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KEEP IT LOCAL

Because teetering along in those Manolos aint easy Swift Swift is the black handbag of the bar world - suitable for any time. Upstairs you can just cruise in, and they’ve gone casual atmosphere and light ’n long on the drinks. Downstairs gets a little darker, a lot sexier and they have a piano which sets a suitably Soho tone. The drinks get heavier too – their whisky collection is off the hook with over 250 to choose from. With cocktail royalty Bobby and Mia (from Dead Rabbit aka. best bar in the world fame) and Rosie and Edmund (Oriole and Nightjar) at the helm, it was always going to rock. 12 Old Compton St, Soho, London W1D 4TQ   Opium A former Chinatown gambling den now deals strictly in dim sum, cocktails and back alley glamour. Incense and low lighting sets the mood, while the various menus have their own intrigue. There are multiple floors to choose from and hiding places a plenty - don’t miss The Mysterious Yam Sing Shots in The Attic, while the Zodiac menu is a sight to behold. 15 -16 Gerrard Street, London W1D 6JE   The Vault When you wanna escape the madness of Soho, get a seat and a damn good drink, this is the place to descend to. Underneath London’s oldest whisky shop is this speakeasy neighbourhood cocktail bar. Have a cruise around the shop and keep an eye out for the “bookshelf” – give it a nudge, get down the staircase and you’re one step closer to damn good drinks and easy vibes. The cocktails are epic, the crowd chill and you won’t spot an Instagrammer in sight (trust us - the lighting.) 3 Greek St, Soho, London W1D 4NX   Bloomsbury Club Just a short hop away in Bloomsbury is this stunner, and it’s well worth a visit. It’s a beauty with a 1920’s-30’s vibe, colonial touches, plush leather chairs and that whiskey cabinet (with 60 types from around the world). If you’re swapping the Vogues for something more fat cat there’s a cigar menu and lit up smoking terrace. The best bit? It’s open ’til 3am. Told you it was good. Just get the shades ready for tomorrow, yeah? 16-22 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NN   Beaufort Bar at The Savoy The Savoy is the bench mark for all things shiny, skip the queues at The American Bar and take your schmoozing game to the Beaufort Bar. Dripping in solid gold (£40ks worth to be precise) it’s much easier to let loose here if someone else is picking up the bill. At £25 a pop, a round of cocktails might be worth more than your Pradas. Company card, anyone? The Savoy Hotel, 189 Strand, London, WC2R 0EU  

DOING IT FOR THE GRAM

  Up your Insta game with these stylish spots & serves The Gibson Bar Not only does it serve the best pickled-onion-laced martinis in London, but this bar in Old Street has serious cred for its vessels. Why not accessorise your look with a cocktail served in a flamingo? Or maybe a candy sprinkled donut? If pink’s not your vibe, go for the Electric Earl - your drink will arrive in a neon colour-changing lightbulb. Those Likes will be racking up faster than Kate Moss at an after-show party. 44 Old St, London EC1V 9AQ Nightjar The new menu at this sexy subterranean speakeasy is all about ‘Arts & Crafts’, so you be sure of awesome aesthetic appeal. Slide into a booth, enjoy the table service (no waiting at the bar for you), and wait to be dazzled. Order the Fandango. The vessel it’s served in is pretty enough to rival any of the couture pieces you just watched waltz down the catwalk. Best to book, as this place gets busy (especially when the live music is playing), but securing a seat here is the hottest ticket in town. 129 City Rd, Hoxton, London EC1V 1JB   sketch There are so many reason to get your snap on in sketch - the blush pink scalloped banquettes; the woodland wonderland of The Glade, those space-age egg toilets. Not only this, but their cocktails are fly AF. Tuck yourself away in The Parlour or find a cosy nook under the loos (seriously). Cocktails are almost as gorge as the interiors. Almost. 9 Conduit St, Mayfair, London W1S 2XG   GŌNG Bar at Shangri-La Hotel Get high this LFW by heading to GŌNG Bar at Shangri-La Hotel in The Shard. Not only are the views insane (it’s the highest hotel bar in Western Europe, FYI) but on Tuesday 18th they launch a new menu that’s more jaw-dropping than an Alexander McQueen original. Try Director’s Cut, a cinematic beauty inspired by the invention of film, or maybe Over The Rainbow, which arrives in a hot air balloon. The Cooperman, on the other hand, is made by separating Ginjo Sake from the Taru barrel and infusing it with Mastiha crystals. Now that’s glitzy. The Shard, Shangri-La Hotel, 31 St Thomas St, London SE1 9QU   Dalloway Terrace BarChick loves autumn fashion - which is maybe why we’re so into with Dalloway Terrace’s latest makeover. London’s most popular floral terrace has got her russet glad rags on and is looking more chic than Alexa Chung in a Peter-Pan collar. Who doesn’t look the bomb surrounded by glowing gold foliage? It’s totally our colour, darling. 16-22 Great Russell St, Fitzrovia, London WC1B 3NN  

