A short list of places to relax, enjoy a meal, shop a bit — and find some peace between the shows during fashion week (and always).
By JOHN WOGAN
EAT (AND DRINK)
“This is my go-to power lunch spot in London. The food is British fare at its best — think salted beef sandwiches, fish and chips and a personal favorite, kedgeree (a mix of haddock and creamy, curried rice topped with a poached egg).” — MALINA JOSEPH GILCHRIST, Style Director, Women’s
Food From Other Countries
“With all due respect to the Brits and their food, my favorite meals in London are ethnic: for Turkish; for Vietnamese (the servers actually speak Vietnamese, which is a good sign); or and for Indian.” — JASON RIDER, Senior Fashion Editor
“This is a great place to go on Saturday for lunch. Food vendors from all over town set up in Duke of York Square with fresh oysters, dumplings, Pimm’s Cups — anything you’d want. It’s really fun.” — ALEXA BRAZILIAN, Fashion Features Director
Plant-Based Meals — and Pizza
“My boyfriend (who lives in London) is vegetarian, so I’ve tasted my way through the few plant-friendly options, and the best are (the eggplant nigiri could be confused for eel), (incredible North African/Spanish tapas) and either or (I think about the cold soba in sesame sauce all the time) for lunch on the canal. Also, surprisingly, London has great pizza: is a reliable local mini-chain, but I love the sourdough variety at the tiny in Clapton.” — J.R.
“Dukes is one of the most glamorous places to have a drink in London. The Vesper martinis are deadly good.” — A.B.
“This place is outdoors, basically under a tarp in the middle of fancy Chelsea. It’s run out of an old train car. They only serve pho, and it is delicious and cheap for lunch. A great hangover cure.” — A.B.
“These two pubs (just a few blocks from one another) are special and not touristy. They’re local hangouts in Chelsea and Sloane Square that are beautiful and hidden — really off the beaten path. I like to order a half pint of cider.” — A.B.
“A great small hotel in Chelsea, which is mostly residential, so you’ll feel more like a local.” — A.B.
“The Beaumont has the best service of any hotel I’ve stayed in (they coil your phone charger cord with silk ribbon) and a convenient location in Mayfair.” — A.B.
“Both the hotel and restaurant are housed in a pair of Georgian residences built in 1732. It feels so homey the minute you walk through the door, complete with a small fireplace in the lobby and the coziest rooms decorated by Susie Atkinson. My favorite has a huge porcelain bathtub right in the middle of the room. What could be better than coming back to your room after a long day of shows in damp London to have a nice, hot soak?” — DAVID FARBER, Style Director, Men’s
SEE AND DO
“I love when Charlie Porter, The Financial Times’ men’s wear critic, has one of his Chapter 10 parties. They’re these big gay warehouse parties in Hackney that have the best D.J.s. Beyond that, I really envy the pub culture there: The Royal Oak and The Spurstowe Arms are personal favorites.” — J.R.
“Chatsworth is the historic country home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and makes a really cool little trip outside London to see a living slice of history. The décor is amazing.” — A.B.
“It’s a great trip a little outside London for a sunny day (if you’re lucky enough to get one). There are beautiful flowers and garden items, plus great food in a beautiful outdoor greenhouse setting for lunch.” — A.B.
“This is one of my must-stops in London. It has the best mix of established luxury designers alongside emerging/streetwear ones, curated with an artful eye. Every time I visit, it’s like a treasure hunt, as I know that I’ll find something no one else will.” — M.J.G
“An amazing trove of first-edition books and prints. I especially love the children’s book pages they sell, so you can buy and frame old versions of pages from ‘Babar,’ etc. It also has great AP prints of Andy Warhol watercolors.” — A.B.
“I always make a stop at this small men’s store from the Swedish brand Our Legacy. It’s a bit of a challenge to find, tucked into a small side street in Soho. But it’s worth it to find basic men’s wear pieces in classic styles with a modern twist.” — D.F.