Things to do near Bond Street
Shopping, of course
If crowds don’t make you claustrophobic and you love a good bargain, step out onto Oxford Street and choose a direction to walk in. If you walk left (in the direction of Marble Arch), you will find oriental perfume shops, Selfridges and Marks & Spencer’s flagship store. Or turn right (in the direction of Oxford Street station) and you will be heading towards high-street fashion. If you’re aiming for something a little sexier than H&M, walk right until you reach Oxford Street station and turn right again into Piccadilly. There you will find many shops selling high quality goods. And if luxury boutiques are your thing, walk left but step out of Oxford Street entirely and hunt in the side streets of Mayfair. To find big designer names in one place, visit Selfridges and explore the department store that has absolutely everything.
Visit the homes of two music legends
Bond Street might not look like the sort of place where you’ll come across a museum but there’s something very special just around the corner. Handel & Hendrix might sound like an odd choice for a name. That’s until you realise that you’re actually talking about the residences of both of the iconic musicians. They’re located at 23 and 25 Brook Street, although Hendrix’s flat seems modest in comparison to Handel’s house. Both have been restored to give off the vibe of the time(s), and can be an inspiring stopover when you tire of all the Bond Street shopping. You won’t find much of original décor or paraphenalia, but the replicas are of high quality and the setting is done well enough to trigger the feeling of travelling in time.
Get lost in a large antique market
Strangely enough, many London’s residents don’t know about Gray’s. Every so often someone will present it to me like a great discovery, even though it’s right in the city centre and has been there for ages. It must be that it’s somewhat easy to miss due to the unassuming shop front. Despite the way it looks, it’s not one tiny jewellery shop. The market is huge and has 100+ vendors. You can expect to find weapons, jewellery, garments and all sorts of antique finery. Once you discover it, it becomes a spot to visit over and over again. Searching for a last minute present? Gray’s. Want something stylish for the house? Gray’s. Word of advice: like any other market, it’s got its reputable traders and those that are less so. Don’t rely on the advice you get and do your research if you are thinking of buying something expensive.