Fancy following in the footsteps of London’s fashion set? The city’s a permanent fixture on the scene, having had centuries to perfect its offbeat, urban, ever-changing style. Each ’hood has its own distinctive look and feel, with Peckham and Dalston currently vying for pole position as the capital’s cool cat. Drop in to the city’s trendiest salons, WAH Nails and Imarni Nails, for a touch of so-hip-it-hurts local style.
Look to Instagram for London sample-sale announcements by hot-property brands such as Shrimps and new shoe-queen Kat Maconie. Vintage lovers should rummage through the rails at Beyond Retro and Rokit; while Urban Outfitters continues to deliver a speedy masterclass in the latest looks. For designer treats, head to the luxury outlet district of Hackney Walk, where you can stock up on Burberry or Anya Hindmarch at wallet-friendly prices. Bargain-hunting is hungry work – here’s our pick of the best recovery spots.
Ice-skating in winter; film screenings in summer; a permanent gallery: Fashion Week HQ Somerset House is something of an all-year charmer. Acclaimed chef Bryn Williams’ new restaurant provides an additional cue to come here. Expect Modern British dining that draws on Williams’ Welsh heritage, with fruit and veg dominating the menu. Save room for the scrumptious Eton Mess.
Designer Tom Dixon’s brand-new digs don’t exactly stint on grown-up eye-candy. This multi-talented space in King’s Cross co-functions as a studio, shop, workshop and office; a restaurant and roof terrace seal the deal. Browse covetable collections – carefully categorised and housed within separate arches – including lighting, furniture, haberdashery, perfumes and gifts.
This pretty Hoxton joint promises to deliver ‘delicious stuff that does good, too’. It’s the love-child of next-door drinks-maestro Mr Lyan and superstar-chef Douglas McMaster, of Brighton’s zero-waste restaurant Silo. Expect sustainable ingredients and an eco-conscious culinary approach that doesn’t sacrifice on flavour. Canter through courses on the intriguing set menu (feathers, anyone?).
Pubs are for pints, right? Not according to Hercules, an old boozer which has reinvented itself as Soho’s ‘cocktail pub’. The original drinks list is dearly departed, along with the decor, which has moved aside for copper accents and glittering stained glass. There’s even a little lab-style space – presumably where budding mixologists can get their geek on alongside the pros.
Having briefly wowed discerning diners in Shoreditch, Santo Remedio has come southside, a stone’s throw from the Fashion and Textile Museum. The food is as good as ever, from the Parmesan-slathered corn to the irreproachable tacos and tortillas (try the soft-shell crab number). The dining room is as bright and colourful as the food; bonus points for ordering grasshoppers.