Next Stop: London Fashion Week

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With London Fashion Week now situated in Soho, we’ve rounded up the best of the neighborhood’s sips and bites to get you through shows from morning to night— think cold-pressed juiceries, vegan fare, farm-to-table cafés and natural wine bars. Plus, we sit down with local Brit and Net-a-Porter Editorial Fashion Director Gabriele Hackworthy to get a real “inside” scoop on her one-and-only London Town. Scroll down to peruse our curated city guide, then snag Hackworthy’s little black book below.


CITIPHILE’s Guide to Soho

COFFEE BREAK
Tap Coffee No. 193 | Flat Whites and freshly-made baked goods | (MAP IT)
Department of Coffee & Social Affairs | “The only name you need to know for a knock-out coffee.”- ELLE UK | (MAP IT)
Bar Termini | Espresso bar by day, cocktail bar by night | (MAP IT)

GRAB-N-GO
Mojo | Cold-pressed juices and healthful toasts | (MAP IT)
Yoobi | Sushi; Hand-rolls | (MAP IT)
Gail’s | Artisan bakery with market sandwiches and salads | (MAP IT)
Camisa & Son | Old-school Italian market for deli sandwiches | (MAP IT)
Kêu | Vietnamese | (MAP IT)
BananaTree | Indochine | (MAP IT)

ENJOY A MEAL
Nopi | Farm-to-Table from Ottolenghi | (MAP IT)
Franco Manca | Excellent sourdough Neapolitan pizza | (MAP IT)
Andrew Edmunds | Seasonal European | (MAP IT)
Shackfuyu | Japanese fusion; London’s “Momofuku” | (MAP IT)
Polpo | Approachable Italian | (MAP IT)
Ceviche | Peruvian | (MAP IT)
Blanchette | French charcuterie and small plates | (MAP IT)
Barrafina | Spanish tapas | (MAP IT)

HEALTH-CONSCIOUS
Detox Kitchen | Market salads, seasonal vegetables and proteins | (MAP IT)
Juice Tonic | Cold-pressed juices and smoothies | (MAP IT)
Savage Salads | Seasonal salads; stand at Berwick St. Food Market | (MAP IT)
Mildred’s | Vegan | (MAP IT)
Roots & Bulbs | Gluten-free health food and juice bar | (MAP IT)

HAND ME A COCKTAIL
Bar Américain at Brasserie Zédel | Art Deco cocktail bar | (MAP IT)
Ducksoup | Natural wine bar | (MAP IT)
Mark’s Bar at Hix | Subterranean speakeasy with stellar cocktails | (MAP IT)
Bar Termini | Espresso by day, negroni/spritz by night | (MAP IT)
Soho Grind | Espresso shop with trendy basement cocktail bar | (MAP IT)

Gabriele Hackworthy’s London Black Book

Photography by Sandra Semburg; aloveisblind.com

Photography by Sandra Semburg; aloveisblind.com

BREAKFAST | Whenever I get homesick, I head to Granger And Co. in Notting Hill (MAP IT) where one of Australia’s most famous exports, chef Bill Granger creates delights such as ricotta pancakes and corn fritters. They don’t take reservations so if you want to go on a weekend, arrive early or you will need to queue. I promise the pancakes are worth the wait!

WEEKEND BRUNCH | Dean Street Townhouse (MAP IT) is one of the cosiest dining rooms in London with booths and velvet armchairs to sink into. Start your brunch with multiple plates of hot buttered crumpets to share amongst the table before settling into individual, typically British kedgeree or eggs Florentine.

HANGOVER CURE | Yauatcha (MAP IT) is my favorite dim sum restaurant in the UK— it’s designed by French interior designer Christian Liaigre and it has a Michelin star! It features an excellent range of Chinese and Indian teas and French patisserie. Tucked away between Oxford Street and Soho, Yauatcha makes a great place for afternoon tea after hitting the high street.

LUNCH OR DINNER | Housed in a grand 1920’s building, The Wolseley (MAP IT) was once a car showroom and has been re-invented as a Viennese cafe. The Wolseley has the best service in town and pays impeccable attention to detail which makes it a known venue for celeb-spotting. It’s where the “who’s who” of London enjoy a “power breakfast.”

DINNER | Dinings (MAP IT) is my favorite Japanese restaurant in London— it’s very unassuming, small and intimate. Don’t be fooled by the simple interior though; the food is some of the best Japanese you will find.

DRINKSThe Connaught Bar (MAP IT) serves 1930’s-inspired cocktails and the best Bloody Mary in town. Plus, with its ultra-stylish décor, one could easily imagine Daisy Buchanan sipping a Mint Julep here in a scene from The Great GatsbyCP

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