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January 2013

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Win a set of Business cards with Instant Print

January 31, 2013

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I’ve found as a blogger who goes to a lot of events that I am often asked for my business card. Recently I was asked by the lovely people at Instant print if I would like to trial their services and create my own business card. It is just as well as I have started to run out. (I received 1000!) You can see the finished product above, i’m quite impressed how my design turned out and the quality of the card was good. I opted for a glossy finish which I think looks lovely.

With prices starting at £3.00 for a set of 100 I think they are pretty reasonable and the delivery of the cards was pretty quick. Apparently they offer a 24 hour turnaround which is handy for those lastminute events.

4 x 1000 sets of Instant Print business cards to give away!

Instant Print are offering 4 lucky readers of The London Perspective the chance to win 1000 business cards of their own design.

All you have to do is send an email to thelondonperspective@gmail.com saying “I want instant print business cards!” 

The four winners will be sent picked at random by feb 15th!

London, restaurants, review

Primo London Restaurant Review

January 28, 2013
Primo London Restaurant

Primo London Restaurant

In Italian Primo means ‘one’ or ‘first’ and I have to say after my visit last week, that the service at Primo is ‘first rate’. For those who haven’t heard about new Italian restaurant Primo now open on Shaftesbury Avenue, they are aiming to  resurrect our love of  ‘Pollo Sorpresa’, more commonly known as the Chicken Kiev. The day that we went, London was covered in snow which could explain why it was rather quiet.

We were welcomed by a friendly doorman which was a nice classic touch and shown a very nice table in the corner. As you can see, the interior of Primo is classic and sophisticated. My dining companion also noted that there was a good amount of space between tables which is good when you are trying to have an intimate date.

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Meal started off with some lovely olives and bread

To start with we were presented with some lovely olives, brushcetta and tomato dipping source. This also came with a basket of the most tastiest homemade bread with olives and fruit baked inside.

Selection of cured meats from their Cicchetti

Selection of cured meats from their Cicchetti

For starters we decided to opt to share a plate of cured meats, which in hindsight considering the size of our main was a good idea.

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Primo London’s fabulous Chicken Kiev

The Pièce de résistance the chicken kiev, arrived on a bed of spinach with chicken jus.  It looked amazing! It definitely made up for all the crappy chicken kievs I have had in the past. It tasted crispy and succulent, and the chicken was obviously of a high quality. To go with the chicken kiev we opted for sauteed potatoes, broccoli and bread which were nice, simple accompaniments.

Sauteed Potatoes, broccoli and bread

Sauteed Potatoes, broccoli and bread

Desert was tiramisu in a cup and the chocolate piece was a lovely touch. I eat a lot of tiramisu when I dine out and this was probably in my top 5 of one’s that I have eaten in London.

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Tiramisu served in a cup – best I’ve tasted without a doubt!

Apple tart & vanilla ice cream

Apple tart & vanilla ice cream

Painting by Ronnie Wood

Painting by Ronnie Wood

Once we had finished our meal, looking around I noticed that all the paintings in the restaurant were by none other than rolling stone Ronnie Wood, so if you do visit be sure to take a peek.

Overall I really enjoyed my visit to Primo London, the food is off a high standard and even though it is a bit on the posh side, I don’t think we ever felt uncomfortable. If you’re looking for simple well executed food then I highly rate this place. Price wise mains range from £16-24 which main seem a bit dear for some, but well worth it if you are looking for a treat.   I for one will be definitely be going back for more of their chicken kiev and tiramisu.

 

 

recipes, review

Hello Fresh Revisited – One year on

January 22, 2013

Recently I was contacted by the lovely people at Hello Fresh and asked if I would like to give their service another go. Of course I jumped at the chance, three days of not having to worry about what to cook? Er…yes please! So the following Monday a box of Hello Fresh goodies arrived at my door with a rather nice hand written note.  It also turns out that Hello Fresh are celebrating their one year birthday. Eagerly I opened the box to see what I would be preparing for that week. Inside was all the ingredients to make a chicken, fish and pork based meal. Below you can see how I got on:

Day 1 – I decided to cook that night the Smoked Paprika Chicken with Avocado and Barley Salad.

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Ingredients ready to cook.

Not having to worry about not having the right amount of ingredients was great and as you can see they were indeed fresh!

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Cucumber, tomatoes, celery

First part of the recipe of consisted of chopping the vegetables, I’m not the best chopper so they are a little bigger than the recipe states but I don’t think it mattered very much.

Then I prepared the chicken by covering it with olive oil, paprika and black pepper and then placing it under the grill. I think I am definitely going to start using paprika to flavour my meat it gave the chicken an amazing taste!

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Chicken covered with paprika

Then I boiled the pearl barley, which was probably the most nerve-wracking part as I have never cooked or eaten this before so I was a bit worried it would go wrong.

