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Things to do in Mayfair

Things To Do In London - 16-Oct-2019

East of Hyde Park in central London sits the picturesque district of Mayfair. This part of the city embodies the romantic view of London that is held by tourists all over the world. As well as offering plenty of pretty sights, Mayfair offers a range of great things to do.

1. Be inspired at the Royal Academy of Arts

Within Burlington House, Piccadilly is the Royal Academy of Arts - or RA. This academy and exhibition space is 250 years old, and has long been known for boasting an impressive collection of permanent and guest pieces of art. It's free to wander around the opulent building and some of the smaller exhibitions are free. Other chargeable exhibitions are generally inexpensive.

2. Window shop – or treat yourself – on Savile Row

Since founder of the dinner suit, Henry Poole & Co, moved their business to Savile Row in Mayfair in 1846, this street has been synonymous with world-class suits. Now over 200 years old, the Henry Poole shop is still located here, alongside many other tailors. The bespoke suits sold here may be out of the average price range, but a walk along the street alone offers a brilliant insight into London's historic fashion scene.

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3. Discover Mayfair's Origins

The name Mayfair is derived from the popular May Fair, a two-week-long event that Londoners attended in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. The fair began life as a space for trading in cattle, but gradually grew in size and wares. It was located on today's Shepherd Market square, which is now home to a number of quirky shops, pubs, and restaurants.

4. See the Handel & Hendrix House

Located on Brook Street, Mayfair is a museum which has been the home to German-born British composer George Frideric Handel (from 1723-1759), and North American guitar legend Jimi Hendrix (between 1968 and 1969). The museum showcases artefacts belonging to both musicians, allowing viewers a snapshot into their lifestyles and the history of the building.

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5. Take a Turn in Hyde Park

Although not strictly located in Mayfair, Hyde Park is an immediate neighbour. This 350 acre park was first established in the 16th century by King Henry VIII, and was opened to the public in 1637. Today it remains a centre for social activity, attracting people of all ages for picnics, reading, walks, games, concerts, and more.

6. Practice Photography

Mayfair's pretty streets are an architectural photographer's haven. Snap rows and rows of classic townhouses in traditional red brick and stone, as well as grand hotels and Tudor architecture. Even if you're a novice, the scenery in Mayfair truly is an Instagrammable dream.

Whether you're an out-and-out Londoner or a visitor to our capital city, the charming district of Mayfair undoubtedly has something to offer. Even if it's just a quiet cup of tea or a wander along the streets admiring the beautiful buildings, time spent here can provide you with some wonderful memories of historic London.

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