Designers love London…

20 February 2009

It's day one of London Fashion Week (as if you needed us to tell you again), so we've been catching up with some of the top designers who'll be showing their collections over the next few days to find out their London crushes. Here's our pick of top go-to tips in the capital from some of the industry's hottest talents:

Rupert Sanderson's favourite café?

The newly opened Flavours run by Julie (Masterchef winner 1999) in Tufnell Park.  


Charlotte Olympia's favourite dry cleaners?

Burlingtons on Kensington Church Street.


Kinder Aggugini's favourite late-night hangout?

Blacks, my club – it's open all hours!


Louise Amstrup's favourite bus route?

The number 38 bus, preferably old-style... it was the first to take me from my new home in London to work at McQueen back in 2003... but I miss the guy who used to play his harmonica!


Sir Paul Smith's favourite vintage shop?

Rokit is excellent and has a good selection of clothes from around the world, especially '60s to '80s. Also Portobello on a Friday morning...


Brix Smith-Start's favourite park?

Beautiful St James's Park is high on my park list. Plus once a month on Saturdays they have a pug meet-up there.


- Navaz Batliwalla


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