Best for: assimilating culture
Disrepute London does “best kept secret” very well, and Disrepute is no exception. This tucked-away vintage affair is the curious lovechild of the team behind Brixton’s Sovereign Loss and the raucously fun Barrio bars. Touches of marble and brass, an impressively long bar and a smack of 70’s rebellion keep the spirit of its predecessor (The Pinstripe Club, host to the likes of Audrey Hepburn) alive and well. Inspired by the Soho jazz bars of yore, KITE’s Ray frame, with its chamfered curvature and retro gold detailing, will feel right at home within these walls.
Best for: amping up the glamour
The Bloomsbury Club Bar As the moniker suggests, the ambience of The Bloomsbury Club Bar is unashamedly decadent with surroundings rich in mahogany, and a drinks menu that celebrates the literary greats. On warmer evenings, switch the comfort of the Chesterfield for the divine terrace, with it’s hushed ivy-covered corners and twinkling lights. There really is no prettier spot in the city to drink champagne and while away an evening. It also just so happens that our sophisticated cat eye frame, Grace, goes particularly well with a glass of something glorious…
Best for: urban escapism
Barbican Convervatory Bring the outdoors in, stealing away a few hours at the urban oasis that awaits within the Barbican's conservatory. Home to exotic fish and tropical trees galore, it’s a city-dwellers all-access-pass to a farawayl escape without the costly air fare and unpredictable climate. Thanks to its large, glass panelled roof, the abundance of natural light is startling even on a bad day - our oversized Marl frame, inspired by nature as luck would have it, is the ideal antidote to indoor glare.
Best for: winter sun
Shoreditch House Rooftop It’s always summer somewhere - notably on Level 6 of Shoreditch House, where it’s fully heated, all-year-round rooftop pool evokes a sunny disposition on even the greyest of days. Don an oversized Aviator, such as our squared Luna frame, to transport yourself to the beach in all but body, or opt for a frame with yellow or rose-tinted lenses if your imagination needs a bit of a helping hand.
New British optical brand KITE aims to change the eyewear game, and give a fresh 'look' on the industry. Founded by Asad Hamir, KITE was conceived as a ‘British brand with an international attitude’ - meaning that the best bits of the eyewear industry from around Europe are utilized here – lenses from Germany, frames from Italy and design is 100% London-based.
Seeing things a little differently...