Visit London Blog » regent street Enjoy the very best of London Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:05:29 +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.

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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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5 reasons to watch the NFL in London this year Sat, 18 Jan 2014 11:00:30 +0000 NFL

Forget the Superbowl: London is fast becoming a hub for the razzle-dazzle of America’s National Football League (NFL).

The league has held regular International Series games at Wembley Stadium since 2007. This year, it has made the historic decision to hold three games on London soil for the first time, in a move that some have speculated will lead towards a permanent London NFL franchise.

The Oakland Raiders will play the Miami Dolphins on September 28, the Atlanta Falcons take on the Detroit Lions on October 26 and the Jacksonville Jaguars (dubbed ‘London’s team’) will battle the Dallas Cowboys on November 9.

As tickets have just gone on sale, so here are five reasons to watch the NFL in London this year.

Watch a Real Show

American football games are much more than just sport: they are theatrical shows. We’re talking smoke machines, bursts of fire, mascots, songs and fierce cheering, as the audience is encouraged to go into a frenzy of excitement. And of course, most teams have their own professional cheerleaders, who perform slick routines to cheer the players on.

Hang Out at Fan Events

The NFL is about much more than the three-hour games. Fan rallies and events take place all over London around each fixture and capture the spirit of the NFL in a celebratory environment. Last year, Regent Street was closed to traffic for an ‘All American Block Party’ including live music, mascots, NFL sporting challenges, American-inspired food, cheerleaders and player appearances. News of this year’s fan events will be revealed nearer to the game dates.

Learn the Rule Book

American Football (known as football in the US) evolved from two British sports: football and rugby. While there are still some similarities, the American game has its own quirks and rules which are an interesting evolution of the earlier games. Learning the scoring system and phrases like “touch down” and “the fumble” will make you seem frightfully knowledgeable to your friends at the game. Try the NFL’s beginner’s guide to football to learn.

See the ‘London’ NFL Team

London almost has its own NFL team. The Jacksonville Janguars (based in Florida) are playing four home games at Wembley between 2013 and 2016, and hope to win UK fans. They are owned by Shahid Khan, the owner of Fulham Football club. Teams that challange them at Wembley are nicknamed ‘America’s team’ in what becomes a cross-Atlantic patriotic battle. Catch them at the November 9 game.

Arrive Early For a Party

Traditionally, a ‘tailgate’ party takes place in the hours before NFL games in the US. Held in the sporting venue’s car park, the tailgate usually involves fans holding barbeques, sharing food and supporting their team. London puts its own twist on the tailgate. You can expect something similar to last year’s setup, which took over Wembley’s car park.  Those with tickets to the game could explore NFL exhibits, food and merchandise stalls, have their photos taken with trophies and play mini sports activities.

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GQ’s Dylan Jones Looks Forward to January’s London Collections: Men’s Fashion Shows Mon, 30 Dec 2013 14:00:18 +0000 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 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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London Video of the Week: Regent Street NFL Flags Timelapse Thu, 26 Sep 2013 11:17:50 +0000

See the flags being put up overnight in Regent Street, ready for the big NFL party on the street this Saturday and Minnesota Vikings vs Pittsburgh Steelers at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

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London Shopping News: Regent Street, Carnaby Street and Fortnum & Mason Thu, 19 Sep 2013 10:00:13 +0000

London Fashion Week might have ended, but there are still plenty of hot shopping happenings in the city this month. Join us in the capital this September for Shop London, a celebration of London’s incredible and varied retail offering. For all special offers and events, click here.

NFL on Regent Street

Swing by Regent Street on 28 September as the traffic-free road will be buzzing with cheerleaders, music, team drum-lines and interactive games, as NFL showcases the best of American football. If you’re lucky, you may even spot players from the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Minnesota Vikings, who are playing at Wembley Stadium the following day.

