Follow Mr London on a day exploring St James’s
Mr London (@mrlondon) took to the elegant streets of St James’s this summer, as he mixed hip hangouts with heritage hotspots. Read on to discover his neighbourhood finds.
Perks & White
There are plenty of flat whites and perks at Perks & White. This laid-back coffee shop in St James’s Market is a great place for a relaxing brew. So what are the perks? They use sustainably sourced milk and cream, their tea suppliers help to support refugees in entering the workplace, and their food is lovingly created by local artisans.
A St James’s institution, Franco’s has brought a true taste of Italy to Jermyn Street since 1945. People-watch from its alfresco seats, chat to the regulars and enjoy a lazy lunch: think antipasto boards, classic pasta dishes, grilled fish and a vast selection of Italian wines. Mr London recommends the pan-fried scallops and lobster linguine with a glass of bubbles.
Need a cashmere tie or a classy shirt for every occasion? Cross Jermyn Street for a post-lunch purchase or two from Emma Willis. Summer picks include eye-catching swim shorts and Italian linen shirts; or choose from its handmade shirts that are crafted using time-honoured techniques.
Truefitt & Hill
It’s now time for a spot of pampering. Head to Truefitt & Hill’s Barbershop for a fresh cut, shampoo, traditional hot towel wet shave, manicure and facial treatment as part of its Ultimate Grooming Experience. This haven of gents grooming has long been frequented by royalty and it was even bestowed a Royal Warrant by the late Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip.
See more from Mr London's day out in his video guide.