Yup, it’s that time again so get your fashion face on, mingle with the models and be sure to hit up our London Fashion Week hotspots. Even better you can get tickets to London Fashion Week Festival (no wellies in sight) for a whopping 20% off with us. Pow. What is it? Think shopping designer collections, catwalk shows from London Fashion Week faves, and getting clued up at talks from industry experts. You'll be in the know re. key SS17 trends and can update your wardrobe at industry insider prices so you're ready to hit the hot bars. Plus, Vivienne Westwood has designed the tote bag for this season and it's free with all Silver, Gold and LUXE tickets. Sold.
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Keep it local
The most talked about new opening in town. What did you expect when cocktail power couple Bobby and Mia (from Dead Rabbit aka. best bar in the world fame) teamed up with Rosie and Edmund aka. Nightjar & Oriole legends? It's perfection: an upstairs / downstairs affair with super slick and speedy service. Upstairs you can just cruise in anytime, they’ve gone casual atmosphere and light and 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. You will definitely need to book downstairs, good job we’re here to get you in.
It ain't often that a bar this good opens smack bang in Bloomsbury, 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?
Ideal location aside this place is everything you want for Fashion Week frivolities. Cocktails, drag queens and some good old fashioned snuff, not to mention the fact it’s located downstairs in a men’s public toilet. This place couldn’t be more George Michael if it tried, see it to believe it.
Zero Aldwych, London WC2E
A former Chinatown gambling den now deals strictly in dim sum, cocktails and back alley glamour. Incense and low lighting sets the mood while bubble tea and booze brings down the tone. There are multiple storeys to choose from and hiding places a plenty but we recommend sitting at the bar where spirits have been decanted into apothecary style bottles labelled only with Chinese numeric characters.
15 -16 Gerrard Street, London W1D 6JE
The Savoy is the bench mark for all things shiny, skip the queues at The American Bar and take your schmoozing game downstairs to the newer 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
Blag your way in
It’s fair to assume that people are going to be clambering over themselves to get a chunk of the Chiltern Firehouse chaos this season. Less about being waitlisted for a table and more about finding a way into the hotel bar The Ladder Shed cocktails here are every bit as chic as the ‘it’ crowd that chuck them back. Sass up, slim down and get your game face on. Getting in here will make you the champion of good chat.
1 Chiltern Street, London W1U 7PA
You’ve been going at it like Patsy Stone for the best part of a week and Soho is starting to look like a snooze. Up the ante by tumbling down the stairs at into Dick Bradsell’s lair beneath El Camion. Technically you need to be a member but mumble something about a pink chihuahua and how you think serving tequila with lemon and salt should be a crime to see the doorman step aside.
25 – 27 Brewer Street, London W1F 0RR
The Langham Hotel’s award winning cocktail bar is a stunningly chic affair dipped in oriental décor and well-heeled guests. The cocktail list has just had a major spruce up and this year it’s all about changing your perceptions. Expect garnishes in the form of flaming sticks of sandalwood and swap glassware for Mexican houseplant pots, it’s difficult not to be fabulous here.
1C Portland Place, London W1B 1JA
Birthed by the legend who brought us Studio 54, The Edition Hotel has fast become the go-to for Fashion Week after parties. Wandering what to do with all those bottles of booze you keep finding in your goody bags? Bring them to The Punch Room and have the bartenders make them into something ridiculous. Dress up, go large and do it like Naomi Campbell did it; throw your fur to the floor and strut right in.
10 Berners Street, London W1T 3NP
Who has time to wait three-months for a table? Not someone on a tight Temperley to Westwood schedule that’s for sure. Yes, Dabbous may still after 5 years be one of the hottest restaurants in town but lurking downstairs is one of the very best bars. Drink barrel aged cocktails by candlelight and eat bar snacks by the boy of the moment from upstairs. Ollie Dabbous’ crispy, boneless, chicken wings with aioli are next level delicious.
39 Whitfield Street, London, W1T 2SF
What a wicked coincidence that the best building in London houses not only the Eurostar, the underground and the national rail, but also Harry Potter’s platform 9 ¾ and some of the most exciting cocktails we know about. Linking to the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel if you sink too many here and miss your connection to Paris then simply book a room and catch 40 winks, darling.
St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London, Euston
An unmarked door marks the spot and a Chinese restaurant, but this is Chinatown, what did you expect? Although the hype surrounding this place has died down, it shouldn’t be forgotten that underneath all that taxidermy, candlewax and door drama are some seriously exquisite cocktails. Let Vincent choose for you. These guys run a whole host of Paris’ hottest bars (and one in Ibiza) so if you want to do it like a Parisian then do it here.
13a Gerrard Street, London, W1D 5PS
When the party moves east...
No signs, no frills, no Cosmos and no edgy haircuts, this is a Hoxton haven away from the hardcore hipsters that hang in this hood. Have you an hour to kill before dinner? A date you don’t know how to squeeze in? Happiness Forgets is your friend. Make it a quick one at the bar or simmer down at one of the tables, whether you’ve got an hour or an evening, drinks here are made with equal measures of affection.
9 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NU
If you’re loitering around the fashion action then you’ll undoubtedly be hitting up the less salubrious parts of East London. Satan’s Whiskers, bundled between newsagents, cab offices and strip clubs in Bethnal Green is a seriously good neighbourhood bar in a not so sexy neighbourhood. The well-considered cocktail list includes the sort of Salty Dogs (vodka, grapefruit juice and pink salt) that dreams are made of and the hip-hop will have you popping and locking before your drink even hits the deck.
343 Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9RA
A sort-of members club on the cusp of Shoreditch, The King’s Head is all about the late licence. Keep your wits about you if you want to get in here; call ahead, say you know Rocky, look hot and don’t slur. This five storey converted pub is Instagram gold, hang out in Rocky’s Room for taxidermied lions or the Butterfly Room for a total mind blowing. In the basement? A bona fide bashment. What’s not to love?
257 Kingsland Road, Haggerston, London E2 8AS