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!
The sun is shining (mostly!), so what better time to enjoy a long lunch or after-work drinks at one of Mayfair’s best restaurants offering outdoor space? From spacious roof terraces to sun-drenched patios, you’ll find it all here in Mayfair.
Aqua Restaurant and Spirit bar is the perfect place to enjoy cocktails as you watch the sun set. With stunning views across the rooftops of Mayfair, the two roof terraces are surprisingly peaceful places – odd when you consider you’re just a few steps from Oxford Circus! The restaurant serves a Japanese inspired menu of sushi, soup and salad, with sharing platters a popular choice, but you’ll also find noodles and charcoal grilled meat, fish and vegetables on offer. Why not treat yourself to the 180g Wagyu beef with garlic ponzu and grape icicles for a mere £65? It’s so good you won’t want to share.
This Spanish tapas restaurant and bar is one of London’s most popular venues; Johnny Depp is a regular! The outside tables let you enjoy dining al fresco, but be quick; they’re a popular choice during the summer months. The restaurant’s interior is usually busy and offers a value for money choice of two set menus starting at £16.35 per person. Mix and match tapas to share or enjoy a drink at the mirrored bar. The pulpo a la gallega (octopus brushed with olive oil and paprika) is not to be missed!
Londoners across the city have been surprised by the gorgeous weather we’ve been having of late. Ok, so there have been a few cold, rainy days, but for the most part temperatures have reached figures we’re all more accustomed to seeing during the summer months! Keeping cool is a top priority when the temperature rises in a busy city such as London; here are a few tips to help you stay chilled.
Install air conditioning
The easiest way to keep your cool when the sun is beating down is to have air conditioning installed in your home or office. Mayfair Air Conditioning can provide a personalised installation that’s designed to suit your individual needs and they’ll ensure your running costs are kept as low as possible.
Relax and unwind
Rather than dashing from A to B, take the time to kick back and relax when it’s hot outside on one of Mayfair’s roof terraces. Enjoy al fresco drinks at Aqua Spirit Bar – the rooftop terraces provide beautiful views of the city and are the perfect place to relax with an Old Fashioned or Cosmopolitan after work.
Hit the shops
Mayfair’s fashion boutiques are brimming with styles for spring/summer 2014, so stock up on gladiators, floaty maxi dresses and style staples such as vests to ensure you stay cool! For the widest choice, head to Regent Street where you’ll find designer brands such as Levis and Tommy Hilfiger.
With the sun shining down on Mayfair, many of us are heading to the district’s finest wine and cocktail bars for a cheeky after-work tipple. When the temperature is rising outside, a chilled glass of wine is the perfect way to end your day, but if you prefer to enjoy your drink at home with dinner, there are plenty of wine merchants in Mayfair where you can pick up a bottle of something suitably delicious.
Just a short stroll from Bond Street tube station, you’ll find an extensive array of wines on offer at this Davies Street wine merchants. Whether you’re looking for an everyday white to enjoy with chicken or pasta or a bottle for a special occasion, Jeroboams stocks wine from renowned producers around the globe. The friendly staff are all knowledgeable wine specialists, so if you can’t find what you are looking for, just ask and they will be happy to help.
Hedonism in the heart of Mayfair is one of London’s newest wine boutiques! With some of the finest, rarest wines (and spirits) around, you’ll find over 5,500 wines and around 2,000 spirits. The boutique’s dedicated wine specialists are always on hand to help – many of whom are former sommeliers from Michelin-starred restaurants around the world. You can even arrange delivery of your selection to an address in the UK or overseas. Be warned, it may take some time to browse the extensive selection!