With the arrival of London Fashion Week 2023, all eyes are on the capital and the city’s most fashionable restaurants and bars to see and be seen in. From glamorous cocktail bars and exclusive new members’ clubs to the most talked about restaurants in town, we’ve hand-picked the most glamorous spots beloved by the fashion pack. Here’s our round-up of the most fashionable restaurants and bars in the capital to visit this London Fashion Week and beyond.
When is London Fashion Week 2023?
London Fashion Week takes place twice a year: in February and September. The next LFW will run from Friday September 15 to Tuesday September 19 2023.
Where is London Fashion Week 2023?
The majority of the shows for London Fashion Week 2023 will take place at Somerset House and 180 The Strand, but shows are also being held at lots of different locations around the capital over the weekend.
How do I get tickets to London Fashion Week 2023?
Tickets to most of the London Fashion Week shows are invite-only, so they can’t be bought, but there are plenty of events you can attend as part of LFW’s ‘City Wide Celebrations’ – visit the London Fashion Week website for all the details.
Who are the designers to look out for at London Fashion Week 2023?
There’s a whole host of exciting names on the schedule this season, with Burberry, Simone Rocha, Richard Quinn and JW Anderson among the most highly anticipated shows. There’s plenty of emerging talent to look out for too, including Chet Lo, Ancuta Sarca and Chopova Lowena, as well as Fashion East’s latest batch of avant-garde new designers.
The Most Fashionable Restaurants And Bars In London
In the French capital, Caviar Kaspia has long been hailed as the go-to post-show destination during Paris Fashion Week, where the likes of Hailey Bieber, Bella Hadid and Carine Roitfeld have come to dine on twice-baked potatoes topped with Oscietra caviar. At the beginning of this year, the French favourite opened an outpost in London, which is bound to draw a similarly starry crowd. The intimate members’ club is invitation-only, making it the perfect spot for a discrete London Fashion Week debrief.
1a Chesterfield Street, Mayfair, London W1J 5JF
Any new opening at Claridge’s always gets the fashion pack’s attention, so it seems like no coincidence that after a summer of soft launch, the art deco Mayfair gem has chosen the fashion month of September to officially open the doors to its glamorous new restaurant. The space has been sensitively updated by Bryan O’Sullivan studio to make the most of the hotel’s elegant design heritage, while the menu features a hit list of contemporary classics that include grilled native lobster with crushed Jersey royals and chocolate souffle tart.
Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1K 4HR
There was feverish excitement when Bacchanalia flung open its doors at the end of last year, and everyone from Naomi Campbell to Maya Jama has been spotted in its opulent dining room, where Martin Brudnizki interiors and four magnificent Damien Hirst statues vie for attention with the restaurant’s in-house grape feeder. Richard Caring’s latest must-visit spot is bound to be packed during London Fashion Week, with tastemakers and trendsetters dining on their decadent new feasting menu and trying to nab an invitation to the ultra-exclusive members’ club downstairs, Apollo’s Muse.
1-3 Mount Street, Mayfair, London W1K 3NA
Ever since reopening the doors following its glamorous overhaul by Richard Caring, which saw the legendary club transform a Georgian townhouse on Berkeley Square with decadent interiors by Martin Brudnizki, Annabel’s has become the most fashionable members club in London. Little wonder, then, that it also plays host to LFW’s most glamorous parties. You’re guaranteed to spot a famous face or two while dining in their lush garden courtyard or dancing the night away in the subterranean nightclub.
46 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1J 5AT
The original Manzi’s first opened off Leicester Square in 1928 and was a huge hit – now the iconic seafood restaurant is back with a bang, albeit in a new location in Soho. The launch this summer marked the Wolseley Hospitality Group’s first new opening and its jewel-box pretty interiors, where mermaids adorn the bar and shells line the ceiling, have already drawn a stylish crowd. The menu is packed full of reliable seafood classics, from prawn and crayfish cocktail and moules marinière to lobster thermidor.
