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27.02 2024
This week is a bit of a mixed bag.
We have books and wine, restaurants and, of course, travel.
Have great weeks all.

xx Taryn and Team UJ xx
Feeling hot hot hot
You know we always love Soho – home to our original UJ HQ – so a couple things there piqued our attention lately: first, IDEA now has a bricks and mortar home on 101 Wardour Street, where you can shop their books, hats, shirts, and bags. They say, ‘ring the bell, see you at the store on the second floor.’ Next, coming soon, news that east London’s much-loved Three Sheets are coming to Manette Street in March, which will be a truly great addition. And lastly, we loooooooved the Supriya Lele x Perfect LFW celebration at Soho seafood haunt, Manzi’s; we’ll be hearing a lot more from Supriya in the future! Stay tuned….
The Stealth Launch
Smooth operators
Let’s start with The Dover, the restaurant that snuck in and launched one of the best new spots to hit London in ages. Around the same time was The Devonshire, a launch with a very similar, quiet approach; and last week saw Arlington, Jeremy King’s revamped Le Caprice open its (soft launch) doors – again, with a whisper, not a shout. This is the first of Jeremy’s three new openings this year, more soon – sign up to their newsletter for information on when bookings are open.
Product Picks
Utilitarian Vibes
Can you work it?
Restaurants and Bars
Around Town
To note
We’re going to keep this short. We keep forgetting to mention this but in case you missed the memo, Camden’s Gilgamesh is back (seems like there are quite a few comebacks this year), and it looks similar to what it was before – bold Babylonia – with the same Japanese, Chinese and southeast Asian flavours. In London Fields, Papi has a new bar, Freddles (no, it’s not a typo) downstairs, with a 12-drink menu and weekly changing spotlight menu of a further six cocktails– we’ll be there for the neon sign. Also on the bar front, PRELUDE by Oriole (from the team behind the much-loved Nightjar and Bar Swift) will open mid-March, in The Yards, Covent Garden.
Perfect Issue Six
The Home Issue
Perfect’s 6th issue with 10 covers and 594 pages, is now shipping.
Upgraded stations
It seems that train stations are due for an upgrade, globally, with better design, shopping, bar and restaurant options. In the UK, maybe off the back of the success of The Newt, The Castle Cary station is currently getting a gloss-up and is set to open later this year. Where’s next?
Top Cuvée
Easter egg hunt
We’re coming in a bit early with this one as spaces are limited, and it always looks fun. The Top Cuvée Easter egg hunt! Held this year on Sunday, 31 March, the festivities will start at Shop Cuvée on Blackstock Road, and will run from 12-5PM, with goodie bags for everyone who completes the hunt, and a huge grand prize.
The Well
If this year has already been a busy one, a few days at The Well might do just the trick. The largest spa in northern Europe, they have 11 hot and cold pools, 15 different saunas, four steam rooms, as well as outdoor Nordic forest trails and an Asian-inspired restaurant. It’s a fifteen-minute drive from Oslo’s city centre, too.
Noble Rot Mag
Alpine Winos
The issue includes an interview with Bill Bailey by Marina O’Loughlin, Keira Knightley reviewing an eclectic selection of wines (including thoughts on Blossom Hill…), wine cancel culture and more.
Take 3
Culture Picks
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Nas Illmatic Orchestrate Capturing the Moment - Extended New York City Ballet - Mixed
5 March
Jazz Café
Until 28 April
Tate Modern
7-10 March
Sadler’s Wells
Michael McGregor
Pre-order Michael McGregor’s Room Service book.
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