COCKTAILS & CUISINE

‘cos if there’s one thing BarChick doesn’t believe, it’s that eating is cheating Aquavit Just a skip from the Strand is Aquavit - Nordic cuisine with a Michelin star to its name. Think less IKEA meatballs, and more of a smörgåsbord of delights. Gravlax, oysters and veal tartare are the perfect size to pick at. Unlike with your favourite Chloe bag, sharing is caring. Definitely try one of their many aquavit offerings - these Scandi spirits pack a punch. The cocktails are banging too - our current fave being the Attikslag Martini. St James's Market, 1 Carlton St, St. James's, London SW1Y 4QQ   Aqua Kyoto A gorgeous terrace overlooking Regent Street. Some of the finest sushi the city has to offer. A restaurant which scores major glam points. Do we need more reasons to head to Aqua Kyoto when the crowds of LFW gets too hectic? Oh yeah, their cocktails are pretty stunning too. Practice your pout and order the Read My Lips - vodka, pear sake and rose wine, finished with cherry air. MWAH. 5th Floor, 240 Regent Street, (Entrance 30 Argyll St, W1F 7EB, London W1B 3BR Gymkhana This Michelin-starred restaurant is inspired by Indian gymkhana clubs, where members of high society socialise, dine, drink and play sport. We’re no so sure about the last part (unless you count bar hopping as a sport), but the rest is bang on. Take a seat at their gorgeous bar - all oak panelling and vintage prints - and order yourself some nibbles. Venison Keema Naan has out vote, especially when accompanied by the Quinine Sour. It’s their take on a White Lady, and is hella restorative after LFW madness. 42 Albemarle St, Mayfair, London W1S 4JH   Balthazar For old-school New York glamour, you can’t really beat Balthazar. Red leather booths, a ton of dark wood and dazzling mirrors makes this the place to see and be seen. Make an impact and order Le Balthazar Plateaux de Fruits De Mer. It costs a pretty penny, but you’ll be the crustacean-laden envy of every other diner. What’s more, there’s a new Manhattan Hour, offering 10 Manhattans for £10, from 10pm daily. Count us in. 4-6 Russell Street, WC2B 5HZ Duck & Waffle You’ve been to all the after parties. You’ve outlasted the best of them. Now you need some damn food to soak up all that Champagne. Answer: London’s premium 24 hour restaurant. Whizz up to Duck & Waffle and tuck into their late night menu, served 11.30pm - 5am. We recommend the Spiced Duck Donut for some mind-blowing midnight munch. The current cocktail menu from maestro Rich Woods is entitled ‘On Reflection’ and looks back over favourite creations from the last twelve months. 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY" ["post_title"]=> string(48) "Best Bars to Drink in During London Fashion Week" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(48) "best-bars-to-drink-in-during-london-fashion-week" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2018-09-17 12:01:37" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2018-09-17 11:01:37" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(32) "http://www.barchick.com/?p=53881" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } ["queried_object_id"]=> int(53881) ["request"]=> string(225) "SELECT wp_posts.* FROM wp_posts WHERE 1=1 AND wp_posts.post_name = 'best-bars-to-drink-in-during-london-fashion-week' AND post_modified > FROM_UNIXTIME(0) AND wp_posts.post_type = 'post' ORDER BY wp_posts.post_date DESC " ["posts"]=> &array(1) { [0]=> object(WP_Post)#1034 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(53881) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "4" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2018-09-14 10:38:32" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2018-09-14 09:38:32" ["post_content"]=> string(10849) "Time to put your best fashion foot forward people - autumn’s most stylish affair is back. The pavements of Soho and the Strand become legit catwalks as people crack out their chicest and craziest outfits in equal measure.  All this sartorial spotting is thirsty work, so BarChick has rounded up the best bars to get your cocktail fix in amongst all the catwalks and couture.

