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December 2012

Art, Christmas in London

Lanky Girl’s Advent Calender 21st Dec – Free Orchids Flower Giveaway on the Streets of East London

December 21, 2012

orchids exhibition

Art of Life, a group of Dutch pot orchid growers have unveiled a new exhibition of orchid inspired art at the Village Underground, Shoreditch, East London, to raise awareness about the versatility of the exotic beauties.

The 3D effect, photo realistic exhibition is available to view on the exterior walls of the cultural space on Great Eastern Street in Shoreditch until  Sunday 23rd December 2012. The exhibition promises to transform the gritty brick façade to showcase and create intrigue about the splendour of the striking floral variety.

From 11 am, Orchids will be given away to passers-by at the site in celebration of the work and the festive season! All you need to do to claim your orchid is share an image of the artwork using the hashtag #FloralFriday with your Twitter followers.

The Art of Life exhibition wall is available to view on the Great Eastern Street side of Village Underground by Holywell Lane, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3PQ.

To find more please visit www.facebook.com/orchidsinfoUK

Food, restaurants

BRGR.Co, Burger Restaurant Soho, London – Review

December 20, 2012
BRGR.Co Soho

BRGR.Co Burger Restaurant, Soho

Last week my sister and I were invited to check out a new addition to the London burger scene BRGR.Co in Soho. Being a bit of a burger fiend (I have been known to visit a certain burger chain more than once a week). I was quite excited to see what their offerings would be like. We arrived to find the restaurant bustling with diners and after being welcomed by friendly staff we found our table in the corner. My first impression of the restaurant was that it was intimate and warm. The interior was quite quirky and considering BRGR.Co hails from Lebanon it was very obviously American in style.

Vanilla and chocolate Milkshake

Vanilla and chocolate Milkshake

Now for the food, the menu had simple American favourites like Mac N’Cheese , Sloppy Joe’s and of course burgers. We opted for Vanilla and chocolate milkshakes to start off with and we both agreed they were pretty good. Sometimes ordering milkshake with burgers can seem like the wrong thing to do as it can leave you with little room to eat anything else, however BRGR.Co’s milkshakes were quite  light.

Sloppy Joe  at BRGR.co

Sloppy Joe

Mac N Cheese

Mac N’Cheese

For starters we ordered Mac N’Cheese and sloppy Joe. The starters were bigger than we had anticipated and I began to worry that I wouldn’t have any room for the burgers.  The sloppy joe had a nice sweetness to it and the bread bun was quite doughy. My sister said the Mac N’Cheese was nice enough although the cheese had quite a strong flavour.

For the main course we both opted for 4oz burgers, fries and extra pickles on the side. I was quite impressed with the burgers, good-sized, the meat was succulent and the fries were lovely and crisp. I think though considering the size of the mains that if I visit again I will avoid ordering a starter.

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hmmm burgers

Now, by this point I was positively stuffed so my sister suggested that we share a dessert. From the menu we opted to try the apple crumble. I took two mouthfuls and nearly had a cardiac lol! I can’t say I loved this dessert as I’ve always had apple crumple which was very moist and served hot where as the apple was lukewarm and the crumble was very dry to eat. I guess this is possibly closer to the way American’s eat it?

apple crumble

Apple crumble

All in all we quite enjoyed our dinner at BRGR.Co the service was prompt and we didn’t feel rushed which was good. The menu is simple but the food was of a good standard. A nice dinner option in Soho. There is a lot of competition in the burger market in London at the moment so I think BRGR.Co will have to try hard to find a way to make themselves stand out of the crowd.

