London has a long history when it comes to men’s fashion. From the contemporary and cutting-edge designers who dominate Fashion Week to the family-owned bespoke suit shops that have been outfitting customers for centuries, the city is a destination for the fashion-forward gent. We’ve found five of the best London menswear shops to visit, whether you’re looking to pick up a handcrafted umbrella or a stylish suitcase for your travels. Best of all, Red Carnation’s Central London hotels (such as the Chesterfield Mayfair and The Montague on the Gardens in Bloomsbury) provide easy access for all shopping trips.
James Smith & Sons Umbrellas Ltd
Since 1830, the family-owned James Smith & Sons has produced high-end canes, sticks, and umbrellas, perfect for fashionable men looking for the ideal rainy day accessory (a London necessity, after all). Gentlemen’s umbrellas are available in styles ranging from classic solid stick umbrellas to wooden animal head versions that add a touch of personal flare. James Smith & Sons even sells traveller umbrellas which come with handles that unscrew for easier transport. The shop’s workshops are still situated in the building’s basement, ensuring goods are locally produced.
Hazelwood House, 53 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1BL
+44 207 836 4731
John Lobb Ltd
Bespoke shoe and bootmaker John Lobb Ltd was founded in the mid 19th century by John Lobb, a Cornish farmer’s son who found himself in London after being crippled in an accident. After apprenticing with one of the city’s best bootmakers, he founded his own company and went on to become the personal supplier to the Prince of Wales. Since then, the expert boot makers have had famous customers ranging from Andy Warhol to Duke Ellington. Today, John Lobb Ltd can still be found at its shop in the shadows of St. James’ Palace, and produces the highest-quality leather shoes ranging from classic Oxfords to durable long boots.
9 St. James’s Street, London SW1A 1EF
+44 207 930 3664
Turnbull & Asser
With a 127-year history, Turnbull & Asser is undoubtedly one of the best places in London to find high-end men’s eveningwear. The clothier was established in 1885 by Ernest Asser and Reginald Turnbull and has occupied its current location in St. James’s since 1903. Now producing both off-the-peg and bespoke shirts, suits, neckties, and other accessories, Turnbull & Asser is a noted favourite of Prince Charles, and has been bestowed a royal warrant.
71-72 Jermyn Street, St. James’s, London SW1Y 6PF
+44 207 808 3000
Norton & Sons
Bespoke tailoring company Norton & Sons was first founded in 1821 by craftsman Walter Norton. In the 1860s, the shop relocated to Savile Row in Mayfair, a street famed for housing the city’s top tailors. Since then, it’s attracted celebrity shoppers with its elegant garments, including King Edward VII and Winston Churchill. Specialising solely in bespoke shirt-making, the company tailors every item to the customer’s specifications (hand-embroidered monograms are also available).
16 Savile Row, London W1S 3PL
+44 207 437 0829
For the gentleman on the move, Globe-Trotter, established in 1897, should be a go-to for top-quality luggage. Made by artisans in Hertfordshire, the traditionally crafted pieces are constructed of leather and vulcanised fibreboard for both style and durability. Bags, briefcases, and larger luggage pieces are available in collections ranging from cruise to safari-themed styles.
54-55 Burlington Arcade, London, W1J 0LB
+44 207 529 5950