New gallery continues Mayfair’s transformation

Written on 9 November 2015 by Alistair Boscawen in London


The opening of a new gallery has been called a major milestone in the transformation of Mayfair.

galleryGrosvenor Estates executive director Craig McWilliam says the new Gagosian Gallery is part of the landowner’s long-term vision for Grosvenor Hill.

He adds: “The new gallery is an integral part of Grosvenor’s long-term transformation of Mayfair as a place to live, work and visit.”

Before the Gagosian Gallery opened at 20 Grosvenor Hill last month, Grosvenor Estate paid for improvements to the area, including a new thoroughfare connecting Bond Street to Berkeley Square and Mount Street.

Grosvenor Hill itself also has a fresh look with new striped granite paving, trees and lighting.

The new 18,000 square feet gallery is no less impressive. Its interior, which includes double-height windows, is designed by Caruso St John, which was also responsible for Gagosian galleries in Rome and Paris and the redevelopment of Tate Britain.

The new Gagosian Gallery’s first exhibition runs until 12 December and features paintings, sculptures and works on paper by Cy Twombly.

Art and design heritage

Here at Best Gapp, we agree with Grosvenor Estates when it says the latest Gagosian Gallery – the third to open in London – builds on Mayfair’s art and design heritage.

Earlier this year, Phillips art auction house opened headquarters in nearby Berkeley Square and fashion designer Hussein Chalayan chose to open his first store in Bourdon Street.

Some of the world’s leading fashion houses and designers, including Azzaro, Balenciaga, Céline, Christopher Kane, Loewe, Lanvin, Mackintosh and Oscar de la Renta. can also be found in Mount Street.

It is said these luxury brands moved to Mount Street after Grosvenor invested millions of pounds to improving the local landscape, including the installation of a water feature on Carlos Place designed by renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando.

The largest landlord in the area, Grosvenor has worked for more than 300 years to enhance Mayfair’s retail, commercial and residential offering, and reinvigorate its reputation.

North Mayfair’s new face

One recent example is The Beaumont Hotel in North Mayfair. Originally built as a garage in 1926, between 2011 and 2014 Grosvenor converted the Art Deco building in Balderton Street into a landmark boutique hotel that is now noted for its inhabitable sculpture by Antony Gormley.

The hotel overlooks Brown Hart Gardens, which Grosvenor restored as an open space last year. At the time, it reported: “Brown Hart Gardens provides a sense of place for people in Mayfair, where they can go and buy a coffee at the Garden Café, read a book or simply watch the world go by. It is very different from everything else in Mayfair.”

Grosvenor is continuing its redevelopment of what has become known as North Mayfair by creating a new design-focussed retail development at Duke Street.

The aim was to attract a broader range of consumer than Mount Street and Bond Street, but a different shopper from Oxford Street.

And the new retail mix – which includes Duke Street Emporium – is paying off, with Selfridges announcing that it is investing £300m in its Oxford Street flagship store, including a new entrance on Duke Street.

This will also benefit nearby North Audley Street, which has emerged as a food hub in recent years. One of our favourite venues is True Vert, which is the place for deli products, cakes, jams and artisan breads.

Mayfair is an ever-evolving part of London that continues to be a byword for luxurious living. Residential property in this part of the capital is always in demand but Best Gapp has a number of homes that could meet your needs. For details of property for sale and rent in Mayfair and the surrounding areas of Belgravia, Knightsbridge and South Kensington, contact Best Gapp today.

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Alistair Boscawen

Alistair has 32 years’ experience as an estate agent, starting in the country house department of one of London’s main international agencies before moving to the Knightsbridge house department of the same agency and learning the difference in values between freehold, long lease and short lease houses in Knightsbridge, Belgravia, Chelsea and Mayfair.

All articles by Alistair Boscawen

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