What’s On In London In February: The Fashion Week Special


Fashion Week is set to take over the style set’s agenda this month so we’ve put a relevant spin on February’s What’s On listing

For After-show Cocktails: Chiltern Firehouse Courtyard

Fashion Week tradition dictates that post last show of the day is when the socialising happens. Brands and publications host events in some of the most sought-after destinations in the city and on downtime, it’s places like Chiltern Firehouse that welcomes show attendees after hours. This season, the central Marylebone venue boasts a charming winter courtyard bedecked with fairy lights, heaters, blankets and a fire that combine to make it feel so cosy that you simply won’t want to leave. Hot cocktails and fresh seafood dominate the menu – from market oysters served at the pop-up oyster cart to Fruits de Mer platters that come made to order. You can’t book this popular spot but that’s the appeal – it’s perfect for spontaneous plans during one of the busiest weeks in the month. Settle in to enjoy what’s sure to be an evening not only of luxury dining but of credible people watching as well.

Chiltern Firehouse, 1 Chiltern Street, London W1U 7PA 

For A Pre-Fashion Week Fashion Fix: Fashioning Identity, Somerset House

London Fashion Week itself doesn’t start until the 16th February but there’s a certain buzz about the city in the run-up to the event that means you can get into the spirit of things prior to its launch. Somerset House – what used to be the home of the event – is hosting its exhibition; North: Fashioning Identity until the 4th of the month. It features over 100 photographs as well as artwork and clothing designed by some of the UK industry’s most well-recognised and well-respected creative names – each originating from the north of England. Expect to see work by the likes of Corrine Day, Raf Simons, Nick Knight and Paul Smith to get you in the right frame of mind for the month’s events.

Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA

to Book between-show meetings: Bronte

There’s little more iconic-a London street than The Strand so when Bronte – the dining destination with seriously stylish credentials – opened there, it was inevitably going to be the new bucket list favourite for anyone living and working in the city. From the 16th – 18th February, however, it’s set to become yet more of a hub for the London style set. If you’re planning between-show meetings or you’re booking in a lunch that means you can remain within close proximity of the city’s fashion-related happenings then we suggest making it happen in this endlessly inspirational Tom Dixon-designed space. Sit in the bar area under rose-gold drop pendants and enjoy a cocktail that’s so pretty you might not want to drink it.

The Grand Building, 1-3 Strand, London WC2N 5EJ   

to escape from it all: Le Pont de la Tour

Those who choose Fashion Week over ski season this year can still get a taste of the alpine life thanks to the Southbank’s newest resident, Le Pont de la Tour. Home to a French bistro with a bar and grill menu inside and a specially-designed terrace menu serving up warming winter dishes, it’s perhaps the cosiest spot to enjoy a quintessential London view; that of Tower Bridge. Faux-shearling throws strewn across wicker chairs, vintage ski poles and pine cone detailing set the tone and when it comes to drink options, expect beautifully presented cocktails and a bottomless brunch option that might be especially tempting if you’ve been committed to doing dry January since the dawn of 2018.

Le Pont de la Tour, 36D Shad Thames, London, SE1 2YE

The Brunch Spot: Granger & Co

Whether you’re prepping for a jam-packed day at the shows or you just want to head somewhere favoured by the style set, not only during Fashion Week but at any point throughout the season, make Granger & Co. – specifically the Chelsea branch – your brunch destination of choice. Brightly lit, beautifully decorated and boasting premium Australian coffee plus a delicious, inventive array of fresh dishes on the food menu, it’s the perfect place for a morning catch-up with friends. No time for brunch? This all-day dining destination is a charismatic spot whenever you drop by and the dinner and cocktail menus are equally as inviting.

237-239 Pavilion Rd, Chelsea, London SW1X 0BP 

The Best People Watching Spot: Brewer Street

The event officially kicks off on the 16th February and whilst the most high profile of industry insiders (editors, buying directors, influential journalists etc) will be fresh of the plane from New York, there’s still ample opportunity to people watch if you head down to the hub of it all, Brewer Street Carpark, on the day. For the past couple of seasons, many of the presentations have been held in the carpark – industrial enough to sit in line with the London shows’ diverse aesthetic and central enough that attendees can dart off to their next appointment with relative ease. That said, there’s a lot going on at this newly iconic spot, although it doesn’t look like much from the outside. Check the schedule and head down when some of the most high-profile events are due to take place but get ready to negotiate the street style photographers outside who are sure to be bustling about in bid to pap the best dressed guests.

Brewer St, Soho, London W1F 0LA 

the anti-fashion week options
The Culture Hit: Orchids Festival, Kew Gardens

If you’re looking for a welcome departure from the madness of the city then we recommend Kew Gardens’ annual celebration of the orchid which is set to run from 10th February to 11th March this year. Inspired by the vibrant colour palette of the plant life in Thailand and decorated with culturally-appropriate props and visuals, you’d be forgiven for forgetting you were in England’s capital city for an hour or two.

Kew Gardenns, Kew, Richmond, TW9 3AB 

The Fashion Week Alternative: Movie Nights At The Museum

If you’re feeling anti Fashion Week and you want to take a night away from the madness then the Natural History Museum might just have what you’re looking for. Set to showcase a range of sci-fi film favourites throughout the month, it kicks off its listings with none other than E.T. which is scheduled for the 9th February at 19.15 and will be followed by films of the same genre such as Alien and Star Trek on weekend evenings until the 3rd March. There’s a bar serving drinks and snacks as well of course, so whilst the setting is arguably more elevated than your local cinema might be, it promises to keep the classic experience at its core.

Natural History Museum, Cromwell Rd, Kensington, London SW7 5BD