Why buy off the hanger when you can buy bespoke almost just as easily in London. Mayfair is at the heart of the city’s tailoring industry and its upscale streets are lined with the workshops of highly skilled artisans, many of whom have been crafting handmade attire for the crème de la crème of society for many decades. From the bespoke tailors of Savile Row to the shirt makers of Jermyn Street and hat makers of St James’s, discover the best of men’s tailoring with this guide to the best Mayfair tailors to visit on your next trip to our London hotels.
For bespoke suits, there’s one place to go – the historic heart of menswear tailoring, Savile Row. Located at the prestigious address of 1, Savile Row is Gieves & Hawkes, a traditional suit specialist that’s long been a favourite of royals, aristocrats and stylish gentlemen in the capital. The tailor holds three Royal Warrants, bestowed by HM The Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Edinburgh. Its designs are traditionally English with military hints that reflect its past as a military uniform maker. Book an appointment with the Private Tailoring service and receive a fully customised, bespoke suit in as little as eight weeks.
Another unmissable Savile Row address is Huntsman, at number 11. Famed for its country-style tweed and distinctive silhouette, the Mayfair tailors has been serving London’s elite since 1849. Its rolodex of loyal clientele includes names such as King Alfonso XIII of Spain, David Bowie and Alexander McQueen – gentlemen known for their style. Huntsman’s signature one-button cut is particularly flattering. Combining elements from a dinner suit with a riding outfit, the style has a slim fit and a tailored waist to enhance the wearer’s figure, with bellied lapels to accentuate the broadness of shoulders. Shoppers can select from a variety of bold house tweeds and limited edition fabrics to accurately reflect their personalities.
When seeking a shirt to go with your new bespoke suit, head to Jermyn Street. Open since 1885, Turnbull & Asser is one of the finest shirt makers in Mayfair. Alongside a wide selection of shirts, ties, clothing and accessories, it offers an excellent bespoke shirt making service. With over 1,000 fabrics, 25 collar and cuff options, and various monogram and lining varieties, there’s everything a customer needs to customise their ideal shirt, which is then fully tailored to their body shape. One of the longest-standing customers of Turnbull & Asser is Charles, Prince of Wales, who awarded it a Royal Warrant in 1980 – ask for Steven Quinn for the ultimate royal fitting.
For more than 340 years, Lock & Co. Hatters has been at the head of London’s hat making industry. Said to be the oldest hat shop in the world, the millinery in St James’s has been crafting fine headwear for men and women since 1676. Its many distinguished clients have included the likes of Lord Nelson, Winston Churchill, Oscar Wilde, and, more recently, Pierce Brosnan. The hatter has also been awarded two Royal Warrants – by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and Charles, Prince of Wales. The millinery is particularly well regarded for its hard hats, including bowlers, top hats and riding hats. To make these, artisans use time-honoured hatting techniques to ensure the headpiece is perfectly tailored to the customer’s head shape. For shoppers on a time limit, there’s also an extensive collection of readymade hats and caps of all styles.
All our London hotels are located within a short distance from many of the city’s best tailors. For artisans on your doorstep, stay at The Chesterfield Mayfair and enjoy supreme comfort and luxury in the heart of Mayfair.