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” »
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 MURDER investigation has been launched after the Metropolitan Police discovered a dead man at a Mayfair address.
The deceased man, aged 63, was found at a flat in Mount Street on Friday (8th) afternoon.
A post-mortem over the weekend identified the cause of death as head injuries.
Detectives from the Homicide and Serious Crime Command are investigating. Any witnesses or anyone with any information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
The victim's identity has not yet been disclosed although next of kin have been informed.
Update: The deceased has been named as Mr Roberto Troyan.
Michelle Obama and kids have paid a visit to the Audley pub in Mayfair where they apparently sampled a traditional British dish - fish and chips. The impressive Victorian pub in Mount Street is just a stone's throw from the US Embassy which, for now, is in Grosvenor Square,
The Obamas have been in Europe for the 65th anniversary of D-Day, and whilst Obama returned to the US, Michelle stayed in Europe for sight seeing. Earlier in her trip, she was reported to have visited the Houses of Parliament.
The BBC reports that Michelle, Sasha and Malia spent over two hours at the pub with Michelle having a sirloin steak and the girls sampling fish and chips.
Mayfair restaurant Scott's has been voted London's coolest restaurant in a new "Going Out Guide" compiled by Harper's Bazaar and Moet.
The Mount Street restaurant, which dates back to 1851, specialises in fish dishes, and earned this praise from the guide's editor, Sophie Denning: "It looks gorgeous, it exudes confidence, and the simple pleasures of oysters and Dover sole are very London."
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