Best of British: 60 things that make Britain great

Imagine you're cut off in a far-off land. What longings would be uppermost in your mind? Here we celebrate those aspects of life that make our islands distinct and beguiling.

54. British tailoring

Inside High End Tailor Gieves & Hawkes Savile Row Store

Mayfair’s Savile Row and its environs have played host to the most accomplished tailors in the world since the 17th century and a bespoke suit from this hallowed quarter remains the aspiration of any well- dressed gentleman. The oldest tailor of the lot is Ede & Ravenscroft, which dates back to 1689 and still flourishes. A bespoke suit, if well cared for, should last up to 20 years.

‘Th’ embroider’d suit at least he deem’d his prey;/ That suit an unpaid tailor snatched away
(Alexander Pope)

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