LONDON — As the city’s designers — Julien Macdonald, Matthew Williamson, Zandra Rhodes, Tracey Boyd, House of Jazz’s Pablo Flack and Hazel Robinson, Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto of Eley Kishimoto and Deseree Mejer of Fake London — well know, London is a great place to play hooky. Below, their totally biased guide for those who can slip away between the fashion shows this week.
“Bombay Dreams,” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Bollywood extravaganza at the Apollo Victoria. — recommended by Mejer, Eley and Kishimoto; Wilton Road, SW1, 0870-400-0650.
The famous flying car sprouts wings on-stage during “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” at the London Palladium. — recommended by Macdonald; Argyll Street, W1, 0870-890-1108.
“Taboo,” Boy George and London’s early Eighties club culture live on at The Venue. — recommended by Rhodes; Leicester Place, W1, 0870-899-3335.
In “The Guru” a New Delhi dance instructor is mistaken for —guess what? — a guru. The film stars Jimi Mistry, Heather Graham and Marisa Tomei. — recommended by Macdonald; various locations.
Sing along to Fraulein Maria’s guitar and boo at the evil Nazis on-screen at “Sing Along a Sound of Music” at the Prince Charles Theatre. — recommended by Rhodes; Leicester Place, WC2, 0901-272-7007.
A look at the complex and kooky designs Philip Treacy made for his muse and patron Isabella Blow at “When Philip Met Isabella.” — recommended by Rhodes; Design Museum, Butlers Wharf, Shad Thames, SEI, 0207-940-8790.
With “Faithfull,” Marianne Faithfull and David Dalton bring Swinging London back to life. — recommended by Macdonald; Penguin Books, $12.
“Slow Down Arthur, Stick to Thirty,” a novel by Harland Miller, explores Yorkshire in the early Eighties and the life of a David Bowie impersonator. — recommended by Flack and Robinson; Fourth Estate, $10.50.
Nick Jones, owner of the hip members’ club Soho House, has opened Electric Cinema, a members club/cinema/restaurant for Notting Hillbillies. Sidewalk tables at the all-day brasserie draw a rowdy crowd. — recommended by Macdonald; 191 Portobello Road. W11, 0207-908-9696.
Nip into The Cigar Bar at Claridge’s, an Art Deco delight, after dinner at Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s. — recommended by Boyd; Brook Street W1A, 0207-629-8860.
At the noisy Les Trois Garcons in London’s East End stuffed animals line the walls — and they wear fine crystal jewelry. The food: to-die-for. — recommended by Williamson; 1 Club Row, London E1, 020 7613 1924.
E&O is the latest hip eatery in Notting Hill and the only East Asian venue that serves black cod as good as Nobu’s. — recommended by Macdonald; 14 Blenheim Crescent, London, W11, 020 7229 5454 .
Pull some strings and try to land a reservation at The Ivy, or make your reservation now for next March. It’s the place to be seen, with fans that include everyone from Nigella Lawson to Madonna. — recommended by Rhodes; 1 West Street, WC2, 020 7836 4751.
On Saturday mornings at the Borough Market overlooking the river, fresh vegetables, coffee and gourmet cheeses are sold under the arches at the London Bridge Station in a cinematic atmosphere worthy of Charles Dickens. — recommended by Rhodes; London Bridge Station SE1.
The London perfumery Miller Harris will create a bespoke fragrance, after a one-day consultation with founder Lyn Harris, for $1,800. — recommended by Williamson; 14 Needham Road, London W11, 020 7221 1545.
Make room in your suitcase for the six fantastic Shu Uemura Japanese bath oils, including pine, citron and cherry blossom, each for $22.50. — recommended by Eley and Kishimoto; Shu Uemura, 55 Neal Street, London WC2, 020 7240 7635.
Katie Hillier’s chunky bangle bracelets for House of Jazz, in bright purple, red or black and white, are all the rage. — recommended by Flack; House of Jazz, 0207-729-2770.
The best accessory? A mini Doberman Pincher. — recommended by Mejer; various pet shops.
Get a glow on with Emma Hardie’s one-hour Golden Energy Face Lift. — recommended by Mejer; The Hale Clinic, 7 Park Crescent, W1, 020-7631-0156.
The new Calmia Spa offers several treatments, including a one-hour well-being massage for $82.50 and the Calmia Balinese Blossom Ritual two-hour massage for $210. — recommended by Williamson; 52-54 Marylebone High Street, London, W1, 020 7224 3585.