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Fashion exhibitions in London
Since the Design Museum’s 2012 Christian Louboutin exhibition proved one of its most popular to date, London’s cultural institutions have been quick to cash in on the fashion pound, with style-focused fashion shows a sure-fire way of pulling in the punters. From academic showcases of costume through the ages to celebrations of fashion in pop culture, these shows offer an accessible slice of aesthetic culture, and plenty of sartorial inspiration for your own wardrobe.
London's best nail salons
We've rounded up the best nail salons in London to keep your digits looking divine. Whether you're looking for a quick beauty treatment or relaxing with a mani in one of London's best spas, these are the places where you'll find the most creative nail designs, perfect manicures and the neatest pedicures (and check out the best London pedicures here if it's just your feet in need of attention). Whatever your tastes, London has got it nailed.
London Fashion Week FAQs
What's the deal with London Fashion Week? Like peacocks fanning their feathers, the four biggest fashion weeks – Milan, New York, Paris and London – like to out-do each other by hosting the biggest catwalk shows by the world’s best designers. Our homegrown showcase (organised by the British Fashion Council) takes place twice a year and gives top international talent a chance to present their latest collections to a rapturous (and self-consciously groomed) parade of global press, industry buyers, bloggers, photographers and chancers. When does it take place?The spring/summer collections are shown in September each year, while autumn/winter collections are presented every February (the next one takes place on Thursday February 16 - Tuesday February 21 2017). Where does it take place? London Fashion Week has taken place at some of the capital's best looking venues, from the Natural History Museum to Somerset House, and then there was Brewer Street Car Park in Soho. But for 2017 the BFC has moved it to The Store Studios at 180 Strand, a venue that has already seen two menswear fashion weeks pass through it. Many designers choose to showcase their wares at other locations, however – from the Royal Opera House to the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern, where Matthew Williamson hosted the venue’s first fashion show in 2011. Meanwhile, if you’re without an invitation (getting you entry to the exhibition itself), some of the best fashion can be seen outside on the cobbles, where bloggers
Christmas shopping giveaway: win one of 15 £100 vouchers to spend at Paperchase
Need some last-minute fluorescent baubles? A glass pineapple? Or did you forget to pick up a glittery polar bear again? To celebrate this year's Christmas gift guide, we're giving away £100 vouchers to 15 Time Out readers to spend at everyone's favourite destination for decorations: Paperchase. Paperchase has gone all-out this year with gifts, wrapping, decorations and cards to add a fun and festive touch to your Christmas. Shoppers can also visit the flagship stores in London, Glasgow and Manchester for a cheeky mid-shop coffee or to experience Paperchase's personalisation service and make gifts extra special this season. Simply enter your details below for the chance to win one of 15 £100 vouchers to spend at Paperchase during the festive season. RECOMMENDED: Find more prizes with our big Christmas shopping giveaway Fill out my Wufoo form!
Christmas shopping giveaway: win one of three £500 vouchers for The Langham hotel
Our Christmas Gift Guide will steer you in the perfect pressie direction, but if you're really looking to spoil someone this year, we've got three £500 vouchers to give away for afternoon tea and an overnight stay at The Langham, London hotel. The Langham lies in the heart of the capital at the top of Regent Street and has been serving tea to the cream of London since 1865, when it opened as Europe’s first ‘Grand Hotel’. The recently transformed Palm Court is the hotel’s historic centrepiece and is famed as the birthplace of the afternoon tea tradition, a ritual that continues today with The Langham Afternoon Tea experience. For your chance to win one of three £500 vouchers for an overnight stay and afternoon tea for two at The Langham, simply fill in your details below. RECOMMENDED: Find more prizes with our big Christmas shopping giveaway <a href="https://timeoutlondon.wufoo.com/forms/kuwccmr0rbrvkn/" data-mce-href="https://timeoutlondon.wufoo.com/forms/kuwccmr0rbrvkn/">Fill out my Wufoo form!</a>
Christmas shopping giveaway: win one of three £500 vouchers to spend at Anthropologie
To celebrate our glitzy new Christmas gift guide, we’re offering Time Out readers the chance to cosy the nest and warm up their wardrobes with a £500 shopping spree at Anthropologie this Christmas. Inspired by the worlds of individual style, design, art and entertaining, Anthropologie is a one-of-a-kind shopping destination, offering all kinds of fashion accessories, home décor and gifts. Whether it's something by a renowned atelier or a piece by a far-flung designer in an exclusive collaboration, Antropologie always has a selection of elegant staples and must-have luxuries - perfect for last-minute Christmas pressies. Simply enter your details below for the chance to win one of three £500 vouchers. RECOMMENDED: Find more prizes with our big Christmas shopping giveaway Fill out my Wufoo form!
