Mayfair area guide

Discover the finest restaurants, bars and pubs in Mayfair, peruse the shops or get pampered at the finest spas and find plenty of things to do in W1

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Mayfair is named after the May fair that was held there for almost 100 years, until it was banned from the area in 1764. Now Mayfair is a carnival for the rich and powerful. Its shops are temples to luxury goods, and its restaurants are among the finest in the country. When visitors tire of eating well and trying on designer clothes, they can have a drink in an exclusive Mayfair bar or relax in one of Mayfair's many sumptuous hotels.

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Bars and pubs in Mayfair

Coburg Bar

  • Rated as: 5/5
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  1. The Connaught, Carlos Place, W1K 2AL
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The Connaught Bar

  • Rated as: 5/5
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  1. The Connaught, Carlos Place, W1K 2AL
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Library

  • Rated as: 4/5
  1. The Lanesborough, 1 Lanesborough Place, (Hyde Park Corner), SW1X 7TA
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Claridge's Bar

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. Claridge's, 49 Brook Street, W1K 4HR
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Things to do in Mayfair

Royal Academy of Arts

  • Rated as: 4/5

Britain's first art school was founded in 1768 and moved to the extravagantly Palladian Burlington House a century later. It is now best known for the galleries. Expect to pay for blockbusters (like 2008's popular 'From Russia' show) in the Sackler Wing or main galleries, while shows in the John Madejski Fine Rooms are drawn from the RA's holdings – ranging from Constable to Hockney – and are free. The Royal Academy's biggest

  1. Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD
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Spencer House

  • Rated as: 4/5
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Built in 1756-66 for the first Earl Spencer, this is London's finest surviving eighteenth-century town house. Eight meticulously restored state rooms are open to the public, with paintings by Sir Joshua Reynolds, objets d'art and furniture on display. Guided tours leave at regular intervals throughout the day and last around an hour. On the open terrace, a range of contemporary sculpture from Christie's can be viewed for free.

  1. 27 St James's Place, SW1A 1NR
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Handel House Museum

  • Rated as: 3/5

The house that was Handel's home between 1723 and his death in 1759, where he composed his 'Messiah', 'Music for the Royal Fireworks' and several operas, is now a museum devoted to the composer's life and work, presented in the context of the London he knew. The refurbished 1720 interiors of Handel House Museum include furniture taken from the house after Handel's death. 23 Brook Street, the upper floors of which were home to rock

  1. 23 & 25 Brook St (entrance in Lancashire Court), W1K 4HB
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Green Park

The green, triangle-shaped expanse of leafy land just beyond the Ritz is Green Park. Penned in at two corners by St James's Park and Hyde Park, it was enclosed by Charles II in 1668 as a hunting ground before opening to the public in 1826. Today, the mini park plays host to lunching commuters and tourists in almost equal measure; the latter often found to be lounging on Green Park's alluring stripy deckchairs before being stung

  1. Piccadilly, W1J 9DZ
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Restaurants in Mayfair

34

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  1. 34 Grosvenor Square, ((entrance is on South Audley Street)), W1K 2HD
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Brasserie Chavot

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  1. 41 Conduit Street, W1S 2YF
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Burger & Lobster

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  1. 29 Clarges Street, W1J 7EF
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Cecconi's

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  1. 5A Burlington Gardens, W1S 3EP
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