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19.03 2024
Wow, this year is going fast. EASTER – how is it almost Easter? If you need some inspiration, this year over the four day break, we’re thinking of staying at home. Trying new restaurants, going to a museum, booking a show, taking a day trip; doing all those things we keep meaning to do, as well as leaving a bit of room for a little spontaneity.

Have great weeks all.

xx Taryn and Team UJ xx
The Trend
Eynsham Baths
Run + Rave
Good times
It’s no news that wellbeing is getting more stylish – the other week we mentioned that Surrenne, by The Maybourne Group, and Six Senses Place at Whiteley’s are both arriving this year – and now, it seems like we’re also getting a much-needed injection of fun into wellbeing, too: following in the footsteps of spirited running crews like Run Dem and LDN SLCT is Diplo’s Run Club, which recently launched and just announced its first two ‘events’ in San Fran and Seattle, which consist of 5K runs and afterparties; if the vibe of 2024 was an event, this feels spot on. Over in LA, ALO’s HQ features a recording studio and movie theatre – they know their audience – in addition to its yoga studio, aiming to be an all-rounded entertainment centre; and Estelle Manor’s new baths, Eynsham Baths, have, amongst other things, an open-hideaway and bar for members, complete with hidden pool, waterfall, coral-encrusted chandeliers and marble flooring, which sounds more fun than your average spa.
Hot | Cold
Coming soon to Shoreditch
Infrared saunas and cold plunges are options that are expected as part of wellbeing in this day and age – and now there’s a brand focused on the two: Sauna & Plunge. Launching on Tabernacle Street, they say they’re ‘a social wellness experience’ (let’s see…), and they’ll of course have breathwork classes, too; register for more info.
Product Picks
Pink and Yellow
Urban active
From The North Face to Stüssy, Arc’Teryx to Nike x Jacquemus, there are some fun active-inspired pieces around.
Cruel Intentions
Cruel Intentions
Palace Theatre
On now
Sponsored Listing
Before Gossip Girl… before Emily in Paris… before Saltburn… there was Cruel Intentions. From the producers of Heathers the Musical, Cruel Intentions is the mash-up musical/film nobody asked for but everyone loves. With music from the ‘90s including songs from Britney, Boyz II Men, Christina, TLC, Ace of Base, *NSYNC and more, it’s been 25 years since the film came out, come celebrate! Cruel Intentions is on now until 19 May at The Palace Theatre.

The Times – Show of the Week
Sunday Times and Time Out – Critics Choice
Joséphine, The Farm Shop Wine Bar, Trejo's Tacos
Around Town
To note
Recently Opened
Joséphine, a Lyonnaise restaurant by Claude Bosi and his wife, has recently opened in Chelsea, and excitingly has a ‘pay for what you drink’ wine policy, meaning they leave the bottle on the table and they charge you for what you consume; easy access = smart business. Also, one we still need to try: Artfarm has opened a much-needed 35 seater wine bar under their Farm Shop in Mayfair, and we’re hearing great things; for a bit of Knightsbridge bling, Italian Sale e Pepe is now open too; and in Notting Hill, LA’s Trejo’s Tacos has just opened on Portobello, hopefully filling the void that Crazy Homies (RIP) left.

Coming Soon
TĀ TĀ Eatery are relaunching their sister brand TOÚ on 5 April in Bermondsey, upstairs at The Globe Tavern, and will have a perfect sounding menu of their sandos, ice cream sundaes, and pet nat wines. Other brands/names that are expanding: Carnaby’s Kolamba is opening Kolamba East in Spitalfields this spring; west London fave Carmel is opening in Fitzrovia; Crispin is opening in Clapham (at a gallery/arts collective, thankfully); David Carter (Manteca, Smokestak) is opening a Greek restaurant, Oma, in Borough – we’ll be there for the green chilli margaritas; and Guirong Wei (Xi’an Impression and Master Wei) has opened Dream Xi’an, another Shaanxi focused restaurant in Tower Hill.

Also coming soon, Fish and Bubbles, a seafood and aperitivo bar (with fish panini) is coming to Notting Hill; the four-floor The Cocochine is opening in Mayfair end of March, including a chef’s counter; interestingly, they won’t have any online bookings, phone only; and in the spring, Chef Akira Back will be making his UK debut at the Mandarin Oriental with two restaurants: Akira Back, a 148-seater Japanese restaurant, and DOSA, a 14-seater Korean, along with a lounge, ABar.

