finally i made it to the beautiful city on the thames. follow my fashion week experience in lovely london…

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our journey to london started with a bus ride. while we were passing by the gorgeous westminster abbey a teenage girl and her mum got into a fight right next to us. the girl was dressed really cool with white martens and a cara delevigne look and attitude. but just after she said a few words too loudly, her mum would tell her to stop embarrassing her in public. well, we were off to a good start anyhow and laughed secretly about their fight.

then we arrived at the beautiful and lovely one aldwych hotel. it’s part of the leading hotels of the world, which stands for quality and luxury. at the one aldwych a really welcoming and polite staff was waiting for us. as we arrived late, we started our stay there with a delicious vegetarian dinner.  i also really enjoyed the gentleman’s facial i got in the in-house health club. it was my first facial and i have to say now i will do that more often – you feel like new born after.

not only the hotel, but also the weather had 5 star quality this weekend – we enjoyed sunshine everyday. we didn’t see any raindrop although we were fully prepared for some rain, with an umbrella waiting for us at our hotel room.

the first day we enjoyed walking around covent garden and soho. during the london fashion week the little streets in this neighborhood are filled with interesting people and we got to watch some inspirational fashion characters at brewer street. while we were there we also had to check some of the local stores in this area for some shopping – like the “dover street market” and “other shop”. london is also a great place to buy hats. so my hat collection grew again – you will see the new buy soon here on my blog.

one part of the visit was of course also to produce a fashion story for you guys. so we wanted to show a bit of the contrasts of london and also went to see some brutalist architecture. if someone doesn’t know what this is, here is an easy explanation:  brutalism is a post-war architectural style defined by the use of simple block-like forms usually made from cast concrete or brick. it is characterised by ‘massive’ heavily-textured raw concrete (beton brut) angular geometric shapes. brutalism thrived between the mid-1950’s and 1970’s. you remember that we already shot a fashion story at the wotruba church in vienna, and we were happy to hear that there’s an even bigger brutalist building in london called the barbican.  i love the brutalist architecture and i’m always on the hunt for great concrete spots. many thanks to natalie (an instagramer friend) for showing us these cool places and spots.

she also recommended the really awesome sustainable chocolate restaurant “rabot 1745”. everything there is made with a little chocolate inside, even the savory dishes – and i can tell you, it’s so delicious!

i got a fashion week proof but also cosy outfit from zalando for this weekend. all in black and white, with a seventies inspired fake shearling jacket for the fancy london look (as i would never wear real fur).

oh and i almost forgot to mention that londoners are still polite when they are angry. we could explore that on our way back to the airport with a very impatient british man who was swearing like: “thank you so much indeed” ;) never loosing their countenance makes the british people appear so dapper and polite.

i hope i will be back soon in this inspiring and lovely city.

jacket: filippa k. by zalando
pullover: american apparel by zalando
trousers: hope by zalando
sneakers: kenzo by zalando
sunglasses: komono

 

here is a new short list of my favorite spots and to do’s you will get now with every travel post. because normal sight seeing sucks!

lionheadeds london tips:

food:rabot 1745 – chocolate all over
cocktails: the lobby bar, one aldwych -really good cocktails
shopping: dover street market – the shop from the masterminds (comme des garçons) ,other shop -with a cool own fashion line.
location: barbican – brutalism architecture

location: london, hotel: one aldwych , leading hotels of the world
photographer: lady venom/marion vicenta payr