The UK isn't just about royalty and all 47 "Harry Potter" movies. In fact, the land of tea and crumpets is about as fashion-forward as it gets. For proof, just look at British designers like Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood, as well as ultrachic British celebs like Victoria Beckham.
Of course, London offers all of the requisite designer shops and its own fashion shows. For a taste of Old World glamour, historical couture buffs can visit the Archive of Art and Design at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Get a glimpse of fashion history from designers' sketches that laid the groundwork for today's thriving industry. Once you've taken in the classics, spend a little time watching a true couture artist at work, via the museum's Fashion Designer in Residence program. This exhibit gives visitors a behind-the-scenes look at established designers, which in the past have included Juliana Sissons and Dorothy Hogg.
If you really want to soak in the feeling of authentic British fashion, you must, I repeat must, don some sort of hat -- preferably one with feathers. Otherwise, you're just all talk and no action.