Mayfair takes its name from the annual May Fair, which took place on the site that is now Shepherd Market, from the end of the 17th century until the middle of the 18th century. Most of the area was built during this time as a fashionable residential district by landlords such as the Grosvenor family, who still own much of it today.
Although predominantly commercial, with many former houses converted into offices or embassies, there remains a substantial quantity of residential property in Mayfair, much of which is in high demand by ultra-high-net worth buyers searching for a prestigious address in a distinctly exclusive part of London.
Bond Street, South Molton Street and Burlington Arcade cater for those looking to shop for luxury and designer brands, while Mount Street boasts an eclectic mix of high-end individual boutiques.
There are no schools in the immediate vicinity however the likely options would be in Belgravia or Knightsbridge nearby.
One is spoilt for choice for restaurants in Mayfair; there are frequently new and fashionable places opening in the area. Cecconi’s, Scott’s, Le Caprice and the Wolseley will always be popular, and new to the scene and currently in vogue include Little House, Sexy Fish (featured) and Kitty Fisher’s.
Mayfair is certainly the place to be for nightlife, with many exclusive bars and private member’s clubs to choose from, such as the newly-opened 5 Hertford Street, The Arts Club and world-famous Annabel’s (featured). Luxury hotels such as The Connaught and Claridge’s boast distinguished bars.
Despite being in the centre of town, Mayfair is close to three of London’s most beautiful parks: St James’s Park, Green Park (featured) and Hyde Park are all within walking distance of Piccadilly.