The upscale and affluent neighbourhood is known for its displays of luxury. Within its streets are elegant Georgian townhouses, high-end hotels, stylish restaurants, bespoke tailors on Savile Row, and the depths of the very expensive Bond Street.
Meanwhile, consumers head to the ever-popular Burlington Arcade and Shepherd Market. Here they usually find a glorious cluster of independent boutiques and traditional pubs. However, those that like cool and modern art galleries usually walk towards the ones that line Cork Street where they may be able to find a piece to take home with them.
What does this say about Mayfair itself? That it caters to the high-end business and leisure traveller. Those that aim for a first-class experience always come here to bathe in the rich glow that emanates from the buildings and streets. Luxury restaurants fill the appetite and deplete the wallet, and boutique stores are always here to offer something special that adds to the high-end flavour.
Its proximity to Oxford Street, Regents Street, Leicester Square, Green Park, and Hyde Park make it an unbeatable location for guests that want some of the best London attractions in short walking distance from their stylish serviced apartment. They can wake up and head out to the tailors on Saville Row to get that personal suit, do some more shopping on Oxford Street, eat lunch at one of the many expensive restaurants, spend the afternoon watching a play in the West End and then walk around Hyde Park in the evening before turning back into their serviced apartment.
History of Mayfair
It’s not surprising to find out that Mayfair has always been an area of absolute luxury. The whole area was originally part of the manor of Eia and remained largely rural until the early 18th century when developments started to happen that would make Mayfair what it is today.
For starters, it became well known for the annual "May Fair" that took place from the years 1686 to 1764 in Shepherd Market. Like any gathering that happened over years, the fair itself grew unpopular. So much so that the Grosvenor family (who would become the heirs of the opulent Duke of Westminster baronage) acquired the land through marriage and developed it under the watchful eye of Thomas Barlow. These constructions and work would include parts that are still there today like Hanover Square, Berkeley Square, and Grosvenor Square.
By the end of the classy 18th century, most of what is now Mayfair was built with upper-class housing. While some areas of London would lose their high status over years of decline, Mayfair has always been an area of prestige. As the British aristocracy lost its influence at the start of the 20th century, the area became more commercial as many of the opulent houses were converted into offices for business headquarters and various embassies around the world.
While Mayfair does retain a substantial vast amount of high-end properties, luxury shops and restaurants, and high-end hotels throughout Piccadilly and Park Lane, it has still managed to conform to the values of the modern world without losing its lush appeal. In fact, its status of exuberance and style has been commemorated on the London Monopoly board as being the most expensive square for the property on the game.
Business Life in Mayfair
While it’s certainly not a business hub in the same way that Canary Wharf is, Mayfair still packs a punch. High-end offices are the residences of private equity firms, law firms, accountants, charity institutions, and more. But if anything, it’s the likes of the tailors and suitors that make it appealing to the business traveller. The corporate hotshots can be found here getting measured for the perfect suit that encapsulates their status. A Saville Row suit is a gateway card to the big meetings and is being taken seriously in the biggest office. If a client walks into a meeting with a suit like that, then they mean business.
The residents of this area alone contribute 2.5 billion to the UK economy, which includes 2,000 millionaires. Again, while it may not be a financial stronghold, its retail and residents are what make the business life in Mayfair possible and make it a top spot for an office rental or an apartment that exudes the warmth and luxurious glow.
Our serviced apartments add their mix to the business travel experience. Their fully equipped and lavishly furnished interiors are the ideal home to enter after a long day in the office. They guarantee all guests the utilities they require to live like a local and to work remotely if needs be. Their high-end attributes are what makes them so likeable, and having a fully equipped kitchen, free Wi-Fi, and the possibility of concierge services and gym access more than complete the experience. With comfort and convenience taken care of, business travel has never been easier in Mayfair.
Where to Stay in Mayfair
Centrally located, and close to the attractions of the neighbourhood and Underground connections to the rest of the city, our fully furnished luxury apartments in Mayfair will complete any stay in the city of London. If you intend to stay in the heart of London City; consider staying at Apartment on Great Titchfield St in Central London. Fitzrovia Apartment, at the Great Portland Street, can be a choice. Once known for its writers, artists, and dreamers, Fitzrovia has retained its bohemian charm making it a more than excellent stay for any London traveller.
The neighborhood is within walking distance of London’s central attractions, including Regent’s Park and Trafalgar Square, and public transportation will get you wherever you need to go.
Goodge Street is the nearest underground station to the apartment. It will easily connect you to many of the city’s attractions.
Facts about Mayfair
The west end area of Mayfair has the Hyde Park bordering on the east and on the east is the Regent Street. In the North it touches Oxford Street down to the Green Park and in the South the Piccadilly.
- Mayfair is an affluent area in the West End of London
- It is one of the most expensive districts in the world.
- The area was originally part of the manor of Eia and remained largely rural until the early 18th century. It became well known for the annual "May Fair"; now Shepherd Market.
- By the end of the 18th century, most of Mayfair was built on with upper-class housing; unlike some nearby areas of London, it has never lost its affluent status.
- The British aristocracy declined in the early 20th century which led to the area becoming more commercial. Many houses have been converted into offices for corporate headquarters and various embassies.
- Mayfair retains a great part of high-end residential property, upmarket restaurants and shops, and luxury hotels along Park Lane and Piccadilly.
