London’s most exclusive district
London’s Mayfair district has always been a centre for shopping and entertainment, with some of the best-known shopping locations in London and the world for that matter!
Savile Row, world-famous for its tailoring, lies to the east, in Mayfair’s commercial district, with New and Old Bond Street, known for fine jewellery, antiques and clothing.
Some of Mayfair’s oldest and most respected auction houses, such as being Phillips and Sotheby’s known to sell extremely rare antiques and collectibles are also located here.
Mayfair also boasts some of the capital’s most exclusive restaurants, bars and clubs
The 15-day May Fair that ran until the 1700s, moved from Haymarket to the site of today’s Curzon Street and Shepherd Market in 1686. It was suppressed a century later by the local nobility for ‘lowering the tone of the neighbourhood’.
Archaeological excavations at Mayfair have shown that the area was a junction of Roman roads, which has led some researchers to postulate that Romans settled in the area before establishing Londinium (now London).
Most of the area was first developed between the mid 17th Century and the mid 18th Century as a fashionable residential district by a number of landlords. The most important of these was the Grosvenor family, who built extensively across the village, and whose name is still attached to many Mayfair landmarks.
Bordering leafy Hyde Park, Mayfair is an upscale district of elegant Georgian townhouses, exclusive hotels, and gourmet restaurants. Its world-famous retailers include bespoke tailors on Savile Row and designer fashions on Bond Street. Shoppers also head to high-end Burlington Arcade and Shepherd Market, a cluster of independent boutiques and traditional pubs. Cool modern art galleries line Cork Street.