Al fresco dining in Mayfair

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 Spirit

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.

El Pirata

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!

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Keep your cool as the temperature rises in Mayfair

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.

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Sip a nice glass of wine in Mayfair

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.

Jeroboams

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 Wines

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!

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Printing promotional materials in Mayfair

If you’re starting a new business or re-branding an existing business, you’ll know that professional printed materials are necessary to create a great first impression! Where better than upmarket Mayfair to come if you’re looking for a high-quality reprographic or print shop that offers a range of services? Here are just a few of our favourites.

Tdo Reprographics

This Maddox Street shop is just a short walk from Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Circus – Tdo Reprographics is one of London’s leading printers. Whether you are looking for black and white or colour copying or printing, scanning, laminating and mounting, photographic services or even vinyl graphics, the professionally trained team can help. Just drop in or call for a no-obligation quote.

The Color Company

From their branch on Curzon Street, the Color Company offers a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week service – it’s the only shop of its kind in London! Whether you need a poster printed, binding services or a canvas created, pop in  or call for a quote; you can even get a quote through their website. Their team of experts is always on hand to advise you if you’re not sure exactly what you need.

The Mayfair Printing Co.

The Mayfair Printing Co. operates out of its print works and studio on Queen Street in the heart of Mayfair. From graphic design to print, online media, photography and more, whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it here! Established in 1985, the company’s core team is a small and friendly one, so you’ll always deal with the same point of contact. Why not request a competitive quote online or call – you could even just pop in and meet the team.

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Shop for Scandinavian jewellery in Mayfair

Wolf and Badger in Mayfair have just seen an exciting addition to their jewellery ranges both online and in store. Scandinavian jewellery designer Kristjan Eyjolfsson’s collections, ‘Embrace, ‘On The Rocks’ and ‘Vikingur’ are now available – it’s the young designer’s first retail presence in London and a continuation of Wolf and Badger’s commitment to championing up and coming new designers.

Sustainable beauty

The Scandinavian designer believes in sustainability and his work reflects this, with pieces crafted from ethically-sourced gemstones and recycled precious metals. He explains, “My ethos is to produce customisable collections made from the most sustainable materials I can source. In this way, I offer customers a jewellery experience where they can play an active role in the creation of something that is truly theirs and that nourishes a connection to ecological responsibility.”

Up and coming talent

Kristjan is one of ten IJL Kickstarters for 2014 and the mentoring scheme, supported by the British Jewellers Association and International Jewellery London, is sure to ignite interest in his work from the general public and the jewellery industry.

Browse his stunning collections and discover pieces such as his Medium Embrace Centre Ring online or if you’re in Mayfair, head for Wolf and Badger’s store at 32 Dover Street where you’ll find all three collections.

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Should your company make the move to Mayfair?

In recent months, demand for office space in Mayfair has risen – recovering confidence after the financial crisis and expiring leases on existing spaces has influenced this to some degree. It’s estimated that around 3.3 million square feet of office space was on the market for potential tenants in the first 3 months of 2014. This figure is almost twice as much as the previous year, with deals concluded amounting to 2.4 million square feet of space.

Pack leaders

Whilst Canary Wharf and Docklands are leading the pack in terms of prime office locations, upmarket neighbourhoods such as Mayfair and Knightsbridge are also seeing their share of big names. Companies poised to sign leases for London office space include Google (they’re looking at offices comprising 161,350 square feet of space at St Pancras), Transport for London and Estee Lauder, as well as DLA Piper and Societe Generale.

Competitive market

There’s definitely healthy competition for office space in Mayfair and across the capital and as the year progresses, choice could diminish whilst rental rates are set to rise. Those looking to make the move to Mayfair can take their pick from several commercial property consultants in the area. Occupa on Yarmouth Place can provide advice and assist in the hunt for the perfect office space, whilst renowned property experts Carter Jonas LLP have been in business since 1855 and are sure to help you find what you are looking for.

