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 …we’ve got theatre on the mind. After seeing the excellent Come From Away (yes, it’s a musical …), our love of theatre has been restored. Now a trip to NY to see Plaza Suite with SJP and Matthew Broderick – tickets go on sale tomorrow and performances start March 13 – is definitely on the cards. And as it’s soon to be October (we got our first Christmas press release this week), it’s the countdown to Frieze, always an inspiring time of year. If you can get into the preview, do it. Lastly, it’s not too late for some October sun; check out our Menorca recommendations below if you’re in the early-autumn-sunshine market. Enjoy!  
Cafe Murano
Here, there, everywhere
If you’ve had your eyes open in London lately, you’ll have noticed that there’s a new pasta kid on every block. From Old Street to Hackney, Holloway to Charlotte Street, Covent Garden to Brixton, our love for carbs shows no stopping.
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West again
So, we’re west again. And this time, it’s not about food! Joining the already healthy spin offering in Notting Hill – think Heartcore and 1 Rebel – are Psycle (Westbourne Grove) and SoulCycle (Portobello). If news be correct, the owner of SoulCycle is an active Trump supporter, so we’ll be heading straight for Psycle then. Join us! Now all Notting Hill needs is some new club nights and it will truly have come 360.
Psycle Westbourne Grove
David Waddington and Pablo Flack
Bistrotheque founders David and Pablo have recently brought their east London magic to Manchester, creating CULTUREPLEX, a new social and cultural destination with a restaurant, lounge, events spaces, outdoor terraces, cinema and more. With this in mind, we think it might be time for a Manchester trip; we caught up with them to find out some of their favourite Manchester spots.

UJ: For a bit of culture…

David: I’d head to the Whitworth Gallery.

Pablo: I’d go to the Manchester Art Gallery, Islington Mill, Contact Theatre, Royal Exchange, HOME and of course CULTUREPLEX.

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Book Tickets
Sponsored Listing
The Essence House, WC2
Find your flavour
It’s London Cocktail Week, and you know what that means… Get out there to try something new! Take a trip to The Essence House, open 3rd-5th October, where you’ll go on a journey to discover your individual palate profile and enjoy a bespoke cocktail. After exploring London Essence’s distilled botanicals you’ll then move on to do a series of flavour and aroma experiments to help understand your taste preferences. The results will then be used to create a fabulous personalised cocktail using London Essence’s luxurious soft drinks which boast the purest flavours from distilled botanicals. On hand to create these delicious alcoholic and non-alcoholic serves will be some of the world’s best bartenders from London, Hong Kong and New York. With a second batch of tickets just released, now is the time to snap one up.
Book tickets
Hotel Fragile, Menorca
A five-bed contemporary abode in the old town, Ciutadella
Looking for somewhere that will still be warm in October? Then definitely consider Menorca (we loved it here!). Sea, sand, amazing restaurants, and Hotel Fragile, a gem of a hotel in the old town. Read all about our stay there.
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Around town
Forks out
If the post El Bulli closing era was all about namechecking chefs who ‘trained with Albert or Ferran’, today’s version is ‘ex-chef at The Palomar’. The latest in this chef camp is Helen Graham (Palomar, Barbary), who will be heading up the new, all-veg Bubala, opening in Spitalfields. With dishes like grapefruit ezme with tahini and pumpkin tirshy (aka pumpkin dip) with harissa, we’re sold already. Get ready to Google some ingredients. Over in Walthamstow Market, The Jellied Eel has recently launched a permanent residency in Manze’s pie and mash shop. We love the idea of a cocktail and gourmet croquetas bar (open Fridays and Saturdays). They will also be adding small plates to their menu.

Bubala | The Jellied Eel
Hong Kong
New Soho House Hong Kong
Soho House Hong Kong has just opened! The first SH in east Asia, this 120,000 sq ft, 28-storey tower is in Sheung Wan. Highlights include a three-floor gym, and a Soho Works. Expect a locally inspired menu, as well as SH faves like the brick chicken and Dirty Burger. There will also be artwork throughout displaying works from HK based or born artists. Time for a trip we’d say! And if not a member, find a friend who is.
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Sponsored Listing
Connaught Village
Enter to win a day out in one of London’s most luxurious areas
We think everyone deserves a day that’s all about you – where you can explore, eat, drink and shop whatever you want – and what better place to do it than Connaught Village, Hyde Park Estate’s luxury retail quarter and one of London’s best spots for independent retailers and gourmet food and drink. It’s an oasis of calm just a short walk from Marble Arch and Oxford Street, connecting the streets of Connaught Village, from Bathurst Street to Porchester Place. Win the ultimate day, with prizes including a treatment at Fé Hair and Beauty, vouchers (worth £300) to spend in the area’s luxury boutiques and lots and lots of delicious food including a meal for two at Casa Malevo (worth up to £100). All you have to do is apply here.
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Eye Spy
Dates for your calendar
Fancy a special night out? On Sept 28th there’s a feast-style lunch in the Nyetimber’s Manor Vineyard (West Sussex, £150pp), with cooking by Ollie Dabbous. Looking ahead, on October 10th there’s a 9-course collaboration at the acclaimed Ikoyi with 108 Copenhagen. Tix are £150, get in! Over at Gunpowder, on Oct 13th it’s a collab (concluding their ‘& Friends’ series) with Rita’s, £25pp for six courses. Oh, and Sept 26th is Dumpling Day, a day we will actually be celebrating. Head to the excellent BaoziInn (Romilly Street or London Bridge), where they will be running a one-day offer to mark the occasion (buy-one-get-one-free on a selection of their dumplings).
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Vik Muniz
Frieze October 3-6
2019 news
Frieze! One of our favourite times of year. This year on the restaurant front, be sure to check out the new addition from Covent Garden fave Frenchie, joining annual faves like Rita’s and Moro; over at Master’s it’s Locanda Locatelli and Xu (amongst others). Be sure to also check out global Frieze sponsor Ruinart’s 2019 Carte Blanche commission – this year being a six-part photography study entitled ‘Shared Roots’, by Brazilian artist Vik Muniz – which will be exhibited at the Ruinart Art Bar within Frieze London.

Frieze 2019
Bringing volume back
For the girls it’s taffeta and big shoulders, for the guys, it’s shell-pants and blades. Go 80s or go home.

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Island File
Where to go and what to do
Sean and Mojca, owners of Hotel Fragile in Menorca, really know their island finds. Click through to read about where they recommend you wine, dine, beach and more.
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Save the Dates
This week, we’re looking at A Very Expensive Poison, a play about the notorious death of ex-FSB Officer Alexander Litvinenko. With some heavyweights behind it – John Crowley (Brooklyn, The Goldfinch) directing and Lucy Prebble (The Effect, ENRON) reimagining the text– it should be a good one. We also can’t wait to get into the Tim Walker exhibition at the V&A. Lastly, after seeing Come From Away – the true story about the 7,000 air passengers (from all over the globe) who were rerouted and grounded in Newfoundland in the wake of 9-11, and the community that welcomed them – we can’t recommend it enough. Go!
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A Very Expensive Poison Tim Walker: Wonderful Things Come From Away
Where to Watch a Film
Take three
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Aqua Nueva White City House Selfridges

Movie Menu – screening of Jamón Jamón and an 8-course menu
Sept 27th

3 new screening rooms
now open – apply on the member’s app for tickets

New three-screen cinema
opening end of November

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24 September 2019
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