Fortnum & Mason’s Honey Festival

Fortnum & Mason is creating a buzz on its ground floor this month as it’s hosting the London Honey Festival. For one month, Fortnum’s will be showcasing more than 20 of the finest honeys London has to offer. Visitors can sample honeys hailing from everywhere from Hyde Park to Dulwich. Bee experts will also be on-hand to advise on food pairings. Prices of jars of honey range from £10.50-£12.95. The festival ends on 20 October.

Pop-up Forest in Covent Garden

London’s first-ever pop-up forest is arriving in Seven Dials this Saturday (21 September) to celebrate walking and cycling as part of International Car Free Day. For one day only, the streets of Seven Dials will become a traffic-free haven to make way for 60 trees. Amongst the urban forest, there will also be live music, and free food and drink, including pizza slices and homemade lemonade. If your bicycle is in need of a little TLC, Dr Bike will be on hand from 11am to 5pm to offer free cycle maintenance and anti-theft bike marking.

Edible pop-up in Kingly Court

As pop-ups go, this one really takes the biscuit! The UK’s finest food artists are creating a 100% edible pop-up in the form of a magical meadow in Kingly Court, off Carnaby Street. The sweet-toothed public are invited to devour the Wonka-esque landscape, entitled Baketopia, over two days on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 October.  Everything is edible and everything must go! Book priority entry by visiting the Baketopia website or turn up on the day to nibble on the edible wonderland.

Scotch & Soda launch on Carnaby Street

Young Dutch fashion brand Scotch & Soda officially launched their UK flagship store on Carnaby Street last week. The brand is known for its heritage-inspired street, work and casual wear collections.

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London Shopping News: Boxpark, Regent Street, Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair, Barker and Stonehouse Fri, 19 Jul 2013 10:12:41 +0000

If you’re itching to flex your credit card, London has plenty of shopping events and shop openings to keep you happy.

New Design Shops in Boxpark

If you’re looking for an excuse to redecorate, swing by East London pop-up mall Boxpark where a slew of art and design shops have opened up. Jealous Gallery exhibits prints for sale, alongside books, posters, bags, gifts and discounted frames. Hungry for Hungarian designer clobber? Hungarian Design Pop Up is showcasing some of the country’s most exciting contemporary designers at the mall for two months (until September). The glorious product range includes everything from cutting edge fashion to cult trainers, artisan chocolates to hybrid electric bikes. Hailing from Switzerland, Gateau Shop has opened a pop-up shop for three months. The shop is stashed with designer energy-saving light bulbs, limited edition Joe Cruz prints and silk scarves, and prints from Copenhagen-based illustrator Silke Bonde.

Traffic-free Fun in Regent Street

Regent Street is turning traffic-free every Sunday in July as part of Summer Streets which seeks to bring you a dazzling array of activities, entertainment and pop-up events. Sunday 21 July is dedicated to celebrating fashion on the world’s longest catwalk which takes central stage on the mile of style. Wannabe models and fashionistas can strut their stuff down the 100m catwalk and be photographed as they do so. Also look out for live jazz, street-busking, acrobats and hair art. On 28 July, Regent Street is going green for the day. You can stroll amongst trees and plants while learning about how to create urban gardens and keep bees in the metropolis.

Vintage Fashion Fair

Finally, here’s a key date for the diary for fans of vintage fashion. To celebrate London Fashion week, Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair is returning to the Old Finsbury Town Hall on 15 September from 11am-5pm. Shoppers can expect big-wig labels including Westwood, Lacroix, Alaia and Bodymap. The fair is as much a fun event as it is a serious fashion one. Refuel at the tea salon which will be serving up award-winning cakes and tea. And if you’re planning a big night out, treat your barnet to some retro styling at the vintage salon.

New Furniture Store

Furniture retailer Barker and Stonehouse has opened its first-ever London store in Battersea. Occupying two floors of one of the most historic buildings south of the Thames – the old Candle Factory on York Road, Battersea, the store is spread over 25,000 square feet. Stocking a wide range of contemporary furniture and accessories, Barker and Stonehouse is the go-to-shop for on-trend interiors, from retro-chic designs to homeware with a recycled industrial feel. There’s also an in-store café.

