Visit London Blog » Kings Road http://blog.visitlondon.com Enjoy the very best of London Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:38:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 GQ’s Dylan Jones Looks Forward to January’s London Collections: Men’s Fashion Shows http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/12/guest-editor-gqs-dylan-jones-looks-forward-to-januarys-london-collections-men-fashion-shows/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/12/guest-editor-gqs-dylan-jones-looks-forward-to-januarys-london-collections-men-fashion-shows/#comments Mon, 30 Dec 2013 14:00:18 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=36612 Dylan Jones at GQ's Men of the Year Awards. Photo: Richard Young/ Rex Features

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

Menswear in London has never been more exciting or more comprehensive, and there has never been so much of it. Men expect great clothes at every price level, be that high street, mid-market, designer, luxury or bespoke. They expect quality at any price – and this is something that London delivers. Whether you are shopping in Bond Street or Shoreditch, whether you are taking your credit card down Lamb’s Conduit Street or to Mount Street, or flitting between Jermyn Street, Regent Street and the Kings Road, there is something for every man.

London is the home of menswear. We invented the suit, and in Savile Row we have the most important men’s shopping street in the world. While the Row has always appealed to the establishment, in the last two decades it has opened itself so much, that it now attracts customers from all four corners. From Gieves & Hawkes at one end, to Richard James at the other, from Anderson & Sheppard round the corner, to Patrick Grant’s Norton & Sons, these days the Row offers not just the best in traditional suiting, it offers the very best in contemporary formal wear.

Then there is Matches menswear in Notting Hill Gate, Hunter Gather in Wigmore Street, Hostem in Shoreditch, and so many more places to get the very best menswear there is. There are more lifestyle choices for men than ever before, more places to buy clothes, and more places to wear them.

Jump in!

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.

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10 of the Best London Lions http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/12/10-of-the-best-london-lions/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/12/10-of-the-best-london-lions/#comments Tue, 17 Dec 2013 09:30:37 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=36814

For an urban area, London has quite a few lions. But not all of the fluffy-fur-and-big-teeth variety. From stone lions to stage lions to the real thing, we round up 10 of the best places to see the king of beasts in London.

London Zoo

If you want to see a real, roaring, mane-tossing lion in London, London Zoo is the place to go. This marvellous menagerie is home to members of the Asian lion species – of which there are fewer than 300 left in the wild – including Lucifer (pictured above).

Royal Beasts at the Tower of London

Lions were just one of the many exotic animals kept in the Tower of London’s Royal Menagerie. Founded in the early 1200s, the stately zoo went on to house everything from elephants and tigers to kangaroos and pelicans. Learn more in the fascinating Royal Beasts exhibition at the Tower of London.

Chinatown Lions

In Chinese culture, lions are considered to be good omens – so it’s no surprise to see statues of these incredible mammals at the entrance to London’s Chinatown. Lions – specifically Lion Dances – are also a big part of the Chinese New Year Celebrations, which take place in Chinatown every February.

Trafalgar Square Lions

Designed by Sir Edward Landseer, the four bronze lions that sit on guard at the foot of Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square were installed in 1867 – 24 years after the column was completed. It is said that if Big Ben chimes 13 times, the 20-foot long, 11ft-tall lions will come to life!

The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre

If you loved the Disney film, then you’ll adore the musical of The Lion King. With the help of imaginative costumes, powerful songs and colourful stage sets, the cast tell the much-loved story of Simba and his pride. Don’t miss the behind-the-scenes video (below) of this hit West End show for a chance to win a five-night trip to London!

Barbary Lion Skull at the Natural History Museum

Two lions skulls, a remnant of the Royal Menagerie at the Tower of London (see above), were discovered by workmen in 1937. Experts at the National History Museum used carbon dating to age the animals and found that one was the oldest lion found in the UK since the extinction of native wild lions. You can see the skull for yourself in the Treasures exhibition at the museum’s Cadogan Gallery.

London Lions

The London Lions is the capital’s only professional basketball team – so choosing which side to support is easy if you’re a Londoner! The team’s next home fixture is on 29 December against the Newcastle Eagles at London 2012 Olympic venue The Copper Box Arena.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 

The Natural History Museum comes up trumps again with the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 exhibition – featuring an amazingly close picture of a lion cub taken in South Africa by photographer Hannes Lochner. The picture was Joint runner-up 2013 (Animal Portraits) and is one of many stunning photos on show – until 23 March 2014.

