It’s no wonder Mount Street is one of Mayfair’s top luxury shopping destinations, with the hotel-lined Park Lane at the west entrance and exclusive nightlife spot Berkley Square just off the east end. One of the neighbourhood’s original shopping streets in 1720, it is still one of the most sought-after retail spots for designers. It attracts local and international fashion devotees and celebrities looking for a more private place to shop away from the West End’s main thoroughfares.
It is unique for its striking contrast between village-like features such as a butcher’s shop – located there for 170 years – and independent antique dealers and big-name fashion houses, including Oscar de la Renta and Lanvin. Its remarkable Queen Anne revival, red brick Victorian architecture is quintessentially British, while the modern lit, glass-front shops bring you a 21st-century experience. These charming combinations make it the epitome of the Mayfair shopping experience.
As well as premium fashion boutiques, Mount Street is home to first-class seafood restaurant Scott’s, royal warrant-holding gunmakers James Purdey & Sons, gourmet eatery Mount Street Deli and the Brazilian embassy. Tourists hoping to fit in some shopping here may like to book their stay at The Grosvenor House Hotel or The Connaught Hotel, which sit at either end of the street.
If you need a quiet break from city life, take a quick turn into Mount Street Gardens. The former burial ground for St George’s Church in Hanover Square has been a public park since 1889, now filled with London Plane trees and benches, many donated by US citizens who stayed at the nearby American embassy.
Former famous residents also signify the area’s importance. These include 18th-century figures Fanny Burney, a satirical novelist, playwright and diarist, and noblewoman Lady Mary Coke. Later, 120 Mount Street was home to art historian and former Christie’s director David Carritt until he died in 1982.