For the uninitiated, Fashion Week is fast-paced and brutal: four weeks of late nights, early starts, hard work and travel, all while trying to maintain the appearance of taking it in your stride. On the flip side, there’s a chance to meet some of the industry’s most incredible talents, experience new cities and seek out their most fashionable – or just down right delicious – eateries in town.
It’s 7am and you’re running on less-than-advised hours sleep, that’s why my breakfast recommendations are light bites, ideal for the girl – or boy – on the go, and packed full of nutrition.
Roots & Bulbs (5 Thayer St, W1U 3JG)
Juice Tonic (3 Winnett Street, W1D 6JY)
The Good Life (59 Sloane Ave, SW3 3DH | 69 Marylebone Ln, W1U 2PH)
While I’m suspicious you have time for brunch, if you do, then you had better make the most of it!
Duck & Waffle – the Shard may be the tallest building in London – and Europe! – but the highest restaurant is not Oblix (32nd floor of the Shard) but actually Duck & Waffle, located on the 40th floor of Heron’s Tower. Open 24/7, the Duck and Waffle (just one of the items on the delicious menu!) can be enjoyed at any hour of the day or night. (Duck & Waffle – 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY) | Oblix @ The Shard – 32 London Bridge St, SE1 9SG)
Berners Tavern at the London Edition – whether it’s 10am or 10pm, Berners Tavern is sure to be busy during fashion week. Book a table when you’re not in a hurry or have a drink at the bar to soak it all in. If it’s your first time, you’ll be floored by the wall to wall paintings and the sheer height of the ceilings. Downstairs, the Basement club plays host to some of the most exclusive fashion week after parties. Victoria’s Secret held their exclusive after-party here last year and the place has been buzzing ever since. (10 Berners St, London W1T 3LF)
The Delaunay – A great choice at any time of day, I love the airy, continental feel of the cafe area and always make a stop if I’m in the area. (55 Aldwych, WC2B 4BB)
The Wolseley – Worth it for the eggs benedict alone. The Wolseley is one of the best brunch spots in town and it’s also known for its afternoon tea! (160 Piccadilly, W1J 9EB)
Similarly, I think it’s unlikely you’ll have time for a leisurely lunch between shows but in case you’re throwing caution to the wind, why not try one of my favourite spots in the city?
The Ham Yard Hotel – exquisitely curated by design darling Kit Kemp, the Ham Yard hotel is neatly hidden behind Denman Street in Soho and if only for it’s proximity to Brewer Street, it’s certain to be booked out by fashion industry insiders. The hotel’s private dining rooms actually played host to my Bad Blood-themed birthday this year! (1 Ham Yard, W1D 7DT)
The Chelsea Ivy Garden – for the Sloanie Ponies amongst you, the new West London outpost of showbiz mecca, The Ivy is the place to be and be seen. Beautifully designed with a great courtyard, I recommend booking a table well in advance. (197 King’s Rd, SW3 5EQ)
To keep your energy up after a long day and before a busy night of events, a good dinner atmosphere is a must. Here are some of the eateries I love most:
Sketch – for the all-pink dining room alone, Sketch is one of the coolest restaurants in London. While the kitsch vibe was feeling a little tired in 2013, the refurb last year has put the supper club back on the map. Before dinner, do as I would and take an aperitif at the 360-degree sunken bar. (9 Conduit Street, W1S 2XG)
Chiltern Firehouse – before it’s official opening in February 2014, Chiltern Firehouse had already established a reputation for the place to be seen in the capital. One year on and the place is still buzzing. Book in advance to avoid disappointment. The crabbed stuffed donuts are one of my favourite items on the menu! (1 Chiltern Street, W1U 7PA)
Kyubi – Arts Club – strictly members only but worth a visit if you can – the new Japanese restaurant, Kyubi has had rave reviews. Conveniently situated on Dover Street, Arts Club is just a few steps away from the legendary Dover Street Market, my go-to place to enjoy some window shopping! (40 Dover St, W1S 4NP)
Bob Bob Ricard – playful dining in the heart of Soho. Bob Bob Ricard is situated only a few teetering, Manolo-steps away from Brewer Street Car Park, which is now playing host to the main schedule of shows. Worth a reservation if only for an Instagram of the infamous “Press for Champagne” button. (1 Upper James St, London W1F 9DF)
Rotorino – off the grid with a gritty, downtown NY vibe. The menu, made up of Italian small plates, is amazing and the interior is seriously cool. I love the Gnocci and you’ll need the carbs if you’ve been running in heels all day! (434 Kingsland Rd, E8 4AA)
76 Dean Street – Soho House, if you’re not a member, try its next door neighbour; the Soho-owned Dean Street Townhouse, which has a less restrictive door policy but an equally charming atmosphere. With cute outside seating, it’s perfect for people watching. (Dean Street Townhouse, 69-71 Dean Street, W1D 3SE)
The Laddershed Bar – Chiltern Firehouse – tricky to get inside but worth the trouble when you do. (1 Chiltern St, W1U 7PA)
Cafe Royal – a beautiful hotel, restaurant and bar in the heart of Piccadilly that hosts some of the best parties during LFW. Definitely worth a visit and if you get the opportunity, you must check out the view from the penthouse Dome Suite – amazing! (8-10 Air Street, W1B 5AB)
I’m always on the lookout for new places to visit in London, so leave me your recommendations in the comments below!