If you consider yourself even slightly sartorially aware then you’ll know that soon the swarms of fashion editors, stylists, models and bloggers will land in London fresh from NYC, ready for 4 days of seemingly endless runway shows, presentations and swanky dinners. London Fashion Week starts on Thursday but if you don’t have front row access then you can still watch the Burberry show as it’s streamed live, sip on supermodel-inspired cocktails and start the day with a model-approved breakfast.
Carnaby Celebrates LFW
Hands up who doesn’t have a FROW seat with their name on it. So that’s most of us then. Well you’re in luck because there is a way to watch the shows and you can still grab a front row seat. Carnaby will be celebrating LFW with a whole host of events, one being live streaming shows such as Burberry and JW Anderson. As well as that, the pamper van will be popping out in the Newburgh Quarter where you’ll find the likes of Colour Riot Nails, The Braid Bar and Benefit – think of it as a fashion pit stop. You can get your A/W wardrobe in shape with discounts from the likes of OFFICE, customise your jeans at Pepe Jeans, dance at Brandy Melville, party at Paul Smith, drink at Senor Ceviche and feast at the Wright Brothers. We suggest you clear your diary for the week…
From Christian Dior’s catwalk in the 1950s, to Paul Smith showing his collection in the ballroom in 2010, fashion is intertwined into The Savoy’s history. So when you need to take a break from the fashion shows we suggest you head to The Beaufort Bar and order yourself a Coco. Inspired by Coco Chanel’s stay in 1924, the cocktail is based on Lillet Blanc red wine and is mixed with Grey Goose Vodka and a a Vintage Moët et Chandon Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reduction. Apparently it shares the same aroma compounds as Chanel No.5…
If you had to imagine a hipster as a cocktail what would you concoct? Over at the Met Bar they imagine it to be a port blazed with whisky, infused with cloves and cardamom and served with hot marshmallows. If you fancy yourself as more of a fashionista then you cocktail counterpart is made from fresh grapefruit, orange and tomato juice shaken with agave, cherry liquor, Patron Silver tequila and infused with cinnamon, cardamom and fresh chilli. They’ve also created The Dandy and The Timeless Classic, which is probably the closest we’re going to get to being classic.
Where: COMO Metropolitan London, 19 Old Park Lane, London W1K 1LB, UK
Nearest station: Hyde Park Corner (0.3 miles)
Undoubtedly one of London’s most stylish hotels, Sanderson has recruited the expertise of Danielle Copperman; health blogger, model and name behind quinoa based breakfast brand, Qnola, which is now stocked in Selfridges Food Hall, Planet Organic and Detox Kitchen to name but a few. Throughout September, Danielle’s Wake Up Well breakfast will be served at the hotel; think a seasonal berry and watermelon smoothie bowl, poached eggs with beetroot sauerkraut and plenty of drinks to pack a punch first thing in the morning; basil tea, beetroot latte and an intriguingly named iced magic mushroom latte. The menu is available until 30th September.
Where: 50 Berners Street, London, W1T 3NG, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Goodge Street (0.4 miles)
What do Kate, Cara and Gisele have in common? Other than ruling the catwalks, they are names of cocktails at Strand Palace Hotel, created especially for London Fashion Week. The Supermodel Collection is made up of 12 cocktails, from the fruity Kendall (strawberry daiquiri) to the dark and mysterious The Gandy (dark and stormy), each drink reflects the models’ personalities and is available at The Gin Palace for a limited time only, from Thursday 15th September.
Fashion Fruit Cocktail
Smith & Wollensky have just launched their new Adelphi Bar in the basement of their American steakhouse. Talented bartender, Paulius Kybrancas, has created a suitably fashionably cocktail for the new season and particularly for the ladies. The Fashion Fruit is Pauly’s take on the Cosmo and contains Sauvignon Blanc, Tanqueray No. Ten, lemon, pineapple juice and star anise. Available for the duration of London Fashion Week.
Where: The Adelphi, 1-11 John Adam Street, Covent Garden Riverside, London WC2N 6HT, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Charing Cross (0.1 miles)
The Full Parisian Style Package
Sofitel London St James are putting a Parisian twist on LFW with their La Parisienne photography exhibition. Black and white portraits of some of the world’s most famous and stylish women (think Lou Doillon and Jane Fonda) are displayed in the hotel (which can be seen by non-guests for free), with a whole host of other experiences on offer to get in the elegant Parisian spirit. Hotel guests can indulge in anti-ageing spa treatments, a hair styling service, personal styling with celebrity shopper Gabrielle Teare and a La Parisienne afternoon tea, cocktail and champagne and caviar tasting menu. The package has been created with the help of Ella Catliff, blogger behind La Petite Anglaise. From 27th September.
Where: Sofitel London St James, Waterloo Place, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.3 miles)