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
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
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
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
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
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…