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6 Reasons You Should Explore London's Mayfair

6 Reasons You Should Explore London's Mayfair

Picture of Lizzie Thomson
Updated: 2 January 2018

Named after the May Fair that was once held there over 100 years ago, Mayfair oozes sophistication and is home to some of the most exclusive bars, shops and restaurants in London. If you love nothing better than getting lost in luxury, here are six reasons you should explore London’s Mayfair for yourself.

Visit the most haunted house in London at Berkley Square

If you love nothing better than some supernatural occurrences make sure you pay a visit to No. 50 Berkeley Square. It is allegedly the most haunted house in London, with rumours of death, insanity and paranormal activity surrounding the property. The townhouse is reportedly home to a brown, shapeless mass that is said to be capable of frightening anyone that sees it to death or madness.

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Visit the embassies

There are 15 embassies in Mayfair including the well-known U.S Embassy on Grosvenor Square. If you’re taking a leisurely stroll through the area be sure to look out for the extravagant buildings with national flags hanging outside.

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Take in the beautiful architecture

Mayfair’s stunning architecture dates back to the 18th century when houses were built in the area to suit the upper classes. Over the years many of these buildings built for residential purposes have transformed into commercial properties such as offices and corporate HQs. Nevertheless they are all still stunning in their own right, and the area remains as one of the most prestigious for property in London (as depicted on a typical Monopoly board).

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Admire some of its old-England features

Mayfair is home to many historically impressive houses such as Farm House, located on Farm Street. The old-English house was an actual farmhouse before Mayfair was heavily developed. It was rebuilt in the early 1900s in true Gothic style but many Jacobean features still remain such as its traditional doors. Soak up some of London’s history by paying a visit to the quaint little house.

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Have afternoon tea at The Ritz

Indulge in the quintessentially British tradition of afternoon tea at one of the best hotels in town. Gorge yourself on decorative sandwiches and beautifully presented cakes while sipping on a fabulous cup of tea (or prosecco if you prefer). The Ritz is a member of the Tea Guild, so when it comes to loose leaf tea you’ll be spoilt for choice with flavours.

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Treat yourself to some designer shopping

Indulge in the luxury lifestyle of the London neighbourhood and browse the vast selection of designer shops and boutiques the area has to offer. The exclusive shopping destination boasts everything from clothes and beauty to furniture and books, so it’ll be hard to explore the area without finding something to your liking. With a mix of niche independent shops and powerhouse fashion labels, there’s certainly something for everyone whatever your age and taste.

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