British history has officially become cool with the arrival of The Connaught’s series of walking tours that explore the origins of British luxury this week. And when we say luxury, we mean it. Organised by Fox & Squirrel, the tours will cover everything from Burberry trench coats that were inspired by explorers of the early 19th century, to the evolution of men’s tailoring on Saville Row, promising to educate and enlighten you along the way.
Embrace your Elizabeth Bennett on 30th October, following the footsteps of those that took part in the most important date in the society calendar: The Season. Based around Mayfair (the real one, not the kind you find on the monopoly board), you will be able to see first-hand how this influential date impacted the makers of luxury products whilst also being treated to visits of the workshops where the dresses, suits and hats of the debutantes were created. Who knows, you might even bump into your very own Mr Darcy.
For the slightly more adventurous ones of you, try the Adventure, Travel and Exploration tour on 27th November. Drawing of the role that exploration had on fashion, you will be given access to the archives of Royal Warrant Holders whose origins laid in travel. It also promises a tour of Gieves & Hawkes, the bespoke tailor with a royal seal of approval. You can’t get more luxury than that.
Taking place on the last Thursday of every month, the tours promise to add some fun to your standard history lesson and are perfect for the culturally curious. Grab your trench coat and go…