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 …we’ve got reinvention on the mind. New logos (Celine), monograms (Burberry) and names (David Guetta is also Jack Back did ya know?). It’s got us thinking about who we want to be this year (we’re still on the new year tip). For a start, we’re up for some exploring in our own backyard; after a recent trip to Stokey for a gig at The Waiting Room, it reminded us that whether it’s north, south, east or west, nothing is that far (especially with Uber). So this weekend we’ll be southbound to Deptford to check out Buster Mantis and Stockton, then northbound for Coal Office (with ex-Palomar chef Assaf Granit). Plus we have our sights set further to New Orleans (and Austin for that matter – stay tuned). We’re also heading over to The Royal Albert Hall for some modern electro at Innervisions. Enjoy!  
Battersea Arts Centre. ©Fred Howarth
Go South
Battersea, Bankside and Deptford pull us south of the river
The new season means there are some new weekend explorations in order. Summer was all about Notting Hill and Hackney Wick, but with the newly renovated Battersea Arts Centre, Lee Stratton-led Sunday roasts to try in Bankside and another party spot in Deptford, we’re headed south for autumn.
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Jessica Jill Photography
North and Of Note
New north London spots to make a detour for
While our trend’s all about the south, for this week’s radar we’ve also noticed a strong case for a north London escapade. Tom Dixon’s Coal Office is a collaboration with chef Assaf Granit (The Palomar, The Barbary), taking place across two floors of the designer’s Coal Drops Yard studio site. Then there’s 1251, James Cochran’s new (and anticipated) Islington venture. And further afield? Don’t miss Neil Gill’s new Stroud Green neighbourhood favourite Goods Office and Through The Woods, who have set up a permanent home in Crouch End.
Margaret Crow
If you’ve been keeping up with us, you’ll know it’s no secret that we’re fans of Margaret Crow and Brett Redman’s new venture Neptune – so we thought the launch of their new seasonal menu was the perfect opportunity to find out founder Margaret’s favourite haunts.
What’s your all-time favourite London restaurant?
Well, excluding Roti King and Silk Road for cheap eats… Barrafina! Nothing beats the thrill of nabbing two seats at the bar and gobbling their excellent tapas.

Where do you like to eat in your area?
In Neptune’s neighbourhood of Bloomsbury, Noble Rot is my favourite for snacks and natural wine after work. And near my home in Hackney, yakitori at Jidori is the best way to spend a Friday.

Where do you go to celebrate?
I take any excuse to go out for ridiculously expensive sushi. Sushi Tetsu is my favourite, but getting a table at Ikeda in Mayfair is a sure bet and equally as high quality.

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It feels like we’ve been looking forward to Wake Up Call Music Festival at W Barcelona for the best part of the summer, and now it’s finally kicking off this weekend with Booka Shade, Gorgon City and Black Coffee all making an appearance. It’s looking like sunshine the entire weekend, so we say take Friday off work and spend the day before the festival relaxing by the pool and admiring those Med views from your room. Need some more inspiration? Find out what Lovra’s looking forward to at the festival, and make sure you catch her over the weekend!
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Atelier Ace bring some southern luxury to New Orleans
We’ve been looking for a reason to plan a trip to New Orleans in the new year, and it looks like Atelier Ace (the team behind Ace Hotel New Orleans – and all the other Aces) are giving us just that. Trust us, this one’s going to be good.
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UJ Playlist
Amy Sacco
The Bungalow 8 founder knows how to bring the party
If you went to Bungalow 8 when it was open on The Strand, you’ll know what to expect from founder Amy Sacco’s playlist: loads and loads of fun. She’s been causing mayhem with her BUNGALOW BLAKES takeover at Blakes Below throughout fashion week, and if you aren’t at the closing night tonight, this playlist from her team of SAUCE DJs is a great way to make your own party. Turn up and tune in to Madonna, Prince, and TLC.
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Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt
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In need of a little fun as autumn closes in? So are we. So we’re planning a visit to the V&A’s latest exhibition Videogames: Design/Play/Disprupt, which explores how contemporary designers, players and critics are pushing the medium’s boundaries. Starting off in the mid-2000s, you can expect an immersive exhibition with both classic favourites and new innovations from Splatoon to Minescape and League of Legends. Video game fans, get booking! The exhibition is open now and runs until 24th February.
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Ruinart x 108 Garage
Get ready for Frieze with this art-inspired menu
108 Garage, Ruinart Champagne, and Frieze? You’ve got our attention. 108 Garage has teamed up with Ruinart to create a new eight-course ‘Reveal the (In)Visible’ menu, inspired by the signature camouflage work of contemporary Chinese artist Liu Bolin. We say try the menu (which is available on Fridays and Saturdays from now until 20th October), and then go and see Bolin’s exhibition of the same name, which runs at the Ruinart Bar at Frieze London from 4th-7th October (when the menu will be available every day). Expect some surprises – we’ve heard jellyfish is on the menu. Send an email here to enquire and book!
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LFW draws to a close today. Not ready for it to end? Then head to London Fashion Week Festival at The Store X from 20th-23rd September for catwalk shows, talks from industry leaders, wellness treatments and secret gigs. The schedule is jam-packed, but highlights include a catwalk show with Bobby Abley, a talk with former British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman, and Niomi Smart discussing the power of digital influence. And the best part? UJ readers get 20% off on advance bookings. Just enter URBANJUNKIES at checkout.
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The Weekend
Making plans for the weekend? We’ve got your back. On Friday it’s party time with streetwear brand Cav Empt and crew at E1 – we haven’t been yet and this sounds like the perfect excuse. On Saturday it’s shopping in Soho at the new Kitri pop-up (conveniently located just around the corner from UJHQ), and on Sunday it’s time to check out the final day of LDF if you haven’t been already.
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Cav Empt Party Kitri Pop-Up Shop London Design Festival
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18 September 2018
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