London Fashion Week 2016: Guide to Soho

The fashion world descends on Soho this week, as London Fashion Week makes Brewer Street its headquarters once again.

In case you missed it last year visit: London Fashion Week 2015: Guide to Soho

But the area is famous for much more than fashion – here are the places to drink, dine and stay while you’re in the capital’s entertainment district.

Starting off with my all time favourite go-to bar:

Ham Yard Hotel

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It is unsurprising that this Wonderland-style hotel is located in bright and buzzing Soho. With a boldly-coloured, open-plan restaurant and chic cocktail bar – both boasting tasty and inventive menus – not to mention a bowling alley, theatre, library and roof garden, there really is no need to venture from the Ham Yard sanctuary.

For more information visit: www.firmdalehotels.com

Bob Bob Ricard

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The Gatsby-esque Bob Bob Ricard is unapologetically lavish – from its Russian-inspired menu to the elegant booths and, perhaps the most talked-about attribute, the “push for champagne” button.

For more information visit: http: www.bobbobricard.com

Soho Grind

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A treasure trove of coffee houses and tea rooms inhabit Soho and some, Soho Grind included, turn into drinking establishments after dark. To cover all bases, visit for coffee and cake during the day then espresso martinis when night falls.

For more information visit: www.grindandco.com

Urban Tea Rooms

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Artisan café by day, cocktail bar by night, the Urban Tea Rooms offers a cosy spot to unwind just minutes away from Oxford Street, plus the canopied terrace makes a surprisingly peaceful place for people watching.

For more information visit: http: urbantearooms.com

La Bodega Negra

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Assuming that you have a reservation, you’ll be invited to descend the staircase at the back of the shop, into a candlelit cave serving tequila-based cocktails and a menu that includes BBQ’d octopus; seared steak and sweetbread tacos; duck and guacomole tostaditas; red snapper ceviche and Chicken Paillard. It’s a buzzing, hacienda-style, subterranean den enveloped by battered concrete walls; old tequila barrels; one large, deconstructed piano tipped on its side; and – most surprisingly of all – other diners, all of whom have somehow managed to fall down the same rabbit hole as you..

For more information visit: labodeganegra.com

Any other recommendations let me know! I’d love to explore more…


The Best Of London Fashion Week

As London Fashion Week draws to a close, designers are wending their way home from Samantha Cameron’s party to sleep for the first time in days, and editors are thinking about what they’ll be remembering from a sightseeing tour of the city that took them all over the map. In general: Despite traffic and lashings of London rain, it was a week of individualism, British humor, prettiness, and emotional surprises.

1. BURBERRY PRORSUM

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Pop concerts in Hyde Park are always part of London’s summer life. This time Christopher Bailey put music center stage in his own tent in the park, hosting a mini gig by Alison Moyet as his girls circled the orchestra pit in silk slip dresses, military jackets, and monogrammed backpacks. All tied back to Burberry’s first-of-its-kind branded music channel on Apple’s new streaming music service.

Watch the Burberry 2016 show below.

2. ERDEM

3. J.W.ANDERSON

Autumn/Winter 2015-16 Erdem

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Having recently renovated his own home in East London, Erdem has all things interiors on his mind. And so, inspired by Robin Brown’s popular exhibition, The Collector at last year’s frieze masters, the scene in Selfridges car park was a series of retro rooms clad in flocked wallpaper and filled with Mid-century furniture. There were velvet wing chairs positioned around a Scandinavian coffee table and side board, Sixties television sets, Murano-glass wall sconces, retro lamps, and Bakelite telephones, and in another room, a kidney-shaped dressing table with aerosol cans of Elnett.

What came next was a series of precious, sweet-paper-shiny brocade dresses in Quality Street pops of pink, purple and green with panelled bodices and tufted fraying seams.

Combined with the Fifties set, there was a feeling of heirloom dressing; of clothes being passed down through the generations, a vintage-looking leopard printed calf-hair coat is a good example, so too a purple houndstooth-check skirt suit that riffed on grandmother’s Chanel.

As always with Erdem, no expense is spared when it comes to rich opulent fabrics, that guipure lace dress in red and purple would be a prize piece in any woman’s wardrobe. But it wasn’t all about looking back; the way he morphed a skinny ribbed sweater into a weightless silk full skirt was pretty genius, and, like everything else here this, a real contender for any 21st century starlet.

Visit here for more winter print inspiration.

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London Fashion Week 2015: Guide To Soho

When the British Fashion Council announced London Fashion Week would be moving to Brewer Street, I have to confess I was secretly excited.

Although Somerset House is iconic – far more attractive than an old, converted car park – it never provided the most palatable offering of eateries, brew houses and late night restaurants to keep everyone entertained.

