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7 reasons to explore London’s prestigious Mayfair

July 13, 2020

Mayfair has a well-deserved reputation as one of the most prestigious areas of London. The reasons range from the elegant architecture and narrow cobbled streets, to impressive galleries and diverse artisan boutiques. Come and explore what Mayfair has to offer.

Royal Academy of Art, London
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1. Royal Academy of Arts

A must for all art lovers, the Royal Academy is a multifaceted artist-led institution located in Burlington House on Piccadilly. Gallery, museum, art school and charity, the Royal Academy aims to nurture both the practice and enjoyment of art through exhibitions, education and community collaboration.

T: +44 20 7300 8090
Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BD

2. Mount Street

A historic shopping street in the heart of Mayfair, Mount Street is the beating heart of the British fashion retail industry. Begin your London shopping experience by browsing 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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Credit: Mount Street Mayfair

3. 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. It houses an impressive collection of art and is open to the general public on weekends as a gallery and museum under the management of English Heritage.

T: +44 20 7499 5676       
149 Piccadilly, Hyde Park Corner, London, W1J 7NT

4. The Wolseley

Renowned for its breakfasts, The Wolseley is an excellent choice for those wishing to start their day on a luxurious note. Take in the decadent interiors – high ceilings, monochrome tiled floors and a black and gold colour scheme – as you dine amongst the great and the good of London.

T: +44 20 7499 6996
160 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9EB

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Bond Street
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5. Bond Street

One of London’s most famous shopping streets, Bond Street, is a designer label utopia. The avenue 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. The area also sparkles with fine jewellers such as Boodles, Cartier and David Morris.

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6. Fortnum & Mason

Established in 1707, Fortnum & Mason is the grande dame of the London shopping scene. Offering impeccably sourced products, often with Royal Warrants of their own, the Food Hall is considered by many to be the main event here, selling everything from British cheeses and champagne to handmade chocolates, with the store’s famous hampers taking pride of place.

T: +44 (0)20 7734 8040  
181 Piccadilly, London W1A 1ER

Credit: Fortnum & Mason

7. Savile Row

Savile Row has been the menswear tailoring hub of London since the 18th century. A style institution, it’s the best place 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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