As London prepares for Fashion Week (LFW), our style radar has been on full alert to bring you the most style soaked destinations in the city, from designer boutiques complete with in-house bars to hotel lobby lounges shaken with knee-wobbling cocktails and skinny eateries worthy of a Victoria Beckham booking.
Fernandez Wells at Duke Street Emporium
If shopping is top of the agenda and you don’t want to waste any valuable browsing time, make sure you get your retail hit at one of London’s boutiques with in house cafes and bars. Burberry’s Regent Street flagship store has recently opened an all-day British café named Thomas’ (after its founder) serving everything from champagne afternoon tea to lobster and chips, while down the road at Hackett, gents can enjoy a G&T while they shop or perch at the store’s very own Beefeater gin bar.
Just a short stroll away in Mayfair, luxury concept store Duke Street Emporium, home to Jigsaw, The Shop at Bluebird and a beautifully curated collection of books, art and installations, is also the spot for coffee in W1, not to mention their delicious sourdough sandwiches, thanks to Fernandez & Wells (who also have a very handy London Fashion Week outpost on Beak Street in Soho – LFW’s new home).
Covent Garden Fashion Fete © FLICKR
Dover Street Market is not to be missed for anyone in need of a seriously cool and eclectic hit of fashion and art, as it houses some of the world’s most unique and creative fashion collections, and if you need an energy boost mid-shop, then its uber hip Rose Bakery and the scrummy frittatas, tarts and legendary carrot cake should hit the spot.
Rose Bakery at Dover Street Market
Heading back to the main hub of the fashion action, Soho has no shortage of haute hangouts. Kick start your day with breakfast at Dean Street Townhouse or the Soho institution, The Breakfast Club on D’Arblay Street, knock back a healthy juice at The Juice Well on Peter Street or lunch or the run with a healthy salad from Savage Salads on Broadwick Street. Dine in delight with dim sum a plenty at Yauatcha, on Broadwick Street, or make your dinner reservation at Yotam Ottelenghi’s brasserie Nopi on Warwick Street, Jason Atherton’s Social Eating House on Poland Street or Dean Street’s buzzing Quo Vadis.
Little House Mayfair
London’s glossy posse, certainly know how to let their hair down once the shows are over. You are likely to spot a Delevingne or another member of the fashion elite at one of London’s many private members clubs. Sign up or befriend a member, and sink into an arm chair with an expert crafted cocktail at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden, one of the many ‘Houses’ from the Soho House family, The Groucho Club or the super glam The Arts Club in Mayfair.
Another A-list haunt is the chic and glamorous Il Bar at Knightsbridge’s Bulgari Hotel, and for the calorie conscious, serves a fab selection of sugar-free cocktails). If its utterly unique or totally indulging cocktails you are after, Artesian at The Langham Hotel is hard to be beaten, not to mention utterly sophisticated and Instagram ready. Selfie anyone?