Christmas in London, Things to do in london

Lanky Girl’s Advent calender 2012 – 13th-17th December Freebies in London

December 17, 2012

So it seems I have apologies to make its been a bit of a crazy week so  rather difficult to keep up with this. However, I have finally got a few mins to get you up to date on things to do, see and buy before Christmas is upon us. Argh! These events are not time sensitive by the way 🙂

13th December 2012  – Check new burger restaurant @BRGRCOSOHO

Originally from Lebanon this restaurant packs a punch in the meat eater stakes.

brgrco

hmmm burgers

14th December 2012 – Mastercard Holder?  Free ice skating with Priceless London on the South Bank

Priceless London is offering MasterCard cardholders up to 4 tickets to Eyeskate at the EDF Energy London Eye – absolutely free! This offer is valid from Monday to Friday at two sessions, 10am and 11am, from Tuesday 11th December until Sunday 6th January excluding 25th December.

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London Eye Skating

15th December 2012 – Book FREE tickets to Kew Gardens this Christmas!  

From the the 22nd December & 4th January Entry is free to Kew Gardens, just book your ticket here!

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16th December 2012 – Check out Southbank Centre’s Winter Festival Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre Christmas Market

Southbank Centre Christmas Market

 (16 November – 7 January) sees Southbank Centre’s 21-acre site transformed with blue neon lights and festive art installations, providing a picturesque backdrop to a range of events for everyone to delight in. Highlights include Meow Meow’s Little Match Girl, the UK premiere of award-winning international cabaret sensation Meow Meow’s dark twist on the classic winter tale; the much-anticipated return of Slava’s Snowshow, a Chaplinesque show by Cirque du Soleil star Julien Cottereau and Wayne Hemingway’s A Vintage New Year’s Eve Party.

17th December 2012 – Customize your clothes @boxpark during a 5 day pop-up shop by @WakeupCampaign

London, Things to do in london

2013 MasterCard Priceless Night Ballot opens today For Natural History Museum on Monday 21st January

December 17, 2012

Darwin recoloured

MasterCard Priceless London nights are coming back in 2013! Having been to three last year I have to say that if you’re lucky to get a ticket they are good fun. Read about my visit to The Science Museum to see what they are about.

A little birdy has told me that the ballot for the first MasterCard Priceless Night for 2013 opens today. The night will take place at the Natural History Museum on Monday 21st January, focusing on one of the most venerated scientists of all time, Charles Darwin. 

 

The museum’s striking central hall will be catapulted back in time and transformed into a 19th century’s gentleman’s retiring room, setting the tone for an exclusive masterclass in the theory of evolution. Guests will be taken on an after-hours tour of the museum where they’ll get to see many of the museum’s amazing exhibits, including a first edition of Darwin’s seminal ‘The Origin of Species’ and the first specimens he collected as he began to formulate his theory.

 

The event is part of MasterCard’s Priceless London programme, which gives MasterCard cardholders exclusive experiences at some of the capitals top attractions including theatre, restaurants and museums. The ballot for tickets opens today and runs until January 8th.

 

Don’t miss out! You can join the ballot for tickets by visiting www.PricelessLondon.co.uk
Art, Christmas in London

Lanky Girl’s Advent calendar 12 th Dec 2012, Instagrammers iconic london Exhibition

December 12, 2012
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Outside Barnardos Barkingside

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The guerkin from the heron tower

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Royal albert hall

I’ve recently become an instagrammer and I have to say it is rather addictive. Some of photos produced are amazing and you would never believe they were taken on a camera phone. I was pretty excited to learn about a new exhibition in London opening this week.
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The Iconic London 2012 Exhibition is showcasing the works of 30 leading London Instagramers plus a special display of the finalists and winners of Instagramers London year-long Iconic London 12.12.12 contest. All the contest images will be available for sale and the proceeds will go to the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. 

Where: Shop 14, 15 Hanbury Street, The Old Truman Brewery, London.
When: Wednesday 12th-16th  December 2012 6-9pm.
Price: admission is free.

For more info please visit http://iconiclondon2012.com

Art, Christmas in London

Lanky Girl’s Advent Calendar 11th Dec: Christmas Pop-up Exhibition, The Brick Lane Gallery, 12th Dec 2012

December 11, 2012

An affordable art exhibition opens at the Truman Brewery tomorrow (12th December) where you will be able to buy art by emerging artists for under 150 pounds. The exhibition will have a broad selection of prints, posters, photographs, original illustrations, sculptures, and cards, to be presented as a salon-style exhibition for the Christmas shoppers. So if you are still looking for a Christmas present for that arty farty person in your life, get down there pronto. The Christmas party and opening night will take place Wednesday 12 December 6 – 8.30pm.

