Ultimate Guide to Buying a Bespoke Suit in London


Are you a snappy dresser looking for a new suit? Perhaps you have a special occasion coming up and need to look your very best to impress on the day? Regardless of whether you've got a wedding or interview for a dream job coming up, London is the best place to be if you're seeking a bespoke suit.

London has a long history of expert tailoring, with Savile Row being the epicentre of the craft in the city. Located in Westminster, Savile Row was originally part of the sprawling Burlington Estate with the strip we now associate with quality tailoring being named after the 3rd Duke of Burlington’s wife, Dorothy Savile.

Created during the 1730s Savile Row became the go-to place for gentlemen of quality to head for their wardrobe needs. Today, this part of the city is just as popular as it ever was with dapper gents of all ages seeking out a bespoke suit from one of the many tailors that flank the small street.

Over the years, notable customers frequenting this street have included Charlie Chaplin, Winston Churchill and even Napoleon, so you’ll be in good company when you pay a visit to Savile Row.

For those seeking a suit of their own from this iconic and historic district, here is a brief guide to buying and a few other tips to help make your stay at the Montcalm Royal London House one to remember.

Do your homework

There are several excellent tailors on Savile Row, each of whom has the skills and experience needed to create the suit of your dreams for you, but before you arrive at the Montcalm Royal London House, it's a good idea to do a little research online to see which styles and materials you prefer.

You’ll also be able to get a good idea of each tailor’s individual style and talents before you arrive and therefore, should find it easier to find a tailor to bring your dream suit to life. You might even be able to get a better idea of cost too, which is handy if you’ll be taking advantage of our London hotels special offers as you'll have more to spend on any extras such as shirts or cufflinks.

Pack smart

If you have a suit in mind that has to match a particular pair of shoes or boots, then make sure that you bring them along when you stay at the Montcalm Royal London House as it could affect the leg length or hemline of your suit.

Remember, in order to create a fully bespoke suit, your chosen tailor will be taking a lot of measurements to ensure that the garments fit you perfectly, so it’s always a good idea to bring any footwear with you.

Plan your day

With several excellent tailors along Savile Row, it's easy to lose track of time speaking to staff and looking at the wide range of materials on offer to create your bespoke piece. That’s why it’s a good idea to try and plan your day so you have enough time to visit them all without missing out on all of the amazing food and experiences London has to offer.

With plenty of excellent quality Finsbury Square restaurants to choose from, make sure you have a hearty breakfast before heading to the Tube station. The Montcalm Royal London House is located just a 25-minute ride away from Savile Row, so make tracks to Liverpool Street station after breakfast and you’ll be in suit heaven in no time.

Just don’t over-indulge at the Finsbury Square restaurants too much during your time in the capital as you’ll still want to be able to fit into your bespoke suit when it arrives!

Make your budget go further

If you’ll be joining us on one of our London hotels special offers, then getting yourself a great deal on quality accommodation should help free up a little extra cash for you to spend on those nice little extras when ordering your suit.

From bold and colourful silk linings to matching ties and dickie bows, having a little spare money in your pocket can help you achieve those finishing touches and bring the whole look together. It’s well worth checking out any special offers that are currently available at the Montcalm Royal London City hotel before you plan your visit.

Be prepared to wait

The perfect bespoke suit takes time, with many tailors shipping out suits to home addresses in a week or so. It’s unlikely that your chosen Savile Row tailor will be able to magic your dream suit in a matter of hours. Luckily, there are plenty of fantastic attractions on offer just a stone’s throw away from the Montcalm Royal London House, so why not make the most of your break and plan a few activities during your stay to pass the time?

From a night out in the West End to see a show to a stroll in beautiful Hyde Park or Richmond Park, there are plenty of things to keep you entertained while your tailor gets to work.

If you want to complete your outfit, then London has a plethora of world-famous department stores such as Liberty London, Harrods and Selfridges for you to browse. These are an excellent option to pick up any accessories you may need to complete your look.

For something a little more unique or quirky, why not head to Covent Garden or Camden Town with their variety of independent shops and boutiques? Both of these popular shopping districts are easy to reach from the Montcalm Royal London House, making this an excellent way to spend your extra time in the city.

Plus, if you’re lucky, you might even be able to persuade your tailor to give you a small off cut of material that you suit is going to be made of, making it so much easier to find matching shirts, shoes and accessories.