Gaslight Returns To Savile Row

Dean Nicholas
By Dean Nicholas Last edited 129 months ago
Gaslight Returns To Savile Row
Savile Row

It's enough to make Hanwell residents fume. While folk in the lowly Ealing burg are still battling to hang on to their antique lampposts, over in Savile Row a makeover this autumn will see Victorian gas lamps make a reappearance.

Before any out-of-work lamplighters prick up their ears and reach for their wicks, we should point out that the lamps actually date from the Fifties, and are electric ones designed originally for Parliament Square but made to look like their Victorian counterparts. The number of lamps on the Row will rise from eight to eleven, meaning an "improvement in the level and quality" of lighting, boasted Westminster council. They can afford to be chipper - the bill is being met not by them but mostly by the landlord, The Pollen Estate.

The "golden mile of tailoring", whose bespoke tailors boast custom from the likes of Napoleon III, Ian Fleming, Winston Churchill and Dean Gaffney (you sure about that last one?), will also have a further spruce-up. A lot of the cluttered signage will be removed, and the old posts will be taken down, in an attempt to recreate the classic atmosphere of a thoroughfare long synonymous with quality garms.

The new lights are expected in the autumn - perfect for a spot of olde worlde-style wedding season suit-buying.

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Last Updated 28 May 2008