About the Area
Situated in the district of Mayfair just off Piccadilly Road, Albemarle Street is home to a number of hotels, restaurants, and businesses, including the Marsh Agency, which is a literary representation business that sells international translation rights for authors. Albemarle Street is renowned as a hub for the visual and literary arts. The area was home to Victorian publisher John Murray, in whose fireplace Lord Byron's letters were incinerated. Albemarle Street was designed by a collective of architects that purchased a large estate, the Clarendon House, from the Second Duke of Albemarle and tore it down to develop the area. Famous poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge (who wrote Rime of the Ancient Mariner) delivered a series of talks at the Royal Institution. The ensuing horse-and-carriage traffic prompted the municipal government to designate Albemarle Street a one-way street. This was the first one-way street in all of London that was created to reduce traffic.
Places Of Interest
Brown's Hotel, once known as St. George's Hotel, has hosted a number of famous thinkers and innovators. In 1876, Scottish scientist Alexander Graham Bell made the first-ever telephone call in all of Britain from Brown's Hotel. The hotel's Niagara Room was the venue for the International Niagara Commission in 1890, which marked the beginning of the worldwide implementation of the alternating current electrical system. Famous guests of the hotel have included Theodore Roosevelt, Napoleon III, “The Jungle Book” author Rudyard Kipling, and numerous Victorian-era authors including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker, and Oscar Wilde. Albemarle Street is also home to St. George's Chapel, where American preacher and rugby inventor Reverend William Webb Ellis was the chaplain. Albemarle Street is home to ten art galleries and the two hundred year-old Royal Institution of Great Britain, an organization that promotes the pursuit and education of science. The Royal Institution was the venue for the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, which are entertaining speeches on scientific subjects designed for the general public. Michael Faraday, discoverer of electromagnetism and grandfather of the Bunsen burner, founded these lectures in 1825, which was a time when no organized educational system for youth existed.
Albemarle Street joins with Piccadilly in the southeast. The nearest tube station, Green Park, is located near the intersection of Piccadilly and Stratton Street. Green Park tube station is situated on three lines, running from Brixton to Walthamstow, Heathrow Airport to Oakwood, and Stratford to Stanmore. Piccadilly Circus Tube Station is a seven-minute walk from Albemarle Street, while Charing Cross Railway Station is a 20-minute walk. Piccadilly Circus connects to the Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines. The Bakerloo and Northern lines serve Charing Cross. Major transit stops for nine different bus routes are within a two-block radius of the intersection at Piccadilly and Albemarle Street. The area has two car parks, Burlington Car Park on Old Burlington Street and Arlington House Pure Parking on Arlington Street, just south of Piccadilly. By car, Albemarle Street is accessible from the A501 via Regent Street and Piccadilly, and from the A4202 via Piccadilly. Three Boris Bike stations are within walking distance, on Clifford Street, Grafton Street, and Bruton Street.