1 – 8 Bateman’s Buildings, Soho, London W1D 3EN
When Nikita opened last year, it quickly established itself as one of the most discrete and stylish members’ clubs in London, with the space designed to resemble a Haussmann-style flat in Paris, with moulded red walls and moodily dim lighting. It’s bound to be one of London’s hottest late-night spots during LFW, with the club’s main operating hours being between 8.30pm and 1.30am. Before that, expect to see the fashion pack filling up on chic club sandwiches and fries at sister restaurant Mister Nice, which can be accessed from the club via a secret passageway.
22 Davies Street, Mayfair, London W1K 3DE
The Twenty Two
This glamorous new members club from billionaire businessman Jamie Reuben and Navid Mirtorabi, former owner of Blakes in South Kensington, has been welcoming London’s most famous faces even since it opened last year, with everyone from Cara Delevingne and Ellie Goulding to Idris Elba having entered its handsome Edwardian façade. With its maximalist interiors by Natalia Miyar and chic discotheque The Music Room – all leopard print carpet, deep red walls and mirrored tables – this is where the glitterati come to let their hair down.
22 Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, London W1K 6LF
Set over six floors within a renovated Neo-Baroque house, new members’ club 1 Warwick quickly became one of London’s coolest new nightlife spots when it was opened by the team behind Fitzrovia’s Mortimer House earlier this year. There’s a buzzy bistro and bar, Nessa, on the ground floor, but it’s the year-round rooftop restaurant, Yasmin, that’s become the club’s biggest draw. With its wraparound terrace offering fantastic views over central London, it’s likely to host its fair share of after parties this LFW.
1 Warwick Street, Soho, London W1B 5LR
André Balazs’ Chiltern Firehouse has long been synonymous with celebrities and even royalty – this was, after all, where Princess Eugenie partied after her engagement to Jack Brooksbank in 2018, and where Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi threw their engagement party in 2019. While the restaurant originally made famous by Nuno Mendes remains popular, the exclusive Ladder Shed Club is where you really want to be – notoriously difficult to get into, you could find yourself standing at the bar next to Kate Moss or Poppy Delevingne.
1 Chiltern Street, Marylebone, London W1U 7PA
The Maine Mayfair
Housed in a splendid townhouse overlooking Hanover Square that was once home to the Duke of Monrose, the Maine Mayfair has been drawing the fashion elite ever since it opened in 2022. It’s hardly surprising, then that Edward Enninful chose it as the spot to celebrate his latest birthday, bringing along a starry selection of guests that included Jourdan Dunn, Dua Lipa and Karen Elson. With a menu packed full of crowd-pleasers like lobster rolls, oysters and moule frites, and a sultry secret bar where you’ll find nightly jazz bands, there’s fun to be had any day of the week here.
20 Hanover Square, Mayfair, London W1S 1JY
Sweeties at The Standard
Situated on the 10th floor and accessed via the hotel’s famous red pill exterior lift, Sweeties at The Standard has become the go-to bar for those looking for a night of mischievously good fun. Ochre velvet sofas, mirrored tables and a six-foot antique phallic sculpture set the tone, while the menu features a selection of mood-boosting cocktails created in collaboration with award-winning mixologists Jack Sotti and Todd Austin. Open until 2.30am on weekends and with an ever-evolving line-up of DJs, there’s always a party to be found at Sweeties.
10 Argyle Street, King’s Cross, London WC1
Shoreditch Arts Club
Fashion-savvy artists and creatives have been flocking to the Shoreditch Arts Club since it first opened its doors in March, with the club designed to feel like a cool art collector’s home. Thought-provoking paintings, sculptures and installations are dotted around the space, which is housed in the iconic Tea Building on Redchurch Street. The destination restaurant led by in-house chef Mattia Luminelli is the place to be come LFW, with its largely vegetarian and vegan menu focusing on seasonal dishes, while cocktails are taken care of by award-winning mixologist Walter Pintus.
6 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, London E2 7DD