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Guide to Mayfair London W1

Mayfair is extremely simple to categorise: If you’re very rich, it’s probably the place for you. If you’re not, it definitely isn’t.

After a little dip in prestige towards the end of the last century it now retains its status as the most exclusive area in London with properties catering to all tastes and desires among the impossibly opulent. From outrageously chic apartments to mansions fit for a royal entourage, Mayfair has it all, as long as you can afford it.

As well as having the best property selection for the very wealthiest it is also (and this is no coincidence) perfectly placed close to the main shopping areas and within a short limousine ride of the City.

Having been threatened with a complete takeover by offices in the 1980s, Mayfair has been reclaimed as the most exclusive of residential areas with approximately one third split between residential dwelling, offices and retail.

The area is bordered in the north by Oxford Street, in the south by Piccadilly, in the west by Park Lane and the East by Regents Street so you’re never far from the very best of shopping, the finest dining or quality entertainment.

Recent prices have straddled the £1,000 per square foot (psf) line with the best options in Park Lane reaching £1500 psf. Realistic entry values for an address in Mayfair are approximately £1.5 million.

In general, the western edge of Mayfair is a little more exclusive with the east and north more likely to contain the commercial property. The south of Mayfair is a little older than the west with a village feel with Shepherd Market in the south west notable as a fast developing fresh and vibrant part of London.

Famously the most expensive square on the Monopoly Board, Mayfair is also home to some of the most luxurious hotels in the country.

The name of the area derives from an annual fair which began in 1686.

Mayfair was developed between the mid 17th century and the mid 18th century by a number of developers, most prominently the Grosvenor family. A large section of Mayfair belongs to the Crown Estate.

Property Types in Mayfair W1

With a proliferation of exclusive shops, hotels, embassies and other commercial property, there’s plenty of demand for what residential options remain in the area.

The best examples of early Georgiana fight for attention with office blocks in Berkeley Square which to the south feeds into Bourdon Street containing bigger mews style residences along with flats and a late 20th century Grosvenor Estate development, Bloomfield Court.

The antique shops in Mount Street sit below beautiful mansion flats in Mayfairs ‘village’ with narrow side streets such as Balfour Place, Mount Row and Carpenter Street offering plenty of potential for the curious investor.

Bruton Street is home to the most exclusive couturiers while art galleries give character to the mews charm of Bruton Place.

Flats and offices fight for space with the Christian Science Church on Curzon Street while modern blocks meet more traditional houses on Half Moon Street and Clarges Street.

Some of the most charming houses and mews homes on Chesterfield Hill, Hill Street and Hays Mews are quietly detached from the hubbub where cobbled streets and 1960s style residences offer a glimpse of an almost achingly fashionable era.

Grosvenor Square is the largest in the district and, home to many of the most expensive residences in the land. It’s best known for its embassies while also containing flats at upwards of £2.25 million for 1100 square feet.


Mayfair is served by Bond Street, Green Park, Hyde Park Corner, Marble Arch and Oxford Circus Tube Stations.

Few of its denizens feel the need to take the bus despite the fact that there is an extensive network.


With an excellent selection of primary, secondary and sixth form colleges, Mayfair is well served by the well to do family eager to put down roots without a long morning school run.

The Sylvia Young Theatre School is probably the best.

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