KEEP IT LOCAL

Because teetering along in those Manolos aint easy Swift Swift is the black handbag of the bar world - suitable for any time. Upstairs you can just cruise in, and they’ve gone casual atmosphere and light ’n long on the drinks. Downstairs gets a little darker, a lot sexier and they have a piano which sets a suitably Soho tone. The drinks get heavier too – their whisky collection is off the hook with over 250 to choose from. With cocktail royalty Bobby and Mia (from Dead Rabbit aka. best bar in the world fame) and Rosie and Edmund (Oriole and Nightjar) at the helm, it was always going to rock. 12 Old Compton St, Soho, London W1D 4TQ   Opium A former Chinatown gambling den now deals strictly in dim sum, cocktails and back alley glamour. Incense and low lighting sets the mood, while the various menus have their own intrigue. There are multiple floors to choose from and hiding places a plenty - don’t miss The Mysterious Yam Sing Shots in The Attic, while the Zodiac menu is a sight to behold. 15 -16 Gerrard Street, London W1D 6JE   The Vault When you wanna escape the madness of Soho, get a seat and a damn good drink, this is the place to descend to. Underneath London’s oldest whisky shop is this speakeasy neighbourhood cocktail bar. Have a cruise around the shop and keep an eye out for the “bookshelf” – give it a nudge, get down the staircase and you’re one step closer to damn good drinks and easy vibes. The cocktails are epic, the crowd chill and you won’t spot an Instagrammer in sight (trust us - the lighting.) 3 Greek St, Soho, London W1D 4NX   Bloomsbury Club Just a short hop away in Bloomsbury is this stunner, and it’s well worth a visit. It’s a beauty with a 1920’s-30’s vibe, colonial touches, plush leather chairs and that whiskey cabinet (with 60 types from around the world). If you’re swapping the Vogues for something more fat cat there’s a cigar menu and lit up smoking terrace. The best bit? It’s open ’til 3am. Told you it was good. Just get the shades ready for tomorrow, yeah? 16-22 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NN   Beaufort Bar at The Savoy The Savoy is the bench mark for all things shiny, skip the queues at The American Bar and take your schmoozing game to the Beaufort Bar. Dripping in solid gold (£40ks worth to be precise) it’s much easier to let loose here if someone else is picking up the bill. At £25 a pop, a round of cocktails might be worth more than your Pradas. Company card, anyone? The Savoy Hotel, 189 Strand, London, WC2R 0EU  

DOING IT FOR THE GRAM

  Up your Insta game with these stylish spots & serves The Gibson Bar Not only does it serve the best pickled-onion-laced martinis in London, but this bar in Old Street has serious cred for its vessels. Why not accessorise your look with a cocktail served in a flamingo? Or maybe a candy sprinkled donut? If pink’s not your vibe, go for the Electric Earl - your drink will arrive in a neon colour-changing lightbulb. Those Likes will be racking up faster than Kate Moss at an after-show party. 44 Old St, London EC1V 9AQ Nightjar The new menu at this sexy subterranean speakeasy is all about ‘Arts & Crafts’, so you be sure of awesome aesthetic appeal. Slide into a booth, enjoy the table service (no waiting at the bar for you), and wait to be dazzled. Order the Fandango. The vessel it’s served in is pretty enough to rival any of the couture pieces you just watched waltz down the catwalk. Best to book, as this place gets busy (especially when the live music is playing), but securing a seat here is the hottest ticket in town. 129 City Rd, Hoxton, London EC1V 1JB   sketch There are so many reason to get your snap on in sketch - the blush pink scalloped banquettes; the woodland wonderland of The Glade, those space-age egg toilets. Not only this, but their cocktails are fly AF. Tuck yourself away in The Parlour or find a cosy nook under the loos (seriously). Cocktails are almost as gorge as the interiors. Almost. 9 Conduit St, Mayfair, London W1S 2XG   GŌNG Bar at Shangri-La Hotel Get high this LFW by heading to GŌNG Bar at Shangri-La Hotel in The Shard. Not only are the views insane (it’s the highest hotel bar in Western Europe, FYI) but on Tuesday 18th they launch a new menu that’s more jaw-dropping than an Alexander McQueen original. Try Director’s Cut, a cinematic beauty inspired by the invention of film, or maybe Over The Rainbow, which arrives in a hot air balloon. The Cooperman, on the other hand, is made by separating Ginjo Sake from the Taru barrel and infusing it with Mastiha crystals. Now that’s glitzy. The Shard, Shangri-La Hotel, 31 St Thomas St, London SE1 9QU   Dalloway Terrace BarChick loves autumn fashion - which is maybe why we’re so into with Dalloway Terrace’s latest makeover. London’s most popular floral terrace has got her russet glad rags on and is looking more chic than Alexa Chung in a Peter-Pan collar. Who doesn’t look the bomb surrounded by glowing gold foliage? It’s totally our colour, darling. 16-22 Great Russell St, Fitzrovia, London WC1B 3NN  

