Mayfair is one of the most exclusive and luxurious parts of London. It is home to several world-famous hotels and restaurants and has many stores frequented by the rich, famous, and royal. Mayfair should be at the top of your list for your next luxurious getaway.
Once you have hopped off your private jet charter and have made your way to Mayfair, it will become clear why Mayfair is so popular. Luxury department stores, hotels, and restaurants line the streets, with everyone from millionaires to movie stars calling the area home. Mayfair is arguably the best place to experience traditional and modern British luxury, and you don’t have to live or stay there to get the full effect.
Arguably one of the most famous hotels in the world, The Dorchester has been the epitome of class and elegance since it opened its doors in the early 30s. With five restaurants, multiple bars, exquisite grounds, and entertainment, the Dorchester has everything you need for an unforgettable holiday. Some famous names to have stayed in the hotel are Elizabeth Taylor and Alfred Hitchcock. Dwight D Eisenhower stayed at the hotel during WWII as a general and transformed the rooms he was using into his headquarters.
What can be said about the Ritz that hasn’t been said before? It is one of the most famous and luxurious hotels in the world, and considering it has a dress code while you are staying there, it is clear that class is at the top of its agenda. Anna Pavlova and the Aga Khan were frequent visitors to the Ritz. At the same time, Winston Churchill, Dwight D Eisenhower, and Charles de Gaulle used the exclusive Maria Antoinette Suite as a meeting place to discuss operations during World War II.
Regarding restaurants, you don’t get much better than what Mayfair offers. While there is a lot of competition, Mount St. Restaurant is often regarded as the place to be if you want the ultimate fine dining experience. Serving elevated traditional British classics, the five-story restaurant also houses over 200 pieces of fine art worth a combined £50 million. Calling this establishment “luxurious” almost feels like an understatement.
One of the world’s most famous hotels would have an equally renowned restaurant. This Michelin-starred eatery is an over-the-top luxury, with soft carpeting, pink columns, and dozens of chandeliers. The five or seven-course Epicurean menu is the choice of many, consisting of dishes created with the best British ingredients prepared with immaculate French precision and flare.
With Yannick Alleno at the helm, the second-most awarded Michelin-star chef, to say that Pavyllon’s food is “not too shabby” would be a severe understatement. The menu is filled with classic French dishes made with the best British ingredients money can buy, with the steamed cheddar souffle and king crab in farmhouse cream being two of the favourites amongst guests.
Established in the 1730s, Savile Row has been the go-to street for the best bespoke tailoring in Europe and possibly the world. While the street is more focused on men’s tailoring and suits, several tailors are creating the best dresses and garments for women. Considering the best suit-makers and tailors are all found on Savile Row, it is a one-stop shop for anyone looking to level up their formal wardrobe.
There aren’t many stores that are frequented by royalty, but Fortnum and Mason are one of the exceptions. Founded in the early 1700s, Fortnums has produced the best teas, beverages, and foodstuffs in London. Famous for its exceptional ranges over the holidays, especially Christmas, the late Queen Elizabeth would often enjoy tea and a light lunch at the restaurant and constantly ensure Fortnum products were available while she was at home.
Bond Street is world-renowned for its extensive collection of luxury goods, exclusive brands, fine art and jewellery, and antiques you couldn’t find anywhere else. Considering its “high-brow” nature, there is a good chance you will run into a celebrity no matter when you visit the street. This also isn’t a street lined with Gucci and Versace; instead, it is home to brands that are even more exclusive than that. Even if you can’t afford to buy anything, exploring the street will give you a look into how the 0.1% live.
As mentioned, Mayfair is easily one of the most exclusive areas of Europe. It has welcomed millions of tourists over the centuries. If you want a real taste of luxury and a genuinely unforgettable holiday, Mayfair has everything you need and more.