If we had to design a look to accompany this guide to London, it might be a t-shirt that says ‘Rhubarb Cocktails and Ballin’ with Henry Holland’. The master of the slogan tee, Holland – a fashion editor turned designer – has created tops emblazoned with quirky phrases like ‘Cause Me Pain Hedi Slimane’ and ‘Let’s Breed Bella Hadid’. He’s fond of gingham, oversized sequins and patchwork florals in his designs, and cocktails and stylish boutique hotels in his travels. We talked to the delightfully wordy sartorial wonder (who also happens to be a judge in the Coolest Creative Hub category of the Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Awards) about where to go in London.
Favourite place to stay Shoreditch House, which is perfectly located in East London.
You just landed, where’s the first place you head? Victoria Park for a walk with my dog and a good old English breakfast from the Pavilion Cafe.
Can’t-miss shopping Liberty – it’s a London institution and such a wonderful shopping experience.
Where you go to unwind The gym, or for a run around the park.
Where you go to get cultured The Barbican is great and always has such a range of events on, including concerts, exhibitions and film screenings. Plus, the place itself is a sight to behold and definitely worth a visit.
Favourite place for happy hour Hoi Polloi in Shoreditch for the delicious rhubarb drink [called the Bonaroo Bellini], the Savoy hotel for old-school glamour and serious cocktails, and Little House in Mayfair for cosy, by-the-fire winter libations… I drink a lot of cocktails.
Dinner destination Bistrotheque on Wadeson Street.
The place that makes you feel like a local The Empress in Victoria Park.