The Rich History of Mayfair


Taking the time to explore the exclusive and unique sights and attractions of Mayfair could be a perfect choice for visitors to the capital.

One of the most iconic areas in London, anyone planning a stay in the capital would be remiss if they did not at least sample the local attractions and enjoy the chic and stylish civility that permeates the air of this exclusive destination.

Bordering Marylebone to the north, St James’s to the south, Soho to the east and Hyde Park to the west, Mayfair is right in the heart of one of the most bustling areas of the capital – the City of Westminster.

Mayfair gets its name from the two-week May Fair festival that took place in the local area for more than 100 years, until the event was banned in 1764 due to what was perceived to be its rowdy nature and complaints from many local residents.

The name stuck though and, today, Mayfair has become a playground for the rich and famous. It is a place to see and be seen, with some of the biggest names in high-end shopping, entertainment and more to be found here.

Some of the standout attractions of modern day Mayfair include the area’s outstanding dining scene, with not only some of the best restaurants in the capital to be found here, but, indeed, the world.

Luminaries of the gastronomic world can be found here, including the Roux dynasty at Le Gavroche, the esteemed Alain Ducasse at Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester and one of the UK’s leading female chefs Angela Hartnett at Murano.

Visitors to this part of London will therefore find a fantastic bite to eat, although they may need to make a reservation if they hope to be seated at any of these highly exclusive establishments.

Other attractions of the area include the Handel House Museum – a museum dedicated to the life and works of the German-born baroque composer George Frideric Handel.

Handel moved to London in 1712 and was made a British citizen in 1727. Some of the composer’s greatest pieces were created and rehearsed in this very property, which has been faithfully maintained and continues to offer key insight into this great musician and his works.

The Royal Academy of Arts can also be found in this exclusive location, with the centre for artistic excellence having called Mayfair its home since 1768.

An interesting fact regarding the Royal Academy is that the nozzles of the fountains in its stunning courtyard are laid out in such a fashion to match the exact celestial position of the stars and planets on the evening of July 16th 1723 – the night the academy’s founding president Sir Joshua Reynolds was born.

How to get to Mayfair

Located in the City of Westminster and in one of the most cosmopolitan and upmarket areas of the capital, there are myriad transport connections that will help visitors find their way to this famous destination.

A number of London Underground Tube stations can be found in and around Mayfair. They are:

    • Oxford Circus (Bakerloo, Central and Victoria lines)
  • Piccadilly Circus (Bakerloo and Piccadilly lines)


  • Green Park (Jubilee, Piccadilly and Victoria lines)


  • Hyde Park Corner (Piccadilly line)


  • Marble Arch (Central line)


  • Bond Street (Central and Jubilee lines)



Meanwhile, bus routes operate throughout the local area, with further details of stops and timings available via the Transport for London website.