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We’re feeling a more subtle energy this weekend. Perhaps we’re saving up for the year’s final Bank Holiday, who knows? Of course, that’s not to say we’re remotely thinking of staying in all weekend – and neither should you! Below are our pickings of the weekend finest. And whether you opt for last minute supperclubbing, multisensory vintage cinema, or a classic ‘90s rave: we wish you a great one.

This weekend's picks:
• FRI ?uestlove • SAT Constructed • SUN Cabinet
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Auchentoshan Presents Shacklewell Nights

Shacklewell nights, the ever-popular hidden dining experience in Dalston, joins forces with Auchentoshan whisky to bring gastro-lovers a night that will, in their words, ‘challenge perceptions and taste buds’. Held within a five-floor Victorian townhouse, the four course menu will complement and incorporate the single malt (and the Langostines on Toast are promising to be rather sensational). It seems that whisky drinking isn’t just for slipper-wearing, pipe-smoking Scottish gentlemen after all. Email here for the last few reservations – if you’re quick.


Anantara Seminyak Resort & Spa
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If you’re looking for an excuse to escape then try this beauty from Jetsetter on for size. From yoga retreats in Ubud to point breaks in Kuta, Bali is pretty much the embodiment of pure escapism – and on the southwest coast, Seminyak fulfils the niche for world-class dining and nightlife, fashion boutiques and vanguard hotels. On prime beachfront in the heart of the area, the Anantara Seminyak Resort & Spa is a celebration of understated Balinese luxury and western trendsetting, with 59 modern suites, a renowned rooftop lounge and an infinity swimming pools at the edge of the Indian Ocean.

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MUSIC: ?uestlove
Drummer for the Roots, as well as being writer and producer for the likes of Jay Z and Al Green – this is a pretty special treat for hip-hop fans. Ruling the ones and twos for a rare and rather hefty three hour set at East Village, ?uestlove himself is on hand to play at this, an official after party for the earlier Roots gig at the Hammersmith Apollo. Advanced tickets are already sold out, so if you fancy a night of top hip hop, soul and funk-hued tunes you better get down for the door tickets pronto.

Time: 9.30pm-3.30am
Place: East Village, 89 Gt Eastern Street, EC2A 3HX
Cost: £10 in advance, tickets on door
Info: ?uestlove

MUSIC: Innervisions: An Evening at the Cabinet of Dr Caligari
Hooking up with the architect/designer Ron Arad as part of his Curtain Call series, the Berlin-based electronic label Innervisions are taking over Camden’s Roundhouse for a night of all-encompassing music, film and art distraction. Central to the event (as the name suggests) is Robert Wiene’s seminal ‘20s German horror flick, The Cabinet of Dr Caligari… only like you’ve never seen it before – with a mind-altering modern score created by the likes of Henrik Schwarz, Âme and Dixon. Your usual Friday night cinema screening this most certainly ain’t.

Time: Doors open 7.30pm
Place: Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8EH
Cost: £25
Info: Innervisions: An Evening at the Cabinet of Dr Caligari
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Champagne brunch £45 instead of £65 at Aqua Nueva

While we’ve picked an array of activities and distractions to tempt you over the weekend, sometimes nothing beats a long afternoon spent in the company of food, friends and endless champagne. Which is why the lovely folks at Aqua Nueva have put together a special offer for UJ subscribers this Sunday. Settle into their rooftop overlooking Regents Street (or inside, if the weather misbehaves) for endless tapas, bottomless Louis Roederer Champagne, and live musicians from Ronnie Scott’s, all for £45 (normally £65, but Aqua is 'looking after' the champagne). Available Sunday, 12-3pm until the end of September. Be sure to mention Urban Junkies when you’re booking a table to claim this offer.

Aqua Nueva, 5th Floor, 240 Regent St.
Entrance on 30 Argyll St, W1B 3BR.


NIGHTLIFE: Constructed
Following on from Lisa Lee’s much lauded (and oft hilarious) alt-cabaret mini-season Under Construction, Constructed (see what they did there?) takes dragaret and experimental performance to the next level. Each night in the series will feature five ‘cabaret legends and current darlings of the scene’, as they put it, at everyone’s favourite Bistrotheque – with tonight’s starts including Marcus Reeves, Lavinia Co-op, Michael Twaits, Davies and Blake, and Dolly Dali. Please click here to book tickets.

