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London recommendations - early Feburary

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by ville_e, Jan 17, 2011.

  1. gshen

    gshen Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Spitalfields Market is a little out of the way, but worth a trip if you have the time. I started with brunch at The Luxe, followed by a walk around the market which had food stores, arty farty types and used stuff. There was an Albam store around also - highly recommend it.

    I had a fantastic dinner at St John Bread & Wine, but remember the wine prices to be on the $$ side.
     
  2. chroMe

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    eats: le relais de venise in the City - before/after try some old boy shopping in/around leadenhall market, cross bishopsgate and walk towards the exchange. More trendier, head to hoxton/shoreditch/spitalfields/bricklane but some nice 'weekend' wear which shows you aren't oap, yet.

    Asakusa near Mornington Crescent.
    The Wolseley for late dessert.
     
  3. fox81

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    how about a trip up to alfie's antiques market, the largest indoor antiques market in the uk.
    also on church st is joel and sons, who carry the largest inventory of fabric in london

    also, st johns in smithfields is not the same as st johns in spitafields (even though theyre the same people). you want to eat at the one near smithfields market (farringdon tube).

    breakfast at the providores on marylebone high street is also very good.

    trunk has lots of monocle/styleforum brands, so its worth a visit if youre in the area, as is the monocle shop.

    and whilst youre there, visit the ginger pig for a sausage roll.
     
  4. hst

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    how about a trip up to alfie's antiques market, the largest indoor antiques market in the uk.
    also on church st is joel and sons, who carry the largest inventory of fabric in london


    What brands/kind of fabric do Joel and Sons carry? How are the prices relative to direct from source like HFW?
    Thanks
     
  5. culverwood

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    Joel carry a very wide range of fabrics but their trade is mostly for women's fashion so many silks, velvets, boucle etc . Their website http://www.joelandsonfabrics.com/home.php shows much. Their woollen fabrics for men's suiting are mostly Italian.

    I cannot confirm what their prices are like compared to direct from source but would suspect they are higher.

    Alfies has a reasonable cafÃ[​IMG] on the top floor. Not great food but a good place to rest your feet.

    In addition to Fox's places in Marylebone La Fromagerie deserves a mention for its cafÃ[​IMG] as well as its cheese. And while you are in the area a visit to the Wallace Collection is a must.

    The begining of February is Chinese new year and Time Out is a great place to find out what is going on http://www.timeout.com/london/around...-year-festival
     
  6. fox81

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    lets make it a marylebone thread.

    daunts books on the high st is regarded as one of the best travel book shops in the world. carrying a daunts tote bag trumps even the much coveted monocle tote.

    as for fish and chips, seashells on lisson grove has reopened after a much extended refurbishment. frequented by the americani of st johns wood to its north.

    dim sum at royal china on baker street is also worth noting, just make sure you go to the correct royal china (its the one closer to oxford st/away from baker st tube)
     
  7. fox81

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    oh, and for joel and sons, yes its mostly zenga and loro piana but i did see some H&S there once. prices arent really cheap but ive never bought from there, so im not sure how much movement there is on the price. paying retail is for suckers.
     
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    lets make it a marylebone thread.


    Haha. Not quite sure if it should be a Marylebone thread. I will be in London in mid-Feb, and wonder whether there are good bargains to be had for mc-type accessories (ties, cufflinks, scrafs etc).
     
  9. ville_e

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    Where should one go for custom made shirts? I'm looking for something close to the Piccaddilly area and smth which is of a good price/quality ratio. Naturally Jermyn Street comes to mind.
     
  10. ville_e

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    http://www.seanoflynnshirtmaker.co.uk/
    Thanks! I had that in mind! [​IMG] I'm also looking for a tailor-made tweed sportcoat with accompanying vest/waistcoat. What would be the best place to go about making a quality one? Savile Row? Preferably a tailor with a good price/quality ratio. Thanks for all the great suggestions!
     
  11. culverwood

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    May I suggest Benson and Clegg for a tailor with a good price - quality ratio. They may not have expensive premises but they do good work. There are plenty of others in Soho and Lambs Conduit St who will also fit the bill.
     
  12. ville_e

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    May I suggest Benson and Clegg for a tailor with a good price - quality ratio. They may not have expensive premises but they do good work. There are plenty of others in Soho and Lambs Conduit St who will also fit the bill.

    Thank you Culverwood! Much appreciated.
     

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