Following its creation in the 17th century, and owing in part to its proximity to elegant Mayfair and St. James’s Palace, Jermyn Street quickly blossomed into a thriving London hub. Like the nearby Savile Row, Jermyn Street came to be known for its resident, expert tailors. Today, the street is still lined with traditional menswear specialists; including T.M. Lewin, Hawes & Curtis, and Turnbull & Asser; as well as restaurants, art galleries, a theater, and other venues.
Jermyn Street can be glimpsed during walking tours of central London. Thanks to its convenient location and proximity to other highlight attractions, it’s also easy to plan a self-led stroll.
Things to know before you go
- Jermyn Street has been home to many famous residents throughout its long history—look out for the blue plaque that decorates Sir Isaac Newton’s former home.
- One of the oldest cheesemongers in England—Paxton and Whitfield—established in 1797, is among Jermyn Street’s highlight shops.
- Jermyn Street is part of the St. James’s Arts District; pair your visit with trips to the Royal Academy or nearby galleries like the White Cube.
How to get there
Jermyn Street runs parallel to Piccadilly and is just moments from Piccadilly Circus station, which is served by the Bakerloo and Piccadilly lines. Alternatively, the area is served by numerous bus lines, and can also be reached by taxi, by bike, or on foot.
When to get there
As Jermyn Street is primarily celebrated as a shopping hub, be sure to visit during daytime hours to make the most of its enviable retail offerings. The area is particularly festive (and crowded) in the lead-up to Christmas, when glittering light displays are installed above the street.
Nearby Shopping Highlights
If your Jermyn Street visit inspires you to seek further retail therapy, continue your shopping excursion in the vicinity. The Burlington Arcade offers luxury shopping within a heritage-covered arcade, while Old Bond Street and New Bond Street are home to some of London’s flashiest designer boutiques.
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