Everybody loves shopping and if the place we are shopping is as good as Bond Street then the shopping experience becomes amazing. Bond Street is known for its elegant stores, designer fashion, exclusive brands, fine jewels, luxury goods and exotic food. It is a fine shopping street located in the west London between Oxford Street and Piccadilly. If you are a fashion maniac then Bond Street is surely the first and last place you should be at because it has almost every brand of clothing like levis, United Colors of Benetton, Polo, Esprit, Tommy Hilfiger etc and footwear like Puma, Reebok, Adidas and much more.
The Bond Street was founded in 1700 and since then it has been the playground of most stylish and influential people. It was named after Sir Thomas Bond and the area that is now known as Old Bond Street was occupied by a mansion, Clarendon House. It was amongst the most expensive properties of London at that time. It was sold out after Lord Clarendon’s death and demolished to give birth to the area known as Old Bond Street today. According to the World Report of 2011, the commercial real estate prices of Bond Street were the sixth highest in the world. Today, Bond Street is the second most expensive street of the continent at European level.
How to get here?
There are a lot of bus routes that serve Bond Street and the surrounding area in London. There are Buses no. 9, 19, 22 and 38 that run along Piccadilly at the Old Bond Street. You can also get to the Bond Street by Tube as there are three tube stations named Bond Street, Oxford Circus and Green Park near the street. There are many car parks and parking meters in the Bond Street area so you need not worry if you arrive by your own vehicle.
If you really like being fashionable and trendy then you would like to be seen in Bond Street. It has biggest collection of designer shops in the world including Prada, Armani, Versace, Ralph Lauren, Chanel, Nicol Fehri, Dolce & Gabbana and Donna Karan. Ralph Lauren sells American Designer wear of top prices and offers range from casual wear and sportswear to catchy evening wear for both men and women. They also are famous for a big range of fragrances and home ware.
At the 17-18 Bond Street, there is another great fashion hub is Louis Vuitton, that owes to many celebrity outings and has a high prestige in the fashion world. It sells all types of clothing, luggage, shawls, rugs and fashion accessories. At 21-23, Burberry is also a big name in distribution of clothing with its distinctive tartan pattern which has become one of its most widely copied trademarks.
Who doesn’t know about Dolce & Gabbana, 6-8 of Old Bond Street, is an Italian luxury fashion house which is one of some brands with highest turnover in fashion industry. They offer a great range of clothing, watches, specs and other fashion accessories for men, women and children. You will also love Etro at 124-125, Herve Leger at 29, Lora Piana at 153 and Salvatore Ferragamo at 24, Old Bond Street.
There are a lot of restaurants, bars and cafes around Bond Street where you can have some delicious food or a cappuccino during your shopping. There is Comptoir Libanais offering delicious lamb, chicken koftka wrap, prune tagine and hummus. You can also enjoy some delicious cupcakes and snacks from Lola’s Kitchen on Oxford Street nearby. At Memo Restaurant, you can have the special Moroccan Afternoon Tea and at Kua ’Aina, you can have the Avocado Topping Burger which is the favorite burger of US President Barack Obama.
For hard drinks lovers, there is Koobla Bar and Restaurant at 26-42 Bond Street where the cocktail menu is designed to complement the exotic dishes with matching flavors and spice from the East to the Mediterranean. You can also enjoy Tapas, burgers, grills and curries here along with a great mix of cocktails.
At 111 New Bond Street, The American lingerie giant and famous for casting some curvy models for prolific offering of bras and panties, Victoria’s Secret Store resides. It opened its first UK store on Bond Street in 2012. It is strategically located along with other famous brand stores and offers three floors and 16000 sq. ft. of undergarments.
At 24 Grosvenor Square, you can pay a visit to the Embassy of the United States. You can also do some more shopping at the Oxford Street nearby. It has almost 300 shops and mostly known for Selfridges and some other department stores. It is also known as the busiest shopping street in Europe.
If you like exploring history and some artifacts then you can go to Handel House Museum at 25 Brook Street which is dedicated to the works of German baroque composer George Frideric Handel. If you have London Pass then you can get a free entry in the museum. You can also visit The British Dental Association Museum and Smythson Stationary Museum near the Bond Street.
The most visited place near Bond Street is the Wallace Collection. It is actually a national museum with almost 25 galleries with a great range of decorative arts from the 15th to 19th century. The museum features one of the finest princely arm and armour in Europe along with medieval & renaissance objects, furniture, sculpture, Limoges enamels, Majolica, glass and Bronzes. You will find the works of the highest quality here.