COCKTAILS & CUISINE

‘cos if there’s one thing BarChick doesn’t believe, it’s that eating is cheating Aquavit Just a skip from the Strand is Aquavit - Nordic cuisine with a Michelin star to its name. Think less IKEA meatballs, and more of a smörgåsbord of delights. Gravlax, oysters and veal tartare are the perfect size to pick at. Unlike with your favourite Chloe bag, sharing is caring. Definitely try one of their many aquavit offerings - these Scandi spirits pack a punch. The cocktails are banging too - our current fave being the Attikslag Martini. St James's Market, 1 Carlton St, St. James's, London SW1Y 4QQ   Aqua Kyoto A gorgeous terrace overlooking Regent Street. Some of the finest sushi the city has to offer. A restaurant which scores major glam points. Do we need more reasons to head to Aqua Kyoto when the crowds of LFW gets too hectic? Oh yeah, their cocktails are pretty stunning too. Practice your pout and order the Read My Lips - vodka, pear sake and rose wine, finished with cherry air. MWAH. 5th Floor, 240 Regent Street, (Entrance 30 Argyll St, W1F 7EB, London W1B 3BR Gymkhana This Michelin-starred restaurant is inspired by Indian gymkhana clubs, where members of high society socialise, dine, drink and play sport. We’re no so sure about the last part (unless you count bar hopping as a sport), but the rest is bang on. Take a seat at their gorgeous bar - all oak panelling and vintage prints - and order yourself some nibbles. Venison Keema Naan has out vote, especially when accompanied by the Quinine Sour. It’s their take on a White Lady, and is hella restorative after LFW madness. 42 Albemarle St, Mayfair, London W1S 4JH   Balthazar For old-school New York glamour, you can’t really beat Balthazar. Red leather booths, a ton of dark wood and dazzling mirrors makes this the place to see and be seen. Make an impact and order Le Balthazar Plateaux de Fruits De Mer. It costs a pretty penny, but you’ll be the crustacean-laden envy of every other diner. What’s more, there’s a new Manhattan Hour, offering 10 Manhattans for £10, from 10pm daily. Count us in. 4-6 Russell Street, WC2B 5HZ Duck & Waffle You’ve been to all the after parties. You’ve outlasted the best of them. Now you need some damn food to soak up all that Champagne. Answer: London’s premium 24 hour restaurant. Whizz up to Duck & Waffle and tuck into their late night menu, served 11.30pm - 5am. We recommend the Spiced Duck Donut for some mind-blowing midnight munch. The current cocktail menu from maestro Rich Woods is entitled ‘On Reflection’ and looks back over favourite creations from the last twelve months. 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY" ["post_title"]=> string(48) "Best Bars to Drink in During London Fashion Week" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(48) "best-bars-to-drink-in-during-london-fashion-week" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2018-09-17 12:01:37" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2018-09-17 11:01:37" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(32) "http://www.barchick.com/?p=53881" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } } ["post_count"]=> int(1) ["current_post"]=> int(-1) ["in_the_loop"]=> bool(false) ["post"]=> object(WP_Post)#1034 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(53881) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "4" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2018-09-14 10:38:32" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2018-09-14 09:38:32" ["post_content"]=> string(10849) "Time to put your best fashion foot forward people - autumn’s most stylish affair is back. The pavements of Soho and the Strand become legit catwalks as people crack out their chicest and craziest outfits in equal measure.  All this sartorial spotting is thirsty work, so BarChick has rounded up the best bars to get your cocktail fix in amongst all the catwalks and couture.

