Chatting About Chiltern Street
Our new pop-up shop has opened its doors on London’s fashionable Chiltern Street just in time for the Christmas season. We have long had our eye on this charming street, and have lost many a Saturday morning mooching around its charming neighbourhood. It is an area of town that is typically London,with a perfect mix of the old, the new and plenty of eclectic shops, restaurants and haunts in between.
Like our Chelsea Pop-Up, 16 Chiltern Street carries our full range of ready to wear tailored and slim fit shirts, together with our dresswear, nightwear, knitwear and mind boggling array of accessories. This time round we are able to offer our made to measure shirt service to customers visiting the store too.
So, as we get settled in and look forward to seeing customers old and new visiting the pop-up, we thought we would introduce you to some of the local places that really make us tick and where we are most likely to while away a lunchtime.
Copyright: Dashing Tweeds
Duo Guy Hills and Kirsty McDougall launched Dashing Tweeds over a decade ago and thanks to their innovative designs and out-the-box thinking, changed the way we saw tweeds. Nobody with a love of cloth and tailoring can forget when Guy sprang into town wearing his “light up” Lumibrite tweed suit what now feels like many moons back. Since then, the pair have collaborated with brands around the globe, weaving cloths that combine colour and texture with a twist at some of the UK’s most historic and skilled mills. Dashing Tweeds offers ready to wear and made to order tailoring, as well as an eye catching selection of accessories. Pop in to the shop for an injection of inspiration and energy. Good times are a guarantee.
The Wallace Collection
Copyright: The Wallace Collection
A great way to spend a lunch break and just a couple of streets away from our pop-up, The Wallace Collection is a national museum which displays the wonderful works of art collected in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by the first four Marquesses of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace, the son of the 4th Marquess. It was bequeathed to the British nation by Sir Richard's widow, Lady Wallace, in 1897. The museum is one of London’s best kept secrets and houses a mind boggling works of art by Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Fragonard, as well as incredible furniture and a superb collection of arms and armour that will have kids big and small enthralled.
Entry to the museum is free and we particularly love catching their daily highlights tours (11.30am/2.30pm).
Copyright: Trunk Clothiers
The gentlemen behind Trunk have had a big impact on the global menswear scene and there is plenty to like when visiting their two little stores on Chiltern Street. They have a paired down aesthetic that combines top quality cloths with well considered designs and brands.
Jas sums up the eclecticity of London’s shopping scene when you step away from the likes of Bond Street and the big chain retail destinations. This musical instrument store specialises in Indian musical instruments for folk and classical music. Each piece is made in the company’s workshops in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. The shop and its collection is fascinating and a lot of fun too.
Howarth of London
Perhaps it is because we are romantics, but there is something utterly charming about the notion of a woodwind shop and oboe maker. Yes, Chiltern Street is just a stone’s throw away from the Royal College Academy of Music on the Marylebone Road so it thereby stands to reason that this shop should be so close by, but who can resist the sound of instruments being played (well) and the charm of knowing that there are craftsmen at work on a lost and rare art.
Chiltern Street Firehouse
Copyright: Chiltern Firehouse
Famous throughout the land and a great space for people watching (lucky us having our shop right opposite), but also a great space for eating, drinking, and if on a stay in the city, sleeping! If you see a “Back in 5 mins” sign on our door, you might do well to check with The Firehouse. Be it breakfast, brunch, lunch, cocktails or supper, we are very happy in here.
Copyright: Il Blandford's
Comfort food and good company at its finest. Il Blandford’s is the family run business that every community needs. Open from early morning for breakfast, to late in the evening and covering lunch and dinner, this establishment has a loyal following, its customers reliant on its warm atmosphere and cosy eats. Whether it be a full English or a belly warming lasagna, pasta or pizza, this cafe come restaurant is a little home from home in the heart of the city.
We defy anyone not to find some guilty pleasure in visiting a hardware store. Perhaps it is down to their handiness, and wisdom when it comes to quick fixes, or perhaps nostalgia, but we love that a small scattering of them can still be found in central London, in amongst the most hoity-toity shops. Super useful and somewhat reaffirming. Websters of Chiltern Street are perhaps our most valuable neighbour!
Central London seems to be full of luxury super gyms these days and they are very enticing, pushing away old notions of smelly changing rooms and muscle vests. Nowadays, we are all made to believe that we too can be athletes and sportsmen and encouraged to jump on board a journey to realising our full potential. BXR offers everything you could hope for and more. Specialising in boxing, it brings you the chance to throw on some boxing gloves and work out your day’s thoughts and frustrations whilst getting into great shape! Not keen to throw any punches? Then opt for a simple workout or yoga class. This is a gym that has us wanting to get off the ropes and get fit.
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