Mayfair, London’s elite district
Mayfair, indisputably one of London’s most exclusive neighbourhoods has retained its prestige and allure over the years. Without a doubt the haunt of the very wealthy, Mayfair is also a rewarding area to explore. It is named after the May Fair, which was held over a fortnight in the area in the 17th and 18th centuries. The district’s status is confirmed by its value in the British version of the Monopoly board game, where it is the most expensive property.
The district features several well-known landmarks which are easily recognized by any Londoner. The open spaces of Regents Park are a popular leisure destination with its theatre, picturesque lakes, magnificent old trees, puppet shows and diverse sporting activities. Another well known feature is the famed Grosvenor Square; informally known as ‘Little America’ this square features a statue of Franklin D. Roosevelt and houses the American Embassy. Wellington Arch located at Hyde Park Corner is a splendid arch in the neoclassical style which features the United Kingdom’s biggest bronze sculpture.
Mayfair has always maintained its reputation as a delightful shopping location for those who can afford merchandise of this standard. Bond Street is renowned for its luxury goods from international designers, and is recognized as one of the world’s leading upscale shopping localities. Not to be missed is Savile Row, for men’s clothing of the highest standards. Famous stores to be found in Mayfair include Burberry, with its classical clothing; Aspreys, offering exquisite luxury jewellery; and for somewhat less expensive tastes, an array of diverse retailers including department stores like Liberty and Dickens and Jones.
With its exclusive jet set residents from many countries around the world, it is not surprising that a highly cosmopolitan range of restaurants is to be found in Mayfair. Quality cuisine from regions as diverse as the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and continental Europe are to be found in Mayfair.
For the seeker of nightlife Mayfair does not disappoint with its pulsating nightclub scene. Stylish establishments like funkybuddha, HeyJo and Embassy boast a vibrant atmosphere and a celebrity clientele.
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