Savile Row has long since enjoyed a fantastic reputation amongst followers of fashion. Since the 19th century, it’s attracted flocks of gentleman seeking only the finest quality bespoke menswear, and its tailors are renowned around the world for their skill and attention to detail. Whether you’re in the market for a brand new suit or are seeking something of the black tie variety, these tailors are undoubtedly among London’s best. For guests staying in The Chesterfield Mayfair, the street is but a short amble away, making it a perfect stop-off whilst exploring central London. Here’s our pick of the best tailors on Savile Row.
Norton and Sons
What do Alexander McQueen, Cary Grant, and Winston Churchill have in common? They were all customers at the highly esteemed Norton and Sons. Opened in 1821, the tailor moved from its Strand location to Savile Row in the mid-19th century. These days, the name is a byword for style, class, and unparalleled craftsmanship. Those who prefer to keep their business local will also appreciate that every suit is made on-site.
Norton and Sons, 16 Savile Row, London W1S 3PL, +44 (0)20 7437 0829
Gieves & Hawkes
The royal warrant-holding Gieves & Hawkes is one of the world’s oldest continually operated bespoke tailoring companies, and also one of the most prestigious on Savile Row. Favoured by the likes of Prince William, the tailor also specialises in military wear. Rumour has it they even invented the first life jacket, though these days they’re better known for their suits.
Gieves & Hawkes, 1 Savile Row, London W1S 3JR, +44 (0)20 7432 6403
Henry Poole & Co
No list of Savile Row tailors would be complete without Henry Poole & Co, the tailor shop that helped make the street the sartorial destination that it is today. The family-run outfit first set up shop in 1806 before moving to Savile Row in 1846, which inspired other tailors to decamp to the same stretch of road. Originally patronised by Emperor Napoleon III, Henry Poole & Co still holds royal warrants today; whether you’re seeking a tuxedo, a bespoke suit, or even livery (swords included), it will ensure your dressing needs are well attended to.
Henry Poole & Co, 15 Savile Row, London W1S 3PJ, +44 (0)20 7734 5985
Kilgour began life in Piccadilly in 1882, as the popular tailor T&F French. After a number of mergers and reinventions, the brand emerged in its present iteration in 2003. Each suit is painstakingly crafted on-site over the course of a minimum of 80 hours, ensuring a perfect fit. The brand also has a pop cultural cache, having produced the classic grey suit worn by Cary Grant in Hitchcock’s North by Northwest.
Kilgour, 8 Savile Row, London W1S 3PE, +44 (0)800 953 5841
Cad & the Dandy
One of the newest additions to Savile Row, Cad & the Dandy only set up shop in 2008, when City bankers James Sleater and Ian Meiers decided to pursue their love of menswear after losing their jobs in the Recession. These upstarts have put a creative spin on the bespoke business, and their colourful, more accessibly priced pieces boast all the hand-made quality of their Savile Row peers but are aimed at a younger and more trend-conscious clientele. As a bonus, an old loom was recently installed in the shop, so many of the fabrics are made on-site – hard to get more bespoke than that.
Cad & The Dandy, 13 Savile Road, First Floor, London W1S 3NE, +44 (0)207 434 4344