London area of Mayfair guide

What to do and where to stay in London's Mayfair neighbourhood

Primarily thanks to the game Monopoly, where the area is deigned to have London's most expensive property, Mayfair's sharp reputation precedes it. The smart neighbourhood is named after the annual May Fair which used to take place on the site that is Shepherd Market today. Traditionally bordered by Hyde Park to the west, Oxford Street to the north, Pall Mall and Green Park to the south and Regent Street to the east, Mayfair contains some of London's most exclusive luxury hotels, restaurants, shops, members' clubs and private residences. Rents are among the highest in London and the world - which adds to the area's exclusive feel. Important buildings in Mayfair include the Royal Academy of Arts, the Grosvenor House Hotel, Claridge's, The Dorchester and the US Embassy in Grosvenor Square. Mayfair has also become an attractive location away from the City for private banks, hedge funds and wealth managers. Throw in the designer shops and art galleries of Old Bond Street, New Bond Street, Savile Row (home to some of the world's most renowned tailors) and Conduit Street - and you begin to get a picture of just how exclusive the neighbourhood is.

See our recommended nearby Mayfair Hotels, Entertainment, Sights and Attractions, Shopping, Restaurants, Pubs, Nightlife, Leisure, Education, and Meeting Venues.

Mayfair Hotels

in or near Mayfair
Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
35 Charles Street, W1J
Typically for this aristocratic part of town, a discreet entrance leads to a thoroughly luxurious interior. Muted colours and marble floors give the sense of an ... More
Washington Mayfair Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
5 Curzon Street, W1J
Dating back to 1913, The Washington Mayfair Hotel successfully blends historic art deco with modern design. Located in the premier commercial and cultural centre of London, ... More
Athenaeum Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
116 Piccadilly, W1J
Situated opposite Royal Parks and Buckingham Palace, and just down the road from national museums and galleries, The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences is an independent, award-winning ... More

Mayfair Entertainment

in or near Mayfair
London Palladium
London > Entertainment > Theatres
8 Argyll Street, Mayfair, London W1F
For those who owned televisions in the 1950s and 1960s, the London Palladium is quite simply the most famous variety theatre in the world. Stars who ... More
Wigmore Hall
London > Entertainment > Classical Music
36 Wigmore Street, Mayfair, London W1U
Built by the Bechstein piano company in 1901, this grandiose concert hall is regarded by many as London's best venue for chamber and solo performances. Wigmore ... More
Criterion Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
218-223 Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, Mayfair, London W1V
The tiny entrance of the Criterion Theatre is almost invisible among the massive advertisements, traffic and crowds of Piccadilly Circus. To ignore it, however, is to ... More

Mayfair Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near Mayfair
Gagosian Gallery Davies Street
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
17-19 Davies Street, Mayfair, London W1K
The Gagosian Gallery in Mayfair is a tiny space, what estate agents would optimistically call bijou. But size isn't everything and Larry Gagosian's influence should not ... More
David Zwirner
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
24 Grafton Street, Mayfair, London W1S
New York gallery owner David Zwirner is opening his first overseas outpost in London in October 2012. Led by director Angela Choon, the gallery will encompass ... More
Mallett Ely House
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
37 Dover Street, Mayfair, London W1S
Mallett is one of the oldest established antiques dealers in the world, founded in 1865 in Bath by jeweller and silversmith John Mallett. The company specialises ... More

Mayfair Shopping

The best shops and markets in or near London's Mayfair
Geo F Trumper
London > Shopping > Hair and Grooming
9 Curzon Street, Mayfair, London W1J
Famous barber frequented by famous faces offering the full works, even manicures. Men can learn how to shave properly with a special training session.... More
Heywood Hill
London > Shopping > Books
10 Curzon Street, Mayfair, London W1J
Heywood Hill, run by John de Falbe, sells old, new and antiquarian books, specialising in literature, history, architecture, biography, travel and a well-stocked children's department. Founded ... More
Maggs Brothers
London > Shopping > Books
50 Berkely Square, Mayfair, London W1J
Established in 1853, Maggs Bros. Ltd., is one of the world's oldest and largest dealers in antiquarian, first edition, autograph and rare books. Books are divided ... More

