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It seems like only yesterday that we closed the curtain on the Fall/Winter 2016 fashion month, but alas, here we are for yet another season of sartorial madness. Kicking off the Spring/Summer 2017 fashion fair is London Collections: Men (aka LC:M), whose inaugural day is June 10.

Visiting a new city is always a gamble. Between figuring out where to stay, what to do and how to get around, planning your itinerary isn’t easy. Throw fashion week into the mix, and the stress just reached new heights. If you’re a seasoned LC:M attendee, then you probably know your way around the bustling British capital by now. If not, don’t worry – you’re not completely in the gutter.

Street style photographers are professional globetrotters, so they know a thing or two about when it comes to the best spots to hit up during each city’s respective fashion week. I hit up a few of our shutterbug friends to weigh in on their favorite London destinations so that you get the most out of your stay (provided you have the time, of course).

Stay tuned for more fashion week guides as the ensuing festivities take place throughout the month.

Best Hotel

The Mondrian
CN Traveller

Ace Hotel, Hotel Café Royal and The Mayfair Hotel.”
-Acielle, @styledumonde

“Normally, I don’t stay in hotels when I travel. I prefer to have my own space with no one coming in to ‘clean’ my organized stuff. However, I DO stay at The Sanderson Hotel when I’m in London, as the location and service is really amazing.”
-Adam Katz Sinding, @le21eme

“I would go to the Shoreditch House, Ace Hotel or The Andaz on Liverpool Street. Ace Hotel and Shoreditch House mostly because of their perfect location (Shoreditch) which is one of my favorite neighborhoods to hang out in. The Andaz is a bit far from there, but it’s a very beautiful space. I stayed there last LC:M and loved it.”
-Julien Boudet, @bleumode

“I’m based in London, so I’m lucky I can be at home during one of the biggest fashion weeks. But I know ME by Meliá is a recommendable option. They have the best roof terrace and the food in Meliá hotels is always outstanding. The Mondrian is also nice, they have an impressive reception designed by Tom Dixon and the area is really beautiful if you have the time for a walk; full of old maritime warehouses converted into luxury flats but maintaining the original architecture.”
-Eva Al Desnudo, @eva.al.desnudo

Best Cafés to Hit up Between Shows

Nordic Bakery
Nordic Bakery

“You can find a Pret A Manger pretty much everywhere.”
-Acielle, @styledumonde

“In London, honestly…it’s Starbucks…ugh, I hate myself. It’s just the easiest way to go and I’m always in a rush. I’m the worst Seattleite ever. I’m sorry.”
-Adam Katz Sinding, @le21eme

“In London, cafés are mainly coffee retail chains. If I’m in Soho, I like Yauatcha for their tea and Japanese pastries. Sketch is also good for tea time and then there’s also Bonne Buche, which is a French café close to Marylebone with a French patisserie.”
-Julien Boudet, @bleumode

“One of my favorite places for coffee is at the Ace Hotel; I feel at home there because it’s spacious, has comfortable sofas, nice coffee and the atmosphere is really cool. In central London, close to the venues, I recommend Nordic Bakery because it’s super close to the main venue during fashion week, where you can eat the best cinnamon rolls in London.”
-Eva Al Desnudo, @eva.al.desnudo

Best Place to Grab a Cocktail

The Royal Oak
The Royal Oak

“The bar at the The Mayfair Hotel.”
-Acielle, @styledumonde

“In London, I don’t go out unless I’m going to a party.”
-Adam Katz Sinding, @le21eme

“I would go to The Owl and Pussycat if you want a good cocktail and wine selection. Also, The Royal Oak is nice because it’s quiet and cosy and Bar Kick if you want to grab something good to eat as well. But if you want to discover something new about London, The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town is this secret bar downtown.”
-Julien Boudet, @bleumode

“I don’t usually drink cocktails, but I know Ninetyeight Lounge and Bar is cool. It’s a quirky hidden place in Shoreditch and has this fairy tale decor which is extremely beautiful. They have uncommon cocktails like one that comes in a pirate box full of smoke. La Bodega Negra is also cool, it’s hidden inside of an adult video shop. My third option would be Radio Rooftop Bar, which is where many events take place during fashion week. It’s a cool place to relax having a cocktail and some tapas, enjoying the city views.”
-Eva Al Desnudo, @eva.al.desnudo

Best Fashion Week Party

KTZ After Party
Notion Magazine

“Due to workload, parties are very rare.”
-Acielle, @styledumonde

“No clue, I don’t get invited. I’m not cool.”
-Adam Katz Sinding, @le21eme

“For some reason, I don’t really go out that much in London. But I’ve been to Astrid Andersen‘s parties before and they were great. Last time, A$AP Ferg performed and it was really cool.”
-Julien Boudet, @bleumode

“The best party I went to in London was two seasons ago, when Rick Owens and Michele Lamy threw a party in the Selfridges car park. They arrived with two white horses and the car park was full of lasers and in combination with the very industrial look, plus the idea of thinking that you were actually partying in the Selfridges car park, made it one of the best parties I have been to during fashion week. Regarding recurrent parties, one that is usually good is KTZ‘s.”
-Eva Al Desnudo, @eva.al.desnudo

