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This Is What Editors and Models Eat, Do, and Wear During London Fashion Week

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By: Alicia Cesaro

Following on the heels of NYFW, the industry—all its designers, editors, models, and influencers—will be heading across the pond to London for five days of shows, previews, events, and of course, parties. While all of the separate fashion weeks hold a special place in our <3s, London always gets us for its young, fresh designers and just general coolness. Whether you’re headed over for shows, or planning a trip in the near future, we’ve rounded up pretty much everything we thought you should know. Like the hotel to stay at for cocktails with old friends that also happens to be a gorgeous setting (and where to eat french fries), or where to source one-of-a-kind vintage souvenirs, and the gym to go sweat it all out and sip on a smoothie after. Happy LFW!

 


STAY


 

 

The EDITION London 

So that you can convince everyone it’s a really good idea to have the after-dinner cocktails at the hotel bar and you’re already halfway to your bed.

 

The Savoy

Pure old-school British elegance, that’s also steps from where most of the Fashion Week shows will be held, means a huge bathtub and less time in heels.

 

Dean Street Townhouse

Stay here for its proximity to some of our favorite restaurants in Soho. Or at the very least go for the afternoon tea and/or cocktails.

 


EAT + DRINK


 

 

Sketch

Did you even go to London if you didn’t selfie from Sketch’s trippy bathroom or Instagram a photo of their millennial pink dining room?

 

Chiltern Firehouse 

Because maybe you’ll see Kate Moss? And because everything from the galician octopus to the french fries is delicious.

 

MaE Deli

London’s latest all-natural restaurant offers up exactly what you’d want after a 7-hour flight or back-to-back shows: acai bowls, cold-pressed juices, and superfood salads.

 


SEE


 

 

Borough Market 

This may fall into the “food” category, but it’s fine since that’s what you should be doing while on vacation (even if it’s a“work trip”). Plus, right now there’s a pop-up restaurant featuring all the best in the market’s produce.

 

Tate Britain

Go for the massive David Hockney show happening right now, and because no visit would be complete without a couple hours strolling through this contemporary art gallery. Then go along the Thames.

 

The London Fashion Week Festival 

For all those without a front-row invite, the British Fashion Council has arranged events, style talks, and pop-up shops open to the public at The Store Studios, 180 Strand.

 


WORKOUT


 

 

BXR London

The whole boutique boxing thing goes way beyond New York. And at London’s BXR you might just be jabbing next to the likes of Adriana Lima and Gigi Hadid.

 

Barrecore

Where you go to feel every little muscle you didn’t even know you had burn and shake like crazy, as they are sculpted into lean muscle.

 

Core Collective

This studio has a slew of workouts so you can try a different class each day—whether that’s TRX, pilates, or yoga. *And* there’s an on-site cafe with smoothies, coffee, and deli.

 


SHOP


 

 

Liberty London 

An obvious must-see. If not for the clothes and accessories, then for the limited-edition liberty prints and insanely Instagrammable flower stand.

 

Bella Freud

A trip to the British knitwear designer’s shop for an intimate experience (post-lunch at Chiltern) and the ultimate souvenir.

 

Blitz London

If you’re looking for vintage, go beyond the usual markets and head to this shop in East London for a huge selection of designer pieces in a clean and organized (!) space.

 


FOLLOW


 

 

Sarah Harris 

Follow British Vogue’s features director for her amazing hair, amazing style, and the fact that she’s usually doing something amazing and fancy.

 

COVETEUR

We’ll be running around to the aforementioned places and snapping from allll our social channels—make sure to follow along and come say hi if you see us!

 

Pandora Sykes

The former wardrobe mistress at Sunday Time Styles turned freelance writer and stylist will flood your feed with accessories porn and wardrobe ideas you wish you thought of.

 


PACK


 

HIGHER HEMLINES

Because it’s noticeably warmer in London (!!) and we’re ready to bare legs.

WALKING SHOES

Contrary to what a lot of you may think, most of us Fashion Week attendees are running around in 5-inch heels. But if we did change come nighttime, it would be into these polka dot mules.

 

MULTITASKING BAGS

Mini hands-free bags so that you can have two hands available for Snapchat and champagne, of course.

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