Looking for somewhere different on the Mayfair restaurant scene? Peyote is a newly opened contemporary Mexican restaurant and bar on the site of former Cork street establishment Aurelia. Offering diners a modern twist on tried-and-tested Mexican favourites, the usual selection of tacos, quesadillas and tostadas are all here, as well as a wide selection of innovative cocktails and premium tequilas.
Restaurateur Tarun Mahrotia and Head Chef Hili San from Nobu and Buddha Bar have teamed up to offer an inspired menu, and we take our sombreros off to spicy delights such as the stone bass with fiery guajillo sauce or the decadently delicious octopus ceviche – it’s fine dining, Mexican style!
The international wine list will be enough to attract many to the establishment, and with 100 bins with prices starting at £26 (and around a dozen offered by the glass), there’s plenty to tempt wine connoisseurs, not to mention around 100 tequilas and mescal to choose from.
With a boldly designed interior featuring 100 seats on two levels and more casual dining at the Taco Bar, this Cork street eaterie is set to become a favourite spot with locals looking for more spice in their lives. Bring your own tequila and take advantage of the quirky ‘tequila lockers’ where you can store your own premium bottles; perfect if you’re planning on making Peyote your regular after-work haunt!
As the end of the year approaches, what better time is there to revamp your wardrobe and reinvent your style for the winter? Head for Mayfair’s clothing stores and prepare to create a whole new you.
A taste of the orient is always on the cards at Yohji Yamamotto, and it’s the perfect place to channel your inner femme fatale. Japanese design-led pieces include unstructured dresses and contemporary shifts, and there’s a wide range of belts, handbags and shoes that is sure to tempt you!
Diane von Furstenberg
Favourite of the A-list set, Diane von Furstenberg’s Mayfair store is the perfect place to treat yourself to one of this season’s glamorous animal print wrap dresses, or why not pick up the perfect party dress for the festive season? The new Sutra bag is selling out fast and its rich jewel shades are the perfect complement to your new winter wardrobe.
Paul Smith’s newly opened Mayfair boutique (well, really it’s an extension of the existing shop) is a light, bright space where you can shop to your heart’s content. This season’s red suede Ezell boots are the perfect way to strut your new look in style, or explore the vivid colours of the new collection – rich berry toned tailored trousers will add a pop of colour to your workwear, or choose a soft, sultry scarlet shirt if you want a more subtle sort of style.
Spoil the one you love (or treat yourself) this Christmas with a trip to one of Mayfair’s cigar shops, where you’re sure to find the perfect gift!
Alfie Turmeaus Tobacconist
This family-run business is the second oldest Havana Cigar merchant in the UK, first opening its doors in Liverpool in 1817 before opening its Mayfair branch. The easy to navigate shop specialises in Cuban cigars, and you’ll find all your favourite brands here. Why not head for the indoor smoking lounge, where you can enjoy a coffee and sample a cigar before you make your choices?
The shop’s focus has always been on quality and you’ll find luxurious gift presentation boxes alongside limited edition humidors, as well as singles and small packs for the budget-conscious. There’s also a wide range of rolling tobaccos, cigar cutters, pipes, ashtrays and other smoking accessories to choose from, so you’re sure to leave with everything you came for. The shop is open 7 days a week with late night opening on Thursday and Friday.
Sautter Cigars on Mount Street is one of Mayfair’s hidden gems, stocking many well-known cigar brands and smoking accessories. The shop is probably best known for its connection with Winston Churchill, who lived above the premises from 1900-1905. With a walk in humidor and vintage cinema seats where you can relax and sample a cigar before you buy, this tiny, family-run shop is filled with friendly staff who will be happy to offer you expert advice.
No matter how successful your year has been, there’s no denying that we could all use a little extra cash injection to cope with the Christmas shopping each year. A great way to ensure you have enough cash for all those little, last-minute luxuries is to release some of the equity in your fine jewellery and other assets, and that’s where pawnbrokers can help.
Private and professional
You won’t find any of the seedy, back-street pawnbrokers from Hollywood movies here in glamorous Mayfair – instead, you’ll find a modern, private pawnbroking service from established professional businesses such as New Bond Street Pawnbrokers. You’ll usually find that pawnbrokers in Mayfair will accept fine jewellery, watches, diamonds and precious stones, as well as antique jewellery as collateral for your loan, and because you are dealing with professionals with many years of experience in the jewellery trade, you know that you’re getting the best possible deal whilst ensuring your jewellery is in safe hands.
You can even use your luxury car as collateral for your loan, provided there is no outstanding finance on the vehicle, and if you’re looking to borrow more than £10,000, for whatever reason, this is a great way to do it. Some pawnbrokers in Mayfair will even offer a loan against fine wine or valuable family heirlooms, so you can raise finance without having to sell your precious items, ensuring you have plenty of cash to treat those you love this Christmas!
For an authentic taste of old Mumbai this winter, come to Mayfair’s Chor Bizarre. Running until 10th December, the Old Bombay Street Festival will serve traditional dishes inspired by the ‘thieves market’ of old Mumbai with an added contemporary twist. These dishes will be available to sample in a fine dining setting, and with the explosion in popularity of street food and regional Indian specialities in London, now is the perfect time to try something new!
