Last week we explored the history of Selfridges in the Mayfair Attractions Series on Shopping.
This week is part two and we’re looking at some of the most prestigious shopping destinations in London – Bond Street and Burlington Arcade – to help you make a decision when deciding where to shop in London.
Bond Street was founded in 1700 and ever since has attracted the wealthiest and most stylish people to the heart of Mayfair. Past residents on the street include Admiral Horatio Nelson and Lady Emma Hamilton. Bond Street has also featured in famous literary works such as Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility and Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway. You may recall it as a popular spot to buy on the Monopoly board.
Today, Bond Street features highly exclusive stores with elegant window displays and all of the latest collections. Shops currently located on Bond Street include Armani, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Mulberry, Gucci, Prada…and the list goes on. If Bond Street shopping is a bit out of your price range, don’t worry – enjoy some browsing and celeb spotting.
Burlington Arcade, which joins Bond Street and Piccadilly, was the world’s first shopping arcade. Ever since its opening in 1819 it has led the way in retail trends, showcasing the most luxurious, high quality items. You can treat yourself to the finest jewellery, a vintage watch, bespoke shoes and divine cashmere. Heralded as an architectural and historic masterpiece, Burlington Arcade is like stepping back in time and is a great place for browsing.
Just a few minutes’ walk from Flemings making us a top choice for anyone looking for a hotel near Bond Street London or Burlington Aracade. There are so many places for shopping in central London – let our Concierge give you some insider tips when you come to stay!