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LFW: The hottest places to visit in between London fashion shows

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Summer may be drawing to a close, which means goodbye festival season and farewell BBQs. But fear not, because Fashion Week is here, and it’s a lot less mud, and a lot more glamour.

To help you make the most of your time outside of the shows during London Fashion Week, we’ve compiled a list of the best things to do in the city; covering art, food, fashion and shopping. Read on for the full selection…

Grab a quick and tasty lunch at…

Rola Wala

36 Brushfield Street E1 6AT / 44 (0)20 7274 9002

This former street food business recently opened the doors to its permanent home, bringing the vibrant flavors of India to Spitalfields. The signature dish at ‘Rola Wala’ – which translates to ‘Man that Rolls’ in Hindi – is curry wrapped in a naan, making it the perfect easy lunch. It’s fast food which doesn’t compromise on quality, only using the very best and freshest ingredients. Carnivores can order fillings of Nagaland Lamb or Bengali Spiced Beef, whilst for the veggies, there’s Red Dal and Saagwala on the menu, all to be devoured in a colourful, busting atmosphere.

 

 

Get inspired by…

The World of Anna Sui

Fashion and Textile Museum 84 Bermondsey Street SE1 3FX / 44 (0)20 7407 8664

 

This exhibition celebrates the career of Anna Sui; a designer who shaped the world of fashion with her punkish romanticism. Sui’s heyday was primarily during the 90s, when the likes of Kate, Naomi and Madonna were often photographed sporting her label. This exhibition features 125 mannequins dressed in Sui’s designs, many of which reveal her truly indie spirit and her progressive ideals, making her creative output resonate all the more with a contemporary audience.

 

 

Get (sort of) guilt-free cocktails at… 

Nine Lives

8 Holyrood Street SE1 2EL / 44 (0)20 7407 8226

Tucked away in a Victorian basement on Holyrood street is this underground oasis; with its woven lampshades, dim lighting, palms and bamboo conjuring up the vibe of a beachside watering hole. The bar’s name, Nine Lives, alludes to its core principle: sustainable cocktails, made by salvaging every ingredient, meaning zero wastage. The tropical theme extends to the menu, with cocktails like ‘Stingray’ offering a blend of raspberry, hibiscus, rose and prosecco, or the Omu Kooler;  a refreshing combination of Campari, watermelon cooler and cucumber soda.

Get some retail therapy at… 

Weekday

226 Regent Street W1B 3BR/ 44 (0)20 3402 9170

Arket

224 Regent Street W1B 3BR

Weekday and Arket – two fascias from H&M – have landed on Regent’s Street, bringing with them from Sweden a dynamic energy and contemporary, urbanite style. Both locations boast sleek and innovative store designs, echoing a functional, pared down Scandi aesthetic, with varying textures and natural materials adding a playful touch. At Weekday, expect to find a wide range of basics and denim, along with a handful of statement pieces. Concept store ARKET is offering everything from homewares, to stationary, apparel and a selection of clothing from the likes of Monki, Cos, Weekday, alongside its own line.  Establishing itself as ‘the’ lifestyle brand, there’s also an ARKET café within the store, serving dishes based on the New Nordic Food Manifesto.

Get dinner at…

Tuyo

129 A Pritchard’s Road E2 9AP / 44 (0)20 7739 2540

 

This Mediterranean and Eastern Spanish influenced food venture is the brainchild of Ricardo Pimental, the chef behind the hugely popular Salt Yard Group. Located in a bright and airy spot on Broadway Market, decorated with baskets of greenery and neon fittings, it makes for a laid back, intimate space. Expect small tapas style plates of octopus of lime confit and garlic potato puree and beef ragu with saffron tagliatelle. Order a couple as an indulgent snack to accompany a glass of wine, or keep the plates rolling out, and work through the extensive menu.

 

Celebrate LFW in style at…

Carnaby Street Fashion Festival , 21st-24th September

Carnaby Street W1F 9PS

In celebration of fashion week, this iconic shopping destination is offering a whole load of free events, talks, workshops, and giveaways. Highlights include a colour masterclass from the head make-up artist at Illamasqua, a yoga class at Sweaty Betty, nail art at a Baby-G takeover at the amazing, new G Shock Flagship, and the opportunity to create your perfect pair of sneakers at Vans. There will also be plenty of food and cocktail offers to help you power through this shopping extravaganza.

 

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