Albemarle Street
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Albemarle Street is a street in the heart of Mayfair in central London, off Piccadilly, just five minutes away from Green Park underground station.

Albemarle Street was the first one way street in London, aimed at getting traffic flowing better and has historic associations with Lord Byron.Albemarle Street is best known for its art galleries. It is a host to such well known galleries like Albemarle Gallery , which represents contemporary paintings and sculptures from around the world, with a tradition to support controversial artists and create superbly presented exhibitions. As well as, Belgravia Gallery, this is a home to the finest collection of Royal Art. A welcoming and informal gallery constantly showcasing works of outstanding artists.

Nestled in the heart of London’s luxurious Mayfair, Albemarle Street boasts a rich historical precedence that dates back centuries. This prestigious address was nurtured to life in the late 1600s by a group of property developers led by Sir Thomas Bond. The street’s name derives from Christopher Monk, the second Duke of Albemarle, who sold his newly purchased mansion to Bond and his associates to alleviate rising debts. This defining acquisition opened the gates to a flourishing development of estates that attracted a stream of affluent residents.

One such inhabitant relocated to number 50 in 1812, a former marine by the name of John Murray, who succeeded in establishing one of Britain’s most celebrated publishing houses. Working with such pioneering authors as Jane Austen and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and famously becoming a close friend to Lord Byron, Albemarle Street’s literary affair had got off to an illustrious start. Meanwhile at the opposite end of the avenue, an elite assembly of scientists including Henry Cavendish and Sir Thomas Bernard were busy founding the Royal Institution of Great Britain at the turn of the 19th century. Focusing on advanced research and renowned for its hugely popular lectures, headed by Sir Humphrey Davy and later Michael Faraday, the institute became a thriving hub of activity, still preserving its leading status to this day. The increase in traffic caused by the centre’s popularity triggered the decision to make the bustling thoroughfare London’s very first one way street.

Albemarle’s story continues with the joining of eleven Georgian townhouses in 1837, resulting, allegedly, in the formation of the city’s first ever hotel. Brown’s remains a heavyweight in London’s hospitality circuit, renowned as the site from which Alexander Graham Bell made the first telephone call in the UK, inspiring Agatha Christie’s thriller, ‘At Bertram’s Hotel,’ and generally hosting an array of distinguished guests throughout the years. Well acquainted with prominent figures, Albemarle Street brought several aspiring artists, writers and intellectuals together with the creation of the Albemarle Club in 1874. Deemed progressive at the time, due in part to its acceptance of female members, this creative hive became notorious for its involvement in Oscar Wilde’s case of failed libel action, leading to his two year term of imprisonment. Whilst the heady heydays of 19th century city living are a thing of the past, the faded stones still remain, bearing the footsteps of a new generation of visitors and residents inspired by the current art galleries, boutiques and museums that strive to retain the street’s abundant heritage and keep its effervescent spirit alive.

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Brown's Hotel
33 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4BP

Brown’s Hotel is not only London’s first hotel, but also one of the most illustrious in the city. Since opening on... Read more

Home to Hix Mayfair (at Brown's Hotel), The Spa (at Browns Hotel), The Donovan Bar (at Brown's Hotel) and The English Tea Room (at Brown's Hotel)

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Graff (Albemarle Street)
28-29 Albemarle Street , Mayfair, London, W1S 4JA

Laurence Graff OBE founded Graff Diamonds in 1960.

Today, after more than five decades at the pinnacle of... Read more

Indian Restaurants

Gymkhana
42 Albemarle Street , Mayfair, London, W1S 4JH

Gymkhana is inspired by Colonial Indian gymkhana clubs, where members of high society socialise, dine, drink and... Read more

British Restaurants

Hix Mayfair (at Brown's Hotel)
33 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4BP

One of the best restaurants in London, the HIX Mayfair menu is all about big British flavours handled deftly and... Read more

Part of Brown's Hotel

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Jinjuu (Mayfair)
39 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4JQ

Jinjuu, meaning “PEARL”, is London’s premier modern Korean food restaurant with celebrity chef, Judy Joo, at the... Read more

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Mackintosh & Globe-Trotter
35 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4JD

Mackintosh developed the process of spreading rubber onto cotton to create the world's first formal waterproof... Read more

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Paul Smith Furniture Shop
9 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4BL

The shop houses a rich and varied selection of original and unique antiques, objects art and curiosities sourced... Read more

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Post Office (Albemarle Street)
43-44 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4TA

//   Opening Times: Monday: 9am - 6pmTuesday: 9am - 6pmWednesday: 9am - 6pmThursday: 9am - 6pmFriday: 9am... Read more

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The Donovan Bar (at Brown's Hotel)
33 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4BP

Our homage to sixties london, the donovan bar serves expertly-mixed cocktails and a menu of hix british snacks.... Read more

Part of Brown's Hotel

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The English Tea Room (at Brown's Hotel)
33 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4BP

Queen victoria loved to take tea at brown’s. Today, our hotel is still the place to come for the definitive... Read more

Part of Brown's Hotel

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The Royal Institution of Great Britain
21 Albemarle Street London W1S 4BS, Mayfair, London, W1S 4BS

The Royal Institution was founded in March 1799 with the aim of introducing new technologies and teaching science to... Read more

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The Royal Institution of Great Britain
21 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4BS

The Royal Institution of Great Britain (often abbreviated as the Royal Institution or Ri) is an organisation devoted... Read more

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The Spa (at Browns Hotel)
33 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4BP

The Spa at Brown’s is the perfect place to escape the city’s hustle and bustle. Walking into this secret haven... Read more

Part of Brown's Hotel

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