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When we’re not hosting events or coming up with new food concepts, we like to spend our time hanging in east London: the mix of cultures, styles, pubs, clubs, bars and food venues makes for a fun place to be at the weekend.

The Rebel Dining Society, founded by Shay Ola with his DJ partner and friend Charlie Purdie, turned what was a small pop-up into one of east London’s most talked-about dining events. As part of the Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series they have been working closely with Bombay Sapphire to co-curate an evening on 18 August which will feature a travel-themed edible interactive experience. See below for more information and good luck on securing a place to join us!

I hope you enjoy our guest edited UJ Weekend Guide,
The Rebel Dining Society

This weekend's picks:
• FRI Project Nim • SAT Matthew Herbert Big Band • SUN The Shop NW10
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Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series
Bombay Sapphire and Rebel Dining Society Co-curate

Like what you heard above about the Bombay Sapphire and the Rebel Dining Society curated event? Then here's a little bit more: on the evening of 18 August, we'll be embarking on an unexpected journey of discovery, inspired by a sensory tale of exploration and the finest botanicals from around the world. An evening full of colour, taste and theatre, Bombay Sapphire and Rebel Dining Society have come together to co-curate an event which will take you on a multi-sensorial voyage of imagination, an intriguing quest to find the Alchemist's Paradise through five unique adventures – including creating a cocktail of bubbles, bringing a ballerina to life and flying through edible fog – engaging all the senses and offering a taste of true imagination. It's going to be an unforgettable night! Please RSVP here to be in with a chance of securing a place for you and a guest. Successful applicants will be notified by Tuesday 16 August.

7pm, 18 August, Shoreditch Studios,
37 Batemans Row, EC2A 3HH

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FILM: Project Nim
We’ve been eagerly reading the glowing U.S. reviews of James Marsh’s new documentary (he would be the Brit director who won an Oscar for Man on Wire), and a month later, it is finally hitting UK screens. The film tells the sad story of a chimp raised as a human child in the ‘70s, taught sign language, and finally sold to a lab. Due to summer blockbuster season, though, it’s not easy to track down a screening.

Time: 4.15pm & 9pm
Place: Rio Dalston, 107 Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB
Cost: £9
Info: Project Nim

Promising Benares-quality food from frozen ingredients and made by trainee chefs is a tall order, but we’re trusting in Atul Kochhar’s involvement in this week-long pop-up. Signature Kochhar dishes, like crisp fried spicy John Dory with grokha chutney and Kashmiri lamb curry will be served up at a fraction of the usual price, alongside other gourmet dishes like Petit Pois ice cream, smoked duck and crab dumplings.

Time: 12-2pm
Place: Vincent Rooms, Westminster Kingsway College, 76 Vincent Square, SW1P
Cost: £10 food, £10 for a bottle of wine
Info: N-Ice
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The Rebel Dining Society's Shop Recommendation

There is a wicked interiors shop on Columbia Road called Supernice and we are totally into their Sock Monkey wall stickers. It’s worth a stop if you’re in the area on a Sunday for the flower market – they also do all kinds of wall graphics by Threadless and other designers, as well as plates, cushions and wallpaper silhouettes.

Supernice, 106 Columbia Rd, E2 7RG


The Rebel Dining Society's Book Ahead
The Broadway Market Taste Sessions

The Broadway Market Taste Sessions collaboration between the Rebel Dining Society and Broadway Market: expect menus developed in conjunction with suppliers and traders, live music and other treats.

The Broadway Market Taste Sessions,
14, 21, 28 Aug, 3pm.
Rebel HQ, 30 Vyner St, E2 9DQ

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The Rebel Dining Society's Escape
Regents Canal

Regents Canal is a cool place to unwind, being in the centre of London yet so close to nature and tranquility is pretty unique.


MUSIC: Matthew Herbert Big Band
There’s nothing Matthew Herbert doesn’t do well, from recording crisps crunching and turning it into electro to remixing tracks for Björk – and that includes putting together Big Bands for movie soundtracks, and then touring with them. We love Ronnie Scott’s anyway, with its central Soho location, classic cocktails and two varieties of caviar to choose from, so we won’t take much persuading to make an appearance here.

