Elegant architecture, delicious eateries and upmarket boutiques
"Stepping into Selfridges, I always feel like a kid in a sweet shop...and their window displays are unbelievable!"Tania Smith
"Walking along Piccadilly, I love taking in the sites that central London has to offer."Christopher Sellwood
"The grand architecture and public gardens around Victoria remind us of London's Victorian opulence."Jamie Newson-Love
Where do Mayfair locals go?
Just off Piccadilly Circus, this Jamie's Italian is set within a converted pub and has a terrace too that is lovely on a summer's evening. The fresh pastas and cocktails are very tasty!
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A variety of restaurants for every occasion and budget, which are centred round a covered courtyard.
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St James's Square
Beautifully maintained, this garden square is a real retreat from the hustle and bustle of central London - it's amazing how quiet it is!
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Galvin at Windows
Stunning views across Hyde Park, fantastic service, beautiful food and a surprise birthday dessert!
Submitted by Chris
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.
Submitted by Annabelle
In this corner of Green Park, there's a number of memorials that remind us of Britain's rich history.
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Breakfast, pastries and afternoon tea, this delightful restaurant is part of a small, well loved chain, where you feel right at home.
Submitted by Edvin
The Goring Hotel
A luxurious spot for upmarket afternoon tea and beautiful rooms for a romantic getaway.
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The Royal Academy of Arts
A world-renowned gallery with leading exhibitions such as this one from the defiant Ai Weiwei!
Submitted by Dan
Mayfair Pizza Company
A hidden gem on a cobbled street in Mayfair. Simple bistro-style Italian food, a wood-fired pizza oven and really affordable for the Mayfair area.
Submitted by Ariella
A traditional family-run Italian restaurant where they serve the best pizza this side of Naples.
Submitted by Christopher
In a corner of Hyde Park you can find a place where there is total freedom of speech!
Submitted by Sam
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.
Submitted by Lise
Why do you find Mayfair a great place to live?
"Great atmosphere, central. One of the best locations in London. Near everywhere"
"You do not need to use public transport as everything you need is in walking distance. The best place to live in the world."
"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."
What do you like about Mayfair?
Did you know?
"The US Embassy is the only US Embassy in the world that does not belong to the United States. They wanted to buy it, but the Freeholder, the Duke of Westminster refused to sell and said he would only rent it. Infuriated, the American appealed to Parliament, but the only compromise on offer was that if the Americans returned all the land that was taken after the Independence War back to his family then he would sell. After the Americans realised that this would be most of Maine and New York, they agreed to a 999 year lease!"
Child-friendly activities near Mayfair
Parent and Toddler Drop-inBuckaroochies,
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
DanceworksBranNew 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 inSt. 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
YogaBugsThe 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
Drop ins and play sessionsWest 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 GroupSt. 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
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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Why not explore some other local areas:
- West End
- Covent Garden
- Sloane Square
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