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04.05 WE'RE CALLING IT NOW... 2021
 
This is going to be the summer of FUN. We’re feeling positive; we have to! We hope you are too. With that in mind, we’ve put together a selection of things that will hopefully make you smile this week. There’s a loose wine and London focus – there are so many great hotels opening – and as always, we have some travel and tunes in here, too.

Have great weeks all – at least it’s a short one!

xx Taryn and Team UJ
 
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The Trend
 
 
The Goodtime Hotel
Wes Anderson Vibes
Here, there, everywhere
 
Seems like there’s a lot of Wes Anderson-style design around lately. From Miami and Paris to London and Milan, there’s a lot of Wes going on.
 
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Product Picks
 
 
Jordans
MJ knows
 
Positive vibes for your feet.
 
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LONDON FOCUS
 
Simon Upton
NoMad
Opening: 25 May
 
This is a biiiiiiig launch! The first international property from a much loved brand (if you’ve been to NY, you’ve likely been to the NoMad): we’re expecting great things.
 
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Restaurant News
 
Eataly
Dining
Around town
 
From a Japanese-Israeli new haunt to a newbie from the owners of Frieze and much more. Forks out!
 
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BEAUTY
 
Nail Art
Database
 
If lockdown one was banana bread, lockdown two was restaurant boxes, and lockdown three seemed to be – no, not that TikTok unifetapasta – but nail art. (And Invisalign, but we digress.) If you’ve been inspired to try a set, The Stack World’s marketplace has a great selection of nail artists, and you can choose by price and location, too.
 
NAIL ART
 
LONDON FOCUS
 
 
Kingsland Locke
Kingsland Locke
Opening: 17 May
 
If you like to live like a local when you travel, but want the comforts of a hotel instead of an Airbnb, this is for you. With 124 studio apartments, an all-day restaurant and a gin distillery and microbrewery on site, you could not leave the building at all. We’re booking in for the colour palette alone; teal and olive feels fresquito!
 
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WINE NEWS
 
 
Bar Crispin
Au Naturel
NEW NEW NEW
 
There’s a lot of movement on the natural wine front. Here are three new venues/residencies for your radar.
 
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Product Picks
 
 
Vans x DSM
Old but new
 
We were going to do just the Jordans, but a highlighter selection for your feet? Yes, please.
 
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London Focus
 
 
Mondrian Shoreditch
Spring launch
 
The Curtain Hotel is set to be re-launched as the Mondrian Shoreditch, making this a return to London for the Mondrian brand.
 
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UJ Select
 
UJ Select
Modal Wines
 
We got great feedback from the first case we sold from Modal Wines, so we’ve asked Nic to make a smaller one this time for something different. The three wines (red, white, sparkling) included in this case are interesting, natural, from Portugal, France and Spain, and look good too.
 
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UJ RADAR
 
 
Nobu Marylebone
Terrace Watch
Nobu Marylebone
 
I think we all agree that we deserve a treat right now. And an afternoon/evening spent at the newly transformed Japanese gin garden at Nobu Portman Square sounds perfect. A collaboration with House of Suntory’s Roku Gin, the terrace will be serving signature Nobu dishes (sashimi and nigiri, bento boxes and yellowtail jalapeño), with a Roku Gin menu to bring the Japanese spring in (or out as the case may be).
 
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Camp Hox
No admin necessary
 
With four road trip routes including California’s wine country, the Netherlands’ rural scenery, postcard-pretty Normandy, or the UK’s scenic southeast coast, Hoxton styled campervans and everything pre-booked, this looks perfect.
 
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LONDON FOCUS
 
Domus Stay
Spring launch
 
Domus Nova, the only real estate agency to produce a stylish magazine you actually want to keep on your coffee table, with properties and offices to suit – is now doing short stays, with 5-star hotel services.
 