Soho, on the other hand, is a veritable feast of palette teasing, tastebud tingling concoctions alongside a cultural mix of galleries, tranquil escapes and pampering havens to help make those 120 hours of madness a little bit easier. Need some guidance on where to find the best hangouts? We’ve got you covered…

COFFEE: Because sleep is rare during LFW…soho-coffee-shops

Soho Grind
19 Beak Street
An all day espresso bar with a late-night, cocktail-offering basement space. Get your caffeine fix from morning to night.

Milkbar
3 Bateman Street
Brewed simplicity from a friendly crew in a secluded destination. Coffee comes with a side of food, art and music – the perfect place for those who would never even think of the word Starbucks.

Tap & Co.
193 Wardour Street
Work, play, relax and chat with a pot of proper – and delicious – coffee. These finest ingredients are mixed with a debonair edge. Also, staff at the brewing station are ridiculously charming.

BREAKFAST: Because it genuinely is the most important meal of the day…
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The Breakfast Club
33 DArblay Street
A Soho institution, this intimate bolthole is nearly always chockers, but if you’re lucky enough to snag a table order the All American Breakfast – goes down a treat, keeps you full up til tea time.

Dean Street Townhouse
69-71 Dean Street
Start the day in style in this old Georgian-era institution, where breakfast fodder ranges from muesli to kedgeree with everything in between. Attentive table service ensures a quick departure for the first show of the day.

Fernandez & Wells
73 Beak Street
With their own blend of single origin beans, the coffee here goes perfectly with a side of buttered toast and jam. Simple yet quintessentially English.

HEALTH SHOT: Because fashion week flu sucks…
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The Juice Well
4 Peter Street
Bottled, natural fuel designed to rejuvenate, cleanse, hydrate and uplift. The trendiest thing on the menu? The Hunger Buster juice – its activated charcoal is the ingredient of the moment when it comes to all things wellness.

Savage Salads
20-24 Broadwick Street
Technically street food, these gourmet, healthy salads with a tasty twist attract a daily queue around the block. Apple and Spotify are said to be fans FYI.

Ethos Recharge Tote
48 Eastcastle Street
This vegetarian haven off Oxford Street is offering a special LFW survival tote featuring vegetable pots, salads and your choice of birch or maple water. Warning: It’s brilliant but at £16.50, decidedly not budget friendly.

LUNCH: Because everyone needs a mid-day refuel…
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Jane Tira
26 Brewer Street
Thai street food at the luxury of a table. Choose Son-in-Law Balls to start, and follow with any of the ample choices of rice or noodles. Trust me on the balls.

Rose Bakery
17-18 Dover Street
A slice of Paris in central London for a light lunch including quiche, roasted vegetables, sumptuous salads and sweets to finish – all set within the city’s coolest store.

Spuntino
61 Rupert Street
Bare brick walls, popcorn appetizers and distressed metal fixings make this American-meets-Italian diner a haven for hipsters and locals alike. Their classy take on the classic peanut and jelly sandwich is a must-try.

DINNER: Because a daily debrief is best done over supper…
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Yauatcha
15-17 Broadwick Street
A personal favourite. Sample trays of dim sum perfection (like their duck and pumpkin morsels) with copious amounts of colourful cocktails.

Duck & Rice
90 Berwick Street
East meets west in this classic pub style setting that serves up cask ales alongside Chinese bar snacks and quintessential Asian food.

Social Eating House
58 Poland Street
Warm, hearty and just what the doctor ordered after hours sat on hard benches and walking the streets of London in heels. Food fills the belly and ensnares the senses – the macaroni & cheese with black truffle is really the standout dish. Meanwhile The Blind Pig speakeasy bar downstairs provides the perfect post-gorging sanctuary.

DRINKS: Because all of these incredible shows deserve a little celebration…
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La Bodega Negra
9 Old Compton Street
For an insight into Soho’s seedier side, step inside this sex-shop fronted cocktail den for a taste of Mexico. Warning: the tequila-infused potions are completely intoxicating so be sure to order some tacos, tostaditas or Jacob Ladder Ribs.

Old Tom and English
187B Wardour Street
This speakeasy style, Tom Dixon-designed basement bar is hidden behind an unassuming grey fronted door. Step inside, sip on a Sloe Gin Fizz and instantly be whisked away from the fashion week hubbub.

Basement Sate
8 Broadwick Street
Cocktails and cake make the perfect combination at this late-night underground bar. The Jessica Rabbit tipple (gin, carrot juice, golden syrup and elderflower) sits perfectly alongside the Peanut Butter Jelly Time dessert – decadence at its most inventive.

As seen on: WGSN Guide To Soho

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