Mayfair’s famous residents

Mayfair is renowned for being a classy, elegant and sophisticated area of London, and as such it is a great place to spot a celebrity or two. However, it’s not only the modern day rich and famous that have walked the streets of Mayfair – some of the world’s most famous people from past and present have lived in the district.

Here is our guide to some of the best-known residents from years gone by.

Frederick Handel

German born composer Frederick Handel lived at number 25 Brook Street, where he remained for many years until his death in 1759. There is now an exhibit in place in this location, known as the Handel House Museum, which has been restored with full Georgian décor to make it look as it would have done during Handel’s occupancy.

Jimi Hendrix

World famous musician Jimi Hendrix lived in the same flat as Handel many years later, in the late 1960s, and even went out and purchased some of his classical music when he found out about his musical predecessor. Hendrix’s time in the flat appeared to be a happy one – in 1968, he wrote: “This is my first real home of my own”.

Queen Elizabeth II

Although she didn’t stay very long, Queen Elizabeth II was born in a Mayfair residence – 17 Bruton Street, to be precise. Interestingly, the site is now a popular Chinese restaurant, so you can eat your dim sum in a royal birthplace!

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