If you are looking for gentlemen’s outfitters of distinction there are few places more important to visit than Jermyn Street in London. I’ve written about the Street on numerous occasions, and usually try to fit in a visit whenever I’m in London.
However, what happens if, like me, you live in the north of the country and London is too far away? You might consider George Street, Edinburgh, which might well have a claim to be the Jermyn Street of the North.
I love Edinburgh. Very pleased that it’s still part of the UK. It’s a beautiful city, full of history and culture, restaurants, museums and castles. It’s a relatively compact city, which means it’s easy to traverse on foot.
But perhaps just as importantly Edinburgh is a destination for gentlemen’s outfitting, and in particular George Street. There you can find my favourite outfitters, T M Lewin, Charles Tyrwhitt, and Hawes & Curtis. but you can find a wider range also. Let’s be clear there isn’t the depth of Jermyn Street. There is no Turnbull & Asser or Hilditch & Key, nor Bates hatters. However, it does counter with an Ede & Ravenscroft, which though not technically on George Street, is just off it.
Whereas a number of the established Jermyn Street Outfitters T&A their leave back over the last 100 years or so to the late 1800s Ede & Ravenscroft in contrast traces its lineage back to 1689. It is one of the oldest and most respected outfitters and robe makers I the country.
Their shop on Frederick Street,Edinburgh, just off George Street, is a wonderful environment, complete with a real log fire, oak panelling, and skilled assistants. Worth a visit just for the ambience alone.
From where I live London is a 3-hour train ride away. Edinburgh, in contrast, is just over 90 minutes. There is only one Jermyn Street, of course. But George Street offers a mo Accessible alternative if you live north of York.
Have a look round the next time you’re in Edinburgh.