Sexy Fish: What to Wear to London's Most Fashionable Restaurant

Sexy Fish
Tracy Emin, Rita Ora and Kate Moss at Sexy Fish. Composite: Rex/Getty

by Morwenna Ferrier, The Guardian, December 9, 2015

Sexy Fish – its real name – is 2015’s It restaurant. If you haven’t heard of Sexy Fish, a) that’s embarrassing, and b) here’s a crib-sheet to save you from further embarrassment. Sexy Fish, which is the latest opening from restaurateur Richard Caring of Scott’s and The Ivy fame, cost £15m and is in Berkeley Square, home to London’s golden pentangle (opposite Annabel’s, near Nobu, Novikov and Harry’s Bar, and down the road from a really good branch of Pret).

Dougie Poynter (L) and Ellie Goulding at Sexy Fish.

Dougie Poynter (L) and Ellie Goulding at Sexy Fish. Photograph: David M. Benett/Getty Images

It’s a tick-box It restaurant – there is an extensive waiting list for a table unless, like Anna Wintour and Kate Moss, you were given a silver key engraved with a special hotline number. The launch party saw Rita Ora sing and Kate Moss drink, it’s quite expensive and some of the food has silly names (such as prawn fingers, which are prawn toast, just cut in a different way, lol). We haven’t had a place like it since Chiltern Firehouse almost two years ago, which explains the hype (in fashion chronology, 2014 is as retro as the 1990s).


Outside view of Sexy Fish restaurant in London

Outside view of Sexy Fish restaurant in London. Photograph: Ian West/PA Archive Images

As with most good It restaurants, it’s fashionable people who make a restaurant fashionable, so what is the look? Well, bearing in mind the onyx exterior, gaudy decor and massive, massive fish tank in the basement, something OTT and overly formal. According to AA Gill, you need a gold dress (as seen on Rita Ora). If you’re Chloe Green, Noel Gallagher or Lindsay Lohan, black leather is also a must. According to Tracey Emin, it’s all about black with a floral motif. If you’re Ellie Goulding, you can combine black leather with some literal dressing (her jacket was embroidered with sea-centric prints because, well, it’s a fish restaurant); and if you’re Lewis Hamilton or the Hilton sisters, you can make your outerwear ‘innerwear’ : they wore shearling and sunglasses inside because that’s the vibe.


Matthew Williamson and Lindsay Lohan

Matthew Williamson and Lindsay Lohan. Photograph: Richard Young/Rex Shutterstock

The Guardian’s fashion editor, Jess Cartner-Morley, who has been because she is that ahead of the game, can report there were a lot of “over-the-knee boots”. The Guardian’s head of fashion, Imogen Fox, saw “a lot of glitter being cleared up in the doorway” this morning, so maybe Gill’s on to something. Us? When we get our key, we’ll go out on a limb and likely channel Kate Moss by wearing a coolly boring black dress and red lipstick. Because unlike Sexy Fish (yes! still real name!), that doesn’t really go out of fashion.

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