Where to Stay in Mayfair
MAYFAIR is London’s Beverly Hills. Many of the shops, galleries, restaurants, designers, antique dealers, and auction houses are found in this district of London. If you’re looking for the ideal Mayfair vacation rental, check out London Connection. These vacation apartment rentals exude style, quality, comfort and flexibility. London Connection has offered some of the best properties in London for over 35 years in order to make your stay a memorable one. You will want to return again and again.
With several properties available in Mayfair, click on the images at the end of this article to access details of each. Contact London Connection to book one of their serviced vacation apartments. A few of them are:
- 1-119 Clarges, 1-219 Clarges, 1-319 Clarges, and 1-419 Clarges are a feast for the eyes and furnished with antiques and collectibles. They each have spacious master suites with en suite bathrooms, and an additional half bath.
- 2-17 Adams Row has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and is filled with light and color.
Where is Mayfair?
The city’s finest residential architecture will be found as you wander through the streets of this aristocratic area. For those who love fine automobiles, Mayfair is Paradise. Great art galleries and auction houses attract some of the finest collectors from all over the world. Some of the most famous hotels in the world are located in this district like CLARIDGES, THE CONNAUGHT, THE HILTON where fabulous evening dining is moments from your flat. Nestled on the east edge of Hyde Park, in the London borough of Westminster, just blocks away from Buckingham Palace and bordering trendy areas like the Soho and Marylebone districts, Mayfair offers easy access to some of London’s finest attractions and entertainment. Mayfair is also situated between Oxford Street, Regent Street, Piccadilly and Park Lane, making it home to some of the finest shopping London has to offer. Oxford Street is filled with shoppers who are looking for bargains while the area around Maddox Street provides perfect window shopping.
History of Mayfair
If you like history, wander through Mayfair and read the BLUE PLAQUES on these beautiful properties which will identify the famous people of England’s grand and glorious history who lived in this area. You will visit the residences of authors, artists, politicians, historians, dethroned monarchs, actors, military heroes, aristocrats, and scientists who once called MAYFAIR home. Walk down Bruton Street that was bombed during the war and see the plaque honoring the site where the Queen was born and my favorite antique shop. A walk down the Mall with Green Park on one side and St. James’s Park on the other, passing by the memorial to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and her beloved King George VI is an evening not to be missed.
Before Mayfair became the affluent neighborhood it is today, it originally consisted of boggy swamps and open fields. In 1686, King James II granted permission for the city’s notorious fair to be moved from the Haymarket in St. James’s to this open, uninhabited area in the Northwest edge of London. The fair, which was held annually during the first two weeks of May, was first known for music, dancing, and merriment, giving it a rather down-market reputation. The area’s prestige didn’t last long, however. From the mid 17th century to the mid 18th century, after Sir Thomas Grosvenor and wife Mary Davis inherited 100 acres of Mayfair, the area quickly transformed into a fashionable residential district.
Today the district is largely commercial, with many historic houses converted into offices used for major corporate headquarters, hedge funds, real estate businesses, and embassy offices. Mingled amongst the commercialism are high-end residential properties, exclusive shopping establishments, and London’s largest concentration of luxury hotels and restaurants.
Things to do in Mayfair
As with most areas in London, attractions and entertainment options are abundant in Mayfair. Consider adding these five to-do’s to your itinerary to help you get started:
- Horseback riding in Hyde Park: Ross Nye Stables offer year round horse rides and lessons for both children and adults. Tour the five miles of bridleways throughout the park or take formal riding lessons in dressage and jumping.
- Natural History Museum: Located just outside the Mayfair area is the Natural History Museum, where lies a colossal animated T-Rex along with other fascinating historical artifacts and information. Enjoy outdoor ice skating in the winter months.
- Shopping on Bond Street: Arguably one of the most luxurious stretch of shopping real estate around, Bond Street is home to notorious brands like Mulberry, Prada, Miu Miu, Hermes, Church’s, YSL, and dozens of others.
- Dining at Scott’s: Known for its prime people-watching location, Scott’s consistently serves up some of the best seafood, seasonal game, and vegetarian dishes in all of London.
- The Royal Academy: Founded to promote arts and design, The Royal Academy offers a year-round assortment of both permanent collections and major shows.
Stroll through the fabulous Mayfair neighborhood with Thomas Moore, the founder of London Connection, in this 11 minute video. You will see fine antiques, sterling silver, royal porcelain, a beautiful chapel, embassies, and even an idea for lunch!
Being “In-The-Know” While Visiting Mayfair
As one of the most affluent, expensive areas in Britain, Mayfair’s elegance meets even the highest expectations. Though shopping and dining prices in this area are at a premium, Mayfair also offers a touch of tranquility and calm that you can’t find in some of the other areas of London.
The bus and the Tube and the black cabs make transportation to all parts of London very convenient from Mayfair. Within walking distance to many London sites, this beautiful area has a more residential feel. With several different vacation apartment rentals throughout Mayfair, London, you get to pick the property that works best for you. Contact us today to book your next stay in London.