The summer season is fast approaching, which means sunshine (hopefully), but even if it doesn't turn out to be the scorcher we're predicted, we all know the Tube is one horribly hot sweaty mess whatever the weather.

So we went to bespoke tailors Alfred Thompson – who will be hosting pop-ups in Canary Wharf this spring and summer (see more details below) – to find out how gentlemen can survive the heat while remaining smart and stylish.

Owner and head tailor Richard Thompson (below) gave us the lowdown on what’s comfortable and on-trend.


“This season lighter shades of blue are really popular – match a powder blue jacket with a taupe trouser and brown suede loafers for a smart/casual look.

“You can then easily smarten this up with a dark blue tie. For a more formal leisure look – maybe for a regatta or a more casual Friday – try a dark blue jacket, white trousers, blue tie, a white shirt, with loafers and no socks – that’s a popular look at the moment.”


“The window pane print for fabric (below) is our most popular one at the moment and there are loads of variations on this. We can create all sorts of different additions – like different stitching around the button holes or coloured buttons. Horn is a very popular button style right now.”

A two piece in this style and fabric would retail from £1,500


“Linen is the best material for keeping cool, but it creases very easily and will look scruffy by the end of the day, so opt for a linen-wool-silk mix, which is still very light, but will give you more of a sharper look.

“Also mohair-wool mixes are good in a lightweight style. They will keep their shape, but are still breathable.

“Try a deconstructed or non-lined jacket as well as this will, of course, be lighter.”

The Alfred Thompson studio in Goodge Street

Alfred Thompson of Goodge Street, offers two-piece suits from £800.

Go to for more details.

POP-UP: The store will be hosting a pop-up on May 12 (10am to 6pm) in room 12B on the 33rd floor of 25 Canada Square.

There will be various promotions - including 20% off (published prices) for first time customers, three-piece suits for the price of a two-piece and a free pair of trouser when purchasing a suit.