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7 reasons to explore London’s prestigious Mayfair

March 01, 2022

Mayfair has a well-deserved reputation as one of the most prestigious areas of London, and in the run up to Christmas, it looks more magical than ever. Think elegant architecture, creative shop windows and sparkling lights galore.

1. The Wolseley

Renowned for its breakfasts, The Wolseley is an excellent choice for those wishing to start their day on a luxurious note. Taste their seasonal specials and culinary masterpieces whilst taking in the festive atmosphere all through the decadent interiors – as you enjoy the most wonderful time of the year amongst the great and the good of London.

160 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9EB

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2. Apsley House

Apsley House – once known grandly as Number One, London – stands on Hyde Park Corner and is the part-time residence of the 9th Duke of Wellington. Every year the magnificent Georgian house is dressed for Christmas and traditional decorations are woven through the impressive collection of art. The house is open to the public on weekends as a gallery and museum under the management of English Heritage.

149 Piccadilly, Hyde Park Corner, London, W1J 7NT

3. Bond Street

As one of London’s most famous shopping areas, Bond Street is a designer label utopia. The street is split into ‘new’ and ‘old’ sections; New Bond Street is home to leading European designer brands, while Old Bond Street is filled with the boutiques of Italian fashion houses. Fine jewellers including Boodles, Cartier and David Morris are not the only thing sparkling, as the world-renowned Christmas lights are now on to celebrate the festive season.

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Bond Street
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A suit stand proudly on display in a window on Savile Row

4. Savile Row

Savile Row has been the menswear-tailoring hub of London since the 18th century. Stroll through picturesque Christmas lights and elegant window displays showcasing the best places to commission bespoke handcrafted suits. For a tailor with historical value and a regal nod of approval, visit Royal Warrant holder Gieves & Hawkes. For a more modern style, book a consultation at the trend-setting Hardy Amies.

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5. Mount Street

A historic shopping scene in the heart of Mayfair, Mount Street is the beating heart of the British fashion retail industry. This year over 60,000 magnificent Christmas lights will illuminate the way for a memorable London shopping experience. Browse high-end British fashion at Jenny Packham and Christopher Kane, fine jewellery at Georg Jensen and Stephen Webster and, just around the corner on South Audley Street, handmade watches at Bremont.

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Shops front on Mount Street Mayfair including Stephen Webster and Richard Mille
Image courtesy of Mount Street Mayfair

We have lots more suggestions for great days out in London including our inspirational #DCmoments London Guide.

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