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Grand Designs
Jean-Michel Basquiat’s first major British show, 180 The Strand’s Everything at Once and the V&A’s new gallery – by all accounts, 2017 was a stand-out year for art in London. For our final trend of the year, we’re looking ahead. From major anniversaries to new galleries and revolutionary centres, prepare for the 2018 inspiration onslaught.

Next month, Lazinc’s new flagship Sackville gallery in Mayfair launches with a multidisciplinary solo exhibition by French artist JR, whose striking series of outdoor sculptures you’ll recognise from the Olympic Games in Rio. GIANTS – Body of Work will focus on a series of studies around the sculptures, allowing visitors to see the artist’s process and techniques from start to finish.

The Royal Academy’s 250th year is no mean feat: their Summer Exhibition is now the world’s longest running annual display of contemporary art, and one of the largest. 2018 will be a landmark year, with a newly transformed RA opening its doors on 19th May. Expect more exhibitions, free displays of art and architecture for the first time, and a new cultural campus uniting Burlington House and Burlington Gardens – get ready for a party.

And by autumn, the V&A will have unveiled the first phase of its new state-of-the-art Photography Centre. Designed by David Kohn Architects (his practice have covered A Room for London, Hackney Wick’s The White Building and the ICA’s refurbishments), the V&A now holds the world’s largest collection of art on photography, and the new resource centre will set about sharing it, revolutionising the way the medium is presented at the museum.

Expect to be inspired!
Festive Feels
Where to go for real Christmas vibes
Even if you’re someone who is a bit cynical about all things Christmassy, now is the appropriate time to embrace the spirit. Here’s our round-up of places in the capital that give us that tingly feeling.
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The Weekend
Christmas is (almost) here! If you haven’t left your shopping to the last minute, then make some time to visit the new pop-up from hot pot experts Shuang Shuang, indulge in one last Christmas party at Omeara, and book in to see Home Alone on Christmas Eve (because it’s almost compulsory).
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Mookrata Hot Pot Residency No Merci x YoYo at Omeara Home Alone at Pop-Up Screens
In The Lab
Testing, testing
If you’re into being the first to know, the new trend for testing spaces will be right up your street, as well-known brands work with their customers to develop dishes. Wagamama’s Noodle Lab in Soho does a lot more than katsu: it’s the only place in the country you can try their work-in-progress pumpkin onigiri, duck wings in cherry hoisin and tantanmen ramen. Wahaca’s Shoreditch Test Kitchen sees market sharing boards and freshly ground masa tortillas steal the show, with new dishes debuting here before going nationwide. And Michelin-starred chef Adam Simmons’ 12 month pop up Test Kitchen in Soho picked up some rave reviews this year, with chefs serving directly to diners and hearing their feedback first hand too. It seems handing over responsibility to guests is now considered part of the fun!
Colette for Christmas
As we say goodbye to Colette on the 20th December (cry!), we’re celebrating the Parisian store’s fun-loving spirit with a selection of our favourite Christmas gifts, from Saint Laurent skates to your new do-it-all tote. Last chance to buy!
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Jade Jagger
We spent the day at Jade’s house celebrating the launch of her new MAC range, and thought we’d ask her a few questions about her favourite spots in London and beyond. To read the full interview and find out more about the range, click here. Jade Jagger’s MAC range is available now.
If you had to choose one, what’s your favourite restaurant in London?
Right now it’s Smoking Goat. I dream about it!

Where do you go to celebrate when you’re abroad?
Neta in New York – one of my favourite Japanese restaurants in the world.

If you could board a plane right now, where would it be to?
I would love to go to Tangier – I’ve never been and I’m longing for it as the days get colder and darker.

You’ve spent a lot of time in Goa, do you have an absolute favourite restaurant or bar?
La Plage on Ashwem beach, and also Elevar next door for great Asian food.

And in Formentera? Where will we find you?
On the beach in Es Pujols on my paddle board, and then having pasta at El Giovale.

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UJ’s Christmas Party
Finding the perfect Christmas playlist can be hard. Some are too cheesy and some are trying too hard to be cool, but we think we’ve put together the ideal playlist for your festivities. Expect some classics, some of 2017’s best tracks, and some wildcards – all with just the right balance of cheer.
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New Year’s Eve
The best parties the capital has to offer
We couldn’t leave you for the year without letting you know where to party for NYE in the capital. We’ll be warming up at Bloc with Krankbrother, Hunee and Shanti Celeste, then heading to Tobacco Dock’s legendary LWE party with Axel Boman and Roman Flügel, and carrying on until New Year’s Day at E1’s much-anticipated launch party with Kiasmos and Avalon Emerson.
Looking Forward
We’re already getting excited for 2018’s new openings
In the spirit of not being too nostalgic, we’re already getting hyped for all that the new year holds. And oh boy is there a lot to be excited about. Our love for Barrafina is already well documented, so the news that alumni Nieves Barragan and José Etura are opening Sabor in Mayfair has us overjoyed. Plus there’s the re-opening of Soho institution Kettner’s to look forward to, and a whole new Quo Vadis and Friends series, kicking off with the ever-rebellious Black Axe Mangal.
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19 December 2017
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