A beginner’s guide to London Fashion Week: Men’s
The next instalment of London Fashion Week: Men’s will hit town from 8-10 June 2019. The season that London’s fashion houses will be presenting will be SS20 – a great chance to get a glimpse of the direction in which the world’s style-setters are sending us.
If you’re in town for London Fashion Week: Men’s, then you’ll no doubt have a busy itinerary ahead of you. As well as three days of runway shows from the UK’s biggest names and emerging talents in fashion, there’s also some hot-ticket parties, exclusive dinners, and open-house viewings to cram into your diary.
The guest-lists for these events are fairly hard to crack, so if you’re not a fashion-insider then you probably won’t be sipping champagne with Harry Styles, or donning your big sunglasses and sitting in the front row as the models work and turn on the runway.
However, you can still immerse yourself in the energy that this event brings to the city. Here’s our guide to some of the bars, restaurants, and clubs where you could be rubbing shoulders with the world’s fashion elite.
Where to stay
With the main show space for this event shifting into the Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, everything is going to be all about East London.
- Ace Hotel: Probably the top pick in terms of location and cool-factor, the Ace Hotel on Shoreditch High Street is effortlessly chic and relaxed, putting you within touching distance of Brick Lane, Redchurch Street, Hoxton, and Dalston.
- The Hoxton Hotel: The location is perfectly Brick Lane adjacent. Not super-expensive, functional but still a bit cool.
- Zetter Townhouse: A convenient Clerkenwell location, boutique and with one of the best cocktail bars in London.
Where to eat
If you’ve watched The Devil Wears Prada as many times as I have, you might have the impression that people in the fashion world don’t love their food, but on the contrary — fashion people always have the inside word on the best restaurants in town. Top choices are likely to include:
- The Laughing Heart: Hackney Road, this is modern British food done right. Small plates designed for sharing means you get to taste more. Open late, which is ideal for a fashion schedule.
- The Frog: High-end but relaxed dining on Hoxton Square.
- Hoi Polloi: The perfect option for brunch if you’re in East London. Entry is through the flower shop on Shoreditch High Street — everyone loves a secret entrance.
Where to drink
- Nightjar: Just off Old Street, draws heavily on the speakeasy vibe.
- Dean Street Townhouse: Need a quick dry martini to pull your thoughts together? Dean Street Town House in Soho is what you’re looking for. Stylish, professional, calm.
- The Glory: On Kingsland Road in East London, this is a fashion favourite — particularly if you like more of an alternative or experimental vibe.