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“One of the loveliest parts of London”
Review of Mayfair

Mayfair
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Owner description: The Western London district of Mayfair is an elegant residential and commercial section of Westminster.
Reviewed 17 July 2013

Many people seem to have contributed reviews for the May Fair HOTEL here; however, this is a review of the 'village' of Mayfair: the area bounded by Piccadilly to the south, Park Lane to the west, Regent St to the east, and Oxford St to the north.

Mayfair is steeped in history; it has been home to some of the most colourful figures in British life from the 18th to the 21st centuries. Laid out for the most-part in the mid to late-18th century, its architecture was largely destined for residential use, but intervening time, changing fashions, necessity and some war-damage, has redeveloped the face of Mayfair over the ages.

From the extravagant shops of Old and New Bond St, Mount St, and the wildly adventurous boutiques hidden around the depths of Avery Row to the buzz of Savile Row and the Burlington Arcade, Mayfair retains all of the style and panache that its name conjures up.

But it's not all about madly expensive shops and impossible spending; the narrow lanes of Shepherd Market with its tiny restaurants tucked into every corner, and its several pubs, lends an atmosphere of quiet normality from the throbbing heart of London, just a stone's throw away on Piccadilly.

A walk through the streets of Mayfair, around and across its elegant squares, is a true reminder that London is not just a world capital, but also a place where people come to live, to make their home, and to lead their daily lives. Some people stay only for short periods - the luxurious hotels, Claridges, the Connaught and the gems of Park Lane, have sometimes been their homes, - but the village is also full of the famous blue plaques of English Heritage, bearing testament that as long as Mayfair has been there, so have the great and good wanted to be there too. Handel and Jimi Hendrix on Brook St, Harry Gordon Selfridge on Fitzmaurice Place, Beau Brummel on Chesterfield St, Lord Nelson on New Bond St, PG Wodehouse on Dunraven St. The list is longer yet.

Come to Mayfair. See for yourself. You won't be disappointed.

12  Thank James H
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Reviewed 20 May 2013

Had forgotten how interesting this area of London is. So much to explore. Most recently passed a hotel where there were hundreds of people waiting outside - they were waiting for a celebrity to appear. Don't know who, but interesting to see the excitement.

1  Thank Val R
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Reviewed 6 March 2013

A pleasant area to stroll around and see how the other half live! Plenty of top end houses, buildings of merit and expensive shops.

1  Thank cricketmummy
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Reviewed 26 February 2013

Came walking here for a few evenings but decided not to bother again. Lots of rather snooty and pretentious people with too much money and poor manners.

Thank David R
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Reviewed 25 February 2013

I had a wonder little apartment here, just around the corner of Spepards Market - fun little restaurants. The location is ideal for exploring London.

1  Thank Annecyborn
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