Five of the Best London Fashion Week Bars

It’s London Fashion Week and when the shows are done for the day, it’s time to party. From grungy, cool-as-you-like hangouts in the East, to the grandest post-show hangouts in which to see and be seen, we’ve picked out a few of the best London Fashion Week bars...

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The Experimental Cocktail Club

13A Gerrard Street; 020 7434 3559

You’d be forgiven for thinking you had the wrong address when you turn up at a shabby looking scratched black door in Chinatown. However, the man at the door with the ‘your name’s not down you’re not coming in’ stare gives it away as one of London’s finest secret drinking dens. The grungy exterior opens up into some impressively lavish interiors and hushed jazz music, while the intimate, sultry atmosphere and oceans of good, hard liqueur make it a real modern-day 1920s speakeasy.

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The Delaunay

55 Aldwych; 020 7499 8558

If Chris Corbin and Jeremy King’s ‘grand café’ is rather more restaurant than bar, like its sister joint The Wolseley it’s primarily a glamorous meeting space – the food and drink are, frankly, almost incidental. If it’s hard to imagine the fash pack sitting down to a signature dish of wieners, the much raved-about granola is all set to be a fashion week breakfast meeting favourite. Either way, it’s definitely one of the places to slip your heels off, sink into a chair, sip a cocktail and do a spot of people-watching. And if it’s full? You might just have to ‘make do’ with a table at The Wolseley round the corner.

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Danger of Death

Brick Lane; 020 7065 6806

The fickle finger of fashion and its transient trends means nothing stays cool for very long. In the heart of the oh-so trendy East End, while it may have been around since for a little while now, Danger of Death still remains one of the places to be seen. Part of the Rushmore group of bars (which includes other ELLEuk faves, Giant Robot, Red Hook and Milk & Honey), it’s a tiny speakeasy-style cellar bar that’s perfect for letting your hair down after an East End show. The only slight hitch? It’s members-only, so if your name’s not down, you might have to pull out some pretty nice lines out to get in.

The Box

11 Walker’s Court; 020 7434 4374

The sordidly seductive Box nightclub was such a hit in downtown Manhattan that its British-born proprietor has brought it across the Atlantic to Soho, where in a few short weeks it drew rave reviews and an enviable string of celebrities on the guest list (and more than a few blushes). Once you get past the exclusive wooden door (it’s probably best to know someone, or know someone that knows someone) it’s a cavern of theatrical decor, scarlet walls, flickering candles and quirky antiques. Expect erotic cabarets and dancing till dawn in a place where decadence is definitely the done thing.

The Lobby Bar at One Aldwych

1 Aldwych; 020 7300 1000

The immediate vicinity of Somerset House is not exactly chock-full with great watering holes. You’re certainly likely to spot a familiar fashion face or two at The Savoy (as we can testify from our time at the Maria Grachvogel show in the Ballroom), while the bar at Nobu Berkeley Square is always a good bet for celeb-spotting. Even closer than both, though, is One Aldwych’s Lobby Bar (being practically across the street), and for sleek, very grown-up interiors and a convenient post-show drink, it’s pretty hard to beat.

Exhausted after all the partying? Check out our pick of the best London Fashion Week hotels. Or see our fashion-focused London guide.

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