Visit London Blog » carnaby Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:00:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 London Shopping News: Karl Lagerfeld, Pop-up Tube Shops, Carnaby Shopping Party, Soho Flea Market Tue, 01 Apr 2014 13:27:36 +0000 From high-fashion store openings to pop-up shops on the London Underground, the capital is bursting with hot shopping happenings.

Shops on the London Underground

Karl Lagerfeld opens on Regent Street

Big news for fashionistas! Iconic designer Karl Lagerfeld has opened his first-ever heavenly flagship store in the UK on Regent Street. Expect luxury ready to wear collections, as well as a glittering stash of handbags, leather goods, watches, scarves and footwear. When trying on clothes, you can take a photo of yourself in the store’s photobooths then share on Facebook, Twitter and email. Also now open on Regent Street is Italian luxury leather shop Piquadro, the brand’s first UK flagship store.

Carnaby Shopping PartyCarnaby Shopping Party

A key diary date for May! Carnaby‘s unmissable fashion event is back on Thursday 1 May from 5-9pm. There will be live music, DJs, trend talks, a pop-up bar and 20% discount on new collections. Register for a free ticket.

Shop for gold at Westfield Stratford City

To celebrate the re-opening of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Westfield is putting on a slew of sporting activities. From basketball hoops to fitness skills training, kids and families can get active from Dame Judi Dench7-13 April at Chestnut Plaza. Children can show off their dance moves at the shopping mall’s Silent Disco (14-20 April), while petrolheads will love the Top Gear Experience at Chestnut Plaza on the Street (16-27 April).

Celebrities at Fenwick Bond Street

Big name stars like Joanna Lumley, Vanessa Redgrave and Christopher Biggins will be taking their spotlight to the shop floor at Fenwick of Bond Street in support of theatrical charity Acting For Others. From 6-8pm on 10 April, you can see actors manning the tills and acting as personal shoppers. There will also be a Q&A with Dame Judi Dench for £100. Find out more.

Dog Day Afternoon

Calling all dog lovers! Choose accessories for your pooch at Dog Day Afternoon in Marylebone Village on Saturday 26 April. Expect handmade four-poster dog beds, dog portraits and a pop-up photography studio. Competitions take place from 2pm, with categories including A Four poster bed for dogs, available at Dog Day AfternoonBit of Ruff for mixed breeds and New Kid on the Block – Best Puppy. Free admission.

Pop-up Shops on the Tube

Independent shops will be popping up across the London Underground network this month. The pop-up shops will open at key stations including Piccadilly Circus, St James’s Park and Baker Street. Eight pop-up shops will be opening at the end of April at Old Street station where the scheme is launching. Find out more.

Soho Flea Market

This artisan and designer crafts event is returningSoho Flea Market to Soho’s Dean Street on 25 May from 11am-7pm with its usual mix of jewellery designers, furniture makers, glassblowers, ceramicists, musicians and stage entertainers.

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Valentine’s Day London Shopping News Tue, 11 Feb 2014 11:22:33 +0000

London is heaving with show-stopping shopping events in the lead-up to London Fashion Week and Valentine’s Day. Here are a few of our favourites:

Black Roses in Carnaby

Go gothic this Valentine’s Day by getting your mitts on a macabre bouquet of black roses. London creative Miss Cakehead has teamed up with Kraken Black Spiced Rum to open the Think Ink pop-up, the first-ever florist offering only black roses. The bouquets will be lovingly arranged in grave vases, full of Kraken rum, rather than water, turning them black. A bottle of rum will be given in place of the traditional Champagne option. Open from 8am on 14 Feb for one day only. G12 Kingly Court, Carnaby W1

Free Roses in Chelsea

Feel the love in Chelsea this Valentine’s Day! More than 1,000 complimentary roses will be handed out to commuters and passers-by on 14 February at shopping hub Duke of York Square. A violinist will be playing romantic music and serenading on request.

 Message on a Bottle of GinBombay Sapphire from Selfridges

Add a personal message for your loved one onto a bottle of Bombay Sapphire gin, through an exclusive hand-graving service at Selfridges. The service is free for all those buying a bottle of the gin. Available on 12 Feb.

 Vintage Fashion Fairs

Got a passion for designer vintage? Don’t miss The Vintage Collections at Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair, a So Vintage Fashion Fairhighlight of the fashion week schedule. Popular with costume designers and fashion bloggers, this fashion week event offers classic labels like Vivienne Westwood, Ossie Clark and Biba. Sun 16 Feb from 11am-5pm at The Old Finsbury Town Hall, Rosebury Avenue, EC1R 4RP. Entry is £4.

