Teal – the gorgeous shade of a twilight late summer sky and one of the key colour trends for Autumn Winter 2015. This beguiling mix of green, grey and blue is big on the catwalks and subtly makes its mark in T.M.Lewin’s latest collection. Here’s how to work the teal trend in your wardrobe this weekend, while making the most of everything London’s marvellous South Bank has to offer.
WHAT: Take a South Bank Stroll
WHY: When the weather’s fine, a leisurely stroll along the Riverside Walkway is the best way to soak up the vibrant atmosphere of the South Bank. Try a circular route between Westminster and Blackfriars. Crossing the bridges will allow you to take in the fantastic views along the Thames. The view from Waterloo Bridge is particularly stunning. On your way, stop and feel the grass beneath your feet in the Bernie Spain Gardens or check out some street performers. The buzz includes street artists, buskers, vintage book sales and food markets. When night falls the walkway is lit by twinkling fairy lights strung in the leafy trees and a cool, cosmopolitan and cultured crowd bustles between the bars, restaurants and theatres.
WEAR: Autumn beckons, so grab a stylish knit to keep off the evening chill or the breeze from the Thames. Our Malloy Teal Merino jumper is bang on trend. Pair with jeans or chinos and a plain white button down shirt.
WHAT: Shop and See
WHY: No day out in London is complete with a spot of sightseeing and shopping and the South Bank offers refreshing and alternative ways to indulge in both. Begin by seeing the capital from a different angle entirely, with a trip on The London Eye. A mini-voyage in one of the cutting edge pods gives ample time for you to get to grips with the city’s topography. Once you’ve landed, enjoy a design-led and independent shopping experience away from the West End crowds. You may choose to mooch around the boutiques of Gabriel’s Wharf, the retail spaces at the foot of the Oxo Tower or Waterloo Station’s brand new Balcony. Whether you’re looking for contemporary homeware, fashion, artwork or jewellery, you’ll find it and more here.
WEAR: Nothing too formal. This tartan shirt ticks all the boxes.
WHAT: Choose Some Culture
WHY: The South Bank is bursting with stimuli to challenge your heart, mind and outlook. Along one short stretch of the river you’ll find The Southbank Centre, (housing the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and The Hayward Gallery), The National Theatre and the BFI Southbank. Little wonder therefore, that the South Bank is known as the capital’s cultural heartland. The BFI has four cinema screens showing over 2,000 classic and contemporary movies a year. You can view thousands of hours of free film in the Mediatheque or simply hang out and people spot in the water-front bar. For a theatre fix head to the National where Chiwetel Ejiofor is currently starring in Everyman and John Simm and Mark Gatiss share star billing in Three Days in the Country. You’ll find a celebration of Brazilian Dance at the Royal Festival Hall and art lovers shouldn’t miss the latest Carsten Höller exhibition at the Hayward Gallery.
WEAR: Look as sharp as your mind with our London Fitted Navy Teal Check Twill Shirt, worn with a navy flannel tie and navy chinos.
WHAT: Dive into Drinks & Delicacies
WHY: Once you’ve taken in the sights, sounds and heartbeat of this amazing city neighbourhood, you’ll be hungry. No need to look elsewhere for fabulous bars and eateries, it’s all within your grasp. If you want an organic experience take your pick from the producers and traders at the Southbank Food Market. For an informal lunch grab a pizza in Gabriel’s Wharf or queue for an al-fresco table at Wagamama, Giraffe or one of the other chains lining the river. For a quirky afternoon tea or a high-end dining experience try the Oxo Tower. Other great restaurants also include Brasserie Blanc and House at the National. To finish your evening on a literal and figurative high, go for a rooftop cocktail or night cap at the Rumpus Bar in the Mondrian Hotel.
WEAR: Add a dash of style to a suit with our Teal Knitted Silk Tie.
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