February is far from far away – we only have to make it through relentless Christmas shopping, scrambling to find last-minute New Year's plans at 11:47pm, and then a long month of January blues. 19th-23rd February is London Fashion Week (well, one of the two London Fashion Weeks of the year), so now's the time to find a chic space for post-show parties and receptions. Here's a selection of glamorous venues to consider.
Shoreditch High Street
In the heart of London's creative district, and just a frock's throw away from Shoreditch High Street station, this cultural venue celebrates all facets of the arts, holding gigs, galleries, theatrical shows and other artistic spectacles. All takes place in a converted warehouse space under Victorian brick railway arches. The venue's dedication to the arts – illustrated by its on-site recycled Jubilee Line carriages that function as a creative studio – makes it an ideal location for Fashion Week events of all kinds.
A venue that possesses an event space called The Rolls Royce Room immediately suggests grandeur. And this suggestion proves to be true: Prince Philip House oozes sophistication in its Grade-I listed home, which overlooks The Mall and St James's Park. A number of food and drinks packages will be available for Fashion Week parties, and the venue can be transformed to accommodate whatever angle fashionistas want their soirées to take.
This ex-member's club shows off rich character with its appealing arches and exposed brickwork, and with a location just off The Strand. The venue is fully flexible for Fashion Week planners, who'll be able to invite up to 250 partygoers. With a main-space bar, separate VIP space and licence until 2am (or later, if requested), Nine Adam Street is the definition of a blank canvas venue.
A Shoreditch venue under Victorian railway arches. Déjà-vu? Sure, but Motel has its distinctive features that'll appeal to fashion professionals – it's primarily a studio for photo and video shoots and has worked with fashion giants such as Dior and Louis Vuitton. Motel's expansive space is also available for after-parties for up to 220 guests, whether centred around dinner, cocktails or live music.
The Royal Horticultural Halls is no stranger to fashion: its majestic Lindley Hall has previously hosted various fashion shows at past LFWs, where top designers have showcased their collections. Lindley Hall is a blank canvas with an intelligent in-house lighting system and capacity for a captivating catwalk. Close to the British Fashion Council headquarters, the venue is also a preferred space for weddings, exhibitions, conferences and film shoots.
Being a minute away from Vogue House lends this blank-canvas venue significant fashion kudos. Oxford Circus Gallery is part of the Canvas venues group, which boasts other big-name locations as Victoria Roof Garden and DSTRKT, and it's opened its doors for such eclectic events as product launches, corporate dinners and pop-ups. LFW attendees will appreciate the flexibility of the venue, as well as the accessible location – just steps from the glamour of Regent Street.
Its claim to be 'London's most central venue' is no empty boast: 8 Northumberland Avenue stands proudly a minute from Trafalgar Square, as it has done since the 19th Century – and though it was closed to the public for 70 years, a multi-million pound restoration in 2009 reinstated its Victorian elegance and catapulted it back to the forefront of hosting capabilities. The Grade-II listed building possesses several rooms fit for fashion events, including the Old Billiard Room & Annex, fusing Edwardian architecture with a modern feel and a capacity of 500 guests.
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