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Access London’s private gardens at Open Garden Squares 2018

February 15, 2018

Open Garden Squares

London has quite a lot of green spaces, unfortunately some are only accessible for a privileged few. Fortunately for us normal folk there is Open Garden Squares your chance this June to explore London’s secret gardens as part of Open Garden Squares Weekend 2018, organised by the London Parks and Gardens Trust.

I have been going to and volunteering with Open Garden for the last few years and it usually the highlight of my summer.  More than 200 gardens take part in Open Garden Squares and the event spans 27 boroughs. The gardens take in all sorts of spaces, from traditional garden squares and roof terraces to allotments and historic gardens of London’s schools, shops and cafes.

open garden squares flowers

Highlights are access to the Downing Street garden which is through ballot and the The Royal College of Physicians’ medicinal garden where some 1,000 species of plant aid scientists with their research. Each of the plants has a healing property.

open garden squares flowers

Tickets for Open Garden Squares opens tomorrow 16th February 2018 and you can find out more about the event here: http://www.opensquares.org/2018

open garden squares flowers

 

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Theatre in London: See Ian McKellen as King Lear

February 12, 2018

Gandalf as King Lear! Yes please! Chichester Festival Theatre’s critically-acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s King Lear will run at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London for 100 performances only from 11th July to 3rd November 2018.

Directed by Jonathan Munby, this intimate and contemporary production features Ian McKellen as King Lear, returning to the Duke of York’s Theatre where he made his West End debut in the 1964 production of A Scent of Flowers. McKellen has enjoyed an illustrious career on stage and screen, not least inhabiting some of Shakespeare’s most iconic roles including Hamlet, Macbeth, Iago, Richard II and III as well as in previous productions of King Lear as Edgar, Kent and in the title role.and treachery as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with shocking ends.

Tender, brutal, moving and epic, King Lear is considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written.

The first performance is on 11th July 2018 and tickets are available to buy now.

For more information please visit: KingLearWestEnd.com

 

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What I got up to 2017 – inspiration for things to do in London

February 12, 2018

Inspiration for things to do in London

I can’t believe we are in mid February already, before any more of the year disappears I better give you an update. If you’re anything like me you spent most of January in hibernation avoiding spending money like the plague. 2017 was a quieter year for me due to illness and bereavement but I still did manage to tick off lots from my things to do in London list.

Here are a few highlights that I hope will inspire your year planning.

Marguerite Salon at the Tate Lates

Last year the Tate had lots of really great after hours events. I attended the one put on by Marguerite London an organisation which aims to promote women’s art. The salon featured some really inspiring women like blogger Freddie Harrell, and introduced me to the work of photographer Juno Calypso whose work I love!

Tate Lates kicked off again in January – you can see what’s on here: http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/late/uniqlo-tate-lates

Galvin La Chapelle

In March I discovered that I could eat like a queen if I went at the right time. Galvin La Chapelle is a two star Michelin restaurant in the city. What isn’t well known is that they have a set menu at 35 pounds between the hours of 6-7pm. So if you’re prepared to eat slightly earlier you can save yourself a few pennies. We had a beautiful two course meal and a glass of champagne that would have easily of cost double.

Black and Blue Restaurant

I have my sister to thank for introducing me to Black and Blue, they are a steakhouse with a branch in Waterloo and they are good for a fuss free dinner after the work. If you do give them a visit I thoroughly recommend their salt, pepper and lime chicken. I’ll definitely be heading back this year for a second sample.

Cafe Royal

Since the the new Cafe Royale Hotel opened up in Piccadilly I have been wanting to visit the patisserie to sample some of their delectable cakes. On a spontaneous date I found myself there sampling the most delicious salted caramel desert with warm white chocolate and cinnamon. If you want to treat yourself after a shopping trip go there!

Chutney Mary

A friend and I found ourselves in Mayfair after work and stumbled upon Chutney Mary an old school and very posh restaurant. After looking at the dinner menu (expensive) we decided to opt for bar snacks and non-alcoholic cocktails.

Chutney Mary really has charm and the staff made us feel just as welcome as those dining. Okay…at 18 pounds for bar snacks and mocktails its not cheap but its a great spot for discrete date.

