Last Updated on 2 January, 2023
South Molton Street is another one of London’s famous shopping streets that cannot be missed on any serious retail therapy session. There is everything there from clothes shops to jewellery and shoes.
A Little History Of South Molton Street
The history of this street begins in Saxon times. Initially, the area was occupied by around 650 people and it was known as Dumnania. This was around the year 1086. The origin and growth of the town were accelerated by the presence of the church that was nearby. Nothing major happened in the town until the 18th century.
In the early 18th century wool business started to boom and this became the town’s early wealth source. The business continued in the 18th century but started declining in the early 19th century. People now wanted to have a different feel and engage in different businesses.
For example, some wanted to invest in transport and other businesses. By this time technology had improved greatly and most of the services had started coming to the area. People started engaging in many kinds of businesses including selling clothes and other services, in relation to the changes that were happening on Oxford Street, Regent Street and surrounding areas.
By 1966 many things had changed and tourism started gaining momentum in the street with motor cars and trains infiltrating the area. Now it was time for renovations and to do that, the old buildings and designs had to be demolished and new ones erected.
By the 21st century, the town and the street had fully developed with many shops lined up perfectly. This is what you see today although there are continuous redevelopments still taking place. The town began with around 650 people today many of those residential blocks have gone, making way for the commercial units you see today.
Notable Shops On South Molton Street
- Bosideng – 28 S Molton St, London W1K 5RF
- Zadig&Voltaire – 65 S Molton St, London W1K 5SU
- Hanro Boutique – International House, 6 S Molton St, London W1K 5QF
- Sandro – 2 S Molton St, London W1K 5QA
- Annoushka Boutique – 1 S Molton St, London W1K 5QF
- APM Monaco Jewellers – 3 S Molton St, London W1K 5QB
- Giovanni Raspini – 5 S Molton St, London W1K 5QE
- Joseph – 28 Brook Street, London W1Y 5DH
- Ba&sh – 7 S Molton St, London W1K 5QG
- CARAT* London – 55 S Molton St, London W1K 5SQ
- Bimba Y Lola – 15 S Molton St, London W1K 5QR
- Monica Vinader Jewellery – 14 S Molton St, London W1K 5QP
- Claudie Pierlot – 21 S Molton St, London W1K 5QZ
- Les 100 Ciels – 20 S Molton St, London W1K 5QY
- Whistles – 22 S Molton Passage, London W1K 5RR
- Eton South Molton Street – 53 S Molton St, London W1K 5SF
- Introstem – 37 S Molton St, London W1K 5RJ
- Sharamless – 5 S Molton Ln, London W1K 5QE
- The Watch Locator – Unit 122, 58 Davies St, London W1K 5LP
- Space NK South Molton Street – 63 S Molton St, London W1K 5SU
- Maje – 59 S Molton St, London W1K 5SN
La Stupenderia – 66 S Molton St, London W1K 5SX
- ME+EM – 32 Brook Street, London W1K 5DL
Map of shops on South Molton Street
Things to Do in South Molton Street
South Molton Street although short has a lot going for it, from shopping to galleries, cafes and more. Located within Mayfair which has plenty more bars, restaurants, pubs and so many cool and wonderful places to visit.
Afternoon Tea At Caffe Concerto
This beautiful cafe serves breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner as well as patisserie and wedding and celebration cakes. They cater to vegan, as well as vegetarian, Halal and gluten-free diners. Start off your retail therapy just right with a stop for breakfast, brunch or lunch.
Immerse Yours At Gatsby’s Mansion
Enjoy an immersive experience at one of Jay Gatsby’s infamous parties. Go back to the roaring twenties and learn about the mansion ranging from its design to its overall history. It is not an ordinary mansion that you see every day.
The design of the mansion resembles some Hotel de Ville in Normandy. It has a tower on one side with a marble swimming pool. The mansion sits on a huge piece of land with about forty acres of garden and lawn. You will have a whole new experience when you visit this Gatsby’s mansion. Located along Davies Street, a few metres from South Molton Street. Tickets start from £25.
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Gagosian Art Gallery
Gagosian is a collection of art galleries with about nineteen locations. One of those locations is along South Molton Street. There is a lot to see and learn from this gallery that specializes in modern and contemporary art. The best thing is that there are new exhibitions all the time in the gallery lined up for you.
If you are an artist yourself, this would be an opportunity to learn from the best in the world. You can also get a chance to showcase your talent.
JD Malat Gallery
JD Malat is another excellent place to visit when on this street to enjoy contemporary art from the best in the world. All exceptional artists from all over the world showcase their art here. When in the street, you can check their lineup prior or decide to visit randomly and see what they have for the day.
Since it was launched in 2017, the Gallery has promoted many international artists. They have a program promoting group and solo exhibitions. Check them out next when you are in South Molton Street and see what they have.
Oxford Street is close to South Molton street that you may think is a continuation of one another. However, oxford street is slightly smaller with fewer shops than South Molton Street.
It is one of the busiest streets where you can find almost anything you want. Whether you want to dine, drink, or do general shopping, this street got you sorted.
How To Get To South Molton Street
Just around the corner from South Molton Stree is Bond Street Station, in addition, there are lots of bus routes passing through Oxford Street making getting to South Molton Street fairly easy. You can also use the map above to help you navigate to South Molton Street from your current location.