22 August 2014

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London Fashion Week for foodies


Old Billingsgate - 1301_Old-Billingsgate__Gallery_fashionshow-resized.jpgLondon Fashion Week (LFW) is the most creative and innovative event on the global fashion calendar, and to mark its return next week (14-18 February), London’s restaurants are showing off their artistic fashionista flair with a host of special menus.

While many people would agree some of the world's best fashion comes from Italy, everyone would agree that some of the best coffee does. It makes sense, then that Lavazza – Italy’s favourite coffee, and also our sponsor – are sponsoring LFW for the twelth year running. For those of you in need of a pick me up at the shows, look out for the The Lavazza Winter Garden in the Somerset House courtyard where you can enjoy a taste of Italian coffee culture.

Here's our pick of the most stylish fashion-themed special menus and cocktails to be found around town.

Stylish superfoods at Babbo
Swanky Mayfair Italian restaurant Babbo are laying on a superfood menu to keep guests looking their best throughout Fashion Week. Dishes at the restaurant, which counts Stella McCartney and Colin Firth among its fans, will include a salad of beetroot, crab, walnuts and celery leaves, and a tuna carpaccio with wild asparagus and aubergine purée. A three-course Fashion Week menu is priced at £45.
Read our review of Babbo here

Fashion icons at Drake & Morgan
This bar and restaurant group’s branches will honour icons of the fashion world in three specially created cocktails: the Kate Moss (vodka, elderflower liqueur, prosecco), the Brigitte Bardot (bourbon, brandy, sugar syrup, egg yolk, cream, chocolate powder) and the Jackie Kennedy (white rum, lime, sugar syrup, Maraschino Liqueur). They are available throughout Fashion Week for £6.95 each.
Read our reviews of Drake & Morgan bars The FollyThe Happenstance and The Refinery.


Fashion capitals cocktails at Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor bar
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The team at the Fifth Floor Bar have assembled five cocktails for Fashion Week, each representing one of the fashion capitals of the world. London gets the Sloane Street, made with rhubarb vodka, honey water, lemon juice, bitters and Champagne; Milan, New York, Paris and Zurich are also represented.

Read our review of Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor bar here

Couture cocktails and skinny salads at Mews of Mayfair
A variety of four different skinny salads are paired with low-calorie cocktails to ensure fashionistas can get all the flavour without having to worry about their figure. A hot smoked salmon salad accompanied by a flute of English garden fizz made with sparkling wine and elderflower is just 235 calories.
Read our review of Mews of Mayfair here

Skinny Bitch menu at Ping (pictured right)Ping.jpg
This Earl’s Court restaurant and ping pong bar is running a low-calorie Skinny Bitches menu to celebrate a week of high fashion. A selection of pizzas - named the Kate, Claudia and Cara - are all under 500 calories each, made with a wholemeal crust and topped with high-nutrient ingredients.
Read our review of Ping here

Wheat-free afternoon tea at Pont Street
For those looking to ‘indulge without the bulge’, chef Sophie Michell has created a wheat-free afternoon tea for Fashion Week. The tea will include savoury open sandwiches such as smoked salmon on rye, mini-coronation chicken patties, and a selection of wheat-free desserts and pastries including scones with homemade strawberry jam. The afternoon tea costs £35 per person.
Read our review of Pont Street here

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If you try out any of these special menus or cocktails listed below, click through to the restaurant’s listing page and write it up for the chance to win a variety of exciting prizes, courtesy of our sponsor Lavazza: Modo Mio coffee machines, dinners for two, and even a trip to Italy.

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