Immortalised in numerous books and movies, London’s Bond Street is where the rich and famous hobnob, shop and splurge their wealth. Located in the upscale Mayfair district, the 18th century street is home to some of the best five star hotels, luxury brands, world-class galleries, and eateries. Add this historic place to your bucket list of things-to-do in London. We make a few recommendations to make your visit easy and hassle-free:
Check into the Claridge’s hotel
The grand embodiment of the suave British style, The Claridge’s has a certain timeless glamour about it. An English institution, the classy hotel boasts luxuriously-appointed rooms with impeccable service and sharply dressed staff. The food is undoubtedly excellent and it is known to serve the best Egg Benedict in the city.
Attend an Auction at Sotheby’s
The iconic auction house, Sotheby’s is a landmark on the London sightseeing circuit. Its vast gallery space occupies two floors and hosts some of the best-known art auctions in the world. Till date, the highest selling item at the Sotheby’s is Edvard Munch’s expressive composition The Scream, which sold for a whopping $120 million!
Sip Tea at The Ritz
When in Rome, do as the Romans do. Therefore, it is only fair that you honour the time-honoured English tradition by booking an ‘Afternoon Tea at the Ritz.’ Overlooking the Palm Court, the place has a vibe of its own with its hallowed hospitality history and glamour. Food is plentiful and gorgeous. Endless refills of warm scones, fresh baked macaroons, cakes, pastries, sandwiches, and of course, tea will make for a well-spent afternoon.
Buy jewellery from Cartier
With patrons that include the British royals to billionaire celebrities, this French luxury goods company needs no introduction. As the purveyor of fine jewellery, Cartier is one of the best places to shop in London. It recently launched the Coloratura collection that comprises limited edition pieces with diamond and precious stone, set in platinum and white gold.
Explore the Royal Academy of Arts
For its 250th anniversary, the Royal Academy of Arts is displaying its choicest treasures from its historic collection through an exhibition until August 18. It will take the visitor through important moments in the history of the Academy, from its inception, its role in the Suffragette movement and the World Wars, to its current status as a platform for both established and unknown contemporary artists. Recently, the Academy’s campus was expanded making for a much larger area to exhibit art. There are also more places to eat, drink and shop, and diverse workshops to attend.
Have a drink at the Westbury Mayfair Hotel
Rated as the ‘best hotel bar’ in 2017 by the London Club and Bar Awards, The Polo Bar at the Westbury Mayfair Hotel has an excellent choice of cocktails, tea and coffee. Order the Westbury Breakfast Blend – a refreshing infusion of Indian and Sri Lankan tea. Or the Rhubarb Julep with Whiskey and rhubarb purée.
Pick up a Stella McCartney dress
Your London shopping experience will be incomplete without buying an indigenous designer dress. In that sense, British designer, Stella McCartney’s new Spring collection is a must-have! Known for her ethical approach to fashion, McCartney celebrates Spring in hues of blue, pink and white with her trademark masculine cuts, lace, and monogrammed accessories.
Bring home antique furniture from Bonhams
From a 19th century gilded wrought iron table to a 16th century Elizabeth I Oak armchair, trust Bonhams to help you find the rarest of rare antiques. If you’re interested in something more contemporary, you can invest in Neo-modern pieces such as an abstract Italian wall light or a wooden coffee table with free-edges from 1981.
Visit the quirky Mr Fogg’s Residence
If you have read Jules Verne’s magnum opus – Around the World in 80 Days, then you wouldn’t have a problem remembering Mr Phileas Fogg – the eccentric adventurer. His residence, a bar in Mayfair, recreates the life of this memorable character through his vast collection of antiquities from his travels, around the world. And a delightfully creative array of cocktails.
Click A Selfie With Roosevelt and Churchill
Twentieth century’s two most eminent figures, Franklin D Roosevelt and Winston Churchill have been immortalised through a great many statues. But the one that continues to draw attention and curiosity is the bronze sculpture titled ‘Allies’ at Bond Street, made by American-British sculptor, Lawrence Holofcener. Featuring the two leaders in an animated chat, it has become the backdrop of millions of selfies and a hotspot for history aficionados.