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16.05 2023
So, we’re through two of the three bank holidays this month. Let’s enjoy the lead up to the last one, because after May, it’s really all systems go for what is sure to be a hectic summer. If you need something to read, DJ Fat Tony and Michael Hennegan’s book I Don’t Take Requests is out in paperback soon and is an excellent poolside/park companion. Have great weeks all.

xx Taryn and Team UJ xx
Street-style Homewares
New wave
Sure, the big fashion houses have been doing it for ages, but lately we’ve been noticing more street brands getting in on homewares too. For us it started with the Virgil for IKEA rugs (remember those?), but three more recent ones to mention include the Supreme x STAUB cocotte collab, Aimé Leon Dore plates, vases, or even highlighters (we don’t want to love these but we dooooo), and we just noticed the EXCELLENT (and not for sale) bespoke Italian Leather Anfibio x Aries sofas by Giovannetti Collezioni and printed by Serigold in the Aries store. Swoon.
John Carey
Brunswick House Breakfasts
Form an orderly queue
Jackson Boxer is busy. But that’s seemingly driving him to be even more inspiring than ever – and we’re noticing it especially on the breakfast front at Brunswick House. Limited edition/one-off lobster benedicts with XO hollandaise for £15? Ooooh. Or what about a breakfast sandwich with cave-aged gruyere, shiitake XO, and Tasso ham on a buttered brioche? Yes please. How about chicken fat hash browns with cuttlefish over coals and a fried egg? (This was on the weekend lunch menu and looked delicious.) Wow. Let’s see what he (and his team) do next.
Product Picks
Aimé Leon Dore
Aimé Leon Dore
We’re seeing mesh everywhere, but decided to keep it with one brand for this.
Big Mamma
Around town
Just when we thought we were over Big Mamma everything (sorry guys!), they open Carlotta in Marylebone, an homage to Italian culture in America, and we’re right back in. Also in Marylebone, BAO Mary is BAO’s new Taiwanese dumpling house and over in Chelsea, The Campaner, the first international restaurant from the group behind the much-loved BCN restaurant Terraza Martínez, has just opened in the Chelsea Barracks – we’ll be there for the monkfish and lobster casserole. In west London, Harvest, from the chef behind Six Portland Road and Parlour, has just opened in Kensal and in Mayfair, 20 Berkeley, the new British produce-led restaurant with the Creative Restaurant Group supporting it (HUMO, Endo at Rotunda, SUMI), is opening (17th) in a space that’s been designed to feel like a country manor.

As for drinks, Vinum, a subterranean wine bar with innovative bites (Japanese scallops with wasabi caviar and teriyaki) has just opened in Mayfair, the art’otel’s rooftop bar/ terrace is now open in Battersea, and great news just in that P Franco will be re-opening after a successful crowd funder. Also, Ottolenghi now have their own wine, in collaboration with Krasna Hora.

For something seasonal, Seabird at The Hoxton, Southwark are launching their ‘Sunday Sessions’ this Sunday (12-6PM), with a Med-inspired menu, sharing cocktails, live music, raw bar, and roaming oyster shucker on their open air terrace, in (hopefully) the sunshine.

And lastly coming soon, Aulis, Simon Rogan’s experimental hole in the wall, is getting a gloss-up, and will be re-opening end of month with room for 12 diners, and a lounge.
Melides, Portugal
Christian Louboutin has a hotel, and it looks exquisite! 13 bedrooms, located in the lesser-known location of Melides. The restaurant has white tablecloths and red wicker chairs, the bedrooms have crisp sheets and artisan tiles, and the nearby beaches look deserted. It truly looks perfect.
La Grande Dame 2015 x Paola Paronetto
Six bottles
We love these colours! A collaboration between Veuve Clicquot and their newest vintage La Grande Dame 2015 and Italian artist Paola Paronetto, this six bottle collection is available at Selfridges and clos19. To celebrate the partnership there will be a limited edition Garden Gastronomy menu by chef Sally Abé at The Pembook now for dinners from 8 June.

Selfridges | clos19
The Three Horseshoes
News just in, Max Wigram has just opened a pub with five bedrooms in Batecombe, Somerset, with Margot Henderson from Rochelle Canteen at the helm in the kitchen, and as you’d expect, it looks goooooood.
In beta
Earthed is the new platform with some well-known backers (Cara, Sienna) that gives people the tools to live better with the environment. Expert-led courses like urban gardening and no-dig growing will teach people how to do things that will help slow the climate crisis. They’re currently looking for investment, and membership will be by subscription.
Culture Dining
New guard
Lasdun is the new restaurant at the National Theatre by the team behind the much-loved east London restaurant The Marksman Public House, and coming to the National Portrait Gallery is Portrait, by Richard Corrigan (22 June), with sculptures, panoramic views, and a menu that’s inspired by his signature dishes.
Hotel Corazón
Hotel Corazón
We’ve always said it’s hard to find a hotel close to Deià. Sure there’s Belmond’s La Residencia, and some smaller options (Sa Pedrissa), but it’s really either very expensive, or quite hard to find a room. Hotel Corazón is a new 15-bedroom renovated finca in Mallorca, in a prime position that’s in between Deià and Sóller, amidst the Tramuntana mountains and the Med Sea. They have a farm, restaurant, art space and shop.
Is longevity the new wellbeing word of the year? May sounds a bit Succession/Living +, but living longer – and planning to do so – sounds good to us. One new company focused on longevity is Hooke, a ‘diagnostics screening and health management service’ in W1. Looks good, but after glancing at their costs, it will likely be prohibitive to most of us (£36K per annum for a membership). But if we had that laying about, having a respected company on hand for appointments, guidance and support for all things health, is a service we’d spend on.
West Berlin
New Hoxton
Another day, another Hoxton it seems, and this one’s in west Berlin’s Charlottenburg neighbourhood. Looks like this one follows the usual format – simple-ish, well-designed rooms, an apartment for events, and a great location – but what we’re increasingly interested in is The Hoxton’s F&B offering; this one has a House of Tandoor and Teahouse, both with Indian cuisine. Interesting.
At Laylow
Today and tomorrow, Venezuelian hat/bag brand Yosuzi is popping up at Laylow, with new collection pieces, as well as a selection from their archive at 50% off.
Maison Delano Paris
We loved the Delano South Beach. Often our Miami base for things like WMC (which is what it was called when we used to stay at the Delano), it’s been closed for over three years – and definitely has left a vacant mark on the SoBe strip. Well, it’s back, and its first new property has been opened in Paris, aptly called Maison Delano Paris. Although the the Starck stark whites and Ghost chairs from the original Schrager hotel are gone – there are still Delano South Beach elements including billowy drapes, lots of white/creams, and minimalist rooms. Everything feels updated though and softer somehow – perfect for the 18th century mansion it’s located in. They also have a restaurant, La Chambre Bleue, with Spanish Michelin-starred chef Dani García at the helm and a Delano bar. This is the first property of a Delano international roll-out.
Take 3
Club night and concerts
col1 col2 col3
Fabric Southbank Centre Roundhouse
20 Years of Crosstown Rebels
19 May
Composers Without Categorisation
19 May
James Ellis Live
20 May
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