Arlington Street in St James was the first home of a Sir Robert Walpole, the Secretary of War, in the 1700s who was eventually imprisoned in The Tower of London. As outlandish and exuberant as Sir Rob was and Arlington currently one of the most expensive St James Streets, parting words from Sir Robert Walpole, “My Lord Bath, you and I are now as insignificant men as any in England.”
“Brompton spreads over 3 districts in London. Traditionally “the artist quarter” as Charles Dickens wrote, “frequented by the votaries of the brush and chisel” is now a centre of history and monument in our city”
Cadogan Square is a residential square in Knightsbridge, West London, that was named after Earl Cadogan. Whilst it is mainly a residential area some of the properties are used for diplomatic and educational purposes. The square is known for being one of the most expensive residential streets in the United Kingdom, with an average house price of around £7million.
Charlotte Street was named in 1763, in honour of Queen Charlotte, who was married to King George III in 1761. It was one of three streets in and around Fitzrovia which took her name.
Chiltern Street is currently seen as the coolest street in London. Porter Street and David Mews at the north end of Chiltern Street are named after the architect and builder (and former chimney sweep) David Porter, who designed most of the houses in Montague Square and Dorset Square.
“Henry Compton granted 17th century refugees asylum on Old Compton back in time, and today this still stands as a symbol of tolerance, hope and equality”
“Historically the starting point of glamorous international travel, the “Conduit” is Mayfair personified. Now a cauldron of international luxury destinations and institutions”
“Not many places in London resonate so much with music and tribes than Ladbroke. From the cultural revolution of 1950′s immigration to the present day, legendary songs and infamous bands have been formed in this hotbed of diversity”
“From post war ghetto to the spectacular, the story of Ledbury is a true rags to riches tale. Now home to the artist and the alternative”
Aske’s Almshouses were built on Pitfield Street in 1689 from Robert Aske’s endowment for 20 poor haberdashers and a school for 20 children of freemen. In later years it was a regular haunt of The Krays. Nowadays it is frequented by hipsters and bankers which has created an interesting sub culture.
“Named after Puerto Bello in the Caribbean as a mark of colonial achievement, “Portobello” is today a bastion of independence, community and chic”
“Redchurch was once the Old Nichol Rookery – London’s most notorious slum. The caverns and alleys of poverty are now transformed in to the official home of modern London art, culture and style”
Simply put, Rivington Street is Shoreditch’s coolest street. Rivington Place was commissioned by two publicly funded visual arts organisations, Iniva and Autograph ABP, with the intention of establishing the new venue as a major international visual arts centre in Shoreditch, London. In the late 20th-century, this part of the East End had emerged as a new arts quarter, famous for harbouring the YBA movement.
Soho – Air
‘Air Street’ (which in its southern part follows the boundary of Swallow Close and Round Rundles) first appears in the ratebooks in 1658, its name being presumably derived from Thomas Ayres, brewer, who held leases in the neighbourhood. Nowadays it is home to some of the very best London clubs and restaurants.
Soho – Carnaby
Perhaps nothing illustrates the new swinging London better than narrow, three-block-long Carnaby Street, which is crammed with a cluster of ‘gear’ boutiques where the girls and boys buy each other clothing.
Soho – Ganton
Ganton has always been the place of fashion forward designers and today, more than ever, it fills this position in Soho.
Soho – Kingly
Anyone who was ‘hip’ came to Kingly Street to hang out, and get kitted out in a vast array of brilliant boutiques. There was Lord John, Lady Jane, I was Lord Kitchener’s Valet and John Stephen – once known as the ‘King of Carnaby Street’ with his string of super cool shops under different names. As well as making the sharp suits for the 60’s Mods, Stephen’s clientele included the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, the Kinks, the Small Faces and Jimi Hendrix.
Wilton Crescent was created by Thomas Cundy II, the Grosvenor family Estate surveyor, and was drawn up with the original 1821 Wyatt plan for Belgravia. It is named after the 2nd Earl of Wilton, second son of the 1st Marquess of Westminster.