KEEP IT LOCAL

Because teetering along in those Manolos aint easy Swift Swift is the black handbag of the bar world - suitable for any time. Upstairs you can just cruise in, and they’ve gone casual atmosphere and light ’n long on the drinks. Downstairs gets a little darker, a lot sexier and they have a piano which sets a suitably Soho tone. The drinks get heavier too – their whisky collection is off the hook with over 250 to choose from. With cocktail royalty Bobby and Mia (from Dead Rabbit aka. best bar in the world fame) and Rosie and Edmund (Oriole and Nightjar) at the helm, it was always going to rock. 12 Old Compton St, Soho, London W1D 4TQ   Opium A former Chinatown gambling den now deals strictly in dim sum, cocktails and back alley glamour. Incense and low lighting sets the mood, while the various menus have their own intrigue. There are multiple floors to choose from and hiding places a plenty - don’t miss The Mysterious Yam Sing Shots in The Attic, while the Zodiac menu is a sight to behold. 15 -16 Gerrard Street, London W1D 6JE   The Vault When you wanna escape the madness of Soho, get a seat and a damn good drink, this is the place to descend to. Underneath London’s oldest whisky shop is this speakeasy neighbourhood cocktail bar. Have a cruise around the shop and keep an eye out for the “bookshelf” – give it a nudge, get down the staircase and you’re one step closer to damn good drinks and easy vibes. The cocktails are epic, the crowd chill and you won’t spot an Instagrammer in sight (trust us - the lighting.) 3 Greek St, Soho, London W1D 4NX   Bloomsbury Club Just a short hop away in Bloomsbury is this stunner, and it’s well worth a visit. It’s a beauty with a 1920’s-30’s vibe, colonial touches, plush leather chairs and that whiskey cabinet (with 60 types from around the world). If you’re swapping the Vogues for something more fat cat there’s a cigar menu and lit up smoking terrace. The best bit? It’s open ’til 3am. Told you it was good. Just get the shades ready for tomorrow, yeah? 16-22 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NN   Beaufort Bar at The Savoy The Savoy is the bench mark for all things shiny, skip the queues at The American Bar and take your schmoozing game to the Beaufort Bar. Dripping in solid gold (£40ks worth to be precise) it’s much easier to let loose here if someone else is picking up the bill. At £25 a pop, a round of cocktails might be worth more than your Pradas. Company card, anyone? The Savoy Hotel, 189 Strand, London, WC2R 0EU  

DOING IT FOR THE GRAM

  Up your Insta game with these stylish spots & serves The Gibson Bar Not only does it serve the best pickled-onion-laced martinis in London, but this bar in Old Street has serious cred for its vessels. Why not accessorise your look with a cocktail served in a flamingo? Or maybe a candy sprinkled donut? If pink’s not your vibe, go for the Electric Earl - your drink will arrive in a neon colour-changing lightbulb. Those Likes will be racking up faster than Kate Moss at an after-show party. 44 Old St, London EC1V 9AQ Nightjar The new menu at this sexy subterranean speakeasy is all about ‘Arts & Crafts’, so you be sure of awesome aesthetic appeal. Slide into a booth, enjoy the table service (no waiting at the bar for you), and wait to be dazzled. Order the Fandango. The vessel it’s served in is pretty enough to rival any of the couture pieces you just watched waltz down the catwalk. Best to book, as this place gets busy (especially when the live music is playing), but securing a seat here is the hottest ticket in town. 129 City Rd, Hoxton, London EC1V 1JB   sketch There are so many reason to get your snap on in sketch - the blush pink scalloped banquettes; the woodland wonderland of The Glade, those space-age egg toilets. Not only this, but their cocktails are fly AF. Tuck yourself away in The Parlour or find a cosy nook under the loos (seriously). Cocktails are almost as gorge as the interiors. Almost. 9 Conduit St, Mayfair, London W1S 2XG   GŌNG Bar at Shangri-La Hotel Get high this LFW by heading to GŌNG Bar at Shangri-La Hotel in The Shard. Not only are the views insane (it’s the highest hotel bar in Western Europe, FYI) but on Tuesday 18th they launch a new menu that’s more jaw-dropping than an Alexander McQueen original. Try Director’s Cut, a cinematic beauty inspired by the invention of film, or maybe Over The Rainbow, which arrives in a hot air balloon. The Cooperman, on the other hand, is made by separating Ginjo Sake from the Taru barrel and infusing it with Mastiha crystals. Now that’s glitzy. The Shard, Shangri-La Hotel, 31 St Thomas St, London SE1 9QU   Dalloway Terrace BarChick loves autumn fashion - which is maybe why we’re so into with Dalloway Terrace’s latest makeover. London’s most popular floral terrace has got her russet glad rags on and is looking more chic than Alexa Chung in a Peter-Pan collar. Who doesn’t look the bomb surrounded by glowing gold foliage? It’s totally our colour, darling. 16-22 Great Russell St, Fitzrovia, London WC1B 3NN  

