Hopetoun Story

The Block Arcade to Hopetoun House
Kaye Butchart and Co.
Stock and station agents, Kay Butchart and Co., opened their office at this newly constructed bluestone building.
First Branch of Commercial Bank of Australia
First branch of Commercial Bank of Australia (now known as Westpac Banking Corporation since 1982).
Lady Hopetoun, wife of Lord Hopetoun
Wife to the First Governor General of Australia, Lord Hopetoun (1889), Lady Hopetoun established the Victorian Ladies Association at Shop 12, 13 in The Block Arcade.
Tea Rooms Relocated

Tea Rooms relocated to Shop 1, 2 in The Block Arcade.

Kozminsky Jewellers

Local Icon and a famous name in the Melbourne fashion scene, Kozminsky Jewellers moved into this freehold premises in year 1975 until their relocation in 2018.

Hopetoun Tea Rooms Renovation
Major renovation works undertaken at Hopetoun Tea Rooms using William Morris inspired green and gold wallpaper in Victorian style which went on to become part of Hopetoun Tea Rooms legacy to date.
Hopetoun Tea Rooms shut

Hopetoun Tea Rooms shut its doors in The Block Arcade for the final time on 19th March 2020 due to Covid-19 pandemic and failed leasing negotiations with the current Block Arcade management.

Hopetoun Tea Rooms finds a new home

Hopetoun Tea Rooms finds it’s new home at 421 Bourke Street. An iconic 161 year old Melbourne freehold heritage building for an equally iconic Melbourne heritage brand - 128 year old Hopetoun Tea Rooms

Our New Location - Hopetoun House

Hopetoun Tea Rooms had to close its operations for the first time in its history of 128 years on 19th March 2020 due to Covid-19 pandemic. The doors to this iconic institution remain shut to this day due to unfortunate end of our 128 years leasehold at The Block Arcade.

We have taken this opportunity to renovate, transform and relocate this Melbourne icon into a much bigger premises to accommodate our ever-expanding set of patrons. The new home of Hopetoun Tea Rooms is the iconic 161-year freehold heritage building at 421 Bourke Street Melbourne. It was here that one of the largest banking institutions in Australia, Westpac bank operated its first Victorian branch in the 1880s when it was known as Commercial Bank of Australia. Subsequently, it was home to Melbourne’s prestigious Kozminsky Jewellers from 1975 onward until 2018.

The three-storey building is situated right across Melbourne’s popular restaurant laneway, Hardware Lane and in close vicinity to the famous Bourke Street Mall. We have carefully selected a highly regarded Australian design team to design this new home of Hopetoun Tea Rooms. The new home of this iconic institution will be called Hopetoun House.