Don’t have an invite? Fake it till you make it this LFW.
While the fashion elite race from show to show, there’s plenty of ways to get involved in the action. Whether you splash the cash on a ticket for one of the public catwalks or simply stand around Somerset House taking in the street style, fashion week is far more of an experience than sitting at a show.
Another way to get involved? On your Instagram. Celebrate your personal style with some outfit pics, hashtagged #lfw to get involved in the online buzz. We’ll definitely be snapping our looks all weekend. But some thought should be put into the matter of a background if you want to compete with the fashion crowd for those likes. From our research, here are our top picks for the most instagrammable places for snapping outfit photos.
A whole host of culture under one roof, and a whole host of instagrammable backdrops to go along with it. Whether your feed favours minimalism or luxurious maximalism, Barbican has everything, making it a firm favourite on our list of instagrammable places. If you’re lucky, the conservatory will be open. Hosting over 2000 species of plants, this is a great location for an outfit picture with a leafy background, perfectly contrasting an all-black look. But if not, don’t sweat. The Martini bar on floor one is a perfect mix of modern quirky elements with art deco detailing. Built to compliment a 007 exhibition in 2012, the martini bar overlooks the courtyard and serves up a whole host of classic cocktails with a side of art.
For a plainer shot, simply go outside. The brutalist architecture and abundance of concrete have got you sorted.
Silk St, EC2Y 8DS
Closest station: Barbican
Where the Grand Union canal meets the Regents canal, there is a dreamy little spot populated by terrace houses and canal boots. On a sunny day, pictures here are dreamy, looking more like Amsterdam than the west end of London. With plenty of cafes and pubs tracing the sides of the canal, there are loads of options for an instagrammable location here. Aim for a place with some height and a view straight down the canal and you’re golden.
Closest stations: Warwick Avenue, Edgware Road or Paddington Railway station
If the weather isn’t your friend, head inside to the Tate Modern, a former power station turned national gallery on the bankside. Sure you could go in and snap a picture in the Turbine Hall, the giant concrete foyer that welcomes you into the building. But there’s something really special on at the minute that will definitely add a little extra to your insta. Though you do have to pay for a ticket, the Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life exhibition is definitely a must-see and must-snap. Filling huge rooms with light, colour and fog in an interactive exhibition that invites your own creativity, Sounds dreamy right?
An outfit picture where you’re surrounded by soft orange fog? Yes, please. Subverting the whole genre by posting simply a shadow of your outfit against a screen of light? We’d definitely like it. Show your culture this LFW by heading to the gallery.
Bankside, SE1 9TG
Closest station: Southwark
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Frank’s Cafe / Bold Tendencies
Wanting something simple yet powerful? How about an all-pink stairwell? That’s exactly what you’ll find at Frank’s Cafe in Bold Tendencies.
Over in Peckham, snap some pics on your way up to one of the most well-loved and definitely the most instagrammable rooftop bar in the city. The rooftop spaces at Peckham’s multi-storey car park now house a not-for-profit organisation that produces art shows and live events. Serving brunch and drinks, Frank’s Cafe is a perfect Saturday pitstop to get regain some energy while taking some fresh pictures.
7th-10th Floor Multi Storey Car Park, 95A Rye Ln, SE15 4ST
Closest station: Peckham Rye
If the LFW crowds are getting a bit much, escape for some quiet time out in Hackney. All the excitement and interest of London, without the frantic energy of the centre, Hackney is packed full of instagrammable places to go and backdrops to use.
On a rainy day – Palm Vaults is an Instagram hot spot with exposed brick walls and baby pink details. This little cafe is famed for its pink rose latte, cherry-topped cakes and acai bowls, so you might end up wanting to Instagram your foot more than your clothes. Dripping with vintage LA vibes, simply place your new handbag on the table with your food and the likes will come rolling in.
411 Mare St, E8 1HY
Closest Station: Hackney Central
On a sunny day- Head to the canals for outfit pictures beside the water. In Hackney Wick, little independent cafes, bars and even breweries line the canal, all with outdoor seating. For graffiti and industrial brick, go to Crate. For something a little cleaner, head to White Post which doubles as an art space.
Closest Station: Hackney Wick
Written by Lucy Harbron