COCKTAILS & CUISINE

‘cos if there’s one thing BarChick doesn’t believe, it’s that eating is cheating Aquavit Just a skip from the Strand is Aquavit - Nordic cuisine with a Michelin star to its name. Think less IKEA meatballs, and more of a smörgåsbord of delights. Gravlax, oysters and veal tartare are the perfect size to pick at. Unlike with your favourite Chloe bag, sharing is caring. Definitely try one of their many aquavit offerings - these Scandi spirits pack a punch. The cocktails are banging too - our current fave being the Attikslag Martini. St James's Market, 1 Carlton St, St. James's, London SW1Y 4QQ   Aqua Kyoto A gorgeous terrace overlooking Regent Street. Some of the finest sushi the city has to offer. A restaurant which scores major glam points. Do we need more reasons to head to Aqua Kyoto when the crowds of LFW gets too hectic? Oh yeah, their cocktails are pretty stunning too. Practice your pout and order the Read My Lips - vodka, pear sake and rose wine, finished with cherry air. MWAH. 5th Floor, 240 Regent Street, (Entrance 30 Argyll St, W1F 7EB, London W1B 3BR Gymkhana This Michelin-starred restaurant is inspired by Indian gymkhana clubs, where members of high society socialise, dine, drink and play sport. We’re no so sure about the last part (unless you count bar hopping as a sport), but the rest is bang on. Take a seat at their gorgeous bar - all oak panelling and vintage prints - and order yourself some nibbles. Venison Keema Naan has out vote, especially when accompanied by the Quinine Sour. It’s their take on a White Lady, and is hella restorative after LFW madness. 42 Albemarle St, Mayfair, London W1S 4JH   Balthazar For old-school New York glamour, you can’t really beat Balthazar. Red leather booths, a ton of dark wood and dazzling mirrors makes this the place to see and be seen. Make an impact and order Le Balthazar Plateaux de Fruits De Mer. It costs a pretty penny, but you’ll be the crustacean-laden envy of every other diner. What’s more, there’s a new Manhattan Hour, offering 10 Manhattans for £10, from 10pm daily. Count us in. 4-6 Russell Street, WC2B 5HZ Duck & Waffle You’ve been to all the after parties. You’ve outlasted the best of them. Now you need some damn food to soak up all that Champagne. Answer: London’s premium 24 hour restaurant. Whizz up to Duck & Waffle and tuck into their late night menu, served 11.30pm - 5am. We recommend the Spiced Duck Donut for some mind-blowing midnight munch. The current cocktail menu from maestro Rich Woods is entitled ‘On Reflection’ and looks back over favourite creations from the last twelve months. 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY" ["post_title"]=> string(48) "Best Bars to Drink in During London Fashion Week" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(48) "best-bars-to-drink-in-during-london-fashion-week" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2018-09-17 12:01:37" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2018-09-17 11:01:37" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(32) "http://www.barchick.com/?p=53881" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } ["comment_count"]=> int(0) ["current_comment"]=> int(-1) ["found_posts"]=> int(1) ["max_num_pages"]=> int(0) ["max_num_comment_pages"]=> int(0) ["is_single"]=> bool(true) ["is_preview"]=> bool(false) ["is_page"]=> bool(false) ["is_archive"]=> bool(false) ["is_date"]=> bool(false) ["is_year"]=> bool(false) ["is_month"]=> bool(false) ["is_day"]=> bool(false) ["is_time"]=> bool(false) ["is_author"]=> bool(false) ["is_category"]=> bool(false) ["is_tag"]=> bool(false) ["is_tax"]=> bool(false) ["is_search"]=> bool(false) ["is_feed"]=> bool(false) ["is_comment_feed"]=> bool(false) ["is_trackback"]=> bool(false) ["is_home"]=> bool(false) ["is_404"]=> bool(false) ["is_embed"]=> bool(false) ["is_paged"]=> bool(false) ["is_admin"]=> bool(false) ["is_attachment"]=> bool(false) ["is_singular"]=> bool(true) ["is_robots"]=> bool(false) ["is_posts_page"]=> bool(false) ["is_post_type_archive"]=> bool(false) ["query_vars_hash":"WP_Query":private]=> string(32) "3ccbc6c14d9d03ea780cb258bef7810f" ["query_vars_changed":"WP_Query":private]=> bool(false) ["thumbnails_cached"]=> bool(false) ["stopwords":"WP_Query":private]=> NULL ["compat_fields":"WP_Query":private]=> array(2) { [0]=> string(15) "query_vars_hash" [1]=> string(18) "query_vars_changed" } ["compat_methods":"WP_Query":private]=> array(2) { [0]=> string(16) "init_query_flags" [1]=> string(15) "parse_tax_query" } }

