Guide to Albemarle Street in London

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
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

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Hygiene Rating: 5/5
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Inspected: on 14/05/2018

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)

The English Tea Room (at Brown's Hotel)
The English Tea Room (at Brown's Hotel)

33 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4BP

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

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Paul Smith Furniture Shop
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 from...Read more

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Isabel
Isabel

26 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4HY

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Hygiene Rating: 5/5
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Inspected: on 16/03/2017

The Donovan Bar (at Brown's Hotel)
The Donovan Bar (at Brown's Hotel)

33 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4BP

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

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Inspected: on 14/05/2018

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Post Office (Albemarle Street)
Post Office (Albemarle Street)Top Pick

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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Graff (Albemarle Street)
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 the luxury...Read more

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Jinjuu (Mayfair)
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
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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The Royal Institution of Great Britain
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)
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

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Gymkhana

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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 play...Read more

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Hix Mayfair (at Brown's Hotel)

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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 with...Read more

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Calleija
Calleija

28 The Royal Arcade, London, W1S 4JE

0.01km

Calleija are international award-winning jewellers, renowned for incredible design detail, iconic craftsmanship,...Read more

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Erskine, Hall & Coe
Erskine, Hall & Coe

28 The Royal Arcade, London, W1S 4JE

0.01km

Erskine, Hall & Coe was founded in 2011. We specialise in contemporary and 20th century ceramics, but also...Read more

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Simon Griffin Antiques Limited
Simon Griffin Antiques Limited

28 The Royal Arcade, London, W1S 4JE

0.01km

Founded in 1985, Simon Griffin Antiques buy and sell modern and antique silverware. They also offer a repair and...Read more

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John Martin Gallery
John Martin Gallery

38 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4JG

0.01km

The John Martin Gallery specialises in contemporary art from Britain & Ireland. The gallery has a rolling...Read more

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The Watch Club
The Watch Club

London, W1S 4SD

0.02km

We buy and sell new, pre-owned, and vintage watches, specialising in Rolex, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, and...Read more

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George Cleverley
George Cleverley

13 The Royal Arcade, Mayfair, London, W1S 4SL

0.02km

George Cleverley was one of London's finest bespoke shoemakers established for almost half a century in Mayfair. He...Read more

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Ormonde Jayne
Ormonde Jayne

London, W1S 4SL

0.02km

Ormonde Jayne is a British perfume house creating luxury perfume, scented candles and bathing oils of uncompromising...Read more

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Goat Tavern
Goat Tavern

3 Stafford Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4RP

0.02km

Clarendon House was a town mansion which stood on Piccadilly from the 1660s to the 1680s. It was built for the...Read more

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E.B. Meyrowitz
E.B. Meyrowitz

London, W1S 4SF

0.02km

E.B. Meyrowitz in London, relocating from its original location in Bond Street, settled a short walk away at 6, The...Read more

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The King's Head
The King's Head

10 Stafford Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4RX

0.03km

You will find The King's Head in Mayfair London within a short stroll of Piccadilly, Old Bond Street and Green Park...Read more

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Cartujano
Cartujano

28 Old Bond Street, London, W1S 4SQ

0.03km

137 years after Antonio Fluxà founded an outstanding shoe workshop in Inca (Majorca), the fourth generation of the...Read more

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Charbonnel et Walker (Old Bond Street)
Charbonnel et Walker (Old Bond Street)

28 Old Bond Street, London, W1S 4QF

0.03km

Charbonnel et Walker has been established as Britain's master chocolatier since 1875. In that year The Prince of...Read more

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Paul Smith (Royal Arcade)
Paul Smith (Royal Arcade)

28 Old Bond Street, London, W1S 4QF

0.03km

Paul Smith is Britain’s foremost designer. He is renowned for his creative spirit, which combines tradition and...Read more

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DKNY (Old Bond Street)
DKNY (Old Bond Street)

27 Old Bond Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4QE

0.03km

Women's clothes, accessories, shoes.Donna Karan is one of the most iconic names in American fashion. In 1984, Karan...Read more

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Beards (Mayfair)
Beards (Mayfair)

28 Old Bond Street, London, W1S 4SW

0.03km

Founded in 1804, Beards is one of the oldest Jewellery Houses in England. Originally established under the family...Read more

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Saint Laurent (Old Bond Street)
Saint Laurent (Old Bond Street)

32-33 Old Bond Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4QH

0.03km

Founded in 1961, Saint Laurent is one of the greatest fashion names of the late 20th century. Throughout the years,...Read more

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Moncler (Old Bond Street)
Moncler (Old Bond Street)

26 Old Bond Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4QD

0.03km

Established in 1952, Moncler's quintessential quilted Jacket has remained the choice of the world's most demanding...Read more

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PRADA (Old Bond Street)
PRADA (Old Bond Street)

16-18 Old Bond Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4PS

0.03km

Sophisticated and trendsetting, Prada’s inspiring concept of uncompromised quality and constant innovation has...Read more

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Camper (Old Bond Street)
Camper (Old Bond Street)

28 Old Bond Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4SQ

0.03km

We are a contemporary footwear brand from the island of Mallorca, Spain. Founded in 1975, we are a family business...Read more

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Tiffany & Co. (Old Bond Street)
Tiffany & Co. (Old Bond Street)

25 Old Bond Street, London, W1S 4QB

0.03km

Founded in New York in 1837, Tiffany & Co. is the world’s premier jeweler and America’s house of design. An...Read more

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Tiffany (Old Bond Street)
Tiffany (Old Bond Street)

25 Old Bond Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4QB

0.04km

Since 1837, Tiffany & Co. has been the world's premier jeweler and America's house of design. Read more

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K Mikimoto & Co Ltd
K Mikimoto & Co Ltd

179 New Bond Street, London, W1S 4RJ

0.04km

Since 1893, Kokichi Mikimoto succeeded in creating the world’s first cultured pearl, Mikimoto has been dedicated to...Read more

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Gucci (Old Bond Street)
Gucci (Old Bond Street)

34 Old Bond Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4QL

0.04km

Influential, innovative and progressive, Gucci is reinventing a wholly modern approach to fashion. Under the new...Read more

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MaxMara (Old Bond Street)
MaxMara (Old Bond Street)

19-21 Old Bond Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4PU

0.05km

Max Mara is the epitome of Italian quality and craftsmanship. Recognised throughout the world as the precursor of...Read more

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Langan's
Langan's

Stratton Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 8LB

0.05km

The word “brasserie” doesn’t really do us any justice. We are more like an institution ….. a very iconic British...Read more

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