London Fashion Week Hotspots

Holly Swayne checks out the new LFW hangouts

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Words: Holly Swayne

1. London EDITION

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If it's good enough for Rihanna (who held her kick-off to fashion month party at the EDITION's New York outpost), it's good enough for you. The London EDITION became the ultimate fashion hangout back in SS14 and it still hasn't lost its crown as the go-to for models, editors and mega-celebs between shows. Business of Fashion is also throwing its heavy hitting 500 Party here this season.  

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London EDITION, 10 Berners Street, London W1T 3NP, 020 7781 0000

2. TAP Coffee

Fashion Week requires stamina, so skipping breakfast is ill-advised. Enter TAP coffee, a stylishly designed (and impossibly-roomy) Soho cafe where you'll find the editors gearing up with homemade granola and XL coffees come 9am (ish). Fashion party last night? Take one of the salt beef sarnies to go.

TAP Coffee, 193 Wardour St, London W1F 8ZF, 020 7580 2163

3. The Richmond

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Entering the Richmond you're guaranteed a sea of fashion-famous faces: think Susie Bubble, Jonathan Saunders, the Dazed magazine lot. This recent addition to the raw food scene has an oyster happy-hour (at £1 a pop), fancy cocktails with brilliant names like 'Sage Against The Machine' and a cool clientele - what more could you want? 

The Richmond, 316 Queensbridge Rd, London E8 3NH, 020 7241 1638

4. L'Escargot

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Fashion loves a revival. This season Lulu Kennedy's Fashion East designers are taking up residence at L'Escargot - the iconic Soho bistro remembered for its '80s heyday. The catwalk shows will happen at the upstairs members club and surrounding Greek Street, but the restaurant is business as usual, with coq au vin, chocolate eclairs and 'Oh La La' cocktails. 

L'Escargot, 48 Greek St, London, W1D 4EF, 020 7439 7474, lescargot.co.uk

5. Triyoga Soho

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Exercising between shows is now a thing (looking at you Karlie Kloss), so this yoga studio's handy location next to Fashion Week HQ is ideal. The schedule ranges from traditional Ashtanga practices to ballet-influenced classes. Just don't let the model drop-ins put you off. 

Triyoga, Kingly Court, Carnaby St, London W1B 5PW, 02033623355

6. The May Fair Hotel

With its 'Official London Fashion Week Hotel' seal of approval, The May Fair is sure to draw in the big names. But if the price of a night is just a tad out-of-reach, just  pop by for afternoon tea and a glass of champers, checking out the bespoke Fashion Week decor by Gareth Pugh while you're at it.

The May Fair Hotel, Stratton Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 8LT

7. TAPE London 

Where do the musicians hang during Fashion Week? Probably this just-opened club on Hanover Square, thanks to its fully-equipped recording studio and instruments available for impromptu jamming. It's also photographer Rankin's chosen venue for his Hunger Magazine launch; debauchery guaranteed.

TAPE London, Hanover Square, Mayfair, London W1S 1HU, 020 7659 9080

8. Clutch

Sometimes you just want to eat fried chicken. Outside of London Fashion Week, over in the East End, Clutch is still one of the coolest places to eat in town - with regulars from David Bailey to stylist Katie Shillingford and designers Agi & Sam. Once you've tried one of the free-range, soy-marinated buckets, the trials of LFW  fade away.

Clutch, 4 Ravenscroft St, London E2 7QG, 020 7729 4402

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