Happy shopping!

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London Video of the Week: Beautiful London by Chris Brooker Fri, 05 Jul 2013 11:09:18 +0000

We love this gorgeous time-lapse/hyper-lapse video by Chris Brooker. The film took three weeks to make and consists of more than 15,000 still images.

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London Shopping News: Westfield Stratford City, Regent Street, Food and Flowers Festival, Kingly Court, Seven Dials Thu, 04 Jul 2013 15:03:01 +0000

July is a great time to shop in London as major shopping areas are abuzz with festivals, pop-up shops and entertainment.

Award and App for Westfield

Congratulations to Westfield Stratford City who scooped the Best Shopping Venue gong at the 2013 Group Travel Organiser Magazine Awards. Sited in East London next to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Europe’s largest shopping centre covers a staggering 1.9 million square feet with more than 300 stores and 70 restaurants. The mall has just launched a free app for shoppers, My Westfield, which generates a customer profile based on the retailers and content they love. Download the app here.

Traffic-Free Sundays at Regent Street

West-End shopping hub Regent Street will turn traffic-free every Sunday throughout July, beginning this weekend. The street will be transformed with a fantastic array of entertainment, from circus acts to picnic benches to yoga classes. Find out more here.

Food and Flowers Festival

Feast on edible flowers and quaff floral-infused cocktails at the Food and Flowers Festival on 13 July at St Martin’s Courtyard in Covent Garden. Diners can enjoy the floral treats alfresco in the courtyard’s restaurants. There will also be live music music and cookery demonstrations.

Pet Boutique Opens in Seven Dials

Pimp up your pooch at central London’s first-ever pet boutique which has opened in Seven Dials, Covent Garden. Discerning dogs should swing by BOW WOW London, a canine emporium which features more than 200 handpicked products from around the world: think French perfume, Swarovski crystal collars and pink ponchos.

Pop-up Shops in Kingly Court

Follow in the star-studded footsteps of Lady Gaga by shopping for shoes at up-and-coming shoe designer Stephanie Hensley’s new Kingly Court pop-up shop. Open from 6-21 July, the shop will also stock clothes by Zoran Dobric. Stephanie and Zoran won the Shaftesbury Award for Emerging Designers. They are both MA graduates of the London College of Fashion.

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What’s On This Weekend: 5-7 July 2013 Mon, 01 Jul 2013 09:00:46 +0000 In case you hadn’t noticed that summer is upon us, this weekend’s amazing series of festivals should get you in a sunny mood – whatever the weather!

Barclaycard British Summer Time at Hyde Park

Head to Hyde Park for two weekends of fantastic music, featuring sets from the Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Elton John, Jennifer Lopez and many more. As well as a world class line-up of music every evening at weekends, you can also enjoy live comedy, film, sport and much more during the week, which is centred around three fun festival areas within the park. Tickets to music events start from £55, and you can find out more programme details on our event page. 5 – 14 Jul  

Carnaby Sound

London’s iconic Carnaby Street hosts Carnaby Sound, a free one-day music festival this Saturday, as part of its year-long celebration of music. More than 15 live bands will be playing throughout the area, covering all the musical genres that have made Carnaby so famous – everything from blues and jazz to mod, urban and rock. The main stage will be on the  Liberty department store roof, but music, giveaways, exhibitions and much more will be happening all over the area throughout the day. The festival takes place between 12pm – 7pm. 6 Jul