Mayfair Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near Mayfair London?
The Greenhouse
London > Restaurants > Modern European restaurants
27a Hays Mews, Mayfair, Mayfair, London W1J
There has been an unfortunate habit recently for really top class restaurants to attempt to be friendly, laid back, and unintimidating - very nice, but it ... More
Butlers at The Chesterfield
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
The Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel, 35 Charles Street, Mayfair, London W1J
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London > Restaurants > Indian/South Asian restaurants
20 Queen Street, Mayfair, London W1J
This Indian restaurant is a real treat for anyone with an interest in the variety and surprises that Indian cooking can hold. Head chef, Alfred ... More

Mayfair Pubs

The best pubs in or near London Mayfair.
The Only Running Footman
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
5 Charles Street, Mayfair, London W1J
One of two venues belonging to The Meredith Group who also run The Portman in Portman Village, The Only Running Footman is a popular pub, restaurant ... More
Punch Bowl
London > Nightlife > Pubs
41 Farm Street, Mayfair, London W1J
Famous for its famous owner, the Punch Bowl became a celebrity hang-out when Guy Ritchie split up with Madonna. The director of 'Lock, Stock & Two ... More
Ye Grapes
London > Nightlife > Pubs
16 Shepherd Market, Mayfair, London W1J
Built in 1882 this gorgeous Victorian pub could be the perfect spot for a night out, if you can find it, that is. Very close to ... More

Mayfair Nightlife

Mayfair clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
The Coburg Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
Connaught Hotel, Mayfair, London W1K
Beyond the doormen in top hats and white gloves outside The Connaught hotel there are two outstanding bars, the second of which is the swish Coburg ... More
Connaught Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
Carlos Place, Mayfair, London W1K
If you're after perfection in a glass in an ultra-stylish location then look no further than the main bar at the Connaught Hotel in Mayfair. The ... More
Whisky Mist
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
London Hilton Hotel, 35 Hertford Street, Mayfair, London W1J
London's renowned celebrity hotspot - a favourite haunt for every class of celeb from footballers to royals - returns in 2014 after an extensive two-month refurbishment. ... More

Mayfair Leisure

Mayfair gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
Aman Spa
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
The Connaught, Carlos Place, Mayfair, London W1K
The luxury Aman Spa in the basement of the marvellous Mayfair hotel, The Connaught, is the first and only UK spa from the world renowned ... More
Spa Illuminata
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
63 South Audley Street, Mayfair, London W1K
Situated on the upmarket South Audley Street in Mayfair, Spa Illuminata recreates the calming atmosphere of a classical Roman spa in heart of the city. Behind ... More
The Dorchester Spa
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K
Consistently voted the top hotel spa in the UK (and who are we to disagree with the exacting standards of Conde Nast Traveller readers), The Dorchester ... More

Mayfair Education

in or near Mayfair
L'Atelier des Chefs
London > Education > Adult Education
19 Wigmore Street, Mayfair, London W1U
Whether you're a Nigella or not in the kitchen, the L'atelier des Chefs cookery school can teach you something. Classes are given in the basement kitchens ... More
London Institute Language Centre
London > Education > Language Courses
65 Davies Street, Mayfair, London W1K
Careers and Student advice ... More
Shane Global Village, London Central
London > Education > English Language Courses
59 South Molton Street, Mayfair, London W1K
Under 200 per week. Maximum group size 12.... More

Mayfair Meeting Venues

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course in or near Mayfair.
Dartmouth House (English-Speaking Union)
London > Business > Venue Hire
37 Charles Street, The English-Speaking Union - Dartmouth House, Mayfair, Mayfair, London W1J
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The Dorchester Hotel
London > Business > Venue Hire
54 Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K
One of the most famous hotels in England, The Dorchester is a stunning Art Deco curve, overlooking the expanses of the Royal Parks. This is the ... More
The May Fair
London > Business > Venue Hire
Stratton Street, Mayfair, London W1J
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