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Bestival–goers, we salute you and your madcap costumed antics. Whilst here in the UJ office we’re getting excited about coats and trying to figure out how to winch our increasingly hefty autumnal bulk into our skinny jeans (what, we’re starting the winter insulating process...), you’re heading to the Isle of Wight with your wellies in tow. Meanwhile we’ll be trying to reduce our calorie intake with some help from Innocent, messing it all up again with a load of burgundy, wondering how we’re going to fit into Autumn’s fashion finds, dancing it off to house’s best, laughing our stomachs into shape, and singing our hearts into an early aneurism. Who else gets the feeling Team UJ needs a health overhaul? Ah well... there’s always next week.

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• FRI Charity Shoppe • SAT Carnaby Catwalk • SUN Mamma Mia

Illumini Launch

Whilst this may sound like some kind of dastardly Dan Brown collective, we can at least guarantee there won’t be albino monks at tonight’s Illumini launch event – but there will be light. Collaborating with visual artists and performers who use light in their work, this latest show revolves around the idea of ‘Secret Subterranean London’ and takes place in spooky corridors and dark recesses under the ground, transformed into world war bunkers, disused tube stations and crypts. Grab a torch – and possibly a crucifix.

6pm-10pm, Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street, EC1V 9LT.


iconIn Wolves Clothing: Re–imagining the Doll
Forget scary blinky eyes and weird tufty strands of synthetic hair – this year dollies are getting a fashionable do–over courtesy of Show Studio’s Shop and Live Studio. The exhibition will feature puppets by the likes of Viktor and Rolf from their big Barbican exhibition, classic Barbies and Peter Jensen’s paper dolls, films by Jake & Dinos Chapman amongst others, and broadcasted performances from Rubbish Finger Puppets and Wendy Bevan, with one–of–a–kind objects made during the shows on sale in the shop afterwards.

Time: 11am-6pm
Place: 1-9 Bruton Place, W1J 6LT
Cost: Free
Info: In Wolves Clothing: Re-imagining the Doll

icon Charity Shoppe
Celebrating flea–market finds and pound–shop steals through the medium of erm, house music, tonight’s event features The Lovely Jonjo, Ian Robinson, and Pac & Cassie on the decks, with the Charity Shop Juke Box on hand to play your twice–loved tunes, as long as they cost you no more than two quid and came from a charitable outlet, flea market or were found on the street. There’ll be a lot of Rick Astley rescued off the pavement then...

Time 9pm-3am
Place: 177 Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB
Cost: Free
Info: Charity Shoppe
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Win a month’s worth of Innocent goodies

If you’re munching a chocolate croissant whilst reading this and telling yourself that the pastry counts as one of your five–a–day; put the baked good down and check into Innocent Cafe’s 5 for 5 rehab scheme. Aiming to serve 5000 people their five a day for £5, it opens in October with guest chef Gizzi Erskine at the helm and will be taking bookings soon. Can’t wait? We have a month’s worth of Innocent smoothies and Veg pots to give away to one vitamin-deficient subscriber. To be in with a chance of winning simply tell us: How many of your five–a–day have you managed today?

1st - 7th October. Innocent 5 for 5 Café, The Tramshed, 6-8 Garden Walk, EC2A 3EQ. £5.


Lost Marathon

If, for some mysterious reason which is making us ridiculously resentful, you happen to have the beginning of next week off – we have the perfect time–wasting way to spend your day. The Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square is holding a Lost marathon, screening all 121 episodes of the super–series back–to–back. 80 hours, 285 free seats up for grabs, and one paramedic – presumably in case the killer polar bear gets out of hand. Come as your favourite character (extra points for anyone able to pull off the black smoke monster), bring blankets, pillows and food, and be prepared to stumble back into the light on Thursday morning and wonder what the hell has happened.

From 10am, 13th September. 7 Leicester Place,
. Email: to win a free place.


icon Noughtie Night Life
Think you were there when London’s nightlife hit its hilt? Reckon you knew clubbing at its prime? This exhibition cataloguing the naughtiest nightlife London’s seen over the past 10 years has been curated by Antony Price and features work by UJ’s own Billa Baldwin as well as Ellis Scott, MegaMegaMega and We Know What You Did Last Night. So if you were suffering a memory black–out back in the day, this might jog those brain cells into horrified realisation. You’re welcome.

