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Published August 22nd 2012
Passion for fashion? London is the city to explore
It's one of the fashion capitals of the world and is home to such designer flagship stores as Vivienne Westwood, Mulberry and Alexander McQueen. With Fashion Week just around the corner London is currently in a state of fashion frenzy. Whether in shops, galleries and museums or even the streets of London themselves, there is inspirational fashion all over the city. So where are the best hot spots for fashionistas to frequent to get their fix of fashion?

1) Camden

Camden Is one of the most eclectic areas of London that you can venture to and is where you will find the most original and daring street style looks. It's a vibrant shopping area within London and people flock here to scout out vintage buys and to get creative fashion inspiration. The huge open air market is a firm favourite with fashion fans offering alternative fashion ranging from Burlesque to Goth and hippy/ethnic clothing. This is the place to go to get a real feel of London fashion.

2) Carnaby Street

Known for its unique independent boutiques and flagship stores for global fashion brands, Carnaby Street is just a stone's throw away from the thriving Oxford Street and Piccadilly Circus and is the ultimate destination for those who love to live the fashion lifestyle. Stores including luxury department store Liberty, The Kooples and Jack Wills can all be found here amongst trendy bars and award-winning restaurants. Head here if you're after a luxurious shopping trip.

3) The V&A

If you're after some inspiration then why not head to the world-famous V&A museum which offers a number of fashion-based exhibitions? Currently running and hugely popular is the British Ballgowns exhibition, which showcases famous dresses from the past. From dresses worn by the royals including the famous 'Elvis' dress worn by Princess Diana, to red-carpet garments donned by the likes of Elizabeth Hurley and Bianca Jagger this exhibition celebrates sixty years of British fashion. Visitors will also be able to view dresses by some of the most successful British designers of all time including the late Alexander McQueen and Hussein Chalayan. Not to be missed!

4) Covent Garden

Covent Garden is a perfect all-round fashion destination for anybody who is after shops (and lots of them), a relaxed atmosphere and something a little different. All your favourite high-street shops can be found here from H&M, to Cath Kidson, and there are some designer favourites too including Burberry. Alongside these brands are cute little independent boutiques where you can root around for something original. Teamed with the mass of eating and drinking venues available, this is one fashionable hot spot.

5) Chelsea

If you want to see how the fabulously wealthy live their lives in London, then Chelsea is the place to go. Home to designer stores, upmarket boutiques and expensive restaurants, Chelsea is a perfect area to sit back and watch the world go by whilst admiring the outfits that walk past you. King's Road is traditionally known as the shopping mecca of Chelsea with a plethora of shops for you to explore.

Remember, fashion never sleeps! Wherever you go in London, you are sure to find fashion inspiration in all forms. Enjoy!

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When: Exhibition runs until 6 Jan 2013
Phone: 44 (020) 7942 2000 (V&A)
Where: All over London
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