Mayfair is where you can find the crème de la crème of London's residents. An upgrade from Notting Hill, this is the place to be if you want to see the lifestyle of the rich and famous. The best time of day to catch any celebrities is to walk around the neighbourhood on a Sunday morning - when most take advantage of the fact half of the city is still sound asleep or taking a break from a busy week.
Mayfair is without a doubt one of the classies places in the city. From posh buildings to even posher shopping areas, the quality of the neighbourhood will definitely show in your bank account. Pro tip: don’t look at the price! Although the majority of the area is largely commercial, you can also find tons of residential properties and expensive private schools in this area. With bustling Oxford Street and Regent Street just minutes away, you’ll have central London at your doorstep - literally.
Food in Mayfair
Roka is the place to go if you’re looking to elevate your love for Japanese food. Cooked with a contemporary twist, Roka attracts those who have a refined taste (and a couple of extra quid to spend). Highly recommend getting the kinoko to tamago maki - eryngii and shiitake mushroom with japanese omelette and rayu mayonnaise. Totally worth it.
- Address: 30 N Audley St, Mayfair, London W1K 6ZF
If you’re into seafood and fish, Scott’s is the place to be. Along with having a gorgeous exterior, Scott’s also serves the very finest traditional seafood along with a variety of meat. They even offer tasty vegetarian options!
Address: 20 Mount St, Mayfair, London W1K 2HE
Authentic Spanish cuisine? In London? It’s true! El Pirata serves totally inexpensive traditional tapas and your favorite Spanish dishes. If you’re looking for patatas bravas or tortilla done the right way, El Pirata is where it’s at.
- Address: 5-6 Down St, Mayfair, London W1J 7AQ
If you’re looking to dine in a modern hotel setting, you absolutely have to check the restaurant at Brown’s hotel (along with their English tea room). The cuisine is prepared by an Italian chef who really knows his stuff. Highly recommend the marinated langoustines on cucumber and apple with aniseed gelatin.
- Address: Brown's Hotel, 33 Albemarle St, Mayfair, London W1S 4BP
Bars & Clubs in Mayfair
Burlock is dedicated to one of the most beloved drinks of the posh people - rum. I always love its themed parties and the decor is top notch.
- Address: 31 Duke St, Marylebone, London W1U 1LG
Baroque features a live music venue at London’s Playboy Club. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience you should enjoy at least once in your life and trust me, you won’t be disappointed.
Address: 14 Old Park Ln, Mayfair, London W1K 1ND
On a much more affordable side, Dirty Martini is a beloved happy hour place for everyone that works in Mayfair. Dimmed lights and pop music turn the venue into a fantastic clubbing experience for those with a refined cocktail taste. Take it from someone who’s tried every single cocktail on their menu (and go for Rum Forest Rum).
- Address: 10C Hanover Square, Mayfair, London W1S 1JH
Shopping in Mayfair
Of course, Mayfair is the place where you can find some of the biggest shopping streets in London. Both Oxford Street and Regent Street feature a large seletion of stores that will keep you (and your wallet) busy for a couple of hours. On top of that, you can find some of the most high-end clothing and other items on some of the neighbourhood’s side streets.
Browns is the place to go for designer shoes and city fashion. The store is located just off Bond Street station, in a street with tons of similar high-end shops many celebrities love to indulge in.
- Address: 24-27 S Molton St, Mayfair, London W1K 5RD
Located on Oxford Street, Selfridges is a popular department store that features some of the most popular designer fashion brands. Along with fashion, the huge building also has a separate section for homeware and food (I recommend stopping by the cheese stall).
- Address: 400 Oxford St, Marylebone, London W1A 1AB
If you’re a wine lover, Majestic Wine is a must-visit. Featuring wine, champagne, and even spirits, it’s a must-visit!
- Address: 49 S Audley St, Mayfair, London W1K 2QD
Celebrity spotting in Mayfair
As mentioned before, if you’re looking to catch some celebrities, Mayfair is the place to be. My suggestion is to hang around on some posh side streets like the ones mentioned below, and if you're lucky, you might run into some pretty impressive A list people!
South Molton Street
This posh side street features some of the best shops that are frequently visited by celebrities. During my time working at Lush Cosmetics, I’ve sold deodorant to Jude Law, spotted Jacqueline Wilson, and even saw Kim Kardashian!
Known as Britain’s most swankiest hotel, Claridge’s is known to have facilities catered for celebrities. You’ll often see people standing outside with pens and paper - if you’re lucky enough, you’ll spot some of your favorite idols. The Beckham family, Donatella Versace, Kanye West, Jennifer Lawrence and many more have all been spotted at Claridge’s.
- Address: Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1K 4HR
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