Saint Jerome and the Lion at the National Gallery

While living in the desert as a hermit, Saint Jerome in reported to have removed a thorn from the paw of a lion. This remarkable feat is the subject of a number of paintings at the National Gallery, including Bono da Ferrara’s Saint Jerome in A Landscape (circa 1440) and part of the Santa Trinità Altarpiece (1455-60).

The Lion of Kings Road

You may have seen the dramatic and moving YouTube video of a lion hugging its former owners, who had released the animal into the wild a year earlier. Amazingly, the duo bought the lion at Harrods (in 1969) and took it to live in the flat above their furniture store on the Kings Road, where it became something of a local celebrity.

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London Shopping News: Cambridge Satchel Company; Zaeem Jamal; Jewellery at Harvey Nicks; and Butlers on Sloane Street http://blog.visitlondon.com/2012/12/london-shopping-news-cambridge-satchel-company-zaeem-jamal-jewellery-at-harvey-nicks-and-butlers-on-sloane-street/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2012/12/london-shopping-news-cambridge-satchel-company-zaeem-jamal-jewellery-at-harvey-nicks-and-butlers-on-sloane-street/#comments Wed, 05 Dec 2012 18:08:09 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=30507 Two new shops launch for Christmas, with promises of further London Fashion Week fun; plus there’s a jewellery showcase in Harvey Nichols; and don’t miss the helpful Christmas butlers on Sloane Street…

Cambridge Satchel Company Opens Debut Seven Dials Store
If, like me, you’re a fan of the Cambridge Satchel Company, you’ll be thrilled to hear the brand is opening its first standalone store in Seven Dials. Located on Short Gardens, the store will open in two phases: first as a pop-up store on Saturday this week in time for Christmas, and open until January. Then the rest of the shop will be completed in time for London Fashion Week in Feburary, where they’ll have an exclusive Bloggers Lounge. I’m really looking forward to this one.

Zaeem Jamal Opens New Kings Road Boutique
And here’s another store with a split opening, combining Christmas and London Fashion Week. Luxury eveningwear brand Zaeem Jamal opens its new flagship boutique on London’s Kings Road today, coinciding with the area’s late-night Christmas shopping evening. However the official celebrity launch is planned for London Fashion Week in February, where the brand will also launch a bespoke shoe service. Pop in to peruse the boutique’s two floors, with the ground floor dedicated to ready-to-wear dress, gown and accessories collections, while the lower section features a swish private bespoke area and suite.

Harvey Nicks Jewellery Designer Showcase: 6 Dec
Head to Harvey Nichols on Thursday between 7pm and 9.30pm for a special evening showcasing their beautiful jewellery collections. Enjoy up to 20% off on the evening, plus sip on complimentary Champagne and sample funky bejewelled canapes while you shop for that perfect Christmas gift. Stylist Melissa Lund will be on hand, running a Jewellery Clinic offering top tips on how to wear this season’s key trends, stones and colours. Make sure you RSVP: eventsrsvp@harveynichols.com

Quintessentially British Christmas Shopping on Sloane Street
On 6, 13 and 20 December, there’ll be special shopping events taking place on Sloane Street. Look out for a host of traditionally uniformed British butlers. Lining either side of the street between Basil and Pont Streets, the butlers will be on hand to open car doors, guide visitors into stores and provide information about Sloane Street’s luxury retailers. In full uniform and holding umbrellas, the butlers will act as beautifully dressed beacons on wintry evenings, welcoming all Christmas shoppers to the street.

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London 60s Week Launch http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/07/london-60s-week-launch/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/07/london-60s-week-launch/#comments Tue, 20 Jul 2010 14:00:00 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=12141 I was lucky enough to attend the launch of London 60s Week on Friday – and it sounds positively groovy baby!

This new seven-day long celebration of all things 1960s includes everything from a look at mod fashion to special film screenings, 60s music from upcoming bands, and architecture tours.

London was at the heart of the swinging 1960s cultural revolution; with Carnaby Street, Soho and Kings Road among the hippest places to hang out.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the decade of peace, love, and harmony, the festival provides the opportunity for those who were not around to learn about 60s culture, and for those who were to reminisce.

Chair of London 60s Week, Chris Pleydell, said: “There seemed to me to be a void in our communication between one generation and another. This project’s sole goal is to reach between these two generations…from the ones who are making cultural history now to those that have already put their stamp on the UK’s history.”

Visit www.london60sweek.co.uk for more information on events and locations. Events continue until 25th July.

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