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London's hottest bars and restaurants for LFW


Balthazar NY - Balthazar_NY_2013_-_9.jpgThe fash pack might not be renowned for its love of food, but you can be sure its movers and shakers will be out in force in the capital’s restaurants and bars, seeing and being seen, during London Fashion Week (13-17 September 2013). Square Meal reveals the top 20 trend-setting destinations for keeping up with the crowd.

Balthazar, Covent Garden (pictured, top right)

Stateside fashionistas are guaranteed to flock to Keith McNally’s London version of their favourite New York eatery. The Covent Garden newcomer, which has been buzzing since day one, already feels like it’s been part of the London scene for years – and is set to continue to be one of the hottest tickets in town.

Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental, Knightsbridge

Bar Boulud is warmly lit, knowingly suave and permanently buzzing – what’s more, it serves delicious cocktails and snacks. Since the bar is located in one of the most luxurious hotels in the capital, celebs should abound.

Cecconi’s, Mayfair

A perennial favourite for fashionistas out for a good time, Cecconi’s always buzzes with the sought-after X factor. Check out the Prosecco on tap.

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Get past the bouncers to get to the goods at this East Village-inspired club and bar. It’s always the epitome of cool, whoever is manning the decks, and the cheap booze, industrial-style bar and big toons are manna to Dalston’s skinny fashion mavens – male and female.

The Delaunay, Covent Garden

It’s just across the street from fashion HQ Somerset House – which should mean that this sibling to The Wolseley is full to bursting with stars come London Fashion Week.

Dstrkt, Soho

A restaurant, bar and club on subversively seedy Rupert Street, Dstrkt attracts London’s young pretty things – so models and their entourages should feel right at home.

Experimental Cocktail Club, Soho

It’s notoriously difficult to get a foot in the door at this stuck-up cocktail bar, so pack your most toweing pair of Louboutins and retort to any nonsense with a sharp and practised ‘Don’t you know who I am?’

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This rocking izakaya – a throbbing mix of recycled furniture, rock music, eclectic graphics and artwork – is a hit with hipster Londoners. Being so close to the Fashion Week action, it’s sure to see its dining room graced with its fair share of catwalk queens.

J Sheekey Oyster Bar, Covent Garden

A short walk from Somerset House (where the LFW action happens), this is the perfect pit-stop for the fashionista on-the-go. Snack on oysters and Champagne while you watch the front-rowers refuel between shows. Until 26 February, the restaurant is offering a glass of Pol Roger Pure and half-a-dozen oysters for £15.75.

Mark’s Bar at Hix, Soho

Descend to this hip basement bar, where the impeccably trained and friendly staff treat everyone like an A-lister – and you’ll find more than your fair share of them here. 

May Fair Hotel

The official HQ for London Fashion Week, this is bound to be buzzing with model behaviour. Relax in the May Fair Bar while you people-watch, or check into a room for a sneaky peek of the behind-the-scenes activity.

Meatliquor, Marylebone

Not the most obvious choice for your average size-zero fashionista, but even dieting divas will be tempted by Meatliquor’s homage to the burger joints of America’s south (pictured, top right). Plus, it’s currently a major player on the ‘see and be seen’ circuit in London.

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Victoria Beckham is one of the most famous patrons of this chic and glamorous Japanese restaurant. Channel Posh and order the black cod – with any sauces on the side, dahling. If you can’t get a table, the bar is another cool hangout.

Radio Rooftop Bar, Covent Garden

Just a couple of strides from LFW HQ, this A-list terrace bar atop the ME Hotel has been generating a buzz since it launched and admitting only the capital’s most glamorous cats to its 80s-style high-tech interior. For chilly nights, the venue’s outdoor heaters and blankets do the job. Downstairs, STK restaurant will be offering a special lunch menu all weekend, from 12 noon – and diners with an LFW pass will be presented with a complimentary cocktail.

Restaurant Story, Bermondsey

Like LFW’s Brit designers and international supermodels, young gun Tom Sellers has the attitude, ambition and talent. His first solo venture in Bermondsey has been wowing foodies lucky enough to get a table – the world’s stars will be loathe to miss out on the gastronomic wizardry on display here.

Sebright Arms, Bethnal Green

This former backstreet boozer has been swept upmarket thanks to a sympathetic reboot and renewed interest from the Shoreditch posse. Designers such as Giles Deacon are regulars, according to those in the know.

Scott's, Mayfair

Square Meal’s readers describe Scott's as ‘the restaurant choice in central London’, offering ‘pure A-list eye candy’. Try the glamorous seafood joint for yourself – you’re sure to be in good company.

Spuntino_2011_-_Spuntino4.jpgSpuntino_2011_-_Spuntino4.jpgSpuntino, Soho (pictured, right)

Jet-lagged LFW models will think themselves still in New York at this cool London tribute to Lower East Side dive bars. Expect to queue, but the food and vibe are worth it.

Tom’s Kitchen at Somerset House

It’s pitched right in the heart of the catwalk action, and the grandiose setting and chi-chi signature dishes such as truffle chips with Parmesan are right up the street of the fash pack.

Wyld, Soho

Top models and rock musicians are the target demographic of this glitzy bar at the W Hotel. Kate Moss was at the launch party of the Studio 54-style venue, which serves blingy cocktails and top-notch Champagne.

This feature was updated in September 2013.

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