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LONDON — As the city’s designers — Julien Macdonald, Matthew Williamson, Zandra Rhodes, Tracey Boyd, House of Jazz’s Pablo Flack and Hazel Robinson, Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto of Eley Kishimoto and Deseree Mejer of Fake...

LONDON — As the city’s designers — Julien Macdonald, Matthew Williamson, Zandra Rhodes, Tracey Boyd, House of Jazz’s Pablo Flack and Hazel Robinson, Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto of Eley Kishimoto and Deseree Mejer of Fake London — well know, London is a great place to play hooky. Below, their totally biased guide for those who can slip away between the fashion shows this week.



THE TICKET:

"Bombay Dreams," Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Bollywood extravaganza at the Apollo Victoria. — recommended by Mejer, Eley and Kishimoto; Wilton Road, SW1, 0870-400-0650.



The famous flying car sprouts wings on-stage during "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," at the London Palladium. — recommended by Macdonald; Argyll Street, W1, 0870-890-1108.



"Taboo," Boy George and London’s early Eighties club culture live on at The Venue. — recommended by Rhodes; Leicester Place, W1, 0870-899-3335.



In "The Guru" a New Delhi dance instructor is mistaken for —guess what? — a guru. The film stars Jimi Mistry, Heather Graham and Marisa Tomei. — recommended by Macdonald; various locations.



Sing along to Fraulein Maria’s guitar and boo at the evil Nazis on-screen at "Sing Along a Sound of Music" at the Prince Charles Theatre. — recommended by Rhodes; Leicester Place, WC2, 0901-272-7007.



A look at the complex and kooky designs Philip Treacy made for his muse and patron Isabella Blow at "When Philip Met Isabella." — recommended by Rhodes; Design Museum, Butlers Wharf, Shad Thames, SEI, 0207-940-8790.



THE READ:

With "Faithfull," Marianne Faithfull and David Dalton bring Swinging London back to life. — recommended by Macdonald; Penguin Books, $12.



"Slow Down Arthur, Stick to Thirty," a novel by Harland Miller, explores Yorkshire in the early Eighties and the life of a David Bowie impersonator. — recommended by Flack and Robinson; Fourth Estate, $10.50.



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