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What to See

The Missing Thread: Untold Stories of Black British Fashion

“The Missing Thread: Untold Stories of Black British Fashion” at the Somerset House.

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Somerset House will be celebrating Black British fashion from Sept. 21 curated by the Black Orientated Legacy Development Agency. The show will span from the ‘70s to the present day, touching on the late Joe Casely-Hayford, Nicholas Daley, Bianca Saunders and Saul Nash.

Rebel: 30 Years of London Fashion

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Backstage at Ahluwalia RTW fall 2022.

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“Rebel: 30 Years of London Fashion” will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the British Fashion Council’s Newgen program, which has helped usher in London’s contemporary fashion talent including the likes of Christopher Kane, Christopher Raeburn, Erdem, Kim Jones, JW Anderson, Mary Katrantzou, Molly Goddard, Simone Rocha, Priya Ahluwalia, Saul Nash, Grace Wales Bonner, Bianca Saunders and many more.

The exhibition will run to Feb. 11, sponsored by Alexander McQueen.

“Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto”

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A portrait of Coco Chanel taken for Vogue on May 1, 1938.

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The work and life of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel will be on display at the Victoria & Albert museum from Sept. 16 at the museum’s Sainsbury Gallery.

“Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto” will be the first U.K. exhibition dedicated to the French fashion designer, charting six decades of her career, from the opening of her first millinery boutique in Paris in 1910 to her final show in 1971.

The exhibition features more than 200 looks — some seen for the first time, including costumes designed for the Ballets Russes production of “Le Train Bleu” in 1924; outfits created for Hollywood stars Lauren Bacall and Marlene Dietrich, and early examples of Chanel’s seminal take on evening trousers.

What to Watch

“The Father and the Assassin”

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“The Father and the Assassin” at the National Theatre.

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The story of Nathuram Godse, the man who killed Mahatma Gandhi, is coming to the National Theatre to trace three decades in his life, from a disciple of Gandhi and his fight for India’s independence to a moment in 1948 that remains in the history books.

“Beautiful Thing”

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“Beautiful Thing” at Theatre Royal Stratford East.

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Jonathan Harvey’s 1993 play “Beautiful Thing,” which was adapted for the screen in 1996, is making its way back to the stage at the Theatre Royal Stratford East. It’s the tale of teenage boys, Ste and Jamie, as they come of age on a South London estate and deal with bullies, sexuality and family.

La Forza del Destino

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“La Forza del Destino” at the Royal Opera House.

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The holy trinity of any opera must include the themes of fate, life and love, which nobody understood better than the Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi, who worked with librettist Francesco Maria Piave to come up with the production that’s based on a Spanish drama, following Leonora and Don Alvaro on the night of their elopement.

The opera is directed by Christof Loy, whose portfolio includes “Tannhäuser,” “Königskinder,” “Tosca” and “Norma.” 

Where to Eat


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An array of food from Berenjak.

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Persian cuisine takes on small mazeh-style sharing plates at the Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant in Soho and Borough. Expect everything from mirza ghasemi, a coal-cooked eggplant with garlic, tomato and cacklebean egg to ghormeh sabz, a lamb stew with kidney beans, black lime and dried herbs to barreh kabab tond, chunks of a lamb rump marinated in chili, tarragon and yogurt.


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Mountain Restaurant

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Soho’s newest opening, Mountain, is the creation of Tomos Parry, the chef behind the critically acclaimed restaurant Brat. The wood grill and wine bar restaurant takes after the cuisines found on the seas and hillside of Spain, as well as the mountains and seas of Wales. The menu features grilled vine leaves, cherry and sungold tomatoes, summer girolles and violet artichokes, spider crab omelette to tripe, wood-fired rice and grilled red peppers with razor clams.


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Geode Restaurant’s beef tartare; Spanish fish stew; king crab gunkan and miso sea bream.

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Salvatore Broccu and Marios Louvaris, two ex-restaurateurs from Mayfair’s Novikov, are at it with their own take on high dining at Geode, named after the crystal of the same name. The restaurant inside a Georgian townhouse has three floors with a cocktail bar on entry. The menu includes beef tartare; Spanish fish stew; king crab gunkan, and miso sea bream.

Where to Treat Yourself

Sarah Chapman

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Sarah Chapman’s Skinesis Clinic.

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Sarah Chapman is the London facialist behind the glowing skin of Naomi Watts, Gigi Hadid, Jourdan Dunn, Uma Thurman and more. Her clinic on Sloane Square opened in 2015 offering treatments from eye peels, facials with EndyMed radio frequency and LED therapy to Veinwave thread-vein removal.


The new Vince store in London.

The Vince store on Draycott Avenue.

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As London readies itself for the autumn, get a wardrobe refresh from Vince on Draycott Avenue, from satin two-piece sets to cashmere sweaters and basics.


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Psycle’s Westbourne location.

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Psycle has become the London cult fitness craze that offering barre, HIIT, reformer, yoga and ride classes that take on the theme of music face-offs, such as George Michael versus Whitney Houston.

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