If your budget doesn’t stretch to designer labels, rummage for vintage clothes for men and women, retro accessories, reworked jewellery and one-of-a-kind homeware at the So Vintage London Fair at Old Spitalfields Market. 1 Mar from 11am-5pm

Donutterie to Open in Box ParkTom Daley is mesmorised by a box of Dum Dum Doughnuts

Celebrity favourite Dum Dum Doughnuts is opening is first-ever Donutterie in Box Park later this month. These tasty treats are freshly baked rather than fried and only have 6 grams of fat compared to the usual 17 grams of fat in a classic American jam donut. Big name stars like Olympian Tom Daley have already been flocking to the Westfield Stratford City doughnut stand to sample the baked goods.

Underground Attraction at HamleysLuke Friend and Hamley Bear at the Hamleys Underground

Legendary toy store Hamleys has unveiled a lost underground station at its Regent Street store. The new Hamleys Underground will see a tube station come to life through experiences including games, such as a NERF tunnel target board, a kiosk and entertainment. Central to the attraction is an actual driver’s cab that was used on the Piccadilly line in the 1970s.

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GQ’s Dylan Jones on London Menswear: Street Style Tue, 07 Jan 2014 14:00:32 +0000 London invented Street Style. Photo: GLA

Dylan Jones, editor of British GQ and chair of London Collections: Men is contributing a series of guest blogs to on why London is the place to be for men’s fashion. 

Street Style: Let’s face it – London has invented every decent youth cult and street style worth its salt. From the Teddy Boys of the Fifties, through the mods, the rockers, skinheads and punks, right up to the multitudinous style we see on the capital’s streets today. If it came from the street, it came from one of London’s streets.

At its best, fashion has always been about play-acting, a way of artificially presenting one’s self to the world, an elaborate form of disguise or fancy dress. Fashion still has the ability to shock us in ways to which we think we’ve become immune, and over the years it has encouraged us to look like gypsies, tramps and thieves, as well as hoodlums, members of the Beider Meinhoff gang or undernourished Nepalese peasants.

To the world at large, London really became the centre of street style during the Swinging Sixties. Looking back now, it almost seems as though everything happened at once. In a decade dominated by youth, London suddenly burst into bloom. It was swinging, and it was the scene. The Union Jack suddenly became as ubiquitous as the black cab or the red Routemaster, and all became icons of the city. Carnaby Street’s turnover was over £5 million in 1966 alone (money absorbed from the West End’s own “Carnabitian Army”, in Ray Davies’s famous words).

Quite simply, London was where it was at. In the space of a few months the skies over London had become kaleidoscopic, full of multi-coloured swirls and curls, and curlicues of every imaginable shape and size. It was as though colour had replaced coin as a symbol of wealth and success, as though pigment was the cure for all known evils. There appeared to be no affliction not tempered by the application of some glitter mascara, or the donning of some extravagant garb. Colour became almost confrontational. Fuelled by growing prosperity, social mobility, post-war optimism and wave after wave of youthful enterprise, the city captured the imagination of the world media. Here was the centre of the sexual revolution – the pill had been introduced in 1961 – the musical revolution, the sartorial revolution. London was a veritable cauldron of benign revolt.

And so it is today.

London Collections: Men is on 6-8 January 2014

Take a look at our London Menswear Map to explore the evolution of men’s fashion in London during the past 300 years.

Watch Dylan Jones’ London Story video on why London is the home of menswear

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Dot London is Coming Fri, 15 Nov 2013 12:01:22 +0000 The dot London domain projected on London's City HallLondon lovers will be excited by today’s news that you’ll soon be able to add a .london domain to your email address or your website.

Always on the cutting edge of technology, London will be one of world’s first cities to launch a domain name in the biggest change to the online world since .com was launched nearly 30 years ago.

London & Partners, the organisation behind, announced today that internet addresses ending in .london will be available next year. This follows ICANN, the global internet body, giving the new system a green light.

The agreement means London-based businesses, organisations and individuals will be able to apply first for new web addresses ending in .london from spring 2014, allowing them to maximise their internet presence and identify themselves online with one of the best cities on earth.

Tens of thousands of businesses, including some of London’s most prestigious brands such as Selfridges and Carnaby Street, have already expressed an interest in the new addresses, which will be live online in summer 2014.

