition of Londoners at Play! Getty Images Gallery, 46 Eastcastle St. Ends Sat Aug 25. Nr Ox.Circus. 9-5pm

For more information please visit: http://www.gettyimagesgallery.com/exhibitions/archive/londoners-at-play.aspx

Bond exhibition at The Barbican – 6 Jul – 5 Sep 2012

“The Barbican marks the 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise, from 1962’s Dr No to this year’s Skyfall, with a unique exhibition showcasing the inside story of the design and style of the world’s most influential and iconic movie brand”.

Whether you like your drink shaken or stirred, you can enjoy a selection of Bond-style cocktails at the Martini Bar and experience the 007 lifestyle for real.

For more information please visit: http://www.barbican.org.uk/bond/

The Dark Rises at The IMAX at the Science Museum – Final Weekend.

Have you watched The Dark Knight Rises in at the IMAX yet? This is the last weekend to watch it on the massive screen at the Science Museum, so if you haven’t seen it yet I recommend you book it pronto!

http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/visitmuseum/events/imax_films/the_dark_knight_rises.aspx

Free Screenings at The Southbank – Theatre of Blood – Saturday 25 August 2012

Feeling a bit poor before payday (yes me too) then enjoy one the Free open-air movie screenings on the South Bank this weekend.

In Theatre of Blood “Vincent Price glowers magnificently in this Shakespearian horror-fest showing the murderous consequences that can happen when theatre critics give bad reviews… Starring Vincent Price, Diana Rigg & Michael Hordern (1973, dir: Douglas Hickox, 104 mins)

Also if you are an American Express card holder you can benefit from a dedicated seating area including wireless headphones and popcorn. Nice one!

The Notting Hill Carnival – Sunday 26 & Monday 27 August

This event needs no introduction come rain or shine its time to get your glad rags on and party like the best of them.

To see what is happening visit; http://www.thenottinghillcarnival.com/

The Tudor Fayre At Hampton Court Palace 25 – 27 August

Be transported back in time when you visit Hampton Court Palace where traders, alchemists, musicians and fools bring their summer fayre to the palace to escape the plague which threatens nearby Kingston.

Wander amongst the stalls, join the entourage of horses, dogs and hunting birds as the court prepares for one of Henry VIII’s greatest pleasures, a royal hunt. Sure to be a fun weekend for anyone who loves Tudor history.

For more information please visit: http://www.hrp.org.uk/hamptoncourtpalace/WhatsOn/TheTudorFayre

Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships – Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 August – Bethnal Green Gardens

Bike nut? Then make sure you watch the  Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships this weekend and also  from 12-3pm a professional photographer will be there offering you the chance  for you (and a friend or family) to get a FREE photographic portrait of you and your bike(s).

For more information please visit: http://lcc.org.uk/articles/free-cycling-portraits-by-a-pro-photographer-at-the-london-bike-polo-championships

Markets to check out this weekend

Have a good one everyone!

London, restaurants

Wandering in East London, Discovering Sushisamba and Jaguar Shoes at Old Shoreditch Station

August 16, 2012

The last couple of weeks I have found myself hanging out in East London a fair bit, I guess after the scaremongering during the Olympics I figured I was probably best to try to stay closer to home. However this has led me to some new discoveries!

Jaguar Shoes Collective – The Old Shoreditch Station – Kingsland Rd

Like many places in Shoreditch Jaguar Shoes is a collection of artist, Cafe, Shop, and exhibition. They have recently launched Brolly & Ice Cream, a new exhibition & pop-up purveying the finest teas and ices and last Thursday I decided to check out its launch. During which we were treated to complimentary gin cocktails and  able to sample some of the delicious ice cream they would have on sale. The  Brolly and ice cream exhibition features bespoke graphic wallpaper, giant ice cream sculptures and an inverted umbrella lighting installation alongside a selection of illustrated products created by the JaguarShoes roster of artists.  To accompany the exhibition, the fashion retail area of the building has been transformed into a Teas and Ices shop. Inspired by the 1930-1940’s era; a time of home-making, frugality and rationing. This place is definitely worth checking out so if you’re looking for somewhere to chill out for the remainder of the summer get down here.

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

The Old Shoreditch Station

Gin cocktails and Damson Ice cream

On the way we spotted a couple of very cool murals. .. I just had to get a picture of this Olympic inspired one. Go Jessica Ennis!

If anyone know the artist who did this let us know!

