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21.12 We made it! 2021
Dec 21. The holidays are now well and truly in sight. If you’re in isolation right now, we’re sending you love. And if you’re not, lucky… This week, to sign off, we have a mixed bag. A nod to some of our favourite things in ‘21 and a heads up to some things on our radar for ‘22. We also have a playlist for some laidback NYE vibes and info on how to donate (Age UK! We love you oldies!) and volunteer, should you have the funds and/or time. That’s it! Have great, healthy, fun breaks all.

Much love and see you in ‘22.

Taryn and Team UJ xx
The Trend
Haute Supermarkets
Just the beginning
Is there anything more ‘21 than the haute supermercado? Some might say it really started with the Notting Hill Fish Shop (followed by their Supermarket of Dreams), who brought some of the best brands under one roof during lockdown. But with this year’s openings like Spring to Go (which has ready-made dishes from Spring, as well as other brands Skye likes, all to go), and Half Cut Market (a corner store, with handpicked boutique brands and low-intervention wines), and Nebya on the way (a restaurant/grocer opening in Westbourne Grove, with a variety of boxes/cook-at-home things from well-known chefs), it seems like we’re just getting started.
Costa Rica
bye Tulum
In recent years, we’ve unfortunately been watching as traffic jams and beachside bottle service take over Tulum…we’re now noticing that more and more parties are popping up in Costa Rica instead.

Circoloco | BPM
Festive Fun
In case you need some last minute ornaments, we’re going back to our youth this year.
New Year’s Eve
Benji B with Live Guests Loose Ends
The Standard, London
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If you’re in town for NYE, this is definitely going to be the party to book. Taking place UJ fave Decimo (which will be transformed into a club space), Benji B and special guests Loose Ends will be leading the festivities; expect maximum dancing and good vibes, with floor to ceiling 10th floor views and that glossy / fun Decimo atmosphere. We say book in for the night with their Stay & Play package, where you’ll receive access to both parties (Decimo and Double Standard) on that night, so you can make a decadent staycation out of it. Dancing on New Year’s Eve, followed by New Year’s Day breakfast at Isla, then back to bed. Sounds like the perfect way to welcome in the new year. It’s going to be a good one – the party and the upcoming year! Book now.
Yes Russell!
We eat out a lot! But this was definitely our favourite opening last year. Low lights and loud music, bar dining, checkered tablecloths, a great menu and specials. The only difficulty is getting in. Reservations open a week in advance. Go!
Benji B | BBC R1
Virgil Tribute
We’re back to Benji again. There are so many reasons to love this tribute. It includes the 2019 show that Benji and Virgil co-hosted, with its thought-provoking soundbites, and songs from the recent (and Virgil’s last) LV menswear show, notably starting with the soul-touching track, In God’s Childlike Hands by Lauren Auder. Give it a listen if you haven’t already.
Festive Margaritas
With Cointreau
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Now that we’re about to hopefully have a bit of a break, it’s time for some drink-spiration, to take at-home mixing up a notch. We have three festive margaritas, created by our friends at Cointreau, to get things started.
Last min gifts
It’s been tough watching so many of our favourite restaurants close again. Even tougher for them, we’re sure. So, let’s do what we can to support: buy merch, boxes, goods, whatever you can do! Here’s Eater’s hospitality merch list, but visit any of your favourite restaurant/bars’ websites to see what they have. We’ve got our eyes on Rita’s spice pack and chile oil, and a Max’s Sandwich Shop T.
Richie Hawtin x Prada Extends
Richie Hawtin, with Prada, at the Tate Modern. No idea how they got the permission for this, but it felt FRESH. When worlds collide… More of this please.
Sweats might be here to stay, forever! But these days, we’re after different sweats – ones with luxe fabrics and stylish shapes, and, also, skiwear for cityscapes. Why not?
Fiona Leahy
Television Centre
If you’re at Television Centre, White City, look up! Neon bows are always great, but as Fiona says, “bows and ribbons are beautifully whimsical but also carry a deeper symbolism, creating awareness and support for others”. Which makes us like this tree even more.
If you follow Marie-Louise Scio from the much-loved Pellicano Group, you’ll have noticed she did an armchair road trip with fellow Italian lovers @yolandaedwards and @bellinitravel during quarantine. Now, they’ve made a Monopoly game of it, and it sounds like Maserati x Bellini Travel will be bringing their trip to life, too. Quarantine winners.
Who knows what we’ll be doing this NYE, but we’ll definitely be celebrating. Once again, our friends, the music maestros at music agency MAV, have put together a playlist for us, with suave rat pack vibes to ring in the new year. So pour yourself a cold martini, and waft around.
Help needed
Crisis, the national homeless charity, is looking for ‘night owls’ to help keep people company over the festive period (22 Dec-5 Jan). They’re also looking for people who have a background in support and advice, to help provide phone support.

Hotel Night Owls | Telephone Advice Workers
Festive Stopover
Borough is a must over the holidays, and Stoney Street by 26 Grains currently has a Christmas menu, with modern twists on classics. There’s burrata with hibiscus-poached quince, Jerusalem artichoke crisps with salsa verde, and mince pies. They are also doing a raffle (£10 tickets, prize value £3,500) in an effort to raise money to support their staff over this uncertain period, which is nice.
Sarah Bradden
Cosmetic Acupuncturist
Forget beauty treatments that just touch the surface; these days it’s all about holistic wellbeing, and the Sarah Bradden Method is certainly leading the way. Using acupuncture, activated oxygen, and LED light therapy, she increases collagen, improves definition, and some claim to sleep better. Overall you get a major glow-up, both inside and out – her very loyal clients absolutely rave about the results.
Sarah Bradden Method
'22 Openings
On our radar
Nuno Mendes is returning to London with Lisboeta, a two-floor love letter to Lisbon on Charlotte Street (spring ‘22); and King and Corbin are opening Manzi’s in Soho, which will be all about seafood (early ‘22).
Age UK
Any amount helps
We always feel like the elderly get forgotten about at Christmas, and in fact, Age UK says that nearly 1.5 million older people feel lonelier at Christmas than any other time of year. If you can, donate to help make things a bit brighter for those who need it.
New food community
This looks interesting. The founder of Depop has launched something similar, but based around the food/restaurant community. Smart!
We’re ending on this old image of Travis Scott in LV from The Face, because we love it. “VIRGIL FOREVER”.

Happy Holidays.
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