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This was then drained and rinsed and put to one side. For the salad dressing I mixed balsamic vinegar and olive oil together. To finish I mixed the chopped avocado and the rest of the vegetables together with the balsamic dressing . I then sliced the cooked chicken and laid it on top. Below is the finished dish which tasted unbelievable! My mother who is the most critical person of my cooking couldn’t get enough of  it and we have decided to add it to our weekly dinner schedule at home. I think this dish is great if you are looking for something fuss free and easy and even if you don’t like cooking you will find this easy to prepare.

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Day 2 – I decided to make the Ribollita with pancetta and Garlic Parmesan croutons

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Ribollita with Pancetta and Garlic Parmesan Croutons

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Ribollita with Pancetta and Garlic Parmesan Croutons

This was probably for me the most fiddly and time-consuming dish to prepare but it was also the most filling. Ribollita is perfect for when the weather is chilly as it is sure to give you the energy needed to keep you warm. Unfortunately because I had used all the celery in my first recipe I had to forgo it for the Ribollita, although I don’t think it was that detrimental as the dish still tasted lovely.

Day 3 – Pan-fried Salmon with homemade Guacamole and New Potatoes

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With this recipe I’m not too sure what happened, but maybe I should have cooked my salmon dish first because when I checked the salmon I wasn’t sure it was still OK to eat. It doesn’t help that my fridge can be dodgy. I ended up throwing away the salmon and going to purchase a new one. With fish I’d rather be safe than sorry.

 Pan-fried Salmon with homemade Guacamole and New Potatoes

Pan-fried Salmon with homemade Guacamole and New Potatoes

The finished dish tasted amazing, the guacamole gave the salmon a spicy edge, and the potatoes were a nice accompaniment. The dish also felt really easy to whip together. I could definitely see myself attempting to make this again.

Overall I really enjoyed my Hello Fresh experience, it was nice to not have to worry about having the right ingredients in the fridge and even for  someone who doesn’t think myself much of a good cook, I was quite pleased with my attempts. I will definitely be adding the pan-fried salmon and the smoked paprika to my recipe book.

If you want to try Hello Fresh for yourself visit their website: www.hellofresh.co.uk

Cheap London, London, Things to do in london

Date For your diary: Secret Garden Party’s – Raiders of the last tube – Thursday 17th, January 2013

January 10, 2013

Raiders Of The Last Tube logo

Launching this month is a new party night, Raiders Of the Last Tube. In conjunction with MEATliquor once a month, this will be your chance to see the best brand new bands and DJs all whilst enjoying a yummy burger.

If you’re like me and you hate the idea of the night bus then Raiders Of the Last Tube brings you an uncannily pedestrian solution; the after work gig and disco. Direct from work you can stop off and see 2 bands, eat a tasty burger and have a dance. And not just any old bands; The Secret Garden Party’s ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ stage and the Head Gardener will be curating the best new acts they can find. Ejoy all this until… 11.30pm when you are sent home before it’s too late.

This night’sAnnie Eve acts will be:

Annie Eve is a 21 year-old singer/songwriter from London, who honed her musical skills whilst attending Goldsmiths Art College, well known for spawning several interesting musicians such as Graham Coxon and James Blake.

ArlissaArlissa is already known to the mover and shakers of the London music scene. Tipped by the BBC as one of the ‘Sounds of 2013’ in the wake of her collaboration with US hip hop artists Nas, Arlissa has been cited as the new Florence but the comparison will prove transient as she showcases her own unique style. Her new single, ‘Sticks and Stones’ is  due out in February

Venue: The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9JB

Doors: 6.30pm

Tickets cost £5   on the door.

Please RSVP to music@secretproductions.net to avoid disappointment.

London Transport

The London Underground: 150 Years Anniversary

January 9, 2013

Happy Anniversary London Underground! Today on 9 January in 1863, The first journey on the London Underground was made 150 years ago.

Did you know that in 1908 when the network first opened under the name of the London Underground there were six independent operators running different underground lines across London?

Check out this cool infographic about interesting tube facts.

London Underground Infographic

Cheap London, London, Things to do in london

Broke in January – Ways to save money and still have fun in London

January 7, 2013

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Feeling broke this January? After Christmas all my friends are saying they have no money, so I decided to do a post about how to get more for your money and still enjoy London this new year. Feel free to share with your friends.

Take advantage of London’s restaurant deals, vouchers and get yourself a taste card!

Eating out is usually the first thing people cut back on when money is tight, but this January you can take advantage of all the deals that restaurants are introducing to try and get you to part with your cash.

  •   Get a free trial of tastecard. You will be able to get 50% or 2 for 1 deals in lots of restaurants around London.
  •  Check out these recommended restaurant deal websites: Vouchercodes, Toptable and Groupon.
  •  For those who are really pushed for pounds All Bar One are running a dine for 5 pounds deal when you sign up to their newsletter
  • Cut back on the alcohol this January – it will cut the cost of your meals and give your liver time to recover after Christmas and New Year.

