The Fashionista’s Travel Guide To London: A Travelogue for the Fashionable Passionista (VIDEO)
Let’s talk about the haute places in London that would be ideal for a true fashionista (like you) to visit. A great book to take with you is A Foodie & Fashionista’s Guide To London. Cheers!
ondon is without doubt one of the centres of the fashion world.
ondon is without doubt one of the centres of the fashion world.Home to luxury and renowned high street stores, and a vibrant design scene, the city is a Mecca for fashionist
as from around the world. Below is your essential guide to experiencing the city from a fashionista’s perspective.
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Of course, any self-respecting fashionista coming to London will want to visit the best shops and boutiques in order to update their wardrobe.
A good starting point is Liberty’s on Regent Street. This centuries old shop now features up-to-the-minute clothes, accessories and home ware. Head north onto the major shopping thoroughfare of Oxford Street and make for Selfridge’s.
Housing their own lines as well as small outlets for some of the major designers, Selfridge’s is an essential experience.
Oxford Street is also where you’ll find the exciting high street fashion chains, such as Top Shop, which regularly features lines by name designers alongside their everyday lines.
To see if you can spot the next big thing fashion-wise head to Brick Lane where recent fashion graduates host pop-up boutiques. Alternatively, jump in a taxi to Sloane Street where you’ll find firm favourite fashion houses such as Gucci, Bvlgari, Valentino and more.
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Fashionistas are most definitely ladies who lunch. Whatever your palate preferences, London will have the establishment to satisfy it. Head to Sketch in Mayfair for New French cuisine.
Alternatively, head to J. Sheekey for the finest seafood or Joel Robuchon for an intimate experience on the edge of Soho. Polpo or Mazzo, both in the heart of the city are your best bets if you prefer Italian food. If you are up for a truly unique dining experience – and have money to burn – head to Dinner, Heston Blumenthal’s first London restaurant, for molecular gastronomy and amazing takes on classic dishes.
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Afternoon Tea, that quintessentially English tradition of taking tea along with sandwiches and all manner of patisserie in an opulent setting is already quite a fashionista thing to do. If you go to the Berkeley Hotel you can take the experience up a notch. They offer a Fashionista Afternoon Tea at which the cakes and pastries are concocted in the shape and colours of this season’s fashion collections. So you can nibble a Manolo Blahnik pump, an Yves Saint Laurent handbag or a Marc Jacobs blazer.
After a day of shopping, there’s no better way to relax as the evening draws in than at a fancy cocktail bar. Shoreditch is renowned as a party area, with lots of artists and designers living and working there. Many can be found propping up the bar at Callooh Callay, which serves its own signature cocktails and whose sign is modeled on the double Cs of the Chanel, logo.
In the centre of town, Purl is the place to watch the barmen mix up magical concoctions that look like science experiments but which taste heavenly. The Connaught Bar, which has recently been voted the best cocktail bar in the world, is a must see for those looking for the best cocktails in town.
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If you want to make a weekend of your visit to London, there are plenty of eminently fashionable places in which to rest your head.
Check into The Boundary Rooms in Shoreditch for contemporary cool. Designed by Terence Conran, it sits round the corner from Shoreditch House, so you can take cocktails at the latter and fall into bed at the former. Alternatively, try the Mayfair, which has sponsored London Fashion Week in the past, or Claridge’s for one of the best 5 star hotels in London.
With so many fashion-centric things to do in London, the only question is which ones you’re going to do!
This article was brought to you by Claridge’s hotel who are reknowned for their links with the arts and fashion industries.
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