Today we take our stylish hats off to London Fashion Week, which has been sartorially on it since 1984, when Madonna released Like A Virgin and teenagers weren’t really practising the Crane stance from The Karate Kid. LFW runs from Friday 20 to Tuesday 24 February 2015 and to celebrate this we bring you four fashionable places in the capital, from Skye Gyngell’s Spring restaurant right at the very heart of the event to the new Beaumont hotel in Mayfair. Don your best threads and get involved. www.londonfashionweek.co.uk.
SHOP – Darkroom
Lamb’s Conduit Street is a super-civilised shopping destination, with a classic Victorian pub (The Lamb) and some great independent stores, including Folk and Oliver Spencer for menswear and the Darkroom for keenly curated homewares, accessories, jewellery and leather goods from cult Brit designers such as Camille Walala, Fred Butler and Established & Sons. There’s even wrapping paper based on the designs of Ettore Sottsass. Favourite item: a Camille Walala wall print, priced at £200. www.darkroomlondon.com.
EAT – Spring (pictured)
Two years since she left Petersham Nurseries, Australian-born Skye Gyngell returns with a decidedly glossier offering in the New Wing of Somerset House, looking out over the river. Expect extremely seasonal, high-end dishes (puntarelle and goat’s curd; spice rubbed quail with roasted figs; turbot with porcini), an ice-cream bar, house-made vermouths, tonics and grenadines, and a thrilling wine list, courtesy of ex-Clove Club sommelier Frank Embleton. Favourite table: in the central atrium ‘garden’, designed by Jinny Blom, who worked on the Prince of Wales’ garden at last year’s Chelsea Flower Show. www.springrestaurant.co.uk.
DRINK – Roots & Bulbs
Cold-pressed juice is definitely a thing in London for 2015, as the healthy eating trend gathers pace. Roots & Bulbs, set up by ex-City worker Sarah Cadji in salubrious Marylebone, specialise in vegetable-based juices, with products graded by sweetness. They also sell smoothies made with their own almond milk or pure coconut water, and breakfast and lunch dishes deploying chia seeds, quinoa and goji berries. Favourite drink: cold-pressed cucumber, spinach, romaine, apple and herb. www.rootsandbulbs.com.
SLEEP – The Beaumont
Chris Corbin and Jeremy King are the ace restaurateurs behind this elegant five-star newcomer to the Mayfair map, set in a 1920s building off Duke Street, made striking with the addition of a massive work of art by Antony Gormley. The property has 50 rooms, 13 studios and 10 suites and a new restaurant, the Colony Grill. It’s all very elegant and not wildly expensive for Mayfair.Favourite room: the Antony Gormley Room Suite. www.thebeaumont.com.