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Tue 22 August 2017
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It’s another summer round-up from UJ! This week we’re all about the music as we prep for Notting Hill Carnival. We’ve got a round-up of our Carni faves, a dance with David Bowie and Freddie Mercury, and an exclusive playlist to celebrate Sonus Festival. If you’re after something more chilled, book in for Kate Simko’s electronic-classical hybrid London Electronic Orchestra at The Jazz Café, or check out our feature on London’s new wave of posh pubs.
Trend Alert:
Pubs Go Posh

The Wigmore
We’re breaking with convention this week. It’s not our usual style to mention pub fare, but taverns are going luxe, and we can’t resist the new guise.

With Michel Roux Jr at the helm, The Wigmore comes from impressive stock. The former banking hall housed within The Langham Hotel has been re-imagined into a tavern experience with art deco grandeur, and the masala-spiced scotch eggs are about to blow the competition out the water. Opening next month, The Lampery focuses on combining modern British cuisine with Samuel Pepys’ favourite dishes of the time: quails eggs, Cornish mackerel ceviche, twice baked apple crumble et al. And The Dead Rabbit’s fleeting stay at Claridge’s may now be over, but considering it was fully booked before it opened (for just one week!), we recommend swinging by its permanent NYC home the next time you’re across the pond. The traditional Irish tavern was voted the best bar in the world in 2016, and those Psycho Killers won’t drink themselves.

The traditional boozer has been elevated to new heights, and it’s time to drink it in.
Don’t Miss:
Social Concierge’s 6th Birthday
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Forget the apps – for a different kind of dating experience, try out Social Concierge’s ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ on September 7th. Celebrating another year in the world of decadent dating, and having taken their offline ethos to NYC, this is an event not to miss. Join them at Restaurant Ours from 7.30pm, and don’t forget to dress up.
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Book Now:
Club Brunch Launches
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We love brunch, and we love bank holiday, so the new Club Brunch on Madison’s rooftop terrance is right up our street. On Sunday 27th August, Club D&D are hosting a tropical summer brunch party at Madison with DJ and model Vogue Williams with cocktails, brunch bowls and panoramic views. Want to attend? Buy two tickets here and UJ readers get a free bottle of Moët. Bottoms up!
12-5pm, Sunday 27th August. Madison Restaurant, 1 New Change, EC4M 9AF
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We rarely need an excuse for a carb fest, but fresh pasta also happens to be huge right now (we’ve just heard Stevie Parle is to open his new pasta spot Pastaio in October), and Deptford’s Marcella could be our new favourite south of the river. The sister site to Peckham’s Artusi goes in big with a seasonal Italian menu: think homemade ricotta with pickled nectarine or fried artichoke with aioli.
Find out more here
The Weekend:
Our Guide
This weekend we’re tipping you off to Friday’s launch of the Tate Modern’s new soul food menu, (cajun crab cakes, buttermilk fried chicken and salt cod accompany their Soul of a Nation exhibition), The MOTH Club’s David Bowie and Freddie Mercury night on Saturday, and a Sunday spent checking out hyped new opening Lucky & Joy (and the adjoining bar).
UJ Playlist:
Sonus Festival
Bringing Jackmaster, Jamie Jones, Maceo Plex and tINI to Croatia’s Zrce Beach, Sonus Festival is this weekend! To celebrate, we asked Russian DJ Julia Govor to put a playlist together ahead of her set. Featuring Margaret Dygas, Jan Jelinek and Matthew Jonson, it’s a treasure trove of obscure, minimal techno.
Listen here
Culture Shock:
Villa Walala
Camille Walala has brightened up every corner of this city and we’re loving the sound of her latest creation. Somewhere between an Ettore Sottsass-inspired bouncy castle and a giant children’s building block set, Villa Walala will see Camille once again tapping into our childish impulses within the wonderfully incongruous Exchange Square in Broadgate to help launch London Design Festival next month.
Find out more information in the UJ Calendar
Get Ready:
Notting Hill Carnival
You can practically feel it in the air: it’s Carnival time and there are a whopping 37 soundsystems to see. Start things off on Thursday evening with The Rum Kitchen’s warm up party with Toddla T – make sure you RSVP here. Deviation is always our first port of call and they’ll be on Powis Terrace all day Sunday from 12pm. Red Bull is back with a new RBMA Sound System stage (Spice & Stefflon Don, Dre Skull and Afro B are all performing), there’s the PBR Streetgang & Friends party at The Elgin on Sunday afternoon and Stevie Wonderland at Corsica Studios as soon as the soundsystems hit curfew. What else? Levi Roots is hosting the Urban Food Fest in Shoreditch (count us in for Caribbean beef brisket or crispy fried plantains), and Supa Dupa Fly have teamed up with Captain Morgan Rum for a Ladbroke Grove terrace party on the Monday (Shortee Blitz and Emily Rawson!), with all ticket profits donated to charities supporting the victims of Grenfell.
Notting Hill Carnival runs from Saturday 26th August to Monday 28th August
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