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London’s Bond Street has been famous for its high fashion outlets since its inception in 1700.
It is a tourist attraction for its reputation as a shopper’s heaven, but there is a lot more to Bond Street.
It’s relatively short history has established London’s retail reputation, and the around it does not disappoint.
Here is our guide to Bond Street, including its history, shops, and more...
Bond Street’s history
Bond Street as we know it dates back to the late 1600s and early 1700s.
Named for Sir Thomas Bond, who headed the syndicate of developers who conceptualised and funded the development of the street, it took the place of the recently demolished Clarendon House mansion.
It soon became popular with the bourgeoisie, with figures such as Jonathan Swift and Laurence Sterne renting residences in the upper stories of shops.
A social group calling themselves the Bond Street Loungers would parade up and down the street.
In the 1800s, Bond Street became known less for its social atmosphere and more for its luxury shopping, a status that has remained to this day.
It is considered by many as Europe’s top retail location.
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Shopping on Bond Street
Holding the record as having the highest density of haute couture stores in the world, Bond Street attracts visitors on the upper end of the socioeconomic scale.
However, shopping on Bond Street is not just for the rich.
Tourists flock there out of curiosity, to get a look at the wonderful fashion on offer. With designer stores such as...
- Dolce Gabbana
- Jimmy Choo
- Louis Vuitton
- Ralph Lauren
...there’s an ample selection to choose from.
If you're interested in collecting art, Sotheby’s primary location holds auctions which bring in tallies in the millions of pounds.
Where to eat
Sotheby’s restaurant is perfect for the foodie in you, serving breakfast, lunch, and afternoon tea. Its menu is surprisingly affordable, but make sure to book a table online to ensure you get a seat.
Aside from Sotheby’s, Bond Street hosts very few restaurants. Popular places to eat nearby include the Ritz Hotel, Hotel Café Royal, and Mews of Mayfair.
While you won’t find any clubs actually on Bond Street, there are some great party spots nearby.
Loop Bar on Oxford Circle is the perfect place for a solid night out, with its 4 bars, a restaurant, and plenty of room to dance.
Alternatively, try Dirty Martini in Hannover Square to relax with a cocktail, or No. 41 Conduit Street for opulence and luxury.
If you're just looking to have a drink in a pub, try The Crown or The Flying Horse, both on Oxford Street. Other good options include Spread Eagle on Woodstock, or The Running Horse on Davies St.
Landmarks on Bond Street
Bond Street features the Allies sculpture of Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt, which was erected in 1995 to commemorate 50 years since the end of World War II.
Getting to Bond Street
Bond Street tube station is on the Central Line between Marble Arch and Oxford Circus and on the Jubilee line, between Baker Street and Green Park.
To find out which busses to take from your location to Bond Street station, plan your route on the Transport For London website.
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