Jessica Ennis – Repeat Graffii

Sushisamba – Floors 38 and 39, Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY

Heron Tower http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1e/Heron_Tower_from_Wormwood_St.JPG

The Heron tower is one of the new skyscrapers that have risen up in London recently. Having already been to The Drift I was keen to check out the views from its newest edition Sushisamba, a restaurant serving a fusion of Brazilian, Peruvian and Japanese food. Obviously the pulling point of this place is the views which are without a doubt spectacular. On this occasion I didn’t get to taste the food but we did spend some time in the bar enjoying the scenery and a couple of funky cocktails. The restaurant was very busy but we found we didn’t have a problem getting a place to sit and access to the bar. I really enjoyed myself and will be definitely making an excuse to go back.

For more information please visit: http://sushisamba.com/gallery/location/london

Sushisamba bar

Views of the Gherkin at night

Gorgeous views of London at night

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Meet a Londoner: Michelin Star Chef – Raphael Francois

August 14, 2012


Continuing the theme of East Vs West today I will be interviewing my friend Chef Raphael Francois about his love of West London. Raphael has spent the last 5 years as Executive Chef at the Connaught during which the restaurant gained two Michelin Stars. He has now left to concentrate on working on Rehoba a social network for professionals in the hospitality industry.

Raphael, what drew you to live in West London?

I would say that West London is a very “French” part of London with its rich areas, its football club like Chelsea, its shops, pubs with good food and where I live in Notting hill there is a nice easy going vibe which I really love.

When a person like me moves to a city that he doesn’t really know, the first thing he will do is choose to live where he heard about the most when being abroad.  I do  have to admit though East London has it’s qualities as well.

Where are your favourite places to go in West London?

I would say: Golborne Road with its nice antique shops and Portuguese coffee shop (they do a formidable double expresso). I also love the Latin, Moroccan and British atmosphere. It’s such a unique mix. Also I love Portobello Road’s cool market and nice soul, It all about the reggae beats!

Westborne Grove has lots of classy and trendy shops and a few nice places where it’s good to relax on a terrace.

Being a chef can you recommend good places to eat in West London?

Yes definitely, there are a few places where you can enjoy a good time with good glass of wine or cocktails and good food.

I would recommend:

  • Hereford Road, great chef, the food is simple but well made.
  • Commander for its oysters and a nice chilled Beaujolais
  • The Electric Cinema, unfortunately it  recently burned down, so be patient and wait until its reopening.
  • E&O funky cocktails and Asian food, it’s always packed!
  • Few pubs like Bonaparte and  The Cow.
  • Bastelica for the good pizza.
  • Porto on Golborne road, my favourite place to enjoy a good coffee.

On a Saturday night where can you be found to be hanging out?

Mostly I tend to head to Mayfair, but If I am not around there I can be find at, The Westbourne, E&O or Lonsdale Bar. But honestly, it just depends on my mood that day. London is full of so many great and different places it  is so easy to change an evening plan at the very last minute.

When you are cooking for friends where do you usually go to buy produce?

Without hesitation I would head to Portobello Market and few shops around there.

However, I must admit that sometimes I do go to East London as there are few very nice markets with amazing stinky French cheeses…it’s how we like it 🙂 When I am feeling creative, I’ve found Borough market is the secret to find unique products and to develop ideas.

Being a fashionable young man, what are your favourite West London shops?

Ha, ha, ha. I like the words “Fashionable Young Man”.

I would say “Dover Street Market” but there are so many!  I do have a “Coup de Coeur” for some brands like Vivienne Westwood, Balenciaga, Le temps des Cerises, Issey Miyake, Comme des Garcons, Maison Martin Margiela, Pierre Hardy, Kenzo, the list could go on and on. Fashion is definitely a part of my lifestyle but I don’t break the piggybank for it ;-).  Its cool sometimes to dress up but during the weekend I take it easy on the fashion.

Previously you lived in Paris, how do the two places compare for you?

For me the two places have their own charm. Paris is good for its coffee terrace and culinary culture. What I miss about Paris is in the morning going to the Café near my flat, reading  my newspaper of the day with a good coffee and croissant and then  going to pick up my daily “Baguette”.

What I love about London is that it is cosmopolitan city. Its melting-pot of cultures makes London one of the few cities where you feel at home very quickly. I am a proof; I have been here for almost five years now and not ready to go.

 Do you see yourself living in West London for the future?

Yes I do. I enjoy living in West London so will probably remain here for a while yet but who knows one I could be tempted to live in the countryside so only the time will tell.

What do you think? Is West London the best place to live?

