Whistles Neighbourhood: Central London
With the return of London Fashion Week to our capital this September, we’re giving you the rundown of the best spots to wine, dine, hangout and recharge in between the shows.
Hubbard & Bell
Occupying the lobby of the stylish Hoxton Hotel, the Soho House Group's restaurant Hubbard & Bell is not only a place to eat and drink, but to recharge batteries, work and network too. The Brooklyn-inspired restaurant, drinking den and breakout work area is a lively social co-op of urban travellers and creatives alike. The all-day restaurant serves hearty portions of grilled meats and seafood in an array of ingredients and flavours, while the lounge offers an extensive list of refreshing cocktails. After a lengthy email catch up, shuffle over to neighbouring Holborn Grind for a quick espresso and a chocolate and pistachio croissant before you head out.
199 - 206 High Holborn, London WC1V 7BW
Occupying the Grade II listed building of the former Marylebone Fire Station, the iconic Chiltern Firehouse is worth the waiting list. In a cosy New York-style brasserie setting - note the checkered tile flooring and high ceilings with low hanging lamps - the food specialises in ingredient-focused cooking with an always changing menu of reimagined classics and bold new flavours. Whether you plan to go for a weekend brunch or an evening dinner, unwinding with a cocktail and friends, the Chiltern Firehouse is the place to be.
1 Chiltern St, Marylebone, London W1U 7PA
Burberry’s ‘Here We Are’
Following the success of Burberry’s Makers House which celebrated the iconic artist Henry Moore and his influence on the brand’s Autumn/Winter 2017 collection, Burberry returns this season with Here We Are. Moving to the Old Sessions House in Clerkenwell, the forthcoming September show will curate the work of British social and documentary photographers who shaped the 20th Century, including Shirley Baker, Ken Russell, and Alasdair McLellan. Here We Are will be open to the public from September 18th to October 1st.
22 Clerkenwell Green, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 0NA
Newly opened in the centre of Covent Garden, Petersham Nurseries brings nature and elegance together to create a unique lifestyle destination. Sunlight pours through Victorian atriums of the in-house florist, where wild and colourful floral arrangements are created from seasonal British-grown flowers, while the delicatessen brings the spirit of a traditional Italian grocery store to London. Over in their lifestyle store expect handpicked collections of homeware, furniture and gifts including hand crafted pieces and exquisite antiques. Early 2018 anticipates the arrival of their two new restaurants La Goccia, a vibrant menu of tempting sharing plates, and The Petersham, an elegant, à la carte restaurant with a refined and individual style.
Petersham Nurseries, Floral Court, London, WC2E 8JD
London Design Festival
As one of the largest and most innovative international design events, the London Design Festival recognises the city’s creativity, bringing together the country’s greatest design enthusiasts to a deliver an unmissable celebration. Highlights include the immersive coloured light experience Reflection Room by Flynn Talbot, from the unique collaboration between the Design Festival and London’s V&A. While the not to be missed landmark project Villa Walala, by textile designer Camille Walala, is an immersive and playful installation of graphic print and colour within the heart of Broadgate.
London Design Festival runs from September 16th to 24th across various locations. Find out more here.
If raw juices aren’t something you gravitate towards and you’d rather a strong roasted coffee to wake you up, then add Monmouth Coffee to your morning routine. Specialising in single origin coffee beans, their espresso shots and filter coffees are not to be overlooked. On a quieter day, the baristas will share their enthusiasm and expertise with anyone who shows an interest, perfect for anyone wanting to brush up on their coffee-making skills. And so you’re never without the rich taste of Monmouth Coffee, they also sell their own coffee beans for you to brew at home.
27 Monmouth St, London WC2H 9EU
Conveniently situated in the London Edition in the heart of Fitzrovia, the contemporary British menu of Berners Tavern is far from a gastropub. Using the best produce in the British Isles, the simple yet elegant menu features slow-cooked Herdwick lamb shoulder to share and carefully selected grass-fed Scottish steak from only the most conscientious farmers, all to be feasted on while champagne is poured from a serving cart. Opulent chandeliers cast a subtle golden glow onto the marbled flooring, while high ceiling walls are covered with meticulously hung fine art. This is where old Hollywood meets traditional Britain at its finest.
10 Berners St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3NP
Add some much-needed nutritional TLC to your day with PRESS juice bar. Crafted from cold-pressed, unpasteurised juice and high quality health foods, PRESS takeaway juices and health shakes will help you combat even the busiest of days. We recommend the fruity Orchard juices for a quick pick-me-up and the Protein Warrior shake that will help maintain high energy levels.
6 Denman Street, Soho, London, W1D 7HD
International attendees of London Fashion Week frequently mention they never miss an opportunity to dine at Mildreds. With a lively and informal environment, the no-booking policy restaurant always attracts a crowd for their vegetarian and vegan-friendly menu. Our favourite dishes include the Sri Lankan sweet potato and green bean curry with roasted lime cashews, and the southern deep-fried buttermilk and polenta mock-chicken. Delicious.
45 Lexington St, Soho, London, W1F 9AN
Your local Whistles store
Tucked away from the busy streets of central London, our flagship Whistles store is located in the tranquil St Christopher's Place. Wander the three floors to discover our largest in-store collection, including shoes and accessories, Limited Edition, Whistles Activewear and the Whistles Wedding collection. If you're stuck for time, the Whistles South Molton Street store is for you. Here, you'll find a concise edit of luxurious styles and everyday separates in a calm boutique environment.
For maps and opening times click to see St Christopher's Place and South Molton Street.