Savile Row – A Potted History for The Discerning Gentleman

Savile Row

No dapper gent with an eye for excellent tailoring could fail to enjoy a visit to London’s iconic Savile Row.

Steeped in history, those staying at our Montcalm Hotels London can experience everything this area has to offer, but first, here’s a short and sweet history lesson on what makes Saville Row so special.

The origins of tailoring

Saville Row has been the go-to destination for fashion-conscious men for centuries. More of a right of passage than a suit, young gentlemen coming of age all dreamed of owning a suit from this important fashion district, and this continues to this day with many guests taking advantage of our hotel birthday party packages during their visit.

Know for its high-end bespoke tailoring shops, Saville Row was actually named after Lady Dorothy Savile, the wife of the 3rd Duke of Burlington who owned the estate that Savile Row was located on in the 1730s.

The modern day

The place to be for quality tailoring, the legacy of Savile Row continues to this day with the area now being interspersed with trendy cafes, independent designer shops and other designer clothing boutiques. It’s a great spot for the fashion conscious gent with a love of great design and style.

A mecca for the well to do gentleman with an eye for sharp tailoring and high-quality textiles, Savile Row is still as popular now as it was all those centuries ago, and those looking to treat themselves to something extra special can still be found browsing the classy shop fronts in search of that perfect suit inspiration.

The tailors of Savile Row are still the main focal point for guests staying at our Montcalm Hotels London. And, once that new suit is collected, it’s time to make the most of our hotel birthday party packages with a visit to the Aviary London for some amazing views over the London skyline and delicious cocktails – all sharply suited and booted.

What makes a Savile Row suit so special is that it’s completely tailored for the individual, making it a truly bespoke piece. The ability to choose the cut, colour, lining, fabric and finishing of your own suit means that the price will be much higher than an off the peg version that you’d find in a department store, but the ability to own a suit that’s uniquely you is definitely worth it!

Celebrities from the past including Winston Churchill, Charlie Chaplain and Lord Nelson all used Savile Row tailors for their suit needs, and you can still spot Premier League footballers and movie stars heading into the many shops to get measured up for their new threads.

The jury is still out on who is the best tailor in Savile Row, but rest assured that anyone with a premises on this iconic street has the skills to create a tailoring masterpiece, so it’s completely up to you which tailor you choose to create your suit.