Mayfair: A Guide To The Area

Where is it?

Mayfair is roughly a square, cornered by Marble Arch, Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus and Hyde Park Corner.  It is edged by four of London’s most famous streets – Park Lane, Piccadilly, Regents Street and Oxford Street and is probably one of London’s most well-known areas, even if you’ve never been, you are sure to know it from the Monopoly board!

Did you know?

I. Mayfair is named after a fair that was held in the area every May

II.Piccadilly was named after a kind of stiff collar made by a tailor who lived in the area in the 17th Century.

III. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was born in a house in Bruton Street and lived in Mayfair during her infancy

IV. Le Gavroche in Upper Brook Street was named after a street urchin in Les Miserables and opened in 1967. In 1982 it was the first restaurant in the UK to be awarded three Michelin stars and famous chefs that have worked there include Marco Pierre White, Gordon Ramsay and Marcus Wareing

V. The Duke of Edinburgh held his stag do at The Dorchester!

During World War Two, heavy bombing in Central London forced many businesses to re-locate their offices to Mayfair.  These businesses have remained in the area ever since, however recently the Grosvenor Estate has sought to regain the areas original character and gradually properties are being converted back into their original residential state.   Furthermore, rigid regulations on retail space has created some of the most unique and luxury shopping streets in the City.  Mayfair has Bond Street, Piccadilly, Burlington Arcade and Mount Street – where some of the most famous brands and independent stores world over call home.

Getting about:

Mayfair has five tube stations within it, providing access to each corner of the square.  Bond Street offers Jubilee and Central Lines, whilst Oxford Circus also has the Central, along with the Victoria Bakerloo Lines.  Green Park offers connections to Heathrow and also runs directly into the international rail terminal at Kings Cross.  Finally from Hyde Park Corner and Marble Arch, one can access the Piccadilly Line as well as the Central.  By road, the A4 (Picadilly) is a major connecting road, which becomes the M40 to connect with the M25.   As with all of London, there is a selection of buses available from Mayfair and users can hop on and hop off easily.  As estate agents in Fitzrovia, we tend to walk to Mayfair.  The area has some wonderful side streets (and shops!) and on a nice day there’s nothing better than to take an amble through the streets of Mayfair.

Things to do:

If you are looking for exclusivity, Mayfair is the place to head.   Located within the area are some of London’s most prestigious and finest private members clubs such as the famous Birley’s and Annabel’s.  If you are not a member, but are still looking to go upmarket and treat yourself without the membership, then The Ritz for afternoon tea is a must.  As one of London’s most famous hotels, it’s the pinnacle of silver service in the city and is synonymous with the area.

For those of you looking for something a little more culturally stimulating, the Royal Academy on Piccadilly has a fantastic calendar of exhibitions alongside their outstanding permanent collection and there is always something new to see.

As estate agents in W1, we like to walk to our viewings in Mayfair.  The area offers not one but three parks – Hyde Park, Green Park and St James’sPark are all local and have activities and events year round including tennis, riding, biking and even boating!

One for the boys is Saville Row.  Built in the early 1700s with the Burlington Estate, Saville Row is famous world over for offering the best in traditional British men’s tailoring.  Whether you are looking for an outfit for a special occasion, or simply fancy a look at the different stores, Saville Row is an essential visit for the discerning gentleman!

Hungry?

It is virtually impossible to eat in Mayfair and not splash out.  With an exhaustive selection of high end restaurants, you’re spoilt for choice! Robert de Niro’s Japanese restaurant Nobu is situated on the first floor of the Metropolitan Hotel and serves divine food alongside an extensive wine list.

For the fish lovers, Scotts in Mount Street is definitely worth the visit.  With stunning interiors and a large and varied menu, there is something for everyone.  Oysters and champagne are the speciality here and you’ll be hard pushed to find better in London.

Lastly Gordon Ramsay at Claridges is perfect for those who are looking for the best service around.  Cameras in the restaurant ensure that this Michelin star restaurant has the quality service to match their food.  Make sure you book in advance however as this French food restaurant gets booked up well in advance!

Meet up hotspot:

The Connaught Hotel is the perfect place to meet.  Two bars in the same building mean you can take your pick on arrival between The Connaught Bar and The Coburg.  Plush seating in this stylish and glamorous hotel gives it an intimate feel, and a true highlight is their famous Martini, served to you on a trolley and mixed in front of you!

Property: what does the area have to offer?

As you would expect from one of London’s most upmarket and stylish areas, Mayfair is peppered with beautiful mansions, pretty mews and stunning apartments.  As the switch back to a residential area continues, there is more and more property coming to market.  If you are looking for a sweet mews house, check out Hays Mews or Adams Row.  However if grandeur and space are more your thing, take a look at the large apartments on offer in Park Lane, or the stunning period houses in Park Street.

 

If you would like to find out more about property in Mayfair and W1, please contact Davis Brown estate agents.

 

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