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DELIVERY BOXES
 
On the Table
Delivery Boxes
Two for you
 
On the Table encourages you to cook with independents, via their deliveries which bring you produce from indie suppliers and several recipes to choose from (we’ll have the picnic, pancake, bbq and fresh seafood boxes please). Their site is gorgeous, and their boxes are truly stand out. Rather it was done for you? Then try a banquet box from Scully at Home and truly impress (arepa banquet for us, please!).
 
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London Focus
 
 
Hotel Week London
28 May-6 June
 
It’s London’s inaugural Hotel Week at the end of the month and it’s come at the perfect time – think we’re all ready to celebrate London life! And with so many excellent hotels participating (Mandarin, Standard, Dorchester, Four Seasons), offering discounts and other incentives to book; this looks like one ‘week’ we can get behind.
 
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PEOPLE
 
 
Alber Elbaz
So. Sad.
 
Talented and one of a kind, Alber Elbaz was taken way too soon. His clothes, however, live on. If you haven’t checked out his recently launched A-Z Factory brand, do.
 
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WINE
 
Digital Recommendations
Luca has done it again
 
By now you know we’re a fan of Luca from Passione Vino. Passionate and knowledgeable, this man really listens to what you want from a wine, and in our experience, nails it with his suggestions. Now he can do that from afar, with his new Wine Flight online recommendation platform – which has 1,456 wines no less. Try it!
 
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LONDON FOCUS
 
Pan Pacific London
Late summer launch
 
This is going to be a big, glossy, city-tastic one. The first European property from the Singaporean Pan Pacific Group, there will be 13 floors, two restaurants, an entire floor dedicated to wellness and more.
 
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FUNDRAISING
 
Treat yourself
And help others while doing it
 
The French House is having an art auction! And from what we’ve seen, it’s going to be a good one. Check out their catalogue, register, then mark 8 May in your diary – paddles at the ready – and help get this great establishment back on its feet. Otherwise, are you in the market for Keith Richards’ technicolour dreamcoat? Then count your pennies, as theatre guru/Groucho mascot Chris Mcgill is auctioning it off via Bonhams tomorrow at 11am BST, to fund Keef the Van, which will host mobile movies (via his lockdown creation, Rebel Reel Cine Club) and more fun this summer.
 
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Staycations
Let's go somewhere!
 
It’s safe to say that if you don’t book something for this spring/summer, you won’t be going anywhere. Here are two staycation ideas for you to note.
 
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SINGLE
 
 
Chems
Vibezzzzzz
 
Have you heard this? It’s the perfect post lockdown song if ever there was one. The video’s outstanding too.
 
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LONDON FOCUS
 
 
Soho House White City
Soho House Friends Membership
Hotels, studio spaces, events
 
So, you now have to be a member of Soho House to book their hotel rooms, which may be an unfortunate change for some. The good news is, with a Friends membership, you can book rooms and access other full member perks.
 
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Shop
 
 
Chinatown Market
Need this
 
Okay, we don’t need. We don’t even play basketball. But again, wouldn’t this bring you joy on your desk? Need.
 
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Travel
 
 
Wine
LA > Napa
 
Speaking of wine and travel, thinking ahead, we’ve mentioned Aero before (investors include the co-founder of Uber and music names like Kaz James from Scorpios and Craig Pettegrew, a founder of the BPM Festival), and now they’re flying LA > Napa direct, on a 16-seater PJ, leaving from a private terminal, for, dare we say, almost reasonable rates. They seem to have great hotel partnerships and a good concierge, too.
 
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LONDON FOCUS
 
 
The Londoner
Sept Launch
 
We love boutique hotels, but sometimes you want the anonymity of a larger hotel. Which is why we’re looking forward to the launch of The Londoner, which is billing itself as the ‘first super-boutique.’
 
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Take 3
 
Boating Around
Time to get out and enjoy our city! Here are three ways – on a boat.
 
col1 col2 col3
 
Barge East Go Boat The Prince Regent

Parked restaurant bateau

Drive yourself up the canal

Cruising restaurant

 
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