Where does the #FashPack drink when the London Fashion Week shows are over? At the capital’s trendiest hotspots, of course. The Resident picks out the bars where London’s most fashionable head to refuel…
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1 The Parrot, Aldwych
Franklin & Sons premium mixer brand has teamed up with Idris Elba’s newly opened The Parrot bar to offer fashion-conscious consumers a limited-edition, style-inspired cocktail to refresh and revitalise after a day on the frow. The Kingston Parakeet cocktail – free of charge to all LFW-goers – was created by expert mixologist Daniele Panzanaro, and features Absolut Elyx Vodka, Aperol Italian Bitter and creamy fig liqueur, combined with Franklin & Sons Rhubarb with Hibiscus Tonic Water and finished with lemon and a dash of homemade chamomile syrup. Served in a beautiful ocean-inspired glass, the very Instagramable cocktail is £14 during London Fashion Week, or free to anyone with a London Fashion Week pass. Plus, £1 from every Kingston Parakeet sold during LFW will to global non-profit organisation, Plastic Oceans.
45 Aldwych WC2B 4DW; theparrotldn.co.uk
2 Beaufort Bar at The Savoy
Mere minutes from all the LFW action, The Savoy is a place of timeless elegance and the dramatic jet-black and burnished gold décor of it Beaufort Bar make the perfect backdrop for post-show drinks. Beaufort Bar’s newly launched Music, Magic and Drama menu celebrates The Savoy’s theatrical history through three distinct menu sections: Music is designed for the early evening, with grower champagnes and English sparkling wines; Music is complex and intriguing with a focus on gin; and Drama alludes to the bar’s previous incarnation as The Savoy’s cabaret stage, with dark, atmospheric whisky-based drinks.
Strand WC2R 0EZ; fairmont.com/savoy-london
It’s brand new, it has a view, and its channelling a retro 60s vibe to hark back to a more hedonistic era in London – so you can bet your bottom dollar the Fash Pack will have it sights set on VIVI. Following an ambitious redevelopment of historical landmark Centre Point, VIVI is gearing itself up to be the West End’s newest culinary destination. The decor features retro pale pink booths, a statement ‘PlayPlax’ chandelier and fluorescent neon signage – perfect for those #LFW Insta-selfies. Expect old school bartending at VIVI Bar, with classic and creative cocktails such as the Rolling in brown sugar (champagne, rum, Martini, jasmine and brown sugar), inspired by The Rolling Stones, and the Dazed and Confused (Tequila, kumquat liqueur, orange blossom and grapefruit), a nod to Led Zeppelin.
Centre Point, 11 St Giles Square WC2H 8AP; vivirestaurant.co.uk
4 Nobu Berkeley Street, Mayfair
An instant hit from the day it opened in 2005, Peruvian-Japanese restaurant Nobu continues to cast its spell over discerning Londoners, celebrities and fashionistas. The Lounge Bar serves up picture-perfect cocktails such as the Femme Fatale, with Sochu, JJ Whitley Vodka, Liqueur de Violette and Elderflower Liquor, served in a ‘lipstick kissed’ martini glass and poisoned right in front of you. Or how about a Jalapeno & Ginger Martini? With JJ Whitley Vodka, jalapeno and ginger liquor, basil leaves and a touch of citrus, that’s got to give the metabolism a kick? The circle of banquettes in the centre of the bar is still the spot to see, to be seen and to discretely gossip about your fellow clientele.
15 Berkeley Street, Mayfair W1J 8DY; noburestaurants.com
5 The May Fair Bar, Mayfair
As the Official Hotel of London Fashion Week, May Fair Bar at The May Fair couldn’t resist launching its very own Dior-inspired collection to complement the V&A’s Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams exhibition. The specially created cocktails are inspired by three iconic dresses from the couturier’s 1954 and 1955 collection. The Écarlate, modelled on Dior’s confection of red silk, organza net and tulle, is a blend of Grey Goose Vodka, hibiscus & guava infusion, blood orange liqueur and Cocchi Americano Rosa, topped with FeverTree soda. The Pérou is honoured by a combo of Hennessy Fine de Cognac, honey, sage, lemon and Moët & Chandon Brut. Finally, the Soirée de décembre black silk evening dress, ordered from the Dior Paris salon by Margot Fonteyn, is celebrated as a medley of Ciroc Vodka, charcoal, Aperol, kalamansi, orange and egg white. Available until 16 March for £16 each.
