Sometimes, there’s nothing better than kicking back in the capital and watching the (stylish) world go by. Here we round up some of our favourite places to indulge in some downtime whilst getting your fashion fix.
The home of London Fashion Week, Somerset House is a must-visit throughout the year, constantly teeming with fashionable folk. Enjoy a thought-provoking mix of cultural highlights, including exhibitions and the gorgeous ice rink that lights up the courtyard during the winter months. As the colder afternoons start to bite, snuggle up inside and enjoy a hearty lunch at Tom’s Kitchen, or at Pennethorn’s Cafe Bar, opening mid-November in the recently refurbished New Wing of Somerset House.
Fashionistas everywhere gather at this favourite haunt like a moth to a flame, and it’s not hard to see why. With decadent dining ranging from afternoon tea to dinner, as well as a private dining option available for parties of up to 14 guests, the suave atmosphere of this central London gem is perfect for whiling an afternoon away whilst rubbing shoulders with the best of the fash pack.
No fashionable hangouts list would be complete without a mention of Shoreditch House, East London’s premiere member’s club. Step inside and you’re sure to get lost in the plethora of experiences that this stylish jaunt has to offer. From a hotel to a spa to a rooftop bar, Shoreditch House gives members the chance to indulge in style. For the everyday visitor however, nothing beats roaming around the interconnected spaces of the fifth floor and relaxing and recharging whilst the fabulously fashionable of East London go about their daily business.
Winter might be descending upon the capital, but that’s no reason to stop enjoying the best of London’s panoramic views. The Radio Rooftop Bar, on the tenth floor of the ME Hotel, offers the chance to glance at iconic landmarks from behind glass doors (when the weather is being temperamental). Set in the heart of Covent Garden, just a stone’s throw from Somerset House, the stylish crowds make this bar the perfect setting for an evening of people-watching.
The former house of Frederic, Lord Leighton, this stunning museum perched on the edge of Holland Park is a fashion and art gem that’s one of London’s best-kept secrets. Having entertained the likes of Queen Victoria in its very rooms, Leighton House offers a glimpse at the life and private collections of Lord Leighton and the glamorous world he inhabited. The interiors, many of which have been used for film shoots, are sure to get fashionable pulses racing and are the perfect antidote to a grey and chilly autumn day.