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Fashionable Ways To Explore London This Summer


Credit: Caoimhe Moynihan @Union Times

Credit: Caoimhe Moynihan @Union Times


London in the summer, is there anything as beautiful in comparison?

Below, we here at Union Times have discovered a few ways you fashionistas can ramble the city in the glorious sunshine. Well, we might as well be honest, there will be rain.

From the obvious shopping and events to museums and otherwise, you’ll be sure to discover a thing or two you won’t forget. As always, if you have any magnificent fashion secrets* of London, be sure to leave them below.

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Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

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Patsy and Edina have got a ”huge great bloody movie sweetie”. The star studded cast which includes Kate Moss who subsequently gets killed off, Jean Paul Gaultier, Joan Collins, Dawn French and Lulu, to name but a few, alongside Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders aka Patsy and Edina. The plot centres around the pair taking off to the French Riviera as they knock supermodel Kate Moss off a yacht into the River Thames. See Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie in theatres now before it leaves the big screen.


Fashion Rules Restyled at Kensington Palace

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Credit: DailyMail / Copyright Historic Royal Palaces.jpg

The ‘restyled’ exhibition shown at the Kensington Palace puts the iconic styles of Her Majesty, Princess Margaret and Princess Diana on show to the public.

Explore how they reflected the fashions of the day, negotiating the rules of dressing fashionably within the ‘rules’ of a royal wardrobe from the ‘New Look’ glamour of Princess Margaret in the 1950s, the elegance of The Queen in the 1960s and 1970s, and the tailored drama of outfits created for Diana, Princess of Wales in the early 1990s.

Tickets are priced from £13.20 online here and that includes entry to the palace, gardens as well as the exhibitions showing. Fashion Rules Restyled runs until January 2017.


Vogue Café

You may have read our article here on Union Times some time ago about the famous Vogue Café that’s currently occupying a pop-up location at The Village Westfield but have you visited it yet?

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Credit: Instagram via @alexandravogue

Some of fashion’s finest already have and apparently the coffee is ”excellent”! Need we say more? Vogue Café in London will operate from June 16th to September 18th at The Village Westfield in Shepherds Bush.


Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen’s Wardrobe

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Credit: Royal Collection Trust

Events are a plenty on this, the year of the Queen’s 90th birthday. This particular exhibition will highlight the Queen’s style over her reign and indeed her support of British design to date. As well as the many coveted gowns that will be on display, you’ll get the chance to see Her Majesty’s wedding and coronation dresses.

Tickets are available here and a purchase means you gain entry to the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace tour as well as the Fashioning A Reign exhibition which runs until October 2nd 2016.


Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear 

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Credit: the-pool.com

There’s no doubt the Victoria & Albert Museum showcase the most amazing exhibitions when it comes to fashion, this one being no different. ‘Undressed’ has been widely successful. Back in April, I myself visited it and it is certainly an insightful lesson in the undergarments of olden days. Believe me, you could do worse than a pair of boxers and a granny knickers nowadays, a lot worse. Apart from Undressed, the museum has permanent fashion fixtures for you to gaze upon in awe so a visit is well worth your time. There are almost always various talks and masterclasses going on there too so be sure to check out the billboards dotted around the venue.

Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear is on until March 13th 2017 and entry starts from £12.00.


Royal Millinery: The Many Hats of Queen Elizabeth

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Credit: Fashion & Textile Museum

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, has certainly donned an array of millinery masterpieces over her time in Buckingham Palace and now you have the chance to explore that history for one night only. ”Join curator and historian Beatrice Behlen to learn how the hats and headscarves chosen by Elizabeth II have reflected and adapted fashionable styles for nine decades”.

Entry to the event costs £15/£12 with a complimentary drink in addition. The evening includes a talk with Beatrice and will be held at the Fashion and Textile Museum on Thursday July 21st only from 6-8pm. Tickets available here.


*There are infinite ways for a fashion muse to explore London. The city is awash with the best book stores in the land e.g. Magma, Waterstones etc., there are numerous luxury department stores that you really could spend all day exploring (looking at you, Harrods), stores/markets like Dover Street Market and Brick Lane and famous buildings associated with the industry i.e. Vogue House. All perfect locations for the Instagram enthusiast!

The events listed above are exclusive to this summer so when in London..


Check back as we update more fashion ways to explore London this summer.

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About Caoimhe Moynihan

Fashion Assistant & Writer originally from Ireland with a background in styling and luxury retail. Passionate about creativity and supporting emerging talent in the fashion industry. Find Caoimhe on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or over on her site 'The Simple Pleasures Blog.'

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