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July 2016

London's Best independent shops, Things to do in london

Prick – London’s first cactus and succulent boutique

July 29, 2016

Prick London Cactus Shop

Prick London Cactus shop

London is full of quirky, independent shops and Prick London cactus shop is no exception. The aptly named Prick is London’s first cactus and succulent boutique. Based next to the eponymous Wah!Nails on Kingsland Road it offers a selection of the most unusual and exotic plants sourced from across the UK and Europe. Prick sees cacti and succulents as living sculptures that take years to fully develop.

Prick is owned by award winning photographer Gynelle Leon whose love affair with cacti started after visiting Yves Saint Laurent’s Jardin Majorelle in Marrakesh in 2011. Inspired by the plants geometric forms and finding on return to London that very few places stocked the rare varieties she liked she embarked on a journey to create a shop dedicated to the plants she loves.

Seeing as cacti and succulents are very on trend right now I popped down to the shop yesterday to find a little house plant of my own.

The shop is already is already creating a buzz in Dalston and from the pictures you can see why, the shop stocks so many beautiful varieties of cacti and succulents.

Prick London Cactus shop

Prick London Cactus shop

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Prick London Cactus shop

Prick London Cactus shop 1

It was a really tough choice but Gynelle helped me choose the lovely succulent plant below, it looks right at home on my window seal and as it only needs to be watered every couple of weeks I shouldn’t kill it hopefully!

Prick London Cactus shop 4

Address: PRICK, 492 Kingsland Road, London E8 4AE



Instagram: @prickldn

Girl About London Town, London

Disaronno Sour Hour at the Ace Hotel Rooftop – Shoreditch

July 27, 2016

Summer has finally arrived in London and on the hottest day of the year, I found myself with the rest of the bloggerrati at the Disaronno Party on the rooftop of the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch. We got to sample an array of cocktails my favourite being the Disarono sour which is an infusion of Disaronno, lemon juice and sugar syrup. My usual choice to have with Disaronno is usually lemonade but this had more kick to it. I will definitely be ordering it next time i’m out.

The Dj spun tunes which took us back to the early noughties while we sipped on cocktails and admired London’s skyline from the rooftop deck.

Disaronno Sour cocktail menu

Disaronno Sour cocktail menu

calling off with a disaronno sour

Cooling off with a Disaronno sour

Rooftop of the Ace Hotel Shoreditch

Rooftop of the Ace Hotel Shoreditch

Party in full swing

Party in full swing


Things to do in london

Date for Your Diary: The Portman Summer Street Party Thursday 14th July 2016, 5pm – 10pm

July 1, 2016

The Portman Summer Street Party (1)

The Portman Summer Street Party

When: Thursday 14th July 2016, 5pm – 10pm
Where: Seymour Place & New Quebec Street, Marylebone,
London, W1 (Nearest tube station: Marble Arch)
Entry: Free

The Portman Summer Street Party in Marylebone is back this year on Thursday 14 July from 5pm – 10pm. Here’s taster of what will be on offer on the day.

New Quebec Street

    • Daisy Green (café): Free frozen yogurt
    • Paolita (beachwear): Tropical photo-booth & Hawaiian lemonade
    • The Grazing Goat (public house):Summer bar selling tropical cocktails, wine & beer
    • La Petite Poissonnerie (fishmonger): Caribbean ceviche, sashimi donburi & oysters
    • Beauty Rose Hair & Beauty Professionals (hair and beauty salon): Tropical hairstyling
    • Philglas & Swiggot (wine merchants): Fine wine tastings
    • Eliská Design (interiors): Pimms & tropical canapés
    • Zayna (Indian restaurant): Delicious Indian nibbles
    • Exceldent (dental practice): Free dental advice, toothpaste samples & special offers
    • The Zetter Townhouse Marylebone: Tropical cocktail bar, serving a selection of rum-based cocktails

