5 things you probably didn’t know about Mayfair

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).

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