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

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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
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
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Regent Street Cinema
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
309 Regent Street, Mayfair, London W1B
The historic Regent Street Cinema is where the first ever performance of moving images took place. Created by the Lumière brothers, the film was shown as ... More
 
 
 

Mayfair Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near Mayfair
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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
 
 
 
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Michael Werner Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
22 Upper Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1K
The Michael Werner Gallery, a New York gallery that has a "small but stellar roster of serious painters" (Financial Times), adds to its existing galleries in ... More
 
 
 
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Gallery Elena Shchukina
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
10 Lees Place, Mayfair, London W1K
Gallery Elena Shchukina opens 24th September 2013. Artist and curator Elena Shchukina is launching an eponymous space in Mayfair this September that will challenge the trend ... More
 
 
 

Mayfair Shopping

The best shops and markets in or near London's Mayfair
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The Mount Street Deli
London > Shopping > Delicatessens
100 Mount Street, Mayfair, London W1K
A welcome addition to fashionable Mayfair is this quite delightful delicatessen opposite Scott's Bar. The Mount Street Deli is a real lesson in how to do ... More
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 

Mayfair Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near Mayfair London?
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Kai Mayfair
London > Restaurants > Chinese restaurants
65 South Audley Street, Mayfair, London W1K
This is a Michelin star type of establishment offering superb Chinese food, expertly put together by executive head chef Alex Chow. With soups and starters costing ... More
 
 
 
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George
London > Restaurants > 87 Mount Street, Mayfair, London W1K
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The Dorchester Afternoon Tea
London > Restaurants > Afternoon Tea
53 Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K
Winner of numerous awards, this hotel has been a byword for style and comfort for over 70 years. Served in the famous marble and gold Promenade ... More
 
 
 

Mayfair Pubs

The best pubs in or near London Mayfair.
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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
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
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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.
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Bar 45
London > Nightlife > Bars
45 Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K
Located above the hotel's restaurant, CUT, Bar 45 is a stylish cocktail bar that's ideal for a sophisticated evening sipping on cocktails. The décor is sleek, ... More
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 

Mayfair Leisure

Mayfair gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
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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
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 

Mayfair Education

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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
 
 
 
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The LookOut, Hyde Park
London > Education > Other Attractions
Hyde Park, Mayfair, London W2
Hidden in a copse of trees in Hyde Park, The LookOut is a tranquil haven in the heart of London. Home to the Isis Education Centre, ... More
 
 
 
London Institute Language Centre
London > Education > Language Courses
65 Davies Street, Mayfair, London W1K
Careers and Student advice ... More
 
 
 

Mayfair Meeting Venues

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course in or near Mayfair.
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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
 
 
 
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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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Claridge's
London > Business > Venue Hire
Brook Street, Mayfair, Mayfair, London W1K
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