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Time to put your best fashion foot forward people – autumn’s most stylish affair is back. The pavements of Soho and the Strand become legit catwalks as people crack out their chicest and craziest outfits in equal measure.  All this sartorial spotting is thirsty work, so BarChick has rounded up the best bars to get your cocktail fix in amongst all the catwalks and couture.

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Because teetering along in those Manolos aint easy

Swift

Swift is the black handbag of the bar world – suitable for any time. Upstairs you can just cruise in, and they’ve gone casual atmosphere and light ’n long on the drinks. Downstairs gets a little darker, a lot sexier and they have a piano which sets a suitably Soho tone. The drinks get heavier too – their whisky collection is off the hook with over 250 to choose from. With cocktail royalty Bobby and Mia (from Dead Rabbit aka. best bar in the world fame) and Rosie and Edmund (Oriole and Nightjar) at the helm, it was always going to rock.

12 Old Compton St, Soho, London W1D 4TQ

 

Opium

A former Chinatown gambling den now deals strictly in dim sum, cocktails and back alley glamour. Incense and low lighting sets the mood, while the various menus have their own intrigue. There are multiple floors to choose from and hiding places a plenty – don’t miss The Mysterious Yam Sing Shots in The Attic, while the Zodiac menu is a sight to behold.

15 -16 Gerrard Street, London W1D 6JE

 

The Vault

When you wanna escape the madness of Soho, get a seat and a damn good drink, this is the place to descend to. Underneath London’s oldest whisky shop is this speakeasy neighbourhood cocktail bar. Have a cruise around the shop and keep an eye out for the “bookshelf” – give it a nudge, get down the staircase and you’re one step closer to damn good drinks and easy vibes. The cocktails are epic, the crowd chill and you won’t spot an Instagrammer in sight (trust us – the lighting.)

3 Greek St, Soho, London W1D 4NX

 

Bloomsbury Club

Just a short hop away in Bloomsbury is this stunner, and it’s well worth a visit. It’s a beauty with a 1920’s-30’s vibe, colonial touches, plush leather chairs and that whiskey cabinet (with 60 types from around the world). If you’re swapping the Vogues for something more fat cat there’s a cigar menu and lit up smoking terrace. The best bit? It’s open ’til 3am. Told you it was good. Just get the shades ready for tomorrow, yeah?

16-22 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NN

 

Beaufort Bar at The Savoy

The Savoy is the bench mark for all things shiny, skip the queues at The American Bar and take your schmoozing game to the Beaufort Bar. Dripping in solid gold (£40ks worth to be precise) it’s much easier to let loose here if someone else is picking up the bill. At £25 a pop, a round of cocktails might be worth more than your Pradas. Company card, anyone?

The Savoy Hotel, 189 Strand, London, WC2R 0EU

 

DOING IT FOR THE GRAM

 

Up your Insta game with these stylish spots & serves

The Gibson Bar

Not only does it serve the best pickled-onion-laced martinis in London, but this bar in Old Street has serious cred for its vessels. Why not accessorise your look with a cocktail served in a flamingo? Or maybe a candy sprinkled donut? If pink’s not your vibe, go for the Electric Earl – your drink will arrive in a neon colour-changing lightbulb. Those Likes will be racking up faster than Kate Moss at an after-show party.

44 Old St, London EC1V 9AQ

Nightjar

The new menu at this sexy subterranean speakeasy is all about ‘Arts & Crafts’, so you be sure of awesome aesthetic appeal. Slide into a booth, enjoy the table service (no waiting at the bar for you), and wait to be dazzled. Order the Fandango. The vessel it’s served in is pretty enough to rival any of the couture pieces you just watched waltz down the catwalk. Best to book, as this place gets busy (especially when the live music is playing), but securing a seat here is the hottest ticket in town.

