The civilised British custom of pausing in the afternoon to enjoy a cup of tea accompanied by a light meal has aristocratic roots. Anna, Duchess of Bedford, is credited with establishing the tradition during the 1840s, creating this new mealtime to bridge the gap between lunch and dinner. As a fashionable society lady, her innovation caught on and so the custom of taking afternoon tea became widespread. Continue reading “The Appeal of Afternoon Tea in Mayfair” »
Inside Down St Underground Station. Credit: TFL
A DISUSED underground station could get a new lease of life under new plans by Transport for London (TFL)
Proposals are being invited by TFL to find new commercial uses for Down Street station, just off Piccadilly.
The little-used station on the Piccadilly Line was closed in 1932 and was for a time used by Winston Churchill and his war cabinet as a bunker. Continue reading “Disused Mayfair tube station to get new lease of life” »
HUNDREDS of people had to be evacuated on Tuesday after a fire outside a hotel.
Six fire engines and thirty-five firefighters battled the blaze on scaffolding outside the Metropolitan Hotel.
London Fire Brigade were alerted to the fire at 5.12pm and fire fighters from stations Lambeth, Chelsea, Soho and Euston had the blaze under control by 18.30. Continue reading “Hundreds evacuated after Old Park Lane fire” »
A new, occasional delve in to the newspaper archives to find interesting stories from Mayfair's history.
For this first look in to old newspapers for tit bits from the history of Mayfair, we find ourselves in 1924. Continue reading “The time a florist from the Royal Arcade helped catch a jewel thief” »
When it comes to shopping for Christmas presents, a stroll around Mayfair’s picturesque and salubrious streets offers rich pickings. Although just a short distance away from the frenetic hustle and bustle of Oxford Street, the discerning shopper is offered a truly civilized shopping experience. Mayfair offers a wonderful variety of shops, ranging from historic, vintage specialist independents to luxurious flagship stores from major brands, offering the polite, knowledgeable service which makes shopping a pleasure. Continue reading “Merry Christmas Mayfair Shopping” »
A BRAND new five star hotel has opened in Mayfair today.
The Beaumont Hotel has been created by acclaimed restaurateurs Chris Corbin and Jeremy King in a Grade-II listed, art deco building overlooking Brown Hart Gardens . Continue reading “New Mayfair hotel opens for business” »
DEVELOPER British Land has announced deals worth £210 million on eighteen apartments in its new Clarges Mayfair development.
Reports say that a new record was set on the sale of a Penthouse apartment at the development with a record breaking price well above £5,000 per square foot. The average capital value for the properties on which contracts have been exchanged is £4,750 per sq ft. Continue reading “British Land sells super-prime apartments at Mayfair development” »
London’s oldest butchers, Allens, is to be found on one of the capital’s smartest streets – Mount Street in Mayfair. Dating back to the nineteenth century, with its beautiful pink-orange brick façade and elegant tiled interior, Allens looks every bit the historic institution it is. The huge wooden hexagonal cutting block in the middle of the shop, however, signals loud and clear that this is a proper butchers. Carcases of meat, such as the matured beef for which Allens is especially famous, are strikingly displayed. The stock reflects the changing seasons, so during the game season, the shop is a carnivore’s delight, filled with assorted furred and feathered game, while Thanksgiving and Christmas see it filled with turkeys. Its Mayfair location means that historically Allens’s customers over the decades have included famous restaurants and hotels and chefs. This tradition continues to this day, with Allens proudly claiming to supply most the Michelin-starred restaurants in London. Legendary chef Marco Pierre White has called it his “favourite shop in London”, while acclaimed chef-patron Michel Roux Junior, of Le Gavroche, says it is “a great traditional butcher”. Other eminent chefs supplied by Allens include Chris Galvin of Galvin Bistro, Rowley Leigh chef-proprietor of Le Café Anglais and David McCarthy, Head Chef at Scotts restaurant, another famous Mayfair culinary institution. London’s top hotels, including The Connaught, The Dorchester, The Berkeley and The Savoy, are among those Allens supplies. Continue reading “Allens: A Mayfair Institution” »
A new book has been released charting the history of London's Mayfair.
The attractive tome gallops through the area's 350 year history, starting from its time as soggy farm land and following its story up to the modern day.
Produced by Mayfair estate agents Wetherell, founded by the Mayfair Guru Peter Wetherell, "The Story of Mayfair: From 1664 Onwards" identifies seven periods in which Mayfair has experienced a "step change".
Each chapter gives a useful overview of the changes in each of those periods from 1664 up to the present day, and beyond, too, with a collection of predictions on how Mayfair will look by 2030.
There are excellent photographs throughout, and pictorials of Mayfair's lost mansions and also former mansions returned to returned their former residential use are particularly successful additions to the book. Martin Millard's cartoons to illustrate each chapter are very good, too.
The book can be purchased in paperback or downloaded for free as an ebook. More information on how to obtain The Story of Mayfair, co-authored by Peter Wetherell, Erik Brown and Oliver Bradbury, is available here.
THE ARTS Club is to open a new luxury hotel in the heart of Mayfair later this year.
The private members' club at 40 Dover Street is converting rooms in its Georgian townhouse building into hotel suites.
There will be sixteen rooms in total and guests at the new hotel will also have access to the club's restaurants, nightclub and garden.
The Arts Club was founded in 1863 and was at first based in Hanover Square, moving to its current location in 1896. It benefited from a complete renovation in 2011.
Alice Chadwyck-Healey of The Arts Club, commented: “Many of the Arts Club members have asked us to expand our offering so we expect plenty of demand to stay. We believe that the new hotel will attract a very international guest, who wishes to relax in a high-quality, glamorous and discreet suite in central London.”
The new hotel will open in the fourth quarter of 2014.
Illustration of planned hotel.