History of 28 Bruton Street

The name Bruton Street derives from Lord Berkeley of Stratton whose ancestors were known as the Berkeleys of Bruton. The street has maintained its genteel and royal connections ever since; John, the second and “great” Duke of Argyll, who in the reign of William III, was Ambassador in Spain, resided in Bruton street in the 17th Century.  More recently the Queen herself was born at 2.40am on 21 April 1926 at 17 Bruton Street at her maternal grandfather’s London home. This royal influence is still felt today as Bruton Street has come to be associated with a life luxury and as a haven for the elite.

John Campbell, Duke of Argyll

Campbell, Duke of Argyll. Courtesy of British Empire

The Queen would find herself drawn once again to Bruton Street through her connection with dressmaker Norman Hartnell. Hartnell set up his business at 10 Bruton Street where he established a loyal clientele of fashion conscious debutants dedicated to the London ‘Season’. He received the Royal Warrant as Dressmaker to the Queen in 1957. His most famous commissions included his designs for Queen Elizabeth’s wedding dress in 1947 and his highly celebrated Coronation gown 6 years later. He was later to move to the more luxurious address of 23 Bruton Street, which became famous for its use of modern shop fixtures.

Norman Hartnell Coronation Gown

Norman Hartnell’s Coronation Gown. Courtesy of Norman Hartnell

Norman Hartnell

Norman Hartnell 1938. Courtesy of the Norman Hartnell

Further back it its history in 1828, the Council of the Zoological Committee, made 33 Bruton Street their home after establishing an additional menagerie in Regent’s Park. At number 33, meetings were held, a museum was established, and a certain number of living birds and mammals were kept for study. Number 28 Burton Street was built as a pair with number 27 in around 1739, most likely by Isaac Ware whose Rococo influences can be seen inside with the plaster ceiling moulding. The façade has been altered throughout time; two additional storeys were added and finally the shop front being the most recent adaption during the 20th Century.

Isaac Ware

Isaac Ware. Courtesy of the BBC

Bruton Street ends at a junction with Berkeley Square, the address sharing its namesake with Lord Berkeley of Stratton. Their London home, Berkeley House, had been built nearby, serving as their London residence away from their ancestral Gloucestershire home Berkeley Castle, until 1733. As with Bruton Street, the address is highly sought after, resulting from a series of influential residents including Winston Churchill as well as its grand history with the gentry.

Winston Churchill Berkeley Square

Winston Churchill. Courtesy of Grow A Healthy Church

Berkeley Square has also been a source of great inspiration in literature, music and film. The most famous fictional resident is P.G. Wodehouse’s character Bertie Wooster, who lives in a flat in Berkeley Square with his valet Jeeves. The address is also associated with Glen Miller’s 1940 hit “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square.”

Carry on Jeeves p g wodehouse

Carry on Jeeves by P G Wodehouse. Courtesy of A Diligent Observer

Each area of London has its unique history that’s waiting to be discovered and it’s always something we look out for when choosing an office location. We currently have an office on Bruton Street at number 28 that’s ready for you to enjoy.

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