Mayfair Area Guide

Brief history to Mayfair

Mayfair is possibly one of London's most beautiful and exclusive areas. With plenty of period properties, it is home to the large mansion offices of major corporations, embassies and real estate businesses. Situated in the heart of Central and West London this area is highly desirable and sought after.

Mayfair used to be just a patch of open ground, boggy and water filled. King James II granted permission for a fair in the area, which was held during the first two weeks of May. The fair had quite a reputation, in its early days it was a fun place that post-plague London could visit to enjoy music, dancing and merriment. When crime had become rife the authorities re-classed the area as a place of 'lewd and disorderly practices'.

Mary Davies the daughter of a wealthy banker inherited 100 acres when she married into the Grosvenor family. Her son Sir Richard Grosvenor set about regenerating the area and construction work commenced. It was soon an area to be frequented by dukes, earls and other notable nobility.

The area has had several transformations, the First World War bankrupted everyone. After World War II many of the magnificent buildings we can see today survived purely because they were converted from residential to commercial usage.

Types of Property in Mayfair

There is a wealth of period properties in and around this exclusive corner of Central and West London. Incorporated within its boundaries are grand mansions, beautiful mews houses and luxury apartments. By 1939 75% of Mayfair's grand houses were in office use, slowly they are now being converted back into their former residential glory.

Spacious mansion blocks built during the Victorian and Edwardian eras are typical of the area as are traditional four and five storey town houses.

Average rental prices

Due to the character and convenience of the area, Mayfair's rental prices are highly reflective. The area consists of some of the highest rents in the world.  A studio apartment will cost in the region of £291.50 per week, a one bedroom flat you would expect to pay £858 per week and a two bedroom property £1,285.50 per week.

Council Tax Banding in Mayfair ranges from A – £456.67 to H – £1,370.00. For more information about council tax charges in the area please go to Band values & charges.

Who lives in Mayfair

Mayfair is home to many international residents as well as young professionals and families.  Renowned for its desirable address and gracious living the area has attracted more than a few famous faces. Jimi Hendrix, Winston Churchill and Andrew Lloyd Webber have all resided within its boundaries.

Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth II was born and resided in Mayfair as a small child.

What to do in Mayfair

With its superb central location Mayfair is surrounded by green spaces including the Royal parks of Hyde Park, Green Park and St James's Park. You will find an abundance of retail wonders at both Oxford and Regent Street, both contain some of London's most prestigious outlets. Stores like Selfridges and Liberty of London are within its domain.

Stepping away from the High Street Chains, Mount Street is awash with pretty boutiques and independent retailers providing a vibrant contrast to the main shopping arenas.

Some of the most exclusive clubs are found in Central and West London including Birley's Annabel's and the Arts Club. For fine dining you are spoilt for choice with restaurants Scotts, Le Gavroche and The Wolseley all of which offer a delicious and delectable menu. We would also recommend you try the exquisite cuisine available at a number of London's top hotels including the Dorchester, the Connaught and of course The Ritz.

For those on the cultural trail, Mayfair is home to The Royal Academy of Arts and the Handel House Museum. Once home to the great baroque composer Frideric Handel between 1723-1759 it was here he composed some of the world's greatest music including the Messiah and Music for the Royal Fireworks.

Transport

There are fantastic transport links in and out of Mayfair. For underground stations you have a choice, Bond Street, Green Park. The A40 will lead you out of the city and provides links to the M25. Heathrow is easily reached via Green Park or the Heathrow express goes from Marylebone.

Schools, Colleges and Universities

There are many schools in the Central and West London Area. Most noted are St George's Hanover Square C of E Primary School and the Albemarle Independent College.

For more information on schools, colleges and universities in the area please visit our specified section here.