With its streams of cars and buses, and crowds of Christmas shoppers, it is almost impossible to visualise Bond Street nowadays as it was no more than a hundred years ago.
At the opening of the 19th century it was the street of fashionable hotels. as Berkeley Street is to-day. At one of these hotels, Steven's, Byron lived, and at Long's, a few doors away, he met Scott for the last time.
Emma Hamilton was arrested at her lodging in Bond Street two years before her death in penury at Calais in 1815; and Nelson also lodged there for three months after losing his arm at the Battle of Cape St. Vincent.
In the 18th century the street was residential. At number 169 lived the Elder Pitt, while Doctor Johnson and Sir Joshua Reynolds belonged to a literary club in the same building. Doctor Johnson lived in the street at one time, and also the poet Thompson, Sterne and Sir Thomas Lawrence.
Bond Street takes its name from Sir Thomas Bond who bought Albermarle House_ in Albermarle Street from the