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May 2013

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Celebrity foodie Gizzi Erskine launches the City’s first Saturday food market at One New Change tomorrow

May 31, 2013

This summer will see One New Change taking the City back to its roots by launching weekly Saturday food markets in the heart of the City of London. The eclectic One New Change Saturday Market, which will serve delicious fresh produce from across the globe, is launching on 1st June with an appearance from a very special guest – celebrity chef and home-grown London talent, Gizzi Erskine.

Gizzi, who has recently launched bestselling cook book Skinny Weeks and Weekend Feasts will be delighting Londoners with two talks at 11am and at 2pm, as signing copies of her new cook book. Visitors will also be able to pick up a bespoke recipe card designed exclusively by Gizzi and starring ingredients available to buy at the market.

History and foodie buffs alike will know that as early as the 12th Century, food markets were originally set up to serve the population of the City of London. Evidence can still be found in many of the City’s street names – particularly at Eastcheap and Cheapside (cheap deriving from an Old English word meaning market). Cheapside was the foremost of the two markets and the names of the streets that lead off it reflect the trades that flourished there – Wood Street, Milk Street, Bread Street, Honey Lane, Poultry Street and Friday Street (for fish).

The One New Change food markets will take place every Saturday, from 11am-3pm, offering up the freshest produce. 

•      Where: One New Change, London EC2M 9AF

•     When:  Every Saturday from 1st June 2013, 11am-3pm

•     Transport: Nearest tube stations: St Paul’s; Monument; Bank; Mansion House. Buses: 4; 8; 25; 56; 100; 172; 242; 521. Free parking at weekends (after 11am on Saturday and all day Sunday)

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6 Must See Destinations in London for Tourists

May 31, 2013

Guest Post by Jenna Lee Smith
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Summer is almost upon Londontown. The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming and the tourists are coming! Every year, hordes of people travel to London to experience the true, English lifestyle. With a variety of attractions and historical destinations, it’s no surprise that many consider London as a home away from home.

If you’re planning on visiting London, you may find it difficult to choose a few tourist hot spots to visit; and with so many attraction choices, who could blame you?. The following landmarks and attractions are just a few ideas that will no doubt make your stay in London a memorable one.

London Zoo

If you’re an outdoorsy kind of person, the London Zoo could be just what you’re looking for. Opened in 1828 in the heart of London, this zoological Mecca was the first scientific zoo in the world. Since then, the zoo has been conducting industry-leading research that better helps us understand the animal world. The zoo features a variety of mammals, reptiles and aviary species that will surely captivate your interests.

Shakespeare’s Globe

Founded in 1599, Shakespeare’s Globe is one of the oldest, historical landmarks in London. The Globe has gone undergone several changes in the past few centuries, but in 1997, it went under its last renovation. The venue now attracts thousands of visitors every year and offers a historical experience and a laudable production programme.

Buckingham Palace

If you to share a royal obsession, then a tour around Buckingham palace should be at the top of your itinerary. Although closed off to locals and tourists throughout the seasons, it normally opens during Summer for people that crave a snoop. The tour offers a stroll around its grounds and majestic interiors. It’s truly a sight for sore eyes!

St. Paul’s Cathedral

Although a big hub of tourist activity, St. Paul’s Cathedral is considered London’s spiritual center by locals. Founded in 604 AD, and remodeled thereafter, it’s one of the oldest religious structures in Europe. It’s most recognizable by its large domes and sky-touching spires and was in fact, the largest building in London from 1710 to 1962. Today, St. Paul’s Cathedral serves as both a place of worship (those attending religious services get in free) and one of the most popular tourist attractions in London.

The Tower of London

Dubbed one of the most haunted places in all of Europe, the Tower of London has been reaching high levels of tourism in the past few years. Not only is the Tower of London a tourist hot spot, but it’s also considered a World Heritage Site, making it one, if not the most historically significant landmark in the UK. If you get a kick out of exploring, the Tower has a day’s worth of turrets and cells waiting to be explored!

The Royal Opera House

London is often seen as the seat of luxury and high-class by most Westerners. So, for tourists that want to have a luxurious experience in London, attending a performance at the Royal Opera House could be what you’ve been looking for.

Constructed in 1712, this cultural hub has been the home of the Royal Opera, the Royal Ballet and the Royal Orchestra for the past few decades and have since then, drawn in locals and visitors through its doors. If you plan on attending a show at the Royal Opera House, its always best to wear formal attire.

For the full London experience, why not shop for your stylish attire before you hit the city? Vineyard Vines, a fashionable clothing store sells Men’s Neckties and suits and gala gowns for women; because at the Royal Opera House, you’ll want to dress to impress.

If you plan on visiting London this Summer, make sure you also have free time within your busy itinerary to visit local hot spots that are not necessarily known by tourists. That way you’ll be able to experience London as both a local and a tourist. So, pack your bags, buy your plane tickets, and see you across the pond!

