Prestigious, filled with elegant Georgian townhouses and designer stores such as Burberry, Chanel and Jimmy Choo, Mayfair is an exclusive home to the affluent and the luxurious.
Beautifully located between the Royal Parks of Hyde Park and Green Park, it provides you with easy access across the city and an abundance of lifestyle choices. Nestled in Mayfair you will discover the historically significant Berkeley Square with its stunning corridor of London plant trees, and which was once home to Sir Winston Churchill. With over 2.5 hectares of immaculate lawns, Grosvenor Square is the second largest square in London. With so much greenery on your doorstep, you wouldn’t be wrong in thinking that this area offers you a little piece of countryside in the city.
Known as the heart of Mayfair, Shepherd Market is one of those hidden gems with its curious and quaint assortment of Victorian pubs, charming alleyways and boutique shops all situated around a small piazza; the village-like feel of Shepherd Market makes it wonderfully unique. Another special place to note is Burlington Arcade, which dates back to 1819 and was designed to sell jewellery and luxuries – which it still does today. With stores such as swimwear brand Vilebrequin offering you ‘the style and spirit of the French Riviera’, and celebrated perfumers Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle, exploring the boutiques of Burlington Arcade is a pleasure that must be experienced.
The Royal Academy of Arts has championed arts and artists for over 250 years and hosts many exhibitions throughout the year, the most notable being the Summer Exhibition, a key date on the London social calendar. Handel & Hendrix in London – two men separated by 200 years but who lived in adjoining houses, this museum celebrates the lives and music of these two renowned composers. For an evening cocktail we recommend you try the Aviator Bar at Hush, a cocktail lounge inspired by the ‘60s, where trained mixologists will serve you delicious beverages that take you on a tour around the world.
The finest living which others aspire to, Mayfair is simply exquisite in every way.
Despite being one of the most desirable and the most expensive places to live around the world with buyers shelling out around £1m for a starter one-bedroom apartment, Mayfair is a central hub in London that still retains its charming, village feel with quite a strong-knit community. Mayfair is popular with overseas buyers who come with huge budgets from many different countries around the world including China, India, and Greece. Many of the homes here are not occupied all year round, and one Mayfair estate agent says that buyers here tend to prefer homes that they can lock up and leave, ready for their next visit. Overall, most Mayfair property for sale is apartments, often in converted period buildings.
Located in the centre of the capital and within walking distance from the West End, Mayfair offers great links for getting around. It is served by several Underground stations including Piccadilly Circus, Oxford Circus, Hyde Park Corner, Green Park, and Bond Street, which are all located in Zone 1 and served by the Victoria, Jubilee, Central, Bakerloo, and Piccadilly lines. You can get an annual travel card for around £1300. The new Elizabeth Line on Crossrail is set to stop at Bond Street, with trains to Heathrow Airport in under half an hour.
Shops and Dining
Property in Mayfair might be ideal for you if you enjoy shopping. It is a paradise for shoppers with various designer brand stores along Bond Street and New Bond Street. For a more relaxed, intimate atmosphere, it’s worth a visit to Shepherd Market, where you can find several shops, cafes, and restaurants lining the maze of streets. There is one three-star Michelin restaurant in Mayfair; Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester. Eight restaurants here have two Michelin stars, including Helene Darroze at The Connaught, Hibiscus, and The Green House. A further thirteen restaurants boast one Michelin star including Jason Atherton’s Pollen Street Social, Fera at Claridge’s, and Angela Hartnett’s Murano. More popular restaurant options in the area include Sexy Fish, a restaurant from club owner and restauranteur Richard Caring with a celebrity following, Kitty Fisher’s in Shepherd Market, where everything is cooked on a wood grill, and Scott’s, a fish restaurant with tables on Mount Street.
Mayfair is an ideal choice for those who want to live in London but be as close as possible to the outdoor spaces in the capital. On your doorstep, you will find Green Park and Hyde Park, with plenty of green space, walking trails, sports facilities, and more. Behind Mount Street you will find Mount Street Gardens, offering a peaceful oasis in the city centre, and in Grosvenor Square, the garden has a memorial to UK citizens that lost their lives in the 9/11 terror attacks in New York.
Arts and Leisure
Mayfair has several options to choose from when it comes to leisure and arts in the area, including The Curzon Cinema, a local first-release and art house cinema located in Shepherd Market. The Royal Academy in Piccadilly shows blockbuster exhibitions and more. Getting to the West End, where you can find some of London’s best theatres, is easy by tube or bus.
Family Things to Do
Mayfair is home to plenty of things to do as a family, whether you’re looking to splash out or are on a tight budget. Hyde Park offers a range of opportunities for strolling, cycling, or even rowing along the Serpentine Lake. You can easily walk to Marble Arch, which was once the entrance to the ceremonial courtyard at Buckingham Palace or relax with a picnic at Brown Hart Gardens. For culture, there are over three thousand stunning artworks on offer at Apsley House, or you can visit the homes of famous musicians from different eras at Handel & Hendrix in London. The Faraday Museum is a great option for a family day out, home to two hundred years of science history and the workspace of fourteen Nobel Prize winners.
As one of the quieter and more well-to-do areas of London, it’s no surprise that Mayfair is quite a popular choice among families looking to raise their children in the city. St George’s Hanover Square CofE, located on South Street, is the only school in Mayfair. It is a state primary school with an Ofsted rating of ‘good’. Nearby, you can find more schools – primary schools Hampden Gurney CofE in Nutford Place, and St Vincent’s RC on Vincent Street, are both rated outstanding by Ofsted. Nearby, parents can also find excellent comprehensive schools. These include St Marylebone CofE, for girls aged eleven to eighteen, located on Marylebone High Street, and Westminster City on Palace Street, for boys aged eleven to eighteen and girls aged sixteen to eighteen in the Sixth Form. For higher education options, Gresse Street is home to the Fashion Retail Academy, which educates students aged sixteen and above and is a specialist state further education and sixth-form college founded by leading fashion industry names.
For parents who prefer to send their children to private school, there are several local private primary, preparatory, secondary, and all-through schools in the area. Connaught House, which educates girls aged four to eleven and boys aged four to eight, is located in Connaught Square, and Hill House in Hands Place is available for students aged three to thirteen. Wetherby Preparatory in Bryanston Square educates boys aged seven to thirteen. There are also several private secondary schools in the area including Halcyon London International for children aged eleven to eighteen, Wetherby Senior School for boys aged eleven to eighteen, Portland Place for children aged nine to eighteen, and More House for girls aged eleven to eighteen. The Sylvia Young Theatre School, a private performing arts school for children aged ten to sixteen, is also located nearby in Nutford Place. All-through private schools include the International Community School in York Terrace East, Queens College for girls in Harley Street, and L’Ecole Internationale Franco-Anglaise, an English/French bilingual school located in Portland Place.