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 …it’s the Brits tonight! Always a good run-around eve, we’re interested to see who ends up on the after party decks this year. In other news, Gymkhana has now re-opened; get in quick for the sultry décor, stay late to work through the menu. As for foodie events, tonight is the first Familia, a collaborative series with up-and-coming chefs and front of house staff at Salon and Levan, where they run their own ‘pop up’ style event at the restaurant for one night only. Sounds like a good place to work. This week we also seem to have wine on the mind, so looking ahead, we’re thinking about a wine-break; this quaint five-bed in Saint-Emilion has always looked great. With Frieze LA just wrapped, we’ve also been looking at a lot of art, and have included some London and further afield gallery picks this week too. That’s it! Have a great week.  
 
 
 
 
Back to the Future
 
Futuristic buildings on our mind
 
From a new pink-hued 11,000 sq ft designer boutique in LA, and something more abstract, some of architecture and design’s biggest names are launching futuristic designs.
 
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teamLab Borderless
 
Light Bright
 
Shine on
 
Seems like ‘tis the year to see the light. We may have just missed the Winter Light festival at Canary Wharf, but James Turrell’s light exhibition at Pace is still on, and the Design Museum’s April exhibition Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers looks like it’s going to be great (and very light-show-tastic). Further afield, we are hearing rave reviews about teamLab’s Borderless interactive light museum in Tokyo. Beam us up.
 
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Tatiana Fokina
 
CEO of Hide and Hedonism Wines

From launching the renowned Hedonism Wines in 2012 to being involved in Hide, the Michelin-starred restaurant and bar by Ollie Dabbous and Hedonism Wines, it’s safe to say Tatiana is a leader in wine. We caught up with her about all things vino. If you haven’t been to Hide yet, they have a new à la carte menu being served at Hide Above (which was tasting menu only before), so the time is now.

For restaurants… I love Endo at Rotunda – it’s simply the best sushi I have ever eaten, the whole experience is flawless and incredibly special. Kiln is my casual favourite. The atmosphere is great and the food is delicious and fun. I love sitting at the counter watching the dishes being cooked on the open fire. You immediately forget you are in London.

This year I hope to get to Portugal. They produce so many amazing whites and reds there apart from the world-famous port. I love surfing, so I will also try to incorporate it on this trip too.
 
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GALA Festival
 
23 and 24 May, Peckham Rye Park
 
There’s nothing quite like being in London for a long weekend. And this year sees GALA returning to Peckham Rye Park for a two-day bank holiday festival extravaganza. In collaboration with music curators like Gerd Jansen and Horse Meat Disco, top talent such as DJ Tennis and François K will be headlining, alongside an impressive lineup of artists (Gideön, Luke Solomon, Nightmares on Wax), creating programming that reflects the best of the capital’s dance floors. There will, of course, be street vendors, craft drinks, creative spaces – and with music genres covering everything from disco and house, jazz and afrobeats, there should definitely be something for everyone across the four stages. Get your tickets now, feel the sunshine!
 
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Around town
 
Wining and dining
 
News just in: The Notting Hill Fish Shop is now on soft launch (until the end of Feb) with their new dining area. Looks chic ’n’ simple, with crisp white tablecloths, industrial chairs, and menu items like fish stew and shellfish bisque. If it’s good enough for @jackson_boxer
 
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Château La Coste
 
Open Fire
 
Smoke in the kitchen
 
Already looking towards spring, we’ve got open-air cooking on the mind. For something close, we’re making plans to head to the Hidden Hut for seafood on the Cornish Coast. Their doors open again on 21 March, so save the date! For something French, it’s Argentinian chef Francis Mallmann’s restaurant in Provence, at Château La Coste. Here you’ll find his usual hung meats over an open fire, veg cooked in ashes, and a seriously chic dining room. And over in Ibiza, it’s straight to Casa Maca for their open-air grill led Sunday lunch. Ibiza winter weekend anyone?
 
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Last Call
 
 
 
 
Sponsored Listing
 
Touching the Void
 
On until 29 February
 
Listen up! It’s the last chance to see the acclaimed stage adaptation of Touching The Void, on until 29 February at the Duke of York’s Theatre. Directed by award-winning Tom Morris (War Horse) and based on Joe Simpson’s best-selling memoir-turned-BAFTA-winning film, this show has received ★★★★★ from both The Times and The Guardian. Life-affirming and often darkly funny, David Greig’s thrilling adaptation of Touching The Void takes the audience on an epic adventure through the Peruvian Andes that asks how far you’d be willing to go to survive.
 
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Green
 
 
 
Pre-owned
 
Reuse, recycle
 
Checked out Farfetch’s previously owned section? We’ll have this, please. They may have some vintage gems, but definitely don’t be expecting a bargain.
 
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Maverick
 
Country air incoming
 
After spending January locked indoors, we’re now itching to get outside, which is why we’re looking to trail race specialists Maverick. Organisers of runs in beautiful locations – Cotswolds, Dorset, Surrey etc. – their routes have varying run lengths (short, mid, long) and difficulty levels, so you can choose an option that works for you. We’re going to start slow with the Suffolk run (9K, all levels); the plan is run by day, rest and Rioja by night at the new Retreat East. Detox, retox, repeat.
 
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Martinis
 
New Padella Phipp Street
 
If you’re a fan of Padella, get ye self to their new 70-cover (including two bars) location on Phipp Street. The menu has some great new additions (fritto mussels), and as for drinks, don’t leave without trying their mini martini, complete with a gorgonzola-stuffed olive.
 
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Save the Dates
 
This weekend we’re keeping it arty. My London shows our city through the eyes of nine different photographers (on until 1 March). Slices of Time at the Now Gallery looks incredible; 120 rows of 168,000 paper rainbow numbers. Get tickets as it’s very busy (on until 19 April). Year 3 by Academy-Award- and Turner Prize-winning Steve McQueen is an installation, showcasing a large section of London’s future, aka children from Year 3 classes (until 3 May).
 
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My London, Broadgate Slices of Time, Now Gallery Steve McQueen, Year 3, Tate Britain
 
TAKE THREE
 
Natural and Low Intervention

Let’s drink some wine! But make it good for us, please. Here are three of the capital’s top natural wine spots.
 
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40 Maltby Street Terroirs Bright
 
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18 February 2020
 
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