Mount Street Shopping
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.
Why is Mount Street such a popular shopping destination?
Mount Street underwent something of a transformation in 2007, the street had previously been a quiet and quaint offshoot from the busier shopping thoroughfares in Mayfair. It still retains much of that charm and is now home to famous luxury brands including Lanvin, Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera and Christopher Kane.
It’s this that gives it it’s edge. A more intimate experience than Bond Street, Mount Street is a luxury shopping destination for those in the know. The street encourages you to take your time, as seen by the various eateries such as celebrity-favourite Scott’s, the Mount Street Gardens which provide a pleasant step back from city life, and the little details such as hanging baskets of flowers and canopied shop fronts along its length.
Which is the nearest tube station to Mount Street?
There are a few tube stations which serve Mount Street conveniently. Marble Arch, on the Central line, is an 8-minute walk away. Alternatively, Bond Street takes exactly the same amount of time but is served by both the Central and Jubilee lines. From Green Park station, connected to the Victoria, Piccadilly and Jubilee lines, it takes around 11 minutes to walk to Mount Street.
Where are the best places to eat on Mount Street?
One of the best things about a day of shopping on Mount Street, is the excellent eating establishments you can treat yourself to afterwards.
Scott’s is a London institution, famed just as much for its celebrity sightings as its exceptional seafood. Tom Hanks and Victoria Beckham are just some of the VIPs who have been spotted dining there.
If you’re celebrating a special occasion, Michelin-starred Jamavar is an ideal spot. This isn’t your average Indian restaurant, be prepared to be impressed.
Locals will tell you that Mount Street Deli is the perfect brunch spot but, if the weather is nice, we’d highly recommend taking one of their hampers to Hyde Park for a posh picnic.
Where are the nearest high end hotels to Mount Street?
The Connaught, an award-winning five-star hotel, has sat on the corner of Mount Street and Carlos Place since 1815. It’s a top choice for famous guests who enjoy a spot of shopping on Mount Street or are attending a black tie event at one of the nearby ballrooms. There’s plenty to enjoy inside the hotel too. It houses a two Michelin star restaurant, Hélène Darroze at The Connaught, and the Connaught Bar which has ranked on the world’s 50 best bars list for several years in a row.
The west end of the street meets with Park Lane, famed for its five star hotels. Here you’ll be spoilt for choice from Grosvenor House, which has London’s biggest ballroom, to the more contemporary COMO Metropolitan hotel and its adjoining Nobu restaurant, or settle in at Elizabeth Taylor’s favourite, The Dorchester.
Who is the biggest landowner on Mount Street?
The Grosvenor family were one of the most important in developing the West End and today they still own a significant portion of it, including Mount Street, as well as an international property portfolio. In 1677, a match made in heaven was formed between the aristocratic Sir Thomas Grosvenor and Mary Davies, a woman from a respectable, but by no means wealthy, background. Her wedding dowry was the 500 acres of meadow land the family owned in the West End. The marriage meant the land could be developed into the fashionable district of Mayfair.
Grosvenor owns 32 out of the 47 retail units on Mount Street and has worked hard to cultivate the village-like feel of it and attract the kind of names that have transformed it from a sleepy side street to one of the best luxury shopping spots in the city.