The most exclusive shopping street in London, Bond Street is where you’ll find flagship stores for brands like Burberry and Bvlgari, Dior and Louis Vuitton. Officially split up into two streets that run between Oxford Street and Piccadilly in London’s West End, the southern section, known as Old Bond Street, was built in the 1680s under the command of Sir Thomas Bond, while the longer northern section, New Bond Street, was built 40 years later.
Since its inception, Bond Street has been the playground of London society’s most stylish and influential people, and former residents include Admiral Horatio Nelson and Lady Emma Hamilton. Today, Bond Street continues to be one of the most expensive strips of real estate in the world, and the Georgian and Victorian townhouses are famously home to Aspreys of London — jewelers to the royal family — and the capital’s most upscale art galleries and high-end antique stores which cluster round Sotheby’s auction house and the Fine Art Society towards the south end.
On New Bond Street, a particularly popular statue is Lawrence Holofcener’s “Allies,” where a life-sized Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt look deep in conversation on a park bench. Put up in 1995 in order to commemorate a half century since WWII’s end — if you slip between the statesmen for a selfie, you won't be the only one.
Bond Street is an underground station on Oxford Street, near the junction with New Bond Street. From Monday to Friday, it’s free to enter galleries to watch the auctions at Sotheby’s (34-35 New Bond Street).