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Study In London

May 29, 2013

Guest Post
Every year more and more people choose London to come and study and often they love the city so much that they choose to make it their permanent home. London is a cultural melting pot and with something for every interest its the best place to come and learn English. Kaplan has three English language schools in London; Covent Garden, Leicester Square and a summer school in Russell Square.

For me the best season for things to do in London is the summer, that’s when the city really comes alive with festivals, foodie events, art openings, and the chance to embrace the open space. This illustration captures the spirit of London, from Tower Bridge to the London Eye we really are spoiled for choice.

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Chelsea In Bloom 2013: Lanky Girl Goes To Sloane Square

May 29, 2013
Chelsea in Bloom

Chelsea in Bloom 2013

For those of you who missed going to the to the Chelsea Flower Show this year you can still catch Chelsea in Bloom, an event which sees the shops around Sloane Square competing against each other to showcase the best floral arrangements. I made a trip to Sloane Street over the weekend to capture some of the wonderful displays.

Charlotte Taylor Floral display

Charlotte Taylor Floral display

Brunello Cucinelli -floral display

Brunello Cucinelli -floral display

Savills floral display

Savills floral display

Browns floral swans

Browns floral swans

floral elephant - Sloane street

floral elephant – Sloane street

Flowers outside Louis Vuitton

Flowers outside Louis Vuitton

Winning Chelsea in bloom display from Lk Bennett

Winning Chelsea in bloom display from Lk Bennett

Which display did you like best?

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Lanky Girl At the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2013 Part two

May 24, 2013

As promised in my previous post about my visit to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show here are the pictures of the rest of gardens I visited that evening.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2013

RHS Chelsea flower show 2013

M&G centenery garden

M&G centenery garden

Stockton Drillings As Nature Intended Garden

Stockton Drillings As Nature Intended Garden

David barber garden sculpture

David barber garden sculpture

David Barber garden

David Barber garden

Marc Quinn sculpture The Rush of Nature. Chelsea flower show

Marc Quinn sculpture The Rush of Nature. Chelsea flower show

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Anyone know what this is?

The Laurent-Perrier Garden

The Laurent-Perrier Garden

RBC Blue Water Roof Garden

RBC Blue Water Roof Garden

B&Q Sentebale Forget-Me-Not Garden

B&Q Sentebale Forget-Me-Not Garden – apparently Prince Harry helped put this garden together.

Steel Sculpttures by Laura Antebi

Steel animal Sculptures by Laura Antebi

Flowers from the M&G centenery garden

Flowers from the M&G centenery garden

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Lanky Girl Visits the East Village Garden At The Chelsea Flower Show 2013

May 24, 2013

This week I have been visiting Chelsea a lot! First for the Holly Maslen Illustration workshop on Monday and secondly to visit the East Village Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower show on Wednesday. This year was the 100th anniversary and it was my first time visiting. Considering how rubbish the weather has been of late I picked the best day to visit as in the evening the sun came out and I was able to take some lovely photographs.  I was really impressed with the gardens on show and it has inspired me to get out and start planting in my own garden.

The East Village Garden was designed by landscape architects Michael Balstob and Marie-Louise Agius and the Garden was developed to celebrate the creation of the East Village neighborhood on the Olympic site in Stratford.  Those lucky enough to be living in the neighborhood will be surrounded by vast amounts of open space. After the show the garden will be donated to  Groundwork, a regeneration charity in Newham.

Here are some pictures from the East Village Garden.

East Village garden

East Village garden

East Village Garden Water feature

East Village Garden Water feature

east village garden terrace

east village garden terrace

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zantedeschia aethiopica

Primula Japonica

Primula Japonica

Azalea Luteum

Azalea Luteum

enkianthus campanulatus

enkianthus campanulatus

Pinus Wallichiana

Pinus Wallichiana

Pinus Wallichiana

Pinus Wallichiana

rhododendron macabeanum

rhododendron macabeanum

Sorry for the long post, I will be posting pictures of the other gardens later today..

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lanky Girl At The Gaucho International Polo 2013

May 23, 2013
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HPA Gaucho International Polo 2013

On Tuesday evening I made my way down to the O2 in North Greenwich for the HPA Gaucho International Polo 2013. It was my first time attending a Polo event so I was quite excited to see how it would all unfold. We arrived at around 6.30, collected our tickets and made our way into the O2.

I think the O2 was a great choice for sporting venue as it didn’t matter where you sat you had a perfect view of the polo action. Unfortunately by the time we had located our seats, found something to eat (fish n chips baby!) we realised that the Argentinan wine tasting event had just finished. Boo! Next year I guess.

The first match that we watched was Maserati Mexico Vs Royal Salute Scotland. I can’t pretend that I understood what was going on at all times, but I was surprised how much contact there is, it takes a lot of work to stay on your horse and swing a ball at high-speed! What I did learn which surprised me is that a polo match consists of very short rounds, I guess it to make sure the horses don’t wear out.

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Maserati Mexico defeated Royal Salute Scotland with 11 goals to 10

It was a close match and both teams played equally well but Mexico managed to beat Scotland by 1 point.