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Things to do this Weekend in London – 10th August 2012

August 10, 2012

This weekend is looking like it is going to be absolutely beautiful, so with the Olympics  closing soon its worth taking advantage of all the cool and interesting things going on around London.

So here is my handpicked list for today!

Friday 10th August 2012

Street Feast London – Friday Night Market – ​5PM TO 12AM – Thames House, Hartwell Street, E8 3DU.

15 food stalls selling the best from London’s Streetfood scene in Dalston! Get down there tonight for cheap eats! For more information visit: http://www.streetfeastlondon.com

Inflatable Stonehenge – Alexandra Palace

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dbullock/7506737204/sizes/m/in/photostream/

We’ve already had Citihenge made out of cars and now for kids and adults alike is an inflatable Stonehenge in Alexandra Park. So if the kids are driving you mad or you just fancy a bit of a bounce head down there today! More information please visit: http://sacrilege2012.co.uk/

Portobello Pop Up cinema – 24 Portobello Road

Portobello ‘Pop Up’ is a not-for-profit digital Microplex cinema, nestled under the Westway.  Tickets are obtainable on the door (no reservation/advance booking required). Check out the all the great films that will be showing in next few weeks.

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

The Retreat – The-Brewery London Olympics Pop-Up -52 Chiswell Street, London, EC1Y 4SD

“The Retreat is an ultra luxurious pop-up club designed to deliver a decadent Olympic Gold experience in stunning surroundings. You will be greeted upon arrival with complimentary champagne reception served alfresco. Ticket £15 includes admission, complimentary champagne served 7pm until 8pm, Olympic screenings, a game of Olympic Shot Roulette and entry to party at The Club until 2am on 10th August”. For more information please visit: http://www.designmynight.com/The-Retreat-The-Brewery-London-Olympics-Pop-Up

Visit one of London’s Hidden Parks

If you read one of my recent posts about stumbling across a secret Garden in the West End you will agree how great it is to find somewhere away from the crowds. Yesterday I discovered http://hiddenparks.tumblr.com/ a site with an interactive map of all London’s green spaces. Ssshh..keep it to yourself!

Competition

Win Tickets to the Foodies Festival at Battersea Park August 17-19th 2012

August 6, 2012

 

This August, the UK’s biggest food festival is returning to Battersea Park London and  food-lovers are invited to enjoy the vast array of culinary activities taking place over the 3-day event including chef demonstrations and food masterclasses.  Now in its sixth year, Foodies Festivals also take place across the UK in Edinburgh, Brighton, Bristol, Hampton Court Palace, Tatton Park and Oxford.

The London Perspective has Five pairs of tickets to give away! So you and a friend  are in with a chance to see top chefs, including (Mr Reggae Reggae Sauce!) Levi Roots , Ed Baines of Randall & Aubin, Ben Tish of The Salt Yard, Clare Smyth of Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, cook signature dishes live in the Chefs’ Theatre and explain how amateur cooks can prepare the same dishes at home.

To win a ticket all you have to do is Like the The London Perspective Facebook page AND leave a comment on this blog saying “I’m the biggest Foodie”

SIMPLES!

The competition will be closing on Friday 10th August and Winners will be notified by email by Monday 13th August 2012.

T&Cs
– Prize is as stated and no cash alternatives are offered.
– Tickets Valid on 17th, 18th and 19th August 2012 at Battersea Park.
– No refunds or exchanges.
– Each ticket is for one single entry to event.

Tickets for Foodies Battersea Park are available from www.foodiesfestival.com or by calling 0844 995 1111. 

Bars, Olympic Events

Olympic Themed Ladies Night At Apres-London

August 2, 2012

This is ladies night and I feel alright…oh this is ladies night… Oh what a night! Okay I’ll stop singing now before your computer screen shatters, to tell you about my experience at  Apres-London  a boutique bar and lounge behind Oxford Street. Last week Lanky Girl was invited to their Olympic themed ladies night where we were treated to complimentary canapes and cocktails. I just have one word for this place awesome! It was like a very grown-up slumber party (there was a small group of good-looking guys there too hehe).

The ladies night was held in the basement lounge, which was dark, intimate and plush. A great place to host a party or take your date. Throughout the night we were lucky enough to be serenaded by a singer belting out an array of indie classics. My friend and I had such a fun night and the best thing, didn’t spend a penny! Apparently these ladies nights will be regularly occurring at Apres-London so I recommend that you join the Apres London Facebook page for updates.

For more information on the Apres-London  please visit http://apres-london.com/