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Mayfair: from muddy bog to London’s most desirable area

You can bet many of the millionaires and international businesses that call London’s Mayfair home today know nothing of the area’s less than salubrious past. Prior to the 17th century, Mayfair was an unnamed, boggy patch of ground with a bad reputation.

In the 1680s, things started to change when King James II granted the area permission to hold a fair every year, during the first two weeks of May. This was an opportunity for those who had survived the Great Plague to make merry, and the ‘May Fair’ became known as a bawdy celebration of dancing, music and merriment – according to the authorities at the time, ‘lewd and degrading practices’ were rife.

Mayfair’s downmarket reputation took a turn for the better thanks to Mary Davies. A wealthy banker’s young daughter, she received an inheritance of more than 100 acres of ‘swampy meads’ near Park Lane and Oxford Street. After she married into the Grosvenor family, her son, Sir Richard Grosvenor, began construction of Grosvenor Square. Other rich families began to develop nearby streets such as Hanover Square, and these areas became a magnet for viscounts, dukes and earls.

In 1764, the annual May Fair moved to Bow in East London, where its raucous merriment wouldn’t spoil the refined atmosphere of Mayfair itself. The district continued to rise in popularity and today many celebrities call the area home, with average property prices around £3.31 million and the highest rents set at £36,000 a week.

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Beyonce and Jay Z purchase property in Mayfair

Power couple Beyonce and Jay Z have been considering purchasing property in the UK for the last few years and have recently splashed out a cool £5.5 million on a lavish townhouse in London’s upmarket Mayfair. The purchase has been made ahead of their string of UK shows, which are rumoured to be taking place later this year.

Extensive search

Sources close to the couple, who are said to be in love with all things British, say they spent months browsing property across the UK – even considering the Cotswolds at one point – before choosing the luxury house in London’s Mayfair. In the past, the couple have stayed in high-end hotels or rented sprawling manors in the capital, but it makes sense for them to have a more permanent base here in London for UK tours.

Exclusive area

Their new home is in one of the city’s most exclusive districts, close to Portobello Market and with some of the finest bars and restaurants in London right on their doorstep. Mayfair is also home to top private schools where they could send their two-year-old daughter Blue Ivy, if they decide to settle permanently in London.

With the duo set to make a rumoured £2 million a show on their upcoming US tour, affording the lavish Mayfair lifestyle should be a breeze!

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Cool off with a cocktail in Mayfair

With temperatures rising (or at least fluctuating) across London, what better way to cool off after a long day of shopping on Oxford Street or sightseeing in the West End than with a contemporary cocktail in one of Mayfair’s finest bars? Here are a few of the best …

The Connaught Bar

This hotel bar is one of London’s most glamorous drinking spots for those in the know. Boasting super-stylish, 1920’s décor designed by David Collins and a cocktail list to die-for, this is the perfect place to end your day. We recommend a Martini from the legendary Connaught Martini Trolley, but if cocktails aren’t your thing, why not enjoy a whisky with bespoke chocolate tasting?

Galvin at Windows Bar

This luxurious restaurant and bar on the 28th floor of the Park Lane Hilton oozes Bond villain-esque style thanks to its recent £500k refurbishment. Refreshing long drinks such as the Winter Leaf cocktail (chestnut liqueur, Maker’s Mark bourbon, lime juice, elderflower liqueur and pear puree) are perfect on a hot summer’s day – at night expect stunning views over the London skyline.

Hush

Since undergoing a lavish refurbishment in 2012, this sophisticated, stylish Mayfair restaurant and cocktail lounge attracts an upmarket clientele including A-list celebs – so make sure you pre-book! Fresh fruit Bellinis, champagne cocktails and the ‘True Blood’ cocktail with triple sec, Plantation dark rum, chilli, vanilla bitters and chocolate liqueur are amongst our recommendations if you’re in Mayfair for the evening!

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