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Occupying the land between Hyde Park, Oxford Street, Piccadilly and Regent Street, Mayfair offers some of the most centrally located, luxurious and exclusive properties in London. The area has existed since the 17th century, when it was the site of the annual May Fair, a fortnight-long local fair beginning on May Day which was moved to Bow in 1764 after complaints from residents.
The Mayfair we recognise today was largely built by the Grosvenor family, as an elegant residential district close to the amenities of the West End, while much of the land here was purchased by the Rothschild family in the 19th century, and the Crown also owns a portion of the quarter. Mayfair still retains many aristocratic, political and literary connections, with former residents including Winston Churchill, the Duke of Wellington and Oscar Wilde.
Architecture in Mayfair
The residential architecture in Mayfair is largely Georgian, with many grand terraced properties arranged around beautiful leafy garden squares. A number of homes are Grade II listed, and most have been refurbished to a high contemporary standard.
What makes Mayfair special
The central location of Mayfair allows residents to enjoy all the highlights of London with ease, but the influence of embassies located here, such as the American Embassy and the Canadian Embassy, add a sense of security and safety not usually found in city centres. Meanwhile, Mayfair also enjoys hidden areas and secret gardens just for residents, with some properties benefitting from private green spaces in the heart of London.
Mayfair property types
Space is at a premium in Mayfair and property here is highly desirable, so it can occasionally be challenging to find the right house. Most residential homes are Georgian terraced houses, and some have been combined to maximise living space for large families or those with a number of staff to accommodate. Great houses, which became offices, are now being converted back to residential use due to the demand in this area, so finding an unmodernised property to refurbish is possible.
The most prestigious addresses in Mayfair are Berkeley Square, Park Lane, and Grosvenor Square, although Charles Street, Farm Street and Hill Street also offer coveted large, luxurious properties.
Schools in Mayfair
Mayfair’s enviable geographic position has led to many outstanding independent schools in the vicinity and in nearby Knightsbridge and Kensington, including St George’s, Connaught House and Queens College London. Single-sex and mixed schools are both available, as are boarding and day, while an alternative curriculum can be found at the Sylvia Youth Theatre School and the Lycée Charles de Gaulle.
Things to do in Mayfair
With twenty Michelin starred restaurants, renowned cultural institutions, elite members clubs and the highest concentration of luxury hotels in London, Mayfair offers endless entertainment for visitors and residents.
Discerning diners can enjoy haute cuisine from establishments such as Scott’s, Nobu, La Gavroche, The Wolseley, and Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester, which boasts an impressive three Michelin stars. The Royal Academy of Arts on Piccadilly holds regular art exhibitions, while Apsley House Museum, the former home of the first Duke of Wellington and Handel House Museum, are within walking distance.
Shopping in Mayfair
Due to Mayfair’s close proximity to the West End and Oxford Street, the majority of London’s most exclusive shops are found in this area.
Bespoke tailoring is best found on Savile Row, but for off-the-peg designer fashion, Regent Street, New Bond Street, Old Bond Street and Dover Street have flagship stores for Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Burberry, Alexander McQueen and many more internationally influential fashion designers. Fine jewellery and watches can be found at Cartier, Boodles, Breitling and Rolex, while high quality leather goods are housed in the boutiques of the historic Burlington Arcade.
London’s finest department stores Selfridges, Liberty and Royal favourite Fortnum and Mason are all located in Mayfair and provide a wide range of goods from gourmet food to furniture. As for antiques and art, auction houses Christies, Sothebys and Bonhams can be found on New Bond Street.