Seymour Place

    • GAIL’s Artisan Bakery: Delicious baked goods & Children’s Tea Party
    • The Portman (pub and restaurant):Tropical cocktails, lamb tagine buffet, fruit platters, beers & ciders, hula hooping & limbo contests
    • The Mae Deli: Tropical berry smoothie (blended using their smoothie bike!), salads, sweets & juices
    • SANDY’s Pizza (Corsican pizzeria): Delicious free pizza samples, using traditional Corsican recipe
    • iBrows Etc (eyebrow salon): Special offer on eyebow wax & thread
    • Bernardi’s (Italian restaurant):Melon & Pineapple bellinis, Belsazar Rose Spritz, Peroni, ricotta gnudi, gorgonzola peach and toasted walnut salads, homemade breads
    • BuyMyWardobe (pre-loved fashion): 10% off on selected items
    • Lemongrass Boutique Spa (Thai spa and salon):20% discount & refreshing lemongrass iced tea
    • Vinoteca (wine bar and restaurant): Summer bar, serving a selection of summer wines
    • The Carpenters Arms (pub): Summer bar, serving a selection of beers, wines and soft drinks
    • Donostia (Basque restaurant): Basque tapas & a selection of tropical wines
    • Lurra (Basque grill restaurant): Delicious grilled snacks & tropical wines
    • Taliare (tailor): Safari suit theme & samples on display
    • Home Fullstop (estate agents): Bellini cocktails, beer, wine, limbo & beer pong
    • Marble Arch Paints (hardware shop): 15% discount voucher available
    • Les Senteurs (perfumery): Light refreshments & The Great Ingredient Challenge – visitors will have to correctly identify three mystery essences to win a prize

For further information visit


Art, Things to do in london

Things to do: Brown’s London Art Weekend – 1st July – 3rd 2016

July 1, 2016


Brown’s Art London Weekend kicks off today

This week sees the launch of Brown’s London Art Weekend, the third annual art event taking over Mayfair and St. James’ galleries from 1 – 3 July, with a exciting programme of events taking place across the area’s busy galleries, museums and public spaces.

If you love art then you must attend!


Victoria Miro gallery 

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One of my favourite galleries, Victoria Miro always boasts beautiful exhibitions by it’s strong roster of artists. Brown’s London Art Weekend will see works by a fashion favourite, Yayoi Kusama, whose works has and continues to inspire J&M Davidson and
style houses internationally.

Hignell Gallery 

 Brown's London Art Weekend

Friday 1st July:

Gallery HOP!, a lindyhop masquerade party inspired by Sophie Ryder’s use of mythological creatures in her work. Hignell Gallery will provide Hare and Minotaur masks to try on at the gallery but guests are encouraged to create their own to wear

Saturday 2nd July: Women in the Arts Tour
A tour of exhibitions in Mayfair by leading female artists including Yayoi Kusama at Victoria Miro and Louise Nevelson at PACEled by Abby Hignell and Maeve Doyle of Bankrobber, starting off with brunch at HIX Mayfair

£60 per person. Limited availability. To book, call 020 7518 4172 or email

Sunday 2nd July:
‘Ryder in Residence’, where Sophie Ryder will be creating live work and signing copies of her latest hardback book ‘A Life in Sculpture’.

La Perla Curated Walk

 Brown's London Art Weekend

For over 60 years, La Perla has followed the evolution of women’s fashion becoming the lingerie and beachwear brand synonymous with “Made in Italy” luxury. As art involves and evokes emotions, it has always been a fundamental reference point in the inspiration of the collections and the definition of its aesthetic vision. Join the La Perla curated walk by commencing with an in-store look behind the scenes of the creation of the FW16 collection, followed by their selection of three Mayfair art galleries. The curated walk will take place twice daily on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Mazzoleni Art – Pittura Analitica 1970s
  • Mayor Gallery – Li Huasheng

Saturday Breakfast tour: 10:30 – Book here
Sunday Breakfast tour: 10:30Book here

Gallery of African Art

Talk on Global African profiles 

Join Ms Bendu Cooper for a talk about the two artists: Daniela Ribeiro and Ndidi Emefiele on their exhibition Global African Profiles. One artist uses technology in art and the other focuses on the feminine form, exploring and questioning the social, cultural and religious norms which shape and define the role of women as she sees it in her society. Brown's London Art Weekend

Click the link if you’d like to find out more about Brown’s London Art Weekend