September is the most fashionable month of the year, with all eyes are on the world’s fashion capitals. From New York to Paris and London, fashion addicts are wild with excitement as they anticipate touching, feeling, trying, and buying their favourite collections in stores and online shops.
When it comes to food, it’s no different. You will fall for the city’s guilty pleasures especially since they include shots of coffee, chocolate brownies and ice cream.
As a Londoner, digital geek, and food and fashion addict, I consider myself a restless explorer, always in search of the latest pop-up addiction, hip restaurants, coffee shops, cocktails bars, roofs, art galleries, flagship stores, etc. I’ve selected my 10 favourites most fashionable addresses in London for you to visit this Fall!
Set in one of the most beautiful department stores in the world, a tudor style architectural masterpiece, there’s great magic surrounding Liberty’s history and it’s impossible not to embrace it when you step on their shiny and impeccable wooden floors. I prefer the Carnaby Street entrance which leads me straight to the perfume gallery, always a pleasant sensory exploration, before heading up to Cafe Liberty, tucked away on the second floor.
As I head up, I spritz my favourite Eau de perfume 1001 Ouds on my wrists each time (part of my Liberty’s ritual). I love their Annick Goutal exclusive collection, and the stunning Dries Van Noten rails.
Once in the cafe, my top recommendation is the soya milk cappuccino and pain au chocolate, sprinkled with icing sugar.
In the fashionable Marylebone neighbourhood, home to some of the coolest restaurants in London as well as fashion brands such as the french Zadig & Voltaire (one of my favourites), the Ivy Cafe Marylebone, designed by Martin Brudnizki has stunning classic art deco interiors, reminiscent of a Great Gatsby movie scene.
The food doesn’t let the place down, pretty amazing fare, a range of light snacks, sandwiches and afternoon tea. Don’t miss their melting chocolate bomb with milk foam, vanilla ice cream and honeycomb centre, and hot salted caramel sauce. It’s mind-blowing.
Opening hours: Mon-thu 7:30am-11pm| Friday 7:30am-11:30pm| Sat 8am-11:30pm| Sun 9am-10:30pm
3.Palm Court Afternoon Tea at Langham
I’ll never forget the day I decided to walk into The Langham Hotel. It was the end of July on a rainy summer day and I went to meet a friend in Great Portland street. I made my way back to Oxford Circus station passing by Regent’s Park, and decided to pop into Langham’s Palm Court. The luxuriously indulgent space made me forget about everything else.
Palm Court is the epitome of English elegance and tradition and has been serving tea since the Victorian Era. The interiors are decorated in shades of pearl and suede with high ceilings and huge geometric crystal chandeliers. On the menu, 30 tea blends, scrumptious scones and finger sandwiches to be savored while listening to a talented pianist perform. I absolutely recommend their Yin Hao Lotus tea flavoured with Jasmine blossoms, a delicate infusion with refined notes.
Opening hours: Open for afternoon tea and all-day dining seven days a week.
Curiosity is a great gift when hunting out new cool spots. I was intrigued by the Newport Street Gallery on my work commute from Waterloo to Mortlake station. It didn’t take long for me to plan my first visit to the gallery to check out Jeff Koons’ exhibition (on, until 16th October). After the show, I made my way to the unconventional Pharmacy 2, designed by Damien Hirst in collaboration with Mark Hix. A surreal space featuring Hirst’s iconic series, including medicine cabinets and butterfly kaleidoscope paintings.
The menu offers British and European fare, with my personal favourite, extremely succulent Launceston lamb cutlets with Sutton farm chards and toasted walnuts. You’ve got to try this with the chocolate ice cream for dessert.
Opening hours: Tue-fri 10:30am-midnight| Sat 10:30am-midnight| Sun 10:30am-6pm
I probably pop in here once or twice a week! My favourite hobbies include, walking around the beauty section, trying on matte lipsticks, and talking to the perfume vendors about the likes of Dior, Armani Prive and Acqua di Parma. Then I head up to the second floor to be precisely in the east gallery where the first thing I can think of even before stepping off the escalators is Dries Van Noten and Mcqueen!
There’s something about Selfridges that you can’t find in any other department store. The way they meticulously arrange the clothes on display, making each one a masterpiece is fascinating.
Foodwise, options are endless. I personally love Forest at the Roof, trendy and exclusive, a great option for after-work cocktails or even a dinner date. When it comes to coffee, Dolly’s is my top choice with its art deco inspired ambience, and black and white tiles.
Opening hours: Mon-sat 9:30am-22pm| Sun 11:30am-18pm
If I were forced to choose London’s coolest coffee joint, it would be Grind! Grind’s main features are its neon lighting, red coffee cups and marble tables. It goes beyond a coffee shop, embracing a certain kind of cool and stylish lifestyle. For me, it is like a good friend you have to see once in a while, a place to savour a robust salmon bagel accompanied by a soya milk cappuccino. The seasonal cocktails and espresso martinis are amazing. It’s Covent Garden branch has a pretty special Italian barista in my opinion, there’s something about his coffee, might be the Italian genes!
7. Fera at Claridges
Michelin’s starred Fera at Claridges is the ultimate hideout for high-end clientele who want quality British cuisine in Mayfair. Fera’s menu incorporate the finest organic ingredients. I tried the Galloway beef with turnip, oyster mushroom and bone marrow and salted chocolate cream with jasmine, lemon and caramel. If you’re already salivating hold on until you see the tasting menu!
Opening hours: Mon-sun lunch 12-14pm| dinner 18:30pm-22pm
8.The Georgian at Harrods
The sumptuosity of The Georgian! Interiors are by Christopher Guy Harrison who inspired by the 20’s and 30’s, has given the 1913 iconic restaurant, a fresh new look. On the menu, besides a traditional English tea you will find chicken burgers, steaks and elaborate seafood dishes. You should definitely try the grilled whole Dover sole, steamed potatoes and pea puree.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am-8pm| Sun 11:30am-6pm
For years in a row, Somerset house was home to London Fashion Week. A building that was once a demolished Tudor palace and war base, now transformed to an artsy and intellectual 21st-century meeting point. The wide Victorian windows offer stunning views of the Thames banks. Going to Somerset house feels like pressing a refresh button, a place to fascinate the mind with extraordinary fashion, design, illustration and cinema exhibitions. Tom’s Kitchen is a mandatory stopover for coffee, pastries and quick snack. I confess I’m going to miss the Somerset house Fashion Week days, even though I’ve only taken part once.
Tucked away Sloane Square, Peggy Poschen Cakes it’s a doll’s house and it’s fashionable, feminine, girly and delicate. Pastel colours are the bespoke cakes brand signature and everything around there seems cute and immaculate. Mrs Poschen is renowned for irresistibly pretty and elegant cakes, designing for the likes of Kate Moss and Stella McCartney. Expect layered cakes, freshly baked cupcakes and cookies, a lovely blend of teas inspired by flavours found in her kitchen, and amazing interiors. The perfect setting for bloggers and fashion and beauty addicts!
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 10am-6pm