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…from Notting Hill to the Colombia Road Flower Market last Sunday (it wasn’t that long! Canal all the way), we’re feeling the sunshine vibes, finally. On the happy tip, this week we’re thinking about Easter travel. Douro Valley, Galicia, biking in Bordeaux, a train journey anywhere….Can you tell we’re ready to get away? We also can’t wait to see Soho Roc House in Mykonos, opening its doors 8 May. Continuing with all things positive, we’ve also had a bit of fun with our trend this week, looking at the global current obsession with dance. We definitely have a trip to the Britney playground – aka LA’s The Zone – on the cards. That’s it – let’s start this spring off right. Happy March!
The Zone, 'Toxic' set
You can dance if you want to
This week we’re having a bit of fun with our trend. From a Britney pop up in LA to today’s superstars, the TikTokers, everywhere we look, it’s all about dance.
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180 House, the Soho Works flagship 180 Strand will be here
Better Together
Co- everything
For a culture that doesn’t like to acknowledge strangers, we sure are courting more social behaviour these days. Co-living (The Collective), co-working (a new Soho Works is coming soon at 180 Strand), and the latest, co-weekending (Birch). Will we be talking on the tube next? No.
More of what’s on our radar
Tom Rogers
Founder, Crab PR

What do you get when you put two restaurant legacy names (Tom Rogers, nephew to Ruth Rogers of the River Cafe, and Jess Corrigan, Richard Corrigan’s daughter) and a financial/crisis comms PR together? Crab PR. Tom tells us a bit about starting his new business, and highlights some of his favourite foodie spots.

My favourite restaurant outside of London has to be… The Bell Inn, Langford – think a little bit of St John mixed with a great Cotswolds pub.

As for destinations on my travel-dar this year, Cornwall has become a foodie mecca with incredible chefs like Paul Ainsworth and Tom Adams at the forefront.
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Book Tickets
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Southern Comfort Presents Mardi Gras
4 and 5 March
Can’t get to New Orleans for Mardi Gras? No worries, Southern Comfort is bringing the spirit of NOLA to us. Tomorrow and Thursday, the cavernous 26 Leake Street will be transformed into the streets of New Orleans, where guests will be transported into a Mardi Gras-inspired scene, with fun around every corner. There will be tunes by Pxssy Palace, live music by the Hackney Colliery Band, and finales by hip-hop’s Big Freedia, aka the ‘Queen of Bounce’. There will of course be Southern Comfort cocktails and food by Bayou, London’s New Orleans bar and kitchen. We can taste the gumbo boil already.
Connaught Grill
Around town
Wining and dining
So first up, events. Tickets for the Luca dinner at Quo Vadis on 11 March are now on sale, and it’s sure to be good. For some International Women’s Day festivities, we’ll be heading to Stoney Street on 8 March for the stellar line-up of female chefs including UJ fave Freddie Janssen (Snackbar founder, who will cook scallops and blood orange tostada) and Shuko Oda (co-founder of Koya, cooking lemon sole with white asparagus and miso butter), and more. We’re hearing great things about Richard Corrigan’s new Daffodil Mulligan, and we can’t wait to get into the re-launched Connaught Grill (complete with wood-burning grill, wild seabass en croute and great wine list); an oldie reimagined for 2020. Nobu Berkeley may be closing (feels like the end of an era), but it’s being replaced with Il Borro (jury’s out), and Nobu Portman opens this spring. Lastly, 10 Heddon Street will become Fallow on 10 March.
More restaurarants
If, like us, you love Umbria but always know it’s not the easiest location to get to for a weekend away, great news: from this summer, BA is flying to Perugia, the capital of Umbria. We see a hotel in the hills in our future; buongiorno Orvieto.

