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Wonderland

Wonderland Shanghai

If you want a great cocktail but aren’t in the mood to navigate the complex world of hidden doorways, vintage whiskies and expensive libations that 2017 bar-going seems to expect of you, then new Jing’an lounge Wonderland might just be the place for you.

Conceived and managed by Shanghai nightlife veteran Johan Holmberg as a ‘living room for friends’, the drinks hit the spot and are affordable too. Try the Mushroom Garden with its gin base and a vegetable garnish that gives an interesting savory punch.

Wonderland Shanghai

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A Trend Spotter’s Guide to Shanghai Plum Rain Season

Ah, ‘Plum Rain’…whoever came up with the misleadingly poetic moniker for the miserable three week stretch of humid heat and nonstop rainfall that graces us each June was clearly some kind of ancient marketing genius. Still, the denizens of Shanghai are nothing if not an adaptable bunch and, ever keen to retain their reputation as China’s most fashion forward urbanites, respond with an impressive display of rainwear. Bespoke’s former French Concession perch gives us the perfect vantage point from which to view the annual fashion parade, and for those interested in updating their wardrobes, we’ve included information on where you can ‘get the look’ yourself.

The lesser-spotted 'urban camel'.

The lesser-spotted ‘urban camel’.

The Two-Man Poncho
Attention thrillseekers, this one is for you! Dodging several lanes of traffic in a torrential downpour not quite risky enough for you? Then consider rendering effective control of your vehicle almost impossible by swaddling yourself and a passenger of choice in thick plastic! The ‘urban camel’, as we like to refer to it, is the bastard child of the traditional bicycle poncho and the ‘couples clothing’ we all know and, ahem, love. Get the look!

Epitomizing contemporary Shanghai style.

Epitomizing contemporary Shanghai style.

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Sherlock Gets Shanghai’d

Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch in Shanghai. Photo Credit: Sina.

To say the BBC’s Sherlock adaptation has been a huge hit in China is something of an understatement, its star famously being honored by his legions of Chinese fans with a quirky Chinese nickname (juan fu, or ‘curly fu’ after his hairstyle in the show). So we admit we were more than a tiny bit excited when we were invited to accompany Benedict Cumberbatch and entourage around Shanghai for the evening.

Would the star reciprocate the city’s affection? After all, one local fan was so besotted that she opened a café, 221B Baker Street, dedicated to the man (it’s at 50 Ruijin Er Lu if you must, and yes, we told him about it!).

Yang Yongliang at Shanghai Gallery of Art.

Yang Yongliang at Shanghai Gallery of Art.

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We’re Hiring!

Yue Minjun YUE MINJUN

We’re busy bees at the moment, and are on the hunt for new people to join our team. So if you’re fun, smart, ambitious and love helping others make the most of Beijing, then you could be perfect for Bespoke.

We’re currently looking for people to work in our bookings and guest experience team, and those with a talent for sales. Interns are also very welcome! Interested? Just shoot an email to sarah@bespoke-beijing.com with your CV and a short explanation of why you’d like to work for Bespoke.

Know someone amazing in Shanghai? We’re also hiring there too, so recommend a friend in that city and, if we hire them, you’ll get a Bespoke tour and some other goodies as a thank you!

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