London Fashion Week : Stylish Events

Stop the press, put down the bouquet it isn’t just Valentine’s Day today, no it is also the start of one of London’s most prestigious events – London Fashion Week (www.londonfashionweek.co.uk). As the teeming hordes flock to London dressed in their finest to watch the models as they so effortlessly saunter down the catwalk, we won’t just be getting exciting about the fashion but also the parties, the events and inspired cocktails. So here are some of our favourite from mankini cocktails, to guilt free pizzas and wild closing parties!

Benares

Michelin – star Mayfair restaurant Benares, is spreading the Fashion Week love with their special cocktails that not only pay homage to London’s Fashion Week but also New York’s, Paris’ and Milan’s. The taste of London comes in the form of gin infused with cardamom, star anise, black pepper, fresh berries muddled with vanilla sugar and topped with sparkling wine, whilst for a flavour of Paris you will get Martell VS, chocolate liqueur and chocolate infused with chilli! 14th February – 5 March www.benaresrestaurant.com

Disco

Rather than celebrate Valentine’s Day with a date you aren’t really that keen on, celebrate your true love – fashion at this opening party. With a floor full of London’s more stylish, Strike a Pout is sure to get you in the mood for a full on fashion week ahead. Soundtracked by four of London’s finest female DJs including Hannah Holland and Blonde Ambition this looks to be both the best looking and sounding night in London this Friday. Expect disco, house and underground favourites. 14th February  www.disco-london.com

Mint Leaf Restaurant

Mint Leaf Restaurant are bringing things to a close by hosting The Gomez Gracia Collection LFW Closing party. Starting off with a delicious four course dinner, and Champagne – of course – the evening will continue with a showcase of Gomez Gracia’s latest W2014 Collection. DJ StarRockers and The Boudoir Club will then take to the decks and keep the party going well into the night, well after all that sitting at shows, we need to get up and dance!  18th  February www.mintleafrestaurant.com 

One Aldwych

Celebrate the start of London Fashion Week and the new Somerset House exhibition Isabella Blows : Fashion Galore!  with a spectacular floral arrangement curated by talented ‘Flowers at One’ florist Mark Siredzuk. Inspired by the scent of the iconic perfume Fracas, an explosion of white magnolia, white hydrangea and pink roses will be on display in the lobby of luxury hotel One Aldwych this week. Find the perfect accompaniment with a Fashion Galore cocktail of rose liqueur, jasmine syrup, lemon and fresh muddled grapes, topped with bergamot foam and a final flourish of a rose petal. 12th – 15th February  www.onealdwych.com 

PING

We’ve all heard that infamous saying ‘nothing tastes as good as skinny feels’   well 1) we dare you to say that after eating a Ping pizza and 2) the Earls Court venue are defying that with their ‘Skinny Bitches’ pizza menu. Head Chef Bruno Elias has created three pizzas: the Kate, Claudia and Cara which are made from whole-wheat flour, light cheese and healthy toppings and all under 500 calories. Naturally there are low calorie cocktails to go with them we’re wanting The Diva – a blend of Absolut Orient Apple vodka, fresh ginger, ginger beer and Prosecco. So now you can ditch the salad,  grab the pizza and not worry about the calories! Hurrah!  Available throughout February www.weloveping.com

Pont St.

Wheat – it’s in all our favourite things pasta, bread, cakes, biscuits…we could go on all day. But sometimes the wheat can leave us feeling that bit sleepier and a little bit too bloated for those skinny jeans or that dress. Well fear not Chef Sophie Michell at Pont St. restaurant has created a wheat – free afternoon tea, but don’t think that means there aren’t scones or sandwiches because there are as well as macaroons and sweets. So now you really can have your cake and eat it…guilt free! Available Thursday – Sunday onwards www.thompsonhotels.com

Sketch

Get your hair and nails runway ready with breakfast, an early morning blow dry and a Chanel file and polish at Sketch. Running between the 14th and 18th of  February the pop up salon with talented hairdresser Josh Wood working his magic will definitely ready you for the day of fashion ahead. Located in the beautiful, garden inspired Glade room it has got us wishing that all mornings started like this. 14th – 18th February www.sketch.uk.com 

STK

So you didn’t get flowers from you Valentine? Or did you forget to buy them for your loved one? Well make it up to them – and no we don’t mean going to the local garage and buying bargain flowers, we mean by taking them for dinner at steakhouse, STK. Why? Because they have collaborated with exclusive florist, By Appointment Only to create bespoke catwalk boutiques inspired by the latest collections from the likes of Valentino, Missoni and Katrantzou! Available throughout February  www.togrp.com 

The Riding House Café

London Fashion Week may be all about forward fashion and the latest looks, but let’s take a step back for a minute and think about all those fashion blunders, the ones that some of us got all excited until we realised how terrible they really were. And where can we do this? The Riding House Café of course, with their offering to LFW, with their fashion mistake cocktails. First up The Bum Bag Bellini, then White Socks and Sandals Sazerac, The Sweet Manhattan Moustache and our favourite The Mankini Martini!  And no, you do not need to be sporting any of these looks when you visit The Riding House Café. Available 14th – 18th February www.ridinghousecafe.co.uk

Tonteria 

It might not have even started but have you got your London Fashion Week closing party sorted? No? Fret not and join Sloane Square club Tonteria for their rebel themed night of a distinctly dominatrix persuasion. Hosted by Pritch London in association with Profile Model Management and humanitarian charity Wings of Hope, the night will include shows of hot wax, blind folds and domination. To be seen to be believed. 20th February www.tonteria.co.uk

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