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The Jackal Recommends: Out Of The Blue, Shinola and London’s first Raclette bar

Plus, New & Lingwood's take on the burnt orange trend and the Science’s Museum’s latest exhibition

1. ‘Out Of The Blue’ will shake-up your tastebuds

Out of The Blue, The Berkeley, The Jackal Recommends

This week, The Berkeley is launching an immersive cocktail experience that’s designed to take you on a mind-bending journey through the perception of taste. Start with a palate cleanser in the hotel’s iconic Blue Bar, then find yourself whisked away to a secret pod, set out for four with various mysterious cocktails (created with Bacardi Limited’s finest spirits) for you to sup. The aim is to guess the ingredients of each concoction as a group, while psychedelic 360-degree projections and molecular smells fill the pod. The experience is designed to demonstrate how our sense of taste is affected by changes in our surroundings and we can guarantee it’ll give your tastebuds a treat. Go with family, friends or make a double-date of it – it’s a cracking icebreaker. Try it for yourself and you’ll see what we mean…

Out of the Blue can be booked for four people for £200 from 15 November. The experience is available from 5:30pm. Email or via

2. This is how to rock the burnt orange trend

New & Lingwood orange jacket, The Jackal Recommends

We keep saying it: Burnt orange is a key colour in menswear this season, along with army green. Not one to miss the chance to cut a dash, New & Lingwood is championing the trend with this luxurious brushed cotton blazer. It’s cut in a classic Italian style, with a soft chest and natural shoulders, plus top-stitched peaked lapels and patch pockets. Its relaxed cut helps to carry off the striking colour – a rich, rusty umber that pairs comfortably with navy, grey and earthy neutrals. It makes for the perfect cocktail jacket, dressed with a pair of New & Lingwood’s classic grey flannels, penny loafers and a pale poplin shirt. Rest assured, invest in this and you’ll be the life and soul of the party. You could even wear it to Out of The Blue, just saying… £495, shop now

3. London’s first Raclette bar is back

Raclette, The Jackal Recommends

And we’re very excited about it. Simply called The Raclette Bar, this new foodie pop-up has taken up residence in Clapham and thanks to overwhelming demand its run has been extended. It’s the brainchild of Le Rac Shack, a crowd-pleasing Alpine street food company. In fact, The Raclette Bar is the first step that proprietor Sam Hope’s made towards permanent premises and well worth supporting. The staff have just closed it to resupply and gather their strength, but it’s reopening for a month long stint between 21 November – December. Get in while you can, it’s a real winter treat this.

4. Shinola’s first mechanical watch comes up for air

Shinola watches, The Jackal Recommends

It’s been a while coming, but finally Detroit-based design and manufacturing firm Shinola has released its first mechanical watch. To now, the company’s watch range has been 100 per cent quartz, but that’s changed with the launch of ‘The Lake Erie Monster’, also Shinola’s first diver’s watch. It’s named after the legend of a water monster spotted by sailors on neighbouring Lake Erie in 1894 and is powered by the Argomatic R-150, developed by Swiss industry stalwart Ronda and assembled in Detroit. Its 43mm stainless steel case is water-resistant to 1,000 feet (300 metres), it comes with three straps and an underwater flashlight, and it’s limited to 500 pieces. £2,200, available for pre-order now,

5. Illuminating India has sorted your Saturday

The Jackal Recommends, Illuminating India

Illuminating India opened at the Science Museum a few weeks back. It’s a season of exhibitions and events that celebrates India’s technological and cultural achievements, to chime with 70 years of independence. At its heart are two major exhibitions, 5000 Years of Science & Innovation and Photography 1857-2017. The former explores the little-known history of scientific breakthroughs in India and the latter is an eye-opening snapshot of the country’s cultural development. Both make for thought provoking viewing and balance the arts with the sciences – so there’s something to take away whether you’re a science geek or a culture vulture. Highly recommended as an enjoyable way to pass a Saturday. Entry is free, but places must be booked in advance.