Mayfair is one of the most expensive areas in London. You will find luxury stores, historic buildings and genuine gentlemen in tailored suits. In this beautiful neighbourhood you will also find extravagant hotels where you can enjoy a world-class service. Mayfair lies in the heart of London between Soho and the St James and Marylebone neighbourhoods. Hyde Park is located on the west side of Mayfair.
It is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in London, rumour has it that it even dates back to Roman times. Since this has not been proven, I can only assume that the district was founded around 1686 to house the May Fair. The development of the neighbourhood was particularly stimulated by the Grosvenor family. Their original estate is still there and still belongs to the Grosvenor family. Mayfair is surrounded by all the famous streets: Oxford Street, Regent Street, Piccadilly and Park Lane.
Royal Academy of Arts
The Royal Academy of Arts in London is praised for its artistic excellence. The Royal Academy of Arts aims to be a place where creativity can unfold. In addition, it wants to support and help artists from all over the world to hone their talents. This has been the case since the Royal Academy of Arts was founded in 1768 by King George III. The Academy is highly regarded in the global art world.
The Summer Exhibition of the Academy is one of the most illustrative and popular exhibitions in the art world. It is the world’s largest exhibition where everyone who wants can show their work to the public. As a result, many younger artists that are now famous were discovered during the Summer Exhibition. The Academy is located at Burlington House. This is very close to Piccadilly Circus in the center of London.
Green Park London
This magnificent park is the smallest of the royal parks with just over 40 hectares. But this does not prevent it from being one of the most beautiful parks in the capital. Green Park attracts millions of visitors each year, whether they are Londoners soaking up sunshine or tourists who come to seek some peace.
Handel and Hendrix
Since February 2016, Jimi Hendrix’s former apartment has been open to the public. The guitarist moved to Brook Street in 1968, where the German composer Georg Friedrich Haendel also lived. You can visit the two apartments of these famous musicians and discover how each of them lived.
You can visit Handel’s apartment on the 1st and 2nd floors of the building. Hendrix’s apartment is on the 3rd floor. For those who are mostly visiting to see the apartment of Jimi Hendrix, I advise you not to miss out on Handel’s apartment.
Perpendiculars to Oxford Street, Bond Street and New Bond Street are known for their sophisticated luxury brands. Here you can find the most expensive fashion stores, which mainly stock great designers. Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, Burberry, Celine, TOD’S, Gucci and many other big names have flagship stores on Bond Street. You can also visit one of the many galleries, as well as posh jewelers and antique dealers.
Bond Street is also known for its famous auction rooms such as: Sotheby’s, Phillips, Agnew’s, Colnaghi, its jewelry stores (Asprey, Cartier …) and its haute couture boutiques (Fenwick, Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci …).
Savile Row is a shopping street in London known for its great tailors and expensive handmade suits.
Savile Row is a bit hidden behind Regents Steet and Bond Street. At first glance, this shopping street for men does not look particularly chic or expensive. Dull office buildings are interspersed with shops with basements and through the low windows you can see how London tailors work. Only when looking at the shop windows, you see that Savile Row brings great quality at high prices.
The Faraday Museum
The nineteenth-century chemist Michael Faraday was a pioneer in the use of electricity and electromagnetism and lived in London. Today you can still visit his home and admire his laboratory in the basement. You will find a small museum of both the science that the man discovered and the personal properties of Faraday.
Grays Antique Centre
Grays Antique Center is an antique market that can be found on Davies Street. This street is in the immediate vicinity of the famous shopping street Oxford Street. If you like antiques, you should definitely visit this covered antiques market. Grays Antique Center consists of more than two hundred stalls with many types of antiques.
Grays Antique Center is open from Monday to Friday. The market opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m. Some stalls are also open on Saturdays.
Grosvenor Chapel on South Audley Street was built by Benjamin Timbrell in 1730 for the Grosvenor Estate. It was used by the US forces during the Second World War. The parents of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington are buried in the cemetery.
This small church/chapel is often featured in movies and series due to its peculiar architecure and spire. Inside you find a white oasis of peace and quiet. Although I would not recommend going out of your way to visit this chapel, it is nice to wander in when you are in the area as the chapel itself is stooped in local history.
The Linnean Society of London
In the heart of Mayfair you will be able to find The Linnean Society. This “club house” for academics is the oldest active biological society in the world. The Linnean society was founded by Sir James Edward Smith and was named after the Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus whose botanical, zoological and library collections can be found at the London Linnean Society. This society has many unique natural history collections and a few very rare books in its bookshelves.
The Linnean Society was also presented with a first edition of Darwin’s the Origin of Species by Darwin himself and although Darwin’s specimen who he collected on his travels are mostly held by the Natural History Museum, the Linnean Society is the proud keeper of Darwin’s Vasculum which he used to collect plant specimen.
If you are interested in history, biology and natural history, check out the upcoming tours by the Linnean Society. If you are traveling with a group, you can contact the Linnean Society to organise a group tour Monday to Friday from 10.00 to 17.00. These tours are not very suited for kids younger than 16.
Grosvenor Square is a square with a central park in the rich London district of Mayfair, just east of Hyde Park. It belonged to the Mayfair land ownership of the Grosvenor family, the later Dukes of Westminster. It has an area of approximately 2.5 hectares (six acres) and is the second largest square in London.
Some British prime ministers have lived in Grosvenor Square, including Charles Watson-Wentworth (Lord Rockingham) and Lord North. Oscar Wilde stayed in Grosvenor Square in 1883-1884.