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Mayfair Area Guide

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Introduction to Mayfair Area

Mayfair's past wasn't always so luxurious, and the street names, such as Davies Street and Grosvenor Square, give a clue to its heritage.


In 1677 heiress Mary Davies married Sir Thomas Grosvenor; she brought 500 acres of meadow and pasture to the marriage - although the income at the time was relatively small, the future potential was understood even then. An area sometimes referred to as The Hundred Acres is still virtually intact today, with minor exceptions, and forms part of the Grosvenor Estate. Their descendants, and lately deceased, Major-General Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster, was one of our country's richest and largest landowners, and is said to be worth £9.35 billion according to The Sunday Times Rich List 2016. His son, Hugh Grosvenor, 25, is now the 7th Duke of Westminster and set to inherit the fortune. It would be easy for Mayfair to lose its village feel as it continues to attract those seeking to purchase or let a property at the highest end of the market, but developments are always sensitive to the area's architectural heritage, and you will find it clean and tidy - many attribute this to the influence of the Grosvenor Estate. Mayfair has four main areas to note.

Grosvenor Square is one of London's most prestigious addresses; spanning six acres it is London's second largest garden square. Development of the square commenced in around 1721, initiated by Sir Richard Grosvenor; it has strong connections with America and is home to the Franklin Roosevelt Memorial, The Eagle Squadrons Memorial, and the 9/11 Memorial Garden. Mount Street continues to retain a sense of community; this prestigious residential area houses some of the finest retailers, specialist businesses and galleries in its distinctive terracotta buildings.

Architect William Kent originally laid out the garden square in the 18th century, and it was named after the noble Gloucestershire family. Although formerly a residential area it is now mainly offices, and what is said to be the most haunted house in London: 50 Berkeley Square.

Things have certainly changed for the former country lane, which is now one of the most fashionable residential addresses in the city. Park Lane is home to a number of historical properties and luxury hotels, such as Grosvenor House, Somerset House, and the Dorchester Hotel.

Mayfair is blessed with a stunning mixture of architectural styles; many of the historic town houses are now back in residential use after being converted into offices. With magnificent apartments and penthouses on offer, the exclusive development One Hyde Park, as well as grand mansions and beautiful mews, it is not hard to see why it is one of the world's most prestigious addresses.

Famous residents

From the 18th century Mayfair has been home to numerous British Prime Ministers, including Benjamin Disraeli, Sir Robert Peel, William Pitt the Younger, Winston Churchill, and even a Royal - HRH Queen Elizabeth II was born on Bruton Street and lived there as an infant. The French composer Frederick Handel also called Mayfair home for the last thirty years of his life, and to this day the area is popular with musicians, celebrities and models, who appreciate its exclusive central location, including, from the past and present: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Oscar Wilde, Vivien Leigh, Jimi Hendrix and Peter Sellers. Of course, property in Mayfair is expensive, but the lifestyle it offers is hard to beat.

Family friendly living

It’s the weekend, and you have guests; you are thinking of taking them on the Mayfair Chocolate Tour, but then remembered you are going to Scott's on Mount Street for lunch, at their oyster and champagne bar. A morning of culture is agreed upon and you suggest the Handel and Hendrix, made up of two completely contrasting residencies. The stunning Georgian façade at 25 Brook Street was home to the classical composer Handel for 36 years, and is where he composed and also rehearsed several of his works. At number 23 you get to see inside the home of another musical legend - Jimmy Hendrix lived here for just under a year; he decorated the flat, wrote new music, and entertained friends, and the exhibition gives you a great insight into 1960s London.

In the afternoon you accompany your guests as they explore Mayfair; they love the architectural features of the Burlington Arcade, and the children are fascinated by The Royal Institution. Founded in 1799 by leading scientists, its aim was to introduce 'new technologies and teach science to the general public.' With fully interactive and historical displays, it keeps all generations entertained. As the children rest their weary bones, you head out for a evening meal; there are so many exquisite choices, should you head to The Foyer at Claridges, or maybe The Ritz Hotel? You all finally decide upon The Grill at The Dorchester, as their signature blue lobster chowder is just too hard to resist.

West London boutiques

You will find Mulberry, Prada, Miu Miu, Hermes, Church's, YSL, Burberry, Chanel, Dolce & Gabanna, Gucci, Tiffany & Co. and many more luxury brands on Bond Street, which attracts connoisseurs from all over the world. You don't need to be looking for an investment piece to visit Sotheby'’s Auction Shop, it'’s a fascinating place to visit. Mount Street is wonderfully elegant with its striking facade, and has a more relaxed feel than Bond Street, here you will find Marc Jacobs, Nicky Clarke, Porsche and many more.

