Former magazine Fashion Editor, Bonnie Rakhit is the woman behind TheStyleTraveller.com, a beguiling mix of great fashion and travel inspiration. Her award-winning blog provides a fashion insider’s guide to destinations all over the world, including the best places to shop in each city and some invaluable packing recommendations. Here, she shares her London address book with guests at Hotel 41, including her favourite British designers and local hangouts.
What are your first memories of London?
“I used to come to London when I was at university and visit friends here. They lived in Clapham and it had such a lovely village atmosphere with pretty cafes, fun nights out and summer picnics on the common. All of my memories of it are filled with sunny days, which is probably why I live in Clapham now.”
What’s your favourite area of London and why?
“I love so many places in London and all for different reasons. I love how cool and edgy East London is. The gorgeous colourful buildings on Primrose Hill never fail to impress and my favourite shopping area is Westbourne Grove near Notting Hill.”
Describe your ideal day in London?
“I love Columbia Road Flower Market on a Sunday. I love perusing the quaint little boutique fashion, antique and furniture stores. I often have lunch on the rooftop at Shoreditch House or at The Boundary, then head to the market at around 3pm. As it’s the end of the shopping day, you can get some really great deals on the flowers and bouquets. After a trip to Columbia Road my house is filled with beautiful fragrances and colourful flowers for weeks afterwards.”
What London events are you most looking forward to in the coming months?
“Summer is always so much fun in London, from the outdoor gigs in Hyde Park, festivals in Victoria Park and Clapham Common, to more seasonal sporting events like Henley Regatta, Wimbledon and the Polo. There’s so much going on it’s impossible to pick just one!”
Who are your favourite London designers?
“My favourite London designers are a duo called Teatum Jones who show at London Fashion Week. They create the most feminine and beautiful creations, real works of art that are still totally wearable.”
Who are your favourite British style icons?
‘That’s an easy one, Kate Moss. She has been an iconic influence on the British fashion industry since the early nineties through to her rock chic decadence over the past decade.”
When you’re need in of some rest and relaxation, where do you head to in the city?
“I adore the Cowshed spas that are dotted around the city. In particular, I love the Holland Park spa, where you can watch episodes of Sex and the City on little retro TV monitors whilst having a mani and pedi at the same time.”
You travel extensively, what are the things you miss most about London when you’re away?
“My bed! And also, how wonderfully multicultural and accepting London is. I do travel extensively and I genuinely feel this is one of the only cities where you can really be whoever you want to be.”
Explore London and make the most of the capital’s summer events when you stay at Hotel 41.
Image Credits: All images courtesy of Bonnie Rakhit.