Come September, the streets of London take on a certain air of style—and insanity. The occasion: London Fashion Week. Whether you’re planning to dash from show to show, or are simply in town to shop and socialize, we’ve rounded up everything you need to keep your cool in the couture concrete jungle.
Look Mum No Hands
49 Old Street
London EC1V 9HX
Don’t let the name throw you, this quirky cafe (with attached bicycle repair shop) serves some of the city’s best coffee—ethically sourced to boot—as well as a selection of pastries, sandwiches, breakfast entrées, and more. Snag a seat at the outdoor patio (bikes welcome, of course) and enjoy a traditional English black pudding or grab a cup of Joe from the takeaway counter to help you power through the endless parade of fashion.
Hershesons Blow Dry Bar
Selfridges London Oxford Street Store
400 Oxford St, London W1A 1AB
Whether you hail the ponytail, go bananas for braids, or want waves like a mermaid, this blow-dry bar has you covered. Offering 12 fashion-forward looks, compatible with all hair textures and lengths, you’ll blow away the best dressed and ‘tressed models with your rockin’ volume.
Ham Yard Bar & Restaurant
1 Ham Yard
London W1D 7DT
For an after-show cocktail or a relaxed late-afternoon meal, head to this retro-inspired restaurant, boasting a vibrant interior and seasonal menu. Choose from house specialties like pan-fried cod and pork belly, or order from the always-present “healthy menu,” featuring vegetarian, gluten-free, and sugar-free options.
Sarah Chapman Skinesis
259 Pavilion Road
London SW1X 0BP
If there’s ever a time to put your best face forward, it’s when the paparazzi are snapping away—and yes, they love to capture pics of visitors with chic street style! Get your pores in camera-ready condition with a bespoke facial from this skin clinic, whose list of celebrity clientele rivals that in the front row of the runway show.
Between shows, soirees, sightseeing, and shopping, even the most level-headed person can feel a bit unnerved. Relax your body and mind with some downward dog time at one of the hottest—literally—yoga studios in town. But don’t expect just any basic bar studio. Each 99-degree class is held inside an inflatable cocoon of sorts, designed to transport you into an otherworldly setting... until you emerge, hopefully, as a tranquil butterfly.
Photo by: Giampaolo Sgura
214 Oxford Street
West End, London W1W 8LG
For high-fashion frocks at a fraction of the price, swing by this British retailer known for stylish designs — and now — quick turn-around time. If you fancy what you see walking down the runway at London’s Old Spitalfields market on Sept. 18, simply log onto the store’s website to purchase the garments from the show—including tailored separates and the finale dress—before the crowds even have a chance to clear out of the venue.