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…we’re already seeing the first of a few private parties that mark the launch of White City House, with the doors officially opening to members from 23rd April. We’re excited to check this one out. With the new lease of life that seems to have been breathed into Soho House 40 Greek Street (#UJloves), we’re interested to see what the spirit of the House feels like over in White City. Here’s hoping! Other than that, last week we finally made it in to Evelyn’s Table at The Blue Posts, the 11-seater restaurant by the Paskins of The Palomar/The Barbary/Jacob the Angel fame. As expected, it was unbelievably good, and fun too. Our tip? Order the unexpected (the smoked eel was a highlight). Rupert Street is feeling fresh! Have a good week.
On The Down Low
Tiny spaces by night
While art goes supersize, nightlife takes it miniature. This week’s trend looks at the new spaces on our radar where we can’t help but get talking to a neighbour at the bar, the tucked away cinema, or the clubs with a full house at 100, not 1000.
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New Openings
What we’ve got our eye on this week
After peeking in every time we walked through Russell Square, we’ve finally got news of an opening date (16th April FYI) for The Principal Hotel, which will house Fitz’s cocktail bar, Burr and Co coffee house – and of course – the long-awaited Neptune from Brett Redman. As The Principal’s boards come down, Inko Nito’s have just gone up around the corner from UJHQ – work on Zuma’s new robatayaki grill has begun! In other news, dining seems to be all about intimacy these days. We’ve just heard that Moro/Morito’s Sam and Samantha Clark will be launching their new private dining space and catering company – Casa Moro – in May, and we’re still trying to squeeze on to the dining table at Nuno Mendes’ intimate restaurant Mãos, which opened last week. Oh, and in case you’re in need of a getaway, we think a trip on the Eurostar to try the new Petit Jean menu at Disneyland Paris might be in order.
UJ Playlist
A.G the DJ
Explorations of UK grime and rap
Calling all grime lovers! Native Sessions: Bars takes place tomorrow at The Barbican, uniting some of the leading voices in the UK scene (including Flowdan, Sir Spyro and Ms Banks) for workshops, talks and performances. Get hyped for the event with our playlist by renowned selector A.G the DJ, who’ll be in conversation with the legendary P Money – it’s free, and you can register for a ticket here.
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Masha Rener
Soho institution Lina Stores is soon to open its own pasta restaurant at 51 Greek Street, and heading up the carb-filled kitchen is chef Masha Rener – we find out her favourite places in the city.
Where's your favourite Soho haunt?
Bar Italia is a great place to sit outside in the summer, have a glass of wine and watch life go by. It feels like a home away from home!

Where do you go in London for great pasta?
River Café for its simple cooking. In the spring they do an amazing tagliatelle with just three ingredients, nettle, butter and parmesan – it’s just perfect!

Favourite place for a Sunday walk?
I enjoy wandering through Notting Hill and exploring Portobello Road Market – since the early 90s I’ve been going to Birgit Erath’s old spice stall, which is now a bricks and mortar store where over 2,500 spices are blended!

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Makin’ Sandwiches
Carb + filling + carb = heaven
Making a sandwich might seem like an easy task, but Max Halley has proved that constructing carbs can be an art. His famed Crouch End sandwich shop is worth the journey, but if you don’t want to travel, pick up a copy of his new book when it comes out next month. Max might have lead the way, but there are some new places on our radar, too. Passyunk Avenue – a food truck famed for its cheesesteaks – has gone bricks and mortar in Fitzrovia, serving up Philly specials with a dive bar underneath. Need a late night ‘wich fix? Then head to The Black Hamburg in Finsbury Park and try a double grilled cheese, kimchi and hot sauce number.
The Weekend
Ready to start planning your weekend? So are we. A bit of jazz on a Friday sounds like just what we need, so we’ll be heading to see Theon Cross at Red Rooster, followed by a trip to the Bush Theatre to catch unconvential production Misty before it ends on 21st April. As for Sunday, make sure you don’t miss Joe Goddard at Phonox.
Friday Saturday Sunday
Theon Cross at Red Rooster Misty at Bush Theatre Joe Goddard at Phonox
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10 April 2018
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