By choosing a .london address businesses, museums, shops, theatres and galleries will receive a domain name that is easy to remember and instantly identifies them as being located in London.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson comments: “Adopting the .london suffix will enable organisations to more closely associate themselves with our great city’s powerful global brand. This is also an excellent opportunity to expand London’s digital presence, which in turn is set to generate funds to invest back into the city.”

Information on the new .london is available online at You can also sign up on the website to receive information as it becomes available.

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London Shopping News: Classic Car Boot Sale, Brompton Junction London, Gourmet Food Market, The Village Bicycle, The National Theatre Pop-up Wed, 02 Oct 2013 20:28:31 +0000 From classic car boot sales to theatrical pop-ups, London is heaving with exciting new shopping events!

The Village Bicycle moves to Shoreditch

Fashion boutique The Village Bicycle has moved from West London to Brick Lane in East London. The shop is stashed with global treasures, including caps made of coke cans from Bangkok and Day of the Dead frames from Mexico. It also stocks everything from lingerie, shoes and accessories to art, furniture and music. There’s also a Lucy in Disguise vintage rail for pre-loved marvels.

Brompton Junction London Opens

Calling all bicycle fans! The first-ever Brompton-only store is opening next week in Covent Garden. Made in London, Brompton is the UK’s largest hand-made folding bicycle brand. A common sight on London’s streets, the handily portable bicycles can even be taken on the Tube (as well as boats and planes). The wheely exciting store opening comes in the same year that Brompton celebrates its 25th birthday. Opens 8 Oct

Classic Car Boot Sale at the Southbank Centre

Classic cars and vintage vehicles will cruise onto the Southbank Centre‘s riverfront next weekend for London’s first-ever classic car boot sale, curated by Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway and the Vintage Festival team. Taking place between Queen’s Walk, Hungerford Bridge and Jubilee Gardens, traders will peddle the finest vintage fashion, homeware and pop culture memorabilia from the boot of their vintage vehicles that will vary from the Aston Martin DB4 to VW campervans. DJs will be playing vinyl from the top of an open-air London Routemaster bus, while the gourmet fare on sale will include lobster rolls and artisan smoked sausages. Entry is £3 and tickets can be purchased from the Southbank Centre on the day of the event. 12 Oct from 10am-6pm 

The National Theatre Launches Pop-up

The National Theatre will present a fun and theatrical pop-up, Shopping and E*ting, in celebration of the theatre’s 50th anniversary. It will showcase an eclectic mix of quirky and theatrical products from iconic artists such as Adam Dant, Michael Craig-Martin, Jamie Reid, Paula Scher and David Carson: think limited edition prints, mugs, greeting cards, bags and tea-towels. Shoppers can feast on street food from the National Theatre’s 1950s Citroen van. 14 Oct – 12 Jan

New Gourmet Food Market

Food markets are all the rage in London right now, and the latest one is in Wapping’s Thomas More Square, near Tower Hill tube station. The weekly market offers artisan food from around the globe, including hot and cold delicacies, fine wines, and sweet and savoury treats to take home. Every Tuesday from 11am-3pm



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London Shopping News: Shop London, Regent Street, Oxford Street, Carnaby, London Fashion Weekend Wed, 04 Sep 2013 14:36:59 +0000 London’s retail offering is taking centre stage this month with Shop London, which celebrates the best of shopping in the capital with a heady whirl of events and special offers. Harness the buzz of London Fashion Week by checking out one of the many events that make up September’s Shop London theme.

Carnaby Men’s Style Night

Calling all male fashionistas! Don’t miss Carnaby Men’s Style Night on Thursday 12 September, where shoppers can enjoy a 20% discount in more than 100 shops, restaurants and bars in Carnaby’s 13 iconic streets.

Fashion Film Festival

Covent Garden’s St Martin’s Courtyard is being transformed into an open-air movie theatre from 15 to 17 September for the Fashion Film Festival. Movie-goers can watch iconic fashion films, including fashion industry favourite Grey Gardens, and The September Issue which offers a behind-the-scenes glance into American Vogue.

Oxford Street Fashion Showcase

The famous shopping street is coming alive with a host of fab free events during London Fashion Week (from now until 17 Sep). Get a free Benefit makeover at Debenhams on 13 September and Boots on 14 September, and then have your look snapped in Yahoo’s Flickr photo booth. US chain Forever 21 launches its free personal shopper programme on 13 September. The first 50 customers to sign up and use the service will receive a free gift. For a full list of events, click here.

