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 …we’re into the last week of November. And with last week’s Winter Wonderland opening (try the Jumper Jumper if you go by), it well and truly feels like we’re into the holiday countdown. This week we have all eyes on Art Basel – for the art of course, but also for the music. Any electronic music night worth their salt now has an event there; we have our eye on the new Heart Festival (6/7th Dec.), and of course, the Circoloco event (8th Dec.). We also, in anticipation of the wining dining marathon that is December, have enrolled in a 30-day trial at W10, a gym with group training. So far, we’ve talked about it more than we’ve attended, but we have high hopes. Have a great week everyone.  
Soho House Works White City Tapestry Room
Flexi Time
All about you
From hotel check-in and outs to our work and living spaces, things are getting a lot more flexible. Three brands are leading the way; long may it continue!
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Old Skool
Takin' it back
Forget disposables (not environmentally friendly) or Google Pixels – this year, we’re going back to one of the best reasonable film handhelds, the Olympus Muji; it’s the only thing you want to receive this holiday. We’re also eschewing Spotify for tapes, and for calls, just fax us please.
Luca Dusi
Founder, Passione Vino

One of, if not our favourite wine destination in London, Passione Vino is the brainchild of Luca Dusi. The co-founder of this brilliant Italian wine shop and wining/dining space, Luca (wine sage and host extraordinaire) tells us about a few of his favourite things.

For London restaurants, I love… for a casual one, The Marksman (and am anxiously waiting reopening of The Bull and Last), and for fine dining, it’s Hélène Darroze at The Connaught. I have been there six times, and have never had a bad course…

With the boys, we love to celebrate at every possible occasion and very often we end up at Hill & Szrok at Broadway Market, a local butcher who turns into a restaurant at sunset. It’s a protein cathedral, uber informal, friendly and with great wines too! If I celebrate with my wife, we love C London, where the meringata cake is to die for (and I am not crazy about desserts).
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Around town
Wining and dining
This week we’re going to keep it short! There are the places we want to get into – Locket’s (the new St. James wine bar and cafe that looks light and chic) and Manteca, which is Chris Leach (Kitty Fisher’s) and David Carter’s (Smokestak) new, post-10 Heddon Street, now Great Marlborough Street, place. We’re also looking forward to getting into the new King’s Cross Lina Stores with its extended menu and deli, and Folie, where we have it on good authority that the good-looking waitstaff are worth the trip alone (too far?). We recently went to Nutshell (read about our great lunch here), Bancone (loved it; our current favourite of the hot pasta spots out there), and Wiltons (old school amazingness; we will be back for oysters and Champagne at the bar), and we’re not sure what Mayfair’s Retiring Room will be like (opens this week), but from the images – it’s modelled after retiring rooms in Indian train stations – it looks like a glossy affair. Which is unsurprising given its postcode.
Nutshell review
Tiffany x DSM
Form an orderly queue
Want something for the guy (or girl, we think these would look great on women) in your life who loves NYC and LA? Check out the new Tiffany x DSM men’s rings, available at DSM NY and LA from tomorrow. There’s a Chrome Hearts vibe to these that we like; we’ll have both, please.
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Noble Rot Soho
Can’t wait
You’d think there would be so many great places to drink wine in the glory that is Soho. Not so. Which is why we shed a tear of joy (and fear) when we heard that Noble Rot will be moving into The Gay Hussar, opening spring 2020. We are seriously SO EXCITED. See you there.
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Supreme at Christie’s
From street to serious sale
From today until 10 December, Christie’s will be holding the biggest Supreme auction to date. Collectors can bid on skate deck collabs (Supreme x Hirst, KAWS, Murakami, etc), instant hits (that LV Malle Courrier 90 trunk, which is estimated to go for $60K), and objects like pinball machines and guitars. Ho ho ho.
Christie’s Supreme Auction
Mama London
We like to travel
So, on our own doorstep is the reasonable Mama London, which opened in Hackney earlier this year. We recently went in for a brief, fun, karaoke-filled staycation; read about our time here. If you’re a fan of the brand, their new Paris West location is opening next week. A little further, Aerotel is opening this week inside Heathrow T3. With flexi bookings (that flexi theme again) starting from six hours – perfect for those odd travel times – this is a much needed addition to the very dated Heathrow lodging options. Lastly, The Mayson is a new design-led hotel in Dublin’s Docklands, complete with rooftop restaurant and bar, opening soon.
Mama London
The Drop
Nike x Matthew M. Williams Series 003
Workout/outdoor wear
You likely saw whichever sporty influencer is on your feed at this launch last week; all red and black gear, with fitness in the hills. So far, so bootcamp. But this isn’t any old drill kit; this is Nike and Matthew’s third collab of very in-demand, tech-led fashionable sportswear. And as we’re starting to get the hang of this drop business (after missing the Nike x Sacai trainers thrice) we’ll have you know that this drops on the 5 Dec, should you be in the market for chic SAS-inspired wear.
Save the Dates
This week we’re looking ahead. Circoloco comes to The Drumsheds (no, we don’t know it either) on 14 Dec with Seth, Gerd, Bedouin and more over the ‘very now’ hours of noon to 11PM. It’s the Independent Label Market this Sat at CDY (which is sure to be v festive), and Rufus and Martha Wainwright’s A Not So Silent Night (6 Dec.) – a festive night that pays tribute to their mother – had us at family affair. We’re also mildly intrigued to see what the Emma Bunton Christmas Party will be like at the RAH, but we’ll keep that to ourselves.
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Independent Label Market A Not So Silent Night
Christmas Escapes
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The AMAZING One The Beside the Seaside One The Foodie One

Aynhoe for Christmas? Yes please.

The Pig – on the beach, Studland Dorset

Coombeshead Farm

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26 November 2019
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