Chor Bizarre has captured the spirit of Mumbai’s ‘Thieves Market’ perfectly with opulent décor and furnishings from Indian bazaars creating a decadent Aladdin’s Cave that’s warm, inviting and just a little bit mysterious. Step inside and chat with chefs and food historians to discover the dishes history, methods of preparation and recipes.
Adventurous types will love the range of spicy dishes on offer; perfect for the cold, dark winter days, they’ll warm you up with a spicy boost. The menu will include delicacies such as ‘Keema Ghotala’, minced lamb with green chillies and egg, ‘Bombay Bhel’, golden puffs of rice with fresh mango, sweet red onions and tangy chutney and ‘Phirni’, a luxuriously creamy rice pudding with silver leaf and saffron, cooked in a clay pot.
Sanjay Kaul, Chor Bizarre’s Head Chef, commented on the launch of the festival: “With the festive period approaching in the UK, this is the perfect time to pay tribute to the street food of Mumbai.”
Where better in London to indulge in the great British tradition of afternoon tea than in Mayfair? There’s a chill in the air this month, so grab a friend (or two) and head to the Chesterfield for tea, sandwiches and cakes in delightful surroundings.
Tradition with a twist
Afternoon tea at the Chesterfield pays homage to the traditional British ritual, with some exciting variations – you could even purchase afternoon tea as a gift experience for someone special! You can enjoy a selection of sandwiches, cupcakes, fruit cake and dainty pastries as well as freshly baked homemade scones and clotted cream, all served with a selection of teas, and at £34.50 per person you really can’t go wrong. You could even choose to indulge in a glass of champagne or brut if you’re feeling particularly naughty; it’s the perfect afternoon with the girls!
Tea for two
With a tempting range of teas to choose from, select a traditional leaf tea or a refreshing green tea, or why not try something a little different? Willy Wonka Chocolate Tea is blended with cocoa nibs for a rich, chocolatey hit, or for a refreshing scented tea, Jasmine Pearl tea is a light green tea with jasmine flowers which slowly unfurl in your cup – beautiful and delicious!
The only problem with afternoon tea in Mayfair is the inevitable addiction – you could find it becoming a weekly occurrence, and who are we to stop you?
The luxury Mayfair flat which inspired the 1963 ‘The Pink Panther’ film has been put up for sale for a cool £4.4 million.
Lady Norah Docker, one of Britain’s most notorious socialites, once lived here, and was involved in a series of scandals during the height of her fame, whilst celebrities such as Max Bygraves and Peter Sellars have also passed through these doors. But the property is probably most famous for the jewellery theft which took place here in 1948, when £52,000 worth of diamonds and a stunning pink diamond ring were stolen from the apartment.
This apartment has a glamorous history, and if you’re looking for a pad in the heart of Mayfair, this could be just the ticket! With original art-deco features including black and white marble flooring in the entrance hall, the property boasts a large reception room, two en-suite bedrooms, a spectacular Macassar ebony and granite eat-in kitchen and 24-hour concierge service. Its 1,604 square feet of space and original character, not to mention the built-in Bang and Olufsen home entertainment system coupled with its location just around the corner from Claridges could explain the £4.4 million asking price, £17,775 annual service charge and £400 ground rent that any owner will need to pay.
Of course, if you’re looking for a slightly more affordable apartment in Mayfair, there are plenty of estate agents to visit, such as Pastor Real Estate and Knight Frank!
If you’re spending the afternoon in Mayfair this month, whether on business, after a lunch date or because you’ve recently relocated to the area, you will want to check out the British Pop Art Exhibition at Christies. Running until 23rd November, it’s the closest you’ll get to feeling like you’re in the swinging 60s – this could be the opportunity to wear that vintage shift that’s been hiding in your closet!
Expect to see work by artists such as David Hockney, Allen Jones and Patrick Caulfield – the latter’s female sculptures might give off a slightly sexist vibe now (as they did even back in the 60’s), but there is still something inherently intriguing about the whole ‘girl as a coffee table’ idea which will have you lingering near his pieces longer than you might expect.
Friendly attendants, a relaxed atmosphere and no tacky gift shop to tempt you out of your hard earned cash are just a few reasons to visit this free exhibition, and with three floors of pop art to explore set in Christie’s stunning Mayfair town house, this is the perfect place to unwind after a lunch date or soak up some culture before your business meeting.
Mayfair has its fair share of fine-dining establishments, but there are also some great coffee shops where you can relax with a flat white and catch up on some work, or have a leisurely lunch with friends. Here’s our pick of the best coffee shops in Mayfair:
This relaxed café serves Italian-style brewed coffee and a wide range of tempting sandwiches, salads and pastries. Cosy up in the welcoming surroundings of Toast and enjoy a relaxing break from work, or stop off to warm up after a spot of shopping!
This hidden gem is one of Mayfair’s best coffee shops, run by an Aussie couple. You can enjoy a flat white or something a bit more adventurous and there’s a selection of home-made sandwiches and salads to choose from. Why not treat yourself to one of four different varieties of hot chocolate served with rose, chilli or cinnamon sugar?
Taylor St Baristas
It might be a chain, but friendly staff and a mismatched interior gives the Mayfair branch of this Aussie coffee brand a local feel that’s really cosy and welcoming. Make sure you pick up a loyalty card for a free coffee once you’ve purchased four drinks, and don’t miss out on the delicious banana and walnut bread – it’s the perfect autumn treat!