the ancestral home of the great British shirt
And the site of Charles Tyrwhitt’s first store, naturally. On the corner with Duke of York Street, opposite St James’ church, is 100 Jermyn Street. It remains our flagship store to this day, a place we couldn’t be prouder of.
If you’ve ever taken a trip to Piccadilly, you may well know Jermyn Street – a busy, quintessentially English place packed with the most charming Georgian and Victorian architecture. You’ll see luxury shops, cafes, and, famously, an array of the finest shirtmakers London has to offer. Let’s take a walk down it.
Its existence in the first place is thanks to Henry Jermyn, 1st Earl of St Albans, who was tasked with developing the St James’s area in the 1660s. This particular street was his first big project; a fashionable area for Londoners to live in, with a market at one end, the church in the middle, and town houses all the way along.
Indeed, once upon a time it was home to some of the hottest players in London society: Isaac Newton, Sir Walter Scott, the Duke of Marlborough, poet Thomas Gray, highwayman William Plunkett. And though he didn’t quite live there, a statue of noted dandy Beau Brummell is a current inhabitant.
Over time, Jermyn Street gradually built up into a commercial district. It gained restaurants, galleries, department stores, teashops, not to mention plenty of luxury retailers. And the industry that emerged at its centre? Menswear, of course.