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Rise By We, WeWork
Work Meets Wellbeing
As working days lose their cut-off times, a holistic approach to work/life balance couldn’t be more important. Originally, members’ clubs like Shoreditch House led the way, with an all-under-one-roof offer appealing to digital nomads (#UJLoves express facials from Cowshed Spa for lunch breaks). Now, new work spaces are evolving too, bringing wellbeing into the mix (check out Rise by We, by WeWork, next time you’re in Manhattan). Who’s getting the balance right? Here are three of our favourites.

Brand new to Fitzrovia, Mortimer House’s communal spaces are designed to feel lived in, and open fires make it hard to resist sitting down and finishing off those last emails. But the spaces have been designed mindfully too. The six storey art deco building also offers a meditation room, pilates, gym and a kitchen table meeting room.

Fora opened its first space in Clerkenwell in February, and has seven more locations planned by 2020. The focus is on offering a hotel style service for their members, where every aspect of design has been considered to encourage productivity – they’re even working with MIT to monitor their space and how it can improve. Stevie Parle’s Palatino will sort any hunger pangs, and the workspaces are open plan, with concierge, room service, gym and wellbeing studio, as well as yoga, personal training and massages.

Neon, midcentury furniture, the studio location for 1966 film Blow Up… step into Rohan Silva and Sam Aldenton’s latest Second Home, at Holland Park, and it’s easy to see how these spaces foster a community and collaboration: people want to spend time here. Businesses based at Second Home grow 10 per cent faster than the national average, so something’s working. In Holland Park, the focus is on natural light, the members-only photography studio, and weekly wellbeing activities including yoga, meditation and boot camps.

So when the working day is done, you can make time for some head space too.
New Openings
Upmarket Italian and a new venture from The Richmond peeps
Heads up! Get the 6th of December in your diary, because three new ventures are opening their doors. Caprice Holdings (The Ivy, J. Sheekey) are opening both Harry’s Dolce Vita in Knightsbridge and a new brasserie in Granary Square, and Parsons, the new seafood venture from wine-centric UJ fave The 10 Cases is officially open then too. Also, we’ve just got news of Brett Redman’s (Elliot’s, The Richmond) new project Neptune, a neighbourhood restaurant set to launch with the re-opening of The Principal London in Bloomsbury next year. Watch this space!
The Weekend
It’s officially party season. Don’t miss the launch of Peckham Levels on Friday, Toddla T’s anticipated Steezey Wonderland on Saturday, and round it all off with a culture hit on Sunday for the last of Tom Wesselmann’s Bedroom Paintings at the Gagosian.
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Peckham Levels Launch Weekend Toddla T's Steezey Wonderland Tom Wesselmann’s Bedroom Paintings
Selfridges Hampers
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Gifts with personality, for every personality
Worrying about your gift list this festive season? Take the hassle out of your Christmas shopping with Selfridges’ specially curated hampers. There’s one for every name on your list: Champagne selection for Mum? Check. Boozy brunch in bed for your best friend? Check. So this year, plan ahead and get them something they really want. Pop into any Selfridges store, enquire by email or order online.
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New Year Getaways
Stuck for plans? We’ve got you covered
#UJLoves London town, but sometimes it’s good to get out of the city and escape for New Year. Discover our round-up of the best destinations to jet off to, from Ibiza for the iconic DC-10 NYD party to Napa for those who want to bring in 2018 with a glass of something great. And don’t worry about availability, we’ve already done the work for you and checked you’ll be good to go (if you book soon!)
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Slava’s Snowshow
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Festive Fun
The immersive production returns to Southbank Centre
It doesn’t get more festive than seeing Royal Festival Hall enveloped by snowfall. Slava’s Snowshow returns for a festive run for three weeks this December, bringing renowned performance artist Slava Polunin’s unique, joyous and heartwarming production back to the stage. It’s a super limited run from 18th December-4th January, so get booking now.

UJ readers can save up £19.50 on selected performances by booking via the link below.
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Haute Chicken
Fried chicken gets a high-end makeover
Absurd Bird, Chick ‘n Sours, Mother Clucker: London’s fervour for fried chicken has been well-documented. But now, things are getting a little more refined. Schmaltz offers Michelin-style Label Rouge chicken sandwiches from its unassuming floral van, Chicken Shop’s moreish marinated rotisserie chicken is coming to Ealing, and Butchies – regularly cited as the best chicken sandwich in London – is settling in Shoreditch.
Wild Bore at the Soho Theatre
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Rule-breaking Theatre
The first rule of making art is: don’t respond to your critics
One of the most talked about shows of 2017’s Edinburgh Fringe, Wild Bore unites three of alternative theatre’s biggest names: Zoe Coombs Marr, Ursula Martinez and Adrienne Truscott. Exploring the relationship between artist and critic, it’s bold, subversive, and it’s definitely not your typical theatre experience. This is a show for anyone who has ever had an opinion on art. What’s yours?
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Pratap Chahal
The executive chef of hyped no-holds-barred restaurant Flavour B tells us his favourite London spots.
All-time favourite London restaurant?
Trangallan in Newington Green – been going there for years and it never disappoints. Incredible Galician tapas.

Where do you go when you want to celebrate?
Chez Bruce, my alma mater – a London institution and inspiration.

Favourite London bars?
The Gilbert Scott, 69 Colebrooke Row, Nightjar.

What was the last thing you ate?
Nordic food at Rok Islington.

Where would we find you on your day off?
With my wife – either at home, the flower market, cinema or a restaurant.

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5 December 2017
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