LONDON — Who can live on fashion alone? Fortunately, there’s a host of new places to eat, drink, shop and experience, including Chelsea’s newly created Edible Trail, Maddox Gallery, London Beauty Week and K-pop haven Koibird during fashion week.
1. Wander over to Chelsea’s new Edible Trail on Pavilion Road, a strip of independent restaurants including The Sea, a seafood restaurant; Wulf & Lamb, which serves plant-based cuisine, and Hans’ Bar & Grill. Make sure to take note of the fresh produce that grows in plastic-free pots along the Trail.
2. Stop at Maddox Gallery for a visual treat in the form of the latest exhibition, Faith, a display of works by the London-based photographer Haris Nukem who has shot for the likes of Warner Music, Universal and Selfridges. On display are 21 large-scale works that touch on themes of social media, fame and hedonism.
3. Works by the South African photographer Koto Bolofo will be on display at the Connolly town house in Mayfair to celebrate the Goodwood x Connolly collection. The exhibition will feature signed black-and-white prints capturing the Goodwood driving races shot by Bolofo.
4. Koibird is calling all K-pop fans for its September relaunch. Browse through artist Kwangho Lee’s pieces or shop from a tightly curated selection of 31 South Korean brands ranging from under-the-radar exclusives such as Low Classic and We11Done to up-and-coming labels Betterkind Studio and PushButton that will make every woman’s wardrobe pop with a capital K.
5. The area around Carnaby Street, in London’s West End, will be adding three more labels to its already diverse mix of shops. Jewelry brand Liars & Lovers will launch its first retail store along with a dedicated in-store piercing studio. Nearby, Ralph Lauren’s RRL label sits next to Levi’s and to Filson while Timberland plans take over a 4,488-square-foot space for its flagship store nearby. The brand’s creative director Christopher Raeburn has opened his own store nearby at 3 Newburgh Street.
6. Designer Osman Yousefzada has swapped his Fitzrovia town house space for a new, 1,500-square-foot store on Floral Street in Covent Garden, with neighbors including Paul Smith, Arket, agnès b. and The Shop at Bluebird. The new store has a sophisticated, theatrical feel with floor-to-ceiling moss green velvet curtains, modernist furniture created by the designer and brass rails. The space is multipurpose, with the atelier located downstairs and a shop floor that will double as an events space, with a sound bath meditation session planned for later this month.
7. Freshen up between shows at London Beauty Week, which will take place in Covent Garden from Sept. 11 to 15. There will be a series of workshops, panel discussions and a beauty playground, where shoppers can discover new product launches, consultations and demonstrations from brands such as Aesop, Chanel and Tom Ford.
8. Head to Matchesfashion at 5 Carlos Place for food, drinks, art and fashion. The retailer has lined up a series of events that will take place over the fashion week, and run until Sept. 28 including photographer Venetia Scott’s first solo exhibition, floral arrangement classes with Raey Floral Workshops and first looks at designer Richard Quinn’s debut collection for Moncler. Over the next three months, Bistrotheque will also be serving up special dishes at the upstairs café that will change weekly.