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 We’ve almost made it. Yes, we had some (more) bad news yesterday, but if there’s one thing we’ve learned this year, it’s that we can do it. For those of you who haven’t planned your holiday yet, neither have we, ’tis the año. Think at this point all that matters is that we look out for the people around us, the best we can. Hope everyone gets a festive something in today and let’s all just think positive for 2021…We’re right there with you.

Big love all,

Taryn and Team UJ
Wine Subscriptions
So, I think we can all agree that we’ve consumed a bit of wine this year. And out of that has come some good new wine subscriptions. Here are a few to see you through the holiday season.
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Heartbeat of London
We love Soho – to us, it’s London – and right now, with the festive spirit high and some recent additions, it’s a necessary holiday stop. For food, it’s the new Rita’s (bottle shop now, restaurant to come) on Lexington and Golden Gai (from Angelina in Dalston, same Ital-Japanese everything) on D’Arblay. On Carnaby it’s the Choose Love store (buy a T!), and on Newburgh Street it’s the new Antidote wine shop and Annie’s Ibiza, which is looking very festive.
Bodega Rita's
Bad Sports x UJ Select
New skool picks
These are the three we’d like under the tree. Yes, including one that we helped put together!

Rita’s | Top Cuvee | Bad Sports for UJ Select
St. Mark's/Mercato Mayfair
Festive it up
We’re going into Tier 3, yes. But it’s 10 days until Christmas – and we still have tonight! With that in mind, let’s pack in the festivities (mask-clad, 2 metres apart of course). For something that feels almost like nightlife, head to Spiritland @ JOY at Portobello tonight for Jonny Woo’s Christmas Singalong. For some classics, Handel’s Messiah is on tonight at the RAH (we love!!) and The Connaught has a new hütte serving mulled wine and pretzels. If you haven’t been to the Mercato Mayfair, it’s in St. Mark’s church, which feels very festive, and for some annual holiday bling, it’s a visit to The Churchill for their Griswold-style lights. Lastly, if you haven’t watched a holiday film yet, there’s The Cinema at Selfridges x Brasserie of Light – tonight it’s Elf.

Brasserie of Light x The Cinema at Selfridges Christmas Special
Sponsored Listing
Bags: Inside Out
Pre-book tickets for 2021
Bags: Inside Out looks at the longstanding role bags play in our lives. Divided into three sections, the Function section looks at bags through a practical lens – as objects designed to hold our belongings. We have our eye on the Louis Vuitton trunk on display from the early 1900s. The Status and Identity section looks at the hype, power and association around certain ‘It’ bags, and the final section, Design and Making, looks at the processes around the creation of said bags, from sketch to finished product. The exhibition (sponsored by Mulberry) finishes, suitably, looking towards the future and includes bags made out of environmentally sustainable materials like recycled ocean plastic waste (Stella McCartney) and fire hoses (Elvis & Kresse). This is one not to miss!
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Look down
These both keep selling out, so by the time we publish this, you’ll likely have to put your name on the waitlist, or maybe look around (we’ve supplied a US site for Stüssy). But they’re great. We want both.

Snoopy | Stüssy
UJ Offer
Sponsored Listing
Aguulp for Gut Shots
Healthy gut = happy head
If there’s one thing we want to do this holiday season, it’s get back on track with healthy everything. And Aguulp – the groundbreaking new brand co-founded by Professor Green, that’s offering liquid shots of goodness – looks like a good place to start. With a 98% absorption rate within 4 minutes, a daily dose of Aguulp boosts gut health, brain power and the immune system. And as the gut and the brain are so closely linked, a healthy gut means ‘a happier’ brain, which sounds good to us. The branding is great too – every bit helps! For 25% off the Aguulp for Gut shots until the end of December, please use promo URBANJUNKIES25.
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UJ Select
Island Dye
You know what makes a great gift? A bespoke sweat set from Island Dye. Born out of the days of quarantine on Ibiza, Island Dye brings some sunny good vibes, direct from the White Isle. Just choose what garment(s) you want (sweatshirt, joggers, the set), select the size and buy, and then we’ll be in touch to ask what colours and pattern you’d like (classic tie dye, heart, intergalactic, etc). And voilà! A custom piece/set, from Maria, founder of Island Dye. We own some ourselves, and absolutely love them.
Island Dye
Bye 2020!
NYE at home
This week, our friends at MAV have put together a great mix for ringing in the new year, at home.
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Watergate Bay
This is one year that feels like it needs to be seen out somewhere peaceful. Sea views, fresh air: that’s what we’re after. And both Idle Rocks and The Watergate Bay (at time of press) had availability, with three-night minimums. Hop to it.

Idle Rocks | Watergate Bay
Passione Vino x UJ Select
Magnum boxes
If you truly want to show someone you are grateful/love them – there’s really no better way than with a magnum. With the Passione Vino x UJ boxes, there are three different magnums (sparkling, white and red), with three cheeses, a peppery olive oil, wood cutting board, candles, and jars with pickles and onion jam, all packaged in a great keepsake box, delivery included.

Passione Vino x UJ Box
Good vibes
We always love a smiley face. And these are some of our current faves.

Frisbee Ceramics | Secret7s | Loewe Bag | Mr Maria Lamp
Innovative Brunches
More interesting than avo on toast
Well, the word brunch might still feel like a four letter word, but there are now some really interesting ones. From glam gumbo to croissant-waffle mixes and breakfast bruschetta, it’s a good time to brunch.
Top 5 Innovative Brunches
UJ Select
Age UK Westminster x UJ
If you can spare anything this holiday season, Age UK Westminster could really use your support. Please join us and donate to their annual hamper drive. Thank you!
Last Minute
Where to go this holiday
So, as we said, no plans, no problem! We know this isn’t the year to travel… but. If you want to get away, there are some places where you don’t have to quarantine and flights right now across the board seem reasonable. We have our eyes on the Caribbean – this small ‘resort’ on the private island of Petít St. Vincent looks pretty great. They may not have space over actual Christmas, but they have room both before and after and as there are only 22 cottages spread across the entire island, there can only be a max of 44 guests at any time, with two acres of land each. Luxe.

Petít St. Vincent Private Island Resort
Canned Cocktails
The best of RTDs
It’s raining canned cocktails! Overnight, there are so many of them. This is our pick of the best. From Oliver Peyton’s Unknown Pleasures (we’ll have the Bloody Mary can please) and Empirical Spirits (for the colour of the cans alone) to Hawksmoor’s delicious-sounding Back Burner (tequila, mezcal, jalapeño, pineapple soda) and East London’s on-trend seltzers, these certainly take the hassle out of cocktail making.

Unknown Pleasures | Hawksmoor | Empirical Spirits | East London Seltzer
Self Knowledge
Well, it can’t hurt to try to end 2020 with a little introspection. Especially if this year has caused you anxiety of any sort (that will be all of us then). We’ve heard this book from The School of Life is worth a read. Here’s to 2021!
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15 December 2020
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