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I entered the shop and a sales assistant immediately asked me how he could help. I told him that I would like to buy a cap and he ushered me to the sales room in the back. The sales assistant asked me which cap I...More
This is a small, charming shop on Jermyn Street, which is famous for English men's wear (especially shirts and shoes). Bates has been selling gentlemen's hats there for over a century, and is worth a look-in if only to marvel at the stock and the...More
I emailed Bates Hats several months ago and had correspondence with Naz regarding acquiring a Poet Fedora in the style that Tom Baker wore in the 1970s on Doctor Who. I have a very large head and it's difficult to find hats that fit me,...More
I decided to start wearing a hat for business, not to cover a bald spot or anything else but rather to stand out from the crowd in London ( I am 5 ft 7 ins ) and , I suppose, seeing too many Humphrey Bogart...More
Small shop but lots of hats. Good selection of different types and materials. Service was professional. Perhaps I paid a bit more but the hat will last forever. Also Jermyn Street has several other excellent men's shops.
Visited Bates to look at their J & L rollable hat having looked at something that a competitor made but did not like it when I saw it. The service in the shop was truly second to none, going through all aspects of the hat....More
I have been looking for a Panama and a felt trilby for a long time and was in London for just a couple of days. I went to a nearby competitor who were stand-offish and expensive. The contrast at Bates could not have been more...More
Perennially fashionable since the days of Henry VIII, the aristocratic “Clubland” of St James's is a premier destination for high end craft and bespoke design. Here you’ll lose count of the Royal Warrants (which indicate that the Royal Family patronizes the establishment) seen in shop front windows, even during a short stroll to bordering Green Park or St James’s Park. With the brightly lit and constantly buzzing
junction of Piccadilly Circus at its northeast corner and none of Central London too far away, this is an surprisingly central and accessible part of town, especially given its prosperous demeanor.