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A London of saris and bicycles

With permission from Paris and New York, London is one of the fashion capitals thanks to its design schools, spaces for new talent, street markets, sophisticated shops and vibrant cultural life around fashion (program details on www.visitbritain.com). Here is a tour to get to know the city from that point of view, with a date on the agenda, November 18, when the Cycle Revolution exhibition will open at the Museum of Design, an exhibition that goes out in search of riders of the future

10.00Textiles from the 3rd century to the 21st century

We will start the day by visiting the fashion section of the Victoria and Albert (1, click here to locate on the map). The Alexander McQueen: Wild Beauty exhibition closed at the beginning of August with a record number of 493,043 visitors (it was such a success that the museum decided to open it the last two weekends until 11:00 p.m.). It is already the most visited exhibition in the history of the museum. On October 3, another ambitious exhibition opens, this time with a historical journey, up to the 3rd century: The fabric of India (The fabrics of India). But there is much more to see in the museum. The 19th century collection, for example, is lavish. Once outside the Victoria and Albert, walking among elegant Victorian houses we arrived at 350 Kings Road. There is BlueBird (2), an exquisite multi-brand store with a cafe and two beautiful restaurants.

12.00T-shirts at Spitalfields Market

We went down Kings Road and took the tube at Sloane Square to Liverpool Street. In a five-minute walk we reach the Old Spitalfields(3) market. Reopened in 2005, the history of this covered East End market dates back to the 17th century. Today it is a joyous microcosm that opens every day. Dozens of accessories and clothing stalls —pay attention to the Dote UK or QED London t-shirts— compete with traditional British brand stores, such as Barbour, Dr. Martens, Hacket or Jigsaw, and international firms such as K-Way, which sells original garments. waterproof. There are plenty of food stalls so Spitalfields is perfect for a quick lunch. Leaving the market, on Commercial Street, we find the All Saints of Spitalfields flagship, with its disco atmosphere.

13:30Accessories for my little dog

We took the tube to London Bridge station. In a 10-minute walk we arrive at Bermondsey Street (4), an area of ​​new designers, coworking spaces and small shops. At 83 is the Fashion and Textile Museum, where there are always fashion exhibitions. At 175 we visit Christys' Hats, which has been selling hats since 1773. At 103, Holly & Lil offers crazy accessories for pets. Nearby, at 249 Long Lane, is Kerry Taylor Auctions, specializing in vintage clothing auctions. It makes five sales a year, and in the previous days you can see the clothes that go up for bid.

15.00You look, but you don't touch

A London of Sarees and Bicycles

We return to the tube towards Picadilly Circus and walk down Picadilly Street to the beginning of Old Bond Street. Here is the spirit of Victorian London well mixed with luxury brands. At number 5 Old Bond Street is the Alexander McQueen store (5). Its shop window is a permanent tribute to the terrible child and visionary of British design. From there, crossing Stratford, we find Dover Street. At number 35 is Christian Louboutin (6), with his luxury shoes. At number 36, Victoria Beckham's establishment (7), with a cold elegance unthinkable at the beginning of the Spice Girl. Just opposite we find another temple of fashionistas: Dover Street Market, owned by Comme des Garçons. The ground floor is reserved for this Japanese firm, but the other floors have clothes by Lena Lumelsky, Phoebe English, Miu Miu, Steven Thai, Simone Rocha... Although the prices are stratospheric, the visit is curious. We now move to Bruton Street (8). At number 30 is the Stella McCartney store, and at 28, Matthew Williamson's. Bruton's extension is Conduit, where Vivienne Westwood's flagship store (9) is located. Although nostalgics should visit their first store, at 430 Kings Road, Conduit's store is better stocked. There are two floors dedicated to the empress of punk: above, the Gold and Red Label garments. Below, the most affordable in Anglomania. Borja, a nice Valencian, allows us to photograph the always impressive shop window.

4:00 PM Henry Poole, inventor of the tuxedo

One of the perpendiculars to Conduit is Savile Row (10), the street of tailor shops. Generations of elegant Englishmen have had their suits tailored here since the late 18th century. Today it remains the epitome of British style. Cradle of the tuxedo, created by Henry Poole in 1847, this street has dressed everyone from Admiral Nelson to Prince Charles, including the Duke of Windsor, Elton John and Mick Jagger. From there we walked towards Regent Street. At 121 is the main Burberry store (11), which includes a home accessories department. Higher up, at 125, the beautiful Penhaligon's perfumery, which creates a new fragrance every year, and at 201, the Church's shoe brand.

5:00pm Five o'clock tea

A stop on the road: whatever they say, five o'clock tea is a myth. True Brits take it much earlier, so pick a time that works best for you. A good place is the charming lounge of the Liberty department store (12), on Regent Street. Take the opportunity to browse among its luxurious fabrics and irresistible bathroom items. And before you leave, stop by their bookstore for one of the best collections of fashion books in the city. After your bath of luxury shops, take a dip in the affordable and fabulous Topshop (13) at 214 Oxford Street. This gigantic flagship of the English brand is open every day, and on Thursdays and Fridays it closes at 10:00 p.m.

7:00pm Lázaro Rosa-Violán in Canary Wharf

Moment to rest from the hustle and bustle on the terrace of the Ibérica Canary Wharf (14) (12 Cabot Square; Canary Wharf metro). Belonging to a group of Spanish businessmen, the proposal goes through tapas and dishes designed by chef Nacho Manzano (from Casa Marcial, in Arriondas) in a space designed by Lázaro Rosa-Violán.

9:00pmI'm famous in Marylebone

To close the fashion route on a whim (and if you've booked weeks in advance), the Chiltern Firehouse restaurant (15) (1, Chiltern Street), in the of Marylebone, attracts a large number of celebrities. The average price, about 80 euros.

Marta Rivera de la Cruz is the author of the novel Kate's Wedding (Editorial Planeta).

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