What is Mayfair like?
Mayfair was originally a village and it still retains much of that feeling today, despite being on the doorstep of some of central London's busiest retail and tourist destinations.
Mayfair is neatly delineated by Piccadilly to the south, Oxford Street to the north, Regent Street to the east and Hyde Park to the west. It comprises some of the most famous residential addresses in London — Park Lane, Curzon Street, Berkeley Square, Grosvenor Square — as well as the capital’s most exclusive shopping streets, including Bond Street and Mount Street.
Property in Mayfair
As you would expect from one of the world’s most glamorous enclaves, Mayfair’s property profile includes grand mansions, beautiful mews and magnificent apartments. In the post-war years many of the historic townhouses were converted into offices, but are now increasingly being returned to residential use, providing a splendid array of property that blends period grandeur and contemporary luxury.
Of course, examples of all types of property are dotted throughout the area; below are just a few suggestions of likely locations.
For grand lateral apartments, look in Grosvenor Square and Park Lane.
For pied à terres, head to Mount Street and South Audley Street.
For exquisite mews houses, try Hays Mews, Culross Street or Adams Row.
For smaller townhouses, look in Chesterfield Hill and Park Street.
The local scene
Mayfair is all about sophistication and discernment. Judicious management by the Grosvenor estate has seen Mayfair regain its historic reputation for gracious living. Not only are major buildings returning to residential use, but the careful management of retail space has created some of the finest and most varied shopping streets in London. Bond Street, Piccadilly and the Burlington Arcade are synonymous with luxury and designer brands. Mount Street is a vibrant contrast, with its high-end boutiques and individual retailers providing delightful variety.
Mayfair boasts some of the finest private members clubs in London, including Birley’s, Annabel’s and the Arts Club; its fashionable restaurants include Scotts, Le Gavroche and The Wolseley, with any amount of fine dining available in London’s leading hotels: the Dorchester, the Connaught, Claridge’s and the Ritz.
Cultural interest focuses on the Royal Academy on Piccadilly, with its regular programme of major exhibitions, while the adjacent green swathes of Hyde Park, Green Park and St James’s Park provide hundreds of acres of open space and outdoor recreation, including tennis, riding, boating and cycling.
Several local stations are useful hubs of the underground network. Bond Street provides Jubilee Line services to Westminster, Waterloo and out to Canary Wharf, and Central Line services straight into the City. From Green Park, the Piccadilly Line runs south to Heathrow Airport and north to the international rail terminus at King’s Cross St Pancras, and the Victoria Line connects to Victoria and its mainline services to the South Coast. Hyde Park Corner and Marble Arch also provide Central and Piccadilly Line services.
The A40 is a major road artery that becomes the M40 and connects with the M25. The A4 (Piccadilly) runs through Kensington and Hammersmith to join the M4 at Chiswick.
Heathrow Airport is easily reached via direct Piccadilly Line services from Green Park and via the Heathrow Express from Marylebone Station. The Gatwick Express provides fast shuttle services from Victoria to Gatwick Airport.