Best Stores to Grab a Last Minute Outfit

LN-CC
LN-CC

Dover Street Market, LN-CC and Supreme.”
-Acielle, @styledumonde

“Dover Street Market, Machine-A, LN-CC, Hostem and Good Hood.”
Adam Katz Sinding, @le21eme

“Machine-A, Dover Street Market and LaBoutik.”
-Julien Boudet, @bleumode

“My favorite is 127 Brick Lane. It’s a small store with brands like Margiela, Yohji Yamamoto, Rick Owens, Gareth Pugh but also has a selection of local and emerging designers. They have the best selection of garments from every collection, pieces that I only find there. There is no day I leave the store with empty hands! A must!”
-Eva Al Desnudo, @eva.al.desnudo

Best Neighborhoods to Hang out for Style Inspiration

Mayfair
Pher

“Mayfair and Shoreditch.”
-Acielle, @styledumonde

“Dalston and Shoreditch.”
-Adam Katz Sinding, @le21eme

“I would stay that good style in London keeps going EAST. I would hang out around Brick Lane in Shoreditch and the Spitalfields Market. But Hackney Wick is also growing and Haggerston is becoming the new Dalston, which was where you could find the right crowd a few years ago.”
-Julien Boudet, @bleumode

“One of the areas where you can find well-dressed people is East London, especially around Red Church Street. Also Dalston, where many London-based designers have their studios. Soho is a bit more touristic, but you can always find interesting looks on the street. And, of course, the third place (though not really a neighborhood) where you for sure will find inspiration from street looks is the surroundings of Dover Street Market.”
-Eva Al Desnudo, @eva.al.desnudo

Best Means of Transportation & Mobile App

Uber
Observer

“Metro is still the fastest. Each city has their own metro app but the Google Maps app usually works the best.”
-Acielle, @styledumonde

“Uber errwurr.” -Adam Katz Sinding, @le21eme

“I use Citymapper. It will tell you exactly what to do, which stops to take, where to get off, etc.”
-Julien Boudet, @bleumode

“I always use Citymapper. It tells you different routes but also which parts of the train to get on in oder to exit faster.”
-Eva Al Desnudo, @eva.al.desnudo

Area Most Likely to Get You Street Styled

LC:M FW16
Eva Al Desnudo

“Mayfair and Shoreditch.”
-Acielle, @styledumonde

“Go to the shows!  It’s been years since I’ve shot on the street without it being fashion week. But I suppose my list from above would give the best areas.”
-Adam Katz Sinding, @le21eme

“Shoreditch and Dalston in Hackney for sure.”
-Julien Boudet, @bleumode

“During fashion weeks, we are around every show and we’re moving continuously throughout the city. So best way to ensure that you have a chance of being shot is going outside of every venue.”
-Eva Al Desnudo, @eva.al.desnudo

Best Restaurants to Get Dinner After a Long Day

Shoryu
Eat Well Live Well

Shyoru Ramen and Gourmet Burger Kitchen.”
-Acielle, @styledumonde

“I eat groceries. I don’t get the luxury of ‘dining out.’ It’s sandwiches and pizza while I work.”
-Adam Katz Sinding, @le21eme

“I like to go to Hoi Polloi in Shoreditch (at the corner next to the Ace Hotel), the Electric Diner in Notting Hill, Som Saa (for fusion cuisine), Andina for ceviche and Hoppers or Pittcue around Soho and Carnaby.”
-Julien Boudet, @bleumode

“There’s a sushi place called Sushi Surprise that I find really interesting; it’s Japanese sushi with a modern twist and the first time you eat there you get a surprise and a miso soup for free. Bringing my origins here, there’s a little Spanish restaurant called Laxeiro in Broadway Market near Shoreditch; I go there when I am missing my mum’s food such as tapas, paella and other traditional dishes. The Spanish wines and beers are also really great!”
-Eva Al Desnudo, @eva.al.desnudo

Best Sights to Visit After a Long Night out

The Tate Modern
Iwan

“Fashion week is extremely busy, but I try to visit at least one museum or landmark. The Tate Modern, British Museum and Big Ben are always fun to visit.”
-Acielle, @styledumonde

“I like to go for runs in Regents Park at sunset, or run along the Thames heading west. Otherwise I just end up going shopping at the stores I mentioned. Oh yeah, the Tate Modern is also pretty great.”
-Adam Katz Sinding, @le21eme

“I would go see the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew or maybe West Hampstead’s park.”
-Julien Boudet, @bleumode

“If the weather is good (always a gamble in London), a day at Shoreditch House’s roof terrace would be a good idea! You need to know or be a member to get in, but many of the members work in the fashion industry, so good luck during fashion week!”
-Eva Al Desnudo, @eva.al.desnudo

While galavanting throughout fashion week, keep an eye out for the world’s best-dressed street style stars, according to the photographers mentioned above. 

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