Christmas Pop Up Show

Christmas Pop Up Show

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

Christmas in London, London, Things to do in london

Lanky Girl’s Advent Calender 10th Dec 2012: Wandering in Mayfair at Christmas time

December 10, 2012

One of things I love about living in London is going for random walks and seeing where you end up. After enjoying a lovely afternoon tea yesterday we decided to go for a walk around Mayfair before going to Oxford Street for a bit of a late shop. It was a nice excuse to see how my camera would hold up too, hopefully you will enjoy some of my photos and it will encourage you to brave the cold and enjoy a little wander in the city.

 

Oxford Street Christmas lights

Oxford Street Christmas lights

Velvet elephant in Fenwicks Christmas Window

Velvet elephant in Fenwicks Christmas Window

Missy S Outside Sothebys Old Bond Street

Missy S Outside Sothebys Old Bond Street

Star lighting Shepherds Market

Star lighting Shepherds Market

Asprey jewellers christmas lights - new bond street

Asprey jewellers – new bond street

Old bond street Christmas Lights

new bond street Christmas Lights

Louis Vuitton Christmas lights - new bond street

Louis Vuitton Christmas lights – new bond street

Louis Vuitton Christmas window

Louis Vuitton Christmas window

Burberry Christmas Window

Burberry Christmas Window

Christmas in London, Food

Lanky Girl’s Advent Calender: 9th Dec Winter Warmer Afternoon Tea at The Met Hotel, Park Lane

December 9, 2012

Christmas time is the perfect time for a spot of Afternoon tea. I’ve had a voucher for afternoon tea burning a whole in my pocket for a while now so I thought it would be the perfect chance to catch up with a friend and test the capabilities of my new camera (canon 650d). Most know the Metropolitan hotel for the Met Bar which used be an exclusive celebrity hangout and Nobu. London has a multitude of places for Afternoon tea so the Met wasn’t immediately on my radar, however I was very impressed on their modern take for the festive period.

Running around 20 minutes late I was slightly worried that we would have less time to eat, however I needn’t of worried as when we arrived the lounge was relatively quiet. We were greeted on arrival by a friendly waitress who showed us to our seats (by the window for a bit of people watching) and were given two glasses of champagne.

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A glass champagne – Met Hotel Park Lane

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Lanky girl enjoying a nice glass of Champs

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Cheers! from Miss Sandy pops

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Eggnog with a hint of brandy and Bourbon with Scones

The Winter Warmer Afternoon Tea at the Met is a collection of sweet and savoury foods. To start off with we were served a lovely glass of warm eggnog with a hint of brandy and bourbon. It was the first time I have had eggnog and it was delicious!

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Winter Warmer Afternoon Tea

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Winter Warmer Afternoon Tea at the Met Hotel

The Winter Warmer Tea was made up of two parts:

The Savoury
Gourmet turkey, pork stuffing and cranberry jelly roll – Interesting flavour, quite meaty.
Smoked salmon and haddock parcel served on spelt bread with dill cream cheese, garnished with oscietra caviar
I wasn’t sure I was going to like this as I don’t like smoked salmon but I really thought the haddock inside was tasty and went really well with salmon.
Home-made Lancashire cheese quiche with a hint of tomato relish – Light and fluffy and the tomato relish was a sweet touch.
Warmed fig topped with stilton and wrapped in Parma ham. – This I couldn’t really enjoy as it was just too much of a strange combination for my tastebuds.
Chestnut biscuit topped with a cranberry and quince jam – Quite a strong cheesy flavour, but lovely.

The Sweet
Raisin Scone – slathered with cream it was divine, I do love a good scone!
Gingerbread cupcake with rum cream: by the time we finished this we were stuffed! Absolutely Gorgeous.
Mince pie: We’ll we both don’t like mince pies so I took this home for my mother enjoy 🙂
Chocolate and hazelnut opera cake: This was so smooth and rich, my favourite dessert from the menu.

