Mayfair is one of the most expensive neighbourhoods not only in the UK but in the world. It beats prestigious places like Manhattan. In the UK, it is second only to Kensington Palace Gardens, a title Kensington barely holds on to—sales in the area average over £4,000 per square foot.
Mayfair has experienced a resurgence in the past ten years, not only in property sales but in entertainment and attractions. So, what does one get up to in an ultra-prime district?
Where to Stay
You can’t go wrong with the Mayfair Townhouse Hotel if you visit the area or want to browse for a property to buy or rent. This iconic hotel is exclusive and lavishly furnished with a touch of whimsy right in the heart of Mayfair.
Once inside, you forget all the hustle and bustle outside. They have individually decorated rooms and suites, so no two rooms are the same. Suites start at £660, while rooms start at £252 per night. You can find complimentary bathrobes, refreshments and the famous Dandy candy in each room.
The Dandy Bar has an extensive cocktail menu where you can drink and mingle. Private dining options are available in the Lower Ground, The Den or The Pantry. It’s the perfect luxury hotel for a business traveller.
What is a chic neighbourhood without high-end luxurious shops and department stores? You can get timeless, classic, one-of-a-kind pieces or trendy statement items. Piccadilly is home to historic stores such as Fortnum and Mason and the bookshop Hatchards. Fortnum and Mason is famous for its tea and stocks, but you can shop for anything from refined foods to beauty and fashion. The store also has a website, where you can buy online using Holafly’s UK eSIM.
Oxford Street is home to high-street fashion stores like H&M and department stores such as Selfridges and John Lewis. For jewellery and designer brands, head off to Bond Street, where you’ll find De Beers, Cartier and Gucci.
You can’t visit Mayfair without experiencing breakfast at The Wolseley on Piccadilly; getting a reservation may be difficult, but it’s worth the try.
If you’ve missed breakfast, why not grab a coffee and a croissant at Cecconi’s? This Italian cafe has high-quality coffee and a delicious variety of baked goods. You can also try one of their homemade pasta dishes for lunch.
The Royal Academy of Arts has existed for 250 years and recently opened a Mayfair campus. Entrance is free, but the experience is far from cheap; even if you are not an art connoisseur, you can’t help but appreciate the thoughts and experiences that go into creating some art pieces.
The academy is open between 10 am and 6 pm daily, and there are coffee shops and cafes you can enjoy as well. If you are an art lover, you should visit around the time of the Mayfair Art Weekend.
Trying to narrow down places of entertainment and attraction in Mayfair is like picking a favourite child amongst your children. There is much to do and experience in Mayfair, even if you don’t live in this multimillion-dollar neighbourhood.