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13.02 2024
February! It’s always a busy month. This issue is loosely themed around things we’re excited about: restaurants, hotels, music, products and more. We’ve also listened to your feedback and will be continuing to increase our travel news. That’s it! We hope you enjoy this newsletter.

xx Taryn and Team UJ xx
The Trend
Designer Wellbeing
New members’ clubs
There was a time when The Third Space was really the design-led wellbeing club in London… how times have changed. First we had Lanserhof at The Arts Club and now there’s Six Senses Place (a wellness club) arriving at Whiteley’s this year, and adding to Claridge’s stunning new spa offering (opened last year), The Maybourne Group have just announced that they will be launching a beautiful new four-floor wellbeing members’ club, Surrenne, in Knightsbridge this spring, too. They will be working with leading names including Tracy Anderson, UJ fave Rose Ferguson, and also focusing on the wellbeing concept du jour, longevity. Add that to The Maybourne Group’s level of service and it’s sure to be outstanding; now the only question is, can we afford it?

UJ Radar
Goes east
Palace’s co-founder Lev Tanju may be travelling to Milan more with his new role at Fila+, but Palace’s largest flagship to date has gone to Asia, opening recently in Seoul.

Product Picks
Travel is a lot easier with a large, stylish holdall.

Everybody's Talking About Jamie is back in London!
£25 UJ Ticket Offer
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Following a record-breaking three-year West End residency, sold-out UK & Ireland Tour and Amazon studios award-winning film, the smash hit and critically acclaimed musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie RETURNS to London. Now playing at the Peacock Theatre in the West End, it’s fun, it’s feel-good, and it features an all-star cast including West End sensation Ivano Turco as Jamie, musical theatre star Rebecca McKinnis as Margaret, stage and screen favourite Shobna Gulati as Ray, and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie veteran Talia Palamathanan as Pritti. Tickets for UJ readers are £25 (usually £48) for any Tuesday, Wednesday or Sunday evening performance until 20 March. Book tickets through the link below, promo code has already been added.


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Around Town
Our pick
First the ones we’re most excited about. The team behind Ducksoup (we love), Little Duck and Emilia have just opened a new restaurant, Camille, on Borough Market’s Stoney Street; it’s French bistro dining with a natural wine list. Carmel, from the team that brought us Berber & Q, will be opening another location in March, in Fitzrovia; NY-style pizza place Alley Cats in Marylebone looks perfect for Feb; and then there’s the new Juno six-seater, 15-course omakase in Los Mochis, Notting Hill.

Bouchon Racine, a re-birth of Henry Harris’s Racine, has opened above the Three Compasses in Farringdon, and it looks perfect: white tablecloths, wooden chairs, chalkboards, and French bistro dining – and both Jackson Boxer and Jay Rayner approved.

The Barbary Next Door is doing a monthly boreka collaborative series; Feb sees them team up with the It’s Bagels crew for a recipe that’s inspired by their everything bagels and jalapeño scallion ‘schmears’; and with the way their bagels are selling, this might be your chance to get a taste of what the fuss is about. Relais & Châteaux (love) are running a travel-focused supper club series at Fortnum’s new Food and Drink Studio in Feb, March and April, bringing leading chefs from their properties together with wines from Fortnum’s; book here. Also at Fortnum’s, St JOHN has temporarily relocated their Smithfield original there for three weeks – there will be a dining room serving the classics and a bar area for chalkboard specials – and at Mayfair’s KOYN, Tallinn’s Whisper Sister (a World’s 50 Best) will be taking over the bar from 14-16 Feb.

Over in Margate, there’s a new restaurant Colina at Fort Road Hotel (where Frieze’s Matthew Slotover is one of the owners); expect seaside-inspired Southern European seasonal plates, and close by, should you want to hop around, is Sète, a Paris-inspired wine bar, bottle shop and restaurant.

And lastly the stars! The 2024 Michelin list is out, and of the newbies, we have west African restaurants Akoko and Chishuru on our priority hitlist. Congrats, all.
The Sleep Shirt
Has been put to bed
We love The Sleep Shirt, a brand created by our friend Alexandra Suhner, an ex-CSM Womenswear MA student, who saw a gap in the luxury sleepwear market and used a vintage Victorian nightshirt as inspiration for her start. What began as a company with one sleep shirt expanded to include two collections a year of sleep and resortwear pieces for men and women, interesting collaborations and other homewares products; everything is ethically made to last and beautifully packaged. Alex has decided she’s had a great run with the company, but that it’s time to put the business to bed. The good news is that she’s selling the rest of her (excellent) stock at great prices. We highly recommend getting a classic Oxford Stripe shirt before they’re all gone.

