From Dawn'Til Dusk on Mount Street

Discover London's most charming luxury village


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13 November 2012

Genteel, picturesque and discreet, Mount Street is among the most burgeoning and fashionable destinations in London, home to an invitingly eclectic mix of world-leading boutiques, restaurants, grocers, salons, galleries and bars. Developed by the first Duke of Westminster, who began revamping his entire Mayfair estate from the 1880s in the signature redbrick, Queen Anne style, it was said at the time, “The great success of the first Duke’s rebuilding was undoubtedly Mount Street, a thoroughfare whose élan and cheerful homogeneity are unique and not just on the estate but in the whole West End." That still chimes true today: the emporium of Mount Street offers an inspirational and intriguing mix of luxury purveyors, from establishments that settled here over a century ago to the trailblazing lineup of international flagships that have been steadily opening since 2008.

Over the past few years Mount Street has become a major fashion hub - like a boutique version of Bond Street or Sloane Street, where a plethora of homegrown and international designers have launched flagships - from Loewe to Lanvin, Christian Louboutin to Nicholas Kirkwood and Roland Mouret to Balenciaga; Oscar de la Renta joined the fashion templar in autumn, followed by Celine this winter. You'll also find the world's only store from Mackintosh (of the inventors great British waterproof). To the end of the street and across the road, don't miss the magnificent Grade II* listed gentleman's emporium Bourdon House, Alfred Dunhill's London Home, with its restaurant, humidor, barber and cinema.

It's easy to emerge from an afternoon on Mount Street looking even more fabulous than when you arrived. Shop at natural apothecary Aesop, who opened their first London store in Mount Street (they now count six across the capital) in 2008. Designed by Ilse Crawford, it was one of the first international brands to settle on the strip. Celebrity hairdressers Nicky Clarke and Jo Hansford specialise in cuts and colouring, respectively, and there's even a specialist 'hair enhancement' clinic, Mark Glenn, for those seeking a more lustrous mane. If you are in search of indulgence, why not book in for a decadent Eastern healing ritual at the UK's only Aman spa or a short, back and sides at the Barber in Bourdon House?

Eat & Drink
Fine foods and decadent dining have long featured amid Mount Street's allure. Seafood restaurant Scott's has been seducing the A-list for decades (should you wish to join them, it's essential to book ahead).Harry's Bar and the George Club are veterans among London's members' club scene and The Connaught Bar and Mount Street Deli are among London's most fashionable and discreet destinations. Don't forget to take a butcher’s at specialist meat purveyors Allens of Mayfair, on this site since 1887. The historic interiors draw tourists away from the well-trodden trail, and Tuesday and Wednesday's butchery classes are a cut above. Wine specialists Jeraboams will help you source that must-have vintage.

Mount Street and its surrounds are home to around a dozen independent art and antiques specialists. If you are looking for somewhere to help you source work from Europe and overseas, or just fancy an afternoon browsing an innovative and intriguing selection of paintings and objets d'art, there's plenty to keep you inspired. You'll find the Rich Gallery, Mount Street Gallery, Pym's Gallery and Modern Collections on Mount Street, while around the corner on Davies Street GimpelFils is among London's most respected independent galleries - watch out for artists Shana Mouton and Seamus Harahan this autumn. You just can't miss the striking water feature 'Silence' by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, on Carlos Place outside the Connaught Hotel.


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