Bond Street in London City Centre
If you enjoy shopping, Bond Street should be one of the areas at the top of your list to visit. It is a street that runs through the very heart of the capital and is home to a wide selection of the city's upmarket stores. It sits in an area called Mayfair and has a reputation for being one of the classiest places in the city. If you are a fan of designer brands, you can head here to get your fix of clothes, shoes and jewellery. And if you would like to eat or drink in some of the classy bars and restaurants in London, this is the place to head to.
On this page you will find an overview to Bond Street with information on the what is available on the street and links to official websites for shop, bar and restaurant listings in the area. You will also find information on hotels in the area and links to listings.
An overview to the area and what makes Bond Street special
Bond Street began its life in 1700 and has been known ever since as a 'playground of the rich and famous'. Famous residents of the street have included the likes of Admiral Nelson and Lady Emma Hamilton. Since its beginnings, the street has been the place to head to for buying lavish goods such as bespoke clothing, fine jewels, art and antiques.
The street is a long one that is sometimes divided by name into Old Bond Street and New Bond Street. It runs between Oxford Circus and Piccadilly. It is the place to head to if you would like a little bit of luxury. You can come here to get your nails done in a high-class beautician or treat yourself to some clothing in Chanel or Donna Karen or try out one of the high-end restaurants that are available in the area.
Even if you are not feeling too flush with the cash you can still enjoy a fun day out in and around Bond Street. It is the place to go to if you would like to experience an authentic London atmosphere. You can come to Bond Street to do some window shopping and people watching.
Bond Street layout
Bond Street runs from Oxford Street to Piccadilly. Along the street, you will find shops, restaurants, cafes, art dealers, antique shops, jewellers and boutiques. The area in which it sits is called Mayfair - Old Bond Street is at the Southern end of the street, and New Bond Street is the Northern part.
Keep your eyes peeled for a statue that sits on the street. It is called 'Allies', and it is a portrayal of Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill sitting on a park bench chatting. You might find yourself doing a double-take!
For details of what shops, bars and restaurants can be found on the street and where they can be found, see the details and links below.
Shopping in the area
If there's one thing that Bond Street's famous for, its shops. The street is lined with high-end boutiques, including everything from Chanel to Christian Dior to DKNY to Dolce and Gabbana to Armani to Burberry. If you want to spend the day there browsing it is best to start at one end of the street and work your way down it - you will not need to walk far from one shop to the next.
The area is known for old-school style and glamour, meaning that there is an air of sophistication to the shopping choices - you will find bespoke tailors, jewellery experts and interior designers.
For listings of shops that can be found on Bond Street with information on location, opening times and contact details see the Official Bond Street Guide Website.
You will find the shops split into categories such as Art and Antiques, Jewellery, Fashion and Homes and Interiors. You can simply click on the category that you are interested in finding out about and find listings of the shops that are within that category. If you click on the individual shop name you can find out information on the address, contact details, Operating hours and languages that are spoken in the shop.
Alternatively, if you would like to find out if there is a particular shop on Bond Street, go to the search bar on the shop's page and type in the name of the shop that you are looking for. If that shop is available, it will appear on the page with the details.
You may be heading to Bond Street to check out its famous department store - Fenwicks. Fenwicks sits right at the heart of Bond Street, and it is one of its oldest institutions. Here you will be able to find a real sense of old British glamour across the five floors of beauty, cafes, fashion and homeware. To find out everything that you need to know about Fenwicks, including the opening times, location and what to expect there, check out the Official Fenwicks website.
Bond Street bars
Bond Street is the location of some of the upmarket bars in the whole of London. It is not necessarily the right place to head for a night out if you are on a budget, but if you fancy treating yourself to a fancy cocktail in luscious surroundings, you will find a whole plethora of options on this street. Some of the famous bars on Bond Street include the likes of Sketch, Met Bar and The Westbury.
For listings of bars that can be found on Bond Street with information on location, opening times and contact details see the Official Bond Street Guide Website.
See above in the shops section for advice on how to use the official website.
Bond Street plays host to some of London's famous restaurants. If you are a fan of celebrity culture, chances are you will have heard of NOBU, the favourite haunt of A-listers visiting the city. You will also find a selection of four and five star hotels with well-renowned restaurants - these include The Ritz and The Langham. As a large percentage of the restaurants are reasonably formal, it is worth having a look at what is available and booking in advance to avoid disappointment.
It is worth remembering that if you plan on eating out on Bond Street it is a good idea to dress for the occasion. Many of the restaurants are upmarket, and you may feel out of place in the likes of jeans and trainers.
For listings of restaurants that can be found in and around Bond Street with details on location, opening times and contact details see the Official Bond Street Guide Website.
See above in the shops section for advice on how to use the official website.
Operating hours for shops, bars and restaurants
You will be pleased to hear that Bond Street's location at the heart of central London means that shops in the area often stay open later than in other parts of London or the rest of the UK. They stay open until around 18:30 - 19:30 each evening (apart from Sundays) and tend to stay open a little later for late night shopping on Thursday.
For exact opening times of the restaurants, bars or shops, it is best to check out the Official Bond Street Website - see above for the links.
Bond Street's closest tube stations are Oxford Circus and Bond Street and Green Park.
Tube: Oxford Circus (Red Line / Central Line, Brown Line / Bakerloo Line and Blue Line / Victoria Line)
Bond Street (Red Line / Central Line and Grey Line / Jubilee Line)
Green Park (Grey Line / Jubilee Line and Blue Line / Victoria Line and Blue Line / Piccadilly Line)
The closest tube station is, of course, Bond Street tube. On leaving Bond Street tube station you will find yourself directly on Bond Street (ensure that you follow exit signs for Bond Street rather than Oxford Street). You will be able to work your way up and down Bond Street from there.
Bond Street offers something quintessentially British and upmarket in the very heart of the city. This is not the place to head to if you are on a budget and want to do some shopping or eating out. However, it is a recommended place to visit if you don't mind doing a spot of window shopping or have some cash to splash out on. You can take a stroll along the picturesque street, check out some well-made clothing, marvel at the diamonds in the jewellers' windows and grab a coffee in a sophisticated café. For any self-respecting fashionista, a trip to London would not be complete without a trip to Bond Street.