Yauatcha’s Charlie May Patisserie
There’s no venue more suavely stylish than Yauatcha, and now it’s even more so thanks to its recent London Fashion Week collaboration. Teaming up with contemporary designer Charlie May, the venue has launched a range of patisserie reflecting Charlie’s SS16 collection in everything from the colour to the textures of the fabrics. In neutral tones, the macarons come laced with cinnamon and Pedro Ximinez, black sesame ganache, blackberry cheesecake, and smoked salt caramel. Sweet, with a tart centre, the Gianduja Lemon Petit Gateau features a soft jasmine and chocolate mousse, layered with hazelnut and almond daquoise, and is centred with sinfully sharp lemon curd that elevates it above the usual chocolate cake experience. Available now until the 27th, one bite will make even the most hardened fashionista forget all about her invites.
15-17 Broadwick Street, London, W1F 0DL, +44 2074 948 888
The May Fair Hotel’s LFW Afternoon Tea
Just because you don’t have any show tickets, doesn’t mean you can’t have your own London Fashion Week experience. The May Fair Hotel is hosting the Official LFW Afternoon Tea, supported by the British Fashion Council themselves, so everyone can get a taste of the fashion action. With eight years experience as the official hotel of LFW, these guys know what they’re doing. Inspired by SS16’s colours, you’ll find caramel chocolate and raspberry mousse, plus Somerset brie and plum chutney sandwiches on the menu. Running from 12-5pm during London Fashion Week, make sure you book now to secure a place.
Stratton St, London, W1J 8LT, +44 2077 694 041
The B&H Sanctuary
Escape the LFW madness at Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings’ London Fashion Week Sanctuary. Entry is free for all those with a LFW pass, and inside you’ll find all manner of pampering treats, from a complimentary juice bar, snacks from GetRhythm, crumbles from Livia’s Crumble, Vita Coco, and even speedy blowdries, makeovers, and manis from blow LTD. There’s also a LFW cocktail menu, all up to B&H’s infamous standards. Our pick is the Gardener’s Jasmine Royale, which features Hendrick’s gin, jasmine-infused green tea, and lemon juice, stirred together with fizz. Divine.
42 Northampton Rd, London, EC1R 0HU, +44 2031 741 156
Riding House Cafe’s Cocktails
Who doesn’t love a bit of fashion snark? Certainly not Riding House Cafe, which has launched a range of cocktails named after insults from the industry’s most famous. The ‘Fashion Faux-Pas’ menu consists of four acid-tongued drinks: Kate Moss’s “Basic Bitch” (spiced rum and Punt e Mes), Joan River’s “Reverse Beyonce” (sloe gin, Cherry Heering, lemon juice), Karl Lagerfeld’s “Only Show Her Back” (apple, raspberry, gooseberry, and honey) and last, but definitely not least, Anna Wintour’s “The Nobody” (Gin, Cocchi Americano, Benedictine, and lemon bitters).
43-51 Great Titchfield St, London, W1W 7PQ, +44 2079 270 840
Balthazar’s Matthew Williamson Afternoon Tea
Matthew Williamson’s gorgeous Afternoon Tea returns once again to Balthazar this season. Inspired by his AW15 collection, which was in turn inspired by the 12 signs of the Zodiac and the jewel tones of birthstones, the treats on offer are bursting with colour. Macarons are filled with violet consommé jelly and vibrant blueberry, while traditional choux pastries are loaded with bright yuzu curd. The matching Cosmic Cocktail is the piece de resistance: Campari mixed with Mandarine Napoleon and sugar, topped with Champagne.
4-6 Russell St, London, WC2B 5HZ, +44 2033 011 155