Wed 2 March 2016
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The Culturist
London’s cultural highlights this March
Diaries out: we’ve packed the month with bouncy castles, glitter drenched discos, Comme des Garçons, Champagne and chia seeds. Plus, we have a highly anticipated Thai restaurant opening, a no-frills brasserie in Shepherd’s Bush and, for those who need it, a 101 in the last 60 years of fashion photography. Happy spring!
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Yes, we know: “Florals for spring… groundbreaking”. But the latest Uniqlo collab with Liberty has us embracing the cliché. The 30-piece collection will include womenswear, kidswear and, most interestingly, menswear featuring the more popular floral patterns. Expect spring-tastic dresses, blouses, shirts, trousers and jackets – we’ll take all of them.
Liberty X UNIQLO
March 18, Prices vary, Available from the UNIQLO flagship (311 Oxford Street W1C 2HP) and Liberty London
A seven-metre-tall, jelly-themed bouncy castle is popping up on the South Bank – and it’s free. Need more persuading? The ‘Bouncingham Castle’, celebrating the launch of the Candy Crush Jelly Saga game, is adults only and competition is wholly encouraged, with prizes for the top bouncers. Only open for three days, we’re predicting queues… jump to it.
Adult Bouncy Castle, March 3-5, Free
More London Riverside, 2 More London Place, SE1 2JP
Allen Jones: Maîtresse
Famous for his iconic S&M women-as-furniture sculptures, pop artist Allen Jones is back in the limelight with his latest exhibition, maîtresse. What began as a single film poster for the 1975 film finished in 2015 as a series of eight paintings. Using his poster of the original maîtresse with the dominatrix figure as a motif, Jones does what Jones does best and explores sex, power and domination. We say, do your homework and watch the highly stylised film first, starring Gérard Depardieu with costumes by Karl Lagerfeld.
Allen Jones: Maîtresse, March 1-April 29, Free,
Michael Werner gallery, 22 Upper Brook Street, W1K 7PZ
Anyone who’s been to the gender-bending club night Savage on Saturday night (or any of the Sink the Pink club nights) at the Metropolis knows the deal: three floors of glitter-drenched disco with poles, stages and tranny squads – and from March, it’ll be running on Fridays, too. Weekends sorted.
Savage On Friday Nights, Launching Friday nights on March 4, £5,
234 Cambridge Heath Rd, E2 9NN
The big reveal is here: Dover Street Market Haymarket is finally set to open its new doors on March 19. Details have been thin on the ground but what we know: it’ll be taking over the Burberry building on Haymarket, which is three times the size of its current digs. Expect more brands, more collabs and more Comme. Say what you will but Haymarket is set to get cool.
Dover Street Market Haymarket, March 18, 22 -18 Haymarket, SW1Y 4DG
Our eyes are firmly on the Ennismore group, the London group behind The Hoxton Hotel. They’ve just re-launched Eggbreak in Notting Hill, their first all-day restaurant concept. Come here from breakfast through to dinner — buttermilk pancakes with peanut butter ice cream, Mexican omelettes, and corn cakes with poached eggs and sriracha sauce are our faves. Next, they’re set to open standalone dumpling and tandoori shops– not mentioning their 2017 Hoxton Hotel openings in New York, LA, and Paris.
Eggbreak, Now open, 50% off food until March 7,
30 Uxbridge Street, W8 7TA

Photograph: BBC
Don’t miss part two of Pete Tong’s live rooftop series. Like the LA show, it’ll be held on a roof but this time, live from Miami for Miami Music Week. Together with Radio 1’s Annie Mac and Danny Howard, expect some big names to join them for the live broadcast. Tune in and blast it.
Pete Tong Live Broadcast From Winter Music Festival, March 18
From a pop-up in Peckham to a yearlong residency at Climpson’s Arch in London Fields, Som Saa has finally found a permanent home in Spitalfields. The menu will be larger but the focus will remain on lesser-known dishes of regional Thailand, so don’t expect run-of-the-mill pad thai or chicken satay. There’ll also be a bar with all manner of Thai-inspired cocktails and Thai snacks – we’re already craving their version of an old fashioned (with sandalwood, smoked buffalo trace, mandarin peel and acacia gum) paired with betel leaves with citrus cured wild sea bass.
Som Saa, Opening end of March, 43A Commercial Street, E1 6BD
Here at UJ HQ, we’ve never gone detox delirious; rather, we’re big believers in balance with a “everything-in-moderation” mantra. So for our next fitness retreat we’re looking at the aptly named Champagne and Chia Seeds retreat, led by the brilliant Holly Pannett. Held in a luxe six-bedroom St Tropez villa, the five days comprise challenging fitness options, twice daily yoga classes and a nourishing, digestion-friendly menu. Nothing is compulsory and everything is encouraged in moderation – a retreat after own heart.
Champagne And Chia Seeds, 30 April -May 5, From £1,780,
Just outside St Tropez
First Market Yard, now Mustard. Like we said, all eyes are on Shepherd’s Bush, thanks to the impending Soho House. The bistro, by the guys behind Joe Allen in Covent Garden, promises to be without fuss or gimmicks — and, the first of a collection (dare we say… chain) with Jason Wild (Daphne’s, Joe Allen) in charge of the British brasserie fare – think steaks, burgers and salads.
Mustard, Now open,
98-100 Shepherd’s Bush Road, W6 7PD
The Old Vic Variety Night
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The Old Vic welcomes back comedian Mark Watson as host for their second Variety Night, after the storming success of the first one last November. It’s an evening that will feature a range of talent, including poet and comedian Tim Key and world renowned magicians Jeff McBride and Eugene Burger. Music will be provided by DJ and musician MckNasty, sensational all-male vocal group Only Men Aloud (who won BBC One’s Last Choir Standing), Echoes of Ellington jazz orchestra, and Matilda Lloyd, the 2014 winner of the Brass Category of the BBC Young Musician of the Year and the BBC Radio 2 Young Brass Award.
The Old Vic Variety Night
Sunday 6 March 2016
Tickets from £12, 0844 871 7628
Fashion Show: Sixty years of Fashion Photography
If you haven’t filled your fashion calendar yet, here’s another to add to the mix. Fashion Show: Sixty years of Fashion Photography at the Atlas Gallery is – as it says on the tin – a photography exhibition spanning the last 60 years, charting the evolving styles of the medium. From the iconic, experimental and contemporary to the uncommissioned and previously unseen images, compare and contrast the works of Steven Meisel, Irving Penn, Tony McGee, and Miles Aldridge, to name a few.
Sixty years of Fashion Photography, Feb 29- March 24,
Free Atlas Gallery, 49 Dorset Street, W1U 7NF
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