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Last blog of the year – a look back at 2013 and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

December 31, 2013

So the count down has begun, in a few hours we will be celebrating the start of a New Year. 2013 was a busy year for me and this blog, but I did have a lot of fun! It was on New Years Eve in 2010 that I decided to start The London Perspective, so in a few hours the blog will be three years old! Wow, I never expected to keep it going as long as I have. I just wanted to take the time to thank all the lovely people who have stumbled on, commented and followed my blog. I feel truly blessed for all the wonderful experiences I have had and being able to share it with you.  There will be a lot of changes coming to the site in the next few weeks. So keep watching. HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

And now… for some highlights of 2013.

Lanky Girl x

January – I tasted my best ever Kiev at newly opened Primo restaurant.

February – Breakfast at Tiffanys Screening at The MIllienium Hotel 

March – Langmeil Wine Supper at The Gilbert Scott

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April – A spot of afternoon tea with my sister at The Sheraton Park Towers

May – I got to attend The Chelsea Flower Show

June – I took a foodie walking tour of the new East Village and Stratford

July – Was pretty jam packed  with events including The Taste of London

August – I discovered an awesome Indian –  Clapham Tandoori Restaurant

September – it was time to leave London and visit Florence 

October – I found myself partying at The Vanity Fair and Christie’s Contemporary Art Party 

November – I spent a girly night in at The W Hotel trying out NOWTV

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December – I took a bit of a break from blogging but I did make enough time to take some afternoon tea at The Wellesley. Watch for details of this in 2014!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Christmas in London

Take a ride on Husky with Kopparberg Cider

December 19, 2013

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Fancy a free ride on a husky to work and a case of spiced apple cider? Then read on..

Swedish fruit cider brand, Kopparberg, is warming up the winter commute during the festive period by offering husky rides and warm Spiced Apple Kopparberg to workers on their way to and from the office. Dubbed ‘The Kopparberg Line’, the huskies will first provide a shortcut for commuters through London, offering journeys across Kennington Park.

In order to book a journey on the Kopparberg line, fans of the cider brand simply need to request a slot on Twitter or Facebook, messaging the Kopparberg UK official accounts using the #KopparbergMushHour hashtag.

Those lucky enough to win a trip will also be sent a case of Kopparberg Spiced Apple cider to warm up at home.

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Send a festive message by displaying it on the BT Tower – #TweetsOnTheTower

December 18, 2013

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Christmas cards are so last century, if you want to send your friends or loved one’s a festive message send them a message via the BT Tower. This Christmas  BT will be giving  people the opportunity to display personal Christmas messages from the top of the BT Tower – in front of millions of Londoners across the capital.

So how can you get your message across? All you have to do is  tweet your Christmas message to @BT_UK with the #TweetsOnTheTower hashtag between 19th-21st December. 

Tweets should ideally be between 70 and 100 characters long. The best Tweets (in terms of content, humour, charm and relevance) will then be selected with the display going live from 4pm, each day.

12 Tweets will be displayed every 2 hours, with each Tweet having between 10 and 12 minutes of air time (Over 100 Tweets will be shown over the three day period).

If your tweet is selected you will be sent a  return tweet featuring a Vine video clip with their tweet on the Tower, which you can share with all your friends via social media.

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Day 12 – Twelve days of Christmas Gifts

December 12, 2013

Since today is the 12th of the 12th I thought it would be nice to do  modern version of that well known Christmas song, Twelve days of Christmas. Hopefully if youre still searching for that perfect Christmas gift.

On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me….

A charlotte Olympia Clutch 

On the 11th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me ….

A London themed Ipad case 

On the 10th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me ….

A Cath Kidston Christmas Jumper

On the 9th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me ….

Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear Headphones with Mic/Remote 

On the 8th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me ….

A pair of robin earrings 

On the 7th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me ….

A striped prom dress – Topshop 

On the 6th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me ….

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – The Heist Album

On the 5th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me ….

A Pandora feather ring

On the 4th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me ….

A mango single speed bike 

On the 3rd Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me ….

The L’occitane Lavender Collection 

On the 2nd Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me ….

A Michael Kors leather tote 

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On the 1st Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me …. 

One pair of turtoiseshell Ray Bans from Vision Direct. 

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Day 11- Don’t Miss Spitalfields One Day Pre-Christmas Sale on Thursday 12 December

December 11, 2013

 

For one day only, shops and market traders of east London’s trendiest district Spitalfields E1 are offering bargains galore on fabulous Christmas presents – many of which you just won’t see anywhere else.

