Weekend Guide February 26 - 28
We’re done with LFW and the BRITs – so this weekend we’re dancing to our own beat, from club nights in Dalston and Shoreditch to Brixton and Elephant and Castle. Food wise, Notting Hill has two shiny new openings, Soho has burgers covered and Damien Hirst has re-opened Pharmacy in Vauxhall. Oh, and dumplings are finally back on the radar. Eat, sleep, party, repeat!
This Weekend’s Picks
• FRI Unleash X Flying Circus • SAT Chucs • SUN Egg Break
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Here at UJ, we love a hot bowl of ramen – and lucky for us, it hasn’t been in short supply – and we have wagamama to thank for that. Trailblazers in the noodle game for over 20 years, they haven’t been resting on their laurels. Always using the freshest ingredients, with a menu that includes an extensive choice of fresh juices, desserts and beverages. Swap your usual duck or chilli chicken ramen for the latest made to order seafood or short rib ramen additions, with sides of chilli and salt edamame or steamed gyozas. And when you do, tag #wagamamaRAMEN to show us your bowls!
Top 5 places to dance this weekend
1. Want a slice of Ibiza in London? Tickets to Ants London are still available

2. Or party Detroit style with Carl Craig at Unleash X Flying Circus at the Coronet Theatre

3. For a mash up of electro and disco beats don’t miss Ed Banger’s showcase at the Nest

4. If you’re a Berghain fan, you’ll like Scuba at XOYO featuring Matthew Dear and Parasole

5. Love Brunch’s sister, Love Affair, is back for its first party of the year and UJ readers get 50% off tickets
Dumpling HeartUnleash X Flying Circus
Dumplings are making a comeback! If you haven’t checked out Dumpling Heart for some tea and homemade Taiwanese dumplings, do so now, before it closes this weekend. Dine on the simple menu of dumplings, rice noodles and, most interestingly, rice burgers: patties made out of sticky rice and filled with either tofu or pork belly. Otherwise, Gyoza Bar just opened in Covent Garden or wait for The Hoxton Hotel’s standalone dumpling shop, Dumpy Lynns to open. Tonight’s Unleash X Flying Circus is set to be a big one. Detroiter Carl Craig is headlining with his brand of techno, supported by Panorama Bar resident Cassey and Audiofly, who are celebrating 10 years of their Flying Circus party, a party that has shaken up dance floors worldwide. A 6am finish is guaranteed.
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6 Calvert Avenue,
E2 7JP
Coronet Theatre, 28 New Kent Road,
ChucsPatty and Bun
For a slice of ’50s Italiano head to the newly opened Chucs on Westbourne Grove. Like the Dover Street branch you can expect an all day menu ranging from matcha egg white protein pancakes to pasta, antipasta and heartier dishes (think grilled octopus, venison fillets and chicken scaloppini). But most importantly, aperitivo is from 5pm – 7.30pm… Campari tonics all round. Then for dinner, head to the newly opened Patty and Bun. Spread over two floors, it’s their biggest yet. The menu includes classics such as the Ari Gold Cheeseburger (with umami thousand island-style sauce) and the Jose Jose Chilli Burger. But the big news is the addition of a bar, meaning you can wait for a table with a cocktail in hand.
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226 Westbourne Grove,
W11 2RH
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18 Old Compton Street,
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Gorgon City X Crosstown Rebels
Already on sixth release, Gorgon City will be taking over Shapes in Hackney for a blow out party celebrating the release of their ‘Money EP’ on Crosstown Rebels. Joining them will be Alex Arnout from Hot Creations and Walker & Royce, another Crosstown alum. If you haven’t got tickets…
Gorgon City X Crosstown Rebels,
Shapes 117 Wallis Road,
E9 5LN,
UJ Reader Offer:
Love Affair
Love Brunch’s sister Love Affair is back for their first party of the year – and they’re taking over One Embankment. Want in? UJ readers get 50% off, click here. Tickets are limited, be quick!
Love Affair, One Embankment, 8 Victoria Embankment, WC2R 2AB, 10pm-4am, tickets from £15
Egg Break (50% until March 7)Newport Street Gallery
Another opening for Notting Hill. Well, sort of. Egg Break has re-launched, with a new all day menu – think buttermilk pancakes with peanut butter ice cream, Mexican omelettes, corn bread waffles and shakshukas. Our favourite? Corn cakes with poached eggs and sriracha sauce, all washed down with pink mimosas and sbagliatos (vermouth, Campari and prosecco). Then over to Vauxhall for your fill of art… and more food. Peruse Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery, which is no small task – 37,000 square feet and over 3000 works – before making your way to the gallery’s newly opened restaurant, Pharmacy 2. Pill motifs, florescent hospital lighting and canteen chairs – this is very much Hirst’s baby. As for the food? Mark Hix is in charge of the British and European menu of prawn rolls, roast chicken and chips and cuttlefish croquettes…
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50% off food until March 7
30 Uxbridge Street,
W8 7TA
Free entry
Newport Street,
SE11 6AJ
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