Vodafone London Fashion Weekend

The Vodafone London Fashion Weekend is a high-fashion knees-up that’s open to all! The exclusive fashion experience will see Somerset House heave with designer catwalk shows, pop-up shops, hair and beauty. Get your seasonal wardrobe fix from designer brands like Issa London, French Sole and Linda Farrow.

Regent Street

Regent Street is running a series of exciting events throughout September, with events in-store at numerous shops including UGG Australia and posh perfumery Penhaligon’s. Also worth a look are the street’s newest residents: American clothing brand J Crew and luxury French fashion house Longchamp. Find out more here

Win a Shopping Trip to London!

Are you an expert on London’s shopping scene? If so, enter our Shop London Secrets competition on Facebook, where we would like to see your photos of London’s best shopping secrets. The winner will receive the ultimate shopper’s super prize to share with four friends. For more information about the competition and details of how to enter, click here.

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London Restaurant News: Aqua Shard, Hutong, Shake Shack Tue, 09 Jul 2013 11:38:48 +0000 It’s been an exciting few weeks for London foodies. Two new restaurants – Aqua and Hutong – have opened in The Shard, and American phenomenon Shake Shack has launched its first UK branch in Covent Garden. Read on for more new places to eat and drink in the capital.

Aqua Shard

Aqua Shard

This new British restaurant is perched on Level 31 of The Shard, Western Europe’s tallest building, and offers stunning views of London. On the menu you’ll find British staples such as Dover sole with cuttlefish, broad beans and cider sauce. There’s also a bar with three-storey-high panoramic windows, where you can enjoy cocktails inspired by British favourites gin and afternoon tea.


Aqua Shard’s sister restaurant, Hutong, serves Northern Chinese cuisine and is located on Level 33 of The Shard with fantastic views of the London skyline. Signature dishes include Red Lantern (crispy crab with chilli); chilled, spiced razor clams; crispy de-boned lamb ribs and roasted Peking duck. At lunchtime you can pick from a menu of meat, fish and veggie dim sum.

Shake Shack burgers

Shake Shack

Cult American burger bar Shake Shack has opened its first UK branch in Covent Garden. Originally launched in New York’s Madison Square Park in 2004, Shake Shack is known for its burgers, flat-top dogs and frozen custard, available as shakes and concretes (blended frozen custard with mix-ins). Try the Drury Lane Jam concrete with custard, strawberry jam, biscuit and banana. And look out for treats for your dog on the Woof menu!

Whyte & Brown

New chicken and egg restaurant Whyte and Brown has just opened in Kingly Court, off Carnaby Street. You can choose from roasted and grilled chicken, burgers, soups, pies, salads, casseroles, wings and croquettes, or free-range egg dishes such as risotto Scotch egg, and eggs Florentine and Benedict. Pop in at the weekend for traditional roast chicken with all the trimmings.

More Foodie News

  • Tom’s Kitchen Canary Wharf: Tom Aikens has opened a new a restaurant, bar and deli in Canary Wharf
  • Jamie’s Italian Trattoria: Jamie Oliver has launched his first Trattoria, a smaller and more rustic version of Jamie’s Italian, in Richmond
  • The Happenstance: This new bar and restaurant has floor-to-ceiling windows with views of St Paul’s Cathedral
  • Joe’s Southern Kitchen and Bar: Previously Navajo Joe, this Covent Garden venue serves American food and creative cocktails
  • Paesan: Paesan has opened on the corner of Exmouth Market serving simple, authentic Italian dishes and cocktails
  • Five Guys: The American burger bar has just opened its first UK branch in Covent Garden
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London Shopping News: Carnaby Shopping Party, Greenwich Market, Seven Dials, Soho Flea Market Wed, 24 Apr 2013 14:44:36 +0000 From glitzy shopping parties to glamorous flea markets, here are this week’s top London shopping news stories.

Carnaby Shopping Party

Anyone with a serious interest in fashion should hotfoot it to Carnaby Street on 2 May when it will be hosting a 20% Off Shopping Party. From 5 to 9pm, shoppers can enjoy a 20% discount in more than 100 shops, restaurants and bars in and around Carnaby. Register for a free ticket here.

