Walk in the footsteps of Britain’s monarchy with this shopping guide to London’s best Royal Warrant holders
When in Rome, do as the Romans do, but when in London, only the royal treatment will suffice. Since the 1800s, the monarchy has been awarding prestigious royal warrants to stores that they frequently shop with. From time-honoured tailors Benson & Clegg to former crown jeweller Garrard & Co and royal milliner Rachel Trevor-Morgan, London’s list of Royal Warrant holders is extensive. Follow this quintessential guide to shopping like The Queen at these celebrated London stores.
For headwear fit for a queen, Rachel Trevor-Morgan milliners is the place to go. For many years, Trevor-Morgan has kitted Queen Elizabeth II out with elegant hats for high profile events including Royal Ascot, her 80th birthday and her diamond wedding celebration at Westminster Abbey. Visit the atelier in St James’s for a consultation to design your own made-to-order headpiece.
To walk in the shoes of royalty, visit John Lobb – one of the most discerning shoemakers in London. The company specialises in bespoke handmade boots and shoes loved by The Duke of Edinburgh and The Prince of Wales, as well as other leather accessories. A real treat for discerning shoe lovers, a pair of John Lobbs makes a regal addition to a gentleman’s wardrobe.
London’s illustrious Mayfair neighbourhood is full of fine tailors, and Benson & Clegg is one of the very best. The renowned tailors specialise in gentlemen’s’ blazers and accessories, and regularly supply blazer buttons, badges and military neckwear to The Prince of Wales. Whether you’re looking for a ready-to-wear accessory or a bespoke service, Benson & Clegg can accommodate.
One of Britain’s most significant Royal Warrant holders, Garrad & Co served as Crown Jeweller of the UK for over 150 years. It’s the oldest jewellery house in the world and is in possession of some of the finest gems in existence. Garrard jewellery collections are wearable works of art – just look at the engagement ring of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, which was originally commissioned for Diana, Princess of Wales. If you’re looking for an extra special gift, the jewellers should be the first stop on your shopping trip.
The oldest family-run perfume house in the world, Floris has enjoyed a long and close history with the British monarchy. It was given its first Royal Warrant in 1820 by King George IV and continues to provide fragrances to current state heads including The Queen and The Prince of Wales. Visit the stores on Jermyn Street or Ebury Street to explore fine collections of British-made classic and modern scents.
If you’re after quintessentially British leather accessories, look no further than Ettinger. One of the finest leather-goods manufacturers in Britain, Ettinger received the royal stamp of approval from The Prince of Wales in 1996. If it’s time for a new wallet, purse or bag, Ettinger is a fine place to start your search.
After a busy day of shopping, take your cue from The Prince of Wales and enjoy a glass of Champagne from Royal Warrant holder Laurent-Perrier UK Ltd. The Garden Lounge at Corinthia Hotel London is a tranquil spot for a refreshing glass of fizz while you rest your feet and admire your royal-approved purchases.