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Mayfair is a Central London area, located within the City of Westminster. Mayfair is roughly geographically defined by Hyde Park to the west, running along Park Lane from Marble Arch to Hyde Park Corner. Oxford Street and Marylebone are to the north, Piccadilly and Green Park to the south, Belgravia to the south east and Regent Street to the east.


Mayfair is named after the annual fortnight-long May Fair that took place from 1686 to 1764. Mayfair was developed by a number of landlords, most notably the Grosvenor family, whose Grosvenor Estate still today owns most of north Mayfair, including Mount Street. The Rothschild family bought up large areas of Mayfair during the nineteenth century. The Crown Estate also own a large section of Mayfair, as well as almost the entire freehold of Regent Street – currently undergoing a £1 billion investment programme on the street. After heavy bombing during the Second World War, much of the City was forced a relocate a large number of businesses to Mayfair, taking over residential town houses in the process. Since the mid 1990’s these buildings started to revert back to residential use as they were originally intended.


Mayfair is one of the world’s most well known districts offering arguably the grandest town houses and mansion block apartments in Central London. There are various prestigious portered blocks in Mayfair such as Fountain House on Park Street with westerly views over Hyde Park, and smart portered apartment block Eaton House on Upper Grosvenor Street. One can buy beautiful conversions in Mayfair which can be found on streets such as Green Street, South Audley Street and Mount Street. Grand town houses can be found on Charles Street and Park Street for example. Luxurious mew houses can be found in Hays Mews and Culross Street. Grosvenor Square offers some of the most opulent lateral apartments in London, and major redevelopment is set to transform Grosvenor Square again. The former US Naval Attaché at 20 Grosvenor Square is being turned into 30 apartmentsby luxury developer Finchatton, the former Canadian High Commission at No.1 will be converted into 41 apartments by Indian developer Lodha The former US Embassy, owned by Qatari Diar, is set to become a hotel in 2017, potentially with a slice of residential real estate on the higher floors.


Mount Street is at the heart of Mayfair filled with high-end boutiques and fine dining restaurants such as Scott’s and George. World famous restaurants also include Le Gavroche on Upper Brook Street and The Wolsey on Piccadilly. Mayfair is also home to some of the best private members clubs like Annabel’s in Berkeley Square, 5 Hertford Street and the Arts Club on Dover Street. Richard Caring’s swanky new restaurant Sexy Fish recently opened in Berkeley Square which is worth visiting if you can get a table. Also worth noting are world renowned hotels such as the Ritz on Piccadilly, The Connaught on the corner of Mount Street and Carlos Place and The Dorchester on Park Lane, all very popular particularly over the summer months. Luxury shopping includes Selfridges on Oxford Street and Liberty of London on Regent Street. Saville Row is world renowned for bespoke tailoring and New and Old Bond Streets for fashion and jewellery. The Burlington Arcade is famous for it’s luxury independent shops, and auction houses: Sotheby’s, Christies & Phillips, three of Europe’s original and most respected auction houses are also located in the dsitrict. Mayfair is renowned for the world-class art galleries, and not forgetting the Handel Museum at 25 Brook Street.


The local Primary school is Saint George’s of Hanover Square, a co-educational Church school based on South Street.