Patrick Grant won the British Fashion Council’s Menswear Designer of the Year award for his revival of British heritage tailoring brand E Tautz, which he acquired alongside Savile Row tailor Norton & Sons in 2005. He has featured in a host of BBC television documentaries and is a regular on the UK’s best-dressed lists. Originally from Edinburgh, he now lives in London, and here he highlights some of his favourite places to visit and things to do in the city.
‘Most afternoons you will find me working at Norton & Sons, the best tailors on Savile Row. I love to walk from Savile Row past St James’s Palace and across the Mall to St James’s Park. The eastern view from the bridge in St James’s Park, towards Horse Guards and the Palace of Westminster, is spectacular. The Palace of Westminster is hard to beat for sheer drama. Perched above the Thames, it is a feat of incredible building skill, and the history of its halls are beyond compare.’
‘Every district of London has great local stores; that’s one of the things that make the city so great. The up-and-coming areas have the most exciting and innovative cafés, bars, food markets and stores for everything from clothing to furniture. Berry Brothers & Rudd wine merchants is probably the most beautiful shop in the world, it’s like a 17th-century time capsule. Try Dalston, Clapton or Hackney Wick if you want the edgier side of London. LN-CC is an amazing, curated concept store in Dalston, east London.’
‘The Delaunay has a beautiful dining room and does the best breakfast in town, especially if you like sausage and sauerkraut. Cecconi’s Venetian restaurant in Mayfair has amazing service and is the best spot for people-watching in the W1 area. The original Bistrotheque is still the hippest east London dining spot. They do great chicken.’
‘The bar at Dukes Hotel in Mayfair serves the very best and strongest martinis in the world. The waiters come to your table with a trolley and make them in front of you. Scarfes Bar at the Rosewood Hotel has a wonderful atmosphere and probably the most delicious curry in town. Crate Brewery is a microbrewery and pizzeria by the Olympic Park in Hackney Wick. It’s a great spot that only locals really know about.’
‘Music, art, theatre, fashion … the depth and breadth of culture in London is endless. It’s hard to choose a favourite museum, but the British Museum takes some beating.’
‘The royal parks are a great places to go for a run – and I like to cycle everywhere. On a sunny day there is no better way to get around and to see the city.’