On 12th December canny Christmas shoppers will be able to enjoy discounts and special offers from many of Spitalfields’ shops and traders. Save on edgy designer wear with 10% off Bologaro Trevor and 15% Diverso Menswear. There’s special offers and gorgeous gift sets from Crabtree & Evelyn. Or how do you fancy 10% off every second bottle at Spitalfields’ fabulous wine shop Bedales. There’s bargains on bikes from Evans Cycles and delicious organic Christmas chocolate at Montezuma’s. Stylish offers on his and hers fashions at Oscar Milo, stunning looks with free make up and money off vouchers at Benefit Cosmetics and 15% off a treasure trove of gifts at Source Lifestyles boutique.

You’ll also find special offers from the designers and makers at Spitalfields Traders Market where you’re sure to find the perfect gift from the stalls busting with original, one-off and handmade fashion, accessories and home wares. And being designer / makers, many are happy to do something bespoke just for you.

And if you’re looking for something really special – try Spitalfields Arts Market. The mix of established and up and coming artists offer an affordable range of styles and subjects and the opportunity to find a truly one-off gift for someone you love.

Opening times will be from 10am-7pm with Bedales Wines, Benefit Cosmetics, Bolongaro Trevor, Crabtree & Evelyn, Diverso, Dower & Hall, Evans Cycles, Montezuma’s Chocolates, Oscar Milo and Source Lifestyles all taking part.

Spitalfields shops, markets will also be open for late night shopping on Thursday 19th and Monday 23rd December.

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

 

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Day 10 – Dine at new American Restaurant Jackson & Rye, Wardour Street Soho

December 10, 2013

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I’m always excited to hear about new restaurant openings. Jackson & Rye is a New York style restaurant in Soho which opened on Monday

It is open from 8am until midnight, seven days a week and will offer all-day dining and a 10-seat cocktail bar.

The American-themed menus are inspired by US east coast cuisine, as well as the best elements of the West coast and Southern states.

Highlights on the all-day menu include: gruyère cheeseburger; buttermilk chicken two ways; veal, beef and ricotta meatballs; and prime cut steaks with roast shallot and pinot nero sauce. Hmm yummy!

Take a sneak peak of the brunch menu below:

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I visited Jackson and Rye yesterday and it seems that word has already got around, so if you want to try their cuisine I suggest you reserve yourself a table! 

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Day 8 /9 – Lanky girl’s advent calender, Mandela Art Exhibition

December 10, 2013

Sorry a bit behind due to illness but here is the next in the series of Christmas treats to look for.

Day 8 – See Mandela’s paintings and sketchings at the Belgravia gallery

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Over the weekend I met a friend to go gallery hopping. I’ve always wanted to visit some of the smaller galleries on Albermarle street but in the past have been too intimidated. I don’t why I was so worried, each of the galleries were very welcoming. During our jaunt we discovered The Belgravia Gallery were exhibiting Mandela’s work (who knew he painted?). We felt like we had been given a special privilege of seeing his work considering he has just passed. If you do visit make sure to check out the fantastic work of charcoal artist Charlie Mackesy.

Day 9 – Christmas Gift Idea – Street Artist Eine’s 3D sculptures.

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‘E Is The Magic Number’ –  is Ben Eine’s first foray into the 3-D art world.  A run of 50 x super limited edition hand cast resin sculptures available exclusively via Fluorescent Smogg.

Eine is one of London’s most prolific and original street artists who specialises in the central element of all graffiti – the form of letters. Internationally known since Barrack Obama was gifted an Eine piece by the British Prime Minister to mark a state visit.

More info: http://www.fluorescentsmogg.com

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DAY 7 – Visit the Vintage Christmas Fair At Queen Elizabeth Park this weekend

December 7, 2013

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This weekend get into the Christmas spirit by going to the Vintage Christmas Fair and Real Ale festival set up on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Happening on Saturday and Sunday you will be able to enjoy a fun fair, roller disco, live music, food and drink and craft workshops.

Its Free entry so just turn up. Starts Friday 4-9pm then Saturday and Sunday from noon

For more info: http://queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk/events/2013/9/vintage-christmas-market-and-real-ale-festival

Christmas in London, Food, Freebies

Wear a Festive Jumper and Get a Free Burrito from Chipotle

December 6, 2013

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FREEBIE ALERT! Throughout December Chipotle Mexican Grill will treat customers wearing a cheesy festive jumper to a free Buritto, Bowl, salad or tacos. The offer is only available during the 4pm -6pm.

 

Chipotle restaurants in London  are:

114-116 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0JR

101-103 Baker Street W1U 6HQ

181-185 Wardour Street W1F 8WF

334 Upper Street N1 0PB

92-93 St Martins Lane WC2N 4AP

40 Wimbledon Hill Road SW19 7PA