Go to London’s Museums and Gallery Friday Lates

These are usually on a Friday and are FREE! So if you are looking for something to do with your friends in London and save money these can be good fun. My top three events:

  • If you like drawing, The National Portrait Gallery is running free drawing classes on Friday evenings throughout January.
  • Try you hand at Speed Dating, a Pub quiz or chill out at the bar  at The Science Museum Lates.
  • Also on the art front – check out Private art openings at London’s small galleries, you can usually find out about these by signing up to their mailing lists. (Sssh they usually give you free wine while you peruse the artworks).

Buy your clothes on the cheap

With prices in the shops already slashed due to the sales, you can shave a few pounds off that sales bargain by looking out for any imperfections (of course it helps if you’re handy with a sewing needle, if not ask your mummy)  most shops will reduce goods with the odd hole or missing button.

Also since January is the time when lots of people spring clean their wardrobes, it’s also the perfect time to hit the charity shops and rummage. Aim for charity shops in well-heeled areas: Pimlico, Chelsea and South Kensington.

Get fit for free in London

Don’t get sucked into spending lots of money on gym membership you are never going to use to burn off those Christmas pounds.

Sell your unwanted Christmas gifts on Ebay to make some extra cash

Enough said.

Single? Meet new people in London for free

If you want to meet new people but don’t fancy paying for speed dating or internet dating. You should try meetup.com there is a group for pretty much every interest under the sun. Joining up is free and some events especially industry ones giveaway freebies!

Also Okcupid is a free dating site that friends of mine have tried and found to be successful.

Do you have any ways to save money in London this January? Leave a comment and let’s share our ideas.

Things to do in london

The Amazings – Learn something new from an elder in 2013

January 3, 2013

Source: theamazings.com via The Amazings on Pinterest

One of my resolutions for 2013 is to learn something new. London has an array of weekend and short courses to indulge your every whim, from the weird to the wonderful there is something to suit everyone. It was during my research that I discovered “The Amazings”.

The best people to learn from are usually the ones with years of experience. “The Amazings” is a new website with a mission to counteract ageism and show that the older generation has valuable, and rare skills that need to be recognized. “The Amazings” are over the age of 50  and have passion and years of experience that they are willling to pass on. Since I bought my Canon 650D camera I have been looking at taking one of their street photography courses.

They currently are offering 20% off 60 courses. Choose from salsa, jazz guitar, dressmaking, journalism and many more here http://bit.ly/Ud4JL3. Enter promo code ‘FacebookHQ‘ before midnight Jan 7th to receive your discount.

London, Things to do in london

Looking Back…What Lanky Girl got up to In London in 2012

January 2, 2013

How time has flown by! Now that another year has passed its time to look back on all the things that I did in London 2012. For me 2012 was a year of many changes! Lots of new experiences and discovering different parts of London I didn’t know about. Here is my year in pictures.

January – a trip to Koffman’s at the Berkerley

Herb Encrusted Lamb

Herb-crusted rump of lamb ( QUASI D’AGNEAU EN CROÛTE D’HERBE )

February – Scoop Fashion Show 2012

Scoop Fashion Show 2012

Scoop Fashion Show 2012

March – A trip to the Aquatic Centre At The Olympic Stadium

Aquatic Centre - Olympic Stadium

Aquatic Centre – Olympic Stadium

April – Lanky Girl takes part in The Big Egg Hunt 

Eggs Hunt

Eggs Hunt

May – Cityzenkane Exhibition at Richmix 2012

Cityzenkane Exhibition at Richmix 2012

June – Gangster Tour Of East London

Gangster tour of East London

Gangster tour of East London

July – Instituo Maragoni Graduate Fashion Show

Instituo Maragoni Graduate Fashion Show

Instituo Maragoni Graduate Fashion Show

August – A tour of Mayfair with The Grosvenor Estate 

Tour of Mayfair

Tour of Mayfair

September – London Fashion Week 2012

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

October – Taste By Appointment at Bread Street Kitchen 

Grey Goose - Taste By Appointment

Grey Goose – Taste By Appointment

November – Dinner at Mash Steakhouse Restaurant 

MAshsteak - Brewer Street

Mash steakhouse – Brewer Street

December – Christmas Market on the Southbank

Christmas Market Southbank

Christmas Market Southbank

So there you have it my year in photographs… I can’t wait to see what 2013 will bring!

London

Happy New Year! From The London Perspective

January 1, 2013

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Just a quick post to wish all my readers a Happy New Year. I am looking forward to continue to share with you my perspective on living in this wonderful city called London. Stay tuned for new changes coming to The London Perspective this year 2013!