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Studios by day, rave by night
We’ve scaled the neon pink staircases of Frank’s, listened to Stravinsky recitals in car parks with Bold Tendencies and navigated the labyrinthine corridors of Corsica Studios. But it’s not just about partying somewhere obscure: for the city’s new warehouse spots, multi-purpose is the way to go.

The one to visit first? Peckham Levels arrives in South London’s favourite disused car park next month, renovating seven levels dedicated to creatives and grassroots culture on Rye Lane. Launching on the 8th December, Peckham Levels will provide 50 studio spaces for artists and entrepreneurs, bars, pop-up restaurants and a performance venue, alongside Franks, Bold Tenancies and Peckham Plex.

Five Miles is the new 450 capacity warehouse in Tottenham, competing for the accolade of best sound system in London. Combining a brewery, Middle Eastern street food from Torshi and espresso martinis on tap, it’s set to be more than a rave spot: the space will also be used as an incubator for small businesses. And Bradley Zero’s Rhythm Section will be there for New Year’s Eve, so this space won’t stay under the radar for long.

Fresh from renovations, Wapping’s E1 warehouse will launch on New Year’s Eve with a mammoth 27-hour party. The former photography studios will host performances by multidisciplinary artists in separate events spaces, but it’s the sound system – custom built and the UK’s only Funktion 1 EVO6 – that’s caught our eye. With two huge warehouse spaces to fill, E1 could be on track to give Printworks a run for its money.

Create, dance, rave, eat, repeat!
LA style Italian from the Foley’s and Rum Kitchen gang
Pastaio, Flour & Grape, La Tagliata and now Passo: there’s a new wave of Italian restaurants sweeping the capital right now. GoodLife Projects’ (Foley’s, The Rum Kitchen) new venture does Italian with an LA slant (think seriously good Caesar salad, rib-eye steak, and langoustine ravioli), and they’re on soft launch from 20-22nd November. See you there.
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Imperial War Museum London: Age of Terror
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Showcasing thought-provoking post-9/11 works
Age of Terror: Art since 9/11 is the UK’s first major exhibition of artists’ responses to war since the terrorist attacks that took place on 11 September 2001. Imperial War Museum London’s new exhibition highlights the crucial role of artists in representing contemporary conflict through 50+ works of art from heavyweights including Ai Weiwei, Gerhard Richter, Jenny Holzer, Mona Hatoum and Grayson Perry. It’s open until 28th May next year, but book in now and be one of the first to see it.
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The Weekend
This weekend, keep things balanced with a double whammy of good music and good food. Start off at Electric Brixton with Princess Nokia, spend Saturday brunching on unlimited tacos and get in the festive spirit with a very special performance at the Royal Albert Hall.
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Princess Nokia at Electric Brixton All-You-Can-Eat Tacos Messiah from Scratch
UJ Does Abu Dhabi
Our guide to the capital of the UAE
With the opening of its very own Louvre on November 11th and the Guggenheim under construction, it’s time to get inspired by Abu Dhabi. The UAE capital is fast becoming a new culture capital, too; discover where to stay, eat and dine in our guide.
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Opera: Passion, Power and Politics at the V&A
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Calling all opera junkies! Whether you’re a buff or just dipping your toe in, the V&A’s critically acclaimed new show Opera: Passion, Power and Politics is not to be missed. Trace the history of opera over the past 400 years, from its birth in Venice to its international explosion in the 20th and 21st centuries through an exhibition just as theatrical, dramatic and immersive as the art form itself. UJ readers can get £10 tickets (usually £19) using the code OPERAJUNKIE. Plus, don’t miss the Opera Weekender from 10-12th November – a weekend of free live performances, screenings, pop-up events and talks, only at the V&A.
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Chris Moore
As the Savoy’s former head bartender and founder of Bethnal Green’s new hotspot Coupette, it’s safe to say Chris Moore knows his drinks – so we quizzed him about his favourite spots for a tipple.
What’s your favourite bar in London?
Three Sheets (apart from Coupette!). It’s intimate, friendly and has great drinks.

What do you order?
Their whisky soda (a milk washed whisky punch) – it’s light, fresh and delicious.

Favourite international bar?
Bar Calvador in Kyoto. 400 different calvados, rotating ciders and just nine seats.

Where do you go for a night out?
For me it would be a drink and then dinner. Probably a martini in the Connaught bar and then dinner at Helene Darroze.

Favourite way to spend a Sunday?
Brunch with my wife, then cinema in the evening with lots of time relaxing in between. I love the lounge at Whiteleys.

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One to Watch
Electro-soul singer by way of south London
UJ loves supporting home-grown talent, and born and bred south London singer-songwriter Caswell is just that. Her debut EP The Shadow Aspect has just been released, and if you’re looking for some laid-back soul vibes for the office stereo, give our playlist below a listen.
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UJ Radar
From a new Hoxton hotel to a midnight buffet, here’s the lowdown on what’s now
There’s a lot happening in the lead-up to Christmas, so we’ve done the groundwork and picked out some of the best bits. Make sure you get your tickets to Play Differently at Printworks before it sells out, give in to your cravings at Duck & Waffle’s midnight feast, and keep your ears to the ground because Brooklyn is getting its very own Hoxton Hotel. Plus, get in the spirit of giving with the latest charity dinner from Cook for Syria at Petersham Nurseries in Richmond and Magpie’s Secret Larder Sunday, in aid of Shelterbox. Oh, and did we mention that the EDITION is opening not one, not two, not three, but SEVEN new hotels next year?

Inside Pussy Riot at the Saatchi Gallery
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A theatre production, but not as you know it
Imagine a typical night at the theatre – and then completely forget that. When Pussy Riot co-founder Nadya Tolokonnikova and subversive theatre company Les Enfants Terribles are involved in a production, you know it isn’t going to be typical. Get ready to live the realities of imprisonment and join the revolution. Running from 14th Nov-24th December, booking is open now – we like the idea of booking in for a late performance on Thursday, Friday or Saturday and making a night of it.
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7 November 2017
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