Three Sheets
Soho location
If you like cocktails, then you’ll be very familiar with east London’s Three Sheets (they’ve been in World’s 50 Best three times), and now, if you’re not based east, it will be easier to get one of their superior drinks, as they’re opening in Soho. Which is GREAT NEWS. Follow them for more news on the opening.

Silversands Beach House
Island bliss
After watching several friends’ stories over the holidays – live from Grenada – it’s moved up on our travel wish list. For where to stay, the newly opened Silversands Beach House looks good for indoor/outdoor vibes, and for break the bank, Six Senses is opening a new property in the south in May, too.
The Taste of Things
Screening and reception
To celebrate the release of the new foodie film and Cannes fave, The Taste of Things, with Juliette Binoche and Benoît Magimel, we have two tickets to the private 5PM screening in central London on Monday, 19 Feb, followed by a private reception hosted by the film’s gastronomic director, Pierre Gagnaire (who also has a cameo in the film). Want to apply for tickets? Send us an email saying yes please, and if you’re successful, we’ll let you know by the end of the day and provide full details. Thanks!

Silencio by Pauline Shapiro
Dance, stay, train
NYC is always a good idea, but three reasons to go now: Paris’ Silencio has just opened in Hell’s Kitchen (and looks great – a bit Circoloco-inspired, dare we say…), Firmdale’s newest NYC hotel, Warren Street, is now open in Tribeca, and the Amtrak Adirondack 10-hour scenic train route, NYC to Montreal, relaunched last spring.
We’ve got carnival on the mind (it’s this week in many parts of the world, and the six month marker until Notting Hill’s). Play this chilled Rio carnival playlist to bring some of the sunshine in.

Brightline West
More on trains… Brightline West, the company that already provides fast trains in Florida (you can go from from Miami to Orlando, West Palm Beach, etc) will be running a similar electric ‘bullet’ train from LA to Las Vegas by 2027 (with an aim to be running by the ‘28 summer Olympics in LA), with a travel time of two hours and 10 minutes and luxe seating available. Closer to home in Tunbridge Wells, you can now book a steam train and vineyard tour, and Belmond are launching a new evening series this summer; more soon.
Stay and play
For Joshua Tree lovers, very good news: a 1940s travel lodge on the edge of the park is being transformed into a boutique hotel called Hotel Wren, with programming that explores the area (hikes and wellbeing). Also in the desert, the much-talked about Palm Springs Surf Club is now open, with waves to learn on, a lazy river for floating, and serviced cabanas for lounging.
Dover Street Market
40th Anniversary
It’s the 40th anniversary of Fashion Week. If you’re not doing shows, take yourself for a whirl around DSM to appreciate the talent and access to fashion that we have here in London – the new SS24 collections just landed, too.

SHA Wellness
Tulum has a new airport, which is good and bad news; if you’re headed there, we say make sure you go off-season. The award-winning wellbeing destination SHA Wellness has a new location on the Riviera Maya and, as we mentioned at the end of last year, The EDITION recently opened here too. Over in New Mexico, Banyan Tree has a new wellness brand, Veya, which is opening this spring and will be a collection of 30 villas nestled in a vineyard.
Kung Hei Fat Choi
And for Year of the Dragon activity, we’ll be heading to Poons Wontoneria (in Carousel LDN) for wontons made by Amy (Poon) and her dad, and traditional Chinese New Year cake, ‘nian gao’. The pop up is in Carousel until the end of February, but keeps extending, so stay tuned…

The Laslett
Notting Hill
If you’re looking for a staycation or have guests in town, The Laslett, a 51-bedroom boutique hotel made up of five white townhouses, is a great option.

Take 3
Other new hotels on our radar
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Dunas de Formentera SO/Maldives Habitas Costa
A note
We are building up our London hotel reviews in our Do Not Disturb section. Have anywhere we should stay that you think would be right for us? Please let us know.
Tracey Emin, 2014
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