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This weekend we’ve got some money savers for you. From restaurants, a hotel offer and, well, more restaurants, this festive season doesn’t need to burn a hole in your pocket. And all the extra cash means all the more money for piscos and G&Ts. Oh, and if you’re reading this from your computer at home (self-employed, freelancers…), good news, there’s an Xmas party for you, too!
This Weekend’s Picks
• FRI Copita del Mercado • SAT Kitty Fisher’s • SUN The Green Prince
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Freelancers Xmas parties
apparently it’s a thing now
Work from home but still want to jingle your bells and party like a nine-to-fiver? Pond Dalston is throwing a 1980s office shindig (photocopier included). Over in Notting Hill, the following night, Maxilla is doing it with Babe Heaven (London pop duo) at The Portuguese Working Mans Club. Two back-to-back office parties without a 9am start, luck be a freelancer.
A Christmas rave at the Palace of the Snow Queen
Elf, Love Actually, need we say more? Pop-up Screens
A festive Italian feast with Capish? and Tongue ‘n Cheek
Our fave Christmas jumpers at Beyond Retro’s Christmas Pop up
Less Christmassy, but plenty of sparkle at Lights of Soho
Copita Del Mercado
Pisco Embassy
Lovers of Copita Soho, make your way to Spitalfields, asap. Their second venture, Copita del Mercado, has officially opened, with a very generous soft launch offer of 25% off food until December 23. Here, unlike their Soho counterpart, portions are bigger (with mains such as tuna tartare, Iberico pork jowl, and lamb neck), the drinks list is more extensive (sherry, craft beer and balloon G&Ts) and for bonus points, they take bookings. Like we said, asap.   We love pisco. We love late nights. So of course we welcome the news of Pisco Embassy. Open between midnight and 5am, head here after hours for piscos-with-a-twist: the Chica Sour adds Peruvian purple corn syrup; the Embassy Punch adds pineapple juice; and the Oso Paddington, well, plays homage to the country’s most famous export with a touch of marmalade.
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25% off food until 23 December
60 Wentworth street,
E1 7TF
£9.50- £13.00
176 Upper Street,
N1 1RG
The chaos and passion of Pedro Almodóvar’s hit comedy, Women On The Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, has hit the West End via The Playhouse Theatre and stars Tamsin Greig and Haydn Gwynne. Celebrate its West End debut with an exclusive matinee event with The School Of Grazia on January 3. For just £49.50, the matinee includes a Q&A with the team behind the adaptation, plus a glass of fizz. Book now for a fun way to start 2015!
Woman On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown. The School of Grazia, January 3, 2.30pm £49.50.
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Kitty Fischer's
The brunch-volution is (finally!) in full swing. Can’t decide between a Thai Congee at The Pepper Tree or breakfast banh mi at Kêu Soho? Well, here’s another one for the mix. Enter Jago, a Middle Eastern and Ashkenazi restaurant via Louis Solley (ex-head chef at Ottolenghi in Notting Hill) and Hugo Thurston (former GM of Morito). Aside from the menu of grilled challah, labneh and rhubarb, baked eggs, and savoury scones with ricotta and paprika, we’ll be coming for the interior alone – a 60s space-age plastic fantastic greenhouse bubble. Oh yes!   Mayfair, we’ve missed you. But now, thanks to new restaurant Kitty Fisher’s (named after an 18th century courtesan), W1 is back on our radar. Tomos Parry (YBF’s Chef of the Year) takes charge of the grilled Basque menu, but unlike his previous residency at Climpson’s Arch, this is one sexy spot – think dimly lit via candelabras, deep charcoal hues, rouge velvet banquettes and antique cast iron fittings. We’re also loving the sound of the drinks list: Basque-style G&Ts (again with the balloon glasses), Bad Kitty cocktails, and ‘Overnight’ Bloody Marys. We’re not sure what’s in them, but if it’s good enough for Kitty…
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8am – 11am
Prices vary
68-80 Hanbury Street London,
E1 5JL
  Open for dinner
Prices vary
10 Shepherd Market, Mayfair,
25% OFF now until 31 March
Need a present for yourself this Christmas? How about a luxe Ibiza weekend! From now until 31 March, Can Lluc is offering 25% off rooms. Deal. So book in now for NYE (Pikes, then DC10, eeeek! See you there!), or go later for an active, cosy weekend away. There’s nothing like Ibiza out of season! Go on, treat yourself.
Can Lluc Agroturisme, 07816 Sant Rafel – Ibiza. To receive 25% off your room rate simply quote Urban Junkies (current room rates are €360 for 2 adults for 2 nights). Offer valid between 1 December 2014 – 31 March 2015.
Can’t make it to Ibiza but want some chill-out Balearic beats? Check out OpenLab by Robert Miles, a worldwide live broadcast of music and audiovisuals straight from the White Isle. Welcome to the future.
Have a listen to the exclusive mix he’s made for UJ here.
The Green Prince
Christmas Film Club
If, like us, you marathoned Homeland, put this on your must-watch list. From the producers of Man on Wire and Searching For Sugar Man comes their latest big-hit doco, The Green Prince. Set against the backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, The Green Prince recounts the true story of the son of a Hamas leader who emerged as one of Israel’s prized informants. Think a tense psychological thriller in the form of a documentary. Now over to It’s a Wonderful Life…   We know, we know, It’s a Wonderful Life is not exactly revolutionary, but the Christmas Film Club at the Covent Garden Hotel is always a cosy watch, and baby, it’s cold outside. Plus, it’s not just about the movie: tickets include a two-course dinner or afternoon tea at hotel Brasserie Max. ‘Tis the season.
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Various times
From £8
Showing at various Curzon locations
10 Monmouth Street,
Brixton stalwart, Dogstar, is celebrating its big 2-0 this Saturday. And it’s going to be a big night!
To get you ready, press play on this exclusive Happy Birthday Dogstar mix (Mary J. Blige, Major Lazer, Tribe…) by long time Dogstar DJ Jeffrey/Audiosushi who will be playing a 7-hour set on the night. Think hip-hop that goes a bit 4AM and then back again!
Dogstar, 389 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8LQ, Saturday 13 December, 9pm-4am.
Entry is free before 10pm / £5 on the door after
All I want for Christmas
This year it’s all about monogramming. Say my name, say my name…
Yolke. Christmas monogramming available until Friday, 12 December. From £7.25 per letter
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