Designers at Greenwich Market

A glittering collective of designers will be showing off their talents at Greenwich Market as part of Craft & Design Month. Wood turners, jewellers, knitters, quilters, print makers, felters and blacksmiths will all be available to give inspirational advice and show you how it’s done at A Subtlety of Designers. If you’re feeling creative, you can have a go yourself! 4-6 May

New Shops at Seven Dials

New pop-up shop alert! Accessories and jewellery brand Moxham is hosting a temporary shop in Monmouth Street, Seven Dials in Covent Garden from 29 April until 24 May. Expect leather and metal cuffs, necklaces and body pieces, all of which will be handcrafted at the store. Open on 27 April is Spanish menswear shop El Ganso, which will be stashed with bright shirts, shorts, tailored blazers and smart suits.

Soho Flea Market

Start saving up your pennies for the Soho Flea Market on 2 June, where you’ll find creative stalls aplenty. Hyped as “London’s most glamorous flea market”, shoppers can get their mitts on everything from art prints to vintage clothes, furniture to ceramics. And to top it all off, emerging music and comedy acts will be performing on an outdoor stage. We can’t wait!

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London Video of the Week: Carmen Allan-Petale’s Guide to London Fri, 01 Mar 2013 15:40:25 +0000

This insider’s guide to London by Carmen Allan-Petale is one of the entries for My Destination’s Biggest, Baddest Bucketlist competition.

For a chance of winning an all-expenses-paid trip around the world lasting for six months, all you have to do is create a short video about one of your favourite destinations.

The competition closes at the end of March 2013. You can see all of the London entries so far here and find out more at

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London Shopping News: Christmas Lights, Superga, Lucy in Disguise and Carl Warner at Westfield Wed, 07 Nov 2012 10:18:15 +0000 Christmas comes to town this week; plus there’s a new shoe shop in Carnaby, a pop-up in Seven Dials, and a free exhibition of food art at Westfield Stratford City.

London Turns On Its Christmas Lights
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Central London! This is the big week for London’s Christmas lights. Following Harrods’ Christmas Parade last week, look out for festive twinkles coming to Oxford Street, Regent Street, Carnaby, Covent Garden, Westfield, and Greenwich Market to name but a few. From now until Christmas, shopping in London after dark will be a real treat as all the main shopping areas show off their finest festive trimmings. Enjoy!

Superga Opens in Carnaby
Italian shoe brand Superga has opened its second London store. Superga’s trademark vulcanized rubber soles can now be browsed and bought at 13 Newburgh Street in Carnaby. The brand was born back in 1911 Turin under the stewardship of Walter Martiny. After the war Superga reopened with a new mission to bring high-quality footwear to the people of Italy. Look out for the 2750, the so-called “People’s Shoe of Italy”. British Superstar Rita Ora is the face of their Spring/Summer 2013 campaign; if you can’t wait til then, pop into the new Carnaby store for fantastic shoes galore.

Lucy in Disguise Launches The Drama Parlour
On Thursday there’s a new hair studio opening inside Lucy in Disguise in Lexington Street. Billed as a one-stop shop and salon, tucked away in the eclectic comfort of the vintage boutique, you can have your hair tamed, teased and whipped into shape by Victoria Saunders, with her individual, one-to-one service. Working alongside her will be Sarah Hill, a fantastic hairdresser, if you are bored with your barnet or frustrated with your fringe, the Hair Mistress and team are here to revamp and revitalize your look! There will also be a “Menu of Make-up looks” inspired by styles from the 1920s to the 1960s for you to choose from, created by make-up artist Holy Silius. Click here to find out more.

Keith Brymer Jones in Seven Dials
Another week; another fab Seven Dials pop-up shop. This time, British ceramicist Keith Brymer Jones is showcasing his full collection of beautiful, useable and practical objects at 15 Shorts Gardens. I really like his Word Collection: classic typewriter font stamped objects, with honest descriptors like “coffee” or “bowl”, and more quirky statements like “don’t panic” and “overworked and underpaid”. Look out, too, for the Punk range, where famous rock quotes are cleverly re-worded (“Sex, Mugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll”), and printed on safety-pin pierced mugs. As well as plates and mugs, the pop-up stocks baby gifts, pet bowls, kitchen items like aprons and jugs. There’s also the first home fragrance collection from the brand including soaps, scent diffusers and candles. Keith Brymer Jones is in Seven Dials until 27 November.

Carl Warner at Westfield Stratford City
If you’re shopping at Westfield Stratford this weekend, don’t miss your chance to check out some free food art while you’re there. Food artist and photographer Carl Warner will be at Westfield Stratford City from today until Sunday 11 November. Carl will also be making an appearance, showing how he puts his work together in a series of demonstrations from Friday to Sunday, between 1pm-5pm each day in the Great Eastern Market on the Lower Ground Floor.

 Click here for more images and info.

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