Mayfair is home to stores such as the world renowned Fortnum & Mason, Selfridges and Liberty of London, but there are also some independent boutiques tucked away that are well worth discovering, if you know where to look!
Pickett’s boutique in Burlington Arcade is a place of wonder, but also the perfect place to buy luxury leather goods, handmade in England by individual craftsmen. Lately, the brand’s range has expanded to include items such as Kilim slippers and pashminas, and there’s also a bespoke service which can tailor-make gifts to suit your needs, from leather bags to fine jewellery.
Smythson on New Bond Street is a traditional high-end stationery store that’s been visited by the likes of Madonna, Grace Kelly and Queen Victoria. Opened in 1887, the shop today attracts a young, fashionable crowd, offering high-quality and personalised stationery sets – it’s a notebook lover’s dream! The perfect place to find a bespoke gift for someone special.
This tiny chocolate shop is owned by one of the world’s oldest chocolate companies, and famous fans have included Her Majesty and author Roald Dahl. Founded in 1902 by the chocolatier to Napoleon III, today Prestat stocks a range of tempting treats including their world-famous truffles, marzipan and vanilla ganache, all in to-die-for packaging.
Mayfair is an affluent part of London, home to wealthy bankers and business owners, fine dining establishments and designer boutiques; but, like any area, it has its secrets. Here are 5 things you probably didn’t know about Mayfair.
1. The Ritz Hotel in Piccadilly is one of Europe’s first steel-frame buildings. There are so many chandeliers in the hotel‘s restaurant that the ceiling has been specially reinforced!
2. Mayfair has links to the Royal Family. Queen Elizabeth II was born on Bruton Street and lived in Mayfair as a child. The Dorchester was the venue for Prince Philip’s stag night.
3. Mayfair is home to the most haunted house in London at 50 Berkeley Square. 44 Berkeley Square is also renowned as a haunted house and sightings of a servant in green livery and a periwig have been reported.
4. Jimi Hendrix once lived next door to the famous composer George Frideric Handel, separated by two centuries. Today, Handel’s home at 25 Brook Street has been transformed into the Handel House Museum.
5. The Egyptian sculpture set above the door of Sotheby’s is the oldest man-made object in the capital. The sculpture is carved from black igneous rock, and dates from 1600BC (many believe it’s older and could date back 5,000 years).
If you’ve been lucky enough to receive a watch for Christmas this year – whether it was a vintage Rolex or contemporary Patek Philippe – then you’ve hopefully been taking good care of it!
Accidents can happen though, particularly during the festive season, when kids are running riot and everyone has had a few too many glasses of mulled wine. So if you’ve damaged your watch face or strap, you might be feeling a little concerned, whether it’s under warranty or not. There’s no need to worry, as there are specialist jewellers in Mayfair who can help; here are a couple of our recommendations.
David Duggan Watches
London’s leading fine watch dealers specialise in vintage and pre-owned watches, but they also carry out repairs on most types of watches, whether you need a new strap or repairs to the mechanism. With their own fully qualified Swiss-trained watchmaker on site, David Duggan Watches are a firm you can trust for all kinds of watch repairs.
Russell Talerman specialise in Rolex repairs, but no matter what your brand of watch, they can refurbish it or restore it to full working order. Carrying out a whole range of repairs and restoration work, they can replace your watch glass or battery or carry out a valet service to ensure your watch remains in good shape. With state of the art machinery and highly trained technicians, they’re a one-stop shop for all your watch repairs in Mayfair.
Is it time to spruce up your home with some new furniture and accessories? Here are some of our favourite furniture manufacturers and interior design specialists in Mayfair that you simply must visit.
Paul Smith Furniture Shop
If original or antique furniture is your thing (and vintage is still very much in fashion) then head for Paul Smith’s Albemarle Street store. From 1970s lamps and vintage desks to contemporary pieces by designers such as Sylvie Du Plessis, you’ll find pieces sourced from across the globe, many given that special Paul Smith twist to make them into something unique and fabulous. You’re sure to leave with an amazing piece of furniture or home accessory!
Alma Leather Furniture
We might spend a third of our lives sleeping, but the chances are most of us also spend a good proportion of our lives on the sofa. Alma Leather Furniture creates bespoke leather furniture in its London factory, and it’s the perfect place to come if you’re dreaming of a soft leather recliner sofa. With a seemingly endless range of finishes, textures and colours from which to choose, this Vigo Street store is a bespoke furniture enthusiast’s dream. We challenge you to resist!
If you’re considering investing in a new car, have you considered buying a Bentley? The first Bentley engine was created in 1919 and modern-day Bentleys are exquisitely engineered and handcrafted. Today’s cars embrace modern technology and luxury whilst staying true to the W.O. Bentley heritage.
From heritage Bentleys to the Continental GTC and the New Flying Spur, a Bentley is unlike any other car you have ever owned. But you’ll need to ensure you’re buying your luxury vehicle from a reputable dealer, whether it’s a new or pre-owned car you’re looking for.
