Jermyn Street was created by and named after Henry Jermyn, 1st Earl of St Albans in the year 1664.
Style has always been a consideration in this locale, given that it was part of the 17th Century westward expansion of London, accommodating the fashionable types who wished for proximity to St James’s Palace.
Notable residents have included Sir Isaac Newton and William Plunkett, the 18th Century highwayman whose tastes for fine clothes far outdistanced his purse, leading him to a life of crime to fund his fancy duds. Don’t try this at home, kids.
Such is the vividly colourful nature of the street, that visitors from overseas often confuse it for Savile Row. It is famed as the home of the shirt and such great names as Harvie & Hudson and Turnbull & Asser have their principal outlets here.