NYC chilli fried chicken fave Eric Huang, from Pecking House, will be in residence at Carousel from 21 May-1 June, with a double seating each night (6 and 10PM), and VERY EXCITINGLY, NYC’s abc kitchens will be opening at The Emory in April. Stay tuned…

Pop Ups and Events
From 22 March-22 May, Ixta Belfrage will be taking over the menu at The Standard’s all-day restaurant Isla, with dishes inspired by Italy, Brazil and Mexico. Michelin-starred Istanbul restaurant Arkestra will be at Carousel 2-6 April, and on 11 April, there’s a martini and Umai caviar masterclass at Lowcountry, with a caviar-paired, six-course fried chicken tasting menu after; tickets here.
Mis En Page
On now
Sarah Andelman, of Colette fame, currently has Mise en Page at Le Bon Marche Rive Gauche. The project highlights the joy of reading with books, bookshops, and publishers, with windows and huge atrium displays by Jean Julien. On until 21 April.
The Groucho Club
New location
First, there was news that the ever-effervescent Elli Jafari from The Standard has been appointed as The Groucho Club’s new CEO, and now news that they will be expanding… to West Yorkshire. Which actually sounds more refreshing than the other usual location suspects.
Los Angeles
Cobras x Matadors
Now open
A new venture with friends is all that’s teased on Acyde’s Instagram, along with a menu that looks seriously perfect. London native-LA resident Acyde, one of the founders of No Vacancy Inn, long-time collaborator of Virgil, great mates with Tremaine Emory, excellent DJ, and one of the best dressed men around, is always doing something interesting. If you’re in LA, go!
In Berlin
News just in that Berlin techno has been added to the UNESCO Cultural Heritage list: seeee? Raving is good for you. Techno Unesco has a nice ring to it.
Boath House
Turn it up
Continuing on the theme of hip wellbeing, Session Arts Club’s Boath House hotel/retreat in Scotland has a soundproof listening room, where guests can crank the vinyl or enjoy the silence.
Carrossa Hotel & Spa
Angel Zapata Martin
Angel is hopping around! The ex-head chef at Barrafina opened Lado in Ibiza last year and he’s recently announced that he’s now taken over the reins at the five-star, family-owned Carrossa Hotel & Spa in Mallorca.
Martini Trolly
FUN on wheels
A martini trolley is coming to the re-imagined Julie’s in Holland Park this spring, and we’re sure we’ll see them at several other venues soon, too.
The Lobby at The Peninsula
Sunday Dining
There are a whole lot of Sunday dining options coming through… first, the roasts: there’s a three-course white tablecloth-clad roast menu at both Claridge’s and The Lobby at The Peninsula, and a modern Chinese roast at Tattu. On the breakfast end, there’s a new Australian-NYC-inspired brunch at Sune, and a really interesting ‘no borders’ menu (buckwheat and pumpkin dosa with red chilli garlic and coconut chutney and bacon and mushroom bread) at Jikoni, both launching this Sunday.
Bring the sunshine in
Some feel-good shows for you: 29 March, R1 Dance takes over Drumsheds with an eclectic bill of hosts, talent, and new artists; Benji Flow is at The Waiting Room 24 April (need some inspiration? Listen to this track), and Amapiano vibes are at KOKO on 24 May.
Olympic Wares
Paris 2024 is coming…
And we’re loving the first look of their uniforms, designed by Stéphane Ashpool, founder of Pigalle.
Hollywood calling
We thought this was an interesting/smart one. In case you missed this announcement, LVMH has joined forces with US-based Superconnector Studios, to form a new venture called 22 Montaigne Entertainment, where they will co-develop and co-finance entertainment projects and facilitate further product placement.
SLS Madrid Infantas Residencies
Hotel Residencies
On the up up up
Accor currently have around 40 branded residencies operating across the globe, and that number will grow to over 150 by 2027; seems that a lot of people want to live in flats with the amenities of great hotels. For a European opening, SLS will be starting refurbishment on a 1920s building in Madrid in the spring, to create 33 private residences in the heart of the city.
Soho House Mag
Edition 1 - Downtown Los Angeles
Soho House has just launched their latest rendition of their magazine, and it’s looking gooooooood. At just over 200 pages, it’s a keepsake and elegantly serves as a comprehensive ad for everything they do. Look out for a free copy next time you’re in one of the Houses.
Take 3
A few ideas for Easter treats
col1 col2 col3
DELLI Selfridges Claridge’s
Easter Box Tulips Easter Egg
AKA Communications
Role: Senior Account Director, Restaurant and Bars Team
Leading comms agency AKA are looking for a Senior Account Director to join their team. Working closely with the Founders and Associate Directors, the Senior Account Director is the senior contact for clients and is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the agency. You will play an integral role in growing the business and shaping its strategic direction.

Restaurant clients include: Humo, The Parakeet, Yannick Alléno at Four Seasons, 10 Greek Street, Akira Back at the Mandarin Oriental Mayfair, Lavo, Hakkasan, Yauatcha, Fazenda, BiBo, SushiSAMBA, Julie’s and Pollini at Ladbroke Hall.
Bush Hall is under threat of closure! They have until 12 April to raise funds; details of their crowdfunding campaign are here.
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