To walk down this street is to walk in steps of royalty, captains of industry, Hollywood stars, global powerbrokers and rock stars. All of whom have, for over 200 years, made their way here.
When wandering around this special place, these stories may make your visit even more intriguing.
Rightfully earning its place at No. 1 Savile Row, is Gieves & Hawkes. Originally famed as a tailor of military uniforms, they have been dressing the royal family since 1809 and today hold no fewer than three royal warrants. Rumour has it, the building is haunted by the ghost of a night watchman who fell four stories down a staircase one night and died. To this day people are said to have heard his footsteps as he climbs the stairs.
A few doors down at No.3, you will see a blue plaque on the wall that commemorates the Beatles last public performance. Held on the roof of the building, the performance lasted 42 minutes before the police asked them to turn the music down.
Then there is Huntsman, who have been at No.11 since 1849. Step inside and you will notice two stag heads mounted on the wall. The story recites that back in the 1920s a gentleman came in for a fitting with the stuffed heads in tow. After his fitting he asked if could leave them in the shop while he went off to a leisurely lunch. It must have been quite the lunch, as he was never to return, for neither his trophies, nor his suit.
Next door at No.12 is, Dege & Skinner, which was established in 1865 and is still a family run business. Here, in one of the fitting rooms you will find a deactivated shotgun. A gift from a client who, during a fitting for shooting apparel, refused to use an umbrella as a substitute firearm, only to return to the shop shortly afterwards with the gun; where it has remained ever since.
Perhaps the street’s most enduring legacy, however, is London’s ability to continue to remain at the very forefront of male fashion and to produce some of the best menswear designers working today.
As will be showcased at this summer’s London Fashion Week Men’s (Friday 7th June - Monday the 10th June). An event that is both a celebration of the English style and craftmanship of the past, as it is a creative expression of what a culturally rich, creative, vibrant city modern London is today.