LONDON: Fashion Week for Foodies

Fashion’s elite have conquered the New York cold and made their way to London. The weather might not be much better, but the food and the cocktails are tastier – and stronger – than ever. Check out these trendy hotspots for a sure LFW pick-me-up. 
–Sarah Ryan Hecht

1 Redchurch Street E2 7DJ / 44 (0)20 7920 6499
Neighborhood: Hoxton/Shoreditch

Serving a selection of traditional Peruvian fare from the Andes, the all-day menu at Andina in Shoreditch includes South American breakfast, lunch and dinner with dishes such as T-bone steak and crispy chicken casserole. The cozy basement bar serves a selection of Peruvian cocktails dedicated to Pisco and Chicha drinks.

Berners Tavern
10 Berner Street W1T 3NP / 44 (0)20 7908 7979
Neighborhood: Bloomsbury/ Fitzrovia

Another restaurant from British star chef Jason Atherton, Berners Tavern is located in the upscale London EDITION hotel. This grand all-day brasserie serves a contemporary British-inspired menu with European influences. Add interiors inspired by Grand Central Station, impeccable service and great people watching and you have London’s newest must-visit destination.

Chotto Matte
11 Frith Street W1D 4RB / 44 (0)20 7042 7171
Neighborhood: Carnaby Street/Soho

This three-story restaurant serves elegant Japanese/Peruvian cuisine. The ground floor houses a stylish cocktail lounge and raw bar, while the upstairs restaurant offers a Robata grill serving a multitude of Japanese-inspired BBQ delights. The interiors channel an urban Tokyo vibe with bespoke graffiti projects covering the walls. A rotation of live music and DJs add to the buzzing atmosphere of this central Soho hotspot.

Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels
8-10 Neal’s Yard WC2H 9DP / 44 (0)20 7734 7737
Neighborhood: Covent Garden

Sample a selection of handpicked wines from around the word at this chic wine bar in Covent Garden. Offering over 400 wines and champagnes, this understated, yet stylish location was brought by way of the successful Experimental Cocktail Club founders. In addition to wine, CVS also offers small plates that fuse locally sourced British produce with French flavors. The buttermilk-fried frog’s legs is just one of many tempting dishes on the menu.

Hoi Polloi
100 Shoreditch High Street E1 6JQ / 44 (0)20 8860 6100
Neighborhood: Hoxton/Shoreditch

Located inside the newly opened Ace Hotel in Shoreditch, Hoi Polloi is a contemporary brasserie serving everything from breakfast to dinner and midnight cocktails. Set up by the people behind the ever-popular Bistrotheque, this is one of the hottest hangouts in Shoreditch.

Pieds Nus
19 Blandford Street W1U 3DG
Neighborhood: Marylebone High Street

London’s newest pop-up restaurant offers a refreshing alternative to the never-ending comfort food trend. Set up by David Moore (the man behind Michelin-starred Pied a Terre and L’Autre Pied), the focus here is on simplicity and natural ingredients with a menu consisting of only 12 dishes. The informal setting is informal is complete with just 32 seats, white-washed walls and a selection of reclaimed furniture.
*Open through March 11, 2014

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