Where To Go During London Fashion Week

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Following up on Highsnobiety’s staff-picked New York destinations for NY Fashion Week, we bring you a list of must-go shops and restaurants in London. Whether you’re in the city for Fashion Week, the London Design Festival, work, or play, make sure you make time in your schedule to stop by the places below. Yes, we are still mourning the Queen’s passing, but you always have to eat, and there’s always something to buy… Right?

Artwords Bookshop

Okay, I’ve only been to London once for work, but the fact that Artwords Bookshop is one of the most memorable spots that stood out to me during my stay means something, granted I’m biased for colorful books and indie mags. If you are too, this spot is worth a visit. – YJ Lee, Senior Editor

Hector’s

There aren’t many places I’ve enjoyed as much as Hector’s in the past few years. Diddy, cozy, and pleasingly minimalistic, the nippy East London wine bar delivers everything you need for a more sophisticated night on the town, and some small plates for good measure. Described as “a love affair” of European food and wine, you can call me the third wheel from now on, because I’m firmly cemented in this delicious three-way love triangle. – Tayler Willson, Style Writer

Buen Ayre

I’m probably bias having lived on Broadway Market for a couple of years, but if you’re looking for some good grilled meats (beautiful steaks included!) that’s sharing-friendly and won’t break the bank, this is the place to be. Size-wise, it’s pretty modest, for an intimate dining experience that’s perfect for a link up with friends or family affairs. – Sam Cole, Style Writer

Aro Archive

There are plenty of vintage shops dotted around London – we’ve all got our favourites, whether in Notting Hill or Brick Lane. If you’re a fashion enthusiast looking for something more, I’d definitely recommend Aro Archive. The clue’s in the name – the store’s archive is more of a fashion education than your standard browsing experience, which makes a trip down worthwhile. Staff are super friendly and clued-in on the stock options, so if anything, you can just pop in for a good ol’ chin wag. – Sam Cole, Style Writer

Nepenthes London

Without a doubt the best store to go to in London to shop for Japanese fashion. The store is home to some of the most beautiful, playful and of course technical designs from the likes of Engineered Garments, Needles, SOUTH2WEST8 and many more. You literally cant go in without coming out with a whole new outfit. – Rhianna Matthews, Curation Manager

Retro Man

Retro Man in Notting Hill has a sister store next door filled with basic and designer gems. Not only is it in an iconic London area, but the curation makes you feel dialed into the city’s style as well. Fun finds like these Gucci gloves live next to old workwear and unbranded leather brogues. A great place to ask staff where else to go and find out what locals actually get up to. – Samantha Sugarman, Creative

MagCulture

MagCulture carries many of the familiar zines, so isn’t intimidating like some indie spots can be. Go sit and have a read, buy some light tube materials and walk to a completely different area ’cause there ain’t much around there. Lol. – Samantha Sugarman, Creative

MACHINE-A

If you love discovering up-and-coming designers, MACHINE-A is the store for you. It’s one of my favourite places to go to, especially because it always has the best selection of new season Maison Margiela Tabi boots, as well as plenty of Raf Simons. – Tora Northman, Senior TikTok Manager

The Glade at Sketch

I know, I know — Sketch isn’t exactly an under-the-radar spot. Still, I can’t help but pick the tea house’s Glade bar, a delightfully over-the-top spot perfect for grabbing a glass of champagne. From its lush murals to textured carpeting, the Glade looks straight out of a Fragonard painting. – Alex Pauly, Style Writer

Hostem

Hostem, at first glance, doesn’t seem terribly customer-friendly. It encourages would-be visitors to make appointments rather than browse a web store, for instance. Normally, I balk at the idea of scheduling my shopping: can’t I just stop in, browse the racks, and dip? But that’s not how Hostem works. It’s part of Blue Mountain School, the ultimate concept store, and each outlet within BMS flies in the face of typical consumption habits, instead encouraging guests to slow down and think about the intelligently curated goods handpicked by staff. Pusha T is a fan and, if you give it a shot, I think you will be too. – Jake Silbert, News Editor



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