Mayfair Area Guide

UK Area Guides

Mayfair, Central London

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Living in Mayfair

The birthplace of HRH Queen Elizabeth and home of Winston Churchill, Mayfair is one of the world’s most exclusive neighbourhoods, and is the most expensive address on the British Monopoly board.

Ratings

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Community

A significant amount of property in Mayfair is bought by foreign investors who may only spend the summers in their luxury apartments in London. Hotels comprise a major part of this neighbourhood, meaning that there will be a great population of temporary visitors and tourists in the area at any given time.

Safety

With a high concentration of valuable goods and people comes heightened security – embassies and luxury shops are well-guarded, as are many of the homes in this area. Still, there is always the possibility of various kinds of theft, and it is advisable to take the normal precautions

Parking

Parking in Mayfair is difficult and expensive unless you have a property with private resident parking or a resident permit. Some metered parking is available, and there are several expensive hotel car parks in the area. Mayfair is located within the congestion charge zone, but Mayfair residents will qualify for a 90% reduction. 

Nightlife

Affluent Mayfair has relatively few, very exclusive bars and nightclubs, but it is a short walk from areas like Soho which are renowned for their nightlife.

Family Friendly

Residents have access to both private and state schools. London’s universities and colleges are also within an easy commute. Hyde Park, Green Park, and St. James’ Park provide hundreds of acres of green space at your doorstep.

Pet Friendly

Dogs benefit from the vast green space available, but this smart area with its designer shops and luxury hotels is unlikely to afford many options for bringing your pooch to dinner. Limited, luxury housing also means fewer options for places that will allow you to keep a pet.

Transport

Mayfair is centrally located in Zone 1. Marble Arch and Bond Street are on the Central Line. Oxford Circus is on the Bakerloo, Central, and Victoria Lines. Piccadilly Circus is on the Piccadilly and Bakerloo Lines. Green Park  is on the Jubilee, Piccadilly, and Victoria Lines. Hyde Park Corner is also on the Piccadilly Line. Heathrow can be reached via the Piccadilly line or the Heathrow Express. The area is well-served by buses, and for road travel, the A40 leads out of the city and connects to the M25.