Christmas shopping giveaway: win one of three £500 Whistles gift vouchers
To celebrate this year's Christmas gift guide and bring a touch of style to the streets of London, we've giving you the chance to win one of three £500 gift vouchers to go on a shopping spree at Whistles. With festive knits, elegant occasionwear, high-quality stocking fillers, and luxury outerwear, contemporary fashion brand Whistles has Christmas well and truly wrapped up. Be one of three lucky winners to receive £500 to spend across the entire womenswear and menswear collection and have yourself a very stylish Crimbo. Simply enter your details below for the chance to win one of three £500 vouchers to spend at Whistles. RECOMMENDED: Find more prizes with our big Christmas shopping giveaway Fill out my Wufoo form!
Christmas shopping giveaway: win one of three £500 Virgin Experience Days gift cards
Are you leafing through our shiny new Christmas Gift Guide wondering what to buy? Well you can forget the usual socks, sweater and slippers trio this Crimbo by entering our ballot to win one of three £500 Virgin Experience Days gift cards. Virgin Experience Days offer thousands of one-off experiences that will help you solve your gifting dilemmas. Winners will be able to pick a day doing something completely different in 2016 from a huge selection of experience day gifts: including flying lessons, Thames cruises, gourmet treats, stadium tours, spa visits and driving days at historic race tracks across the UK. So give something different this Christmas with your chance to win a £500 Virgin Experience Days gift card. Simply fill in your details below. RECOMMENDED: Find more prizes with our big Christmas shopping giveaway
Christmas shopping giveaway: win one of ten £150 gift vouchers to spend at Helen Moore
If our new Christmas gift guide gives you a warm fuzzy feeling, then this Helen Moore giveaway is definitely for you. We're offering you the chance to wrap up in fur and win a £150 gift voucher to spend at Helen Moore luxury faux fur, designed and made in England since 1982. British brand Helen Moore is looking to keep ten Time Out readers warm with £150 to spend on its luxury faux fur fashion accessories and home soft furnishings. The diverse colour palette of Helen Moore offers classic tones, bright colours and exotic animal prints, so winners will be able to find something for any occasion and every room, or pick an iconic Helen Moore multi vixen scarf, or the new buckle collar and snuggle up on the sofa for a Christmas movie with a Helen Moore throw. Simply fill out the form below to be in with a chance of winning a £150 voucher. RECOMMENDED: Find more prizes with our big Christmas shopping giveaway <a href="https://timeoutlondon.wufoo.com/forms/k1hzrusz0clo650/" data-mce-href="https://timeoutlondon.wufoo.com/forms/k1hzrusz0clo650/">Fill out my Wufoo form!</a>
Christmas shopping giveaway: win one of five £300 vouchers to spend at Rokit
To add even more style to our new Christmas gift guide, we're giving five lucky Time Out readers a £300 voucher to go on a vintage shopping spree at Rokit. Since beginning life as a market stall in Camden in 1986, Rokit has grown to open four stores in various locations across London, including Brick Lane and Covent Garden. The Rokit staff hand pick each item with style conscious, environmentally aware vintage lovers in mind. Their huge range of vintage clothing includes pieces from the '30s up to the '90s, and takes in every trend from every decade in between. To be in with a chance of bagging a £300 voucher to spend at Rokit this Christmas, simply enter your details below. RECOMMENDED: Find more prizes with our big Christmas shopping giveaway &lt;a href="https://timeoutlondon.wufoo.com/forms/k9tcqga1t8dl2f/" data-mce-href="https://timeoutlondon.wufoo.com/forms/k9tcqga1t8dl2f/"&gt;Fill out my Wufoo form!&lt;/a&gt;
Christmas shopping giveaway: win one of three £500 vouchers for Celestine Eleven
Ease your mind after you've rooted around our new Christmas gift guide by entering our giveaway to win one of three £500 vouchers to spend at Celestine Eleven - Shoreditch's dreamy new fashion store and holistic treatment centre. If high fashion and high vibes are your calling, Celestine Eleven might just be your holy grail. From Sportmax, BLK DMN and YMC, to herbal supplements and plant based, luxury skincare brands, the store is a one stop shop for the modern woman. So for your chance to win a spree on planet Celestine, simply enter your details below and you could bag one of three £500 vouchers to spend this festive season. RECOMMENDED: Find more prizes with our big Christmas shopping giveaway <a href="https://timeoutlondon.wufoo.com/forms/k97qwrp1u5unkz/" data-mce-href="https://timeoutlondon.wufoo.com/forms/k97qwrp1u5unkz/">Fill out my Wufoo form!</a>
