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Hope everyone has had a great start to the year. This week we’re feeling quite laid back – still got that January chilled slump on – so our picks are of the relaxed kind; hope you’re feeling that way too. We’re also skipping the sales and setting our sights firmly on the Mickey x Gucci collab – which brings some much needed cheer to these January days. Lastly, we’re of course already looking ahead to escapes. If you’re heading to Cali this year we have some Palm Springs and Laguna Beach (you know, the OC…) picks, and closer to home, a little Balkan adventure. Enjoy!
Collaborate to create
Collaborations, nothing new. But we’re seeing a whole host of very interesting ones coming through in venues that are all being led or supported by art.
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Hit me with da ginger
We all know microdosing is big with the techies, but ginger dosing? Shots, we get as a health supplement, but small amounts of ginger throughout the day, to help with focus and performance? That’s what new brand Moju are peddling… worth a go or no?
More of what’s on our radar
Anthony McGinley

Anthony McGinley (artist name ABSOLUTE.) was recently the recipient of Pete Tong’s much respected weekly Essential New Tune with his new track, String Theory. Hailed as a future star by Tiga and One to Watch by Mixmag, this east Londoner is definitely on the rise. We caught up with him to find out about a few of his favourite things.

For a dance in London… Harpies, a new trans and LGBTQ+ focused strip club at Metropolis has a great crowd – the soundtrack is techno and alternative bangers.

If I had to pick a favourite track… Divine – Native Love (Step By Step) still bangs when I play it. I’m always blown away that this was made in 1982 and how punk it is that Divine was the artist.
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Tribute Ink
31 January-17 April
Tribute Ink explores the powerful stories living in the tattoos of our Armed Forces. From 31 January-17 April (with a special Tribute Ink Late on 4 March, where serving soldiers and pensioners will speak about their tattoos), this free exhibition is at the National Army Museum in Chelsea, the first chance to see it in London. Discover stories of identity, comradeship, bravery and sacrifice, inked onto the skin of soldiers, sailors and airmen. The exhibition has been produced by The Royal British Legion and the National Memorial Arboretum.
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Around town
Wining and dining
Going to keep this short. Places we want to get into: Paradise (in the old Spuntino: same moody vibes, new contemporary Sri Lankan cuisine and décor), Borough in general (Mei Mei especially), Pastaio Westfield (it’s in the part that is NOT in the mall), Sarap in Brixton (Fiipino cuisine; opens Jan 30 – can’t wait), Folie and Lina Stores to check out their new breakfast/brunches (we’ll have the Nutella-stuffed bomboloni doughnuts and the truffle scrambled eggs at Lina please), and we’re already looking ahead to Padella Shoreditch (Feb launch). And as for reviews, we’ve recently been in to Kingly Street’s Kolamba and the new Bancone – get in quick! Golden Square is hottin’ up!

Kolamba | Bancone
Church is in Session
Candlelit Thursday
We’ve decided that this year, we’re going to check out more old gems – places that have been around for ages but we haven’t been to, or need to get back to. First up is St Martin in the Fields, for a little Bach, Handel and Vivaldi by candlelight (tomorrow, 23 Jan). Sounds nice, right? Easy listening.
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Sadler’s Wells Sampled
On 31 Jan and 1 Feb
Discover a new dance style, a new company to follow, or have a go yourself as Sadler’s Wells Sampled returns. From circus to contemporary, tutting to tango, this is an unusual chance to see different dance styles and world-class artists on one stage – all in one evening. This year’s line-up includes Company Wayne McGregor, an excerpt from Botis Seva’s Olivier Award-winning BLKDOG, hardcore jumpstle from (LA)HORDE and Machine de Cirque. Tickets from £5.
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Palm Springs
New hotels alert
Ah PSP, we’re fans! On the hotel front, it’s always been The Parker and Avalon, but now there are a host of new hotels to choose from. For Moroccan-Med vibes, it’s Korakia Pensione. We think we’d be quite happy in a villa here. For haute-hippy, head to Two Bunch Palms, which has recently had a refurb. Sound and mud baths, hot springs and fires: bliss. And as for hotels worth going to for the restaurant alone, it’s got to be the retro Sands in Palm Desert, for their new Pink Cabana restaurant.
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Balkan Adventure
These boots were made...
So last year we did the last 115k of the Camino. This year, we’ve got our eyes on The High Trails of the Balkans walk, a mountain hike in Kosovo, Montenegro, and Albania complete with UNESCO sites and adventure along the way. We’re just hoping they can carry us if it gets too much.
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Taste of Honey
Now Playing at Trafalgar Studios until 29 Feb
The National Theatre’s unmissable new production (★★★★ The Guardian) of the play that changed British theatre is now playing at Trafalgar Studios. Directed by Bijan Sheibani (Barber Shop Chronicles), A Taste of Honey is a witty and moving depiction of working class life in post-war Britain, featuring a live, on-stage band. Don’t miss this ‘milestone drama, powerfully realised’ (Evening Standard), now playing until 29 February.
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Must Have
Never have we wanted anything more. Gucci + Mickey? Basically UJ in a shirt.
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Laguna Beach
California Dreamin’
We’re back to California. If you’re headed to LA or PSP, and looking for a mini road trip/seaside break, the OC’s Laguna Beach is worth checking out. With waves that look surfable, empty beaches, SoCal sunsets and beachrider cruising, you’ll definitely have enough entertainment for a chilled weekend. The only problem seemed to be hotels. There’s The Ritz for big-brand luxe, and Hotel Joaquin (new, hipster) and Casa Laguna Hotel and Spa (chic Med spot) both get great reviews, but neither are directly on the ocean. We say go old school with The Inn at Laguna Beach, so you have sea views (the hotel is old though, and services leave a lot to be desired, but we repeat: views, view, views). There’s a Barry’s Bootcamp close by in Irvine, should you feel the need to sweat the Cioppino (bouillabaisse-ish) out. For waterfront dining, it’s Deck on the Beach for true Americana, Nick’s, and for Mexican, it’s everywhere. We liked the Rasta Taco stand. Jerk burrito? Ja.
All about the face massage
Forget full body massages; we’re all about massages for the face. Face Gym, Apogi, lymphatic drainage facials anywhere – if you too have overcooked it this holiday, we highly suggest you look into it. Call it a mini facelift/sculpt in an hour.

Face Gym | Apogi Clinic
Save the Dates
This week, even we are feeling chill, so we’re keeping it laid back. Somerset House’s 24/7 exhibition addresses the world we live in – never turning off – and encourages people to engage and reset (on until 23 Feb). Start as we mean to go on, eh? With the recent Oscar announcements, we’re feeling a bit of cinema. The Man Who Killed Don Quixote previews tomorrow– another Adam Driver special; this time he’s all in white. Looking ahead, we’ve got our eye on Parasite, which opens 7 Feb – sounds like it has hints of Six Degrees of Separation, Seoul version. Lastly, a School of Life talk on resilience (27 Jan) – bring.it.on.
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24/7 Somerset House The Man Who Killed Don Quixote The School of Life
Take Three
Low ABV, yawn. But we did like how Bar Three divided its cocktails into free, light, and medium (that’s amounts of alcohol). Bar Three may now be closed, but at their sister bar, Three Sheets, they’ve similarly divided their menu – but by taste strength, rather than alcohol amount; we like. Shall we start at the bottom and work our way up then?
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One Sheet Two Sheets Three Sheets

Almond Flower Sour
Almond flower, Beefeater gin, egg whites, lemon

Fermented cranberry, vodka, orange, neroli

Earth Martini
Victory vodka, beetroot, olive oil, dry vermouth

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22 January 2020
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