From the world's top tailors and prestigious designer stores to lesser-known independent gems and vintage emporiums, London is home to myriad menswear stores. The only trouble is knowing which ones are worth a visit. As the UK capital reemerges from lockdown and bricks and mortar businesses throw open their doors yet again, we're drawing attention to some of our favourite menswear stores in London. Because online shopping certainly does have its perks, but nothing quite beats the experience of an old fashioned in-store browse. Whether you're a long-time London local or planning a city break, these are the stylish retailers to know.
Notting Hill: 196 Westbourne Grove, W11 2RHCovent Garden: 19 Earlham Street, WC2H 9LL
L'Estrange is renowned for its made-to-last menswear staples that are consciously designed with the planet in mind. The brand makes use of recycled and renewable materials, like organic cotton, recycled nylon and Kapok – a natural fibre from the nut of the Kapok tree. Just like its clothes, the L'Estrange stores are designed for versatility: each piece of furniture is collapsable and modular in nature so that it can be used again in future locations, thus reducing the brand's footprint.
9 Savile Row, W1S 3PF
Situated on London's most iconic suiting street, the Drake's store on Savile Row offers the perfect combination of elegant tailoring and more relaxed ready-to-wear. The decor reflects the iconic British menswear brand's suitably dapper aesthetic, with an old-school Ivy League theme characterising the space. Take your time browsing, trying things on and perusing the various books and works of art (there is currently a Clive Hodgson exhibition in store). For those who are most comfortable surrounded by beautiful things, the Drake's store will feel like home.
Soho: 81 Berwick Street, W1F 8TWShoreditch: 10-12 Calvert Avenue, E2 7JPBloomsbury: 58 Lambs Conduit Street, WC1N 3LW
Renowned British menswear brand Oliver Spencer has a few stores dotted around London, but our pick is its Soho flagship on the historic and buzzy Berwick Street. The store embraces the rugged nature of Soho, combining bespoke furniture from contemporary British carpenters Another Country with scaffolding rails, industrial lamps, antique counters and modernist artworks – all complementing the latest Oliver Spencer collection. Brimming with beautifully crafted staples that fuse the quality of premium tailoring with a laid-back, casual edge, it's the ultimate one-stop-shop for menswear devotees.
Notting Hill: 306A Portobello Road, W10 5TAIslington: 49 Camden Passage, N1 8EAPrinces Arcade: 196 Piccadilly, SW1Y 6DSChelsea: 178A King's Road, SW3 5XPRoyal Exchange: Unit 29 The Royal Exchange, EC3V 3LP
SIRPLUS started off 10 years ago as a street market stall in London selling upcycled underwear. Since its humble beginnings, the brand has grown and evolved, and there are now multiple SIRPLUS stores dotted around the capital. SIRPLUS continues to stay true to its roots, turning would-be waste into lifetime companion pieces. From nightwear to formalwear, the clothing it creates is made with the intention of lasting longer, being worn more often and adapting to a variety of seasons. Pop into one of its stores to try pieces on and get a better sense of the quality
35 Coal Drops Yard, N1C 4AQ
The Form&Thread store is located in Kings Cross' recently redeveloped Coal Drops Yard, a unique shopping and entertainment destination that blends industrial heritage with contemporary architecture. It seems a fitting setting for a brand whose design language is informed by such influences as minimalist architecture and old-school workwear. Be sure to drop in if you're on the hunt for understated and easy-to-wear staples like utilitarian-inspired overshirts and jackets and smart-casual double-pleated trousers.
19-23 Broadwick Street, W1F 0DF
Axel Arigato's flagship store on Soho's Berwick Street was the first standalone store opened by the Swedish streetwear powerhouse. The store's design is the result of a collaboration between Creative Director Max Svardh and renowned Swedish architect Christian Halleröd: an intentionally clean and minimalist layout, featuring concrete, metal and mirrors, gives prominence to the Axel Arigato range. Walking around the store offers the sense of being in a gallery rather than just a retail space – this feeling is heightened by the presence of several 450kg tables carved from a boulder of terrazzo stone, each with different architectural characteristics. It's a must-visit if you're in the area.
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