Time: 7.30pm
Place: Ronnie Scott’s, 47 Frith St,
Cost: £25-48.50
Info: Matthew Herbert Big Band

CLUB: Thunder
You could go crazy trying to keep up to date with every new dance party in Dalston, but those in the know tell us that this Chicago- and Detroit-inspired underground house night is something fresh. Sure, Visions is hip in a slightly shabby style, but with guest DJ Neville Watson jetting over from gigs in Berlin and Munich, the arty east Londoners in attendance won’t be noticing the sticky floors.

Time: 10pm-5am
Place: 588 Kingsland Rd, E8 4AH
Cost: £4-7
Info: Thunder
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The Rebel Dining Society's Favourite Weekend Spot
The Corner Room

We can’t get over The Corner Room, the spin-off eatery from the man behind Viajante Nuno Mendes, located on the first floor of the Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green. No reservations or waiting list, just rock-up and enjoy some of the best food to be served up in London.

The Corner Room,
Town Hall Hotel & Apartments, E2 9NF
Nearest Tube: Bethnal Green.

weekend spot

The Rebel Dining Society's Playlist

From Friendly Fires to Classix, Major Lazer and Depeche Mode- this is a good times mash up. We strongly recommend you press play now.



Nomad Cinema: Cinema Paradiso
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Pure escapism is what we’re in need of right now, so we’re putting our names down for this screening of the Italian classic. A glass of sparkling wine, a balmy evening, a nostalgic story about a young boy’s love for cinema in pre-television era Sicily: sounds like the perfect end to a weekend. Take a stroll around Holland Park’s stunning Kyoto Garden and have afternoon tea in the Orangery first.

Sun 21 Aug,
Opera Holland Park, W8 6LU
8.15pm, £8.50-18.50


ART: Ron Arad’s Curtain Call
There are plenty of reasons to be in this neck of the woods on a Sunday afternoon: Primrose Hill cafés, the boating lake in Regent’s Park, and now, to take a look at this interactive installation by the Tel Aviv-born architect and designer. It’s a circular curtain made up of 5,600 silicon rods, on which videos and art by the likes of Mat Collishaw and Hussein Chalayan are projected, and they shift as the curtain moves.

Time: 10am-7pm
Place: Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8EH
Cost: Pay as you wish
Info: Ron Arad’s Curtain Call

DRINK: The Shop NW10
Kensal Rise already has the arty Lexi cinema, lovely café Gracelands and, in The Paradise, a decent gastro pub – now it’s moving out of yummy mummy territory and into a real destination spot with the launch of stylishly retro bar The Shop, where you can drink Bloody Marys from vintage milk bottles, served alongside miniature jam jars of your spirit of choice. Overhead 1950s lights once hung at Manchester Airport, and bar stools were made from WWII crates. We like.

Time: 12-11pm
Place: 75 Chamberlayne Road, NW10 3ND
Cost: Cocktails £3-9
Info: The Shop NW10

The Night Jar’s Flambé Trolley with Bombay Sapphire

With London’s mixology scene being so vibrant, we’re all used to bartenders making a performance out of juggling shakers – but it’s only now that bars are translating that theatricality to the world of food. At The Night Jar, just across the road from Shoreditch Grind, creative chefs are flambéing their food in Bombay Sapphire and serving it up with the very best of old-fashioned service. Each dish is paired with a drink from the menu, and the food itself is infused with flavours from the liquor. It’s a new kind of foodie night out. Flambé Trolley with Bombay Sapphire available now until end of Sept.

The Night Jar, 129 City Road, EC1V 1JB.
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Bombay Sapphire Tom Collins

The Bombay Sapphire Collins is a fantastic long, light refreshing summery cocktail. It shows perfect balance between sweetness, sourness, gin and the effervescenting effect of soda.

50ml Bombay Sapphire
25ml Freshly squeezed lemon juice
15ml Sugar syrup (or 2 teaspoons of caster sugar)
50ml Soda water

Method: Add the Bombay Sapphire, lemon juice and sugar into a tall glass. Stir and add plenty of cubed ice. Stir again. Top with soda water then stir for a final time. Garnish with a wedge of lemon and enjoy.

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