The London Fashion Pub Crawl
- Published:15th Jul 2016
Here´s the thing. We were trying hard to come up with a nice theme for our AW photo shoot. It should be something fun, visual and quintessential London. After nights of heavy brainstorming, research and drunk arguments we finally had a plan: We would combine our two big passions and do a Fashion pub-crawl! After all London is the best place in the whole world to have a pint in cosy historic pubs (sorry, Dublin).
Then there was another challenge: There are more than 7.000 pubs in Greater London and how on earth would we find the ten best ones for our little fashion crawl?! Well, lucky are those who have friends who are connoisseurs of the London pub life. So we did a survey with all our mates about the best pubs that are in walking distance from Fleet Street (which is after all the oldest part of London) and picked the 10 pubs that got most votes.
So on one wet and dreary December morning we took our gorgeous model Freya and started to walk the pubs.
And here they are:
Ye old Mitre
Our first stop was Ye old Mitre, a wonderful historic London pub set in Ely Court. Originally built in 1546, Henry VIII himself was married in St.Ethelredas next door and his daughter, Queen Elizabeth, is said to have danced around the cherry tree at our door with Sir Christopher Hatton. In nice vintage style fashion of course.
With that wealth of history, we decided to style Freya royally in a leopard cape. Oh, and we had our first pint of ale as it was already 9.30am.
Fox & Anchor
Next stop was the fabulous Fox & Anchor at Smithfield Market. This pub originates from the late Victorian era and has been serving the traders of Smithfield market for years.
Grand mahogany doors, etched glass and heavy brass make this place a heaven for all lovers of historic pubs. Since this was originally a London Gin joint, Freya had her first Gin-based Martini.
Next stop was the glorious The Jerusalem Tavern, which is located in Britton Street, Clerkenwell. Named after the Priory of St. John of Jerusalem (founded in 1140) the Tavern has occupied several sites in the area since the 14th century and the current building dates from 1720.
We immediately felt moved back centuries in time and the wooden floors looked like they endured centuries of spilled pints. Marvelous! Freya had her ale in an antique tin cup of course.
The Three Kings
Then we went next door to the fabulous Three Kings in Clerkenwell. This place is equipped with a fabulous jukebox, hand-signed baseball cards everywhere, a big fire and a huge rhino head staring from the wall. Yes, a rhino!To do justice to this eclectic interior, we decided to style Freya in a Marlene Dietrich pose. Yeah!
Next stop was the Betsey Trotwood, which is one of our favourite stand-up comedy and folk night places. The name is derived from the Charles Dicken´s character in David Copperfield. In the book Betsey has an unfavourable view of men and boys as a worthless husband earlier in life has abandoned her. Poor Betsey.
Well, the pub is actually spectacularly good with its three floors and super long counter. Oh, and have you seen the image of John Wayne in the back?! Freya wears a long red lace dress. A true statement piece.
Check out part 2 here...
The casual charmer - Contrast top-stitching accentuates Sophie's Sohos' asymmetric detailing. Button-through with a twist, Sophie's Soho dress looks great with trainers or heels. This versatile dress is perfect for every occasion.
The tiny dancerWith a draped neck and loose shape cinched in by a top-stitched waist-belt this dress will flatter all body shapes. Sasha's Statement comes fully lined and with comfy side pockets.
The 1970's Boho - Giving a nod to the 1970's, this red midi dress comes in floral-printed chiffons, detailled panelling on the bodice and flat piping. Madelaines Marvel dress has a flattering midi-length and self-fabric waist tie means you can cinch in the waist for some extra definition.
The elegant geisha - Figure skimming Benika's Bonsai dress cuts a flattering silhouette in a true Japanese fashion. Intricate panelling and a top stitched self-fabric tie belt gives this easy day-dress a beautiful and feminine look.