Weekend Guide
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Blame it on the fresher weather, but this weekend, we’ve got food on the mind. From a pork festival to a southern Italian brunch and a couple of highly anticipated restaurants, our weekend menus are looking good. Culture wise, we’re feeling playful, and as for our health? We’re looking to Tulum. Also, have you noticed there’s something going on with interactive plays?
This Weekend’s Picks
• FRI Pork Life • SAT Tincan • SUN The Art of the Brick
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Pork Life
Modern Love BAR
The weekend starts with a bit of Pork Life, the new foodie fest from Tweat Up (Ribstock, Chilli Chilli Bang Bang…). Head over to Dalston Yard for your fill of swine as chefs, restaurants and street food traders serve up head-to-tail pig dishes: think pig's head terrine, pork-belly fried rice, and porchetta via vendors such as Blackfoot, Steve Parle and Rotorino. Points also for the inventive drinks: Trotter Shots, Percy Pig Fizz and Squeal of Fortune but, the most interesting – the Vodka Bacon Inhalation Station.   Modern Love Bar is the latest dive bar to add to the Old Street contingent with music on its mind (Shoreditch Grind, Loves Company…). Come here for simple drinks (beer, wine, picklebacks) and indie pop and rock-heavy soundtracks. Make sure to keep your ear to the ground for live sets – last night saw Temper Trap on decks.
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5pm – 11pm
Hartwell Street,
E8 3DU
  4.30pm – 12am
Prices vary
323 Old Street,
Here Lies Love at the National Theatre
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Fresh from taking New York by storm, this revolutionary musical experience by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim arrives at the National Theatre for a strictly limited run.

Here Lies Love traces the astonishing journey of Imelda Marcos, First Lady of the Philippines, from her meteoric rise to power to descent into infamy and disgrace. The new Dorfman Theatre is transformed into a pulsating club for this immersive theatrical event; Alex Timbers’ production combines heart-pounding beats with adrenaline-fuelled choreography and a remarkable 360-degree staging.
Dress comfortably, and come ready to dance!
From 30 September 2014 – 8 January 2015. For more information and to book tickets visit www.nationaltheatre.org.uk or call 020 7452 3000. Suitable for 14yrs+
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Brunch with The Guide
Usually a dinner spot, Rotorino is doing something a bit different today. The restaurant will be serving their southern Italian dishes, wine and cocktails, all before midday – thanks to the Guardian Guide. Come here for discussions with editor Paul MacInnes and DJ duo 2 Bears, live comedy from Josie Long (fresh from her Edinburgh Festival sell out show) and a menu of antipasti, fresh pasta and wood fired fish and meat. Plus, there’ll be papers and bottomless coffee. It is 10.30am, after all.   From one meal to another – gastronomy wise, there’s little that surprises us these days. Enter Tincan – a pop up in Soho with one thing on the menu, tinned fish. Forget about your generic sardine brands (although there are some) and instead expect the “best tinned fish in the world”. Think Icelandic smoked cod livers, Galician urchin caviar and Los Peperetes squid marinated in its own ink. Even if you eat in, we say take a tin home, these are collectibles disguised as takeaways.
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434 Kingsland Road,
E8 4AA
  11am - 11pm
Prices vary
7 Upper James Street,
Penelope Chilvers
We love anything that keeps the summer time feeling going. Case in point: Penelope Chilvers’ Dandy slippers with palm trees and flamingos. We can’t resist.
Penelope Chilvers slippers available online
Plays and immersive theatre are back in the limelight. But it’s not because of sell-out shows and quirky production houses, but rather, for their novel collaborations. Starting with the play that was actually a fashion show. Spike Jonze and Jonah Hill’s one act, one night only play for Opening Ceremony – starring models and the SS15 collection. Next, The Hoxton, Holborn will be giving guests 'A Backstage Tour' of their newly launched hotel, which includes a night’s stay. Genius. And for a Nippon twist? The Peninsula Tokyo presents The Pokémon Hotel Adventure: The Power of Ten. A hotel-wide quest to seek out Pokémon characters.
Hubbard & Bell
THE Art of the Brick
The Hoxton Holborn has opened and, with it, the restaurant, Hubbard & Bell. Part of Soho House, you can expect a similar vibe to their other restaurants, including the chef creds. Tim Fuller (previously Head Chef of the Fifth Floor at Shoreditch House) takes charge of the American menu which features grill-house dishes such as Texas T-bone steaks, crab meat cocktails and bbq baby back ribs. Alternatively, head downstairs to the tried and tasted Chicken Shop for some rotisserie classics.   Put down your toys and go check out Nathan Sawaya’s toys instead. The global sensation The Art of the Brick exhibition is finally making an appearance in London… on Brick Lane. Works ranging from a Lego Mona Lisa to a six metre long T-Rex skeleton are playful, identifiable and impressive. Once done touring the exhibition, exit through the workshop space and create your own.
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Prices vary
199-206 High Holborn,
  10am – 6pm
Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane,
E1 6QL
Welcome to the neighbourhood
Mondrian London opens in a few days! And to welcome themselves to the neighbourhood, they’re giving 25% off rooms for the first 100 people to find the 'Welcome To The Neighbourhood' code on their Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Challenge accepted!
Mondrian London, opens 30 September, 20 Upper Ground, SE1 9PD
Bikini Bootcamp Tulum
Bank holiday weekend for team UJ is all about Ibiza. Time to put our guide to use. It’s a jam-packed weekend of eat sleep rave repeat, and then it’s usually back to London for Red Bull Music Academy’s gig under the Westway.

So this year, when a week before Ibiza bank holiday kick-off, we said we weren’t going, and were heading instead to Tulum for a fitness retreat (we didn’t dare say ‘bikini bootcamp’), the reaction was unsurprising.

‘Are you guys okay? Is there anything I can do?'

Yes, we’re okay, and think taking time out instead of raving on this occasion was just what the doctor ordered.
Click here to read the Bikini Bootcamp review
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