Mayfair has had a variety of exclusive shops, restaurants, hotels and clubs since the 19th century. The quarter; especially the Bond Street areas also home to numerous commercial art galleries and international auction houses such as Bonhams, Sotheby's and Christie's.
Things to Do in Mayfair
As high-end as Mayfair is, there are still plenty of attractions and activities here that can keep everyone occupied. Whether it’s the upscale tailors or art galleries, spending free time wisely doesn’t mean going that far.
What are the most popular things to do in Mayfair?
Some of the most popular things to do in Mayfair are:
- Handel and Hendrix in London
- Savile Row
- Berkeley Square
- Hedonism Wines
- Halcyon Gallery
- Burlington House
- The Palm Beach Casino
- The Royal Institution
- Grosvenor Square
- Sadie Coles HQ
What is the best way to spend a day in Mayfair?
Here’s how you should spend a day in Mayfair:
- Head to one of the quaint cafes for a spot of breakfast
- Check out the Halcyon Gallery
- Explore Grosvenor Square
- Buy that all-important Savile Row suit
- Spend the early evening at the Palm Beach Casino
- Grab a bite to eat at the casino or somewhere nearby
- Spend the evening in front of your flat-screen TV
- Get a bit of lunch at one of the local pubs
- Go to Marlborough and Sadie Coles HQ
Places to Visit in Mayfair
Mayfair’s attractions have much to offer. While most of them are as high-end as the neighbourhood itself, they are cultural treats in their own right and can provide hours of entertainment.
- Handel and Hendrix in London - See two homes (next door to each other) that were occupied by the two legends of music
- Savile Row - One of London’s top tailoring streets, finding the perfect match will be as easy as paying the huge cheque
- The Royal Institution - Founded by Britain’s best scientists, this is where the history of discovery can be witnessed
- Grosvenor Square - This green square is another place to relax when the day gets too long
- Berkeley Square - Similar to the above, it's a green spot to chill in or walk around for a bit of fresh air
- Burlington House - This Grade II listed building is a rare sight and is home to numerous societies
- Sadie Coles HQ - Another contemporary gallery, this is surely the one to visit when there’s time
- Marlborough - A gallery of the fine arts, this is for those that have an affiliation for the arts
- The Palm Beach Casino - Blackjack, poker, and all the rest can be played here by those that want to try their luck
- Halcyon Gallery - This contemporary art gallery brings some of the most renowned artists under one roof
Places to Eat in Mayfair
London, being London, has a world’s view on everything - including cuisines. So when any guest stays here, they can try a slice of any continent. The same can be said for the Mayfair area that has enough diversity to suit any taste palette.
What are the best restaurants in Mayfair?
The 10 best restaurants in Mayfair are:
- Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill
- Bombay Bustle
- China Tang
- Corrigan’s Mayfair
- Burger & Lobster
- Galvin at The Athenaeum
- Le Gavroche
What are Mayfair’s cheaper dining options?
Those looking for cheaper places to eat in Mayfair should go to:
- The Windmill
- Deliciously Ella
- The Mayfair Chippy
- Ergon Deli
- The Punchbowl
- Comptoir Cafe and Wine
Shopping in Mayfair
As to be expected from Mayfair, the shopping attractions are as boutique and as lavish as the accommodation. But this is hardly a bad thing, especially if buying luxury items is the norm. From streets to arcades full of the deals and memorable items that guests love, shopping is quite an experience in Mayfair.
Guests should shop at the following places:
- Burlington Arcade
- West One
- Oxford Street
Transportation in Mayfair
Getting around London is easy. With the likes of the London Underground, London Overground, DLR, and TfL Rail services, exploring the city and its surroundings couldn’t be more convenient.
With Mayfair, there aren’t any Underground stations in the neighbourhood, but the following are nearby:
- Bond Street
- Green Park
- Piccadilly Circus
- Oxford Circus
- Hyde Park Corner
- Marble Arch
Travelling around London though isn’t free. An Oyster Card is the best bet; all visitors need to do is touch in and out at the start and end of their journey. But to get the most out of London, it’s best to at least get a Zone 1-2 card even though Mayfair is in Zone 1:
- Single journey ticket (zone 1-2) - £5.50
- Oyster/Contactless payment card (zone 1-2) - £2.40
Plus, with TheSqua.re’s Mayfair serviced apartments, guests are assured and delivered a central location that gives them easy access to the London Underground.
Weather in Mayfair
The weather in Mayfair is much like the rest of London, which is also like the rest of the UK; in short, it can be difficult to predict. The city of London is known for its cold winters (where temperatures fall below freezing), but also for its hot summers where temperatures can reach average highs of 24 degrees (or 35 degrees, like in 2019). But it’s fair to say that British summers are notoriously unpredictable, so wet-weather clothing is essential at any time of the year. The month of September is often a good time to visit as well, as the temperature is usually still warm, whilst being a little cooler than August in the evenings, making for a more comfortable stay.
In Mayfair Average the temperatures vary greatly. It is cold for about half of the year and has a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. It is somewhat temperate. The hottest months are June, July and August. The warmest time of year is mid-July with temperatures around 75.8°F (24.3°C) and rarely dropping below 59°F (15°C) at night.
So, overall, whether a guest is in Mayfair for business or leisure, the weather will hold many surprises for them.