It’s almost that time again – London Fashion Week is nearly upon us.
As well as being official media partner on the Larry Tee/Tzuji Runway Party, After Nyne will be present, and ready to report on the hottest trends, and events.
In advance of this, we’ve put our ear to the ground to find out the hottest places to eat and drink during this very special week. Here’s our list of don’t miss locations.
Stomping in stilettos from catwalk to showroom; darting between its new home in Soho and plush post-runway parties; in the frenzy of London Fashion Week (18 – 23 September) healthy nutrition often goes out the window. Thanks then to meat-free restaurant Ethos, which is on hand to offer Fashion Week Totes (£16.50); filled with delicious nibbles these snack packs will keep the time-stretched fashionista fully energised and camera ready.
Easily transportable, effortlessly chic and impeccably nourishing, dishes in the survival kit include a spinach and free-range egg pot with Himalayan salt; vitamin-packed broccoli and artichoke salad; tamari-roasted seed and nut mix alongside a bottle of refreshing birch or maple water. In addition, superfood-filled energy bites are sure to give the fashion fabulous a mid-afternoon boost.
To order, simply call Ethos on 020 3581 1538 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively visit the Shopify site www.ethos‐foods.myshopify.com
Lina Stores, a beautiful Italian deli located on Brewer Street, is offering hungry fashion-goers Fashion Pack(ed) grab ‘n’ go lunches throughout the whole of London Fashion Week. The packed lunches will contain a sandwich or pasta dish, together with a drink and a dessert box full of delicious sweet treats. The lunches will be served in the signature Lina Stores mint green and white striped packaging, making it as much a fashion accessory as it is a filling lunch. With Lina Stores being located in the heart of London Fashion Week, it is the perfect pit-stop for fashion-goers to refuel on some delicious Italian food.
Smith & Wollensky celebrate Fashion Week in style with the launch of the Celer McCartney cocktail. This fabulous blend of gin, celery bitters, lime juice and honey is the perfect pick-me-up for those with between-show fatigue.
Lundenwic is an all-day food and specialty coffee shop on Aldwych, which is a perfect pitstop for Fashion Week. The shop offers an all-day menu of fresh salads, sandwiches and toasties, alongside specialty coffees, nut milks and cold-pressed juices, which can be taken away, or enjoyed inside.
The all-day menu at Lundenwic offers creative, honest and healthy food with an emphasis on provenance and the use of quality and locally-sourced ingredients. With their seasonal freshly made gluten free salads such as Courgette, Asparagus, Kholrabi, Peas, Curd and Red Chilli and Roasted Butternut Squash, Chickpea, Fennel + Pomegranate, their freshly made in-house cold-pressed juices such as Kale, Spinach, Apple, Lemon & Parsley and the selection of bottled Mae + Harvey nut milks.
Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels is the first London wine bar from Experimental Group, the collective minds behind iconic cocktail bars, wine and restaurant establishments in New York, Paris, London and Ibiza.
The wine bar is situated in the heart of London’s Covent Garden, tucked away in storied Neal’s Yard and boasts its very own ‘savoir faire’ with a team of wine experts bringing the signature joyeux bordel to the London wine scene. Pop in to the wine bar to enjoy a glass of wine or champagne, accompanied by some charcuterie or their signature posh madame – made with truffle ham and quail egg.
In honour of LFW, and in order to fuel the fashion brigade, Farm Girl are putting on a ‘Mix and Matcha’ deal where customers can enjoy a delicious Acai bowl (frozen Amazonian acai berries topped with sliced banana, chia seeds & coconut flakes), and get a Matcha Tea Latte (Pukka matcha green tea powder, almond milk & cinnamon) for a price of just £10. The deal will be available throughout September, and diners should quote ‘mix and matcha’ when ordering.
Matcha is adored amongst celebrities and the front row alike for its high levels of antioxidants and vitamins, calorie burning, and natural energy boost, while acai, Victoria Beckham’s new obsession, is known for its weight loss properties, helping you stay lean, mean and oh-so-on-trend.
Already popular with fashionistas and foodies, since its opening in July, Farm Girl has been visited by the likes of Nigella Lawson, Edie Campbell, Millie Mackintosh, Madeleine Shaw and Russell Bateman (of Skinny Bitch Collective).
Open daily Tuesday through Sunday, Farm Girl is located at 59a Portobello Road, London W11 3DB. The phone number is 020 7536 2108, the website is www.thefarmgirl.co.uk, and the social media handle is @farmgirlcafe.
A little off the beaten track for Fashion Week, but no less fabulous, Notting Hill’s latest place to be seen is Casa Cruz.
With starters such as Wild sea bass crudo and artichokes with lemon and olive oil, available alongside main dishes including Charcoal grilled monkfish; and Cajun chicken breast, Casa Cruz has hit the ground running since opening in the summer.
Argentine steaks are a highlight, with the very best grass-fed meat being imported from Argentina. British fish and game, and French poultry are equally championed.
Reflecting London’s increasing appetite for health-conscious and balanced eating, dishes will prioritise taste whilst adopting a ‘Mediterranean’ attitude of quality ingredients, cooked simply.
This season’s must-‐have collection of seriously in-‐vogue cocktails will soon arrive at TwoRuba Bar in Tower Bridge, just in time for London Fashion Week. Showcasing their finest creations on the ‘catwalk’ bar, grab your fellow fashionistas and take a front row seat to sample this season’s most fabulous flavours of designer concoctions.
Our recommendation is the Punk Love (£12) inspired by one of our most outspoken fashion designers -‐ Dame Vivienne Westwood -‐ this is an audaciously rebellious cocktail of tequila with pineapple juice, spiked with lime and agave then served with fresh kumquat.
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