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02.07 2024
Feels like most of London is in a post Glastonbury slump. June is a big month! Maybe we can all breathe a sigh of relief, then, that we are now in July. If you need a little pick me up, this Essential Mix for Pete Tong by The Martinez Brothers has been giving us a jolt of energy – good vibes! Have great weeks all.

xx Taryn and Team UJ xx
The Trend
Upgrade yourself
Ever wanted to give your writing skills a boost? Either for amateur or other reasons, then two things that could be of interest include Kate Spicer’s writing retreat at Château de Sacy in October, which focuses on how to write about the events of our lives, with a bit of yoga and vino on the side (book here); and PowerPlay, a company that helps you develop a script and bring the finished product to life on a London stage with professional actors (if you can afford it). If you want to bring someone else’s story to life (without doing as much work), check out Storyworth, which sends your parent, friend, or mentor questions, which can be written by you; their responses are then compiled into a book.
We’re seeing brand-led incense everywhere. We like this one from Palace.
Product Picks
Oh Captain! My Captain
The Berkeley Rooftop, Coal Office, Flute
Around town
To note
Just Opened
Jeremy King’s latest venture, The Park, at Queensway, is open; we’ll be there for the chopped salads and frites; Tollington’s, from Ed Mcllroy of Four Legs, is now open in Finsbury Park and is a fish and chip shop reimagined as an Iberian-style fish bar; and Slurp Noodles (from the founder of Rosa’s Thai Café and her son), has opened a third location in Spitalfields.

Green Point Fish Brooklyn arrives at The Prince Arthur in London Fields for a 4 July soirée of lobster rolls, fish tacos, fish smashburgers, oysters and shrimp cocktails, and Barrafina Adelaide Street is 10! To celebrate, on 5 July they’ll have a menu with a selection of favourites from their opening menu.

Coming Soon
Its Bagels are coming to Notting Hill! That is all…

New Terraces to Know
First, the big one: from 11 July, you can book The Berkeley’s beautiful rooftop bar! They also have a new menu, which includes ‘make your own guacamole’, a trio of tacos, and a bevy of tequila-based cocktails. In other open-air news, Coal Office at King’s Cross has a new terrace, and the excellent Lasdun, at the National, has extended their terrace too. We love the sound of the retractable roof at Il Gattopardo and we’re hearing great things about Flute, Broadwick Soho’s wraparound terrace.
Book now
Two for you, both with less-traditional live show formats. The 8 July is Shakespeare For Every Day of the Year – Live! at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park, which sees best-selling author Allie Esiri and a host of well-known actors, including Damian Lewis, all of whom have a connection to Shakespeare and theatre, perform speeches and scenes from his work. Book now. And at the Royal Court, Nassim Soleimanpour’s ECHO, has a new performer every show – someone who has never seen the script before. GULP. The show looks at what it feels like to be an immigrant, in both time and space. 13-27 July, tickets here.
New, New, New
A few for you
There’s lots going on in Bodrum this season. The MAINE is now at Maxx Royal Resort – along with a Spago by Wolfgang Puck and Caviar Kaspia – and it looks a bit like Jondal in Ibiza (which is a good thing), with laidback luxe, feet-in-the-sand vibes.

Scorpios is now in Bodrum, and has a restaurant/bar, 12 bungalows, and a ‘ritual’ wellbeing space. (For a little Scorpios trivia: we still remember how Scorpios started… Anyone else? With a pop up hotel, San Giorgio, that then opened a beach club next door. And the rest, dear friends, is hospitality/day-nightlife history.) Soho House members get 15% off on bungalow bookings, as well as priority for tables and wellbeing sessions.

Also in Bodrum, Ritmo Zeytino is a new space by the Michelin-starred Arkestra in Istanbul, with a restaurant and bar by Arkestra’s chef, Cenk Debensason, as well as a gallery and residential spaces.
The best
To get you started on your writing journey, here are a few notebooks; with a smile and a Smythson, you can at least start as you mean to go on. Plus, they’re now on sale; it would be rude not to.
By Chef Dorian Janmaat
If you’ve been looking for a reason to head to the coast of St Ives, Dorian Janmaat, ex-chef at the acclaimed Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and winner of the National Young Chef of the Year award (2015), and executive chef to the 3AA Rosette restaurant at The Idle Rocks in St Mawes, has just opened his own restaurant, Ardor. Influenced by his childhood, which was spent between Ibiza and Cornwall and mainland Spain, the menu here is an Iberian/Med mix, serving Cornish seafood and aged meats cooked over charcoal. He’s fun, he’s talented, and this restaurant is sure to be a success. It soft launched last week; book now and be one of the first in.
Stretch it out
A Celine reformer you say? We’ll have the light taupe one please.
At the International Music Summit this year in Ibiza, Abel Matutes Prats, from the family that owns Ushuaïa, said that they would be focusing on international expansion with some of their brands, and voilà! Ushuaïa goes to Dubai for the winter, opening at Ushuaïa Dubai Harbour Experience. What do you bet, Vegas is next?
Akira Back London at Mandarin Oriental Mayfair
Posh Sushi Hop
Chopsticks at the ready
There is always a lot of upscale sushi in Mayfair, but three on our current list include the new concept at the Colombian-inspired Abajo (the 10-seater chef’s table under Michelin-starred HUMO), which has ‘five steps’, each focused on one core ingredient, with several creative dishes served around that ingredient. We still want to get to Endo’s NIJŪ for first rate sashimi and Nipperkin underneath for seriously creative cocktails. And lastly, in the recently opened Mandarin Oriental Mayfair, which has blink-and-you’d-miss-it discreet street branding, is chef Akira Back’s new modern Japanese restaurant. The first thing you notice is the gloss factor: the (many different) uniforms, the sculptures, the dramatic staircase. And then there’s the menu: classic dishes done incredibly well, in a five-star airy, sophisticated, hotel restaurant. Start at their ABar Lounge or ABar rooftop and then make your way into the restaurant.
Now open
Across from the Chateau Marmont, a former newsstand has been taken over by the ever-au-courant Arman Naféei, founder of the Are We On Air podcast, creating a kiosk-o-thèque for culture, collabs, and more.
Posh Sushi Cont’d
Continuing on our posh sushi theme, should you be travelling to Lisbon anytime soon, Kabuki is a Japanese/Med Michelin-starred restaurant close to the Parque Eduardo VII. Set over three floors, start at their bar for oysters and a Japanese cocktail concoction, then head downstairs to their minimal but warm restaurant for their seven-course tasting menu.
Mixed Bag
We love…
Vyrao x Loco Love chocolates, a Stüssy Ashtray, and a Nike Women Zine with a playlist by choreographer Parris Goebel to accompany – which feels like a very UJ combo indeed and sounds suitably French. The Olympics are coming!
Orient Express
Strategic partnership
This seems like a smart partnership. Accor acquired Orient Express in 2022, and now LVMH has partnered with them to accelerate the development and operate the House’s future trains, hotels, and ships, giving them that LVMH ‘refined living’ hospitality factor. Also, if you missed the memo, Chez L’Ami Louis is now part of the LVMH stable. LVMH are on the moooooooove.
Bela Vista Hotel & Spa | Julie’s | Grand Hotel Bellevue London
Take 3
col1 col2 col3
Michael Bibi People Places & Things The Vinyl Factory: Reverb
Finsbury Park
6 July
Trafalgar Theatre
Until 10 August
180 Studios
Until 28 September
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