129 City Rd, Hoxton, London EC1V 1JB

 

sketch

There are so many reason to get your snap on in sketch – the blush pink scalloped banquettes; the woodland wonderland of The Glade, those space-age egg toilets. Not only this, but their cocktails are fly AF. Tuck yourself away in The Parlour or find a cosy nook under the loos (seriously). Cocktails are almost as gorge as the interiors. Almost.

9 Conduit St, Mayfair, London W1S 2XG

 

GŌNG Bar at Shangri-La Hotel

Get high this LFW by heading to GŌNG Bar at Shangri-La Hotel in The Shard. Not only are the views insane (it’s the highest hotel bar in Western Europe, FYI) but on Tuesday 18th they launch a new menu that’s more jaw-dropping than an Alexander McQueen original. Try Director’s Cut, a cinematic beauty inspired by the invention of film, or maybe Over The Rainbow, which arrives in a hot air balloon. The Cooperman, on the other hand, is made by separating Ginjo Sake from the Taru barrel and infusing it with Mastiha crystals. Now that’s glitzy.

The Shard, Shangri-La Hotel, 31 St Thomas St, London SE1 9QU

 

Dalloway Terrace

BarChick loves autumn fashion – which is maybe why we’re so into with Dalloway Terrace’s latest makeover. London’s most popular floral terrace has got her russet glad rags on and is looking more chic than Alexa Chung in a Peter-Pan collar. Who doesn’t look the bomb surrounded by glowing gold foliage? It’s totally our colour, darling.

16-22 Great Russell St, Fitzrovia, London WC1B 3NN

 

COCKTAILS & CUISINE

‘cos if there’s one thing BarChick doesn’t believe, it’s that eating is cheating

Aquavit

Just a skip from the Strand is Aquavit – Nordic cuisine with a Michelin star to its name. Think less IKEA meatballs, and more of a smörgåsbord of delights. Gravlax, oysters and veal tartare are the perfect size to pick at. Unlike with your favourite Chloe bag, sharing is caring. Definitely try one of their many aquavit offerings – these Scandi spirits pack a punch. The cocktails are banging too – our current fave being the Attikslag Martini.

St James’s Market, 1 Carlton St, St. James’s, London SW1Y 4QQ

 

Aqua Kyoto

A gorgeous terrace overlooking Regent Street. Some of the finest sushi the city has to offer. A restaurant which scores major glam points. Do we need more reasons to head to Aqua Kyoto when the crowds of LFW gets too hectic? Oh yeah, their cocktails are pretty stunning too. Practice your pout and order the Read My Lips – vodka, pear sake and rose wine, finished with cherry air. MWAH.

5th Floor, 240 Regent Street, (Entrance 30 Argyll St, W1F 7EB, London W1B 3BR

Gymkhana

This Michelin-starred restaurant is inspired by Indian gymkhana clubs, where members of high society socialise, dine, drink and play sport. We’re no so sure about the last part (unless you count bar hopping as a sport), but the rest is bang on. Take a seat at their gorgeous bar – all oak panelling and vintage prints – and order yourself some nibbles. Venison Keema Naan has out vote, especially when accompanied by the Quinine Sour. It’s their take on a White Lady, and is hella restorative after LFW madness.

42 Albemarle St, Mayfair, London W1S 4JH

 

Balthazar

For old-school New York glamour, you can’t really beat Balthazar. Red leather booths, a ton of dark wood and dazzling mirrors makes this the place to see and be seen. Make an impact and order Le Balthazar Plateaux de Fruits De Mer. It costs a pretty penny, but you’ll be the crustacean-laden envy of every other diner. What’s more, there’s a new Manhattan Hour, offering 10 Manhattans for £10, from 10pm daily. Count us in.

4-6 Russell Street, WC2B 5HZ

Duck & Waffle

You’ve been to all the after parties. You’ve outlasted the best of them. Now you need some damn food to soak up all that Champagne. Answer: London’s premium 24 hour restaurant. Whizz up to Duck & Waffle and tuck into their late night menu, served 11.30pm – 5am. We recommend the Spiced Duck Donut for some mind-blowing midnight munch. The current cocktail menu from maestro Rich Woods is entitled ‘On Reflection’ and looks back over favourite creations from the last twelve months.

110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY