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London Fashion Week with the Olympus E-PL9

Hi its Debs here from the blog Bang On Style and I’m sharing my London Fashion Week diary with you as well as some cute places to visit in the city at any time of year. Of course, I’m taking my Olympus PEN ELP-9 along with me as there is no better and more useful Fashion Week accessory especially when I can accessorize it to match my Fashion Week outfits perfectly.
The main hub of London Fashion Week takes place in Central London in 180 The Strand. This is where you’ll find the official BFC show space and a huge buzz of activity including the chance to see streetstyle being snapped and many fashionistas being papped. Just up the Strand is the impressive Somerset House, the old site of LFW.
Even outside of fashion week this Neoclassical building is a great place to visit to see the gorgeous architecture and a wonderful place for getting a snap of your outfit if you fancy braving the cobbles in your best heels. You can also grab a coffee here and indulge in a bit of people watching. In the warmer months the centre of the courtyard is filled with a fabulous fountain display too.
If you want an amazing view over Somerset House and onto the Thames River then head a few doors up to the ME Hotel where over an eggs benedict brunch and a glass of fizz you can take in the views from the very stylish rooftop bar Radio and recharge ready for more Fashion Week action.
During London Fashion Week there are fashion events and catwalks that happen all over central London. Heading away from the Strand and up to Freemasons Hall you’ll find another busy hive of LFW activity and catwalk shows hosted over four days by the Fashion Scout team. The venue inside is stunning for a catwalk show with its iron gates and impressive vaulted ceiling and here you’ll find shows by lesser known designers, but still incredible shows and collections. My favourite Mimi Tran showcased an impressive collection of beaded gowns, every single one just beautiful.
A big part of Fashion Week of course is getting those all-important outfit photos and there are so many great locations in London.
The amazing thing about London is around every corner is something new. I love seeking out hidden spots and quirky streets and stumbling across a great brick wall or pretty house is my favourite thing.  You don’t have to go far to find that perfect backdrop.
For a break from the Fashion Week madness I headed to Covent Garden. The fashionistas head here to shop in the boutiques around the square that range from Chanel to Mulberry (I may have had a wander in both!). Meanwhile the tourists come to Covent Garden to eat and drink, as well as shop in the retail market inside snapping up handmade gifts, souvenirs and antiques. Lots of people head here to see the countless street artists performing all sorts of acts of entertainment, from juggling to magic and in the Summer, people sit for hours watching whilst eating or having a drink at one of the open bars and restaurants. I headed there to refuel with a Shake Shack. This is a must do if you love your burgers. I fully recommend the Smokestack and the fries are the best you’ll taste.
There is always something pretty to snap in Covent garden. From floral displays in Spring to Christmas trees and decorations in Winter, you’ll always find a great photo opportunity here. It’s an incredibly popular place to visit so my advice is walk there if you can to avoid the crowded tube station plus you never know what you might find along the way.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my little Fashion Week diary and just a few of my favourite spots in London.
I hope you come and take a wander for yourself one day!!

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