Culture & Music
New York Fashion Week officially ended on a high – with a performance by none other than Barry Manilow – earlier this week and now all eyes turn to London. We’ll be covering the shows (and making a mental wish list for the new season) over on our Instagram but in case you’re wondering where we’re at in moments of downtime, read on.
Royal Academy of Arts
Located in the heart of Piccadilly, there’s no better place to take a break from the crowds than the Royal Academy. Sit in the courtyard, sip a coffee and get lost in Instagram Stories or explore the Academy’s latest exhibition, Life Death Rebirth – a pairing of video artist Bill Viola’s installations with rarely seen drawings by Michelangelo.
Victoria and Albert Museum
Launched just in time for fashion month, new exhibition Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams is currently in residence at the Victoria and Albert museum. See archived pieces from the couturier himself dating back to 1947 presented alongside designs by John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri. The museum also has a very good courtyard – an essential in our book.
Good wholesome sustenance is essential for any fashion week and Lina Stores in Soho ticks that box perfectly. The newly opened restaurant – an extension of the original deli just a few streets over – offers a sharing menu of pasta and antipasti dishes. We recommend the pumpkin filled ravioli. And an aperol spritz too.
One of our favourite street markets in London, there’s nothing quite as good as rugging up really warm and wandering around Broadway Market with a coffee in hand. Stalls offer everything from fresh seafood to donuts as well as vintage clothing, rare books and handcrafted jewellery.