Dressing Up and Going Out in London
written by Ayushi Gupta on May 31st, 2018
From the city’s insanely-Instagrammable cafés to rooftop cocktails with a view, the bucket list of places to visit in London is one which just keeps on growing. Of course, fashionistas would agree that dressing for the occasion is as integral to the overall experience, as the destination itself!Rather handily then, I’ve gathered here an insider’s guide on some of the trendiest spots to visit right now, along with wardrobe inspiration for styling a modish outfit when you do…
London’s café culture has evolved into the stuff of every Instagrammer’s dreams, boasting visually appealing interiors and pastries which look almost too exquisite to eat… almost! The latest opening, Feya (situated on James Street opposite St Christopher’s Place) is a pretty-in-pink paradise complete with a cherry blossom tree cocooning the spectacular array of cakes and artfully arranged plates from an all-day-brunch menu. Don a pastel printed maxi – such as this whimsical number from the Deco Vacay collection – and you’ll fit right into the picture-perfect setting!
Intimate counter dining is another trend sweeping across the city, with seating arranged around the open kitchen to add a touch of theatrics to your dining experience! Lina Stores’ cosy new restaurant on Greek Street, is a particularly inviting spot with Wes Anderson-esque interiors and the most compelling plates of pasta… You’ll want to wear something comfy enough to allow a bit of a tummy-bulge (over-eating is inevitable here!), yet suitably trendy for meandering around the streets of Soho after. My recommendation? This ruffled Cami dress from the Cargo Chic collection, which is fabulously-floaty yet innately feminine at the same time!
And then there’s that timeless tradition of weekend brunch. Really, nothing beats the simple but joyous pleasures of a stack of pancakes on a Sunday, with a side of French toast or poached eggs doused with Hollandaise ! Granger & Co in Notting Hill remains a perennial favourite for a lazy afternoon, followed by a wander around the colourful homes in the neighbourhood. Candy stripes, a slight touch of ruffles and a flounce in your step are the perfect accompaniment to see you through the afternoon in style!
As for where to whet your whistle come cocktail hour, take advantage of a gloriously sunny evening and head straight to one of the city’s enchanting rooftop terraces. Aqua Kyoto on Regent Street is one of my favourite spots this summer, with its terrace transformed into an English garden with a Japanese twist. There’s even a tranquil water feature and a floral draped swing! Rock this Sunrise to Sunset Romper for a chic yet playful look that complements the ethereal surroundings.