Rumpus Room At Sea Containers

Erm what can I say about this place without going on a rant. After walking past The Sea Container Hotel many times I was pretty excited when one of my friends  suggested we go there after work. Unfortunately my excitement soon died when  I saw the prices they were charging. I am not averse to treating myself when the time is right however I hate feeling like a mug. When we arrived there where no free tables but we found a couple of stools to perch. Due to medication I still wasn’t drinking and we had to queue up for a long time to reach the bar.  When I got to the front I asked if they did mocktails. The barman said he would do something special for me. I watched him pour pineapple juice and and a bit of coconut juice and shake it and add some ice. When I got the bill I was like WTF! 10 pounds plus service charge for fruit juice… piss take. Why do bars insist on adding bar service if they make your serve yourself. Another negative is the Rumpus Bar service charge is higher than other places. I didn’t go back. Go for the views but drink tap water!

Bradley Theodore Opening night

Bradley Theodore is my favourite artist ever! Last year he came to London and I was absolutely stoked to snag an invite to his private view at the Maddox gallery. Famous with the fashion crowd his street art style pieces are definitely worth checking out.

The Tweed Run

If you love vintage and dressing up then make sure you snag yourself a ticket this year. The Tweed Run takes place once a year usually in May and is basically an excuse to wear tweed and cycle on mass through London. This was my second year attending and it didn’t disappoint.  Register your interest here: http://www.tweedrun.com/tickets/

Visiting The Cactus House 

If you follow my Instagram you will know I am slightly cactus obsessed. In May I went to view a botanical ‘house‘ installation from Ben Russell made up of marble cacti sculptures.

Afternoon Tea and a trip to Kew Gardens

Ah Kew! This was the best day ever. A university friend was getting married and was surpised with a pre-wedding do at Kew with afternoon tea. My last visit to Kew was when I was in my early teens with my late father and I have fond memories of my time in the Rainforest house.

We enjoyed afternoon tea in the prettiest tea room and a trip to The Hive a massive reconstruction of real beehive made out of steel. When Spring comes do make a trip.

Dulwich Pavilion

I always attend the Serpentine Pavilion so last year it was interesting to discover its Dulwich equivalent, it also was my first trip to Dulwich village which if you haven’t visited is the perfect place for a little jaunt and tea in the summer.

Palomar

The feted Palestinian restaurant has had a lot of rave reviews so did I just go on a bad day I wonder? The restaurant itself is was very cool. The staff impressive and knowledgeable. The food… Erm I just couldn’t get into the very strange flavours and textures. I was so disappointed. Even my chef friend who I took along was unimpressed.

Mayfield Lavender Farm

Ever since I watched A Good Year at the cinema  I have been obsessed with lavender fields. I could’t make it to France last year but I was happy to discover that we have lavender fields only 20 mins from Croydon. Lavender usually is in bloom from June to early August and the farm has a lovely cafe and shop to pick up up some lavender inspired goods.

 Frieze Art Fair

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Every October The Frieze Art Fair hosts the world’s most exciting artists, from the emerging to the iconic. Frieze London features more than 160 of the world’s leading galleries. I was lucky enough to go to both Frieze London and the Frieze Masters last year, although I wouldn’t recommend doing both on the same day like myself…it was tiring! It’s a great place for inspiration and to see what is happening in the art world.

Frieze returns to London on the 4-7 October 2018

Okay I know this was a long post and I didn’t include everything. Hopefully this will inspire you when planning your things to do in London this year.

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Basquiat: Boom for Real – Barbican Art Gallery, London

October 2, 2017

Basquiat: Boom for Real 

Wow. October already eh, we’ll don’t despair Lanky Girl is here! I’M BAACK! Ready and willing to share with you all the best things that London has to offer this autumn and since it’s Frieze Week I’m going to kick off with telling you about one exhibition that needs to be on your radar Basquiat: Boom for Real. This is the first large-scale exhibition in the UK of the work of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960—1988). Jean-Michel Basquiat was the pioneering prodigy of the 1980s downtown New York art scene. Engage in the explosive creativity of Basquiat who worked with Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Blondie, among others.

Featuring rare film, photography and archive material, the show captures the spirit of this self-taught artist, poet, DJ and musician whose influence, since his death at 27 in 1988, has been enormous.  This unprecedented exhibition brings together an outstanding selection of more than 100 works from international museums and private collections.

This must see exhibition runs from 21 Sep 2017—28 Jan 2018 at the Barbican Art Gallery.

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Field Day at Dinerama – Bank Holiday Sunday, 27th August 2017

August 21, 2017

Field Day at Dinerama

With Bank Holiday fast approaching here is the first of many events that you should add to your diary this week!

field day at dinerama

Clear the diary as Field Day festival returns to Dinerama on Sunday 27 August for a BIG Bank Holiday bash. Following Easter Sunday’s sell out success and the incredible 11th edition of the festival, Field Day have curated another unmissable event running from Noon ‘til Midnight with 12 hours of music, food, and booze. Dinerama will be rolling up their shutters to host another huge line-up with DJs including Simian Mobile Disco, Baio, Eclair FiFi, Ewan Pearson, Throwing Shade, Lemmy Ashton, Bugged Out, Eat Your Own Ears, Snap Crackle & Pop PLUS special guests to be announced.

