Even the name Mayfair conjures up the thought of some of the top architecture, bars, shops and restaurants in the city of London and it’s no wonder the area remains one of the most popular choices for those looking at the top end of the property market.
The list of reasons to move to Mayfair is virtually endless but the high quality of the local schools and amenities has to be up there, especially for families who are considering which part of the capital to call their home.
But the history of Mayfair is actually a far cry away from the reputation it enjoys today. The name of the area actually comes from an extended May fair that was held there from 1686. This took place in the part of Mayfair that is now known as Shepherd Market, but even though the event eventually moved to Bow in the East End in 1764, the name stuck.
Living in Mayfair
I’ve been lucky enough to have a home in Mayfair for a few years now and I could never tire of singing the area’s praises to those who are thinking about looking for a property in the area.
The capital is arguably the most multi-cultural city in the whole world and this can be seen even in Mayfair, where Berkeley Square’s sandy paths evoke a continental feel for those who pass by the plane trees in this gorgeous part of town.
You’ll never get bored of the extensive choice of top restaurants and bars in Mayfair and I’m still finding new places to try even five years after I first moved into the area. I have my favourites, but there’s nothing like trying somewhere different for a change and I don’t think I’ll ever be short of an experience I am yet to sample.
Mayfair’s top streets
Mayfair property is obviously going to be expensive wherever you are looking in this part of town, but even still there are certain streets where the price tags on houses are much bigger than on other roads.
Hill Street is towards the top end of the Mayfair market and asking prices for the massive residences here can easily run into tens of millions of pounds. But for those who are working to a more modest budget, areas like Carrington Street could prove to be a happy hunting ground, as there are homes available here for not too much in excess of £500,000.
Upper Grosvenor Street and Park Street are among the other top locations within Mayfair, but they can’t come close to Charles Street, where real estate agents will often sell homes for a price well above £50 million.
Eating, drinking and shopping in Mayfair
I’ve already touched on what a Mecca for shoppers Mayfair is, but it really is worth repeating just how special this part of the city is. Virtually every street is home to a massive name from the world of fashion and you could spend days and days just wandering around the area picking up items for your wardrobe and your restaurant.
Of course you’ll need a rest from pounding the streets on the shopping beat and there’s nowhere better than Mayfair to put your feet up and have a cocktail or two, or if you’re really treating yourself enjoy a slap-up meal courtesy of one of the UK’s very best chefs.
Mayfair’s reputation as the place to live in London is well deserved and it’s little wonder Mayfair property remains in such high demand for those looking to buy a house in the capital.