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By Chloe
Good Junk
New year, new you? Kinda! If, like us, you are more into lasting changes than resolutions, perhaps there’s a balance to be found for 2018. Forget clean eating, this month we’re all about junk with benefits – think superfood booze, energy-boosting burgers and all-vegan pubs.
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Class of 2018
The restaurants we can’t wait to eat at this year
A new year means new openings! We’re firmly settled back in at UJHQ and can’t wait to try out Simon Rogan’s (finally permanent) Roganic, which has opened up just around the corner in Marylebone: think mysterious fine dining for L’Enclume fans. But that’s not all we’ve got to look forward to: Tomos Parry of Kitty Fisher’s fame is heading up his first solo venture Brat, where you can expect Welsh-Basque fusion plates cooked on an open fire, Bob Bob Ricard is coming to the City for the spring (or should we say, Cité) and Brigadiers – the new sibling of Hoppers, Trishna and Gymkhana – lands then too.
The Weekend
This weekend we’re coming at you with a Friday soundtracked by NTS Radio at the first Tate Late of the year, the relaunch of an iconic East London venue, and an audio-visual extravaganza to mark the close of the Barbican’s Basquiat exhibition.
Friday Saturday Sunday
NTS Radio: Uniqlo Tate Lates 93 Feet East Relaunch Video Jam x Basquiat
Sound Sebastien at The London EDITION
Good Vibes
Maybe it’s time to come out of hibernation, because London’s got its feel-good vibes on to get you through the last weeks of winter. Knock back the shots at Selfridges Food Hall with Farmacy’s 100% natural, pharmaceutical-grade herbal remedies, served in bespoke syringe shots, as part of Selfridges #EatHappy campaign, running from January to March. At The London EDITION, book in for Jasmine Hemsley and Toni Dicks’s Sound Sebastien, a sensory experience created through Alchemy Crystal Singing Bowls as the perfect antidote for city life (yes, really). Or, switch up your workout fuel with Psycle and Ahi Poké’s limited edition bowls (which celebrate their new openings in Spitalfields and Bloomberg Arcade). And if some old school retail therapy is the best way to lift your spirit, show your true horoscope colours with Vetements’ new Zodiac tees.
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017
Night School by Tommy Hatwell, 2017. © Tommy Hatwell
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At the National Portrait Gallery
If you’re going to go to one photography exhibition this year, make it the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery. The clue is in the name – but the show includes photographic portrait work from all the nominees for the prize, so there’s plenty to feast your eyes on. Make sure you check out César Dezful, this year’s winner, who has documented the plight of migrants in one captivating portrait.
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Nicholas Balfe
As our Brixton neighbourhood fave Salon turns five this week, we speak to chef and founder Nicholas Balfe about where he hangs out.
What’s your all-time favourite London restaurant?
There’s something magical about sitting outside for lunch at Rochelle Canteen on the first balmy day of the year. Heaven!

Where do you go to celebrate a special occasion?
Lyle’s in London, or Septime in Paris if it’s really, really special!

What's your local?
The Hermit’s Cave in Camberwell. After a few pints you can nip round the corner to Theo’s for a scotch bonnet nduja pizza. Delicious!

Which chef should we be watching for 2018?
I’m interested to see what Anna Tobias (former Head Chef of Rochelle Canteen) gets up to next.

Where do you go for a culture fix?
Loved the Basquiat exhibition at the Barbican recently. The Barbican generally is pretty inspiring. Or a wander down the Southbank in summer is always a good way of reminding yourself how incredible London is.

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Photo: © Tim Mitchell
City File
DJ Friendless: Sydney
The best spots in sunny Sydney, as curated by our insider
Who better to guide us around Sydney than native DJ and producer Friendless? The Duke Dumont collaborator fills us in on his favourite bars, restaurants and clubs, so if you’re looking to escape to the sunshine, you better get reading.
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Colleen Murphy: Blues Banisher
With tracks from Kraftwerk, D’Angelo and Lauryn Hill
Classic Album Sundays founder Colleen Murphy has put together a playlist of soulful classics to help you banish the winter blues. Put your headphones in, settle down, and make the most of the fact that it’s grey outside.
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Adam Riches:
Inane Chicanery at Soho Theatre
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23 January 2018
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