Mayfair – London’s Best Historic Places to Visit
Thought a great way to start the New year of 2012 would be to begin my series on the ‘Best Places to Visit’. I’m starting in London, UK, and will doing lots on the Best Historical Places in England, but will also be hopping around the globe to other continents.
Hope you enjoy visiting the places and seeing some of the photos I’ve taken,
Mayfair (originally The May Fair) is in central London in the City of Westminster and is one of London’s best historic places to visit.
Mayfair is named after the annual fortnight-long May Fair that took place on the site that is now Shepherd Market. Until 1686, the May Fair was held in Haymarket and it moved after 1764 to Fair Field in Bow because the well-to-do residents of the area felt the fair lowered the tone of the neighbourhood.
Mayfair was part of the parish of St Martin in the Fields and became part of St George Hanover Square in 1724. The new parish stretched to Bond Street in the southern part of Mayfair and almost to Regent Street north of Conduit Street. The northern boundary was Oxford Street and the southern boundary fell short of Piccadilly. The parish continued west of Mayfair into Hyde Park and then south to include Belgravia and other areas.
Most of the area was developed between the mid 17th century and the mid 18th century as a fashionable residential district by a number of landlords, the most important being the Dukes of Westminster, the Grosvenor family. The Rothschild family bought up large areas of Mayfair in the 19th century. The freehold of a large section of Mayfair also belongs to the Crown Estate.
The district is now mainly commercial and rents are among the highest in the world. It contains residential property, exclusive shops, luxury hotels, and restaurants. It includes the Canadian High Commission and the United States embassy in Grosvenor Square, the Royal Academy of Arts, The Handel House Museum, the Grosvenor House Hotel, Claridge’s Hotel, and The Dorchester.
- The Finest Water in Mayfair (catsmeatshop.blogspot.com)
- London’s Bond Streets: Old and New (regencyredingote.wordpress.com)
Walking Through Mayfair by guest blogger Diane Farr (lesleyannemcleod.blogspot.com)