Fashion! Turn to the right! Oooh, fashion! As David Bowie put it. Helpfully adding ‘We are the goon squad and we’re coming to town, beep-beep’. So if you’re part of the goon squad heading to the capital’s runways and private views then you’ll no doubt need feeding and watering. Which is where we come in. Here are all the places that a budding Anna Wintour should be seen this LFW (London Fashion Week, darling, do keep up)…
Keep your hats on
Remember the Lock & Co Sheraton Grand collab from the other month? Well, they’re back, updating this hatsy tea specially for Fashion Week by creating a couple new and beautiful pastries based on bespoke Lock & Co hats. The You Belong to Me is a pink beehive cloche with white interior and pink straw pom poms, while A Dream Appears is a stone coloured breton with white floral french lace, finished with a white straw rouleaux in a graphic bow at the back. Why the names? They’re taken from a Patsy Cline song called You Belong To Me. Still lost? Read on: ‘hats often become sentimental keepsakes of important moments and sometimes live a romantic life of their own’. So from Patsy, to Lock to Sheraton Grand to your plate.
Where: Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Green Park (0.4 miles)
More fashion in Moorgate
South Place Hotel, over in Moorgate, will be showcasing a collection of limited-edition cocktails inspired by London Fashion Week. The hotel’s stylish 3Bar will be creating these drinks for guests throughout the iconic week with cocktails including a Pisco and Gabbana a Lady Marmalade and a Pop Fashion.
Available until Saturday 22nd September
Snack in the home of fashion
As fashion brands go, Burberry needs no introduction. Gone are the tartan chav baseball cap days, Burberry is no laughing matter and this is proven both on and off the catwalk. Not least at Thomas’s Café, the fashion brand’s flagship store’s in-house restaurant. And of course they’re not going to be overlooked when it comes to LFW, during which visitors can enjoy an array of cakes, small bites, salads and refreshments (including their apparently ‘infamous’ Sutton Hoo Chicken Salad) all within a practical cathedral to fashion.
A model meal
To pay homage to LFW, The Perception at W have launched a very fashionable breakfast – Kate Moss eat your heart out. The Fashion Fix breakfast will be the perfect pick-me-up before heading off to get your glam on and watch stuff strutters on the catwalks. The breakfast is designed in collab with nutritionist and model Sarah Ann Macklin, featuring a whole host of sweet and savoury bits ‘n bobs with immunity-boosting, stress-reducing and protein richness at the helm. As Sarah Ann Macklin says , “breakfast is one of my favourite meals of the day, and I find it important for when I know I have a busy schedule such as LFW. I have devised a menu which covers a range of nutritional qualities to suit every need.” well she’s got us persuaded, here’s to healthy breakfasts and insta envy.
Where: 10 Wardour Street, Leicester Square, London, W1D 6QF, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.2 miles)
Guess the dress
Mayfair’s appropriately named May Fair Bar at The May Fair Hotel have only gone and gotten their own Designer in Residence. Known for her outfits worn by non less than Princess Kate, Emilia Wickstead has helped the bar’s mixologists to create a special limited edition cocktail list to celebrate some of Emilia’s most famed dresses. Cocktails like Thelma and Donna not only taste delicious, they remind us that The May Fair remains The Official Hotel to London Fashion Week after ten years.
A Very Boozy Affair
If you’ve worn the wrong thing to fashion week and stress levels are through the roof, get yourself down to Simpson’s in the Strand, a place where proof is in the pudding that we don’t just get boozy in Autumn.
Knight’s Bar specifically will be where all the fun is happening, an Art Deco bar with the same amount of va va room as some of the models strutting their stuff. The‘Boozy Bill of Fare’ takes inspo from the bountiful kitchen garden, and is filled to the brim with sparkling mirrors, so you can do your outfit adjusting whilst you sip. What’s more the chequerboard bar, topped with a carved Knight playing piece will give you the chance to grab an insta or two of something other than clothes.
We’re off to Mexico next! Not quite the place, but somewhere wholly similar and located on our doorsteps. Mexican restaurant Cantina Laredo are welcoming one an all to come and have a sample of a very sexy limited-edition A/W Collection cocktail menu which, surprise surprise, is inspired by the fabulous world of fashion. Like in the fashion world, sometimes less is more, as seen on the intricate cocktail menu which will feature five fashion special cocktails including; The Paloma Poncho, a twist on a classic Paloma cocktail with AquaRiva Reposado, Grapefruit, Passion Fruit an Agave Nectar, Frida Fashionista, Red Habanero Infused Bombay Sapphire, Lychee Liqueur, Rose petal and Elderflower and Avoant-Gard with Gran Centenario Plata, avocado, passion fruit and topped with fresh lime.
Available Friday 14th – 18th September
It’s time to spread our wings and see what Jessica Bird has got to say. The fashion illustrator will be making room in her busy LFW schedule to swoop into The London EDITION’s Lobby Bar. The occasion will see guests given a complimentary portrait as a memoir of the fashion frenzy. In the past the alluring artwork as been used to capture backstage activity and key looks from the runway by brands such as Delpozo, Huishan Zhang and Johnston’s of Elgin.
Sketches are free of charge and come as first come first served, from 14th – 18th September.
It’s not just the models on the catwalks looking suave this season. Studio 88 and The Piano Works are putting on a show too, with catwalk-worthy cocktails named somewhat like some of our staple British models, working it so we don’t have to. So whether it’s a Cara Delegin (Bombay Sapphire, blackcurrant juice, lemon juice and fresh cucumber) you’re after, or if you fancy strutting down to Studio 88 and fuelling that runway walk with the Naomi Bramble (Hendricks gin, Chambord, fresh lemon juice, raspberry and rose syrup, lychee purée and egg white), there’s something for everyone.
Where: 113-117 Farringdon Road, corner of Ray St Farringdon, London, EC1R 3BX
Nearest station: Farringdon (London) (0.2 miles)
If fashion isn’t wow-ing on the catwalks, it’s usually wow-ing at Bluebird in Chelsea. A place where fashionistas one and all love to flaunt their latest sale purchase. So it’s only right that an event of some sort happens this LFW. Camilla Elphick, the award-winning British footwear brand has collaborated with the British restaurant, to create a dessert menu of two of her favourite things, ice cream and shoes. The playful Two of My Favourite Things menu is based on Camilla’s signature designs, launching in celebration of London Fashion Week and incorporates playful details from each shoe into the puddings. Camilla’s says: “I’ve loved every second of this partnership! Combining two of my favourite things- shoes and ice-cream!” and we’re sure we’re going to love it too.
Where: 350 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5UU, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Imperial Wharf (0.8 miles)