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Bond Street

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Bond Street

This most stylish of London streets has long been associated with wealth – it was named after Sir Thomas Bond who was a devoted follower and close friend of King Charles II. With a group of rich bankers and merchants, Bond bought the area from the Duke of Albemarle. By the middle of the 18th century it was already a paradise for the fashionable shopper, offering an increasing abundance of treasures. And two and a half centuries on, it is still the place to head to stock up on jewellery and designer labels, and has been home to the auction house Sothebys for more than 100 years. More upmarket than its nearby cousins Regent Street and Oxford Street, it has earned some literary credentials too, making an appearance in Jane Austen’s novel Sense and Sensibility and Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway. Its position as one of the most valuable areas in the board game Monopoly has also helped secure Bond Street’s high-class appeal. Is it one of your icons?

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It is the centre of world shopping

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