Time: 10am-11pm
Place: Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA
Cost: Free
Info: Noughtie Night Life

UJ Carnaby Street Catwalk
Want to know what to wear this Autumn? Carnaby’s hosting a series of catwalk shows today featuring 120 key looks for the new season, styled by Alexis Knox and produced by On | Off’s Doll Productions. The surrounding shops will be putting on their own events too, so head to Puma for shoe swaps, Westwood–designed jeans at Lee, DJ sets at Liam Gallagher’s Pretty Green, and discounts galore throughout the street.

Time: 12pm, 2pm, 4pm
Place: Carnaby Street, W1
Cost: Free
Info: Carnaby Street Catwalk

Comfort Station

A recent mid-week wander down Cheshire Street saw us fall head–over–heels in love with the jewellery at boutique label Comfort Station. Twisted and knotted, chunky cord strands come with either silver or gold platelets engraved with the geographical co–ordinates of ‘Love’ – a town in the Bahamas, and ‘Hope’ – a town in Devon. An innovative, insider way to express your feelings. We heart.

From £115.

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Fancy a crack at London’s hottest job offer?

Bored of the daily grind? Underappreciated at work and hate your fathead colleagues? Buck up kiddo, this could be the dream job for you. W Hotel – opening in February 2011 – is holding a casting call for two ultimate ‘London Insiders’ to join their global contingency of super concierges, and the floor’s open to all. Reckon you know the hottest spots in town, have ins with the bitchiest door people and every restaurant reservation teams under your thumb? Send in your audition tape for a chance to become a finalist and face the likes of ANTM’s J Alexander and Bistrotheque’s David Waddington in an Apprentice–style finale.

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Wine Chap’s Big Burgundy Brunch

This Saturday sees the last in our Wine Chap’s series of Big Burgundy Brunches at Quo Vadis. Join Tom Harrow for a midday meander through 4 of the best white and 4 of the best red burgundies (including a Bourgogne, a Villages, a Premier Cru and a Grand Cru) over brunch consisting of smoked salmon, eggs blendisloe, and a selection of British cheeses.

£49 per person, to book, call: 020 7437 9585. Quo Vadis, 26-29 Dean Street, W1D 3LL.


UJ Mamma Mia
Oh God, we know we know – we told you open air events were done. But loooooook – it’s Mamma Mia, and it comes on a massive inflated screen, with live entertainment in a specially decorated park! They have costumed ushers and a choir leading the singalongs! AND a feast of Caribbean-style jerk chicken and BBQ yummies, not to mention the cast of the West End hit popping in at half time. Now all you need to do is bring a brolly. Sorry...

Time: 7pm
Place: Roundwood Park, NW10 3SH
Cost: £8.50
Info: Mamma Mia

UJGreenwich Comedy Festival
Whilst we’re recommending this for a jolly Sunday jaunt (today’s line-up includes Scottish funny woman Rhona Cameron, a short film showcase and sadly sold–out Bill Bailey, though we’re thinking some well–timed ticket–tout loitering might get us lucky), you could pop down any day to check out the comedic talent in the Big Top, Spiegel Tent and various riverside rendezvous.

Time: Various
Place: Old Royal Naval College, 2 Cutty Sark Gardens, SE10 9LW
Cost: Various
Info: Greenwich Comedy Festival

This week’s hottest foodie destination

Pierre Hermé
A macaronerie like no other

13 Lowndes Street, SW1X 9EX – 020 7245 0317

Having previewed his haute confectionary collection at Selfridges a few months back, the macaron king has now opened his first London boutique which is not only a haven for the sweet of tooth but is also supremely foxy of design.

I am not one to go crazy for cupcakes (too much frosting). Waft a fancy dessert past me and I’ll barely bat an eye (I like to savour the savoury). Sweet for sweet’s sake doesn’t do it for me, but Pierre Hermé’s macarons and chocolates are on another level – there is good reason he is already worshipped in Paris and Tokyo – and this new store is certain to become the ultimate stop–off for dinner party (or self) gifting.

Monsieur Hermé is renowned for his incredible flavour combinations that he concocts with all the subtlety of a perfumer: strawberry and balsamic vinegar and dark chocolate and blackcurrant are two of his most popular macarons, while chocolates are infused with black olives and roasted, salted corn as well as other more traditional, but no less intense, options.

Looking more like a contemporary jewellery store, the sweeping, espresso lines of this Belgravia gem are the perfect backdrop for the ‘Picasso of Pastry’s multi-coloured macarons and signature tangerine packaging.

You may not be able to book a table but, as word spreads, you might need to call ahead to reserve a box of your favourite flavours. The colours go so perfectly with this season’s Louboutins, and the two shops are now so conveniently close!

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