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#1 2016-04-22 15:18:21

Beestonplace
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London update

H&H seem to be giving up their smaller shop and moving everything to their "flagship" store at the corner of DoY street. A pity - the smaller shop had been their last resort of untidyness.

Went to H&K to buy a few full-price shirts. They reduced the in store prices from 155 to 135 GBP "because our customers complained and we actually listen to what they have to say". Does anyone remember when they had colours like signal red, royal blue and yellow in their patterns? And very traditional ties with really simplistic patterns (dots, houndsteeth etc)? All gone - they have become full Euro, almost like John Bray RIP. And they have much more button cuff shirts (with cutaway colllar) than before. Still - their "contemporary fit" shirts just suit me perfectly, and I dont have a good alternative.

The new restaurant in Fortnum's Jermyn Street side of the building - ok, I get it. They want to jump on the North Mayfair Brasserie bandwagon. Unfortunately, it is empty most of the time. What a pity, it could have upped J-Street a bit. A bar, that is what is missing - Duke's bar is too far away, and the pub in Babmaes street a disgrace.

Franco's - always populated, for a good reason. What a friendly place, what nice and unpretentious food.

J.J.Fox (not J-Street but still worth mentioning) - yes, Igents galore, but sometimes still a nice place. Nursed a smallish Upman for breakfast today. Bearable.

Cars - where have all the nice cars gone? Besides nondescript Euro boxes, white vans and the occasional Phantom (usually with blacked out windows) you see only black S-class and Audi A8. Even the early Conti GTs which have by now aged nicely disappeared, let alone the proper vintage exotica.

 

#2 2016-04-23 03:45:53

4F Hepcat
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Re: London update

I've been trying to get to London on a business trip as an excuse to go shopping for most of the year, can't even contemplate doing it with the missus and the kids. Still, you can do a lot on the internet these days, as the Dutch stores are finding out, the public have had enough of being ripped off and are en masse ditching them and going online.


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#3 2017-03-25 07:02:41

Beestonplace
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Posts: 1477

Re: London update

Been to London again. Wiltons always a safe bet. And the say "good morning Sir" at lunhctime.

 

#4 2018-01-12 12:41:58

Beestonplace
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Posts: 1477

Re: London update

Wiltons again. Just nice. Maybe that is going to be the only place I am going to frequent  in the future. Rules is nice but too far away. Scotts is nice but wring people.

 

#5 2018-01-12 23:54:28

Babbling Brooks
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Re: London update

Wring? You said "wring...."?


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#6 2018-01-13 08:54:50

Beestonplace
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Posts: 1477

Re: London update

Yes. The wring sort of people.

 

#7 Yesterday 10:22:07

Film Noir Buff
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From: Devil's Island
Posts: 9108

Re: London update

Beestonplace wrote:

H&H seem to be giving up their smaller shop and moving everything to their "flagship" store at the corner of DoY street. A pity - the smaller shop had been their last resort of untidyness.

Went to H&K to buy a few full-price shirts. They reduced the in store prices from 155 to 135 GBP "because our customers complained and we actually listen to what they have to say". Does anyone remember when they had colours like signal red, royal blue and yellow in their patterns? And very traditional ties with really simplistic patterns (dots, houndsteeth etc)? All gone - they have become full Euro, almost like John Bray RIP. And they have much more button cuff shirts (with cutaway colllar) than before. Still - their "contemporary fit" shirts just suit me perfectly, and I dont have a good alternative.

The new restaurant in Fortnum's Jermyn Street side of the building - ok, I get it. They want to jump on the North Mayfair Brasserie bandwagon. Unfortunately, it is empty most of the time. What a pity, it could have upped J-Street a bit. A bar, that is what is missing - Duke's bar is too far away, and the pub in Babmaes street a disgrace.

Franco's - always populated, for a good reason. What a friendly place, what nice and unpretentious food.

J.J.Fox (not J-Street but still worth mentioning) - yes, Igents galore, but sometimes still a nice place. Nursed a smallish Upman for breakfast today. Bearable.

Cars - where have all the nice cars gone? Besides nondescript Euro boxes, white vans and the occasional Phantom (usually with blacked out windows) you see only black S-class and Audi A8. Even the early Conti GTs which have by now aged nicely disappeared, let alone the proper vintage exotica.

Wait, vintage exotica or "erotica"?


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#8 Yesterday 11:14:09

Berkeley_Breathes
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Re: London update

Film Noir Buff wrote:

Wait, vintage exotica or "erotica"?

Wouldn't you like to know! wink


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#9 Yesterday 11:59:44

Jeff Reed
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From: Brooklyn, New York
Posts: 983

Re: London update

I was in at Taylor of Old Bond Street after Christmas. The staff have no idea what they are selling, but they know they are supposed to sell volume. "Those are 4 for 38" was what a customer near me was told when he picked up a shaving soap. Honestly, we can figure that out by the signs plastered about, and it just gave the place a discount pharmacy feel.

I'm now a Truefitt man.

Simpson's Tavern is all I would ever need.

 

#10 Yesterday 14:27:12

Beestonplace
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Posts: 1477

Re: London update

I now avoid Termin Street besides T&A and the smallC&J shop next to it

 

#11 Yesterday 14:37:52

Jeff Reed
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From: Brooklyn, New York
Posts: 983

Re: London update

Now I can as well, except for the socks and pjs at N&L.

 

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