Chapter 7: Mayfair
Named after the yearly May Fair, Mayfair is an area of West London bordered by Hyde Park to the west, Green Park to the south, Oxford Street to the north and Regent Street to the east. Housing some of the high end and luxury hotels, restaurants, clubs and restaurants, Mayfair boasts of a feel that is truly exclusive and elite.
Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House, Mayfair, London W1J 0BD
Lord Burlington’s impressive London palace is home to the Royal Academy of Arts. This houses the country’s premier art school and a well curated series of exhibitions. The series keeps on changing and there are shows to enjoy at the Royal Academy. Everything from fashion and photography to art and architecture are covered in the exhibitions. The academy is the venue for collections that celebrates the work of artists, living or dead.
Serpentine Boating Lake
The Boat House, Hyde Park, Serpentine Road, London W2 2UH
Set in the heart of the beautiful Hyde Park, the Serpentine Boating Lake is one of the most pleasurable places to experience summer in London. Away from the buzz and bustle of the big city, the lake is where you can relax and unwind. It is fed by a clean and unadulterated ground spring.
St James’s Church Piccadilly
197 Piccadilly, St James’s, London W1J 9LL
Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, St James’s Church was opened in 1684. The music programme at the church is pretty impressive with free recitals during the lunchtime on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. There is a traditional market on Tuesday. An arts and crafts market takes place from Wednesday to Saturday.
27 St James’s Place, St James’s, London SW1A 1NR
London’s most glorious and finest eighteenth-century noble palace, Spencer House was built between 1756-1766 for John, an ancestor of Diana, Princess of Wales. Post a 10 year renovation, the building has now re-established its charm and grandeur. One can enjoy taking a guided tour of the house. Decorated in charming and unique styles, the state rooms were employed to amuse and entertain on a grand scale.
236 Oxford Street, Fitzrovia, London W1C 1DA
The UK’s flagship store of Nike is the place to get the brand’s full range. The shop is a concept town and definitely more than a shop. They put on special events every week. Athletes are called for interviews. There are events that are organized. With 70,000 square foot of area, Niketown manages to fit everything in.
160 New Bond Street, Mayfair, London W1S 2UE
For fashionable and chic ready-to-wear designs of shoes, apparels, accessories and bags, hit here!
Unit 1.7, Soho, First Floor Kingly Court, London W1B 5PW
An excellent place for vintage clothing, Sam Greenberg is located in the energetic and lively Carnaby Street. The unisex boutique has everything from punk jackets, sport shirts and retro silk lingerie to ponchos and prom dresses.
For someone with a jewellery fetish, Mayfair offers numerous places like Bentley and Skinner, Rowan & Rowan, Wright and Teague, G-Factory, Richard Ogden and Nigel Milne.
For menswear, some of the best places to shop in Mayfair include Alfred Dunhill, Jasper Litman, Joseph, Cordings, Tie Rack, Hide Out and others.
Stores such as Anthropologie, Celine, Rigby & Peller, Prada, Charles Ede, Neil Cunningham, Karen Millen and Jigsaw are popular for ladies fashion.
Wikinson, The Maas Gallery, Galeria Besson and Chinese Contemporary Gallery are places for lovers of arts and crafts in Mayfair.
Places to dine in Mayfair
During your visit to Mayfair, make sure you treat yourself to a delicious meal. The area offers an extensive range of restaurants. Enjoy the cheapest yet high quality lobster in one of the most expensive areas of Mayfair. Hit Burger and Lobster for a treat you will always remember. For a classy experience, visit the chic Cecconi’s. Here you can enjoy everything from delicious spaghetti to egg white omelette. You must not miss Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, one of the most successful and popular restaurants in the world. The menu is French and the techniques are a lovely combination of old and contemporary. The Italian influenced Murano also deserves a special mention. This tiny and , Michelin-starred restaurant adds to theculinary charm of Mayfair.
Some of the other restaurants include Hibiscus, Wild Honey, Texture, Scott’s, Hix Mayfair, Polpo, China Tang, Corrigan’s Mayfair and Dehesa to name a few.
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Some of the closest tube stations include Bond Street, Oxford Circus, Green Park, Piccadilly Circus and Marble Arch.