Twice a year, fashionistas from far and wide descend on the style capitals of the world- New York, London, Milan and Paris- for a month of jaw-dropping catwalk shows. 17th – 22nd February is London’s turn to take to the stage, but for those thinking that fashion week is just about collections, it’s not just who you’re wearing that’ll be closely scrutinised this season. For 5 days, the city’s trendiest restaurants are caught in a battle to be recognised as THE place to refuel after a frantic day’s show-hopping. From on-the-scene hangouts through to the culinary equivalent of haute couture, those in the know will be found at these restaurants in London.
See the full London Fashion Week schedule here.
LONDON FASHION WEEK VENUES
A spectacular presence on the Strand, Somerset House has long been synonymous with effortless grandeur and style. Catch shows from some of the capital’s greatest exports here: like Sienna Miller’s Twenty8Twelve, and the fierce talent of Central Saint Martin’s fresh MA graduates.
Show space inside Somerset House includes:
– Courtyard Show Space
– Embankment Gallery Show Space
– Navy Board Rooms
– Portico Show Space
Where to eat: restaurants near Somerset House
– Joe Allen: A dining institution in Covent Garden since 1977, Joe Allen draws in an eclectic West End crowd. Retreat from the fashion week chaos and enjoy a tried-and-tested range of American and European delicacies.
– Opera Tavern: A rustic yet seductive tapas bar in Theatreland, Opera Tavern showcases Spanish and Italian tapas from its charcoal grill. Subtle gold leaf is swept through the dining room, and a spectacular wine display acts as an impressive centrepiece.
– Mishkin’s: Oozing the edginess of the Lower East Side, Mishkin’s is a traditional New York-style deli. Indulge in classics like salt beef or a Big Apple hot dog, surrounded by the token scarlet leather booths and chequerboard tiling.
– The Delaunay: Flooded with discerning foodies and celebrities since its recent opening, The Delaunay is fast becoming the city’s most sought-after dining spot. A stunning 1920’s-style setting, the menu is inspired by the grand cafés of Europe.
– Christopher’s: Set in a magnificent former casino overlooking Waterloo Bridge, Christopher’s is renowned for its all-American selection, headed by succulent steaks and grills.
– Roadhouse: For those with an adequate energy reserve, watch Roadhouse’s transformation from its daytime masque as a lively American diner, to a flashy flair bar and club after dark.
– Smollensky’s: A trendy basement setting on the Strand, Smollensky’s serves up ultra-chic cocktails, and American cuisine with an innovative international twist.
An Art Deco palace in Covent Garden, expansive gilded surfaces and glossy marble flooring make this one of fashion week’s most exclusive catwalk spots. Some of the style circuit’s hottest, of-the-moment designers showcase their finest Autumn/Winter creations here.
Where to eat: restaurants near Freemason’s Hall
– Guanabara: Evoking the carnival-style buzz of South America, Guanabara offers authentic Brazilian cuisine and an exotic list from the bar. In this lively late night venue, take to the dance floor for the DJs’ Latin American mixes.
– Wolfe’s Bar & Grill: A cosy, nostalgic setting, the luxury hamburgers and steaks at Wolfe’s Bar & Grill draw in a star-studded clientele. A glittering mirrored ceiling, oil painting displays and embroidered banquettes add a touch of bohemian charm to chic fashion week dining.
– Sway: Featuring a theatrical gallery kitchen, Sway offers ultra-modern European cuisine. Crystal drop chandeliers litter under subtle lighting, strokes of red and gold are swept through the dining room.
– Moti Mahal: Executed with absolute finesse, award-winning Moti Mahal serves delectable Indian delicacies from across the diverse culinary regions. In the crisp dining room, enjoy a sublime tasting selection whilst safely cocooned inside one of Moti Mahal’s intimate booths.
– Sitaaray: Encapsulating the drama of Indian cinema, Sitaaray offers an adventurous take on Indian cuisine. The dining room is plastered with iconic film posters and colourful starlet portraits, and a catalogue of cocktails is inspired by hindi cinema blockbusters.
Royal Opera House & 1 Old Billingsgate Walk
Having enjoyed long reigns as king and queen of the high street, Topshop and Topman have scooped two of London’s finest venues this season. Needing no introduction, Topman can be found at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, whilst Topshop occupies a grittier, more edgy space underneath the lofty ceilings of 1 Old Billingsgate Walk.
Royal Opera House
Where to eat: restaurants near Royal Opera House
– Circus: A class act in Theatreland, Circus offers pan-American cuisine, freshly mixed cocktails and glitzy cabaret performances. Diners are entertained with spectacular displays from dainty ballerinas and nimble acrobats.
– Hawksmoor Seven Dials: Laying claim to serving up London’s finest steak, the Hawksmoor empire presents its slick, old school offering in Seven Dials. Dictionary-thick meat cuts, lobster cocktails and succulent bacon chops make up a hearty yet infinitely elegant menu.
– Café des Amis: A French bistro and bar, Café Des Amis has built up a faithful following during its 30-year legacy. A failsafe option for chic fashion week dining, creative culinary flourishes and work depicting the local arts scene offers a splash of continental culture.
– Tuttons: One of Covent Garden’s finest, Tuttons offers timeless brasserie elegance, right on the Piazza. A timeless classic (something all fashionistas are eternally searching for), Tuttons offers expertly executed delicacies from across Europe.
Where to eat: restaurants near Old Billingsgate Walk
– The Fine Line: Firmly cemented on the city’s restaurant map, The Fine Line offers a laidback hideaway. In a glitzy, glass-fronted setting, enjoy a modern European menu and a lengthy stock from the bar.
– Auberge: For understated Parisian chic, Auberge offers France’s best-loved dishes. A cosy cocoon, the dining room features pretty stained glass windows and sleek Art Deco fittings.
– The Don: A far cry from the bright lights of the catwalk, hidden away in a cutesy courtyard sits The Don. Enjoying glowing reports in the industry’s food guides, high-end French fare is accompanied by an award-showered wine list.
– The Vintry: An eclectic hideaway, The Vintry blends old world cuisine and a shabby chic vibe. In a funky converted warehouse-style setting, European and British favourites are served with immaculate presentation.
MBF: Goldsmith’s Hall
A stunning regal setting in the city, Goldsmiths’ Hall is the site of some of the most firmly established designers on the circuit. House of Holland and Vivienne Westwood shows can be caught here, in all their unabashed glory.
Where to eat: restaurants near Goldsmith’s Hall
– Bread Street Kitchen: A recent opening from Gordon Ramsay, Bread Street Kitchen is sure to draw in a savvy crowd. Offsetting its edgy warehouse setting, refined offerings include salmon ceviche, or succulent cured meats and pickle.
– Paternoster Chop House: Perched next to St Paul’s Cathedral, Paternoster Chop House offers a no-nonsense take on British cuisine. Succulent rare-breed meats are served in the elegant bistro-style dining room, or enjoy oysters at the smooth marble bar.
– City Pipe: In a homely setting filled with chunky wood furnishings and antique trinkets, City Pipe serves honest British cuisine. An extensive cellar offers a luxurious old world selection.
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