LONDON: Fashion Week for Foodies

International editors from far and wide have conquered the big freeze in New York for another season, so it’s over to London for the next wave of A/W 15/16 collections. Seek respite from the chill and warm up at the hippest spots as of late to see-and-be-seen in the ever stylish city. –Emily Cater

8 Broadwick Street W1F / 44 (0)20 7287 3412
Neighbourhood: Carnaby Street/Soho

Dubliner Cathleen McGarry of Paris cocktail haunt Sherry Butt’s latest London venue Basement Sate specialises in cocktails and desserts in a dark and sophisticated venue, complete with green leather seating and cherry woods. During the week top DJ residents from London and Paris pump the place full of jazz, electronic hip hop and instrumental and soulful/deep house at the weekends.

15 Kingly Court W1B 5PS / 44 (0)20 8181 8887
Neighbourhood: Carnaby Street/Soho

Jinjuu is the first London restaurant from Judy Joo, the US-Korean chef and TV host who experiments with her native Korean street food and modern American cuisine. ‘Anju’ is a key dish to be served with alcohol, as well as more US-style food in the form of fried chicken, ribs, and stone bass, combined with Korean finishes such as crispy tofu, and soy and ginger glazes.

187B Wardour Street W1F 8ZB / 44 (0)20 7287 7347
Neighbourhood: Carnaby Street/Soho

Brother and sister team Costas and Maria Constantinou’s new reservations-only restaurant focuses on the best of British food, vintage cocktails and an edited wine selection in a 70’s-inspired space designed by Lee Broom. The interior utilises materials such as oak and marble, complete with a post-modern fireplace and striking vertical panel feature, while a minimalistic colour palette of grey is used on walls, accessories and upholstery. The menu consists of small plates with highlights including confit smoked guinea fowl, crispy cider braised pig cheeks, Cornish scallops, and deep-fried popcorn cockles.

16 Bury Street SW1Y 6AJ / 44 (0)20 7930 6767
Neighbourhood: Bond Street/Mayfair

This iconic restaurant and late-night venue has recently undergone a multi-million pound renovation and interior redesign by Russell Sage Studio, and now boasts a glamorous cocktail bar and stage for intimate music performances, while its original art deco features remain. The 240-cover restaurant features a contemporary European menu with dishes such as seared hand-dived Kings Scallop in the shell with tomato, samphire and Ligurian olive oil on the menu.

28 Maple Street W1T 6HP / 44 (0)20 7323 2172
Neighbourhood: Bloomsbury/ Fitzrovia

This two-storey bar is the third venue from the people behind Simmons Camden and Simmons King’s Cross. The bar serves a range of cocktails in teacups and teapots as well as holding an extensive wine list and bar snacks. Key features of the bar include mismatching lamps, a mirror skull disco ball, neon light signage and an outdoor seating area.

36 Golborne Road W10 5PR / 44 (0)20 3752 0530
Neighbourhood: Notting Hill

This new Notting-Hill based all-day townhouse from the Beach Blanket Babylon crew boasts a three-storey grill, restaurant and lounge specialising in steak and barbecued foods, with a traditional British approach. Head Chef John Pollard (ex-Soho House group) uses charcoal to grill its in-house dry-aged beef, while the delicious brisket and truffle cheese is also on the menu. In the warmer months, the outdoor terraces can be enjoyed to eat or drink al fresco.

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