3 Quintessential British Rituals
Whether you are an Anglophile or not, there is an array of classic, quintessential British rituals that should be indulged. Traditions that are as British as Paddington Bear. So without further ado, let’s explore the rituals of having afternoon tea, game shooting and getting fitted for a bespoke suite on Savile Row.
Afternoon tea or low tea as it’s also called is as British as Paddington Bear. It consists of a light meal accompanied by black or herbal tea served around in the late afternoon. The tea is traditionally accompanied by scones (with clotted cream and jam, as for cream tea) and finger sandwiches along with an small assortment of cakes and pastry. Biscuits are usually not served, but a glass of bubbly can, transforming it into Champagne Afternoon Tea.
The best place to indulge this delightful British tradition is to visit one of the many luxury hotels or department stores in London. Afternoon tea at The Ritz has been a ritual since its opening in 1906 and highly part of its heritage. It’s one of the most popular places to have afternoon tea in London (along with Harrods). Formality is key here, with gentlemen expected to wear a jacket and tie. Jeans, sportswear and trainers are forbidden.
Harrods, prices from £42
Fortnum & Mason, prices from £44
The Ritz, prices from £54
The Dorchester, prices from £58
Game shooting is a highly British tradition that takes place from early autumn until February. Shooting grounds can usually be found on moors of northern England and Scotland. The species of bird varies from area and season and includes everything from Red Grouse to Pheasant, Partridge and Snipe.
The gentleman sportsman is expected to be naturally gifted, equally adept whether with gun, rod or bat.Purdey
If you are fortunate to be invited to a shoot, what do you wear? For both gentlemen and ladies, tweed is traditional. The shooting outfit consists of a jacket, waistcoat and trousers. You may also wear a cap and scarf. A good set of durable and water resistant boots or wellies is a must. An invitation should state if partners are invited too, if you will need a 4×4, and whether your dog or personal loader will be welcome.
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Getting fitted for your first bespoke. Something that every gentleman have done since the beginning of time. A bespoke suit will be cut to perfectly fit you and designed according to your preferences and specifications. Do you prefer a double breasted suit? Perhaps with double vents? Five sleeve buttons instead of four? And why not top it off with a lining that embody your personality and interests?
Savile Row in London is synonymous to the home of bespoke tailoring. This street, just off Regent Street has been the home of family run companies for generations, some dating back to the 19th century. Royalty and Hollywood’s crème de la crème have all graced this street (including Bertie Wooster I imagine). A bespoke suit not only shows off your prominent position, but also guarantees longevity.
Gieves & Hawkes, 1 Savile Row, +44 (0)20 7434 200
Huntsman, 11 Savile Row, +44 (0)20 7734 7441
Henry Poole & Co, 15 Savile Row, +44 (0)20 7734 5985