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July 2017 / Area Guides / by Sophie Hampton

Mayfair

The neat square of land between Regent Street, Oxford Street, Park Lane and Piccadilly epitomises the very best of London living. As the Monopoly board suggests, Mayfair has it all: beautiful period architecture, illustrious but peaceful squares, heaps of history, and it borders some of the very best parkland.

Architectural highlights
Broad Georgian thoroughfares dominated by three large squares: Grosvenor, Hanover and Berkeley. Most of the architecture is 18th century, with much of it restored in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Who’s there
Almost anyone, via London’s most exclusive cluster of hotels, including Claridges, The Grosvenor House Hotel and The Dorchester.

Entertainment
Some of London’s most stylish, celebrated and undeniably expensive establishments. Names like China Tang, Le Gavroche, Scott’s, Sketch, Le Caprice’s, Gordon Ramsay’s at Claridges and Nobu are recognised the world over.

Education
There are a handful of selective primary schools in the areas surrounding Mayfair, but local education isn’t high up on the list of Mayfair residents’ priorities.

Travel
You’re spoilt for choice. Hyde Park Corner, Piccadilly and Green Park underground stations to the south, Marble Arch, Bond Street and Oxford Street to the north. Plus some of London’s best bus routes.

Trivia
Mayfair takes its name from the once fortnight-long May Fair, which took place here between 1684 and 1764.

What the agents say
“The best residential streets are Mount Street, Green Street, Grosvenor Square, Charles Street and South Street. There is a mixture of flats and houses, but flats that look onto private gardens are particularly desirable, such as the gardens that back onto Green Street and Park Street – we have agreed a number of sales here recently. Special flats that look onto green space are always in demand.” Richard Dalton, head of flats at Savills Sloane Street

Sleeping:
Claridge’s
– the historic art-deco hotel is known for its superior service and unforgettable charm. 49 Brook Street, W1 (020 7629 8860; www.claridges.co.uk)

The Metropolitan – the view from the Penthouse is spectacular and the duvet is to die for; like sleeping on clouds. With hotels like this, what possible reason could you have to go home? Old Park Lane, W1 (020 7447 1047; www.metropolitan.london.como.bz)

Eating and drinking:
Scott’s
– the glamorous interior and dashingly handsome waiters make every meal a truly delicious experience. Oh, and the seafood is pretty tasty too! 20 Mount Street, W1 (020 7495 7309; www.scotts-restaurant.com)

Nobu – we love the Yellowtail with Jalapeno and the new-style Beef Sashimi. 19 Old Park Lane, W1 (020 7447 47477; www.noburestaurants.com)

Shopping:
Purdey
– our first port of call for chic outerwear and accessories is Purdey. 57-58 South Audley Street, W1 (020 7499 1801; www.purdey.com)

Dover Street Market  – Shop here for Azzedine Alaïa clothes and Charlotte Olympia shoes – and it helps that you can be served by the heavenly Kamel. 17-18 Dover Street, W1 (020 7518 0680; www.doverstreetmarket.com)

Pomellato – the contemporary Italian pieces bedazzle us every time. 35 Brook Street, W1 (020 7355 0300; www.pomellato.it)

Entertainment:
The Royal Academy of Arts
– this is one gallery that is as beautiful outside as the exhibitions are within. No trip to Mayfair is complete without a visit here. Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1 (020 7300 8000; www.royalacademy.org.uk)