Mayfair Property Guide
Property for Sale or Rent in Mayfair
Post-weekend blues can be blown away with a spot of retail therapy. On your shopping list should be Fortnum & Mason, Selfridges, Browns, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs and Acne. Streets to saunter down include Savile Row, Curzon Street, Dover Street, South Molton Street, South Audley Street and New Bond Street. And don’t forget Dover Street Market - a concept store for high fashion.
Some of the most expensive and exclusive properties for sale in Mayfair can be found around two of the neighbourhood’s great garden squares - Grosvenor Square and Berkeley Square. Take a stroll through the tree-lined grounds and dappled shade to admire the classic architecture.
If you like the buzzing hotel scene you’ll be spoilt for choice in Mayfair. Whether you enjoy the restaurants, the spas, the bars or just taking tea in the lounges, there’s a hotel to suit every whim. Take your pick from the Mayfair Hotel, Flemings, Claridge’s, The Connaught, The Chesterfield, Brown’s Hotel, The Dorchester and No. 5 Maddox Street.
Set off on foot and discover a village within a village. Mount Street is a wonderful part of Mayfair that’s virtually self contained. Lining Mount Street itself are a tantalising array of shops and restaurants, including Audley, Scott’s, Christian Louboutin, Balenciaga, Mackintosh and Sautter Cigars. There’s also The Connaught Hotel and James Purdey & Sons just around the corner. For a change of pace, head for Mount Street Gardens - a leafy oasis away from the hustle and bustle.
Celebrate the start of the weekend in style with a fine dining feast. Mayfair is the epicentre of London gastronomy, with restaurants including Pollen Street Social, Le Gavroche, Nobu, Hakkasan and Murano. Mayfair also attracts world class chefs and those currently cooking include Alain Ducasse, Mark Hix, Richard Corrigan, Theo Randall, Helen Darroze and Chris Galvin, among other illustrious names.
Could Mayfair hold London’s ‘most historic neighbourhood’ accolade? Be your own judge by taking a tour of Spencer House at St James’s Place, Clarence House at St James’s Palace and The Grosvenor Chapel on South Audley Street. You’ll have earned a cold drink after your escapade, so settle in at The American Bar at The Beaumont, the Coburg Bar, the Polo Bar or Trader Vic’s.
Set aside the whole day to immerse yourself in the world’s finest art. Plan your day around visits to the Royal Academy of Arts at Burlington House and The Institute of Contemporary Arts on The Mall, building in time for tours of individual galleries such as Hauser & Wirth and the Timothy Taylor Gallery.
Mayfair Need to know
- Mayfair, W1, is situated between Oxford Street, Regent Street, Piccadilly and Park Lane
- Mayfair is located in the City of Westminster and is the home to many global embassies
- There are various underground stations within the Mayfair district, including Bond Street, Green Park, Hyde Park Corner, Oxford Circus and Marble Arch
- The closest overground rail station is Victoria Station
Private, independent schools in Mayfair include Queen’s College London, Connaught House School and Portland Place School.There are a number of state primary schools too, including St Luke’s CofE in Fernhead Road and Westminster Cathedral RC in Bessborough Place. State Secondary Schools include King Solomon Academy on Penfold Street and St Augustine’s CofE High School.
Mayfair hasn’t always been the distinguished enclave it is today. Tracing its roots back to the 17th century, Mayfair was no more than a muddy bog by the River Tyburn and it wasn’t deemed worthy enough of a name. The moniker Mayfair is very literal and arose after King James II granted permission in 1686 for a fair to be held in the area every May. The fair ran until 1764 on the land where the Shepherd Market neighbourhood is today, with the event gaining Mayfair a favourable reputation as a fashionable and wealthy residential district. The landowning Grosvenor family are responsible for Mayfair’s residential transformation, with a building programme that would elevate the neighbourhood to epic proportions. Today, The Grosvenor Estate occupies most of the north of W1. Mayfair remains the most expensive property to buy in the UK’s version of Monopoly.