A Fashionable Trip to London

Fashion week may be over for another season but its inspirational collections and influential moments will inspire us plenty in the meantime. London is a fashion capital for a reason, whether you are a local looking for new popular places to pop, or an outsider looking for a fashionable and fun weekend away we have compiled an article to guide you to some of the most fashionable places in the city.

 

Stylish Exhibitions

London is the host to many fabulous museums and galleries both incredibly old and marvelously modern. Following fashion week there are many fashion related exhibits open to the public.

Portrait of Jean Shrimpton in the Sixties Style exhibition consisting of photographers by Brian Duffy

Jean Shrimpton – Sixties Style – Brian Duffy – Art Rabbit 

Take a look at fashion’s past in the Sixties Style: Shot by Duffy photographic exhibition. Icons captured by Brian Duffy include Jon Lenon, David Bowie and Jean Shrimpton in a series of editorials, portraiture, and campaigns on exhibition at Proud Central, Charing Cross until Sunday 18th March 2018.

On a more unusual note, Channel 4 news presenter Jon Snow is currently exhibiting some of his most colourful ties which he is renowned for. The Colour is my Brand pop-up exhibit is open in the Design Museum until the 25th of February 2018. With the colourful summer season approaching, Blake maximalists can take inspiration from this neck-wear collection.

Until the 20th of April, the Fashion Space Gallery looks at the expressive colours of the 1990s in the first in a series of exhibitions collectively called Super Sharp. Visit the exhibition titled  RTRN II Jungle to explore or reminisce about the style, sound and rave culture in the 90s.

For a far more peaceful artistically influential experience visit Kew Garden’s Orchid festival. On until the 11th of March at the legendary gardens, the Thai flower is on exhibition in mass. Hanging orchid bouquets and floating umbrellas are just two elements of the floral dream on show.

 

Places to Stay

A boutique room at the The Exhibitionist Hotel in London. Featuring graffiti wall art, a cow and a large bath

The Exhibitionist Hotel – Boutique Hotel Room – Travelux Blog

The Exhibitionist Hotel – no this is not a nudist hotel, this bright boutique hotel in South Kensington is one of the several high-quality art and design accommodations on offer for those planning a chic city break to London. With plunge pools and in-room spa facilities make sure you still get out to see the stylish city!

Gir Lion Lodge at London Zoo somehow remains under the radar, but this amazing opportunity to stay only a short distance from the lion’s roar is an experience you cannot miss. The luxury private accommodation in the heart of the zoo will be the closest you get to a safari stay in the UK. You will soon be forgetting that you are in the center of the city.

Blakes Hotel is ironically ideal for all Harper minimalists. The designer hotel initially conceived by Anouska Hempel contains rooms each with a different look, inspired by exotic luxury lands, such as Russia, India, and Turkey. We particularly like the black and gold dining areas as well as the marble bathtubs!

 

The Show to See 

An image of the 42nd Street musical. A scene at broad street station performed at the theatre royal in the west end

42nd Street the musical – Westend London – London Theatre Direct 

A musical fan or foe 42nd Street is a show you cannot miss. Shown in the Westend the show is set in the sister musical location, Broadway New York.  There is no surprise that the show is in collaboration with Hawes and Curtis, British formalwear brand, as each 1920s outfit was tailored to perfection for the performers, designed by Roger Kirk. The set was another artistically exquisite show in itself displaying the American dream of New York City to a tee. Terrific tap dancing tricks of 40 plus dancers are something you cannot help but be in awe of. A must see!

 

Where to Dine

Stuck on what to eat and where? The Southbank Center Street Food Market hosts a ravishing range of mouthwatering delights for every pallet each Friday through to Monday.

The interior of a tipi on the roof top bar and terrace at the Queen of Hoxton . Decorated with patterned rugs, lanterns and embellished cushions.

Queen of Hoxton Rooftop Bar & Terrace – Queen of Hoxton 

The Queen of Hoxton is a quirky location combining street-style food and cocktails on a roof-top terrace. The relaxed venue with a view of the London Skyline changes its decorative and flavorsome theme regularly. From now until the 31st of March inspiration is taken from the Majorelle Gardens of Marrakesh. Glistening lanterns, decorative cushions, and creative canapes, the terrace bar is a creative’s dream. I recommend the Halloumi fries!

Somerset House is a key location for fashion week and various art exhibitions, but it also hosts to the fashionable restaurant, Spring, ran by Red Magazine’s contributing editor Skye Gyngell. We have heard the handmade tonic to accompany their gin offering is delightful!

Bourne and Holdingsworth Buildings is another dining experience known for its interior as much as its exquisite food. Located on Northampton Road the brunch and cocktail venue takes on the beautiful botanical trend to create a luxuriously refreshing restaurant.

The Berkeley Hotel has recently been renovated by artistic talent Marcus Wareing, and now is an exhibition in itself as modern art lavishly laden the walls.  This has attracted a new fashion, conscious crowd.

 

Evening entertainment 

Image of sliders at roof east bar london. This is a place to do curling activities.

Roof East – Sliders – Curling Lanes – Sheerluxe VIP 

If you are looking to do something more than drink and dine in the evenings why not combine it with curling? Roof East is a much-loved location, providing some of the cities best street food and what else other than igloos?! Now the venue provides six lanes for the public to play curling on. Decorated with neon lights galore this is sure to be a fun experience for locals and visitors alike.

 

Somewhere to Shop

Aside from the famous and popular locations such as Oxford Street to shop, there are countless amazing places to spend your pennies on the best of fashion and art the city, the country, and in some cases, even the world has to offer.

This is a birds eye view of the Dover street market retail space in mayfair back in its launch in 2014.

Dover Street Market – Mayfair 2014 – Interior Design

Dover Street Market is the creative host to some of the most prestigious high-end fashion labels. First founded in Mayfair in 2004 by Rei Kawakubo and Adrian Joffe of Comme des Garçons, there are now three other locations in top cities where the radical retail space exists. The concept space has welcomed the year of the dog online and instore with exquisite designs from brands such as NikeLab through to Noah.

Petersham Nurseries. These stores may not be a clothing boutique or art gallery but the spaces are definitely inspirational. Not just fantastically beautiful florists as the name suggests they are also hot spots for food and drink, with a delicious deli and wonderful wine cellar.

Referred to as “the best newsagents in all of London” by Something Curated, Wardour News has been established in the heart of Soho for 34 years and is renown for its friendly service in addition to its vast offering of art and design magazines. Renovation of the iconic location was funded by the Creative Review in 2010, however, it made no change to the commendable customer service: you want a specific print the proprietor will try his hardest to source it for you!

Article Written By: Jessica Lewis

Featured Image: RTRN II Jungle – Super Sharp – Fashion Space Gallery  – See London

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