Christmas shopping giveaway: win one of ten £150 vouchers to spend at Murdock London
With our Christmas gift guide well under way, we're really getting into the festive spirit by giving the handsome chaps of London a chance to win one of ten £150 vouchers to spend at Murdock London. Murdock London has reimagined the classic British barbershop and created a stylish enclave for men. Its seven London branches allow men to relax, enjoy a glass of whisky and get scrubbed up to their most handsome using their specially curated grooming range performed from their highly skilled barbers. Simply enter your details below for your chance to win one of ten £150 vouchers to spend on services or gifts at Murdock London this Christmas. RECOMMENDED: Find more prizes with our big Christmas shopping giveaway <a href="https://timeoutlondon.wufoo.com/forms/k1gjv6l11dz00hu/" data-mce-href="https://timeoutlondon.wufoo.com/forms/k1gjv6l11dz00hu/">Fill out my Wufoo form!</a>
How to do the January sales with a clear conscience
Let Collectively.org's fashion ed Vikki Knowles be your guide to avoiding the January sales wasteland The sales are the one thing we look forward to in January. Trouble is, they encourage us to spend even more money (argh!) even though we're pretty broke from Christmas (arghhh!) and feeling guilty about buying more stuff (triple argh!). Nevertheless, there are ways to enjoy the January sales free of pangs of conscience. Here's how to grab a bargain without adding to the planet's consumer-driven collateral damage. High street charity stores There'll be unwanted, mint-condition gifts galore - perfect for those pesky pals born in January. Trinity Hospice and Fara on the Northcote Road in Battersea are our regular stomping grounds. Charity shops online Avoid going outside altogether (hey, it's cold innit) by shopping at charity shops' online stores. Oxfam.org is a good 'un. Charity furniture shops Moving out, moving on? Swap the trip to Ikea or John Lewis for a stroll to British Heart Foundation to kit yourself out with everything from toasters to sofas for less than a ton. If you're getting rid of your current furniture, BHF will collect it for free, too. Small businesses Even the smallest of stores, the ones that are like 'we're closed until January 10, happy holidays!', will probably have a mid-January sale. Pick up sustainable and ethically traded stuff at good prices. Broadway Market's 69B Boutique has one of the best selections of stylish, ethical fashion. Sustainable brand
Buy curious: the top ten weirdest shops in London
Ed Marshall Forget the West End: for a really uniquely London retail adventure seek out the city's one-of-a-kind shops. Here are our ten favourites. 1) Get Stuffed A photo posted by Gunnar Vilhjálmsson (@gunnarvilhjalmsson) on Oct 2, 2015 at 12:09pm PDT Try walking past this dusty Islington shop without peeking inside. Go on, we dare you. It's nearly impossible because it's filled with an exotic menagerie of head-turning taxidermied animals. Some of which - such as a zebra or shark - you've probably never seen in real life, let alone up close and personal. Access is by appointment only; services on offer include pet stuffing and restoration, but note - they only work on animals that have died of natural causes. So thankfully you won't be seeing Cecil the Lion in here any time soon. BEST BUY: Don't want to say goodbye to dear Felix? Get Stuffed will immortalise your faithful feline friend from £500. 105 Essex Rd, N1 2SL. Tube: Angel. 2) Sylvanian Families A photo posted by Deidre Parker (@deejparke) on Sep 15, 2015 at 1:55pm PDT This is the only shop in Europe that's dedicated to selling the cute animal toys and their accompanying tiny houses and furniture. Open since 1993 and hidden in a residential area where Highbury meets Finsbury Park, it's aimed at collectors, but children will be making their Christmas lists as soon as they step through the door. You can tell the clientele here are real enthusiasts: there's even a colour-coded sticker system that tells you