More info on BA’s new routes
Newbies to note
There may be no such thing as a free lunch (truly), but a couple notable new ones for your radar. Aqua Kyoto has had a refurb. It’s still dark and sultry but has a shiny new gloss, and by dining via the set menu at (12-2:30) or early dinner (5:30-7), it’s an affordable way to dip your toes in. Haven’t made it in to Kerridge’s Bar & Grill yet (we love the red leather banquettes), then try their seasonal set lunch (Mon-Sat), with sparkling vino. This Sunday, Bubala is launching a new veg lunch which looks divine, Norma (hearing good things) is launching a Sicilian roast and Legare is launching a 4-course feasting menu. Brunch who?
More restaurants
Marrakech, 19-22 March
Get inspired and book tickets
Just a reminder, if you fancy a getaway soon, this is the one! Sunshine, great tunes, food from some of London’s finest (Berber &Q, Berenjak, El Pastor, Neil Rankin) as well as talks, films and more. Sound good? Here’s a selection of eclectic beats to get you inspired. Oh, and if you travel there without flying (nice for some), you get free tix, which feels very 2020.

Press play | Book tickets
Mulberry’s done good
Like this print? So do we! And even better, the fabric they use here is part of their M Collection, which uses a blend of ECONYL™ (regenerated nylon made from fishing nets retrieved from the ocean and manufacturing waste, dontchaknow) and sustainable cotton. Looks good, feels good too.
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City of Angels
See the Olivier Award-winning musical this spring
A screenwriter with a movie to finish. A private eye with a case to crack. But nothing’s black and white when a dame is involved. And does anyone stick to the script in this city? This is Tinseltown. You gotta ask yourself: what’s real… and what’s reel… Josie Rourke’s “ingenious, stupendous revival” (The Telegraph) premiered in 2014, when it was hailed as “a blissful evening” (The Stage) that’s “smart, seductive and very funny” (Evening Standard). With a swinging score by Cy Coleman and David Zippel and a brilliantly witty book by Larry Gelbart, CITY OF ANGELS is a musical love letter to the glamorous world of old Hollywood and film noir.

Click here for best available seats for £29.50 for this Thursday and Friday evening.
Holiday Bag
Easter is coming
Right now, we have holidays on the mind. So in honour of getting away, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite bags. Special mention goes to the humble Eastpak, our current favourite out of all the lightweight cases (sorry Rimowa, your wheels just don’t stay on!).

Balenciga | Fendi | Eastpak | Jacquemus | McQueen | Patagonia
Tarryn Warren, Facialist
Magic hands and spacesuits
Combining science and tech with Eastern techniques from their base at Bodyism in Notting Hill, Tarryn and her team create a facial that’s just right for you. Utilising Gua-Sha, lymphatic drainage (we love the lower body spacesuit-type-pantalons you wear during your treatment and would really like this compression/drainage device at home), LED, acupuncture, oxygen, and a magic sculpting massage (her therapists have wonder hands), this truly is an all-rounder. Enter her treatment room weathered, and leave glowing; we say start with her signature bespoke facial and get ready for lasting results.
Tarryn Warren
Save the Dates
This week it’s a mixed bag. Crazy Golf at CDY (until March 29), but mainly because we want to get over there to try the Sons + Daughters x Selin Kiazim’s Oklava sandwich collab (on for two months). Then it’s a talk on speaking to any audience with confidence and clarity (6 March) from a RADA tutor, which could probably help any of us and is part of the Women of the World programming at the RFH. Lastly, Sven Väth plays Phonox on Sunday (8th), which is always a special, intimate setting.
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Crazy Golf at CDY RADA Business Talk Sundays at Phonox
Tasting menus are back! Like them or loathe them, there are a couple lately that look worth a whirl.
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Recent: Charlie’s at Brown’s Opens Thursday: Sushi on Jones Opening Spring: Six by Nico

Adam Byatt is behind this six-course menu; classic dining room with chic bar dining

Affordable 12-piece omakase tasting selection, big in NY, opens here Thursday

Nico Simeone’s six-course tasting menu that changes every six weeks

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3 March 2020
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