Tickets are £10 and include a cold beer on entry, available via www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/OUP3004.

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See Natalie Dormer in Venus in Fur – This October

August 21, 2017

If you’re a Natalie Dormer fan then you will be excited to hear that she will be the West End premiere of David Ives’ hit Broadway play Venus in Fur which will run for a strictly limited nine week engagement at the Theatre Royal Haymarket run from 6 October to 9 December.

Directed by Patrick Marber, designed by Rob Howell with lighting by Hugh Vanstone and casting by Executive Producer Ilene StargerVenus In Fur is an intoxicating dark comedy of desire, fantasy and the innate love of fur.

Natalie Dormer is to play actress Vanda Jordan and enigmatic actress who appears unannounced for an audition with director Thomas Novachek. She’s determined to land the leading role in his new production – despite seeming wrong for the part. Over one evening in downtown Manhattan their charged meeting becomes a seductive dance to the end.

First performance on 6 October

Performances Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm Thursday and Saturday at 3pm

Prices from £15
200 seats at £15 for every performance

For full details either visit www.trh.co.uk or call 020 7930 8800

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Ben Eine Pop-Up Shop opens 6th September

August 17, 2017

Ben eine pop up shop

Ben Eine pop up shop

All you street art fans get this this date in your diary Here’s a date that you need to get in your diary. Renowned street artist Ben Eine has created limited edition artwork in his famous lettering style that will be going on sale at a two-day pop-up shop. Located in Old Street station, East London, keen fans will be able to purchase his exclusive merchandise at the Data Dollar store created by cybersecurity giant Kaspersky Lab.

The bespoke merchandise is exclusive to the two-day event. Artwork fans and followers of Eine’s work can purchase merchandise and – on the first day – meet the artist himself. Eine’s work has a reputation for selling out prior to general gallery opening so the Data Dollar store represents a unique opportunity to purchase a piece of his famed art and style for a bargain – but with a twist.

An East London local, Eine’s work is littered across the streets of Old Street and Shoreditch and has caught the attention of locals and visitors alike. Street tours have been setup to allow avid fans the chance to enjoy Eine’s vibrant creations.

The Data Dollar Store will be open in Old Street station on Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th September, 2017, from 8.30am-7pm.

WHAT: Prolific Shoreditch street artist Ben Eine is opening a pop-up shop, the Data Dollar store.

WHEN: Wednesday 6th & Thursday 7th September

WHERE: Old Street Station, London

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St Germain immersive Pop up hits London Thursday 27th July – Saturday 29th July

July 25, 2017

Maison St Germain

Maison St.Germain

ST.GERMAIN is bringing a splash of joyful decadence to the heart of London with the opening of its first ever London residency, “MAISON ST.GERMAIN”, in celebration of the thousands of elderflowers harvested to create the unique elderflower liqueur. MAISON ST.GERMAIN will welcome guests through its doors at 2 Soho Square, London from Thursday 27th July – Saturday 29th July.

Brought to life in collaboration with ‘June in March’ floral designer, Emily Baylis, consumers will be taken on a romantic-yet-whimsical journey that celebrates the joyful decadence of summer indulgence in the spirit of Les Années Folles.

Guests will be able to begin the MAISON ST.GERMAIN experience by visiting the brands’s resident florist, following which they’ll be led through a floral corridor to the pièce principale, a stunning ST.GERMAIN green room made of fresh blossom. The pièce principale will feature the Maison’s bar, where guests will be able to enjoy the ST.GERMAIN Cocktail while listening to a live band filling the room with jazz manouche.

The immersive experience will then lead guests up a floral staircase to the ST.GERMAIN speakeasy. Here, guests will be able to sample an exclusive collection of ST.GERMAIN Cocktails, artfully crafted by Global Brand Ambassador, Camille Ralph Vidal. They’ll also be able to learn how to make their favourite cocktail.

Those looking to get more involved, will be able to take part in a bespoke series of workshops happening daily.

ST.GERMAIN Elderflower Liqueur is the world’s first French liqueur made from delicate elderflower blossoms, handpicked at the height of their beauty during a maddeningly ephemeral growing season once a year.

For more information, visit www.maisonstgermain.co.uk.

