Take your pick from our round up of the top 10 umbrellas on the market in Britain and survive the next shower in style.


We’d love to open this round-up by talking about how the weather is getting worse, and how you’re really going to need a decent brolly.

But ‘getting worse’ is hardly the right description following a British summer that was at its changeable, unpredictable ‘best’ in 2017.

Indeed, we spent a week of the summer in Devon in August and experienced weather so changeable you’d think that the Weather Gods were spinning a roulette wheel every few minutes to decide which random combination of precipitation and blazing sunshine they would settle on for the next short spell.

It’s always thus. British weather insists a key item in any wardrobe is the trusty umbrella; from dog walkers to City suits, the humble brolly plays a daily part in the lives of millions.

And while in some countries – most notably Japan – people tend to buy, use and dispose of umbrellas on a regular basis, we like to have some long-lasting quality in our brollies.

So with that in mind here’s our pick of the top 10 umbrellas, guaranteed to keep you dry and stylish – and with options to suit every budget.

Top 10 umbrellas

Lulu Guinness
best British umbrellas

Bloomsbury-2 diagonal-stripe umbrella, £40 from Fulton.

020–8963 3010; www.fultonumbrellas.com

Felix and Isabelle

best British umbrellasLiberty-print umbrella, £48 from Liberty

020–7734 1234; www.liberty.co.uk

Swaine Adeney Brigg

best British umbrellasGentleman’s whangee-handle umbrella in yellow (other colours, silk, gold-plated collar and engraving options available), from £460, Swaine Adeney Brigg



best British umbrellasGT1 black umbrella with polished-hardwood handle (various colours and wood grains available), £109.99 from Fox Umbrellas



best British umbrellasCyclone super-size golf umbrella in black and green, £42 from Fulton

020–8963 3010; www.fultonumbrellas.com

Mr Porter

Lord chestnut wood-handle striped twill umbrella, £225 from Francesco Maglia at Mr Porter

0800 044 5705; www.mrporter.com

Jamie Milestone

best British umbrellasLondon vintage-map umbrella, £150 from Jamie Milestone at London Undercover

020 7482 4321; londonundercover.co.uk

best British umbrellasLadies classic parrot-head umbrella in red (other colours available), £95, James Smith & Sons
(020–7836 4731; www.james-smith.co.uk)

best British umbrellas

Men’s wooden shaft umbrella in cherry wood (bespoke options available), from £395, Pickett
(www.pickett.co.uk; 020 7493 8939)

Charles Tyrwhitt

best British umbrellas

Union Jack umbrella, £34.95 from Charles Tyrwhitt
www.ctshirts.com; 0344 482 4000