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Getting clothes in Victorian/Edwardian London? Staying at a hotel?

I'd love it if someone could give me a hand with this...

Where would a young female who's visiting turn-of-the-century London (and who has gotten her hands on a rather impressive amount of nice cash) go to get new clothes? Not so much a geographical location (although any tips would be great, too) but more specifically what sort of place?

Would there be any equivalent of modern shops where you simply buy actual clothes, or would you visit a tailor and have everything sewn specifically for you?
The character will both need to have her ruined coat mended, as well as getting new pieces of clothing. The style would be decently posh and stylish, but still rather practical and not overly fancy or upper-class.
Any pointers would be incredibly helpful!

Also, any links to sites or articles about the markets and shopping districts in London at that time (about 1890-1915-ish) would be very much appreciated. I've done some basic looking around, but any suggestions are more than welcome!

Finally, where would said young just-passing-through woman and her handful of male traveling companions stay for a week or two? A hotel as we know them, an equivalent of a hostel, renting a room somewhere, something else? They do have the money to spend, but would try to keep a low profile, and would aim to get as much of civilization's luxuries as possible without staying anywhere fine enough to attract unwanted attention.

Many big thanks in advance for any tidbit of help!
Tags: ~clothing
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