With London Fashion Week only weeks away, the city is already abuzz with chat on the best places to see and be seen during the event. After all, London was named “most fashionable city” for the second time in a row last year, and it’s no wonder, given the quirky mix of tradition and forward thinking design that make up British style. With that in mind, here are a few of the most fashionable places to visit during a trip to the Capital; just be sure to plan and book ahead!
Carnaby Street is definitely the place to be for fans of high fashion. For those on a high street price tag though, Covent Gardens hosts the full selection of British fast fashion favourites as well as some really fun independent shops. As for must-visit brand stores, Burberry has always been a fashion favourite due to its iconic trench coats and traditional with a modern twist tailoring.
Now, the brand’s flagship store is practically a London attraction in its own right with its embrace of technology, including RFID chips that bring up video of the clothes being worth during the catwalk shows right in the changing room mirror. One tip is to opt to book a hotel in London closest to the parts of town where you plan to do the most shopping to avoid too much wrestling with bags on the Tube.
Of course, for lucky ticket holders, the area around Somerset House has plenty of eateries that will hit the spot between shows. Mishkin’s is always a favourite for between the shows with its menu of New York style deli classics right in the centre of London.
The Delaunay is also a popular haunt with the Somerset crowd with its mix of European cuisine and stylish 1920s decorating, while lovers of Spanish food will have to set out some time to enjoy the Opera Tavern. As for times when a traditional British tea would most hit the spot, the Berkley has been wowing its visitors with its Prêt-à-Portea for a few years, featuring tiny cakes based off iconic sartorial pieces.
One last stop every fashionista has to be sure to make is the Victoria and Albert Museum. Always have exhibitions and retrospectives on iconic designers plus, no one can resist the Hollywood costume exhibitions! The museum gift shop is definitely worth checking out in this case, as the V&A’s exhibition books are second to none, plus you can actually pick up some interesting pieces by designers – definitely a must for trendsetters!
When she’s not writing for a digital marketing agency, Cat Price usually has her nose stuck in the latest issue of Vogue. She’s always on the lookout for ways to combine her love of fashion, travel and great food.