Travel Postcard: 48 hours in London during Fashion Week
By Dasha Afanasieva
LONDON (Reuters) - London's Autumn/Winter 2013 Fashion Week runs from February 15 - February 19 and is one of the best times to visit the British capital, abuzz with fresh designs and creativity on and off the catwalk.
Reuters correspondents with local knowledge show how to make the most of a short visit to the British capital and where to find good food, fun and of course fashion.
6 p.m. - Whether you've just checked into your hotel or spent the day devouring designs from the catwalk, celebrate the first day of shows with oysters and champagne at J. Sheekey Oyster Bar. A stone's throw away from Somerset House - where most of the fashion action happens - you're bound to run into a few fashionistas out on the town. (www.j-sheekey.co.uk/)
8 p.m. - The Victoria and Albert Museum of art and design houses the world's largest dress collection and is a must-see for fashion fiends. On Fridays visitors can enjoy live performances, installations, cutting-edge fashion, debates and guest DJs at the museum's late-night exhibition opening.
9 a.m. - Wake up bright and early to get nimble with a reformer pilates class at Ten Pilates in up-market Mayfair. There's no subscription or joining fee, so it's perfect for those passing through town. Don't overdo it - make sure you choose the right class out of beginner, intermediate and advanced. (www.tenpilates.com)
11.30 a.m. - Head to Liberty London, known locally as "Liberty's". The department store's founder nurtured the Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau scene and it is famed for its floral and graphic prints. Nowadays Liberty's Tudor-style beams are home to irresistible designer collections. Get a blow-dry and manicure worthy of London Fashion Week's front rows in the atelier of celebrity colorist Josh Wood, recently launched in store. (www.liberty.co.uk) Continued...