Summer Streets on Regent Street

Love shopping but hate the traffic that separates you from your favourite shops? Head to Regent Street on Sundays for the next four weeks, where the roads will be pedestrianised as part of the Summer Streets programme. Between 10am to 7pm every Sunday in July, Regent Street will become a traffic-free environment that hosts installations, entertainment, live music and – of course – unparalleled shopping opportunities! Shops are typically open from 12pm to 6pm. Until 28 Jul  

elBulli: Ferran Adrià and The Art of Food at Somerset House 

There are few more famous names in the culinary world than elBulli, or indeed Ferran Adrià - the renowned Spanish chef who transformed it into the globe’s premier destination for molecular gastronomy. You can now get closer to the world of elBulli than ever before, thanks to this fascinating new exhibtion at Somerset House, which takes you behind the scenes of the restaurant and explains how Adrià’s unique dishes went from concept to delicious reality. Tickets are £10. 5 Jul – 29 Sep

Silly Sports Day at the Queen of Hoxton

QOH No Sweat © Tom Wholohan

Do you and four friends think you have what it takes to be crowned sporting champions? Head to popular Shoreditch pub the Queen of Hoxton to test your mettle: you’ll be pitted against other teams in events such as beer pong, speed foosball and limbo! As well as the chance to be crowned champions, you can enjoy a BBQ on the terrace, DJ music and lots of other sports day fun. Entry for a team of 5 is £50. 6 Jul

Truck Stop, Woodwharf 

Experience phenomenal street food at Truck Stop, which brings more than 20 of the UK’s best food trucks to Woodwharf in London’s docklands. Not only can you buy tasty meals at the likes of Mother Clucker, Spit & Roast and Baba G, but you can also enjoy a locally-produced tipple at one of the many bars. Entry is £10, which includes 10 truck stop dollars for you to spend. 4-5 Jul

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London Shopping News: Boxpark, Selfridges, Le Coq Sportif, Regent Street and a Jewellery Fair at Old Spitalfields Market Fri, 07 Jun 2013 09:13:37 +0000 From new shops openings to mammoth denim departments to unmissable retail events, there’s no better place than London to rev up your summer wardrobe.

Denim Revolution at Selfridges

The world’s biggest-ever denim department opened yesterday at Selfridges, with nothing but jeans covering a whopping 25,000 square feet. Housing more than 11,000 pairs of jeans priced from £11 to £11,000 (for Paige jeans festooned with two-carat diamonds and your name stitched on the back), shoppers can choose from over 60 brands, from Primark to J Brand, Levi’s to Christopher Kane. Feeling overwhelmed by choice? Personal shoppers and product specialists can help you find that perfect pair of jeans, while an interactive area has lookbooks and fit guides.

New Covent Garden Sportswear Shop

Now that summer is here, it’s time to get kitted out in some seriously stylish sportswear. Step forward Le Coq Sportif, which has just opened its first UK shop in Covent Garden’s Seven Dials. Famous for making jerseys for the Tour de France team, the iconic French brand is stashed with oodles of sporting, cycling and lifestyle gear for men and women.

20% Off Shopping Weekend at Boxpark

Fans of pop-up shopping mall Boxpark can rejoice because it is hosting a 20% off event this weekend (8-9 June). Made up of shipping containers, the Shoreditch-based mall is heaving with independent brands. Download the Boxpark app and present it at the till to claim your discount.

Jewellery Fair at Old Spitalfields Market

A glittering collective of emerging jewellery designers will be selling their fabulous wares at Jewel East at Old Spitalfields Market this weekend (7-9 June). Shoppers will also be able to commission one-off pieces. Also on sale will be costume and vintage jewellery.

New Shops to Open on Regent Street

Global fashion brands are flocking to Regent Street to set up shop with four new stores set to open in the famous shopping destination in the next few months. Shoe shop United Nude will stock exclusive styles for women, only available on Regent Street, while the men’s showroom will be situated on the second floor. American clothing giant J Crew will be opening its first UK flagship store, while luxury French fashion house Longchamp will be opening a plush boutique. Kiko Makeup Milano will be opening an opulent store that will emulate their luxury Milan shop. Happy shopping!

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