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The closet park is the 47-acre Green Park on Mayfair's southern border. Dating back to 1554 it has had various uses over the years, but now is a wonderful open space for you to take a walk and relax. There are also a number of squares in Mayfair, including:

  • Berkeley Square, home of one of London's most haunted houses
  • Mount Street Gardens – the perfect place to unwind with a good book
  • Grosvenor Square - has strong connections to the USA
  • Brown Hart Gardens – 10,000 sq ft garden sat above an electricity substation
  • Green Park
  • Regent's Park
  • Hyde Park
  • St James' Park
  • St George's of Hanover Square
    South Street
    London W1K 2XH
    0207 629 1196

    All Souls C of E Primary School
    Foley Street
    London W1W 7JJ
    020 7641 4707

    St Vincent's Catholic Primary School
    St Vincent Street
    London W1U 4DF
    020 7641 6110

    Hampden Gurney Church of England Primary School
    13 Nutford Place
    London W1H 5HA
    020 7641 4195

    St Peter's Eaton Square C Of E School
    Lower Belgrave Street
    London SW1W 0NL
    020 7641 4230

    St Edward’s R C Primary School
    Lisson Grove
    London NW1 6LH
    020 7723 5911

    St Marylebone C of E School 
    64 Marylebone High Street
    W1U 5BA
    020 7935 4704

    Halcyon London International School
    33 Seymour Place
    London W1H 5AU
    020 7258 1169

    Wetherby Senior School
    100 Marylebone Lane
    London W1U
    020 7535 3530

    Westminster City School 
    55 Palace Street
    London SW1E 5HJ
    020 7963 6300

    Portland Place School
    56-58 Portland Place
    London W1B 1NJ
    020 7307 8700

    Sylvia Young Theatre School
    1 Nutford Place
    W1H 5YZ
    0207 258 2330

    Nursery schools

    Marylebone Village Nursery School
    22 Spanish Place
    George Street
    London W1U 3QY
    020 7935 2441

    Hope Montessori Nursery & Baby Room
    57 Marylebone Lane
    London W1U 2NT
    07919 844853

    The Nursery @ Marble Arch
    34 Bryanston Street
    London W1H 7AH
    020 7723 0490

    Trains: Marylebone Station (to destinations including Aylesbury, High Wycombe, Banbury, Leamington Spa, Warwick, Stratford-upon- Avon and Birmingham). Victoria Railway Station services the south, including Brighton and Gatwick Airport. The new Elizabeth Line Crossrail will also stop at Bond Street from 2018

    Underground: Bond Street (Central Line, Jubilee), Green Park (Jubilee, Piccadilly, Victoria), Hyde Park Corner (Piccadilly).

    Buses: The desirable Zone 1 location is also serviced by a wide range of bus routes, including the 21, 28, 80, 31 and 60.

    Mayfair Doctors
      37 North Audley Street
    London W1K 6ZL
    020 7499 1581

    Harley Street Health Centre
    The Harley Street Health Centre
    London W1G 9QH
    020 7323 3830

    The Mayfair Practice
    12 Lees Place
    London W1K 6LW
    020 7408 1164

    King Edward VII's Hospital
    5-10 Beaumont Street
    London W1G 6AA
    020 7486 4411
    Weymouth Street Hospital   42-46 Weymouth Street London W1G 6NP 020 7935 1200

    Christ Church Mayfair
    Down Street
    London W1J
    020 7629 5885

    St George's Hanover Square
    The Vestry,
    2A Mill Street
    London W1S 1FX
    020 7629 0874

    All Souls Langham Place
    2 All Souls Place
    London W1B 3DA
    020 7580 3522

    Church of the Immaculate Conception Farm Street
    114 Mount Street
    London W1K 3AH
    020 7493 7811

    Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Family in Exile
    22 Binney Street
    London W1K 5BQ
    020 7629 1534

    West London Synagogue
    33 Seymour Place
    London W1H 5AU
    020 7723 4404

    The Old Marylebone Town Hall
    Westminster Council House
    97-113 Marylebone Road
    London NW1 5PT
    020 7641 6000

    Westminster City Hall
    64 Victoria Street
    London SW1E 6QP
    020 7641 6000

    Soho Fire Station
    126 Shaftsbury Avenue
    London W1D 5ET
    020 8555 1200

    Paddington Fire Station
    156 Harrow Road
    London W2 6NL

    Paddington Green Police Station
    2-4 Harrow Rd,
    London W2 1XJ
    020 7230 1212

    Hannells Of Mayfair
    3 Davies Street
    London W1K 3LD
    020 7629 2576

    West One Food Fayre
    85 Duke Street
    London W1K 5PG
    020 7495 2906

    Tesco Express
    50- 52 Curzon Street
    London W1J 7UP
    0345 026 9340

    98 - 101 Marylebone High Street
    London W1U 4SD
    020 7935 4787

    Marks & Spencer 
    West One,
    Bond Street Underground
    West One Shopping Centre
    Bond Street
    London W1C 2JT
    020 7409 1708

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