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 …it wasn’t quite ideal weather for carnival over the weekend, but the crowds were still out in full force. Plus, we actually got quite good at dancing with an umbrella by the end of the day. Woop! With carnival over, that means one thing: autumn is on its way. How did that happen?! It’s back to school time, and this week we’re looking at the culinary comeback kids, the townhouses you’ll be spending the coming season in, and we’ve got an interview with Tommy Banks too. Enjoy!  
The Comeback Kids
Guess who's back...
Well, they hardly went away to begin with, but in this week’s trend we’re celebrating the return of some of our favourites on the F&B scene. In this notoriously hard-to-crack industry, fortune favours those ready to give it another shot, so it’s great to see Rita’s back – alongside the rise (and rise!) of Leroy and Neptune.
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Matches Fashion Townhouse's previous pop-up in the WOM Townhouse, SoHo New York
Talk of the Town
All under one roof
Dean Street Townhouse gets a sister site next month with Redchurch Townhouse, the latest opening from Soho House (how many is that this year? We’ve lost count!), and we’ve been hearing more town-chat. MatchesFashion’s latest brick and mortar opening is a 7,000 sq ft, six-storey townhouse in Mayfair this month; expect much more than retail – they’ll be hosting everything from supper clubs to trunk shows (and they just launched a homeware department including House of Hackney and Maison Margiela – #UJLoves). And in case it passed you by, do go track down Osman Townhouse in Fitzrovia to see what the Birmingham designer has been up to.
Tommy Banks
You probably know him as the man heading up the Michelin-starred kitchen at The Black Swan at Oldstead, but Tommy Banks is branching out with Roots in York, and we caught up with him ahead of the opening.
What's your all time favourite restaurant in London?
The Ledbury is brilliant. Consistently excellent – the best produce cooked with perfect technique.

Who is your chef to watch right now?
Lee Westcott. Whatever his next move is will be special.

Apart from Roots, where else should we eat when we're in York?
York is beginning to thrive with top restaurants. My favourites are Skosh for sharing plates and Le Cochon Aveugle for a tasting menu.

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W Barcelona: Wake Up Call
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With Black Coffee, Pete Tong and Gorgon City
We don’t know about you, but we like our festivals to be a little luxe, and W Barcelona’s Wake Up Call sounds like our kind of thing. It’s out with camping and cold showers, and in with 24/7 room service, post-festival R&R at Bliss® Spa and a seriously comfortable bed. Just reserve a room between 21st-23rd September and get a free pass to the festival, or if you already have BCN digs, buy a day pass instead. But with Black Coffee, Pete Tong and Gorgon City all in town, this is one not to be missed.
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City File
Josh Katz: Tel Aviv
The Berber & Q chef-owner takes us on a Tel Aviv tour
Now that the intense heat of July and early August has passed, it’s the perfect time to visit Tel Aviv. And who better to show us around than Josh Katz, chef-owner of Middle Eastern eateries Berber & Q and Shawarma Bar. If you want the lowdown on where to stay, eat, and what to bring home with you, keep reading.
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The House of Peroni: Pandora Sykes
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The House of Peroni: Pandora Sykes
The High Low host and stylist muses on style vs. fashion
We’ve already heard from Jonathan Saunders, Anna Orsini, Isabella Burley, and Alexander Fury; for The House of Peroni’s final talk on 11th September, Pandora Sykes steps up. The journalist, stylist and host of acclaimed current affairs podcast The High Low (if you haven’t listened, listen now) will be discussing ‘The Difference Between Style and Fashion’ for her talk, and we can’t wait. Want a chance to join us for discussion, an insider’s view on the studio housing Peroni’s eight emerging designers, nibbles, and of course, Peroni Nastro Azzurro? Simply enter your details below.
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Breddos Tacos
From Bowie to the Beastie Boys
Behind this week’s playlist are Chris Whitney and Nud Dudhia, the duo from one of our fave Mexican spots – Breddos Tacos. From David Bowie to the Beastie Boys via Kendrick Lamar, their diverse selection reflects a typical nightly soundtrack in their restaurants – think vibes, vibes and more vibes with funk, rock, soul and hip-hop.
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SAMPLE: Autumn
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A Riverside Day Out
Greenwich Peninsula’s urban market returns
If you’re in need of a chilled weekend activity post-carnival, we say head to Greenwich Peninsula on Saturday 1st September for the autumn edition of SAMPLE, a food and lifestyle market curated by Hemingway Design. Visit the peninsula and discover the carefully selected mix of independent brands across fashion, design and food and drink: think floristry from Potted, street food from Mother Clucker, sustainable fashion from Kimba and graphic artwork from East End Prints. Plus if you want a culture hit, BBC Radio presenter Robert Elms will be hosting a panel discussion with London-based creative entrepreneurs on how to set up your own business within the nearby NOW Gallery, which is also worth checking out.

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