Mayfair Area Guide
West London is home to many exclusive neighbourhoods, but Mayfair is perhaps it’s most sought after residential address. Home to celebrity hotspots including Park Lane, Mayfair is the place to be for upmarket, luxury living in London.
Once a village, the area was named after a fair that was held there in May, until it was banned in the 1700s because residents felt it lowered the tone of London’s most glamorous neighbourhood. Centuries on, Mayfair is as glitzy as ever – it’s fine restaurants, upscale wine bars, and array of designer boutiques mean the area is frequented by the rich and famous.
If you like fine dining, Mayfair is the place to be. The restaurants that grace Mayfair are world-class and include Nobu, Hakkasan, HIX, and Corrigan’s, and the neighbourhood sees a constant intake of some of the most respected chefs from across the globe. Mayfair is also awash with some of London’s most desirable private members clubs, including Birley’s and the Arts Club.
The area’s large collection of lavish hotels are not just for the discerned traveller – they’re also home to some of London’s most popular hotspots, such as the Connaught Hotel’s two-Michelin-starred restaurant from the esteemed Hélène Darroze.
Home to the Burlington Arcade, one of London’s most luxurious shopping spots, Mayfair is the sophisticated shopper’s paradise. It’s synonymous with extravagant, big name brands and high-end boutiques – fashionistas from all over flock to Fortnum & Mason, Prada, Alexander McQueen, Louis Vuitton and Chanel, to name a few.
Art galleries are also in abundance in Mayfair, as are some of the world’s most famed auction houses including Sotheby’s, Christie’s, and Bonhams.
Located on the cusp of Hyde Park, Green Park, and St James’s Park, there is plenty of green space to be explored and enjoyed – hundreds of acres of it, in fact. Plus, Regent’s Park is located just north of Mayfair and is home to the famous London Zoo.
Although many of London’s ultra-trendy hotspots are within walking distance, Mayfair’s excellent central location means residents are spoilt for choice when it comes to transport. The rest of London, and further afield, can be explored via Bond Street, Green Park, Hyde Park Corner, Oxford Street, and Marble Arch stations, which are all in close proximity.
Plus, the Elizabeth Line will be stopping at Bond Street from 2018, linking East and West via Central London.
Key journey times:
- Westminster: 4 mins via Jubilee Line at Bond Street
- Bank: 8 mins via Central Line at Oxford Street
- Canary Wharf: 21 mins via Jubilee Line at Green Park
- Heathrow Airport: 47 mins via Piccadilly Line at Green Park
Did you know…?
Mayfair is the most expensive place to buy property in the Monopoly board game.
What do the locals say?
Mayfair is one of my all time favourite areas in London, mainly because it is home to one of my most treasured institutions, the Royal Academy of Arts on Piccadilly – its regular programme of exhibitions is just superb! I love Mayfair’s traditional/old fashioned feel, village like sentiment, sophistication, and glamour. It is also on the doorstep of some of London’s top retail destinations – Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Fortnum & Mason, and the Burlington Arcade (though the prices aren’t for the faint hearted…Think quality over quantity…!) – Leah.
I’m quite interested in art which is why I regularly visit the latest exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Arts in Mayfair. The area surrounding the gallery, particularly the architecture, is visually pleasing. – Yves.
In the summer, for me, no London parks can beat London’s finest, just round the corner from the heart of Mayfair – Hyde Park, Green Park or St James’ Park. Grab a blanket, couple of friends, bottle or few of Prosecco and you can’t ask for any better! – Grace.
It has the best sunset views over London – the colours from are breathtaking! – Nour.
Mayfair has everything you need – it’s full of shops and restaurants, and I especially love the small streets which are so rare in London – they give Mayfair a very romantic atmosphere. – Laura.
Properties in Mayfair
This leafy part of the West End has around 5,000 residents, and with all that it has to offer, it’s not hard to see why Mayfair is one of London’s most prized postcodes.
The most sought after properties in Mayfair are situated in the vicinity of the famous Grosvenor Square and Berkeley Square – the gracious tree-lined streets adding to the area’s neighbourhood feel – you wouldn’t believe Mayfair is just a stone throw from the bustling delights of Bond Street and Green Park.
Mayfair’s splendid array of property ranges from magnificent apartments to traditional London town houses, with prices reaching up to £20million in some instances.