A Moment in Local Espionage History: MI6 & Ryder Street

The aim of this blog is to highlight antique furniture and historic interiors... but we couldn't resist sharing this fascinating bit of history from our very own Ryder Street, where we have had a gallery since 2009. In 1943, MI6 established Section V's headquarters at 14 Ryder Street.  Section V was the central foreign counter-espionage … Continue reading A Moment in Local Espionage History: MI6 & Ryder Street

A Shopping Tradition in St. James’s: The Arcades

We are focusing once again on some local history here in St. James's today with a close look at the history of the arcades that serve as a highlight of the shopping experience in the area. The oldest arcade in London is the Royal Opera Arcade off Pall Mall, which was designed by the renowned … Continue reading A Shopping Tradition in St. James’s: The Arcades

A Moment in Local Literary History: St. James’s Revisited

A while ago we wrote about the history of St. James's and Ryder Street, where our gallery is located.  You can read about the history here. Today we thought we would revisit the subject and focus on a particular historical figure who has a connection to Ryder Street: Jonathan Swift.  Swift was an Anglo-Irish author … Continue reading A Moment in Local Literary History: St. James’s Revisited

Right in the Heart of London: Our Gallery in St James’s

We like to keep an active presence online to reach clients worldwide, but the heart of our operation is in our London gallery.  Being in St James's is ideal, as it is a central hub for art dealers and auction houses.  In fact, Christie's is on our doorstep, and leading dealers in Old Master paintings, … Continue reading Right in the Heart of London: Our Gallery in St James’s