On first sight, the street appears to have been perfectly preserved under a glass bell jar, with its intricately detailed Queen Anne revival-style architecture, pristine red-brick shop fronts and distinctly old-world charm. Look closer, however, and you’ll notice how the shop fronts have been turned over to some of the biggest talents of the 21st century, from fashion houses Azzaro
, J&M Davidson
and Oscar de la Renta
, to jewellers Stephen Webster
. Céline is making a comeback here, too, after closing its only London store in 2009, and after a subsequent reinvention by creative director Phoebe Philo.
Add to this already rich mix an antique shop, a cigar store, a Porsche
showroom, a new basement bastion by Mariano Rubinacci
and – for old time’s sake – a 170-year-old neighbourhood butcher’s shop
, and you’ll begin to appreciate the extent of Mount Street’s diversity.