Monday, 14th September 2015
St James’s Street in London’s Mayfair is a handsome thoroughfare where the past, the present and the future co-exist. It has been a hub for quality goods and services since the 17th century, and has never lost its lustre. Chris Cecil-Wright believes there are few places better to do yachting business, which is why the Cecil Wright offices are located there.
Bordered by royal parks, palaces and Piccadilly, St James’s Street is a string of retail and epicurean pearls in the heart of London. Here, grand Georgian architecture jostles alongside sleek modern interiors to enchanting effect: ‘It’s charming, human-sized and with a village atmosphere,’ says Chris, ‘it simply epitomizes the London experience for me.’
MOVING WITH THE TIMES
Chris visited the street regularly as a child and bought a flat here ten years ago. When he launched Cecil Wright, it made perfect sense to work and entertain from his private base in this familiar locale. With interiors supervised by top yacht designer Andrew Winch and the Cecil Wright Intelligence System giving the team instant access to yacht details in real time, the St James’s Street office has proven to be as comfortable as it is connected.
THE GRAND TOUR
When clients visit, Chris takes the opportunity to introduce them to the area, whether it’s a Japanese lunch at Sake No Hana, ‘probably my favourite restaurant in London’, or a trim at the Truefitt & Hill barbershop – ‘where you may have your hair cut next to John Major or members of the royal family.’ All the needs of the discerning individual are catered to on St James’s Street – from handmade shoes and fine wines, to gentlemen’s clubs and private banking. ‘As with the joy of yachting, it’s all about the lifestyle,’ says Chris, ‘and I feel privileged to be in the company of these established and long running businesses.’Download Article