This focuses on London’s famous Bond Street shopping route that runs from Oxford Circus to Piccadilly. It is famous for its many elegant stores, exclusive brands, designer fashion, luxury goods, fine jewels, art and antiques. Bond Street is in the heart of historic Mayfair,( in London’s popular West End). It has always been a haven for gracious living since its foundation in 1700, and a playground for society’s wealthiest, most stylish and influential people
This post provides you with a summary of the area, a hyper-lapse video and a 360VR Tour to show you what the routes looks like as if you were 'running it', maps and historical information to help you know the area, and interesting facts about the location.
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See the Route
A Hyperlapse Video of the Route from Bond Street Station to Green Park Station.
This video shows you what the route looks like as if you were walking it (at around 30mph!). The video also has photo inserts for a small selection of the shops and sites that are along the route.
Know the Area
This map showing the route from Bond Street Station to Green Park Station with other areas of interest highlighted. Starting at Bond Street Station on Oxford Street, head east and then turn right down New Bond Street (opposite Debenhams). A diversion at the Brook Street junction takes you to Grovensor Square past the famous Claridges hotel - the Handel museum is also nearby. A diversion at Bruton Street will take you down to the famous Berkeley Square past some more exclusive shops. The road becomes Old Bond Street at Clifford Street near Louis Vuitton. A diversion off to Grafton Street takes you to Browns Hotel and Royal Institute of Great Britain on Albemarle Street. Old Bond Street has some of the most famous exclusive shops in London as well as two arcades close by. Old Bond Street ends on Piccadilly, where the route turns right past St James Street, and the Ritz Hotel before ending by Green Park Station.
The link below takes you off to Google maps to help you find additional places to visit and explore.
This map above shows how the route would have looked in 1850, Bond Street was already established as an area for exclusive shopping and living. It would be another 56 years before the Ritz hotel replaced The Old White Horse Cellar - the best known coaching inns in England during the 18th and 19th centuries.
The street was built on fields surrounding Clarendon House on Piccadilly, which were developed by Sir Thomas Bond. Most of the building along the street were built after 1720,
The entire street is around 0.5 miles (0.8 km) long and many of the shop frontages are less than 20 feet (6 m) wide.
By the end of the century, an upper-class social group known as the Bond Street Loungers had appeared, wearing expensive wigs and parading up and down the street in a pretentious manner.
The Royal Arcade links Old Bond Street with Albemarle Street. - opening in 1879 and replacing the Clarendon Hotel, which had been demolished in 1870
Bond Street probably has the highest density of haute couture stores anywhere in the world, attracting "the rich, the famous, and the simply curious"
At one time, Bond Street was best known for top-end art dealers and antique shops that were clustered around the London office of Sotheby's auction house. The sculpture over the entrance to Sotheby's is from Ancient Egypt and is believed to date from around 1600 BC. It is the oldest outdoor sculpture in London.
Bond Street is a square on the British Monopoly board, and is the most expensive of the green-coloured set that also includes Regent Street and Oxford Streets.
Lord Nelson stayed at temporary lodgings in New Bond Street between 1797–8, and again in 1811–13. Other lodgers include Jonathan Swift, George Selwyn, William Pitt the Elder.
Bond Street has been mentioned in several works of literature, including Jane Austen's novel Sense and Sensibility and Virginia Woolf's 1925 novel Mrs Dalloway.
The street has always had a reputation as a fashionable place for shopping, and is home to some of the world’s most prestigious retailers including Asprey, Bulgari, Burberry, Chanel, Cartier, Dolce Gabbana, Hermès, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, Mulberry, Ralph Lauren and Tiffany Co. Fenwick have had a department store on Bond Street since 1891.
Bond Street and its surrounding area boasts an impressive number of Royal Warranties and is home to some of the world’s most famous hotels and restaurants, including Claridge’s and The Ritz.
Bond Street station does not directly connect to either New or Old Bond Street, and no buses use the street.
The Fine Art Society was founded in 1876 to specialise in British art and design, and is one of the world’s oldest art galleries. There area also four abstract pieces by Henry Moore on the Time-Life Building.
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