Time: 8.30 pm
Place: Bistrotheque, Address: 23-27 Wadeson Street, London,
E2 9DR
Cost: £10
Info: Constructed

MUSIC: Soul Clap Yoyoyo ‘90s Rave Jam 2
If you were fortunate enough to slog through the December snows for their inaugural Rave Jam, then you know precisely what to expect. And if you didn’t, well, I’m sure you get the idea. Hosts, Soul Clap, are being joined tonight by the likes of Coldcut, King Britt and Black Science Orchestra, plus there’s even the promise of lasers and whistles (!) – this one’s going to be off the proverbial hook. And with a catchy title like that, how can it not?

Time: 10pm-6am
Place: 3 Godfrey Pl, Tower Hamlets,
E2 7NT
Cost: £15
Info: Soul Clap Yoyoyo ‘90s Rave Jam 2

Blue Surge

"He's a 38 year old cop. She's an 18 year old prostitute. They're in love. What could possibly go wrong?" It might sound like a new Hollywood blockbuster coming to a cinema near you this summer – but in fact this is your last opportunity to catch UJ family-member Samantha Coughlan (previously of everyone’s fave The Children’s Hour) alongside Kelly Burke and Alexander Guiney in award-winning playwright Rebecca Gilman’s much-praised Blue Surge – and this is your final chance to catch it before it wraps everything up on the 27th.

Blue Surge, Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, SW10 9ED. £18.


Vans Downtown Showdown

Turquoise, pink, cranberry, yellow- just a few of the colours that we here at UJ own in Vans Classics. Slip on your #44s this Saturday and head down to Spitalfields Market where Southern California will meet old school London in a skate-off between some of Europe’s best teams and riders. If the Huf-clad boys don’t tickle your fancy, there’s always the pop-up store and delicious eateries a-plenty (we hear that Mr Vans himself is taking over Fire and Stone’s pizza grill).

Vans Downtown Showdown,
Spitalfields Market, E1 6EA. Free. Saturday 20th Aug.


EAT: The Pale Blue Door
Almost an institution within the (inherently non-institutional) pop-up scene, Tony Hornecker is back once more to tickle your fancies a little tranny performance cum design installation cum tipsy supperclub. The ingeniously monikered A Man To Pet once more plays hostess, the night is having a bit of DJ/disco theme, and the menu features solid enticements including Rare Roast Beef with Horseradish Créme Fraiche and for dessert a little Crumble of Fancy with Cream – oh, and a complimentary half bottle of plonk to get the ball rolling, so to speak. For bookings email to specify your chosen date and time.

Time: 8 - 8.15pm
Place: Pale Blue Door, Shoreditch, London, E8 4BD
Cost: £35 p/head
Info: The Pale Blue Door

SHOP: Cabinet Pop-Up
Setting up home in the Luna & Curious sideroom that last hosted the Rock Lobsta pop-up, Cabinet is the first ‘real’ store for this charming new(ish) London-based label. And while the space might just be pushing for a spot among the Smallest Retail Stores in the World, we highly recommend it. Expect a slim but impeccably formed collection including gorgeous Mastai Feretti shirts, top examples of the (albeit ubiquitous) tote, and Cabinet’s own line of elegantly cut trousers. One stop for a complete, and rather sharp outfit. Menswear made easy.

Time: 11am-6pm 
Place: 24-26 Calvert Ave, E2 7JP
Cost: Expect around £30+
Info: Cabinet Pop-Up

Back to the Future Part 1
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As quilted gillets tirelessly work their way back into fashion’s Acceptable Box, the timing seems perfect to revel in a little blatant ‘80s revivalism. With Michael J Fox’s Marty McFly and Christopher Lloyd’s iconic Doc Emmett Brown, Back to the Future Part 1 is one of those strokes of cinematic genius that seared itself into all our brains indelibly. Screened in Roundwood Park, remember to pack a blanket and even one of those amusing camping chairs to protect your derriere. And something warm for the evening – like maybe a certain rust-orange gillet (Oh, Marty). “Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.”.

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Weekend guide by AC
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