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Speakers' Corner

Speakers' Corner

In a corner of Hyde Park you can find a place where there is total freedom of speech!

Australian War Memorial

Australian War Memorial

I love its design and you get to experience a bit of culture walking from this pretty corner of Green Park to Hyde Park.

Delfino

Delfino

A traditional family-run Italian restaurant where they serve the best pizza this side of Naples.

Mount Street Gardens

Mount Street Gardens

A great place to sit and have your lunch in the sunshine.

Cecconi's

Cecconi's

Without a shadow of a doubt, the best breakfast in London. A celeb hangout, you may be sat alongside Bernie and Tamara Ecclestone, Bill Nighy and Kylie Minogue.

The Audley

The Audley

A great after work boozer. Some of its original features have been retained throughout the years, which give it an authentic pub feel.

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Based on Forest Gump, this lovely shrimp restaurant from the USA has opened its first restaurant in London! Amazing food and the restaurant is decked out just like you're on the film - it has its own gift shop too!

Hedonism Wines

Hedonism Wines

A wine and spirits shop for those with a sophisticated palate - this is the place to go to pick up something extra special.

The Goring Hotel

The Goring Hotel

A luxurious spot for upmarket afternoon tea and beautiful rooms for a romantic getaway.

Grosvenor House Hotel

Grosvenor House Hotel

A wonderful place to enjoy an afternoon Champagne tea!

The Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy of Arts

A world-renowned gallery with leading exhibitions such as this one from the defiant Ai Weiwei!

The Gallery, Sketch

The Gallery, Sketch

A stylish spot for afternoon tea, but be sure to check out the toilets that are shaped like eggs!

Beast

Beast

An amazing restaurant for crab and steak. A very cool place where everyone sits on long tables, but don't eat beforehand as it leaves you very full!

The Parlour, Sketch

The Parlour, Sketch

Posh breakfast and striking, artist-designed dining rooms - perfect for a special occasion...

Berkeley Square

Berkeley Square

A leafy spot to eat lunch on a sunny day and a lovely space to escape too.

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Why not explore the nearby areas of West End, Soho, Victoria, Marylebone, Knightsbridge, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden, Sloane Square, Bloomsbury and Westminster

"Noisy neighbours! Composer George Handel resided at 25 Brook Street from 1723 and Jimi Hendrix resided at 23 Brook Street from 1968! Hendrix apparently paid £30 per week rent...not quite what it would cost these days!"

The grand architecture and public gardens around Victoria remind us of London's Victorian opulence.

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The buzz around Marble Arch is like no other place in London - I always feel like a tourist when walking around here.

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Stepping into Selfridges, I always feel like a kid in a sweet shop...and their window displays are unbelievable!

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What locals say about Mayfair

  1. Great atmosphere, central. One of the best locations in London. Near everywhere

  2. You do not need to use public transport as everything you need is in walking distance. The best place to live in the world.

  3. Mayfair is a safe desirable area to live with many great restaurants to enjoy a wide selection of cuisine . It has many great squares and parks only a few minutes walk away.The theatres are all on your doorstep . There is no need to use public transport. Fantastic shopping experience.

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Child-friendly activities near Mayfair

Danceworks

BranNew West End School
We warmly welcome all levels and abilities to our huge selection of dance and fitness classes in our lovely Victorian building with 7 great studios in the heart of London. Website

Parents and Toddlers Drop in

St. Vincent De Paul Family Project,
A programme of activities for children and parents / carers: Alternative therapies - reflexology, massage, aromatherapy; 1 to 1 support opportunities; Support Groups; Access to visiting professionals. Website

Parent and Toddler Drop-in

Buckaroochies,
Buckaroochies is a group for parents, carers and toddlers. It is a great chance to get out of the flat, meet new friends, arrange play dates and encourage social interaction for your child. Website

YogaBugs

The Arts Club
Classes are taught through stories and children will perform various yoga postures whilst taking part in a magical adventure. They get a full physical work out before we take them through a brief relaxation and visualisation, leaving them feeling calm and relaxed. Website

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West End Children's Centre
Stay and Play. A safe and stimulating learning environment for babies and young children where parents can chat in an informal atmosphere. Set in the heart of Soho our Children's Centre offers services for children and their families throughout the West End. We give advice and practical support to families with young children. Languages spoken include Arabic Bengali Cantonese Hindi Portuguese and Tagalog. Our unique location in the heart of the city means we have good links with many of London's famous sites museums galleries and theatres. Website

The Baby Academy


The idea came from wanting to put together pre-natal and post-natal workshops for parents in a relaxed home environment. Combined with post-natal parent coaching and "back on track" home consultations. The Baby Academy offers you help and advice in your own home, giving you the confidence and skills to build a happy home life with your new arrival. Website

Parent and Toddler Group

St. Peter's Eaton Square
This is a small and intimate playgroup. It's the best one for meeting local mums and learning more about the area. There is also a nice set of toys for infants and toddlers. Website

About Mayfair

Mayfair is an area of central London, within the City of Westminster. Mayfair is roughly bordered by Hyde Park to the west, Oxford Street to the north, Piccadilly and Green Park to the south and Regent Street to the east. 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 them the Grosvenor family. The Rothschild family bought up large areas of Mayfair in the 19th century. The freehold of a large section of Mayfair also belongs to the Crown Estate. The renown and prestige of Mayfair has grown in the popular mind due to its designation as the most expensive property on the British Monopoly set.

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