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5 ways to follow in the fashion pack's footsteps by Maggie O'Sullivan

Posted in FOOD + DRINK By Maggie O'Sullivan

London Fashion Week* starts tomorrow and to mark the occasion, The Athenaeum, on Piccadilly, has created a Catwalk Cocktail Collection. This glorious looking concoction, comprising Jack Daniel's, raspberry liqueur, strawberry jam and lime juice, is called Tailored and is inspired, says the hotel, by ‘classic designs made new with a bold use of colour and a floral finish’. Available until the end of the month, the cocktails (£14.50 each) will be served in the bar or the Garden Room which boasts a sculpture of a dress worn by the Darling of Fashion herself, Kate Moss. Further information, The Athenaeum  The patron saint of fashion, Coco Chanel, thought red wine and caviar kept her young. She wasn’t averse to a glass of champagne either. At The Savoy’s ultra-glam, Art-Deco Beaufort Bar (above) they serve a cocktail in her honour called Coco (£15), made with vodka infused with rose and jasmine, Lillet Blanc, red wine, blackberry reduction and champagne. The Savoy is practically on the doorstep of Somerset House, where London Fashion Week is based, so fashionistas won’t have far to totter. Further information, The SavoyThe fashion pack spreads out across London’s most stylish hotels (we’re betting Ham Yard will be among the most popular hotels this year), but the official hotel for the week is The May Fair (above), one of the LFW’s sponsors. This year Anya Hindmarch is creating themed key cards for the hotel as well as designing a special afternoon tea, though fashionistas are more likely to be found in the bar, sipping a trendy coconut water and SKYY vodka martini. From February 26 to March 1, 2015, the hotel is offering a special LFW package which includes two tickets to London Fashion Week at Somerset House. Further information, The May Fair The Berkeley Hotel, in Knightsbridge, serves the most fashion-forward afternoon tea in town. Prét-à-Portea (£45) is inspired by the fashion world and, just like fashion, the menu changes with the seasons. The autumn/winter 2014 tea (above) pays homage to Diane Von Furstenberg’s iconic wrap dress with a golden ginger biscuit. You can also nibble on a Moschino handbag, a Chistopher Kane silk-organza peanut sponge cake or a Jimmy Choo zebra print bag. There’s a list of teas as long as your arm, but who needs tea when there’s champagne? Further Information, The BerkeleyThere are a handful of great places to eat in Somerset House itself, including Fernandez & Wells for breakfast, lunch and tapas, and Skye Gyngell’s super-cool Spring restaurant. The new kid on the block this year is Pennethorne’s, a café-bar inspired by Sir James Pennethorne’s Grand Tour in the 19th century, with each dish respresenting one of the places the architect visited. Is nduja – served on toast at Pennethorne’s - still a thing? We will have to ask the fashion pack. Further information, Pennethorne’s

*The Travelwrap Company will be at London Fashion Weekend, Somerset House, February 26-March 1. Tickets for Britain's biggest biannual consumer fashion showcase cost from £20, plus booking fee, and are available from London Fashion Weekend's website. Come and say hello!


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