Mayfair is a part of London, England in Great Britain and is located in the city of Westminster. London is located in the southern central part of England. London is located in the temperate zone with relatively mild temperatures throughout the year. The city is a major international hub with two main airports and several smaller ones. The primary airport is London Heathrow, which is the busiest airport in the world for international travel. London Gatwick is also a large international hub. Regional and shorter haul airports include London Stansted, London City, and London Southend airports. The city is also serviced by a major rapid transit system including one of the oldest transit systems in the world. Mayfair can be reached via the transit system or Tube as it is called by the Bond Street, Green Park, Hyde Park, Marble Arch, or Piccadilly Circus stations.
Mayfair is in Westminster, which, although a borough of London, has been given status as a city. Westminster is located to the west of the City of London and is the home to the Palace of Westminster, Buckingham Palace, and Whitehall. Mayfair is a region bordered by Hyde Park, Oxford Street, Piccadilly, and Regent Street. Originally a residential district, it is now mostly commercial, with businesses, luxury hotels, and four-star restaurants demanding some of the highest rents and real estate values in the world.
Mayfair is one of the most famous neighborhoods in the world, so no visit to London would be complete without spending some time in this fabulous old part of the city. Some of the architecture goes back to the 17th century and many businesses are in these old houses. Historic sites and museums located in Mayfair include Grosvenor Square, the Royal Academy of Arts, and the Handel House Museum. Merely walking the streets of Mayfair is a trip back in time.
Part of any visit to Mayfair would need to include a visit to Piccadilly Circus, at Mayfair’s southeast corner. This intersection rivals Times Square in New York City for fame and connects Regent Street with the shopping area on Piccadilly. This area is the hub of major shopping, theater, and entertainment in the city and is the heart of the famous West End. Like Times Square, Piccadilly Circus is home to huge video and neon displays of light. While there be sure to get a picture on the Shaftesbury Monument Memorial Fountain and the statue of Anteros. Piccadilly Circus is also home to the famous Criterion Theatre, and the London Pavilion.
For shoppers, be sure and visit Oxford Street on the north side of Mayfair. This is the busiest shopping street in Europe and runs from the Marble Arch in Hyde Park to St. Giles’ Circus. While not the most expensive shopping district in London, it is certainly the most famous and is home to international chains, as well as famous old landmark stores such as Selfridges and Marks & Spencer. If you want to shop, you have to visit Oxford Street and nearby Bond and Regent Streets. And for more upscale shopping and custom fitted clothes, you will want to stroll down Savile Row, which runs parallel to Regent Street.
Grosvenor Square is another famous London location in Mayfair. It is a large garden square and is the ancestral home of the Dukes of Westminster. It is now bordered by the American Embassy, which has been there since the time of John Adams presidency.
Whether you are interested in some of the best and most exclusive shopping in the world, history. and architecture, or just plain fun in an urban setting, Mayfair is your travel destination.