The next instalment of London Fashion Week will hit town from 15–19 February 2019. The season that London’s fashion houses will be presenting will be AW19 — 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, then you’ll no doubt have a busy itinerary ahead of you. As well as five 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 David Gandy, 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
- ME London: Literally across the road from the main show space of Fashion Week is ME London on The Strand. Even if you’re not staying here you should definitely check out the Radio Rooftop Bar — located on the 10th floor, this bar has some of the best views across the rooftops of London as you look across to the London Eye, Trafalgar Square and St Paul’s Cathedral.
- One Aldwych: Also right on the doorstep of the main show space, One Aldwych is giving contemporary glamour. The impressive lobby bar is a great space to rest your feet in between shows, and they’re serious about their cocktails.
- The Hoxton Hotel, Holborn: This is always a favourite — confusingly it’s in Holborn, not Hoxton. You’ll be within walking distance of Covent Garden — where most of the action happens.
- The Stafford: For something a bit more traditional you could always try The Stafford London. Located in the heart of St James, this is old-school London with a real sense of style and history. Meet here for cocktails in The American Bar — they do a mean Manhattan.
- Ace Hotel: If you’re looking for something a bit more edgy and East London, then the Ace Hotel on Shoreditch High Street is effortlessly cool and relaxed, putting you within touching distance of Brick Lane, Redchurch Street, Hoxton, and Dalston.
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:
- Hawksmoor Seven Dials: This is an established favourite, basement level in the heart of Covent Garden, dark and sexy, top drawer cocktails matched with steaks that are easily among London’s best.
- The Delaunay: A stylish brasserie in the tradition of old-world Europe. Situated on the corner of Aldwych and Drury Lane in Covent Garden, it’s serving solid comfort food from first thing in the morning until late at night.
- 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
- Dean Street Townhouse: Need a quick dry martini to pull your thoughts together? Dean Street Town House is what you’re looking for. Stylish, professional, calm.
- Zetter Townhouse: The ideal spot for a quiet cocktail, the eclectic interior feels a little like an eccentric friend’s living room. The cocktails are seriously good.
- The Glory: On Kingsland Road in East London, this is a fashion favourite — particularly if you like more of an alternative or experimental vibe.