London Fashion Week: what to see and where to be seen
Whether you’re into fashion or can’t tell Primark from Prada, it helps to know where to go when you’re in London during Fashion Week. So we’ll be rounding up the places to see and be seen in the capital.
Just keep on reading to find out. But don’t forget to save with cheap trains to London if you’re heading that way…
The real action during London Fashion Week happens around Somerset House. And with celebs coming and going and fashion bloggers strutting their stuff, it’s easy to see why.
If you can’t afford a ticket – or haven’t been lucky enough to grab one – it’s still worth heading to Somerset House. You’ll be able to see the celebs, designers, models, editors, fashion journalists, bloggers and photographers coming and going – which might be just as exciting as a show itself.
Get there: Board a train to London’s Charing Cross, Waterloo or Blackfriars stations or get the underground to Temple, Covent Garden, Charing Cross or Embankment. On foot, it’s a breeze to get to from Victoria Embankment or Waterloo Bridge.
Must-see fashion exhibition
Serious fashion fans shouldn’t miss the chance to swot up on fashion history at the Valentino: Master of Couture exhibition at Somerset House.
You’’ll get an exclusive look at 130 of his best haute couture designs which have been worn by icons like Jackie Kennedy, Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren and Gwyneth Paltrow as well as a peak into his personal archive to understand what inspired him.
Best for celebrity spotting
Celebrities and designers are found all over London this week, and the city is awash with stylish parties – so you probably won’t have to go far to spy someone famous. If you want to spot a few celebrities and fashion types, head to:
• The Groucho club: this Soho establishment is a firm favourite of Kate Moss’
• Portobello Road: this street is a hit with vintage lovers, so you might find yourself elbowing Sienna Miller for a one-off designer dress from the 70s
• Mahiki: you’re likely to bump into models, socialites and media types at this legendary London club
• Lemonia: Kate Moss has given this Greek restaurant the nod of approval, turning it into a popular haunt for the fashion world
Where to shop
Inspired by London’s fashion scene, you’ll want to make the most of being in one of the best shopping cities in the world. These are some of the best places to get your retail therapy from:
• Harrods: this iconic department store houses all the big labels and is a must-see for any London shopping trip.
• Dover Street Market: edgy, innovative labels in expertly designed surroundings and concept spaces make this shopping haven feels more like an art gallery. Be sure to try the carrot cake at the Rose Bakery on the seventh floor.
• Bicester Village: you’ll find top labels with up to 60% slashed off the price tags at this massive fashion outlet. Heaven for fashionistas on a tight budget. Get the train to London Marylebone and hop on the Shopping Express which takes you straight there.
• Chelsea Farmers Market: Dame Vivienne Westwood picks up her locally produced, organic groceries from this popular farmers market.
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