London is the place to be this September, for the Spring/Summer 2017 edition of London Fashion Week will be on in full swing. Calendars have been marked and tickets have been booked as the fashion world awaits one of the biggest fashion storms of the year.
While you wouldn’t want to miss out on any of the ramp shows and pop-up events, you’d certainly need little breaks every now and then to treat your senses to good food and drink. Here’s a low down on the best cafes and restaurants around the LFW venues where you can rejuvenate and nourish in style.
A chic café dishing out scrumptious Scandinavian fare and delicious coffee, Nordic Bakery is a favourite with London Fashion Week regulars. Their unassumingly good cinnamon buns and rye bread sandwiches are served fresh out of the oven. A few minutes’ walk from the LFW main venue and with a serene ambiance and unique menu, this quaint establishment is a no-brainer.
Where: 14a Golden Square, London W1F 9JG
This Peruvian wonder promises to tease your tastebuds with its flavourful ceviches, sizzling barbeque, fresh salads and an array of street food. Make sure to order their melt-in-the-mouth Chifa Chicharrones and juicy Super Pollo. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to say Hola to the ever-fashionable Señor of the ceviches.
Where: Kingly Court, Kingly Street W1B 5PY
Duck & Waffle is London’s famously infamous 40th-floor round-the-clock restaurant. With its mix of quirky cocktails, European food made with fresh seasonal ingredients, and a bird’s eye view of the Big City, this place is a sure-shot winner. Its signature item, The Duck and Waffle, has it all – waffles, duck confit, a fried duck egg and maple syrup – and has to (has to!) be tried when you’re there.
Where: Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY
Named after the signature Sri Lankan dish Appam (somehow contorted into ‘Hopper’ by British colonists, go figure), Hoppers is a very modern, no-reservation Sri Lankan restaurant a stone’s throw away from the action at the London Fashion Week. The place lures you in with its aroma of coconut, curry and fragrant spices. Try the hopper with fried egg, hot butter devilled shrimps, the dosa and their wide selection of cocktails.
Where: 49 Frith Street, Soho W1D 4SG
Your best bet for an evening of ‘healthy’ intoxication, Drake & Morgan concocts inimitably low-calorie cocktails especially during the fashion week. You can try the Reina Cubano: Cuban Queen (209 calories) and the Skinny Superfood Collins (175 calories) for starters. And of course, for those who aren’t on a weight watch, the entire yummy menu is your oasis.
Where: King’s Cross, 6 Pancras Road, London N1C 4AG
An elegant French restaurant that distinguishes itself on Greek Street, L’Escargot is a five minutes’ walk from Brewer Street Car Park but miles away from the push and shove of the fashion industry. It offers a classic French menu including specialties like lobster bisque, snails and steak tartare. Complement your meal with a choice of the finest French wines and round it up with their famous chocolate soufflé for a taste of heaven in the middle of London.
Where: 48 Greek Street, Soho W1D 4EF
Plan your days with this list in mind and you are bound to have the best of both worlds at the LFW.