Tango at the Gaucho Polo

Tango at the Gaucho Polo

In between the matches we were entertained by a bit of Tango dancing. Ole!

The next part of the evening was the centrepiece of the event, a match between England Vs Argentina. I had been looking forward to seeing the gorgeous Polo player Nacho Figueras, unfortunately it was announced that he had broken his hip at the weekend and therefore would not be playing in this match. Boo! Luckily Andreas Vianini who is also the partner of Jodie Kidd stepped in to captain the Argentina team. Leading the England side was the equally dashing Jamie Morrison.

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Gaucho Polo players arriving in Maseratis

The players arrived at the stadium in style,  driven on the pitch in Maserati’s provided by HR Owen.

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England Vs Argentina Polo

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lanky Girl watching the Gaucho Polo

The match itself was pretty intense, with England scoring a lot of their goals on penalties and the Argentinian side dominating the first two quarters. Although England played well they were beaten by Argentina 10 – 11. I got quite into the match and at times I had to cover my eyes as I was convinced one of the players was going to get hurt when they were tackling each other.

The evening’s fun continued as we headed over to the  indigO2 to watch Strictly’s Vincent and Flavia perform the Electric Tango and see the winners receive their cups before dancing to club beats.

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Strictly’s Vincent and Flavia perform the Electric Tango

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Team Merchant Hub and Gaucho CEO Martin Williams 

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AIG England Polo Team with Jamie Morrison Captain

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Royal Salute Scotland

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Cheval des Andes Argentina with Captain Andreas Vianini

I really enjoyed my evening at the Gaucho polo,  who knew that it could be so much fun!

 

Competition

Foodie Festival Winners!

May 22, 2013

Drum roll! Sorry for the late announcement! The winners of Foodie Festival tickets are as Follows!

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CLARA LE

NIKI SHAKALLIS

KIRSTY MURRAY

ANTHONY HENRY

PAUL BLAIR

I’LL BE EMAILING YOU ALL SHORTLY!

THANKS EVERYONE WHO ENTERED! X

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Lanky Girl heads to an Illustration workshop at Charlotte Taylor’s Pop Up Shop shop, Sloane Square

May 21, 2013
Charlotte Taylor Pop up shop

Charlotte Taylor Pop up shop

Charlotte Taylor is one of my favourite designers, her lovely vibrant silk print blouses, scarves and dresses have me going gaa gaa! Her designs take inspirations from her love of penguins and her life growing up on the Isle of Wight. Previously you could only buy her designs online, however she recently launched a pop up shop for 5 weeks just off Sloane Square and Jaeger is now selling her designs. Last night I popped down to attend an in-store illustration workshop by designer and artist Holly Maslen. Holly’s eye-catching illustrations cover the interior of Charlotte Taylor’s shop. During the evening we were encouraged to be as creative as we can decorating postcards and a small mug. We all left with a little goodie bag courtesy of chase vodka and our hand decorated mugs.

Charlotte Taylor’s pop up shop will be running until 7th June so pop in if you find yourself in the area.

Holly Maslen's Illustrations

Holly Maslen’s Illustrations

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Illustration by Lanky Girl

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Charlotte Taylor’s silk print designs

On the way home I decided to go for a long jaunt along Sloane Street up to Knightsbridge. This part of London is definitely one of my favourite parts of town. I enjoy nothing more than pottering along peering into the luxury shop windows. It looks like the Chelsea Flower Show has spilled onto Sloane Street. Check out some of the beautiful floral arrangements I spotted on my walk.

This elephant is by the @elephantfamily charity to highlight endangered Elephants

This Topiary elephant is by the @elephantfamily charity to highlight endangered Elephants

It also looks like the Koffman’s Topiary pig has been spruced up with some gorgeous red flowers.

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Koffman’s Topiary pig designed by McQueens Florist

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Head Down To The Gaucho Polo at The O2 – 21st May 2013

May 15, 2013

gaucho polo

Thought Polo was just for posh folk? Well think again. Polo is a fast becoming a popular sport with the masses. Next week Polo players from around the world will be flying in for the HPA Gaucho International Polo Tournament at The O2 on May 21st. This will be the third year the Gaucho Polo will be happening in London and as well as being a thrilling, fast-paced match there will be  an array of events to  entertain visitors such as:

  • Live music, performances from Strictly’s Vincent and Flavia.
  • Complimentary tastings at Europe’s largest Argentinian wine tasting village (featuring 200 wines and lots of Veuve Cliquot).

The match itself will be England vs Argentina and celebrity Polo player and Ralph Lauren Model Nacho Figueras will be playing against England captain Jamie Morrison.

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At the after party  Strictly stars Vincent and Flavia will be dancing the Electric Tango and Grammy nominated band Tanghetto will be flying in from Buenos Aires to entertain guests.

Hopefully I’ll see you there 🙂

Doors open at 5.30pm. Tickets for the main arena are priced from £20 and after-party tickets are priced from £17.50. For more information please visit  www.gauchopolo.com.