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GREY GOOSE vodka Launches The Le Grand Fizz Brunch Club

July 25, 2017

Grey Goose Le Grand Fizz Brunch Club 3For fans of a boozy lunch check out this event. On Saturday 12th August, 12pm – 2pm, Grey Goose vodka will launch The Le Grand Fizz Brunch Club. GREY GOOSE have also partnered with well-known foodie Anna Barnett and Head of Bars at The Ned, Dan Berger; for the event who will be preparing the food and cocktails respectively.

Get ready for the ultimate brunch as GREY GOOSE helps you live your best summer. Next month, GREY GOOSE vodka launches the Le Grand Fizz Brunch Club which promises unique dining and cocktail experience completely personalised to your own taste profile; made with the world’s best tasting, naturally rich and full bodied vodka.

Great taste is the essence of a summer well lived. Bringing together the expertise of well-known foodie Anna Barnett and Head of Bars at The Ned, Dan Berger; guests will be taken on a journey of exploration inspired by the five key taste profiles: sweet, sour, salty, umami and bitter.

Upon arrival, guests will enjoy a brunch style canape reception, where they will be invited to explore and identify their preferred taste profile. They can then personalise their own dish with Anna Barnett on hand to share her expertise. The ingredients behind each dish has been carefully crafted to pair with Grey Goose’s refreshing summer serve, Le Grand Fizz.

Tickets are available for £30 + booking fee via the  link below.

Where: Carousel, 71 Blandford St, Marylebone, London W1U 8AB
When: Saturday 12th August 12pm – 2pm
For Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/grey-goose-le-grand-fizz-brunch-club-tickets-36351281662

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Things to do in London: The Portman Marylebone Summer Street Party 6th July

June 30, 2017

The Portman Marylebone Summer Street Party

The Portman Marylebone Summer Street Party

The Portman Marylebone Summer Street Party is coming to New Quebec Street and Seymour Place for an event with live music, food, drinks and entertainment for all ages, on Thursday 6 July, from 5pm to 10pm.

Both streets will be pedestrianised for the duration of the event and transformed in line with this year’s theme, ‘urban garden’.

Entry to the event is free and there is a jam-packed schedule of things to see, eat and do.

The London Perspective recommends:

  •  The make your own terrarium workshop by renowned florist James Bernard Floristry
  • Sampling a host of cocktails and dishes (pintxos, pizza) from local restaurants Bernardi’s, Lurra and The Mae Deli – The first concept deli from blogging sensation Deliciously Ella.
  • Taking advantage of promotions in a host of boutiques, including beachwear designer Paolita and interiors design shop, Eliska
  •  Attending GAIL’s Artisan Bakery garden party.
  • New Quebec Street, butcher and grill Boxcar – the latest arrival to the street – will be serving up a summer BBQ, whilst fine wine purveyor Philglas and Swiggot will host wine tasting competitions.

Places on the terrarium workshop will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis, so guests are encouraged to arrive early to avoid disappointment. For more information, visit  www.portmanmarylebone.com.

Schedule of activities 

New Quebec Street

  • Beauty Rose Hair and Beauty Professionals: Hair accessorising and nibbles for visitors
  • Boxcar: Summer BBQ
  • Eliska (interiors): ‘urban garden’ interiors, PIMM’s and soft drinks, ‘urban garden’ tasters
  • La Petite Poissonnerie: Oysters and champagne, sashimi platters
  • Paolita: Cocktails and drinks and 15% off all current collections
  • Philglas & Swiggot: Wine tasting competitions (rosé, prosecco and champagne)

Seymour Place

  • Bernardi’s: Serving Gigli (white veal ragu & mascarpone) and Casarecce (buffalo ricotta, lemon, mint and courgette), alongside cocktails including the Belsazar and Verdini
  • GAIL’s Artisan Bakery: Garden party for families, and a selection of freshly baked treats
  • The Carpenters Arms: Complimentary tasters of new drinks
  • Lemongrass: Promotion on 15-minute massage at exclusive price of £10, beauty products and Lemongrass tea
  • Lurra: Serving Galician beef pintxo and Txakoli sung cocktails
  • SANDY’s: Serving slices of Corsican pizza
  • The Gate: serving buffalo mozzarella with wild garlic and heritage tomatoes, MediterrAsian salad, vegan burgers, peanut butter millionaire shortbread and homemade lemonade
  • The Mae Deli: Serving a selection of dishes
  • The Portman: Hook-a-duck competitions, summer BBQ, Mamoo ice cream trolley, veggie sticks and dipping sauce and watermelon on sticks. Serving beers and punch
  • Vinoteca: Porchetta (slow cooked pork) sandwich and a glass of cinsaut on tap for £10. Prosecco and wine also available by the glass