Written on 12 November 2018 by Giles Cook in London
Mayfair’s reputation for affluence is further cemented by its status on the original Monopoly board, where it is the most expensive place in London in which to buy property.
The well-loved board game has endured for 80 years, and to this day, if a hotel sits on the Mayfair square, the players not in ownership of that hotel will move around the board hoping above all else not to land on Mayfair. Its £400 value price tag and costly rents make it preferable to go to jail than to Mayfair.
But when you’re not playing Monopoly, it’s very preferable to go to Mayfair.
This central London location has always had an air of upmarket superiority, and yet it is culturally-rich and pleasingly varied. With a wealth of galleries, museums and auction houses, Mayfair is home to the Royal Academy of Arts on Piccadilly and boasts a strong musical heritage. Mayfair Design District has helped to catapult Mayfair’s arts and design offering onto the international stage, and the area plays an important role in the annual London Design Festival.
This is a place where embassies sit side by side with grand hotels, designer boutiques, and world-famous restaurants like The Wolseley, Scott’s, and China Tang. It is a prime property hotspot, with commercial and residential property investors from across the world vying for a slice of the Mayfair action.
But we’re not going to focus on property in this article – we’re going to recommend a handful of activities for the perfect day out in Mayfair.
Start your day at…
The perfect day out in Mayfair is not a day for frugality, and you’ll need a hearty breakfast to sustain you throughout the morning. For this, we suggest heading to Cecconi’s on Burlington Gardens.
Mayfair doesn’t cover a large area, and everywhere is walkable. Weather permitting, why not take a stroll around Green Park before continuing passed the Victoria Memorial to St James’s Park to see the lake.
On the other side of St James’s Park, at the fringes of Mayfair, is the Churchill War Rooms. It was from here that Prime Minister Winston Churchill and his retinue of special advisers directed wartime strategy. The War Rooms consist of Churchill’s underground bunker, a series of labyrinthine corridors, and a museum. It’s a fascinating place to visit and offers a unique glimpse into the efforts made to steer the Allies to victory.
Other places to visit…
We don’t recommend trying to do too many things in one day, but Mayfair has so much to offer, so you can pick and choose depending on your level of exhaustion.
Mount Street Gardens is a popular place of refuge in Mayfair. Located off Mount Street, this public garden always manages to retain a peaceful atmosphere despite its proximity to the busy West End. It’s the perfect spot to pause, park yourself down on a bench, and rest for a moment before continuing on.
We also like The Grosvenor Chapel on South Audley Street. Not only is it a fine building, but if you enjoy music it’s a good place to try and catch a free lunchtime concert (the chapel hosts a professional group of singers and instrumentalists). It’s also worthwhile stealing a peek at the pipe organ which dominates the chapel’s interior.
Music lovers should also visit the Handel & Hendrix in London, a house museum on Brook Street dedicated to the lives and accomplishments of baroque composer George Frideric Handel and celebrated rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix, both of who once lived at the address.
If a little high-end retail shopping is desired, stop in at Dover Street Market. Part concept store, part multi-fashion brand outlet, this destination houses everything you might need to look sensational on an evening out in Mayfair.
End your day at….
We said the perfect day out in Mayfair is not a day for frugality, so we’ll continue in that vein. An aperitif can be sipped at The Fumoir Bar in Claridge’s before heading to dinner at one of the many restaurants nearby – or to a West End theatre to catch a show.
And why not round of the evening with a stroll through the backstreets around Berkeley Square? The ultimate way to end the day.
If you’re keen to find out more about property for sale in Mayfair or investing in property in the area, we specialse in the Mayfair market. As estate agents in Mayfair, we’re well-equipped to answer any questions you may have