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Coordinates: 51°30′32″N 0°08′51″W / 51.508755°N 0.14743°W / 51.508755; -0.14743

Mayfair is located in Greater London

 Mayfair shown within Greater London
OS grid reference TQ285805
London borough Westminster
Ceremonial county Greater London
Region London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LONDON
Postcode district W1
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
UK Parliament Cities of London and Westminster
London Assembly West Central
List of places: UK • England • London

Mayfair is an area of central London, England, within the City of Westminster.



Mayfair is named after the annual fortnight-long May Fair that took place on the site that is Shepherd Market today (from 1686 until it was banned in that location in 1764). Until 1686, the May Fair was held in Haymarket, and after 1764, it moved to Fair Field in Bow because the well-to-do residents of the area felt the fair 'lowered the tone' of the neighbourhood[1].

Mayfair is roughly bordered by Hyde Park to the west, Oxford Street to the north, Piccadilly and Green Park to the south and Regent Street to the east. Most of the area was first developed between the mid 17th century and the mid 18th century as a fashionable residential district, by a number of landlords, the most important of them the Grosvenor family. The Rothschild family bought up large areas of Mayfair in the 19th century. The freehold of a large section of Mayfair also belongs to the Crown Estate.

The district is now mainly commercial, with many offices in converted houses and new buildings, including major corporate headquarters, a concentration of hedge funds, and real estate businesses. Rents are among the highest in London and the world. There remains a substantial quantity of residential property as well as some exclusive shopping and London's largest concentration of luxury hotels and many restaurants. Buildings in Mayfair include the United States embassy in Grosvenor Square, the Royal Academy of Arts, The Handel House Museum, the Grosvenor House Hotel, Claridge's and The Dorchester.

The renown and prestige of Mayfair has grown in the popular mind due to its designation as the most expensive property on the British Monopoly set.


Mayfair has become an attractive location away from the City of London for private banks, hedge funds and wealth managers. Bestinvest, the financial advisory and wealth management firm, is located here in Chesterfield Gardens.[2] EasyGroup has its head office in Mayfair.[3]


The City operates the Mayfair Library, as a local library.[4]

Streets and squares

Savile Row
The Royal Arcade in Old Bond Street

Transport and locale

Location in context

The north side of Grosvenor Square in the 18th or early 19th century. The three houses at the far left form a unified group, but the others on this side are individually designed. Most later London squares would be more uniform.

Nearest tube stations

The nearest London Underground stations are Bond Street, Green Park, Hyde Park Corner, Marble Arch and Oxford Circus.

Nearest railway station


See also


External links

London/Mayfair travel guide from Wikitravel


Up to date as of January 15, 2010

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countable and uncountable; plural Mayfairs

Mayfair (countable and uncountable; plural Mayfairs)

  1. (countable) An annual two-week-long fair that took place in central London between 1686 and 1764.
  2. (uncountable) An area of central London named after this fair.

Derived terms

  • Mayfair exponential game system
  • Mayfairish
  • mayfair tan

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