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The first female tailor to open a shop on London’s historic Savile Row, Kathryn Sargent offers a bespoke tour of the West End and beyond
For a touch of luxury, Claridges hotel is perfect for unwinding after a day of back-to-back Fashion Week shows. Even though we are spoilt for choice in London, I regularly find myself at The Shenkman Bar (pictured) at the Royal Academy of Art. It has a wonderful atmosphere and opens up into The Keeper’s House Garden, which is lovely in summer. For people-watching, it has to be my old favourite Cecconi’s in Mayfair. It’s around the corner from Savile Row, so there’s an abundance of stylish people walking past.
There are so many, but my absolute favourite is a little neighbourhood restaurant near my home called The Walpole in Ealing – amazing food in a wonderful environment. I also love Sartoria, the only restaurant on Savile Row. I have become a regular, and the clientele is a great mix of people, served by very friendly staff.
I always enjoy Liberty, and recommend it to clients. The building is a sight to behold and has a real sense of character. There is an eclectic mix of designers and products on offer, and often unique collaborations with brands. The Chiltern Street area has wonderful boutique shops to get lost in, and interesting menswear shops in particular. If you need a bit of pampering, book in at the Elemis Day Spa, off Bond Street. It’s in a calm little cobbled oasis, with great bars and restaurants nearby.
For my male friends I recommend Carréducker. It’s a men’s bespoke shoemaker and produces traditionally made footwear with a contemporary aesthetic. For myself, I can’t get enough Charlotte Olympia footwear (pictured). I always feel glamorous when wearing her shoes. I have a penchant for bags and one of my favourite London-based companies for leatherwear is Asprey on Old Bond Street. I also recently commissioned some bespoke suitcases from Globetrotter on Albemarle Street for my regular transatlantic trips. They crafted suitcases with my logo on them, making them instantly recognisable on the JFK carousel.
It has to be the Royal Academy of Arts and the Victoria and Albert Museum (pictured). There’s always an inspirational showcase taking place, and every exhibition really focuses on behind-the-scenes craftsmanship elements that, naturally, given my background and expertise, I am drawn to. I also enjoy discovering and exploring art galleries in London – they’re my go-to when seeking inspiration or quiet time away from the noise of the city.