Jack Barclay Bentley have been one of Mayfair’s most renowned dealerships for over 80 years and they are the largest official Bentley retailer in the world. Head for their Berkeley Square dealership and take a peek at the Arnage & Azure or the Continental GT & GTC and admire the twin headlights and elegant matrix grille of a Bentley.
Approved used cars are not as expensive as you might think, even when we’re talking about a Bentley, and pricing is competitive. Jack Barclay Bentley in Mayfair is a one-stop shop for purchasing a new or used Bentley or having your car serviced – it is well worth dropping in if you’re in Mayfair and considering purchasing one of these luxury cars.
Valentine’s Day is once a year, but the opportunity to wine and dine the one you love is there all year round! You can rekindle the romance over drinks, dinner or even afternoon tea in leafy Mayfair. Here are a couple of our favourite ideas for a romantic meal in our favourite part of London:
Tea-Tox at Brown’s Hotel
It’s still the time of year when we’re all trying valiantly to stick to our New Year’s resolutions, so help her to keep hers in check by taking her for a lighter (yet still utterly delicious) version of traditional afternoon tea at Brown’s Hotel in Mayfair. You’ll be spoiled with flourless cakes, poached salmon and of course champagne.
Hotel-dining at Corrigan’s
Corrigan’s in Mayfair are offering cheaper alternatives to their £1,500 dining and hotel package this February. Dine in Chef Richard Corrigan’s personal library and once you’re fully fed, retire to the Grosvenor House Hotel’s executive suite, where you’ll be spoiled with a champagne reception followed by a leisurely breakfast in bed and late check-out the next morning. Perfect!
Whether you’re a startup, rebranding or simply taking your first steps into ecommerce, every company needs an online presence. Creating your own website may be easy enough, but don’t you want something which screams style and has been professionally designed by a web designer with years of experience in the industry? Finding the right web design firm can be tricky, but here in London’s upmarket Mayfair district, you’ll find companies offering services which are a cut above the rest – here are just a couple of the best.
Mays Digital are far more than just a professional web design firm, they also offer other services including branding and marketing, bookkeeping, graphic design and SEO. Their offices on Regent Street in Mayfair are home to a team of website builders who can offer companies of all sizes a range of professional web package solutions. They aim to keep prices low and quality high!
This Mayfair-based web design, branding and graphic design firm is a one-stop shop for anyone looking to create a sleek, stylish website. With past clients including Nivea, Herbal Essences and Edenfells Property, the firm works with a range of companies both large and small. They even offer document production and photographic services, and guarantee excellent, cost-effective results.
Where better in London to spot your favourite celebrities than in glamorous Mayfair? Come and enjoy wining and dining in some of the most fabulous restaurants alongside A-list celebs; who knows who you might bump into! Here are some hotpots you definitely won’t want to miss.
This is one of the UK’s most frequented celebrity restaurants, and no wonder; it’s co-owned by Robert de Niro himself! Expect to see plenty of A-list regulars including Brad Pitt, Cheryl Cole, Kate Moss, Elton John and Tom Cruise. The food is pretty spectacular too!
This place is seriously cool – a classic all-American menu and retro dining car interior makes it the place for London’s hip young starlets to see and be seen. Emma Watson held her 18th birthday party in the downstairs club, and Mick Jagger, Mark Ronson and Lily Allen are all regulars.
This stylish restaurant is the epitome of Mayfair chic, with its stunning traditional Venetian tapas bar. Choose from a range of trendy salads or enjoy their legendary chocolate fondant as you see how many familiar faces you can spot – Stella McCartney is a regular here.
Located in the Dorchester, Walt Disney, Mariah Carey, Clint Eastwood and Naomi Campbell have all dined here. Their Peking duck dish is to die for – it’s said to be amongst the finest in the UK! What could be better than delicious Chinese food and a spot of celebrity watching?
Summer is here and it’s a great time of year to spruce up your property. Whether you’re a landlord with properties in Mayfair or are lucky enough to live in this exclusive London district, there are plenty of building merchants and DIY stores in Mayfair to ensure you have all the tools of the trade, whatever project you are getting stuck into!
Romanys Building Merchants
This building merchant and DIY supply store also specialises in architectural ironmongery. From their Shepherd Street shop they sell everything from screws and fixings, tools and lighting accessories to door handles, letterboxes and electrical fittings. Their friendly team will always ensure you find what you’re looking for, whether you are painting your house, laying new wooden flooring or tiling the bathroom.
Blakes of Belgravia
Technically this DIY store is in Belgravia, but it’s just a hop, skip and a jump from the leafy streets of Mayfair. A friendly, family-run business for over 60 years, the store today is a great place to find decorating products, power tools, protective clothing, plumbing and electrical supplies and much more. Expert staff are always on hand to help you find exactly what you’re looking for, and if you can’t find it here, the chances are you won’t find it anywhere!