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English Breakfast Teas – Met Hotel

The choice of teas on offer were: English Breakfast, Darjeeling, Earl Grey, Green Tea, Chamomile, Jasmine , Fresh Mint, Fresh Ginger & Manuka Honey. We both decided to opt for the English breakfast tea as we didn’t want something that would overpower the rest of the flavours.

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The Lounge bar – Met Hotel

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Christmas lights outside the Hilton Park lane Next Door

Overall we both really loved the Winter Warmer afternoon tea, and by the end we were absolutely stuffed to bits! Value for money  and I would definitely recommend it if you are looking for something different for a girly catchup this Christmas.

The Winter Warmer Afternoon Tea is available to book through Lime and Tonic for 30 pounds.

” Lime&Tonic provides access to exclusive experiences in the world’s coolest cities, carefully hand-picking and curating the best that each destination has to offer. Featured adventures range from custom culinary experiences to private social events, relaxing weekend getaways and adrenaline activities”.

Christmas in London, recipes, shopping

Lanky Girl’s Advent Calender: 6th, 7th, 8th December 2012

December 8, 2012

Apologies for lack of posts I am playing catch up after having computer problems the last few days so this is going to be three posts rolled into one.

December 6th 2012: Buy Christmas inspired clothes under 50 pounds – to get into the spirit of the season.

Christmas inspired clothes

Knit pants
republic.co.uk

Slipper shoes
£17 – topshop.com

December 7th 2012 – Make  A fresh and fruity
Mandarin and Marscapone cheese Tart.

Here is the recipe if you would like to make it at home:

Mandarin and Marscapone Tart
Ingredients:
  1. Shop bought pastry case – 99p from Tesco.
  2. 250g Marscapone cheese
  3. double cream
  4. 1 egg (separated)
  5. 8 mandarins
  6. 2 tablespoons of caster sugar
  7. 2 drops of vanilla essence

Instructions

For the filling, place the egg yolk into a bowl with the caster sugar and whisk together.
Add the mascarpone and beat until thoroughly combined. Stir in the vanilla essence.
In a separate bowl, beat the egg white with a clean whisk until stiff peaks form when the whisk is removed from the bowl. Gently fold the egg white into the mascarpone mixture.

Whisk the mixture together and fold into the pastry base. Use a spatula to smooth the mixture evenly.

Piece the mandarins and starting on the outside arrange in a circlular fashion until you reach the middle. You can even mix fruits add cherries for a more christmasy look.

Leave to chill in the fridge for 2 hours.

December 8th 2012: Watch Barney’s New York &
Disney goes High-Fashion with “Electric Holiday”

If you can’t be bothered to leave the house this weekend because it is just too cold! Then, amuse yourself by watching this very cute Christmas animation from Disney. I just love it!  Watch as Minnie embarks on a fantastical fashion adventure in Paris, where she walks the runway in Lanvin and look out for cameos from big names in fashion such Linda Evangelista, Daphne Guinness, Naomi Campbell, Lady Gaga and Sarah Jessica Parker.

Christmas in London, London

Lanky Girl’s Advent Calender 5th Dec: Visit the East London Design Show 6th–9th December 2012

December 5, 2012
East London Design Show

East London Design Show

If you’re a lover of design and all things handmade then you must attend The East London Design Show (or ELDS) which starts tomorrow (6th Dec). It is an annual event that brings together the best of the UK’s independent product, interior and jewellery designers, all under one roof, in Shoreditch, just before Christmas.

If you are looking for that unique Christmas gift the ELDS event is the place to go.  With many designers exhibiting from ceramics, jewellery, women’s and men’s fashion and accessories, children’s clothing and toys, stationery, home-wares and furniture. You are sure to find something you will like.

Tickets cost 5 pounds.

Dates: 6th–9th December 2012

Address: Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street, London EC1V 9LT

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