Swing over to Carn­aby

Carn­aby Street, which was once the epi­cen­tre of the Swing­ing Six­ties, is throw­ing a fash­ion party – and you’re all in­vited, says Ko­hi­noor Sa­hota

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Carn­aby Street in the 1960s was more like a cat­walk than a shop­ping des­ti­na­tion. Loud mu­sic played from brightly coloured shops and peo­ple would strut along the street in the lat­est fash­ions, from mod gear to mini skirts.

The area at­tracted a new de­mo­graphic – teenagers – who wanted to im­i­tate the fa­mous faces that shopped there, in­clud­ing model Twiggy and The Rolling Stones. In fact, this is where Jimi Hen­drix bought his tongue-in-cheek retro mil­i­tary jacket, at the bou­tique I Was Lord Kitch­ener’s Valet.

The Kinks have name-checked the street in Ded­i­cated Fol­lower of Fash­ion, it had its own show Carn­aby Street: The Mu­si­cal and fea­tured in the hit film Austin Pow­ers: In­ter­na­tional Man of Mys­tery.

This month, Carn­aby Street – and its 13 neigh­bour­ing streets – will be swing­ing once more at the Carn­aby Style Night (4 May; 5pm-9pm). Join the party as many shops have longer open­ing hours, free drinks and DJs play­ing. There is live mu­sic, too, in Moscot, the iconic eye­wear store.

Take ad­van­tage of the many of­fers: get your hair cut for free by Johnny’s Chop Shop, which is set­ting up a ‘sa­lon’ on the streets; take a yoga class for men at triyoga and help your­self to food and drink at Fred Perry.

There are ex­clu­sive of­fers across the stores: Il­la­masqua has a drag queen-in­spired ‘Men in Make-up’ event; you can cus­tomise your train­ers at Su­perga and stock up on lim­it­ededi­tion T-shirts at David Na­man.

Go to the event wear­ing your sharpest out­fit, as the best-dressed fash­ion­istas will be re­warded with a goodie bag worth £200.

If all that shop­ping makes you hun­gry, head to one of the many restau­rants and bars that are of­fer­ing dis­counts on the night.

While you’re there, don’t miss nearby Kingly Court, a three-storey en­clave of bou­tique bars and restau­rants.

Long may Carn­aby Street swing! www.carn­aby.co.uk

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