I give tours of St. James’s and Mayfair and I also give talks on plays and host question-and answer sessions at Jermyn Street Theatre, where I am the Education and Development Officer.
To support my work at the theatre, I began giving the tour called The Jermyn Street Experience in April 2014. The tour proved so popular and it so stimulated my interest in the history of men’s fashion that I decided to research the histories of Savile Row, St. James’s Street, the Arcades and Sackville Street — their traditional shops, their royal, political, military, scientific and literary celebrities and, most importantly, what those celebrities wore and why they wore it. I now am able also to offer The Savile Row Tour, which looks deeply into the art of fine tailoring.
My tours are, to a significant degree, devoted to the appreciation of fine menswear and men’s accessories. But every Hollywood film star and British spy and all the especially colourful business that has occurred over three and half centuries is, I think, worth learning more about to help create a better understanding of the area and how it came to hold its unique status in London today.
Mastering the deep history of a few streets plus the individual shop histories and the histories of the exquisite products on offer is proving an exciting, ongoing challenge. I very much hope that the opportunity my tours provide to learn more about Jermyn Street will also encourage people to discover the delights of what is on offer at Jermyn Street Theatre.
Regarding my past theatre work, I have given talks and written articles and programme notes on dozens of plays, all of which are listed here under Theatre Talks. My programme notes are published here in full as well. I would love to hold casual introductory discussions on plays currently produced at Jermyn Street Theatre or indeed any theatre in London with private groups (as few as one or two people even). Simply contact me and ask.