An exclusive jewel in the heart of the city, Mayfair is the preferred haunt for the rich and famous with elite designer boutiques and some of the finest restaurants in the city.
Mayfair is surrounded by some of London’s most prestigious neighbourhoods, with the beautiful Hyde Park to the west side, Bond Street to the north and Pall Mall to the South. As such, Mayfair is an ideal location for visiting some of London’s most popular attractions, with close proximity to Buckingham Palace and the world class shopping on offer at Oxford Street.
A number of hotels in the area have become attractions in their own right, such as The Dorchester and Claridge’s. Other noteworthy Mayfair buildings include the Royal Academy of Arts, and the US embassy in Grosvenor Square.
With its exclusive reputation, it’s no surprise then that Mayfair has been called home by many famous figures, including Winston Churchill, Jimi Hendrix and even HRH the Queen, where she was born and lived as an infant.
Mayfair has also featured many a time on the silver screen, as a filming location for 2003 rom-com ‘Love Actually’, Woody Allen’s ‘Match Point’ and the Beatles’ ‘A Hard Day’s Night’.
The area got its name from an annual May fair that took place in today’s Shepherd Market area. Despite being banned in 1764, the area retained the name, made widely recognisable by its appearance on the traditional Monopoly board.