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” »
UNION flags and bunting have been put up across many Mayfair streets to help mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
HM The Queen was born, as Princess Elizabeth, at a house at 17 Bruton Street in 1926. She ascended to the throne following the death of her father in 1952.
Mayfair.org.uk went in search of decorations around Mayfair to mark the Queen's sixty years as monarch.
Graffiti by artist Paul "Don" Smith at corner of Old Bond Street and Burlington Gardens.
The Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme, known simply to many as 'Boris Bikes', have opened to casual users.
Until now, only members who had signed up in advance to receive their release key could hire the bikes but now the scheme is open to non-members who wish to just pay the terminals.
The cycle hire scheme went live in July but plans to allow casual users to try them have been delayed until now to allow the operator, Serco, to deal with 'teething problems'.
There are cycle hire docking stations in the following Mayfair locations:
- Curzon Street
- Sackville Street
- Grafton Street
- Bruton Street
- St George Street
- South Audley Street
- Millennium Hotel
- Grosvenor Square
- North Audley Street
- Green Street
- Woodstock Street
A Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant is to open a new venue in Mayfair later this year.
Hakkasan, which currently has one other restaurant near Tottenham Court Road station, will open its new site in Mayfair's Bruton street.
Hakkasan describes itself as a "cinematic vision of the sexiest night club you've never been to" where "impossibly glamourous waiting staff emerge to deliver dishes from a Michelin-star winning, modern Cantonese menu."
The kitchen will be overseen by executive chef, Tong Chee Hwee.
HM Queen Elizabeth II was born April 21, 1926, at the house that was at 17 Bruton Street, which belonged to her maternal grandparents the Earl and Countess of Strathmore.
Happy Birthday Ma'am.
The Evening Standard has the story of Nick Tubbs who pulled over and stopped his car on double yellow lines in Bruton St to take a phonecall lasting less than two minutes. He was caught on CCTV and issued with a £120 charge from Westminster Council.
A Westminster spokesman told the Standard that "Drivers are not allowed to wait at this location during controlled hours unless they are loading and unloading, which this motorist was clearly not doing."
The council says Mr Tubbs caused an obstruction to the traffic and they seem to regard stopping as being the same as parking, citing this definition, "The word parking is defined as follows: 'To park, to stop or leave a vehicle in a specific location.'". My own opinion is that it seems a bit harsh, and I would consider a Red Route to be a place where no stopping is allowed, and double yellows to be a place where no parking is allows. Notice that TFL says "stopping" is not allowed on Red Routes. The fact they use the word stopping and not parking would imply to me that they see a difference, although Westminster council consider parking to mean stopping at all.
What do you think? Is Westminster council doing a good job in penalising those that interrupt the good flow of traffic or are they being an unfair an unreasonable? Use the comments box to share your views...
A new exhibition space has opened today at 24 Bruton Street, with an inaugural showing from sculptor Lorenzo Quinn (son of legendary actor, Anthony Quinn) entitled "Evolution".
The new gallery is the third from Halcyon Gallery, complementing their two other galleries in Mayfair - 29 Bruton Street and 29 New Bond Street.
Find out more by visiting the Halcyon Gallery website.