The fantastic attractions of Mayfair


The London borough of Mayfair is one of the most exclusive addresses in the whole of the world. Visitors can therefore rest assured that the attractions on offer in the area are second-to-none when it comes to exclusivity, class and culture.

Here are just a sample of the many fantastic things to do and sights to see in Mayfair:

Wellington Arch

Built in 1830 to commemorate the victories of the Duke of Wellington in the Napoleonic wars, the Wellington Arch dominates the south-east corner of the entrance to Hyde Park and is a significant attraction for visitors from across the globe.

Adorned by the largest individual bronze sculpture in the whole of Europe, the arch has a rich history and was once used as an entrance to Buckingham Palace, before being moved to its present position.

The Wellington Arch acts as the perfect gateway onto the green spaces of Hyde Park beyond and is an impressive sight to behold for all visitors to the capital.

Clarence House

Located at St James’s Palace in the heart of Mayfair, Clarence House was the home of the Queen Mother between 1953 and 2002, and is a wonderful building filled with memories of the the British royal family.

Open to the public during the summer months only – between the start of August and end of September – the property is now the official London residence of the Prince of Wales, with guided tours taking place for those who make a prior booking.

Royal Institution of Great Britain

Perhaps best known for its annual televised Christmas lectures, the Royal Institution of Great Britain – or the Royal Institute – is one of the nation’s most famous scientific institutions and an independent charity.

Established more than 200 years ago, the Royal Institute remains at the forefront of British scientific thinking, with visitors able to take part in regular lectures and examine the rich history of science in the UK.

Grosvenor Chapel

The Grosvenor Chapel can be found on Mayfair’s South Audley Street and is a perfect example of classical Anglo-Catholic architecture. Built in the 1730s by prosperous local builder Benjamin Timbrell, the foundation stone of the building was laid by Sir Richard Grosvenor.

Today, the chapel is home to one of the finest pipe organs in the whole of Europe, with regular performances taking place to the delight of locals and visitors alike. Regular free lunchtime concerts take place at the chapel every Tuesday at 1.10pm.

Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy of Arts (RA) exists to “promote art and artists”, and it is this mission that visitors to the RA will be able to explore further during their time here.

Both a school for contemporary fine art and a gallery to showcase the many talented artists not just from the UK but from around the world, the Academy prides itself on delivering an array of world-class exhibitions every year.

Guests can be sure to glean significant insight into their favourite artists and some of the most iconic names in the realms of painting, sculpture, drawing and design (plus many other disciplines) during their visit.