A notable fact about Bond Street is that it doesn’t actually exist! Let me explain …
In 1684 Sir Thomas Bond set out to develop Old Bond Street. It wasn’t until some 40 years later that New Bond Street was built. These two streets form what is now commonly referred to as Bond Street – a street synonymous with luxury and wealth. With it’s abundance of unique architecture Bond Street in it’s entirety is included in the Mayfair Conservation Area.
I was lucky enough to be invited along to an event held by Bond Street Association who showed us Bond Street’s new window installations to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Royal Academy of Arts (RA). The windows are both beautiful, fascinating and a way of making art accessible and free for all. You can see them from 22nd June to 8th July 2018.
Fenwick opened in Bond Street in 1891 and have a long history of creating stunning window displays. They commissioned Pierre Le-Tan to document the history of the RA through a series of illustrations.
Sotheby’s have created ‘The Artist’s Studio’. It’s designed to be a fun space where live art, drawing classes and interviews will be held throughout the summer.
Moreau Paris, an iconic french luxury brand, have created this design especially for the anniversary. Their window display is set against a background of “The Scene on the French Coast” from the British artist, JMW Turner
The Westbury, Mayfair collaborated with Markus Hofer to produce a design incorporating the elements of a watch face.
Burlington Arcade transports you from Bond Street to Piccadilly adjacent to Burlington House, which has been the home to the RA since 1867.
Mathilde Nivet, celebrated for her paper art, has designed the ‘Hanging Garden of Flowers’ especially for the arcade.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this mini tour of the Bond Street area.