Across the street from Shoreditch House and perched five stories above East London’s bustling — if grimy — streets is Boundary Rooftop, the city’s latest alfresco destination from Terence and Vicki Conran. The new space features a bar and grill and boasts 360-degree views of landmarks including the Swiss Re building (known to Londoners affectionately as the Gherkin), the Barbican and the London Eye. Olive trees, decking and wicker seating around a central fireplace give the place a Mediterranean vibe, and thick plaid blankets keep the chills at bay. The menu includes a scallop-and-pancetta brochette and poussin with salsa verde.
A few tube stops away in the West End, St Martins Lane hotel will play host to a pop-up Armani Caffé. Furnished with pieces from the Armani Casa collection, it will serve light Italian bites in minimalist surroundings.
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2-4 Boundary Street, Shoreditch, E2 7JE
Armani Caffé at St Martins Lane
45 St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4HX
Sept. 17 to 22
Those needing to clear their palates of fashion week’s glamour and glitter should pop into the Sprueth Magers’ gallery in Mayfair to have a look at some decidedly untrendy pieces of clothing. Artist Andrea Zittel has created wraparound smocks and invited artisans to make designs for them. These “smockers” will create their own design in a range of colors, patterns and textures. The gallery says Zittel’s vision is inspired by a “non-status quo response to fashion,” and the Smockshop installation is aimed at supporting non-commercial artists. The garments will be available immediately after they’re completed. Smocks range in price from 260 to 600 pounds, or $434 to $1,000.
Smockshop at Sprueth Magers
7A Grafton Street, W1S 4EJ
Sept. 19 to Oct.
There’s no shortage of places to primp in London this season. Hair stylist James Brown — a close pal of Kate Moss — has opened his first salon in the West End. The quirky space offers blowouts starting at 37 pounds, or $61.50, while a session with Brown starts at 500 pounds, or $832.
Meanwhile, those looking to escape the fashion hubbub may prefer to opt for a pampering session at the newly renovated Dorchester Spa. The opulent, 6,997-square-foot space features nine treatment rooms as well as a “spatisserie,” or a dining area offering light lunches, afternoon tea and cocktails.
Private members’ club Home House has also unveiled the sumptuous Method Spa, together with facialist Anastasia Achilleos.
Fatigued fashionistas may also like the Fashion Fix Facial, which will be available at Bliss London starting Thursday. Priced at 150 pounds, or $250, the 60-minute treatment includes an enzyme peel, extractions and a collagen mask.
82 Wigmore Street, W1U 2SN
The Dorchester Spa
Park Lane, W1K 1QA
The Method Spa at Home House
21 Portman Square, W1H 6LW
60 Sloane Avenue, SW3 3DD
Nick Knight is taking his SHOWstudio Web site to the brick-and-mortar world. A retrospective of Knight’s projects, ambitiously named “SHOWstudio: Fashion Revolution,” will be staged at London Fashion Week’s new home, Somerset House. The exhibition will spotlight the site’s collaborative works with Alexander McQueen, Gareth Pugh and Liberty Ross; new fashion films, and a live photographic studio where Knight will shoot for British Vogue.
SHOWstudio: Fashion Revolution, Embankment Galleries, Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA
Sept. 17 to Dec. 22
The face of the Swinging Sixties turns 60 this year. To celebrate, London’s National Portrait Gallery will stage “Twiggy: A Life in Photographs,” showcasing more than 20 works by photographers including Cecil Beaton, Mary McCartney, Bryan Adams, and Barry Lategan, who helped to launch the model’s career in 1966 — and sustain it over four decades. “It’s really interesting to see how fashion photography and portraiture have evolved throughout my career,” said the supermodel, who was born Lesley Hornby in 1949.
National Portrait Gallery
St Martin’s Place, WC2H OHE
Sept. 19 to March 24