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 …when we thought we were almost Virgil’d out, he hits us with that show. Urban, fun (LV jumping castles, kites, benches, crepes), contemporary florals and cuts; and, importantly, music by Benji B! Strings seemed just right. The outdoor Rinse France block party the day after – with Benji (and others) again – also looked like our kind of fiesta. For those of you going to Glastonbury this weekend, have fun! For everyone else, it’s the end of June already…Let’s make the most of it.  
Healthy Stays
Hotels are truly getting in on the health game
Hotels have been on the wellbeing tip for awhile now. There have been ‘healthy’ fridges, picnics, healthy hour (don’t..) and some overall integration attempts on the budget end; but now we’re seeing a new wave of luxury offerings from hotels on the wellbeing front.
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Time to take a trip south
We’ve always loved Borough. Padella and the comte stall, followed by Maltby and Bermondsey. It’s possibly our number one Saturday. And now, with the recent opening of Bao; BOB’s Lobster; the end-of-June- 3-floor BaoziInn launch; the new terrace at Bedales (okay, this is a stretch); the news that Borough Wines has a new, lighter drinking list and that Cafe Murano will be opening where Zucca used to be; and that James Lowe’s Flor will be opening soon – clearly, there’s never been a better time to head south.
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Belma Gaudio
Koibird boutique founder/owner

The ex-hedge funder-turned-boutique owner, ever stylish, well-travelled Belma Gaudio has us hooked on her taste. And with the Koibird strapline, ‘never boring’, she speaks the UJ language. As a boutique that focuses on a different destination every six months, and what you’d where there, get in now to check out their Cali edit, before they close in August for the install of their next destination. We caught up with Belma to find out a few of her favourite things.
What’s your favourite London restaurant?
Japanese is my favourite cuisine so it would have to be The Araki. My second is the Chinese restaurant Min Jiang at the top of Royal Garden Hotel on Kensington High Street. The view and the food is superb. I lived in Hong Kong so have an affinity for Asian cuisine.

Favourite global shop (apart from Koibird)?
It’s hard now that everything’s online. I truly don’t have one, hence why I started my business. Rare Market in Seoul is cool, Dover Street Market is always good and in Paris I go to big brands or vintage stores like Didier Ludot.

Favourite hotel?
The Aman resort in most destinations. Villa Feltrinelli in Lake Garda is also a gem.

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Not to be all goop, but…
When talking about all these workouts (and workout hotels), we should also talk about earplugs, as we’re convinced the sound at some of these studios is louder than if you were standing next to a speaker at Ministry. Protect your ears! We hear from our DJ friends these are the ones to go for.
Loire Valley Bucket List
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Sauvignon Week
Final week, Battersea to Fitzrovia
So we’ve gone through Muscadet, Crémant and Rosé Week, and for the final week, it’s Sauvignon Week (now until 30th June). The Touraine Sauvignon Blanc route takes you from the Battersea Park Peace Pagoda to Regent’s Park rose gardens; you’ll also go by waterside terraces in Little Venice, famous markets, secret spaces and some roadside giraffes. Love the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre? Book in for A Midsummer Night’s Dream with a Touraine Sauvignon Blanc tasting (free when pre-booked). Enjoy!
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Parrillan, Coal Drops Yard | Photo: Greg Funnell
Openings around town
Get your forks out
So many restaurants to try, so little time. We’ve even got a bar to try this week and a five-star review of Parrillan too. Get out there! Forks at the ready.
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Turning Tides Festival
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Riverside Feasts
5-star dining on London’s longest picnic table
Clear your diaries! The weekends of July 5th-7th and 12th-14th will see a giant 27-metre picnic table named ’Seafood Disco’, open beside the Thames for the aptly named, Riverside Feasts. There will be banquets and barbecues by some of our favourite chefs including Berber + Q (Mediterranean menu), Matt Williamson (seafood, including British oysters), Disappearing Dinning Club (traditional British picnic with beers and live music) and Stevie Parle (Pastaio pasta pop up ). The Robin Collective’s Ice Cream Social will be there too, and so will a host of other musicians and art installations. The festival is a free-to-attend and is taking place to celebrate the launch of The Tide, London’s first elevated linear park, on Greenwich Peninsula.
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City File
By Alex Cox
Ahead of the second Nova Batida festival, 13-15 September in Lisbon, founder Alex Cox takes us to his favourite places. Book tickets now to the festival and read on for city tips.
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Il Mezzatorre Hotel & Thermal Spa
Where we want to go right now
We’ll keep this short and sweet. There are four places on our list this week: Douro Valley, Il Mezzatorre Hotel & Thermal Spa in Ischia, BLESS Hotel Ibiza, and Les Roche Rouge Hotel in Saint-Raphael. Let’s go!
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Swim Picks
Henry Holland x Speedo and Orlebar Brown x James Bond
For her, there’s some fun, sporty Henry Holland swimwear, and for him, some classic James Bond. We’ve even thrown in a unitard option for each; please send photos if you buy one.
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London Hotels
What is going on!
So many hotels opening! From the trendy – The Standard King’s Cross and The Hoxton Southwark – to a pop-up (Ruinart’s one-night-only Hotel 1729 in Notting Hill), plus a couple more, London is extremely active right now on the hotel front.
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UJ Playlist
Not Kanye’s workout plan, but ours…
All this talk about hotels where you can work out. Thought we’d give you a workout playlist to inspire something at home. Werk!
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Save the Dates
This week, we’re all about the wining and dining. First up it’s a UJ fave – WINE CAR BOOT, the place to buy interesting wine, this Saturday, 29th June, 12-8PM at CDY. Next it’s a new chef series at Mãos – Mãos Invites – taking place the 1st and 2nd of July and kicking off with guest chef Gareth Ward of Ynyshir (which was recently named the 9th best restaurant in the UK). Lastly, also on the 1st of July, Laughing Heart’s head chef Tom will be joined by Beau Clugston (Australian chef, ex-Noma) from Iluka in Copenhagen. Expect fresh seafood and of course good wine– enjoy!
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Wine Car Boot Mãos Invites Laughing Heart
Take three
We’ve got three Barcelona hotels on our mind
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26 June 2019
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