70 Stratton Street, Mayfair W1J 8LT; themayfairhotel.co.uk
6 Donovan Bar at Brown’s Hotel, Mayfair
Donovan Bar, residing in one of London’s most iconic hotels, has long been known as one of London’s most intimate and sophisticated drinking dens, hosting gatherings of the most glamorous faces of Mayfair’s elite fashion and art scene. The bar, named for iconic 60s photographer Terence Donovan, has devised a London Fashion Week special – the In The Frow. Designed with fashionistas in mind, the vivid blue tipple captures the energy and creativity of the city during Fashion Week and ought to put paid to any ‘Fashion Week Fatigue’ (available from 13-17 February). Alongside this, cocktail maestro Salvatore Calabrese has curated a list of 16 original cocktails alongside his own personal collection of rare and historic spirits.
Albemarle Street, Mayfair W1S 4BP; roccofortehotels.com
7 Quaglino’s, St James
Celebrate LFW at the original and iconic fashionista haunt, Quaglino’s. The stomping ground of the ultimate guru’s, Eddy and Patsy, ‘Quags’ maintains it absolutely fabulous appeal as a stalwart of the London scene with live music every Tuesday to Saturday. Pop in after a catwalk show and sip on Quaglino’s new futuristic cocktail menu, inspired by sustainability. Drinks feature clarified milk and are infused with vegetable roots – nothing goes to waste here. Try The Green Revolution, with Michter’s Rye, yellow chartreuse, lime, beer honey, matcha tea and pistachio foam.
16 Bury Street, St James SW1Y 6AJ; quaglinos-restaurant.co.uk
8 Manetta’s Bar, Mayfair
Hidden below the bustling streets of London’s most exclusive neighbourhood is Manetta’s Bar, a decadent den steeped in rich history and oozing old school glamour. The intimate Sheraton-style sofas are the perfect spot for a post LFW tête-à-tête over inventive cocktails and indulgent nightcaps, or pull up one of the beautiful red and black bar stools to watch masterful mixologists. Plus, those with a London Fashion Insiders event ticket can enjoy two-for-one cocktails from 16-24 February.
39 Clarges Street, Mayfair W1J 7EW; flemings-mayfair.co.uk
9 The Vault, Milroy’s, Soho
Whisky drinkers should remember this name – London’s oldest whisky shop, founded by the Milroy brothers, has a speakeasy-style cocktail bar in the basement called The Vault. Owner Simo, formerly of Coal Vaults, has devised a great selection of cocktails made with house-infused spirits. Highlights include the Detox Retox, made with apple, cucumber, celery and spinach vodka blend and lemon sorbet, as well as Handsome Jack, with Cognac, rye, Aperol, Chartreuse, Red Vermouth, maple and bitters.
3 Greek Street, Soho W1D 4NX; thevaultsoho.co.uk
10 Balthazar, Covent Garden
Balthazar is loved for serving up brilliant brunches, but the stylish American Whiskey bar has an impressive drinks list making it the perfect central London spot to enjoy a cocktail or two. Sip on Balthazar’s signature creations, such as the Screaming Viking (an interesting twist on a margarita), the Lipsticks at Dawn (with vodka, Aperol, St Germain Elderflower Liqueur, grapefruit juice and passion fruit) or the Balthazar Fizz (Beefeater Gin, lemon juice, gomme and orange blossom. The bar also has over 150 varieties of American whiskey, and from 10pm every day its Manhattan Hour, when you can order Manhattan cocktails for £10.
4-6 Russell Street WC2B 5HZ; balthazarlondon.com
11 Daphne’s, South Kensington
This South Ken institution has been hosting London’s finest for over 50 years. A Caprice Holdings establishment, you know you’re in for a treat. The beautiful bar was inspired by the Venetian drinking dens of the Grand Tour, and the Italian-inspired cocktails are some of the most decadent drinks you’ll find in Chelsea. Try the Half Century – Daphne’s classic Negroni made with Plymouth Navy Gin, Campari, Cynar and Aged Vermouth Blend, or a Daphne’s Martini, with Grey Goose or Tanqueray 10, Bitters and Dry Vermouth. Don’t be surprised if you see an A-lister sipping on a Gin & Deuce at this SW3 hotspot.
112 Draycott Avenue, South Kensington SW3 3AE; daphnes-restaurant.co.uk
12 Pennethorne’s, Somerset House
Fashion week may have moved from its Somerset House home, but that doesn’t mean London’s style set won’t be hanging out in this iconic setting (the British Fashion Council are still based there). Pennethorne’s cafe/bar serves up everything from British bubbles brand Nyetimber to fresh juices and cocktails. It’s well worth sampling the all-day dining menu, too. Tasty nibbles and small plates including black truffle crisps to sauteed kale, sweet potato and crushed avo on toast are the perfect accompaniment to a glass of fizz.
New Wing Somerset House, Strand WC2R 1LA; pennethornescafe.co.uk